October 11-13, 2013

Family Weekend Purpose

Family Weekend has been a traditional CI event 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 the University mission and values and the goals of the Division of Student Affairs.
“In choosing Cal State 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 and goals of the Division of Student Affairs.

Family Weekend 2013

Check In [top]

Check-in begins on Friday, October 11 starting at 4:00 p.m.  Destination check-in will also be available beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 12.

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 in need to enable them to attend Family Weekend. Contact Kirsten Moss-Frye, associate director of Access, Orientation and Transition Programs at (805) 437-3156 for more information.

Registration Fees [top]

The cost to attend Family Weekend 2013 is as follows:

Weekend Rate (Friday night, all day Saturday and Sunday) -- Cost includes all meals and activities for Friday night, all day Saturday and Sunday. No individual event or day rates are offered.

  • $30 for CI students
  • $45 for guests age 12 and under
  • $60 for guests age 13 and above

Register for Family Weekend 2013 [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]

Family Weekend: Living the Mission at a Glance

A highlight of some main events.

Friday, October 11

All WeekendCommunity Art Project (IA or CE)
All Day

Attend Open Classes (IA, CE, MP or IP)

Biology 200: Organismal and Pop Biology; 11 - 11:50 a.m., Aliso 150
An introduction to the biology of organisms including ecology, evolution, diversity and human impacts. The ecology unit includes discussion of population, community, and ecosystem ecology. Evolution covers natural selection and the Darwinian revolution, origin of species, and other evolutionary processes. Diversity covers systematic and taxonomy, and a tour of life on Earth including viruses, prokaryotes, protists, fungi, plants and animals. Human impacts on biological systems will be discussed. Taught by Dr. Norris.

Chemistry 105: Introduction to Chemistry; 8 - 8:50 a.m., Del Norte 1500
Introduces the basic principles and concepts in Chemistry. Topics covered include: measurements, units and unit conversion, scientific notation, stoichiometry, atomic structure, the concept of the mole, types of compounds, and problem solving. Taught by Dr. Schulze.

Psychology 432: Seminar in Leadership; 1 - 3:50 p.m., Anacapa Commons
This course gives students an opportunity to both study and experience communicative, managerial, psychological, and sociological perspectives related to leadership. This includes in-depth study of aggression and dominance, group structure and behavior, decision-making, and the role of personality in leadership. Taught by Drs. Volkan and Sawyer.

University 100: Introduction to CI; 10 - 10:50 a.m., Bell Tower 1491
Discover your learning style! Taught by Kirsten Moss, M.A.

12 - 4 p.m.Waterfront at the CI Boating Center
4 - 6 p.m.Check-in & Welcome Reception
6 - 7 p.m.Family Weekend Dinner
7 - 8 p.m.Mission Tournament (IA)
7 - 8:30 p.m.Noche de Familia (MP or IP)

Saturday, October 12

8:30 - 10 a.m.President's Breakfast (IP)
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.Service Project: Planting to Restore CI Habitat at Long Grade Creek (CE)
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.Waterfront at the CI Boating Center
1:30 - 3 p.m.Red & Silver Games
4 - 5 p.m.Parent & Family Circle
5 - 6:30 p.m.Dinner: A Cultural Night with Louis Gossett, Jr. (MP)
7 p.m.Student Programming Board Talent Show (Wear your Spirit Gear!)

Sunday, October 13

9 a.m.Student Organizations Pancake Breakfast
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.Native American Crafts & Culture (CIBC)
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.Waterfront at the CI Boating Center

Living the Mission

The theme for Family Weekend reflects dedication to the four pillars of the University. You will experience these pillars at various events in creative ways. At check-in, you will receive a passport for the weekend with the opportunity to collect stamps at events for "traveling" through the pillars of the University. Concluding with dinner on Saturday night, staff will be honoring those families with all four pillar stamps with a pin to acknowledge their exposure to the holistic educational approach and unique culture of CI. Events will be labeled with the pillars to help guide your personalized itinerary. The four pillars are:

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

Community Art Project (CAP)

Saturday between 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. you can bring your used, washed bottles and cans to add to the CAP. Starting October 1 students are able to bring used, washed bottles and cans to the Student Union to help create a sculpture in the Tree House Courtyard. Adding to the sculpture will end October 15, so be sure to become a part of the Community Art Project! The project is implemented in collaboration with the University Student Union and the Center for Integrative Approaches, honoring their year-long theme of "community." Pillars: IA, CE

CI Mission Tournament

Participate in the CI Mission Tournament Friday night! Be sure to research the CI Mission using the links below to prepare for this friendly competition. The winning table will receive bragging rights and CI prizes! Pillar: IA

CI Mission: http://www.csuci.edu/about/mission.htm
Four Pillars: http://www.csuci.edu/provost/four-pillars.htm

Planting Service Project to Restore CI Habitat at Long Grade Creek

Contribute to the next 10 years of CI and beyond during this unique service project.

Family Community Project: On Saturday morning, your family has the opportunity to plant new life on the grounds of Long Grade Creek near the new University Drive entrance road. RSVP at check-in. For more information about this on-going project, please visit: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/nov/19/csuci-students-help-restore-habitat-after-bridge/Pillar: 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!

The criteria for the awards selection include:

1. The quantity of CI gear in the family

2. The number of family members that participate

3. The creativity of display (think outside the box!)

4. Family presentation and CI style!

Experience the CI Waterfront at the Channel Islands Harbor Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Everyone is encouraged to participate and have fun at the Waterfront.  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.

Be sure to stop by the Farmers’ Market located near the Waterfront from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Sunday!

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, coordinator of Lifetime Leisure Programs, at joshua.wade@csuci.edu at least 14 days in advance of participating at the Waterfront.

Our Commitment to Access [top]

CSU Channel Islands is committed to providing equal access to curricular and co-curricular activities.  If you have specific needs pertaining to Family Weekend, please contact Kirsten Moss-Frye, associate director of Access, Orientation and Transition Programs at (805) 437-3156 or kirsten.moss@csuci.edu.  Additionally, individuals who would like to request translation assistance should contact Kirsten Moss-Frye.

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 Venus Tamayo, Coordinator for Student Support Services, at (805) 437-3568 or venus.tamayo@csuci.edu.

Para más información, por favor de comunicarse con Venus Tamayo, Coordinadora de Student Support Services, al (805) 437-3568 o venus.tamayo@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.