CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State University Program Council has changed the name of Dads and Moms Weekend to Fall and Spring Family Weekend, respectively.

With the change in name for the weekend, the Program Council hopes to expand the reach and scope of the weekends to be more inclusive family and friend events.

"The new name really gives us the opportunity to reexamine what the weekend means for the Oregon State community, and to welcome far more than students' parents to experience Beaver Nation," said Curtis Orona, the Program Council's director. "We really want to emphasize that this weekend is for everyone in the family, including younger siblings, grandparents, friends, and is even welcome to members of the community."

The original Moms' weekend took place in spring 1924, and was aimed at highlighting women's opportunities on campus. The first Dads Weekend was simply called "Dad's Day" and took place on April 14, 1934, in conjunction with homecoming. Since then the events have greatly expanded their scope and mission, and now, have shifted to a broader family focus.

This year's Fall and Spring Family Weekends will happen Nov.18-20, and May 5-7. A welcome reception is planned for Friday of both days, beginning at 5 p.m. For more on the November event: http://sli.oregonstate.edu/osupc/family

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Curtis Orona, Curtis.orona@oregonstate.edu