This is the third official “Date Night with the Gilbert’s” since President Gilbert’s inauguration last year, and the goal is to produce a culture of dating at the university, according to the event’s web page.
Brett Sampson, university public affairs director, said students can expect games and activities aimed toward getting to know each other and a free dessert.
“President and Sister Gilbert just want to have a good time with each other and with the students,” Sampson said. “They like to share some of the experiences they had dating, both before and after marriage, and just have a fun night.”
Sampson said all students are invited as long as they RSVP and bring a date. Married couples are encouraged to come also, and can bring along babies if they cannot find a baby sitter.
The first “Date Night with the Gilbert’s” included conversation on the importance of dating, and get-to-know-you activities for those in attendance, according to Deseret News. There was an estimated 3,500 students that participated in the event.
Sampson said President Gilbert was told that two of the couples that attended the original date night activity got married.
“Stories like that are really fun and special but the purpose of the event is just to encourage dating and have a good time with the Gilbert’s,” Sampson said.
Students are asked to text “date” to 95577 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat and a free dessert for the evening.