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Family Weekend

September 20-22, 2019

Family Weekend is an annual event that brings together students, families, and friends for a weekend of unique State experiences and we are looking forward to Family Weekend 2019! To best prepare for the weekend, please check out our 2019 ISU Family Weekend Planning Guide. We hope to see you there and encourage you to pre-register for the event!  Registration can be found online at:

For more information, please contact Debbie Rea at:

For a full list of weekend activities, click here.

Family Weekend 2019 Highlights

Friday, September 20


Join us for a family friendly, recently released movie! The Secret Life of Pets 2. Hulman Memorial Student Union, Dede I

Saturday, September 21


Spend Family Day the UC Way! The University College warmly welcomes students and family members to join in our Family Day celebration! Please bring your family and stop by the second floor of Normal Hall from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. This year’s celebration will feature poster presentations given by Project Success students, a light breakfast, and the opportunity to chat with UC Advisors and the University College Dean.


Come to the Barnes and Noble Campus Bookstore parking lot at 5th and Cherry Streets and have the chance to meet our campus and community first responders! ISU Police and the Sugar Creek Fire Department will be on hand to answer questions and give you the opportunity to learn more about their roles in the Terre Haute and ISU communities. Children will have the chance to explore their vehicles, get their pictures taken, and they may even get the chance to meet Sparky the Fire Dog!


JC Penney is partnering with ISU and offering ISU students and their families a 40% discount off select men’s and women’s career dress apparel – including suits, dresses, sport coats, dress pants, dress shirts, shoes, ties, belts, scarves, and accessories.


Stop by Dede I in the Hulman Memorial Student Union and play a game of Sycamore Bingo! You’ll also get a chance to meet some of the students who work in the Residence Hall Association!


Sycamore Football! ISU Sycamores vs. Eastern Illinois

Sunday, September 22 10:00am

The Christian Student Fellowship invites students and their families to attend service together. There will be also be a free breakfast beginning at 9:15am! The CSF is located on 5th Street, across from Lincoln Quad.

Additional Experiences: throughout the weekend there are additional opportunities offered for families and students to take advantage of.

Friday, September 20-Sunday, September 22

Family Hours at the Student Recreational Center! Enjoy the many activities – including swimming and basketball - our Rec Center has to offer, free of charge!

Saturday, September 21

ISU Cross Country John McNichols Invitational

The Center for Bat Research, Outreach, and Conservation is hosting the 13th Annual Indiana Bat Festival on September 21st!. This annual festival is FREE and draws a crowd of bat enthusiasts from Indiana and surrounding states. This year's theme is "Always Hanging Out! The Busy Social Lives of Bats", focusing on bat social networks and behaviors. There will be live bats and raptors, guest speakers discussing how bats socialize, a bake sale, kids’ activities (face painting, "cave" exploration, origami, and more), information on building your own bat box, silent auction, and conservation exhibits. Day time activities are from 10:00am–4:00pm in the Science Building on the campus of Indiana State University (corner of 6th and Chestnut Streets, Terre Haute, IN). Evening events are at Dobbs Park (5170 E Poplar Drive, Terre Haute, IN) from 6:00–9:00pm. Evening activities include a live raptor demonstration, a kids’ adventure course related to bats and bat research, face painting, a survey of bats’ favorite foods (moths and beetles!), and listening for bats at dusk!

Sunday, September 22

ISU Women’s Soccer Game vs Purdue Fort Wayne @ 3:00pm, Memorial Stadium

Get some fresh air and stretch your legs at the Sycamore Outdoor Center! The Sycamore Outdoor Center offers 80 scenic acres of hiking, fishing, canoeing, shelters, picnic tables, game areas and more! All for free during Sycamores Outdoors Open Sunday Recreation! Students must bring their Sycamore ID card for entrance. ISU Sycamore Outdoor Center, 9:00am-6:00pm, 1373 W County Road 700 N, Brazil IN, 47834

Contact Information

Debbie Rea
Assistant Director, New Student Transition Programs
Family and Parent Programs
Welcome Center, Room 217