Browse below and see the schedule of events for Family Weekend 2014. We look forward to welcoming you and your family on campus on September 12-14, 2014! "Like" us on Facebook to keep up-to-date with daily news about Family Weekend. NOTE: Some events do require tickets. Space will be limited.
Family Weekend 2014 Schedule of Events
Friday, September 12
Saturday, September 13
Sunday, September 14
Houses of Worship
Check–In and Information4:00pm – 7:00pmPlaster 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.
BearWear @ the Bookstore7:30am – 5:30pmGet 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!
Career Center Open House
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Carrington Hall, 309
Study Away Open House1:00pm – 5:00pm
Financial Aid Open House12:00pm - 5:00pmCarrington Hall, 101
Taylor Health & Wellness Open House2:00pm - 5:00pm
Taste of the PSU
hosted by Dining Services4:00pm – 7:00pmPlaster Student Union, Food CourtEnjoy food from Chick Fil-A, Panda Express, Red Mango, Subway, Papa John’s Pizza, and more, when you experience the campus “hotspot.” Get a 10% discount when you use your Family Weekend coupon!**Coupons will be handed out during Family Weekend Check-In.**
Foster Recreation Center Open House4:00pm – 9:00pmGet 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.
Student Showcase & BBQ
sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement & Student Activities Council7:00pm – 9:00pmNorth 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. First-come, first-serve.
Women's Soccer vs. Central Arkansas
Betty & Bobby Allison South Stadium
Cheer on our Lady Bears as they take on Central Arkansas. Tickets prices are: Adults, $4, $2 for Faculty/Staff and $3 for kids 12 and under. MSU Students are free. Tickets can be purchased at the gate.
sponsored by the Foster Recreation Center7:00pm – 8:30pmFoster Recreation Center - Hutchens Family Aquatic CenterReady to unwind? Come enjoy a swim in our 7,000 square foot indoor pool. With an on-site lifeguard, lanes for lap swimming, an underwater bench seating with hydrotherapy back jets, a 16-seat spa, and a water-current channel, there is plenty of stuff for the whole family to enjoy!
sponsored by the Student Activities Council
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.
Dive-In Movie - Monsters University
sponsored by the Foster Recreation Center8:30pm – 10:30pmFoster Recreation Center, Hutchens Family Aquatic CenterAfter the pool party stay in the water to experience the screening of a fabulous movie, Monsters University featuring Missouri State's own John Goodman. This event offers a unique way of enjoying a box office hit, with the whole family in an unique setting! Space is limited. Arrive early.
Check-In and Information8:00am – 10:00amPlaster Student Union, Grand Ballroom Information Desk (3rd Floor)
Family Weekend Welcome Breakfast Buffet (come & go event)
sponsored by the Career Center9:00am – 11:00amPlaster Student Union Grand Ballroom (3rd Floor)Join the MSU Family Association for the Official Family Weekend 2014 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 Bookstore9:00am - 6:00pmHead 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 House9:00am – 9:00pmGet 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.
sponsored by the Foster Recreation Center10:30amGet ready to tee off as you participate in the annual Family Weekend Golf Scramble sponsored by Campus Recreation. Create your own 2-person team, and sign up for $72.00 (per team including tax). Your registration will include 18 holes and a golf cart for you and your partner to get around the course. You must purchase your tickets in advance through Family Weekend Online Registration.
Bear Battalion Rappelling Exhibitions11:00am - 1pm
sponsored by the Bear Battalion
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.
sponsored by the Foster Recreation Center11:00am - 1pmIn front of the Foster Recreation Center
Showcase your climbing skills with the staff of the Rec Center. Staff will be available to share climbing tips with you.
The Duane G. Meyer Library presents "The Library - Past, Present and Future" Family Event
11:00am - 3:00pm
The Duane G. Meyer Library
The Duane G. Meyer Library family of services invites you to participate in The Library – Past, Present and Future. Learn about valuable resources available to your student from the MSU Libraries in a self-guided tour. Enjoy memories of the past, learn about resources of the present and get a glimpse of the future alongside fun activities for all. A drawing will be held at the end of the day. Activities will include: Paint your Library, games, tours, and technology presentations, plus much more.
Absent Professor Program presents "7 Habits of a Successful College Student"
Join Michael Frizzel, Director of the Bear Claw, for an entertaining and informative look at what makes a successful college student. Michael will wow you with his personality and knowledge and offer resources available to your student as they learn more about Missouri State.
Legacy Family Ice Cream Social
hosted by the Missouri State University Alumni Association
The Duane G. Meyer Library
Are you a Missouri State alumni and the family member of a current MSU student? You are invited to the Legacy Family Ice Cream Social. Mix and mingle with local alumni, faculty members and Alumni Association staff while enjoying some delicious ice cream. Bring your family and join the fun. (tickets are required)
Family Weekend Matinee Movie
sponsored by the Student Activities Council
Join the Student Activities Council for a Saturday Matinee Movie (Space Jam) in our PSU Theatre located in the Plaster Student Union. Relax with your family and the Student Activities Council, out of the heat of a September afternoon, before the exciting BearFest festivities kick-off.
BearFest Village: Family Edition Extravaganza3:00pm - 6:00pmLocation TBAMake 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 and Growl, eat some tailgate food and get in the Bear spirit as you enjoy the excitement of game day! Feel free to bring your own chairs, food and friends. Don't forget to bring cash to purchase some delicious hot dogs and hamburgers from MSU Dining Services!
MSU v. North Dakota Football Game6:00pmShow 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. Download the ticket purchase form here.
BearWear @ the Bookstore10:00am – 4:00pmHead 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 House10:00am – 4:00pmGet 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
Sparkling Sunday Brunch11amMSU Dining CentersEnjoy a sparkling brunch in either of our two main dining centers as you get ready to bid farewell to your student.
Explore SpringfieldGet 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.
Stomp Out Hunger: All Collegiate Shoe DriveFamily Weekend, September 12-14Join MSU as we partner with OTC, Drury, Evangel, and SBU to conduct a massive record-breaking shoe drive for Sole Food. Bring in your gently worn shoes to donate and drop them off in the various boxes located around Family Weekend events.Sole Food is a non-profit organization that collects used shoes (any type without holes in the soles) then sells them to the Shoeman Water Project. Shoeman then sells the shoes which are distributed in third world countries. The money raised by selling the shoes is used to buy a water filtration systems in third world countries and the money paid to Sole Food is given to the Friends Against Hunger organization which packages meals for those in need around the world.Drop off locations:Check-inFamily Breakfast
Springfield has a wide variety of houses of worship available. The list below contains a sample of nearby locations offering worship services. For service times, please contact the individual house of worship.
- Christ Episcopal Church
601 East Walnut St
- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
904 South Kimbrough Ave
- Cornerstone Church
1701 South Fort Ave
- First & Calvary Presbyterian Church
820 East Cherry St
- Grace Assembly of God
500 West Mount Vernon St
- Grace United Methodist Church
600 South Jefferson Ave
- Islamic Center of Springfield
2151 E Division St
- Saint Agnes Cathedral
533 South Jefferson Ave
- Temple Israel
5910 S. Farm Road 193
- Timmons Temple Church of God
934 East Webster St
- Trinity Lutheran Church
1415 S Holland Ave
- University Heights Baptist Church
1010 S National Ave
- Christ Episcopal Church