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Northwest Missouri State University

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Northwest's annual Family Weekend features a variety of activities, including open houses, the Family Fun Fest at College Park and evening entertainment. Saturday's events surround the Bearcat football game and the introduction of the Northwest Family of the Year.

Northwest's annual Family Weekend features a variety of activities, including open houses, the Family Fun Fest at College Park and evening entertainment. Saturday's events surround the Bearcat football game and the introduction of the Northwest Family of the Year. (Photo by Darren Whitley/University Relations)

Sept. 12, 2014

Northwest to host annual Family Weekend activities Sept. 19-21

The Bearcat Cheerleaders perform at the Bearcat Zone tailgate before the 2011 Family Weekend football game.

Family Weekend Schedule 2014

(Times and locations are subject to change.)

Friday, Sept. 19

  • Bearcat soccer vs. Missouri Western, 5 p.m., Bearcat Pitch
  • Alumni Awards Banquet, 6 p.m., Ballroom, J.W. Jones Student Union (Reservation required)
  • Friday night entertainment: Frangela, 7 p.m., Charles Johnson Theater (Reservation required)
  • Bearcat volleyball vs. Washburn, 7 p.m., Bearcat Arena

Saturday, Sept. 20

  • 5K Run/Walk/Roll, 6:15 a.m. registration, 7 a.m. start,  Lamkin Activity Center. Sponsored by Northwest Athletic Trainers.
  • Pancake Breakfast Chris Cakes, 9 a.m., Alumni House. Cost: $4. Sponsored by Student Senate.
  • Bearcat Bookstore opens, 9 a.m.
  • Roberta Open House, 9 a.m.
  • Alumni Open House, 9 a.m.
  • Dean L. Hubbard Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship naming ceremony, 9 a.m., CIE
  • Study Abroad: Enhance Your Academic Experience, 9:30 a.m., Student Engagement Center, Student Union. Information session for families.
  • Family Fun Fest, 10:30 a.m., College Park. Free games and activities, including a Northwest themed photo booth.
  • Hy-Vee Tailgate Zone, 11 a.m. College Park. Meal available for $6.75.
  • Bearcat football vs. University of Central Missouri, 1 p.m., Bearcat Stadium. Recognition of Family of the Year at halftime.
  • Bearcat volleyball vs. Emporia State, 6 p.m., Bearcat Arena
  • Saturday Night Entertainment: Mat Franco,  7 p.m., Ron Houston Center. Sponsored by SAC. (Reservation required)

Parents and families of Northwest Missouri State University students will gather for a weekend of entertainment, athletic events and family fun as the University celebrates its annual Family Weekend, Sept. 19-21.

The weekend’s highlights include free entertainment, the annual Alumni Awards Banquet and a Saturday afternoon football game against the University of Central Missouri. Festivities surrounding the football game include the Hy-Vee Bearcat Zone tailgate and the halftime introduction of the Northwest Family of the Year.   

Families may reserve tickets for Family Weekend event in advance by registering online. Registration forms should be completed by 11:59 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15. Students may charge tickets to their Bearcat Cards or by using a credit or debit card.

Tickets will be available for pickup between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, through Friday, Sept. 19, in the Office of Campus Activities, located on the second floor of the J.W. Jones Student Union. Students must present a Bearcat Card for verification purposes.

All Family Weekend events are open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Times are subject to change.

A complete schedule for Family Weekend along with detailed information for specific events is available by clicking here. For more information, contact the Office of Campus Activities at 660.562.1226 or


Free entertainment

Northwest’s Student Activities Council is sponsoring free entertainment at 7 p.m. both Friday, Sept. 19, and Saturday, Sept. 20, in the Charles Johnson Theater at the Olivia DeLuce Fine Arts Building. Reservations are required.

Comedy duo Frangela will perform Friday evening. The show features real-life best friends Frances Callier and Angela V. Shelton, who are well-known for their hilarious commentary on VH1’s “Best Week Ever” and their parts in the hit movie “He’s Just Not That Into You.”

Callier and Shelton also host their own radio show, “The Week According to Frangela,” in Los Angeles. They have made regular appearances on NBC’s “Today” and “Dateline,” Fox’s “Mike and Juliet Show,” CNN’s “Showbiz Tonight” and “Headline News,” and MSN’s “The Big Debate,” among others.

Mat Franco will perform Saturday evening. His unique performance combines college humor with mind-blowing magic. During his early years, Franco traveled to Las Vegas to study under some of magic’s biggest names. He was invited back as a teenager and hired to perform at the Riviera Hotel and Casino.

Franco has become a favorite of campuses across the nation and recently won the Male Performer of the Year Award from Campus Activities Magazine.


Alumni Awards Banquet

Eight distinguished members of the Northwest family will be honored during the Alumni Awards Banquet, sponsored by the Northwest Alumni Association. The event begins with a 6 p.m. social Friday, Sept. 19, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom. A dinner begins at 6:45 p.m. and the awards presentation starts at 8 p.m.

This year’s honorees are Brig. Gen. Christopher Hughes, Dr. Ben Blackford, Dr. Betty Bush, Dr. Robert “Bob” Bush, Ken Scribner, Steve Bratt, Brad Elliott and Mike Thomson.

For more information about the Alumni Awards Banquet, call the Office of University Advancement at 660.562.1248 or e-mail Reservations are required.

CIE re-naming ceremony

Northwest will celebrate the naming of its Dean L. Hubbard Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in honor of the University's ninth president, who served Northwest from 1984 until his retirement in 2009. The ceremony begins at 9 a.m. at the CIE, located on the northeast corner of the campus on North College Drive, and it is open to the public.

The CIE, which the University dedicated in September 2009, was Hubbard’s vision to provide unparalleled learning and research opportunities for Northwest students and faculty in a wide range of disciplines. The 46,679 square-foot combination research center and high-tech business incubator combines academic and entrepreneurial resources while providing assistance and encouraging development of new small businesses.



Kickoff for the Bearcats’ football game against Central Missouri is set for 1 p.m. at Bearcat Stadium. The Hy-Vee Bearcat Zone, Northwest's tailgate area prior to all home football games, gets under way at 11 a.m. at the Raymond J. Courter College Park Pavilion.

There will be performances by Bobby Bearcat, the Bearcat Marching Band, Bearcat Steppers and the Bearcat Cheerleaders. Fans may bring their own food or a tailgate meal is available for $6.75.

The football game includes a halftime recognition of the Northwest Family of the Year.

In other athletics contests during the weekend, the Northwest soccer team will take on Missouri Western State University at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19 at Bearcat Pitch.

Northwest volleyball will host two games at Bearcat Arena against the University of Washburn at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, and against Emporia State University at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468