Family Weekend 2015 Tentative Schedule of Events

Register HERE for Family Weekend!  Check back often for updates.

Browse below and see the  schedule of events for Family Weekend 2015. We look forward to welcoming you and your family on campus on September 11-13, 2015! Like us on Facebook to keep up-to-date with daily news about Family Weekend. #MSUFW15

Early bird registration ends August 7, 2015. Registration for Family Weekend except for football tickets will close Friday, September 4th. Football tickets only will be sold through September 9th.

Register HERE for Family Weekend.

**Please note that Family Weekend is a self-supported event; the registration fee covers events, supplies, materials, and administrative costs.

Some events do require tickets. Space will be limited.


Friday, Sept. 11

(all events are tentative and subject to change)

Check–In and Information

4:00pm – 7:00pm
Plaster Student Union, N.E. Lounge (across from the Info Desk)
Pick up your passes for weekend events and have your first Family Weekend photo taken at our Social Media Photo Center.

Social Media Photo Booth

4:00pm - 7:00pm
Plaster Student Union, N.E. Lounge (across from the Info Desk)
Start out the weekend by getting your first picture in front of the Bear Statue. The picture will be printed out for you immediately. #MSUFW15

BearWear @ the Bookstore

7:30am – 8:00pm
Get ready for “BearWear Friday” –a longstanding Missouri State tradition—by heading to the Bookstore for your MSU merchandise! Then, take a picture of you and your family in your BearWear for a chance to be featured on the MSU website!

Taste of the PSU
hosted by Dining Services

4:00pm – 7:00pm
Enjoy food from Chick Fil-A, Panda Express, Red Mango, Subway, Papa John’s Pizza, and more, when you experience the campus “hotspot.”

Bear Battalion Rappelling Exhibitions
sponsored by the Bear Battalion

4:00pm - 6:00pm
ROTC Rappelling Tower
Looking for some adventure? Join the Bear Battalion as they teach you to rappel down the ROTC Rappelling Tower. Take a moment to meet the Cadets and enjoy interesting exhibits.

Foster Recreation Center Open House

4:00pm – 9:00pm
Get active and enjoy a workout (or a swim) with your student in our newly built Foster Recreation Center! Families will have the opportunity to use the FRC to workout with their students. A signed waiver of consent is needed to use the facility. Family members can fill out the waiver form at the front desk of the center.

Ozarks Celebration Festival
Annual Concert Under The Stars & Ice-Cream Social

5:30pm - Ice Cream Social
6:00pm - Blackberry Winter Band
7:30pm - The HillBenders
John H. Keiser Plaza and Amphitheater (located on the east side of Strong Hall)
Learn more about the history of the Ozarks at the Ozarks Celebration Festival, a family-friendly event showcasing traditional Ozarks crafts—blacksmithing, weaving, and much more. Admission is free.

MSU Men's Soccer Game vs. St. Mary's College of California

7:00pm
Betty and Bobby Allison South Stadium
Start your Family Weekend cheering on our Men's Soccer team. Deck out in your best BearWear and head over to the stadium for some fabulous soccer.

Student Showcase & BBQ
sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement & Student Activities Council

7:00pm – 9:00pm
North Mall
Join us for a fun filled night of entertainment and BBQ! Enjoying the talents of our student organizations as they entertain with a wide variety of acts, visiting with other families and getting to know MSU staff are just a few of the highlights of the evening. Tickets Required. First-come, first-serve. Space is limited.

MSU Ice Bears Hockey Game vs. Dallas Baptist

7:00pm
Mediacom Ice Park
Join us for a night of exciting hockey at the MSU Ice Bears home opener. Tickets are $7 for adults (14 and up), $4 for students and 13 and younger. Tickets available at the door.

A "Night Under the Stars" at the Baker Observatory

7:30pm - 10:30pm
Baker Observatory, 1766 Old Hillcrest Road Webster County, MO
Join faculty, staff and students from the Department of Physics, Astronomy and Material Sciences for a "Night Under the Stars" at the Baker Observatory, an extended part of the Missouri State campus. Families will have the opportunity to use the telescopes to check out our amazing solar system and enjoy the peace of a country night . The Baker Observatory is located at Old Hillcrest Road, off Route 38, approximately ten miles northwest of Marshfield in Webster County.  Maps will be available at Family Weekend check-in.  Please use a flashlight (with red cellophane covering the front) to see your way around the Observatory entrance and grounds. This event is free. The event will be cancelled in the event of rain.

Rock-n-Bowl
sponsored by the Student Activities Council

7:30-10:30 pm
Level 1 Game Center - Plaster Student Union
Join the Student Activities Council for bowling, ping pong and pool in the Level 1 Game Center. Challenge other families to a friendly competition.

All activities are on a first-come, first serve basis.

Saturday, Sept. 12

(all events are tentative and subject to change)

Check-In and Information

8:00am – 10:00am
Plaster Student Union, Grand Ballroom Information Desk (3rd Floor)

Social Media Photo Booth

8am - 10 am
Grab a photo with the Bear Statue in front of the Plaster Student Union. Your photo will be printed immediately. #MSUFW2015

Family Weekend Welcome Breakfast Buffet (come & go event)
sponsored by the Career Center

8:00am – 9:30am
Plaster Student Union Grand Ballroom (3rd Floor)
Join MSU Parent and Family Programs for the Official Family Weekend 2015 kick-off celebration, as you indulge in a delectable buffet breakfast. Please be sure to include your student in your ticket count, as student meal plans will not be accepted.

**Must have a ticket to attend. Tickets will NOT be available at the door.**

BearWear @ the Bookstore

9:00am - 6:00pm
Head to the Bookstore to pick up some MSU merchandise! Then, take a picture of you and your family in your BearWear for a chance to be featured on the MSU website!

Foster Recreation Center Open House

9:00am – 9:00pm
Get active and enjoy a workout (or a swim) with your student in our newly built, Foster Recreation Center! Families will have the opportunity to use the FRC to workout with their students. A signed waiver of consent is needed to use the facility.  Family members can fill out the waiver form at the front desk of the center.

Golf Scramble
sponsored by the Foster Recreation Center

8:30am
Get ready to tee off as you participate in the annual Family Weekend Golf Scramble sponsored by Foster Recreation Center.  Create your own 2-person team, and sign up for $57.00 (including cart and tax), $30.00 for individual (includes cart and tax).  Your registration will include 9 holes and a golf cart for you and your partner to get around the course. Tickets are required.

Bear Battalion Rappelling Exhibitions
sponsored by the Bear Battalion

9:00am - 12noon
ROTC Rappelling Tower
Looking for some adventure? Join the Bear Battalion as they teach you to rappel down the ROTC Rappelling Tower. Take a moment to meet the Cadets and enjoy interesting exhibits.

“Why should I care about grad school, and how to get there?”
sponsored by the Missouri State Graduate College

9:30am - 10:00am
In this brief presentation, Dr. Julie Masterson, Dean of the Graduate College, will discuss the importance of furthering ones education beyond a Bachelor’s degree, and some of the career fields in which it is imperative to have a Master’s or Doctoral degree.  Additionally, Misty Stewart, Coordinator of Recruitment for the Graduate College, will provide important information regarding MSU’s graduate programs and the application/admission process.

Ozark Celebration Festival - Craft & Music Festival

10:00am - 6:00pm
Carrington Lawn
Enjoy performances featuring bands, storytellers, and dancers from throughout the Ozarks. Visit than 70 craft booths where craftsmen will be demonstrating and selling their wares. There is also a kids area for ages 1 and up. Free admission

Boulder Climb
sponsored by the Foster Recreation Center

11:00am - 1pm
In front of the Foster Recreation Center
Showcase your climbing skills with the staff of the Foster Recreation Center.  Staff will be available to share climbing tips with you.

The Duane G. Meyer Library presents "Route 66 hosted by Turner & Page, the Library Bears" Family Event

9:00am - 12noon
The Duane G. Meyer Library
The Duane G. Meyer Library family of services invites you to participate in The Library – Route 66 hosted by Turner & Page, the Library Bears. Learn about valuable resources available to your student from the MSU Libraries in a self-guided tour. Enjoy memories of the Route 66, enjoy special exhibitions and speakers. Activities will include: hot wheel car races, drawing/coloring, Carillon tours, button making plus mouch more.  Refreshments will be served.

BearFest Village: Family Edition Extravaganza

11am - 2pm
Location TBA
Make memories and indulge in a day of fun with your entire family during one of MSU’s most exciting tailgate traditions– BearFest Village. Take a picture with Boomer, eat some tailgate food and get in the Bear spirit as you enjoy the excitement of game day! Tailgate food is included in the price of a ticket. MSU students are free.

Make a Difference Event - Meals-a-Million Packathon

10:30am - 12:30pm
Be a #CitizenBear and make a difference during Family Weekend.  Meals A Million is an opportunity for you and your student to unite with a group of volunteers to fight hunger locally and worldwide!  You and your family will pack the meals and the meals will be distributed throughout the United States and to developing countries internationally.  Previous distributions have included Springfield, Joplin, Branson, and Carthage, as well as Tanzania, Mexico, Haiti, and El Salvador. Sign up to volunteer at here.  Use the code bearsfamilies to login.

MSU v. Chadron State Football Game

2:00pm
Show your Bear pride as you cheer the team on to a game winning season during the first home game of the year! Also, get ready for a whirlwind of surprises and activities for you and your family throughout the game. Go Bears!  Tickets are $5 for adults (13 and older) and $2 for children 12 and under. Students will be seated with you (comp ticket) when your ticket order is filled. You DO NOT need to purchase a ticket for your student but you need to include your student in the number of tickets you need. Family Weekend football tickets can be purchased through the Family Weekend Registration site. Football Tickets will NOT be mailed. Tickets will be available for pick-up during Family Weekend and other designated times.

Legacy Family Event - Dessert Social

6:30pm - 8:00pm
Meyer Alumni Center
Are you a Missouri State alumni and the family member of a current MSU student? You are invited to the Legacy Family Dessert Social. Mix and mingle with local alumni, faculty members and Alumni Association staff while enjoying some delicious desserts. Bring your family and join the fun. Admission is free but tickets are required.

MSU Ice Bears Hockey Game vs. Dallas Baptist

7:00pm
Mediacom Ice Park
Join us for a night of exciting hockey at the MSU Ice Bears game. Tickets are $7 for adults (14 and up), $4 for students and 13 and younger. Tickets available at the door.

Ursa Experience - Maroon & White Overnight Reunion

7:00pm - 9:00pm
Davis-Harrington Welcome Center
Enjoy the beauty of the new MSU Welcome Center while you reconnect with friends, student facilitators and staff from the first Ursa Experience - Maroon & White Overnight. Stay tuned for more details.

Dive-in Movie

8:30pm
Get ready for fun in the pool at the Foster Aquatic Center while enjoying a dive-in movie (movie announced soon). Remember to pack your bathing suits and come on out for lots of fun. The pool has a lazy river you can float on, underwater bench seating plus much more. (free admission but advance registration is required)

Sunday, Sept. 13

BearWear @ the Bookstore

10:00am – 2:00pm
Head to the Bookstore to pick up some MSU merchandise! Then, take a picture of you and your family in your BearWear for a chance to be featured on the MSU website!

Ozark Celebration Festival - Craft & Music Festival

11:00am - 5:00pm
Carrington Lawn
Enjoy performances featuring bands, storytellers, and dancers from throughout the Ozarks. Visit than 70 craft booths where craftsmen will be demonstrating and selling their wares. There is also a kids area for ages 1 and up. Free admission

Foster Recreation Center Open House

12 noon – 4:00pm
Get active and enjoy a workout (or a swim) with your student in our newly built, Foster Recreation Center! Families will have the opportunity to use the FRC to workout with their students.

Family Weekend Sunday Worship

sponsored by the Missouri State University Campus Ministers Association
10am
The Missouri State University Campus Ministers Association presents Family Weekend Sunday Worship, a non-denominational time of worship and sharing.
Sunday, September 13, 10 AM in the Plaster Student Union Theater.  All are welcome to attend.

Sparkling Sunday Brunch

Blair- Shannon Dining Center - 8:00am - 12:30pm
Garst Dining Center - 11 am - 2 pm
Enjoy a sparkling brunch in either of our two main dining centers as you get ready to bid farewell to your student.  Parents eat free with a student. Additional guests are $6.50 each, payable at the door.

Explore Springfield

Get your outdoor supplies at the 300,000 square-foot Bass Pro Shop, experience history first-hand as you go on the “Battle of Springfield Driving Tour,” or experience the “home of the throwed rolls” in the Ozarks. Finish up the weekend by taking some time to explore the Springfield community with your student. Get more information.