Family Weekend 2016
September 27, 2016

LACEY, Wash. – Families of current Saint Martin’s students are invited to experience a fun-filled weekend of activities, presentations and sports events with their students at Saint Martin’s University’s first annual Family Weekend, Oct. 15-16 on Saint Martin’s campus.

Melanie Richards, dean of students, said, “Setting aside this special weekend gives parents and families an opportunity to experience a slice of the same campus life their students enjoy at Saint Martin’s. We are excited to welcome their families as ‘Saints’ for the weekend and hope this will become a long tradition at the University.”

The weekend begins Oct. 15 with a luncheon for students and their families. That afternoon, families can attend a Saints Men’s Soccer game against Concordia University. Faculty will also make presentations during the afternoon. Included will be a discussion lead by Scot Harrison, dean of the University’s O’Grady Library, about the Saint John’s Bible, the first handwritten, illuminated Bible created since the invention of the printing press, a copy of which is on display at the library. Afterward, families are invited to a wine and cheese get-together with Saint Martin’s deans.

During the evening, families can watch a volleyball match between the Saints Women’s team and Simon Fraser University. Later, gifted Pianist Ji appears in concert at Saint Martin’s Abbey Church in the first offering of the Abbey Church Events series. The 8 p.m. concert also is open to the public. Doors open at 7 p.m. for general seating; a freewill donation is suggested to support the series.

Family Weekend continues Sunday with a brunch, followed by mass at Saint Martin’s Abbey Church.

Families who plan to come can register online at by Oct. 3. The price is $10 per guest over the age of 5; Saint Martin’s students and those under the age of five attend free of charge. Registration includes a T-shirt, family luncheon, admission to all games and the wine and cheese social.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washing­ton. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedic­tine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 25 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 340 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 350 more students to its extended campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at

For additional information:
Office of Student Affairs

Pamela J. Holsinger-Fuchs
Dean of Enrollment

Deanna Partlow
Interim Media Relations Manager