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Cooking class, hockey to highlight Dads and Granddads Weekend

Whether sliding down the slopes together or cooking side by side, DU students and their fathers and grandfathers will have an opportunity to spend quality time together at the Dads and Granddads Weekend Feb. 22 and 23.

The biannual weekend event is sponsored by the University of Denver Parents Program.  The Dads and Granddads Weekend is held on alternating years with Moms and Grandmoms Weekend.

“The weekends provide an opportunity for parents to spend time with their student participating in academic and fun activities both on and off-campus,” says Laura Stevens, parents program director. “They get a taste of what their student’s life is like here.”

The Office of Parent Relations also plans Parents and Family Weekend in October, but Stevens says she especially enjoys the Dads weekend — a program unique to DU.

“I love seeing the interaction the students have with their dads,” she says. “Just having one parent here really can change the dynamic of their time.”

Stevens says that it is not uncommon to have three generations of a family on campus together during these weekends. “It’s wonderful to have the grandparents here,” she says. “They are always just so happy to come and be with their grandchild.”

This year’s roster of activities includes a barbecue cooking class at the school of Hotel,  Restaurant and Tourism Management; special sessions with Daniels College of Business professors Stephen Haag and Cory Ciocchetti; a tour of the carillon and Williams Tower with carillonneur Todd Fair; a walking tour of  Colorado’s historic downtown with Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel; a concert at the Newman Center with pianist Piotr Anderszewski; a special pre-game rally and Pioneer hockey game on Feb. 22 and a visit to Winter Park via the ski train.

Participants may choose the activities they’d like to attend. Many activities have already sold out, but some tickets are still available. Visit here for more information and registration.

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