October 15, 2016

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 2016

Hotel Information

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

Local Information

Schedule of Events

10:30 a.m. - NoonBrunch
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.Street Fair
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.World Record Attempt (free t-shirt for all participants)
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.Kayaking and Sailing at the CI Boating Center*
8:00 p.m.Drive-in Movie, Zootopia

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.  Interested persons may also sign-up by contacting Chad Fehr, Director of Residential Education at chad.fehr@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.

Kayaking:  Kayak at the CI Harbor in our single- or double-seated kayaks. 


Sailing: Bond with your family 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.

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For questions or additional information, please contact Chad Fehr, Director of Residential Education at chad.fehr@csuci.edu.