Schedule of Events


Bearkat Family Weekend Schedule


Friday, September 20th
Event Time Location

Check-In

Registered guests check-in at the LSC 2nd floor (above the food court), to receive your t-shirt, lunch tickets, complimentary gift, and wristband for event access.
(Early Check-In will be available Monday-Thursday, September 16-19, 9am-4pm in the Dean of Students' Office, LSC 210 (Old Ballroom). The SHSU student you referenced on your registration may pick-up your BFW items then.)

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM  LSC 2nd Floor

Lowman Student Center Open House

Welcome to your living room on campus! The Lowman Student Center is proud to welcome all Bearkats to view our new 80,000 square foot expansion which includes a Collaborative Lounge, Piano Lounge, Orange Ballroom, Meeting Rooms, and Kat Klub with bowling center. Stop by our Information Center for any questions you may have. Eat 'em up kats!

7:00 AM - 7:00 PM LSC 

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. 

1:00 PM - 2:30 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 - 10:00 PM Recreational Sports Center

Making Bank

Join the Student Money Management Center as we play the board game "Making Bank." You have two paydays in a month, will you be able to afford all of your expenses without going bankrupt? Maybe you'll invest and have a big payout. Even better, maybe you'll hit the jackpot! Bring your friends and family to battle it out and see who will come out on top!

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM LSC 241B

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!

**Rain out location: Johnson Coliseum**

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM  Johnson Coliseum

Bearkat Soccer vs. Central Arkansas

Come watch your SHSU women's soccer take on Central Arkansas University. Admission is free! 

6:30 PM Pritchett Field - 1302 19th Street

Bingo

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 "Ferris Bueller’s Day Off" for a family fun event.

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM LSC Theater

Saturday, September 21st
Event Time Location

Check-In

Registered guests check-in at the LSC 2nd floor (above food court), 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 210 (Old Ballroom).

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM LSC 2nd Floor

Campus Bookstore Open

8:00 AM - 3:00 PM LSC

A Look Back Over Lattes

Guests will have the opportunity to mingle with university administrators and receive a continental breakfast.
*Co-Sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations*

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM LSC 241

Life on the Houston Farm

Come step back in time with the Sam Houston Memorial Museum and learn about our university’s namesake. Walk the actual property once owned by Sam and Margaret Houston. Visit with costumed interpreters to learn about life on the Houston Farm and Texas in the 1850s. See the Houston family home, known as the Woodland Home, on its original site and the Bear Bend Cabin, reported to be Sam’s hunting lodge. Then tour the Memorial Museum (free admission during this time) and view the permanent exhibits of the museum, including the largest collection of Houston artifacts and memorabilia anywhere.

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Sam Houston Memorial Museum Complex

College Open House - Education

The College of Education open house will consist of a tour of facilities, and questions and answers from College of Education ambassadors.  Families will be able to see innovative classrooms and speak with faculty. 

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Garret TEC 279

Study Abroad Information

Meet with the Office of International Programs and study abroad alumni to find out what study abroad programs are available to SHSU students. Shorter presentations will start at 10am, 10:45am and 11:30am but feel free to drop in at any time. Study abroad scholarship information will be available.

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Farrington 116

Bearkat Roundup with the College of Arts & Media

Howdy y’all! Grab your friends and head on down to the Gaertner Performing Arts Center for a Bearkat Texas party. Join us for barbeque, games, dancing and prizes!

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center

Engineering Technology Department Open House

"Blood makes us related but loyalty makes us family". At SHSU Engineering Technology Department we form this loyal bond with our students, to make them feel at home, at ease through their journey to reach success, to reach greatness and to become a HUMAN. Our students are our pride, and the majority of them go on to start making a difference wherever they go. They share their passion and successes with us and we SMILE with them. They share their failures and sorrows and we PRAY for them. This is what we call a "FAMILY".

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pirkle Engineering Technology Center - 2nd Floor Lobby and PIRK 220

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

University Hotel 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 - 12:00 PM University Hotel

College Open House - Criminal Justice 

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 George Beto Criminal Justice Center - Lobby Area

Department of Counselor Education Open House

The Department of Counselor Education open house will consist of a tour, refreshments, and giveaways. Families will be able to tour our clinic and speak to faculty about careers in Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling; and School Counseling.

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Counselor Education Center

Communication Studies Department Open House

Meet Communication Studies faculty members and hear what students gain from this exciting and flexible degree program while enjoying refreshments in our beautiful, relaxing suite. Faculty members will preview classes such as Nonverbal Communication, Deceptive Communication, Intercultural Communication, Relationship Communication, and Conflict Negotiation & Resolution at 10:30am and 11:00am. Hear from graduates of the program on how their degrees benefited their careers. Graduates from our Master’s program will share their experiences in the non-thesis (online only) program and its related newly-approved 18-hour certificate program. Games, prizes, and food available!!

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM CHSS 410

Scholarship Workshop 

Apply early! The Scholarship4Kats application opens September 1st for the 2020-2021 school year. Come fill out your application with help from representatives from the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Academic Building IV, Room 204

College Open House - Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS)

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

Bearkat Lunch

Cool off from the heat in our University Dining Hall as you enjoy various buffet stations prepared by Aramark.
**Coupon for $5 lunch (tax not included)** 

*Buffet Style Lunch Includes: 

  • Pepperoni or Cheese Pizza
  • Chicken Fried Steak with Roasted Potatoes, Corn and Rolls
  • Chili Cheese Dogs with Jalapenos and Fritos as added toppings
  • Chicken Fried Rice 
  • Salad Bar
  • Dessert
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.

**Rain out location: LSC 241**

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Bearkat Plaza

Lowman Student Center Open House

Welcome to your living room on campus! The Lowman Student Center is proud to welcome all Bearkats to view our new 80,000 square foot expansion which includes a Collaborative Lounge, Piano Lounge, Orange Ballroom, Meeting Rooms, and Kat Klub with bowling center. Stop by our Information Center for any questions you may have. Eat 'em up kats!

12:00 PM - 9:00 PM LSC

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 honors@shsu.edu

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*

12:00 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

Car Show

Come and vote for your favorite classic car.
**For more information, visit shsu.edu/carshow**
(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.)

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM  Parking Lot P5

Family Weekend Pre-Game Block Party

Come and enjoy music, food, and fun 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. Incarnate Word

Tickets are not included in the registration price. Umbrellas are not permitted in Bowers Stadium. **Purchase tickets here: https://www.shsu.edu/weekend**

6:00 PM  Bowers Stadium

Sunday, September 22nd
Event Time Location

 Sunday Morning Yoga 

Come join Rec Sports and close Bearkat Family Weekend in the most relaxing of ways. Our group fitness instructor will lead you through a relaxing Yoga class that is sure to leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Space is limited, so sign up here for FREE!

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Bearkat Plaza

Sunday Send-Off Brunch

Enjoy a full picnic style Southern Brunch as your wrap up your weekend! Enjoy live entertainment by local Houston artist JB Barnett. His music is often compared to Jack Johnson, John Mayer, and Jason Mraz. This is a come and go event. (Must present ticket)

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM LSC Paw Print/ Mall Area

Interdenominational Christian Worship Service

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Farrington Pit

Lowman Student Center Open House

Welcome to your living room on campus! The Lowman Student Center is proud to welcome all Bearkats to view our new 80,000 square foot expansion which includes a Collaborative Lounge, Piano Lounge, Orange Ballroom, Meeting Rooms, and Kat Klub with bowling center. Stop by our Information Center for any questions you may have. Eat 'em up kats!

3:00 PM - 9:00 PM LSC

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.

3:00 PM - 11:00 PM Recreational Sports Center