Oklahoma Christian University’s plan, organize and lead events class is hosting a Family Fun Night in the University Center tonight from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to promote U Dining as an option for families to eat before Wednesday evening church.
According to sophomore Brielle Buxton, a student in the course, part of class time is dedicated to working toward the event.
“Sometimes we’ll have time allotted before lecture or after lecture and each team gets together and discusses what’s coming up and what needs to get done,” Buxton said. “Usually Professor Watson is the one who facilitates that and he comes over and he finds out who’s volunteering to do what and tells us what we need to plan, and we get it done that day.”
The event will host face painting, balloons, a photo booth, coloring and games for families to enjoy at the event. Buxton said the purpose of the Family Fun Night is to market U Dining to people who typically aren’t on campus.
“We’re trying to bring awareness to young families that the Chick-fil-A and the Alfredo’s at school are an option on Wednesday nights before going to church,” Buxton said. “People have been going to the other ones on 33rd and they get really crowded, so this is just an easier option, and in turn, that would help U Dining.”
Kurt Hermanson, president of U Dining, said the event could help grow the interest of future students.
“It brings more families that might potentially have kids who would want to come here,” Hermanson said. “It gives them reason to come on campus other than for an admissions visit and gives them a different scenario than just coming to visit offices and classes and whatnot, so I think it’s a good thing.”
Hermanson said Family Fun Night is a great reason for guests to visit Oklahoma Christian.
“We’re thrilled that we get to be a part of the family fun night because it showcases three of our pieces of business: the cafeteria, Alfredo’s and Chick-fil-A,” Hermanson said. “We’re always glad to have guests on campus. We always allow parents to eat [in the cafeteria] for free, so we get those parents all the time just so they can see what you guys are getting to eat, but these nights are always fun just because other people get to see it that maybe aren’t part of the campus. It maybe brings other families on campus that may not have come before, so it’s awesome. We love it.”
According to sophomore Ashley Cannon, the event is also a class competition for the course.
“Josh Watson split the class in two and said we’re going to plan the event to try and bring more business to U Dining on Wednesday nights before church,” Cannon said. “It’s a class competition to see who can bring in the most people. They’re going to take how much money U Dining makes and compare it. Whoever makes the most money with the most people who show up will win.”
Cannon said an additional benefit of the event is the opportunity for younger children to view Oklahoma Christian college students as role models.
“I think it’s important to show the little kids and families that have them what it’s like to be on campus,” Cannon said. “Not only that, but we’re so close to all these churches, to have those relationships formed between the college students who can mentor the younger students. The younger students seeing the college students still going to church and being active in their faith is really important.”