A tour of the campus. Milling around the bookstore. Visiting museums.
Those were just some of the activities undertaken by hundreds of KU parents who flocked to the campus Saturday for Kansas University's annual Parents Day/Family Weekend.
"Overall things are going very well," Kathryn Kretschner, director of new student orientation, said Saturday morning as she stood by the greeting table in the Kansas Union. "There seems to be significantly more interest this year than last year in the formal part of the event. And it doesn't hurt to have a game with K-State."
As of about 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Kretschner said that at least 100 families had registered for the event. But she said there were probably several hundred more families on campus for the day.
"There's 50,000 people at the game, but we don't know how many are parents," she said.
ACTIVITIES for the day included an update on what was happening on campus from a freshman's perspective, she said.
"The kids talked about making the adjustment to KU," she said. "One student said she is in a class that was twice as big as her high school."
Other activities included a historical walking tour of campus and a guided bus tour.
Several parents registering for the event said they were looking forward to their day on campus.
Carol Harder, a Shawnee Mission Northwest High School teacher, was there with her daughter, Ebbi Harder, a freshman thinking about going to medical school.
"Her chemistry class has 1,200 kids, and she's learning something," Harder said. "Her sociology class has 600 in it and the textbook they're using, her teacher wrote it. . . . We're real pleased with the quality of the teachers here."
THE HARDERS planned to tour the chemistry research lab in Mallott Hall later in the day.
"We're going to have a super day," Harder said.
Mark Childs brought his cousin, Greg Balsmeier, a Newton High School senior, for Senior Day, another activity held Saturday on campus.
"I think the campus is beautiful," said Childs, a Hutchinson car dealer. Balsmeier agreed.
"It's pretty impressive," he said. "I'd love to go here."
Katie and Arch Walker, Bartlesville, Okla., were up to visit their son, Scott Walker, a freshman studying fine arts.
"We've been here a couple of times before and we like it very much," said Arch Walker, a University of Oklahoma graduate.
His wife, a Singapore native, said she was impressed with KU's mix of students.
"One of the things I was glad to see is it's got a diverse student body. . . . It makes for a much more enriching experience. We've been really happy," she said.
DON BENNISH, Ballwin, Mo., was up with his son Chris Bennish, a freshman. An alumnus of the University of Missouri at Rolla, the elder Bennish said Saturday's visit was only his second on campus.
"My son's really excited about it. He likes it," Bennish said. "He tells me he's getting decent grades, which is something he really didn't do in high school that much."
Don Kremer, Bartlesville, Okla., a human resources manager at Phillips Petroleum, was up to visit his daughter, freshman Jennifer Kremer.
The elder Kremer, an alumnus of the former St. Marys of the Plains College in Dodge City, said his daughter picked KU after looking at a lot of schools in Oklahoma and Texas.
"She picked this one because of the reputation that it had," Kremer said. "She visited campus and really fell in love with it. It's a really beautiful college setting."
Kremer said he was impressed with the faculty and the administration.
"I got the impression they really care about students," he said. "It's a real genuine thing."