Take Part in Family Day 2016 on October 1

Arkansas Tech University will welcome parents, siblings, grandparents and other family members of its students to its Russellville campus on Saturday, Oct. 1, for Family Day 2016.

Family Day is one of the oldest and most popular traditions at Arkansas Tech. The event, which was originally known as Dad’s Day, has been part of the annual calendar at Arkansas Tech since 1924.

Arkansas Tech Family Day 2016 will begin with the fifth annual Family Day Jazz Brunch at Chambers Cafeteria from 9-11 a.m. Entertainment will be provided by the Arkansas Tech Jazz Ensemble and the Arkansas Tech Music Theatre Workshop. The event is free and open to all Arkansas Tech students and their families.

Tech Open House, which will take place from 10 a.m.-noon at Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center, will provide prospective and current students with information about the academic programs and student life offerings at Arkansas Tech.

Tech students and their families will have an opportunity to view student artworks in Norman Hall and learn about the history of the institution in the Arkansas Tech Museum at the Techionery. Both facilities will be open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Oct. 1.

The Arkansas Tech Bookstore main location in the W.O. Young Building will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Family Day, while the location at Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field will be open from 5 p.m. until the end of the third quarter of the football game.

Party at the Plaza, the pre-game tailgating celebration outside Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field, begins at 3 p.m. on Centennial Plaza.

The party will include face painting, snow cones, inflatable bump-and-jump games and a free photo booth sponsored by the Arkansas Tech Alumni Association. Chartwells will serve a picnic-style buffet at Centennial Plaza.

Food trucks and live music will be featured at The Corner, which will take place on the former Taco Villa parking lot adjacent to the football stadium during Party at the Plaza.

Kickoff for a Great American Conference football game between Arkansas Tech and Henderson State University is set for 6 p.m. Tickets will be available at the Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field ticket office.

For more information about Arkansas Tech Family Day 2016, visit www.atu.edu/parents/familyday.php or call (479) 968-0239.