Grandparents University encourages fun and familyPatrice
Scott, communications coordinator, College of Education
|Harvey Rosen, Cincinnati,
Ohio, and granddaughter Jessica Pierce, Cumming, Georgia, read their
yearbooks that captured special moments from their Grandparents University
experience. (Photo: K-State Communications and
Two-and-a-half days came and went too quickly for a group of 15 children
enrolled in Grandparents University, a program co-sponsored by the K-State
College of Education and the K-State Alumni Association.
second annual program, which took place June 20-22 on K-State's Manhattan
campus, offered a unique way for grandparents to spend time with grandchildren
ages 8 to 12. Activities included decorating residence hall rooms, swimming,
bowling, architectural and engineering feats, and creating memories with iPads.
Debbie Mercer, dean of the College of Education and creator of the
program, said the goal of the program is to provide quality time for family
members to share their love of K-State, while allowing the children to
experience and learn about campus life.
Harvey Rosen, Cincinnati,
Ohio, learned about the program while reading an article in the spring
2014 K-Stater magazine
and enrolled in the program along
with his granddaughter, Jessica Pierce, Cumming, Georgia. Rosen, who even has
K-State season football tickets, said, “This is the most fun I have ever
had on campus — ever,” referring to the experience of one-on-one time with
Jessica was excited about the chance to spend time with
her grandfather, who has eight other grandchildren.
“I thought it
would be a really cool opportunity to get to know my grandfather better, and
once I got here, it was even better than I thought it was going to be,” Jessica
Grandparents University offers more than just fun and family
bonding for attendees. It also allows K-State alumni the opportunity to show the
children they bring with them what the K-State experience meant to them and why
it was important. The children who attend often have their first opportunity to
make a connection with K-State that could last a lifetime.
Rayl, Manhattan, Kansas, brought grandchildren Calen and Avery Domingues,
Prairie Village. Avery celebrated her 11th birthday in a most memorable way: by
jumping off the high dive in the K-State Natatorium to a cheering crowd at
precisely 8:47 p.m., the moment of her birth.
John and Jan O’Brien,
Overland Park, Kansas, attended GPU with grandson Jonathan Jackson, Overland
“This is the best camp I’ve been to in my life,” the
The event concluded in the K-State Alumni Center
where laughter filled the air as children and grandparents signed yearbooks and
exchanged contact information.
The event is open to
all K-State alumni and any child between 8 and 12. Visit http://www.coe.k-state.edu/events/gpu/index.html
upcoming information about the 2015 GPU.