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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

2008 Family of the Year

The introduction of Northwest's Family of the Year has long been an
important part of the University's Family Weekend tradition. This year's
event takes place Friday, Sept. 18-Sunday, Sept. 20. The 2008 Family
of the Year (above) was the Ackley family of Meadville.


Sept. 15, 2009

Bearcat clans gather for Family Weekend

The parents and families of Northwest Missouri State University students will wear their Bearcat colors proudly this weekend during Family Weekend, Friday, Sept. 18, to Sunday, Sept. 20. This year's theme is "Bearcat Vacation."

"Family Weekend offers so much to all of our Bearcat families," said Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski. "This is a celebration of our students and their families. It represents what Northwest is all about: a big Bearcat family!"

Among the highlights of three days of activities planned for Northwest students, families, alumni and friends of the University is the Northwest Alumni Association's Alumni Awards Banquet Friday evening, Sept. 18. Five distinguished members of the Northwest family will be honored during the banquet. The event begins with a 6 p.m. social in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom followed by dinner at 6:45 p.m. The awards presentation starts at 8 p.m. Reservations are required.

Saturday's big event is the Bearcat football game against the University of Nebraska-Omaha, which begins at 1 p.m. in Bearcat Stadium. Festivities include the halftime introduction of the Northwest Family of the Year.

The Bearcat Zone, Northwest's tailgate area prior to all home football games, gets under way at 11 a.m. in the Raymond J. Courter College Park Pavilion.

Other highlights include a hypnotist, discounts at Mozingo Lake Golf Course, a 5K run/walk/roll fundraiser, a pancake breakfast, family fun fest, open houses and special displays, bowling and a casino night.

Family Weekend 2009 Schedule

Friday, Sept. 18

  • Residence Hall Association Fall Fest, late afternoon, Centennial Garden
  • Northwest Alumni Association Awards Banquet, 6 p.m., J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom, reservations required
  • Hypnotist Kevin Hurley, 8 p.m., Charles Johnson Theater, free, sponsored by the Student Activities Council
  • Family Weekend archives display, all day, B.D. Owens Library
  • Mozingo Lake Golf Course Family Weekend Special, all day, play 18 holes of golf for the price of nine holes

Saturday, Sept. 19

  • 5K Run/Walk/Roll, sponsored by Northwest Athletic Trainers, 6:30 a.m. registration/7 a.m. race, starts at Lamkin Activity Center circle drive, $20 entry fee, includes a T-shirt
  • Pancake breakfast by Chris Cakes, 8:30-10 a.m., Memorial Bell Tower lawn, $4
  • Family Fun Fest, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (Campus Scavenger Hunt at 10 a.m.)
  • Sorority Open House, 9-11 a.m., Roberta Hall
  • Alumni Open House, 9-11 a.m., Alumni House
  • Bearcat Bookstore open, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., J.W. Jones Student Union
  • Bearcat Zone Tailgate, 11 a.m., Raymond J. Courter College Park Pavilion, meal is $6 (optional)
  • Soccer, Northwest vs. Southwest Baptist University, 11:30 a.m., Bearcat Pitch
  • Football, Northwest vs. University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks, 1 p.m., Bearcat Stadium (Northwest Family of the Year will be recognized at halftime)
  • Family Bowling, 3-7 p.m., Bearcat Lanes (South Main Street in Maryville), $2 per game
  • Casino Night, 8 p.m., J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom, free
  • Fraternity Open Houses, all day
  • Family Weekend archives display, all day, B.D. Owens Library
  • Mozingo Lake Golf Course Family Weekend Special, all day, play 18 holes of golf for the price of nine holes

Sunday, Sept. 20

  • Faith services throughout the community (http://www.nwmissouri.edu/campusactivities/familyweekend/faith.htm)
  • All-You-Can-Eat Brunch Buffet, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., J.W. Jones Student Union, $8
  • Family Weekend archives display, all day, B.D. Owens Library
  • Mozingo Lake Golf Course Family Weekend Special, all day, play 18 holes of golf for the price of nine holes

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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