Indiana State University Newsroom

Family Day scheduled for Oct. 30

October 13, 2010

Indiana State University will host its annual Family Day on Saturday, Oct. 30. 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.

The day begins at 9 a.m., with a variety of activities for siblings in the Bayh College of Education and Cunningham Memorial Library. Children ages 4-11 can take advantage of story time with Sycamore Sam, crafts and cookie decorating, assisted by Indiana State education students. Students ages 9-12 can learn about managing money with Networks Financial Institute. From 9-11 a.m., students will gain financial knowledge in classroom activities and aboard the Money Bus. Participants must register ahead of time and is limited to 25 students. Older siblings age 13-17 are invited to head on over to the Cunningham Memorial Library for board and video games.

Campus tours, led by the Sycamore Ambassadors, will be conducted every 45 minutes between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. The ISU bookstore will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the purchase of T-shirts, sweatshirts and books. 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  .

From 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. there will be a Favorite Recipe Brunch, open to all parents and families of both residential and commuter students. The menu includes a self-serve breakfast/lunch buffet. Tickets are $8 per person and can be purchased at the door. ISU students may use their meal plan.

After brunch is a perfect time for a game of bingo, sponsored by the Residence Hall Association. Sycamore Bingo will run from 12:30-2 p.m. in Dede I, Hulman Memorial Student Union.

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 South Dakota State.

Festivities kick off with a pre-game family reception from 1-2:30 p.m. Families are encouraged to reserve their game tickets in advance to take advantage of a special group rate. For Family Day registrants, individual tickets for the football game will be available at the Memorial Stadium ticket office at a cost of $4 (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 their families are invited to join in Jam the Bus, a campus-wide effort to fill an entire Sycamore Bus with non-perishable food items to help those in need this holiday season.

Bring your food items or monetary donations to the registration table or out to Memorial Stadium on Oct. 30. Donated items will be taken to Catholic Charities, a Second Harvest location.

A complete schedule of Family Day activities can be found at  or by calling Union Board and Family Services at 812-237-3830. Registration deadline is Oct. 22.


Contact: Freda Luers, Union Board and Family Services, 812-237-3852 or  

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, 812-237-3783 or