News • November 10, 2022

CBU to celebrate Parent and Family Weekend

Thousands of visitors are expected to attend the Parent and Family Weekend at California Baptist University on Nov. 11-12.

Riverside, Calif. (Nov. 10, 2022) — Thousands of visitors are expected to attend the Parent and Family Weekend at California Baptist University on Nov. 11-12.

The weekend is filled with activities and opportunities for families to connect with their students and make memories together.

“We are excited to welcome CBU families to campus for Parent and Family Weekend,” said Paul Elderidge, J.D., vice president for University Advancement. “We cherish the time parents and students can share in the college experience and be active participants in the campus-wide activities for the entire Lancer community to enjoy. We hope wonderful memories are made on this fun-filled weekend at CBU.”   

On Friday, visitors have an opportunity to tour academic colleges and schools and meet the deans.

In the evening, a pregame party before the men’s basketball game will feature live music, food trucks, a climbing wall and face painting. On the court, the Lancers will face New Jersey Institute of Technology.

The following morning, families can participate in a hike up Mt. Rubidoux, which includes a parent prayer during the hike.

Later, Spiritual Life will provide a service opportunity of assembling Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. These will be filled with donations from staff and students at the Merry & Bright Christmas event later this month.

Both days offer other athletic events, including a women’s basketball game, baseball and softball scrimmages and games for the WAC Men’s Soccer Tournament.

Saturday afternoon, the Block Party on the Front Lawn features food trucks, a live band and other attractions.

Thousands of visitors are expected to attend the Parent and Family Weekend at California Baptist University on Nov. 11-12.

The day ends with the Fortuna Bowl, the annual intramural flag football championship that started in 1991.

“Parent and Family Weekend featuring Fortuna Bowl is one of the largest events that happens on campus. It brings back alumni who played intramurals, current students and their families along with people from our surrounding community,” said Tyler Cox, senior director of campus recreation. 

Sam Robertus, a sports analytics senior, has been looking forward to the Fortuna Bowl, the annual intramural flag football championship, for a year.

His team, J.A.C.K., played for the championship last year and lost.

“That’s just been haunting us the entire year,” Robertus said. “It just feels so good to be back. I couldn’t ask for a better group of guys to play with. Top to bottom, I love my team.”

J.A.C.K. will face Twinkle Toes. His goal?

“Win. Win big. We want a blowout win versus Twinkle. We’re going to be ready, and [we are] super excited.”

In the women’s game, Hail Mary’s will play Smooth Criminals.

Jessica Holloway, a kinesiology senior, has played three seasons with Smooth Criminals.

She joined because she loves football and enjoys the team camaraderie.

“On and off the field, we were able to laugh and just enjoy our time together, and I think that’s what made it worthwhile,” Holloway said.

That doesn’t mean she’s not serious about the game. For the championship, she wants “to have fun and take the W.”

After the final game, fireworks will end the night.

To see the full schedule, go here.