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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. (Northwest Missouri State University photo)

Sept. 8, 2016

Northwest to host Family Weekend activities Sept. 16-18

By Lexi Ryan, media relations assistant

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

2016 Family Weekend Schedule

(Times and locations are subject to change.)

Click here for Campus Dining hours

Friday, Sept. 16

  • Bearcat soccer vs. Missouri Western, 5 p.m., Bearcat Pitch
  • Alumni Awards Banquet, 6 p.m., J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom (reservation required)
  • Hypnotist Chris Jones, 7 p.m., Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts
  • Theatre Northwest Lab Series “An Evening With Ives,” 7:30 p.m., Black Box Theater, Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts (tickets at the door, $3)

Saturday, Sept. 17

  • 5k Walk/Run, 6:15 a.m. registration, 7 a.m. start, Lamkin Activity Center circle drive
  • Pancake Feed and Alumni House Open House, 9 a.m., Alumni House ($5 per person)
  • Study Abroad: Enhance Your Academic Experience family information session
  • Campus Tours, The Station.
  • Family Fun Fest, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., College Park
  • Bearcat football vs. Nebraska-Kearney, 1:30 p.m., Bearcat Stadium.
  • Dueling Pianos, 7 p.m., J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom

Sunday, Sept. 18

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. 16-18.

“Families are an integral part of student success and are important partners in our mission of  focusing on student success -- every student, every day at Northwest,” Anthony Maly, a coordinator in Northwest's Office of Student Involvement, said. “We hope that Family Weekend can help students’ family members become better acclimated with campus life at Northwest as well as learning more about the resources that Northwest has to help their students’ succeed.”

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

Northwest Residential Life is offering low cost weekend housing for families and visitors during Family Weekend. Families may reserve two-person rooms in Phillips Hall for $25 per night at

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

A complete schedule for Family Weekend and more details are available at For more information, contact the Office of Student Involvement at 660.562.1226 or


Free entertainment

Northwest’s Student Activities Council sponsors two nights of free entertainment.

Hypnotist Chris Jones will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts, and Dueling Pianos will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom. Tickets are not required for these events.

Jones was a contestant on the 10th season of “America’s Got Talent” and has been recognized as the “Most-booked hypnotist in the college market.” He was named the 2015 Hypnotist of the Year, 2014 Best Variety Artist and a 2013 runner-up “Fastest Rising Star.” For more information about Jones, visit

Dueling Pianos features two grand pianos, each played by a professional pianist who sings and entertains. Humor and audience participation is prevalent.


Alumni awards banquet

Seven distinguished members of the Northwest family will be honored during the annual Alumni Awards Banquet, sponsored by the Northwest Alumni Association. The event begins with a 6 p.m. social Friday, Sept. 16, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom. A dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and the awards presentation starts at 8 p.m.

This year’s honorees are Abdul-Kaba Abdullah, the late Cathran Cushman, Greg McDanel, Robert Moulder, Willard “Bud” Tice, Dr. Deborah Toomey and Steven Wallach.

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


Family of the Year nominations

Each year, Northwest recognizes a family who best represents the Bearcat Family and demonstrates a strong commitment to Northwest. The Family of the Year is selected from submitted applications and announced prior to the football game Saturday, Sept. 17.

In addition to being recognized during halftime of the football game, the family receives a $750 scholarship and other prizes.

The deadline to submit an application is 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9. One application is allowed per student. The family must be present to accept the award.



Kickoff for the Bearcats’ football game against Nebraska-Kearney is set for 1:30 p.m. at Bearcat Stadium. The Hy-Vee Bearcat Zone, Northwest’s tailgate area prior to all home football games, gets underway at 11 a.m. at the Raymond J. Courter College Park Pavilion.

The Bearcat Zone features performances by Bobby Bearcat, the Bearcat Marching Band, Bearcat Steppers and the Bearcat Cheerleaders as well as family caricatures, inflatables and other family-friendly activities. Fans may bring their own food, or a tailgate meal is available for $7.

Additionally, Bearcat soccer will host Missouri Western University at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16 at Bearcat Pitch.

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