Schedule of Events

Events will be added throughout the summer.
(Final Schedule will be confirmed by September 7, 2018)

Friday, September 28
Event Time Location
Registered guests check-in at the LSC Atrium to receive your t-shirt, lunch tickets, complimentary gift, and wristband for event access.
(Early Check-In will be available Monday-Thursday, September 24-27, 9am-4pm in the Dean of Students' Office, LSC 215.  The SHSU student you referenced on your registration may pick-up your BFW items then.)
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM LSC Atrium
Bearkat Coloring and Games
Free play for pool, video games (Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Wii), arcade games, table tennis, etc., and SHSU coloring pages will be available for all guests. 
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM  LSC Kat Klub 
Campus Tours
Going on a campus tour is a unique way to see Sam Houston State University from your student's perspective!  The University is rich in history and traditions, plus it's just a beautiful campus and we'd love for you to #seeSAM firsthand.  Campus tours are walking tours, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring a refillable water bottle.  Please register here: 
9:00 AM, 11:00 AM,
1:00 PM
John R. Ragsdale Visitor Center,
1905 University Ave
Rec Sports Free Access
Join Recreational Sports for some fun at the RSC.  Climb the climbing wall, check out the pool, or even get in a good workout (age restrictions apply).  Access is free when accompanied by your member student.
2:00 PM - 7:00 PM  Recreational Sports Center 
Bearkat Soccer vs. Lamar
Come watch your SHSU women's soccer take on Lamar University.  Admission is free! This is the first Free Food Friday at Bearkat Soccer. Make sure you arrive early to enjoy free food.
6:30 PM  Pritchett Field - 1302 19th Street
Bearkat Pep Rally
Come out and enjoy refreshments, music, and entertainment while we cheer our football team to victory. Special appearances by President Hoyt, Coach Keeler, Bearkat Football, Spirit Teams, and Pep Band!
7:00 PM - 7:45 PM Bearkat Plaza
Join SHSU's Program Council as they host Bingo for all SHSU students and guests.  Program Council will provide prizes and light refreshments.
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM LSC Ballroom
Movie Night
SHSU Program Council will show "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" for a family fun event.
8:00 PM  - 10:00 PM LSC Theater

Saturday, September 29
Event Time Location
Registered guests check-in at the LSC Atrium to receive your t-shirt, lunch ticket, complimentary gift, and wristband for event access.  If you are unable to check-in during the posted times you or your student may pick up the registration bags and t-shirts the following week in the Dean of Student's Office in LSC Suite 215.
8:00 AM - 12:30 PM LSC Atrium
Campus Bookstore Open 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM  LSC
Coffee with the Administrators
Guests will have the opportunity to mingle with university administrators and receive a continental breakfast. 
*Co-Sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations*
(Must show wristband)
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM LSC Art Gallery
Pioneer Skills at Bear Bend Cabin
Come step back in time with the Sam Houston Memorial Museum.  Pioneers required a wide a wide array of tools and skills to help them survive on the frontier.  The Bear Bend Cabin will open to allow visitors to explore it and learn about some of those pioneer skills.  Try your hand at the tomahawk throw. Black powder demonstration on the hour (9AM, 10AM, 11AM, and 12PM).  You can learn about period toys and participate in some hands on craft projects.  This is a free event.  Just follow the "activity here" signs! (There is an admission donation to visit the Memorial Museum.)
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Sam Houston Memorial Museum Grounds
Political Science Summer Internships and Study Abroad in Taiwan
Dr. Dennis Weng will be discussing the Department of Political Science's Taiwan summer internship and study abroad opportunities.  The internships are paid internships and offer the opportunity for course credit.  Refreshments will be provided. 
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM  CHSS 400 
Campus Tours
Going on a campus tour is a unique way to see Sam Houston State University from your student's perspective!  The University is rich in history and traditions, plus it's just a beautiful campus and we'd love for you to #seeSAM firsthand.  Campus tours are walking tours, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring a refillable water bottle.  Please register here: 
10:00 AM,
11:00 AM
 John R. Ragsdale Visitor Center, 1905 University Ave
Parents' Association Meeting
Annual Parent's Association meeting. All parents are invited to attend.
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM LSC 320
Stress Management
Students and parents are invited to participate in one of the most requested Health Promotion programs, Stress Management.  Come relax with neck and foot massages, desk top punching bags, puzzles, adult coloring books, aromatherapy and more!  We'll also have tips on how students can manage stress before, during, and after mid-terms!
*Those sensitive to essential oils or aromatherapy should avoid this event.
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM LSC 321
Lost in the Library! 
Oh, no!  While taking a tour of campus, you stopped for coffee at Starbucks, and you were separated from your tour group.  Now you're feeling lost in the Newton Gresham Library! The librarians are in a cheeky mood today, and they challenge you to solve a series of puzzles in order to earn a copy of the tour guide's map so you can find your next stop.  If you are victorious, you will learn some fun surprises about the campus library, and maybe you'll even end up with a souvenir to take home.  This game may be played as an individual or a group; just visit the Library's main desk to begin!
(This is essentially an "escape room"-style game.  The focus will be on engaging families with fun and surprising aspects of the library, including our building, collections, art, personnel, social media presence, etc.  This will NOT be a dry instructional "scavenger hunt" for facts or call numbers, such as might be assigned to a class doing research.)
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Newton Gresham Library

(inquire at the main desk to begin the game) 
Department of Agricultural Sciences Open House 
Take a tour of the Department's academic and research facilities; visit with students and professors about majors, courses, student organizations, and all the activities of the Department of Agricultural Sciences.  Games and prizes available too!
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pirkle Engineering Technology Center - 2nd Floor Lobby
Department of Biological Sciences Open House 
Come meet the faculty and students in the Department of Biological Sciences and tour our brand new, state of the art, Life Sciences Building.  This session will connect you with our department and you will be able to ask questions and learn about the varied activities of the department in an informal setting.
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM  Life Sciences Building - 1st Floor Lobby 
Residence Life Open House
The Residence Life Office will be open for questions, directions and general information.
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Residence Life Office - 1st Floor Lone Star Hall
University Hotel and CJ Gift Shop Open House
Enjoy the convenience and comfort of accommodations right on campus.  Our hotel offers a wide range of popular amenities, a friendly staff, and a comfortable atmosphere where you can relax and enjoy your stay.Stop by during our open house to view our rooms, shop our CJ Gift Shop or talk about special offers for parents and guests.  
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM  University Hotel 
College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) Open House
Come meet your CHSS Dean's, Department Faculty and members from various student organizations. This is an informal session intended to connect you to the CHSS college. Join us for an hour of information, prizes and snacks.
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CHSS 1st Floor Lobby 
College of Criminal Justice Open House
The College of Criminal Justice (CJ) invites you to join them for an open house displaying all CJ organizations, and CJ special programs.  They will also feature a University Hotel display and CJ gift shop items.
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM  Beto Criminal Justice Center - Lobby Area 
Academic Success Center Open House and Trivia
Drop into the Academic Success Center and meet our staff and tutors.  Chat with us about student academic success, how we address common academic challenges, and what support services are available.  Speed Trivia starts on the hour (11:00, 12:00, and 1:00)!  Bring your "A-game" and win t-shirts and more.  Everyone will take away bright ideas for college-level learning and study strategies. 
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM  Academic Success Center - Farrington 111 
Bearkat Lunch 
Cool off from the heat in our University Dining Halls as you enjoy various buffet stations prepared by Aramark. 
(Must present ticket)
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Old Main Market


Party on the Plaza
Various departments and student organizations will be sponsoring games and family friendly activities.  
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Bearkat Plaza 
Department of History Photo Scavenger Hunt
Take pictures around campus to earn History Department swag.  We will be giving clues on our Instagram @shsu_history.  The student who finds the most items from the clues and tags us on our Insta will get a full swag bag.  Must have Sam ID to receive swag. 
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM  AB4 - 441 
Honors College Parents Luncheon*
(Invitation only) The luncheon is a perfect opportunity for parents to meet the Honors faculty, deans and ambassadors that work with their student through the Honors College.
*By invitation only, contact the Honors College at
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM LSC Ballroom
Rec Sports Free Access
Join Recreational Sports for some fun at the RSC.  Get a good workout in with your student (age restrictions apply) or even cool off in the pool! Access is free when accompanied by your member student. *Rock wall is not open on Saturdays*
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM  Recreational Sports Center 
Family Feud
Student Government Association (SGA) will host a fun-filled Family Feud event where families can compete, game show style, for prizes and gifts!  Don't miss this great family event!
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM LSC Theater
Money Management Bingo
The Student Money Management Center is excited to host two rounds of Money Management Bingo. Round one will begin at 2:00pm followed by round two at 3:00pm. This bingo game is not just a game of chance; it will also test your knowledge in the area of money management. Don't miss your chance to play for giveaways!
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM LSC 320
Classic Car Cruise-In
Come and vote for your favorite classic car.
**To participate in the car show email**
(Participation in the Classic Car Show as a car owner or observer is voluntary and open to the SHSU community and public at large.  Any images or expressions displayed on classic cars are attributable to the car owner and not the University.  SHSU does not review, approve, or endorse any image or expression on participating vehicles.)
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM Parking Lot P5
Family Weekend Pre-Game Tailgate
Come and enjoy music, food, and family at the Family Weekend Tailgate.  We will have activities for children of all ages. (Must show wristband)
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Parking Lot P5
Bearkat Football vs. Central Arkansas
*Tickets will need to be purchases through the Athletic Department at  Tickets are not included in the registration price. Umbrellas are not permitted in Bowers Stadium.
TBA Bowers Stadium

Sunday, September 30
Event Time Location
Bearkat Bolt 5K Run
$25.00 per person includes Finisher T-shirt and Finisher Medal.  Money raised from the event will benefit the Rita B. Huff Animal Shelter and the SHSU Greek Life Student Scholarship Program.  Tickets are purchased separately at
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM TBD
Interdenominational Christian Worship Service 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Farrington Pit
Sunday Send-Off Brunch
Enjoy a full picnic style Southern Brunch as your wrap up your weekend! Enjoy live entertainment by local Houston artist J.B. Barnett.  His music is often compared to Jack Johnson, John Mayer, and Jason Mraz.
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Austin Hall
Bearkat Soccer vs. McNeese
Come watch your SHSU women's soccer take on McNeese State University.  Admission is free!  
1:00 PM  Pritchett Field - 1302 19th Street