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Northwest Missouri State University

Family of the Year (Photo by University Photography)
Family Weekend (Photo by University Photography)
Family Weekend (Photo by University Photography)
Family Weekend (Photo by University Photography)
Family Weekend (Photo by University Photography)
Family Weekend (Photo by University Photography)
Family Weekend (Photo by University Photography)

Family Weekend 2017

Sept. 22 - 24

Family Weekend is an opportunity for families to spend time with students, visit the Northwest campus and get the full experience of Bearcat Nation. Family Weekend is open to everyone including Alumni and friends. This year we have new events, please see the tabs above for more information! 

If you have further questions you can contact the Office of Student Involvement at 660.562.1226. or email

Family Weekend Schedule 2017

The event dates and times below are tentative and all are subject to change.




Friday, Sept. 22

Alumni Association Board of Directors Meeting 

J.W. Jones Student Union 

8:30 a.m.

Alumni Awards Banquet
Reservations are required, contact 660.562.1248

J.W. Jones Student Union, Ballroom

6 p.m.

For more information about the Alumni Awards Banquet, contact 660.562.1248 or visit

Taste of Maryville - CANCELLED!
Experience local vendors from all over Maryville for just $10!



Magician: Ben Seideman
Free to students and the public
Sponsored by SAC

Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts

8 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 23

5K Run/Walk/Roll
$25 registration fee -- for more information clik the "5K" tab above
Sponsored by Northwest Athletic Trainers


Lamkin Activity Center Circle

Check in: 6:15 a.m. (Same day as race; registration is also available the day of.)

Race Starts: 7 a.m. 

Bearcat Breakfast
Join us for a Bearcat Breakfast for $7!


Tent across from the Alumni House

9 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Scavenger Hunt
The hunt begins at Gaunt House and take you through the Northwest Campus! Follow the clues to the end for a special surprise. See the "Scavenger Hunt" tab above for more information and to sign-up!

Tent across from the Alumni House

10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Saturday Campus Tours
(through University Admissions)

Student Union

10:15 a.m.

Bearcat Tailgate Zone

College Park Pavilion

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Bearcat Football vs Missouri Southern

Bearcat Stadium

1:30 p.m. 

Escape Experience of Maryville will be available to students, families, and alumni.
For more information or to sign-up for a time slot please see the "Encryption" tab above.
Sponsored by SAC

422 N Main St. | Maryville

6:30 p.m. - 12 a.m

Sunday, Sept. 24

Faith Services
See website for times and locations

Maryville Community


Tickets for Northwest Athletic events are not available through the Office of Student Involvement and are available on the ticket page of Bearcat Athletics.

Northwest Campus Dining invites all Bearcat families to the table this Family Weekend! Across campus your family can enjoy Chick-fil-A, Papa John's, Starbucks, the Bearcat Commons and more! Check the Family Weekend hours so your student can treat you to their favorite meal!

**All activities are subject to change depending on weather

5K: Run, Walk, Wheel!

Sponsored by Northwest Athletic Trainers
Location: Lamkin Activity Center Circle
Check in: 6:15 a.m. (Same day as race; registration also allowed day of)
Flight line up:
6:45 a.m
Race Start: 7 a.m.

  • There will be 2 flights with the "wheelers" starting at 7 am followed by the runners and walkers at 7:10 am. "Wheelers" include anyone with a bike, scooter, skateboard, rollerskates/blades or strollers. NO motorized wheeled objects are allowed.
  • Register online or pick up a registration form and waiver in the athletic training room located in Lower Lamkin

Register Online

Registration Prices 

  • $25 registration age 13 and above
  • $20 registration for 12 and under
  • Each participant will receive a registration packet and a Bearcat t-shirt! 

Click here to watch a video of the 5k course!

 Scavenger Hunt

The first annual Family Weekend Scavenger Hunt will be hosted on Saturday Sept., 23rd at 10:00 a.m. located at the Tent across from the Alumni House.  The Scavenger Hunt will take you throughout the Northwest campus, encompassing historical sites, traditions and various offices. Student and Family prizes will be up for grabs at the end! 

'Connect with a Bearcat' will allow students whose families are unable to attend to be paired with Alumni or university staff to participate in the various activities throughout the weekend. If you are interested in being a host family or being hosted by a family, register for the event.

Register Online


SAC will be sponsoring a night at Encryption on Saturday, Sept. 23rd from 6:30 p.m. - 12 a.m. The Escape Experience of Maryville tests your knowledge and inventive thinking through various puzzles and riddles. Can you break-out in 60 minutes?

Spaces for this event are limited. you MUST sign-up for a time slot at one of the SAC info tables to get tickets for your family or group to experience Encryption.  

Info tables will be held September 18th - 22nd from 10am to 2pm on the second floor of the student union 
If you have further questions, please contact

2017 Family of the Year

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. The selected family will be recognized at halftime of the football game Saturday, Sept. 23. The family receives a $750 scholarship and other prizes.

The deadline to submit an application is Friday, Sept. 14, 2017 at 5 p.m. One application is allowed per student. The family must be present to accept the award.

Nominate a Northwest Family of the Year