Full Schedule of Events

Friday, August 19, 2016

3 p.m. or 4 p.m.

Family Welcome Session

Plaster Student Union Theater

All family members are welcome at this interactive welcome session (pick one) that explores campus life for your student. Enjoy refreshments and the cool theater after a day of moving in.

7 p.m.

President's Dessert Reception for New Families

JQH Arena Prime Overtime Club

Join President Clif Smart and his wife, Gail, for a dessert reception and mingle with other families of the Class of 2020. Relax after a day of moving in, meet faculty, staff and administrators while your students enjoy Playfair and other activities.

7 p.m.


Allison Recreation Fields

This high-energy, interactive event is the perfect way to make new friends at Missouri State. Playfair is a team-building experience that has a long-lasting effect on students. The event is sponsored by the Residence Hall Association and the Office of Student Engagement.

For students only

10 p.m.

Outdoor Games and "Captain America: Civil War"

North Mall

Enjoy inflatable games and refreshments provided by Christian Campus House, then watch the Marvel summer blockbuster movie on an inflatable screen under the stars. The event is sponsored by Student Activities Council.

For students only

North Mall

Saturday, August 20, 2016

11 a.m.

"See You Later" Brunch

Garst Dining Center or Blair-Shannon Dining Center

Enjoy a delicious brunch with your students in one of our dining centers before heading home. Up to two family members can eat for free with their students. Additional guests' meals are $6.50 each.

Noon-5 p.m.

Swag stations

Baker Bookstore, Boomer's at Hammons House and John Q. Hammons Fountain

Meet university experts and pick up caps, bags and T-shirts courtesy of Coca-Cola, while supplies last. We'll also hand out Coca-Cola punch cards, which can put you in the running to win a Coca-Cola bicycle valued at $400.

This event is sponsored by Coca-Cola and the Baker Bookstore.

7:30 p.m.

Fan Fest and Bear Bash

Plaster Student Union

Kick off your first Saturday night on campus by attending the Bear Bash Fan Fest at 7 p.m. before the doors open to Bear Bash at 9 p.m.

More than 5,000 students attend Bear Bash every year, making it one of the largest student events of the year. Enjoy free food, games, hypnotists, karaoke, bowling and much more. The first 1,000 students get a free Missouri State T-shirt. The event is sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement, Plaster Student Union, Student Activities Council, Residence Hall Association and Partners in Prevention.

Sunday, August 21, 2016


Fraternity & Sorority Life 101

Hammons Student Center

If you're interested in joining a fraternity or sorority, you should attend this session to learn more about recruitment and membership. The event is sponsored by Fraternity & Sorority Life.

2 p.m.

New Student Convocation

JQH Arena

New Student Convocation officially marks the start of the 2016-17 academic year. Learn more about MSU's public affairs mission and this year's theme of "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness: Perspectives on Self-Government." The event is sponsored by the office of the provost and the Division of Student Affairs.

3 p.m.

Bear Path

Sidewalk between JQH Arena and Plaster Student Union

Hear the welcome from Missouri State faculty, staff and students as you start your journey as new Bears.

3 p.m.

New Student Festival

Plaster Student Union and North Mall

More than 150 student organizations and departments will host booths in the PSU to share information about their events and programs. The event is sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement.

4 p.m.

Commuter Reception

Plaster Student Union Club (Room 400)

Meet other commuter students and enjoy pizza while learning about resources specifically engineered for you.

5 p.m.


Freudenberger House Courtyard

This barbecue is the perfect opportunity for you to learn about multicultural experiences at Missouri State, engage in fun activities and win prizes. The event is hosted by the Office of Multicultural Programs, the Office of Student Engagement and Residence Hall Association.