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Indiana State University will host its annual Family Day on Sept. 14. This event is an opportunity for Indiana State students to show their appreciation for the important role that families play in their education and their lives. It’s also an opportunity for families to see their students’ homes away from home.
Students and families can check in at Hulman Memorial Student Union and the Barnes & Noble – ISU Bookstore from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students can enter a drawing for Barnes & Noble gift cards by swiping their student IDs. Families will be able to purchase pre-game reception and football game tickets at the Hulman Memorial Student Union location only.
Beginning at 11 a.m., there will be a variety of activities for siblings. Children ages 3-11 can nurture their creativity through art projects and crafts, courtesy of the Community School of the Arts. Indiana State’s “Go Figure” program will include a variety of activities to make math fun. Outdoor recreational activities will be led by students in the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Program at Dede Plaza. International students will showcase a variety of cultural dances, activities and performances.
The entire family is invited to participate in a community service project. Families are encouraged to stop by the community engagement table at Dede Plaza from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Parents and family members will be able to visit with representatives from a variety of campus departments and programs between 10:30 a.m. and noon in the Commons of Hulman Memorial Student Union.
The University Art Gallery, located in the Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts, will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., so families can view an exhibition featuring acquisitions of the Permanent Art Collection during the past 13 years.
Campus tours, led by students, will be conducted every 30 minutes between 11 a.m. and noon. UAP Clinic-ISU Health Center will host an open house from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Campus areas such Cunningham Memorial Library, Bayh College of Education, Scott College of Business, John W. Moore Welcome Center, the Career Center, the newly-renovated Erickson Hall, the University Honors Program and Student Media (WISU, Student Video and Indiana Statesman) will have open houses from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
Barnes & Noble - ISU Bookstore, at Fourth and Cherry streets, will open at 8 a.m. for the purchase of T-shirts, sweatshirts and books. The bookstore will have an early bird breakfast from 8 to 9:30 a.m., and will host the Blue Zone from noon to 2 p.m. with inflatable games, face painting and other festivities.
Families can also access board games and play pool at the Sycamore Lounge, located in the Hulman Memorial Student Union, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Residence Hall Association will host Sycamore Bingo from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Dede I.
The Student Recreation Center will be a popular stop on campus by many during Family Day festivities. Families are invited to visit the facility and participate in informal activities in the three-court gym, MAC court and pool areas. Family members will need to complete a consent form, found at www.indstate.edu/parents/family-day.htm.
From 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. there will be a Favorite Recipe Brunch in Sycamore Dining Hall, open to all parents and families of both residential and commuter students. The menu includes a self-serve breakfast/lunch buffet. Tickets are $7 per person, $3.50 for children under the age of 10, and can be purchased at the door. Indiana State students may use their meal plan.
The fun isn’t just confined to campus. Families are invited to come out to Memorial Stadium to cheer on the Sycamores as they take on Quincy at 3:05 p.m.
Festivities kick off with a pregame family reception, hosted by the ISU Alumni Association, Career Center, University College and Student Athlete Advisory Committee, from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Families can purchase reception and game tickets at the Family Day registration table in Hulman Memorial Student Union to take advantage of a special group rate. For Family Day registrants, individual tickets for the football game will be available beginning at 9 a.m. at a cost of $5; kids ages 5 and under are admitted free. Tickets at the gate will be $8 for adults and $4 for youth ages 6-18. Current Indiana State students can attend the game at no cost by showing their Sycamore ID card.
A complete schedule of Family Day activities and online registration can be found at www.indstate.edu/parents. Families can also register by calling Union Board and Family Services at 812-237-3830.