[Fresh] Interview with Maura McDaid

Kelly Eastland (kelly.eastland@villanova.edu)
Wed, 16 Jan 2002 17:30:22 -0500

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Interview with Maura McDaid, Assistant Director of Student Development

Fresh@News: Can you tell me a little bit about Sibling Weekend?
Mrs. McDaid: Sibling Weekend is an annual tradition at Villanova. It's
a chance for younger siblings to come to Villanova and spend a special
weekend with their brother and sister and have fun on campus. This
year, Sibling Weekend will be held February 1-3rd.

Fresh@News: What types of events do you have planned?
Mrs. McDaid: Each year, there are a number of options for siblings of
all ages. This year we are very excited about many of the events. On
Friday evening the Build -a-Bear workshop will be a treat for any early
arrivals. Other Friday highlights include the movie, Monsters Inc. and
a Sibling Sleepy Time show which includes a magician, a puppet show and
bedtime stories. On Saturday we've planned a scavenger hunt and a
carnival on campus. In addition, we run a lot of trips on Saturday such
as: Disney on Ice, The Franklin Institute, bowling, ice skating and
roller skating. The weekend ends with a mass on Sunday morning. So as
you can see, there are a variety of things to do throughout the weekend.

Fresh@News: Is there a cost for the events?
There is a small registration fee for the weekend, which includes a
t-shirt. As far as the events, we've tried to make a number them free
of charge such as the carnival and the scavenger hunt. The other events
are optional and they range in cost. It really depends on which events
the family decides to attend.

Fresh@News: How many siblings do you have each year?
Mrs. McDaid: The Sibling Weekend program is designed for children
between the ages of 5-13. Each year we have approximately 250 siblings
and 200 undergraduate students that participate in the program. Most
arrive on Friday, but a few trickle in on Saturday morning.

Fresh@News: What do the siblings like best about the weekend?
The students and their siblings generally love the weekend. For the
younger brother or sister, it's a really great chance to spend some
special time on campus. The events are so much fun and they have made a
special memory with their older sibling and Villanova. The children
also love to get a taste of college life - eating at the dining halls
and staying in the residence halls. They really find it exciting! The
students themselves enjoy spending quality time with their brothers and
sisters without having to plan much, because it's taken care of for

Fresh@News: Where can I find the registration information?
Mrs. McDaid: You can go to the Parents' web site at
www.parents.villanova.edu and download the brochure or call the Campus
Activities Team office at 610.519.4211 or 610.519.7211.

Fresh@News: Are there any activities for the parents to do during
Sibling Weekend?
Mrs. McDaid: The parents generally go home and enjoy a quiet weekend
alone! It's a nice break for both the parents and the younger
siblings. The goal of the program is to give the younger siblings a
chance to spend a weekend with their brothers and sisters.

Fresh@News: Aside from Sibling Weekend, you also coordinate the Campus
Activities Team. What are some of the upcoming events for this
Mrs. McDaid: Our student committees are working on a number of
activities for this semester. They're planning a series of Open Mic
Nites on Tuesdays in the Good Counsel Coffeehouse where any student can
showcase his or her talents. In addition, CAT's musical events
committee is planning a concert in February and our Ideas & Issues
Committee is producing a Career School program co-sponsored with Career
Services that will feature Villanova alumni guest speakers. Parents
looking to see what's available can check the Student Activities
Calendar on the Villanova website at www.villanova.edu.

Fresh@News: CAT also runs a Best of Philly program. What does that
Mrs. McDaid: The Best of Philly program is designed to introduce
freshman to the Philadelphia area. This spring semester the series
includes: a concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra, a 76ers game, a
trip to the Art Museum and Pat's Cheese steaks, and a tour of Chinatown
with Dim sum lunch. The events are individually priced or students can
purchase a package for $90. This program is great for freshman students
because they get into the city for a change. For more information,
students can just sign up in the CAT office in 108 Dougherty Hall.

Fresh@News: It seems like you have a lot planned, but I still hear
students saying that there is nothing to do on campus. Do you have any
suggestions for parents?
Mrs. McDaid: There are lots of things to do on campus every weekend.
The real problem is that students are either unaware of the events or
the programs don't appeal to them. My suggestion to parents would be to
refer any students with that complaint to our office in Student
Development so we can point them in the right direction. In addition to
its web calendar, the Office of Student Development emails all students
weekly with a roster of events offered that week. Students can also get
involved and start planning the events that happen on campus. Lastly,
each weekend, we have "Late Night at Villanova" which offers free
programming in the Connelly center every Friday and Saturday evening
from 10pm-2am. Late Night has lined up a number of programs for this
semester such as: a party with the Men's Basketball Team, Billy Joel
Cover band, game shows, contests and DJ dance parties. Different
student groups sponsor each weekend night so there are events for all
tastes. To add to the fun, CAT shows its movies for free at midnight.

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