Family weekend took place at APU on October 25-28, adding to the excitement of all of the homecoming festivities. The families of APU students were able to participate in many events over the course of the weekend, the main two being the block party and football game. The block party was held on Saturday afternoon in the Dillon Recreation Complex, and was followed by the homecoming football game against Western Oregon. Here are some photos to summarize the jam-packed weekend of communal bonding.

At the block party, In-N-Out trucks came to serve the APU families. In-N-Out trucks are commonly used for events at APU and are always a crowd favorite.

At the block party, there were many games and activities for families to participate in such as a foosball table, bouncy slide, skee ball and more. These games catered to all ages, but especially entertained the youngsters. These games helped provide entertainment for everyone and keep the energy levels of the event high.

Ann Greetham, a freshman communications major and youth ministry minor, is pictured above selling “The ZU” T-shirts to families who were eager to rep the Zu for the football game.

Here are three members of the Zu crew showing some school spirit. These three volunteers were selling “The ZU” T-shirts as well as doing free face painting for anyone who wanted to be decked out for the football game.

The Army ROTC had a booth at the block party for those interested in learning more about the program or joining. They were giving out free drawstring bags and informational packets about the ROTC.

Here are some ROTC members getting involved in the block party by playing a game of cornhole.

Many students are their families took pictures in front of the APU backdrop showing how much they “love APU”. This pair of smiling faces represented the energy and excitement from all those around at the block party.

Right at the entrance of the block party, there was a booth set up that took on a different approach to repping school spirit. This booth allowed people to buy and swap vintage APU apparel. This was a very interesting concept, and an innovative way to reuse APU shirts from the past. All proceeds from this booth went to the APU Finish Line Scholarship.

The APU Honors College booth was giving out free mini megaphones. These megaphones were used by many at the football game, making the cheers even louder.

Before the homecoming football game started, members of the ROTC presented the colors. The whole stadium was in total silence, in respect for the American flag.

The stadium was full of excitement as the cougars entered onto the field. The team ran onto the field full of confidence and energy, ready to take on Western Oregon University.

Before the game began, the seniors were recognized alongside their families. This was their last home game of their collegiate football career, making it even more special.

The game was close all throughout, but the Cougars put up a strong fight. APU ended up taking the win over Western Oregon 7-6 after a touchdown in the last few moments of the game.

At the football game, Raymond Harper, a freshman kinesiology major, volunteered to help raise money for the Make A Wish Foundation.

The stadium was packed for the game, with many families and students in attendance. The football game made a great and exciting ending to the family weekend.

All photos taken by Kendal Shride.