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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.

Sept. 8, 2015

Northwest to host Family Weekend activities Sept. 25-27

By Brett Fredenberg, media relations assistant

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

2015 Family Weekend Schedule

(Times and locations are subject to change.)

Click here for Campus Dining hours

Friday, Sept. 25

  • Alumni Awards Banquet, 6 p.m., J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom (reservation required).
  • Hypnotist Jim Wand, 7 p.m., Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts.
  • Bearcat volleyball vs. Southwest Baptist, 7 p.m., Bearcat Arena.

Saturday, Sept. 26

  • 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. (Pancake Feed cost is $4 per person)
  • Study Abroad: Enhance Your Academic Experience, 9:30 a.m., family information session, Student Engagement Center.
  • Upperclassmen housing tour, 10 a.m. - noon, meet at South Complex front desk, The Station (for Tower Suites), and Forest Village Community Building.
  • Campus Tours, 10:30 a.m., The Station.
  • Family Fun Fest, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Ray Courter College Park Pavilion.
  • Bearcat football vs. Central Oklahoma, 2:30 p.m., Bearcat Stadium.
  • Bearcat volleyball vs. Missouri Southern, 6 p.m., Bearcat Arena.
  • Mission IMPROVable, 7 p.m., Charles Johnson Theatre, Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building

Sunday, Sept. 27

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. 25-27.

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

“Family is an integral component of life at Northwest and our students’ lives,” Family Weekend Coordinator Anthony Maly said. “Family Weekend helps familiarize students’ families with the campus and showcases resources available to students. Additionally, we hope families and their students connect through the variety of free and affordable activities they can attend together and share in with the entire Northwest family.”

Families may reserve tickets for Family Weekend events, excluding Saturday’s football game, in advance by registering online. Registration forms should be completed by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23. Students may charge tickets to their Bearcat Cards or by using a credit or debit card.

Football tickets may be purchased online by clicking here.

Tickets will be available for pickup at Family Weekend events, for which families have pre-registered. Some Family Weekend entertainment events do not require tickets for attendance. However, 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 Student Involvement at 660.562.1226 or


Free entertainment

Northwest’s Student Activities Council sponsors two nights of free entertainment at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, and Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are not required for these events.

Hypnotist Jim Wand will perform Friday evening. Dr. Jim Wand received his doctorate degree in psychology and has been involved in the field of hypnosis for more than 30 years, performing more than 9,000 shows. He is one of the top hypnotic entertainers in the world today.

Wand has worked alongside Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien, Chris Rock, Larry the Cable Guy, Sylvester Stallone, George Straight and more. He has made appearances on Comedy Central and the FOX special “WOW.”

Mission IMPROVable, an improvisational comedy team of agents on an exciting mission, performs Saturday evening. Audience members are the co-agents and participate in hilarious games or “missions” by shouting answers to questions for the team to perform.

Mission IMPROVable is rapidly spreading across the country. The act has grown to festivals and colleges and always leaves the audience with a laugh. The team puts a twist on the improvisational comedy act, combining “Mission Impossible” with the antics of “Who’s Line is it Anyway?”


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. 25, 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 Jennifer Dawson Nicholson, Dr. Carol Blom Spradling, Dr. Gary McDonald, Dr. Merry McDonald, Shoba Mansukhani Brown, Susan Johnson Hockensmith and Thomas Sanchez.

For more information about the Alumni Awards Banquet, call the Office of University Advancement at 660.562.1248 or email 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. 26.

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. 11. One application is allowed per student. The family must be present to accept the award.



Kickoff for the Bearcats’ football game against Central Oklahoma is set for 2:30 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 $6.75.

Additionally, the Bearcat volleyball hosts two games during the weekend. Northwest faces Southwest Baptist University at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, and Missouri Southern at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26. Both games are in Bearcat Arena.

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