Family Day Activities

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

A weekend full of events will begin Oct. 1 when the Men’s Soccer Team plays at 3 p.m. at the Truman Soccer Field. From 4-7 p.m., the ResLife Fun and Spirit Committee will sponsor Oktoberfest on the Student Union Mall. It will include food, giveaways, live performances and all-you-can-drink rootbeer for $1.

The evening of Oct. 1 will feature several events. At 7 p.m. in Kirk Gym, members of Swing and Social Dance Class will share their skills and teach the basics of East Coast Swing. No experience is necessary and a partner is not required.

Also at 7 p.m., the Student Activities Board’s 2010 Drive-In will begin in Pershing Arena with Toy Story 3, followed by Iron Man 2 at 9:30 p.m. Enjoy free popcorn, ice cream and soda.

At 8 p.m., the Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band Concert will take place in Baldwin Auditorium.

The Observatory, located at the University Farm on Boundary Street, will host an open house from 8:30-10:30 p.m. Go to for more details.

Activities will resume at 9 a.m. Oct. 2 with a Bulldog Baseball Team scrimmage at the Truman Baseball Field.

The Library Café Ribbon Cutting will take place at 9:30 a.m. at Pickler Memorial Library. Tours of the Library will also be given every 10 minutes from 10 a.m.-noon.

From 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the Annual Festival Centennial in the Centennial Hall courtyard will feature free food, games, contests and music.

Phi Epsilon Kappa and the Department of Health and Exercise Science will sponsor the Family Day Scavenger Hunt at 10:30 a.m., starting at the Student Union Building Information Desk. To register, e-mail

The School of Business Bridge Ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. in Baldwin Auditorium and will be immediately followed by a reception in the Student Union Building Georgian Room.

At 4 p.m. in Baldwin Auditorium SAB will sponsor the musical improv group, Baby Wants Candy. Admission is free with a Truman ID. General admission is $3 for one ticket or two tickets for $5. Tickets are available in the SAB Office in the Student Union Building and will be available the day of the performance.

Red Barn Park will be the site of the Family Day picnic, beginning at 5 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Tickets are $8 and should be purchased by 4 p.m. Oct. 1 at If a student has a meal plan, they do NOT have to purchase a meal ticket. The menu includes: Hamburgers, BBQ shredded pork sandwiches, bratwursts, vegan riblets, roasted herb potatoes, green beans, macaroni salad, fruit salad, chips with dip and apple cake with cream cheese icing.

A Carnival for the Kids will also take place at 5 p.m. in Red Barn Park. The Greek Community Relations Board will have carnival booths with games and snacks, with all proceeds going to charity. The Showgirls, Truman Cheerleading Squad, Spike the Bulldog and the Truman “Statesmen” Marching Band will all be making an appearance.

The rain site for both the picnic and the carnival is Pershing Arena.

At 6:30 p.m., the Bulldog Football Team will take the field at Stokes Stadium. General admission tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and those ages 5-17. Children under five are admitted free. Reserved seating is $8. Admission is free to students with a Truman ID. Tickets may be purchased online at Tickets will also be available from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at a table near the Information Desk in the Student Union Building. Any preordered tickets can also be picked up during this time. For more information, contact the Athletics Box Office at 785.4235.

The Family Weekend Concert on Oct. 3 will be the final event of the weekend at 2 p.m. in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall. It will feature the University Orchestra, Cantoria and Wind Symphony.

One off-campus activity of note is the Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival, taking place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 2 in downtown Kirksville. For more information, visit

Mainstreet Market, located on the Main Floor of the Student Union Building, will be open Oct. 2 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. for breakfast and lunch.

For more information about Family Day, go online to or call 785.4016.

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