Special to the Tribune-Star
TERRE HAUTE —
Indiana State University will host its annual Family Day on Sept. 15. This event is an opportunity for ISU 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 student’s home away from home.
Beginning at 10 a.m., there will be a variety of activities for siblings in Hulman Memorial Student Union hosted by the Bayh College of Education; the College of Nursing, Health, and Human Services; and the Community School of the Arts. Children ages 4-11 can nurture their creativity through art projects and crafts and participate in storytime with Sycamore Sam. Physical education students will lead recreational activities for younger siblings.
The entire family is invited to participate in a community service project. Families are encouraged to stop by the community engagement table in the student union from 10 a.m. to noon. Parents and family members will be able to visit with representatives from a variety of campus departments and programs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the HMSU Commons.
University Art Gallery, located in the Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts, will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. so families can view an exhibition featuring the works of art department faculty. Cunningham Memorial Library will be the site of the “Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries” exhibit, celebrating the contributions of African-American nurses, surgeons and hospital workers during the Civil War. The library will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Campus tours, led by the Sycamore Ambassadors, will be conducted every 30 minutes from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tours of the UAP Clinic-ISU Health Center and the athletic training facilities will be available from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Campus areas such Cunningham Memorial Library, Scott College of Business, John W. Moore Welcome Center, University Honors Program and various fraternity and sorority residences 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 p.m. and will host a family happy hour from 5 to 6 p.m.
Families can also access board games and play pool at Sycamore Lounge, located in Hulman Memorial Student Union, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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.
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 a person and can be purchased at the door. ISU 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 Drake at 2:05 p.m.
Festivities kick off with a pre-game family reception, hosted by the ISU Alumni Association, Career Center and Student Government Association, from 12:30 to 1:45 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 age 5 and under are admitted free). Tickets at the gate will be $8 for adults and $4 for youth ages 6-18. Current ISU students can attend the game at no cost by showing their Sycamore ID card.
Students and families can end the day at the Family Day Coffeehouse, featuring free live entertainment and refreshments from 6:30 to 8 p..m. in the Sycamore Lounge.
• 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