Activities planned for Family Weekend

Lauren Murphy, Staff writer

This upcoming weekend, Friday, March 10, through Sunday, March 13, families are invited to Mercyhurst for Family Weekend for some family fun provided by Student Activities Council and Multicultural Activities Council.

Family Weekend will be filled with activities and a brunch with President Michael T. Victor that will immediately follow Mass in Christ the King Chapel at 9 a.m.

Those who would like to attend the brunch with Victor must register online.

According to Samantha Beckas, Student Activities Council Chair, magician Nash Fung will be performing in Taylor Little Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

On Saturday, professors from all academic departments will be running a set of class simulations at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

At 7 p.m. SAC is hosting an event called “Lucky to be a Laker” in the REC.

“During Lucky to be a Laker we’ll have tie-dying, a Photo Booth, inflatables and more,” Beckas said.

Families will also be taken on a scavenger hunt adventure around campus with photos to guide them and selfies sticks that SAC will be giving away.

The class simulations at 11 a.m. include “Who Were the Dinosaurs” with Scott McKenzie, “Who is the Buddha” with Thomas Forsthoefel, Ph.D., “The Benefits of Mediation” with Brian Sheridan and “Culinary Instruction” with Chef Mehler.

The class simulations at 1:30 p.m. include “Electing a President: 2016, Elections and the Electoral College” with Randy Clemons, Ph.D. and Michael Federici, Ph.D. and “True Colors” with Preston Reilly and Pertrina Marrero.

“We really wanted to showcase the culture of Mercyhurst through the classes we chose,” Beckas said.

For family sport enthusiasts, the men’s lacrosse team is playing against Mount Olive on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Tullio Field.

In order to pull off this fun Family Weekend, it took the collective efforts of SAC and MAC.

Beckas was in charge of booking and planning the entertainment and activities that are being hosted. She also contacted the professors that will be running the class simulations.

“I worked very closely with Lindsay Cox in Alumni Relations to schedule the weekend and brainstorm what we wanted this weekend to look like and what we wanted families to get out of their visit,” Beckas said.

Sam Collier, the MAC chair, and other MAC and SAC programmers will be working at the events when they take place.

“This was a very exciting process for me and I’m excited to see it all come to life. I am hoping that students and their families can enjoy the weekend,” Beckas said.

Beckas encouraged anyone who had questions to contact her at

Anyone who is interested in coming for the weekend can visit to receive information regarding registration and hotel discounts.