Family Day

Join Your Student for Family Day
Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018

Family DayThe annual tradition of Family Day at Truman State University welcomes parents, siblings and other family members to campus for a weekend of special events ranging from Bulldog sporting events to a barbecue on the mall, as well as the annual Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival downtown Kirksville. Plan to spend some quality time with your student, create some lasting memories, and most important of all, have lots of fun.

We know it can be very hard to find a hotel room for the weekend so please understand there is no pressure to attend all activities. If you are able to drive in for Saturday only, your son or daughter will be most interested in updating you about the first month of school and replenishing supplies!

Family Day Activities


Friday, SEPT. 28, 2018

Open House at University Observatory
University Farm, 1816 S. Boundary Street | Google Map | Print Map

7:30-9:30 p.m.
Volleyball vs. Missouri-St. Louis
Pershing Arena
7 p.m.
German Film Series: Germany Between Worlds
"Measuring the World" ("Die Vermessung der Welt," directed by Detlev Buck)

Baldwin Hall Little Theatre

7 p.m.
Jazz Bands Concert
Baldwin Auditorium
8 p.m.
Theatre Production: "In-Laws, Out-Laws, and Other People (That Should be Shot)" by Steve Franco ($)
Admission $5
James G. Severns Theatre in Ophelia Parrish Building/Fine Arts Center
8 p.m.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 29, 2018

Women's Tennis Tournament
Truman Tennis Courts
9 a.m.
Truman Baseball Scrimmage
Truman Baseball Field
10 a.m.
New Work by Truman Art Faculty: Priya Kambli, Danielle Yakle
University Art Gallery, Ophelia Parrish 1114
Noon-4:30 p.m.
Planetarium Shows ($)
Del & Norma Robison Planetarium, Magruder Hall
Admission is $5 per person at the door

• 11 a.m.: From Earth to the Universe
• 12 p.m.: Ice Worlds
• 1 p.m.: Phantom of the Universe
• 2 p.m.: Seven Wonders
• 3 p.m.: From Earth to the Universe
• 4 p.m.: Wonders of the Universe
• 5 p.m.: Phantom of the Universe

Annual Festival Centennial
Centennial Hall Courtyard
Games and activities hosted by the Centennial Hall Council.
1-4 p.m.
Volleyball vs. Maryville
Pershing Arena
1 p.m.
Truman State University Speech & Hearing Clinic Open House
Health Sciences Building
3-5 p.m.
Cup Stacking Demonstration
HUB - Main Floor of the Student Union Building
Stop by to see how Elijah Farrales, a junior exercise science major, creates images stacking thousands of plastic cups.  

• 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Cup Stacking Demonstration
• 6 p.m.: Demolition

1:30-6 p.m.
Student Activities Board Presents Chicago Boyz
Baldwin Auditorium
4-5 p.m.
Barbecue ($)
Outdoors on Mall on east side of Student Union Building (Rain site: Student Union Building)
Tickets: Adults $9*/Kids 8 & under $5 (Tickets must be ordered in advance, see details below)

*Truman students with a meal plan can use that option at the Barbecue, but must have a meal remaining by Saturday evening. If they are out of meals or do not have a meal plan, they will need to purchase a ticket for the Barbecue.

TICKETS: Barbecue tickets must be ordered in advance and may be purchased online from Sept. 4 – Sept. 25 at  The University accepts American Express, Discover, Mastercard and VISA.

You may also pay online using the e-check payment option or you may send a paper check to Truman State University, Public Relations Office, McClain Hall 202, 100 E. Normal Ave., Kirksville, MO 63501-4221 by Sept. 21.  Please include the following information with the check: Parent Name(s) • Address, City, State, Zip • Phone Number & Email, Student’s Name & Cell Phone Number • Number of meals at $9 and number of meals at $5.

Confirmation of your reservation will be sent by email upon receipt of payment. 

Tickets will NOT be mailed. Please have your son or daughter stop by the  Public Relations Office, McClain Hall 202, to pick up your tickets starting Sept. 7.

Grilled Chicken Breast
Black Bean Veggie Burgers
From the University Farm: Roasted Red Potatoes, Zucchini & Yellow Squash, Fresh Cubed Melons
Pumpkin Bars

SEATING: Limited seating will be available outdoors as well as indoors on the main level of the Student Union Building. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chairs.

5-6:30 p.m.
Bulldog Football vs. William Jewell ($)
Stokes Stadium
General admission tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for senior citizens over 60and K-12. Admission is free to Truman students with a Truman ID. Tickets will be available at the ticket windows before the game or can be purchased online at the first of August. For more information, call 660.785.4276.
7 p.m.
Theatre Production: "In-Laws, Out-Laws, and Other People (That Should be Shot)" by Steve Franco ($)
Admission $5
James G. Severns Theatre in Ophelia Parrish Building/Fine Arts Center
8 p.m.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 30, 2018

Women’s Soccer vs. Maryville
Truman Soccer Park
Truman Softball Scrimmage vs. William Penn
Truman Softball Field
Wind Symphony I and II Concert "Fiesta: Music of the Americas”
Baldwin Auditorium
2 p.m.
Men’s Soccer vs. Maryville
Truman Soccer Park
2:30 p.m.

Off-Campus Activity


SATURDAY, SEPT. 29, 2018

Red Barn Arts & Crafts Festival
Downtown Kirksville
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Campus Maps & Directions Parking on Campus Kirksville Visitors Guide

Questions about Family Day?

Contact the Office of Public Relations,, (660) 785-4016.

Family Day Barbecue on the Mall

My favorite aspect of Truman is the sense of community. I love knowing so many people around campus and having so many great opportunities that I might not have at a larger university.

Neva S., Creative Writing Major, Theatre Minor