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Family Weekend 2014 Schedule of Events

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.

Registration for Family Weekend has closed. There are many events that do not require tickets or registration. Check the schedule below for more information.

  • Friday, September 12

  • Saturday, September 13

  • Sunday, September 14

  • All Weekend

  • Houses of Worship

  • Check-In and Information

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

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

    9:00am – 11:00am
    Plaster 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 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

    Get 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. REGISTRATION for the Golf Tournament has closed.

    Bear Battalion Rappelling Exhibitions
    sponsored by the Bear Battalion

    11:00am - 1pm
    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.

    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 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"

    PSU 400
    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 - Space Jam
    sponsored by the Student Activities Council

    PSU Theatre
    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 Extravaganza

    3:00pm - 6:00pm
    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 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 Game

    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. Download the ticket purchase form here.


  • BearWear @ the Bookstore

    10:00am – 4:00pm
    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

    10:00am – 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

    Sparkling Sunday Brunch

    MSU Dining Centers
    Enjoy a sparkling brunch in either of our two main dining centers as you get ready to bid farewell to your student.

    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.
  • Stomp Out Hunger: All Collegiate Shoe Drive

     Family Weekend, September 12-14
    Join 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:
    Family 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.