Family Weekend 2021 Schedule of Events

Registration for Family Weekend has opened. Visit https://commerce.cashnet.com/SOARFP  to order tickets.

Family Weekend Food Drive for the Bear Pantry

During Family Weekend in partnership with Missouri State Bears, we will be collecting donations for the Bear Pantry. Items needed include: Cereal, Granola bars, Chips, Oatmeal, Mashed potatoes, Deodorant, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Shampoo. There will be donation boxes across campus and at the weekend athletic events.

Family Weekend Frequently Asked Questions

Friday, September 24

Check–In and Information

4 – 7 p.m.
Plaster Student Union

Pick up your tickets for weekend events and have your first Family Weekend photo taken at our Social Media Photo Center. Football tickets are mailed.

BearWear @ the Bookstore

8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Missouri State Bookstore

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! A 20% discount will be offered to all family members on BearWear, souvenirs and Clinique.

Taste of the PSU
hosted by Dining Services

4 – 7 p.m.
Plaster Student Union, Food Court

Enjoy food from Chick Fil-A, Panda Express, Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburger, Subway, and more, when you experience the campus “hotspot.”

Foster Recreation Center Open House

4 – 9 p.m.
Foster Recreation Center

Get active and enjoy a workout (or a swim) with your student at 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.

Missouri State Women's Volleyball Game vs. Loyola

6pm
Hammons Student Center

Cheer on our Women's Volleyball team at their first game during Family Weekend as they take on Loyola. Tickets available at the Box Office.

Saturday, September 25

Ticket Pick-up and Information

9 – 11 a.m.
Plaster Student Union, Grand Ballroom Information Desk (3rd Floor)

Mindful Meditation Yoga – Magers Health and Wellness

8am
Magers Health and Wellness Center

Bring your family and join us for a relaxing start to your day with a session of meditative and energizing yoga with Rhonda Lesley, director of the Missouri State Counseling Center.

Family Weekend Welcome Brunch (come & go event)

sponsored by the Career Center and University Safety

10 a.m.  – 12pm
Plaster Student Union Grand Ballroom (3rd Floor)

Join MSU Parent and Family Programs for the Official Family Weekend 2021 kick-off celebration, as you indulge in a delectable brunch. Visit with members of the Career Center, University Safety and the Springfield Police Department. A short program, featuring President Clif Smart will start at 10:45am.**Ticket required.

BearWear @ the Bookstore

9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Missouri State Bookstore

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! 20% discount for family members on BearWear, souvenirs and Clinique.

Foster Recreation Center Open House

9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Foster Recreation Center

Get active and enjoy a workout (or a swim) with your student at 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.

The Duane G. Meyer Library presents "Family Weekend Family Extravaganza @ Your Library"

9 a.m. - 12 noon
The Duane G. Meyer Library

Get to know #ClubMeyer during Family Extravaganza @ Your Library! Enjoy refreshments and games on the front lawn, make your own souvenir button, tour the library and the Jane A. Meyer Carillon tower, and try your hand at Virtual and Augmented Reality with interactive demos. Free admission.

Bear Family Tailgate - Come & Go Event
sponsored by the Traditions Council, MSU Alumni Association and Family Programs

4pm – 7pm

BearFest Village (exact tent location to be announced soon)

Join the fun of BearFest Village at the Bear Family Tailgate! Hang out with family and friends, enjoy performances by the Pride Band and cheer on our Missouri State Football team as they make their way to the field. Food is served. Coolers are welcome. Suggestion: Bring chairs because the tent will be crowded. Ticket required.

Safety Demonstrations sponsored by the Office of University Safety

4pm-7pm
BearFest Village

Join the Office of University Safety at the Bear Family Tailgate as they spotlight CPR Training, fire extinguisher training, durable bike locks and campus security cameras (see if you can find #FlatBoomer). Enjoy this interactive presentation before you head to the football game. Free event.

Missouri State Women's Volleyball Game vs. Valparaiso

5pm
Hammons Student Center

Show your Bear pride as you cheer on our Women's Volleyball team as they take on Valparaiso. Tickets are available at the Box Office.

Missouri State Men's Soccer Game vs. Evansville

6pm
Betty and Bobby Allison South Stadium

Make plans to cheer on our championship Men's Soccer team as they take on Evansville. Tickets are available at the gate.

MSU Football Game vs. South Dakota

7 p.m.
Plaster Stadium

Show your Bear pride as you cheer the team on as they take the field against South Dakota! Also, get ready for a whirlwind of surprises and activities for you and your family throughout the game. Go Bears! Ticket required. Football tickets will be mailed!

Splash & S’mores

sponsored by the Foster Rec Center

6 p.m.- 8 p.m.
Foster Rec Center

The Pool Party at the FRC will be a great place to relax after an activity filled day. Enjoy basketball, volleyball, tubes to float the lazy river, lumberjack log roll, and in water seating. There will be a fire pit with free s’mores on the adjacent patio. Free event. Ticket required.

Magician Trent James

sponsored by the Student Activities Council

7:30 p.m.
Plaster Student Union Theatre

Join the Student Activities Council for its annual Family Weekend Event featuring entertaining magician Trent James. This event takes place on September 25th, 7:30-8:30pm in the PSU Theatre. Tickets will be free for MSU students and $10 each for family members.

Sunday, September 26

Golf Scramble
sponsored by Foster Rec Center

9am
Horton Smith Golf Course

Get ready to tee off as you participate in the annual Family Weekend Golf Scramble sponsored by Foster Recreation Center.  $44.00 per person or $176 for a foursome.  Your registration will include 9 holes and a golf cart and tee time. Prizes announced at a later date. Ticket required.

BearWear @ the Bookstore

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Missouri State Bookstore

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! 20% discount for family members on BearWear, souvenirs and Clinique.

Foster Recreation Center Open House

12 noon – 4 p.m.
Foster Recreation Center

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.

Family Weekend Sunday Worship
sponsored by the Missouri State University Campus Ministers Association

10 a.m.
Plaster Student Union Theatre

The Missouri State University Campus Ministers Association presents Family Weekend Sunday Worship, a non-denominational time of worship and sharing. All are welcome to attend.

Sparkling Sunday Brunch
sponsored by Missouri State Dining Services

8 - 11:30 a.m.
Blair- Shannon Dining Center

Explore Springfield

Get your outdoor supplies at the 300,000 square-foot Bass Pro Shop including the Wonders of Wildlife, 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.