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Family Weekend Event Schedule

Please note that space for the free events offered during the weekend is limited (i.e., MSU 101, Student Showcase, Family Comedy Show, Pool Party, and Dive-In Movie). 

Registration for these events was used primarily to estimate possible attendance, and do not actually yield tickets.  Since physical tickets will not be handed out, seating will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Due to high interest in some of these events, we suggest that you and your family arrive early to find seating.    

Event information is subject to change, so please regularly check back for updates.

  • Friday, September 27

  • Saturday, September 28

  • Sunday, September 29

  • All Weekend

  • Houses of Worship

  • Check –In and Information

    4:00pm – 7:00pm
    Plaster Student Union, N.E. Lounge (across from the Info Desk)
    The first 500 registered families to check-in will recieve a FREE GIFT!
     

    BearWear @ the Bookstore

    7:30am  5:30pm
    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!
     

    Study Away Open House

    1:00pm 5:00pm
     

    Financial Aid Open House

    12:00pm - 5:00pm
     

    MSU 101

    5:00pm – 6:30pm
    Have you ever wondered what an MSU class was like? Step into the world of a Missouri State student as you attend a class session with one of our most popular and highly renowned professors, Dr. James C. Moyer.
     

    Taste of the PSU

    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.” Get a 10% discount when you use your Family Weekend coupon!
    **Coupons will be handed out during Family Weekend Check-In.**
     

    Missouri State  v. Univ Northern Iowa Women's Soccer Game 

    5:00pm
    Show your Bear pride as you cheer the Women's Soccer team on to a game winning season!  Go Bears!
     

    Student Showcase

    7:00pm  9:00pm
    Join us for a fun filled night of entertainment! Listen to the sounds of some of MSU's most notable singing groups and witness the performance of one of our most premier dance troups. 
  • Check-In and Information

    8am – 10am
    Plaster Student Union, Grand Ballroom Information Desk (3rd Floor)
    The first 500 registered families to check-in will recieve a FREE GIFT!  
     

    Family Weekend Kick-Off Breakfast

    8:30am – 10:00am
    Plaster Student Union Grand Ballroom (3rd Floor)
    Join the MSU Family Association and President Clif Smart for the Official Family Weekend 2013 kick-off celebration, as you indulge in a delectable buffet breakfast spread.  While you are there, take part in the festivities as you and your family share a meal with our partners in the Career Center. Please be sure to include your student in your ticket count, as student meal plans will not be accepted.

    **Pre-registration is required for this event, as 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

    7:00am – 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.
     

    Bearfest Village: Family Edition Extravaganza

    10:00am – 1:00pm
    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 bar-b-que and get in the Bear spirit as you watch a performance from MSU’s own, Sugar Bears! Don't forget to bring cash to purchase some delicious brats, hot dogs, hamburgers, and other bbq!
     

    Bear Pride & Traditions: Campus Tour

    10:00am, 4:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:00pm (optional times)
    Meeting Location [will be emailed to registered to participants]
    Join us for a 45-minute walking tour that highlights the history and showcases new developments in the Missouri State University community.  Families, friends, and students will have the opportunity to see some of the newly constructed buildings and resoures, while experiencing the diverse and rich atmosphere of the campus. 
    **Preregistration is required for this event, and must be done by Friday, September 13.  Families can select a tour time on the the ticket/registration page.**
     

    Legacy Luncheon**(Event Open to Alumni Parents/Grandparents and Their Students)

    11:00am
    The Alumni Association is proud to sponsor a celebratory pre-game luncheon for all parents and grandparents who are alumni of Missouri State. Visit the Legacy Luncheon registration page to register for this event. 
     

    MSU v. Illinois State Football Game

    1:00pm
    Show your Bear pride as you cheer the team on to a game winning season during one of the first home games of the year!  Also, get ready for a whirlwind of surprises and activities for you and your family throughout the game.  Go Bears!
     Ticket information for the Footbal Game is available on the Family Weekend Ticket & Registration Information page.
     

    Taste of the PSU

    5:00pm – 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.” Get a 10% discount when you use your Family Weekend coupon!
    **Coupons will be handed out during Family Weekend Check-In.**
     

    Family Comedy Show

    7:00pm – 8:30pm
    Get ready to laugh the night away as you enjoy a FREE comedy show featuring the hit actor and comedian, Godfrey.   Bring your family and friends, as you sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!  Sponsored by the MSU Student Activities Council
     

    Pool Party

    7:00pm – 8:30pm
    Foster Recreation Center - Hutchens Family Aquatic Center
    Ready to cool off and unwind after a fun day in the sun? 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!
     

    Dive-In Movie

    8:30pm – 10:30pm
    Foster Recreation Center, Hutchens Family Aquatic Center
    After the pool party stay in the water to experience the screening of Despicable Me 2.  This event offers a unique way of enjoying a box office hit, that the whole family can enjoy!
  • Golf Scramble

    8:30am
    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 $59.25 (per team).  Your registration will include 9 holes and a golf cart for you and your partner to get around the course. Don’t forget to purchase your tickets!  
    Ticket information for the Golf Scramble is available on the Family Weekend Ticket & Registration Information page.

    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

    9:00am – 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

    11am
    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. 
     

    Buy In or Get Out – Fraternity & Sorority Life (FSL) New Member Day

    2pm
    Is your student a new member of the FSL community? Do you have a son or daughter who is a leader on campus?  Join the FSL community as they welcome David Stollman as their closing speaker for New Member Day.  David Stillman is a nationally recognized speaker for fraternity and sorority life from Campus Speak.  He focuses on values based recruitment and making experiences in the community better. 
     

    Missouri State v. vs. Lipscomb Men's Soccer Game

    Plaster Sports Complex
    7:00pm
    Show your Bear pride as you cheer the Men's Soccer team on to a game winning season!  Go Bears!
     

    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. Click here for more information.
  • Stomp Out Hunger: All Collegiate Shoe Drive

    Starting Family Weekend, September 28-October 19
     
    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 campus.  Also, join us for part of the kick-off celebration during the Family Weekend Kick-Off Breakfast on Saturday morning!
     
    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:
    TBA
  • 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.