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Bobby Bearcat plays with a young fan during last year's Family Weekend activities. Northwest's 2017 Family Weekend is Sept. 22-24. (Northwest Missouri State University photo)

Bobby Bearcat plays with a young fan during last year's Family Weekend activities. Northwest's 2017 Family Weekend is Sept. 22-24. (Northwest Missouri State University photo)

Sept. 7, 2017

Northwest to host annual Family Weekend activities Sept. 22-24

By Taylor Middleton, media relations assistant

2017 Family Weekend schedule

(Times and locations subject to change)

Friday, Sept. 22

  • Alumni Awards Banquet, 6 p.m., J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom (reservations required)
  • Magician Ben Seidman, 8 p.m., Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts


Saturday, Sept. 23

  • 5k walk/run/roll, 6:15 a.m. registration, 7 a.m. start, Lamkin Activity Center circle drive
  • Bearcat Breakfast Mixer, 9-10 a.m., Alumni House ($7 per person)
  • Scavenger Hunt, 10 a.m., Alumni House
  • Campus Tours, The Station.
  • Bearcat Tailgate Zone, 11 a.m., College Park (entry is free, meal available for $10)
  • Bearcat football vs. Missouri Southern, 1:30 p.m., Bearcat Stadium.
  • Encryption, 6:30 p.m. to midnight, 422 N. Main St. (reservations required)


Sunday, Sept. 18

(Updated: Sept. 18, 2017)

Northwest Missouri State University families will gather for a weekend of entertainment, athletic events and fun as the University celebrates its annual Family Weekend Sept. 22-24.

“Family Weekend gives students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff a unique way to engage and connect,” Amy Nally, Northwest’s assistant director of student involvement, said. “Since parents play an important part in their students’ success on campus, it is important for them to get to know Northwest and understand the student college experience. Family Weekend provides a unique opportunity for all to learn the history of Northwest, to view the new upgrades of facilities and build relationships with students and alumni.”

The weekend’s highlights include free evening entertainment, the annual Alumni Awards Banquet and a Saturday afternoon football game. Activities surrounding the football game include the Bearcat Zone tailgate and the halftime introduction of Northwest’s Family of the Year.

Northwest’s Office of Residential Life is offering low-cost housing for families and visitors during the weekend. Families may reserve two-person rooms in Franken Hall for $25 per night at

All Family Weekend events are open to the public, although reservations are required for some activities. Times are subject to change.

Additional details are provided below, and a complete schedule is available at For more information, contact the Office of Student Involvement at 660.562.1226 or



Northwest’s Student Activities Council (SAC) is sponsoring two free nights of entertainment, beginning with magician Ben Seidman at 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22, in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. Seidman, known for his energy and playful personality, starred in “Magic Outlaws” on the Travel Channel and appeared on “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” on the CW Network. He also was named Entertainer of the Year in 2014 and 2015 by Princess Cruises, was named Best Small Venue Performer in 2015 by Campus Activities Magazine, and is the only person in history to be named the Resident Magician at Mandalay Bay, Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. For more information about Seidman, visit

Families are invited to Encryption, a family friendly escape activity from 6:30 p.m. to midnight in downtown Maryville.  “The escape experience of Maryville” tests players’ knowledge and inventive thinking through puzzles and riddles, challenging them to escape a room in under 60 minutes. Participants must register with SAC to reserve a spot. For more information about Encryption, visit, or call the Office of Student Involvement at 660.562.1226.

The inaugural Family Weekend Scavenger Hunt will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, and begin at the Alumni House. Participants will follow clues throughout the Northwest campus to win prizes. Other weekend activities include a 5K run/walk/roll and a Bearcat breakfast mixer.


Alumni Awards Banquet

Eight 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 social at 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom. The dinner begins at 6:45 p.m., followed by the awards presentation at 8 p.m.

This year’s honorees are Dr. David McDaniel, Dr. Matt Symonds, Sherri Reeves, Tim Sullivan, Rich and Bernie Mendenhall, Sam Henson and Leon Dixon Jr.

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. The selected family will be recognized at halftime of the football game Saturday, Sept. 23.

In addition to being recognized on the field at Bearcat Stadium during halftime of Saturday’s football game, the family receives a $750 scholarship and other prizes.

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



Kickoff for the Bearcat football game against Missouri Southern State University is 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Bearcat Stadium. For ticket information and other details about the game, visit

The 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 and other family-friendly activities. Fans may bring their own food, or a tailgate meal is available for $10.

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