Family Day Events Scheduled for Sept. 19

Truman’s annual Family Day will offer a variety of activities for students and their families.

The festivities begin Sept. 18 with a Men’s Tennis Invitational at 4 p.m. at the Truman Tennis Courts. Later that evening, the Student Activities Board will host a Drive-In at 8 p.m. in Pershing Arena that will feature screenings of “Up” and “Star Trek.” Admission is free, and SAB will serve ice cream and soda.  

An Open House at the Observatory will take place from 8:30-10:30 p.m. at the University Farm, weather permitting.

Activities continue Sept. 19 at 9 a.m. when the Men’s Tennis Invitational resumes play on the Truman Tennis Courts. Across the street on the baseball field, the Truman Baseball Team will host a single 8-inning scrimmage, also beginning at 9 a.m.

Tours of Pickler Memorial Library will take place from 10 a.m.–noon, with new tours beginning every 10 minutes. While there, make sure to view the Remnant Trust Exhibit, which provides an opportunity to view materials ranging from 1250 to 1885 A.D.

Centennial Hall will host its annual Festival Centennial from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. in the residence hall’s courtyard and will feature free food, games, contests and music.

The Student Public Health Association, Phi Epsilon Kappa and the Department of Health and Exercise Sciences will sponsor a Family Day Scavenger Hunt beginning at 10:30 a.m. Those wishing to participate and explore the Truman campus should meet at Pershing Building.  

The School of Business will conduct its induction ceremony at 11 a.m. in Baldwin Hall Auditorium. A reception will follow in the Student Union Building’s Georgian Room B.

After exploring the main campus, head to the University Farm for the Equestrian Team’s Mock Horse Show, which will begin at noon.

Women’s Soccer will play Emporia State at 1 p.m. on the Truman Soccer Field.

University-sponsored events will break until late in the afternoon, and families may head to downtown Kirksville during that time. Kirksville’s downtown area will feature the annual Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The festival includes an antiques show, which will take place in the Arts Center at 117 S. Franklin Street. For more information, visit

SAB will present "The Evasons, a Mentalist Duo," at 5 p.m. in the Baldwin Auditorium. Tickets may be purchased at the SAB office in the lower level of the Student Union Building. Truman students get in free with a Truman ID. General admission is $3 for a single ticket and $5 for a pair.

A barbecue in Red Barn Park will take place from 5-6:30 p.m. and feature tailgate favorites like hamburgers, BBQ shredded pork, bratwursts and veggie sloppy joes. In addition, a selection of side dishes and soda or water will be available. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are $8 per person. Students with a meal plan will not need to pay or purchase a ticket if they present their Truman ID. Those wishing to attend may purchase tickets online at

During the Barbecue, the Carnival for the Kids will also take place in Red Barn Park from 5-7 p.m. The Office of Greek Life will have carnival booths with games and snacks. All proceeds will go to charity. The Showgirls, the Truman Cheerleading Squad, Spike the Bulldog and the Truman “Statesmen” Marching Band will all make an appearance.

Evening activities will culminate with a Bulldog Football game against Fort Hays State at 7 p.m. in Stokes Stadium. General admission tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children under 12 and senior citizens. Reserved seating is $8. Truman students presenting their school ID will get in free. Tickets may be purchased online at
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