Family Day

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Schedule of Events (subject to change)

Family Day will proceed as planned rain or shine. In the event of lightning, some activities may be delayed until the scattered storms pass through the area. We hope to see you on campus! Go Bears!

Friday, September 29th

Planetarium Show

Enjoy a tour of the universe! Admission is free. Doors open 30 minutes before the show.  No admittance once show has begun.

8:00-9:00 pm  –  Dr. Edmond E. Griffin Planetarium, UCA Conway Corporation Center for the Sciences (Bruce Street)

Saturday, September 30th

First Generation Students & Families Coffee Break

Students who are the “first to go” in their families sometimes have questions about college that other students don’t ask. Parents sometimes have questions, too.  Join some of our “First Gen” UCA faculty for an informal coffee discussion about succeeding as a first generation college student.

8:00-9:00 am – Fireplace Room, McCastlain Hall  |  Free (RSVP Required)

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First-Year Students & Families Brunch

Enjoy brunch with UCA faculty and staff, and nationally-recognized guest speaker, Dr. Laurie Hazard, author of Your Freshman is Off to College: A Month-by-Month Guide to the First Year. Tickets required.

9:00-10:30 am – McCastlain Ballroom  |  $12 (Tickets Required)

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White Coat Ceremony (School of Nursing)

The School of Nursing will hold their Second Annual White Coat Ceremony for current students. 

9:00 am – Reynolds Performance Hall

Academic Colleges Open Houses

The heart of college life is the learning experience, and UCA is proud of its faculty and academic programs.  Come meet some of your student’s faculty and take a tour of our academic buildings. Information on our programs will be available, and refreshments will be provided.

10:30 am-12:00 pm 

  • College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (Conway Corporation Center for Sciences Lobby)
  • College of Fine Arts and Communication (Fireplace Room, McCastlain Hall)
  • College of Liberal Arts (Irby Hall Central Lobby)
  • College of Health and Behavioral Sciences (Doyne Health Sciences Lobby)
  • College of Education (Mashburn Hall Room 103)
  • College of Business (College of Business Lobby)
  • University College (Old Main Hall Central Lobby)

Information Fair & Bookstore Open House

UCA offers numerous support services to ensure our students succeed.  The Info Fair will provide you with more information on these resources, and staff will be available to answer questions about tutoring services, financial aid, housing, and student activities.  The UCA Bookstore will also be open.

10:30 am-12:00 pm – UCA Student Center, 1st Floor

Art Gallery Exhibit

The Baum Gallery will be open for viewing our current exhibit.

10:30 am-12:00 pm  – McCastlain Hall  |  Free

UCA Volleyball vs Northwestern State

The UCA women’s volleyball team takes on Northwestern State at noon! Come support the team (it’s inside)!

12:00 pm – Prince Center


Come grab a snack with some free popcorn and cotton candy!

2:00-6:00 pm  –  Practice Field (corner of Farris Road and Bruce Street; see map below)  |  Free

Entertainment and Attractions

Fun for the whole family! Enjoy one of the many inflatable attractions, play some lawn games, have your picture taken at the photo booth or get your face painted! Additionally, there will be other games and activities for you to participate in provided by the UCA Confucius Institute and STEM Residential College.  NOTE: To participate in activities a liability waiver must be signed at the welcome booth.

2:00-6:00 pm  –  Practice Field (see map below)  |  Free

Picnic Lunch

Satisfy your hunger with a free hamburger or hot dog!

2:30-5:00 pm (or while supplies last)  –  Crafton Alumni Pavillon  |  Free

President’s Reception

President Houston Davis and Mrs. Davis invite you to enjoy refreshments at their home.  Stop by and say hello to UCA’s new first family!

3:00 pm – President’s House, Corner of Donaghey Avenue and South Street  |  Free (RSVP Required)

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2:00 – 6:00 pm  –  Bruce Street (Purchased Tailgating Spots Only)

UCA vs. Sam Houston State University

6:00 pm Kickoff  –  Estes Stadium 

Family Day will proceed as planned on the practice field, rain or shine. In the event of lightning, there may be activities delayed until the scattered storms pass through the area. We hope to see you this afternoon! Go Bears!!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Where do I park?

  • There is no designated parking for Family Day.  You are allowed to park in any parking space on campus that is not reserved or a designated handicap space.

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We look forward to seeing you at UCA Family Day 2017