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Annual Events Highlight Tight-Knit Community

By Rachel Bender | November 6, 2012

Defending championship team Cottage Cheese won the game 19-18.
Photo by Dan Nettleton

Generally, when students head to college, gone are the days of Back to School Nights, parent-teacher conferences, and school visits. Recognizing the need to continue to involve parents in their child's education, Regent University recently hosted its second annual Parents' Weekend.

From Nov. 2-4, students and their parents participated in a number of events on campus: a Meet and Greet with Regent's key leaders, including President Carlos Campo; a community service project; a luau-themed dinner celebration; and a night of praise featuring local worship bands and nationally acclaimed guest artist Derek Johnson of Jesus Culture.

This year, Parents' Weekend hosted approximately 150 people, with more than 45 families represented.

"We're a very close family and that's the reason we come back because it's our opportunity to see our kids," said Jeff Kay, whose sons Ben and Stephen are students in the College of Arts & Sciences. His son Tim recently graduated from the college. "My wife and I enjoy the opportunity to be supportive of them and we enjoy being at Regent."

Judy Orcutt, of Guilford, Conn., came to visit her daughter Rachel. "We love Regent and want to support it as much as possible," she said. "Its fun to meet other parents, and of course, we get to see our daughter."

"Regent sees the importance of keeping students on track with spiritual growth," she added. "They help students put into perspective what the Lord has for them."

The highlight of the weekend's activities was the ninth annual Chili Bowl championship and tailgate on Saturday, Nov. 3. Held each year, the Chili Bowl highlights the intramural flag football championship game and provides a great excuse for Regent students, faculty, staff, alumni and parents, to gather for food and fellowship.

Defending championship team Cottage Cheese won out over Team 7 in a close game. The final score was 19-18. Regent's founder and chancellor, Dr. M.G. "Pat" Robertson, along with President Campo, did the coin toss at the beginning of the game.

The Chili Bowl was hosted by Alumni Relations, Student Services, Student Alumni Ambassadors, Regent Undergraduate Council and Liberty Mutual.

The event draws its name from the traditional chili cook off that happens prior to the game. This year's cook-off winner was College of Arts & Sciences freshman Mariah McLean.

Events like the Chili Bowl and Parents' Weekend serve to highlight the unique atmosphere parents and students alike have found at Regent.

"I appreciate the emphasis on Christ being first, the aspect of excellence and the whole idea of taking God's kingdom into every aspect of life," said Kay, who drove 550 miles one way to visit his boys. "[They're] not just stapling a prayer at the end of a class."

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