Parents and Families Weekend brings opportunity for bonding, experience

October 09, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Schreyer Parents Council was created to help support Scholars with enhancing their experience and involvement in the college.

Along with the rest of the Penn State campus, the council and other Scholars’ relatives are able to take part in the upcoming Parents & Families Weekend from Oct. 10 to 12.

The Penn State Parents and Families Weekend started as Dad’s Day, grew into the current version and stands as a Penn State tradition each October.

“I think it is important for parents to attend Parents and Families weekend as many events showcase the many facets of Penn State,” said Schreyer Parents Council Chair Tracy Riegel. “Not only do parents have the opportunity to attend information sessions in their student’s particular college, they along with family members, are able to participate in fun and interesting events.”

Riegel, along with her husband, Rick, were invited to join as members of the inaugural Schreyer Parents Council in 2013.

The proud parents of three are both Penn State graduates. Their oldest child graduated from Penn State this past spring while the middle child is currently enrolled as a Schreyer Honors College Scholar.

As a University, the weekend begins with the Office of the President open house on Friday, followed by events on Saturday and Sunday.

One of those events, hosted by the Schreyer Honors College, is a special edition of Donuts with the Dean at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11.

The event is similar to the monthly event, where Schreyer Honors College Dean Christian Brady invites Scholars to meet with him and talk over a continental breakfast.

Riegel said since these events only happen once a year during this weekend, she encourages parents to attend and get to know Penn State “from the inside.”

“I think it helps parents and families gain a better understanding of their student’s Penn State experience,” she said. “Penn State has a lot to offer and many parents wouldn’t know this just by coming to campus for say, a football game.”

Aside from being on the Schreyer Parents Council, Reigel is also a member of the University-wide Penn State Parents Council and is an original member and former chair.

Outside of the Parents and Family Weekend, Riegel said parents can get involved by volunteering with the Penn State Parents Program, who will be hosting an information session Saturday, Oct. 11, in the HUB-Robeson Center.

For a complete schedule of Parents and Families Weekend events, visit

To learn more about the Penn State Parents Program, visit and for more information about the Schreyer Parents Council, call 814-865-4258 or email

Last Updated October 10, 2014