Truman to Welcome Families Oct. 7 to Family Day 2006

A variety of activities have been planned for Truman students and their families this weekend as part of the annual Family Day. Faculty, staff and their families also are invited to meet the visiting families and share in the events.

Following tradition, this year’s events are designed to provide families with information as well as opportunities for a wide variety of entertainment from the University.

Several events occur before Family Day officially begins. The men’s and women’s swim teams will have a purple/white intrasquad meet at 6 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Natatorium located in Pershing Building. The women’s volleyball team will take on Missouri Southern at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 in Pershing Arena. In addition, there will be Latin dance lessons followed by a dance beginning at 8 p.m. Oct. 6 in West Campus Suites. The Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band will perform a Big Bands concert at 8 p.m. Oct. 6 in Baldwin Auditorium. These groups will be performing music by Duke Ellington, Benny Carter, Thad Jones, Mongo Santamaria, and other composers.

Activities kick off at 8 a.m. Oct. 7 with coffee and doughnuts on the Student Union Mall.

Parent Seminars will follow the reception at 9 a.m. in the SUB Conference Room and SUB Activities Room.

The Division of Business and Accountancy will have an open house from 10-10:50 a.m. on the second floor of Violette Hall.

The festivities move to Baldwin Auditorium at 11 a.m., where parents will hear from President Barbara Dixon, Student Senate President Angela Crawford, a senior interdisciplinary studies major, from Olathe, Kan., and members of the Parents Council.

After the assembly, families are invited to a barbecue-style lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Red Barn Park. The cost of the lunch is $6.25 per person and must be purchased in advance at the Public Relations Office in McClain Hall 101. Students with a purchased meal plan may eat for free with their Truman ID.

The Eighth Annual Festival Centennial will take place from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. in the Centennial Hall Courtyard.

Tours of the West Campus Suites, the newest addition to Truman’s campus, will be given from 1-3 p.m.

Families with an interest in sports will have a full slate to choose from. At noon, the Truman men’s and women’s swim teams will have their annual alumni swim meet at the Natatorium. The football team takes on Missouri Southern at 2 p.m. in Stokes Stadium. Tickets for the game can be purchased at 8 a.m. at Reception on the Mall. The Truman volleyball team will conclude the sporting events for the day, when it matches up against Fort Hays State (Kan.) at 7 p.m. in Pershing Arena.

Entertainment continues through the evening with an opening performance by Franklin Street at 7:30 p.m. followed by juggling, skateboarding comedian Mad Chad Taylor at 8 p.m. in Baldwin Auditorium. Admission is $2. Students with a Truman ID get in free. Seating begins at 7 p.m.

The Wind Symphony band, the University Orchestra and the Cantoria singers will perform at 2 p.m. Oct. 8 in Baldwin Auditorium.

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