Truman to Welcome Families Oct. 13 to Family Day 2007

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.

Some events occur before Family Day officially begins. Author Jason Offutt will share ghost stories about the public places in Missouri at 7 p.m. Oct. 12 in the SUB Conference Room. “Haunted Missouri: A Ghostly Guide to the Show-Me State’s Most Spirited Spots,” published by Truman State University Press, will be available for purchase and signing at a ghostly special price of $15 each. Truman’s Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band will follow at 8 p.m. in the Baldwin Auditorium.

Activities kick off at 8 a.m. Oct. 13 with coffee and doughnuts on the Student Union Mall. The Student Union Building Georgian Room is the rain location.

Author David Nichols will be on hand to sign copies of “Founding the Future: A History of Truman State University,” published by Truman State University Press. The book will be on sale at $30 each.

Parent Seminars will follow the reception at 9-9:50 a.m. and 10-10:50 a.m. in the SUB Conference Room and SUB Activities Room.

There will be library tours from 9-11 a.m. at Pickler Memorial Library starting every 10 minutes.

The Truman Baseball Team will also scrimmage at 10 a.m. at the Baseball Field.

The festivities move to Baldwin Auditorium at 11 a.m., where parents will hear from President Barbara Dixon, Student Senate President Matt Szewczyk, a junior English and philosophy & religion double major from Columbia, Mo., and members of Truman’s Parent Council. There will be a ribbon cutting for the Baldwin Auditorium renovation. Franklin Street will also perform.

After the assembly, families are invited to a barbecue-style tailgate lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Red Barn Park. Lunches must be purchased in advance and the cost of the lunch is $6.50 per person. Students with a meal plan will not need to pay if they present their student ID at the tailgate lunch.
Tickets can be purchased online at until noon Oct. 11. After that time, tickets can be purchased by calling the Public Relations Office at 660.785.4016. Click on Family Day Tailgate Lunch Tickets to purchase the tickets. For online payments, Truman accepts, Mastercard, Visa and Discover credit cards. Tickets will not be mailed. Please bring a blanket or lawn chairs and look for the tent in Red Barn Park.

The Ninth Annual Festival Centennial will take place from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. in the Centennial Hall Courtyard.

The Red Barn Arts & Crafts Festival will take place from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Downtown Kirksville.

Truman’s Phi Kappa Phi chapter is sponsoring a book drive from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 13 in the Student Union Building to help the Truman Speech and Hearing Clinic create a lending library for their clients. They are collecting new and gently used book up to the fourth grade reading level. For more information about the book drive, contact Teresa Heckert, professor of psychology, at 660.785.7530 or e-mail

Families with an interest in sports will get a chance to see the Bulldog football team in action vs. Pittsburg State (Kan.) at 2 p.m. at Stokes Stadium. General admission tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children under 12 and senior citizens. Reserved seating is $8. Admission is free to students with a Truman ID. Tickets may be purchased online at For more information, contact the Athletics Box Office at 660.785.4235.

Entertainment continues throughout the night with the Student Activities Board sponsored performance of InPulse, an a capella group, which will be opened by Truman’s own True Men. This event will take place at 7 p.m. in Baldwin Auditorium. It is free for students with a Truman ID and $2 for General Admission. The whole family is welcome.

Cantoria Singers, Wind Symphony Band and University Orchestra Concert will take place at 2 p.m. Oct. 14 in Baldwin Auditorium.

Log on to for more information.
Previous Next