October 9-10, 2015

Family Weekend Purpose

Family Weekend has been a CI tradition since 2002. Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, Family Weekend aims to enhance students’ educational experience, reconnect families, and further develop a relationship based on shared values with all members of the CI family. Family Weekend is designed to support both the University mission and the purpose, aims, and values of the Division of Student Affairs.
“In choosing CSU Channel Islands, you have selected one of the most innovative and family-oriented institutions in the nation. CI will provide you with a stimulating curricular and co-curricular learning experience, which is accented by our commitment to always keep you, the student, at the center of our University mission.”   ~Dr. Wm. Gregory Sawyer, Vice President for Student Affairs

Family Weekend Aims

  • Provide families with events that highlight students’ talents and abilities while promoting life-long learning and ongoing personal development
  • Continue to assist students with the on-going transition into the CI and academic life
  • Develop a purposeful and engaging relationship with parents

Family Weekend is designed to: reinforce the University mission, reflect the core values of the University, and achieve the purpose, aims, and values of the Division of Student Affairs.

Family Weekend 2015

Check-In [top]

Check-in begins on Friday, October 9 starting at 4:00 p.m. in Santa Cruz Village.  Check-in will also be available beginning at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 10 at events' location for Saturday arrivals.

CI Adopt-a-Student [top]

If your student has a friend or roommate, invite him/her to join your family for the weekend.  Be sure to include the student’s name when you register (CI Adopt-a-Student).

CI Adopt-a-Family [top]

Make a family's dream come true!  Sponsor a family by donating the cost of attendance to enable a family to attend. Contact Kirsten Moss, Director of Multi-Access Programs at 805-437-3156 for more information.

Registration Fees [top]

The cost to attend Family Weekend 2015 is as follows:

Weekend Rate (Friday night, all day Saturday) -- Cost includes reception for Friday night and Saturday breakfast/dinner and waterfront activities. No individual event or day rates are offered.*

  • $20 for CI students
  • $30 for guests age 12 and younger
  • $40 for guests age 13 and older

*Optional participation for Saturday and Sunday morning fundraisers - cost to participate not included.

Register for Family Weekend 2015 [top]

Hotel Information [top]

For a complete list of hotels in the Camarillo area, please visit www.travelforecaster.com, which will list availability and rates.

Local Information [top]

Schedule of Events [top]

Friday, October 9

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.Open Classes
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.Check-in, G1 Lounge Santa Cruz Village
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.Bon Voyage Dinner, Tree House Courtyard (outside Student Union)
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.Friday Night Film: McFarland USA, South Quad

Saturday, October 10

6:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.Sunrise Family Fun Run, Central Mall
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.Breakfast Burritos (grab and go), Potrero Field
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.All Family Softball, Potrero Field
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.All Family Feud Kickball, Potrero Field
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Kayaking and Sailing, Channel Islands Boating Center
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.More than Seafood Dinner, Tree House Courtyard (outside Student Union)
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.Student Talent Show, Malibu Hall 100

Choose Your Own Adventure

Dolphin Pride at CI!

The theme for this year's Family Weekend reflects dedication to ongoing learning, creativity, and fun as expressed by showing off our Dolphin Pride. You will experience the CI Mission Pillars with various events over the weekend. The four pillars are:

  1. Multicultural perspectives (MP)
  2. International perspectives (IP)
  3. Integrative approaches (IA)
  4. Civic engagement (CE)

CI Parent Pride

Wear your CI swag on Saturday and participate in the fun as we award the “Best Dressed of CI” during the Talent Show Saturday night!

Criteria for the awards selection include:

1. The total quantity of CI gear worn by each family member

2. The total number of family members who participate

3. The creativity of how you display your CI swag/gear (think outside the box!)

4. Overall family presentation of CI style!

While attending Family Weekend, CI parents and family members are also encouraged to sign-up to become members of CI’s Parent & Family Programs (PFP). The purpose of the CI PFP is to create and strengthen vital partnerships between parents and families of enrolled students and CSU Channel Islands. The primary functions of the Program include:

  • Promoting information about campus resources
  • Supporting student success
  • Generating support and goodwill for the campus
  • Creating an interactive role for parents and families within the campus community and beyond

More information regarding PFP will be available at the dinner on Saturday, October 10.  Interested persons may also sign-up by contacting Dottie Ayer, Special Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs, at dorothy.ayer@csuci.edu.  Sign-up to stay involved, encourage your student, and have your voice heard!

Experience the CI Waterfront at the Channel Islands Harbor

Everyone is encouraged to participate and have fun at the CI Boating Center.  To ensure safety, participants must be properly fitted with a U.S. Coast Guard lifejacket and must weigh a minimum of 50 lbs., with a chest no larger than 56 inches.  Participants must be of sound health, with no specific ailments, injuries or disabilities that would affect their ability to have a safe experience.

Sign-up for waterfront activities of sailing and kayaking (space limited) when you register for Family Weekend. You will receive an email with further instructions on reserving your space. You may also inquire at check-in regarding availability. A map to the Channel Islands Harbor will be provided at check-in.

Kayaking: Hourly scheduled open-use kayaking sessions are limited so secure your family time right away! Kayak at the CI Harbor in our single- or double-seated kayaks. 

Sailing: Bond with your family for a half-hour on a Catalina 16.5' sailboat and experience CI sailing with our Lifetime Leisure Waterfront staff and Sailing Club.

Please note: If participants have needs that require special consideration, please contact Josh Wade, Assistant Director of Campus Recreation - Outdoor Adventures and Waterfront at joshua.wade@csuci.edu at least 14 days in advance of participating at the Waterfront.

 CI's Commitment to Access [top]

CI is committed to providing equal access to curricular and co-curricular activities.  If you have specific needs pertaining to Family Weekend, please contact Ariana Robles, Coordinator of First Year and Transition Programs at 805-437-3172 or ariana.robles@csuci.edu.  Additionally, individuals who would like to request translation assistance should contact Ariana Robles.

Persons who, because of a special need or condition, would like to request an accommodation should contact Disability Resource Programs at 805-437-3331 or email accommodations@csuci.edu as soon as possible, but no later than one week prior to Family Weekend, so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Se Habla Español? [top]

For questions or additional information in Spanish, please contact Angelica Caudillo, New Student, Orientation and Transition Programs Assistant at 805-437-3697 or angelica.caudillo@csuci.edu.

Para más información, por favor de comunicarse con Angelica Caudillo, Asistente de New Student, Orientation and Transition Programs al 805-437-3697 o mandar un correo electrónico a angelica.caudillo@csuci.edu.

Questions? [top]

For questions or additional information, please contact New Student, Orientation and Transition Programs at 805-437-3160 or orientation@csuci.edu.