Sioux City, Iowa – Morningside University Student Government is hosting an inaugural Mustang Family Fest Weekend Saturday, Oct. 21 through Sunday, Oct. 22. Families planning to attend are encouraged to RSVP here to help with planning and to secure a free Mustang Family Weekend tshirt.

            All Morningside University undergraduate student families and loved ones are encouraged to come visit their student at Morningside during Mustang Family Fest Weekend. A list of local hotel information for visitors coming from out of town is available here.

           “Mustang Family Fest Weekend reflects our intentional commitment to fostering a welcoming and inclusive community where every member—students and their families— can feel the unique Morningside experience. We believe that by opening our doors to our students’ families, we strengthen the bonds that make our university a second home. This event is an opportunity for us to showcase the warmth, camaraderie, and educational excellence that define Morningside University,” said Caleb Lubbers, student body president. 

            The weekend will kick off with self-guided campus tours beginning at 9 a.m. A faculty/staff coffee mingle and a free pancake feed hosted by the Regina Roth Applied Agricultural and Food Studies Department will be held at the Rosen Ag Center from 9-10:30 a.m. Students and families are then invited to proceed to the shelter house at Elwood Olsen Stadium from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. where Student Government will offer yard games, music, and pizza from Bob Roe’s Point After and Jerry’s Pizza.

            The Morningside swimming teams will host a dual against College of St. Mary’s and Midland University beginning at noon. At 1 p.m. students and families can enjoy Mustang football versus the University of Jamestown along with performances from the Pride of Morningside Marching band, Morningside Dance Team, and Morningside Cheer. Admission is $10 adults, $3 students K-12; non-GPAC college students, free for GPAC students with college ID.

            Also at 1 p.m. Morningside women’s volleyball will be in action against Valley City State in Rosen Verdoorn. Admission is $10 adults, $3 students K-12; non-GPAC college students, free for GPAC students with college ID.

            Beginning at 3:30 p.m. guests can take part in a photo scavenger hunt, and at 4 p.m. students and families are invited to Rosen Verdoorn for a cookout with the Morningside Grill Team sponsored by the Morningside Activities Council (MAC). 

            Morningside women’s volleyball will play again at 5 p.m. versus Buena Vista University. Admission is $10 adults, $3 students K-12; non-GPAC college students, free for GPAC students with college ID. Before and during the match, the concession stand will be open and the Morningside Grill Team will be offering hamburgers and brats for free with a Mustang Family Weekend ticket.

            Following the volleyball match, the men’s basketball teams will be hosting a scrimmage for those who are interested.

            On Sunday, the Spoonholder Coffee Shop in the Hickman-Johnson-Furrow Learning Center will be open from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The first 35 families will get their coffee free. and Brunch will be available in Wikert Dining Hall (Caf) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students can either use their meal plan and guest passes, or pay $15 per guest. Families interested in attending a worship service are encouraged to attend Grace United Methodist Church at 10:30 a.m.

            The weekend will conclude with the Fall Choir Concert featuring The Morningside Choir, Camarata, and Cantibile in Eppley Auditorium at 3 p.m. Admission is free. 

            Morningside University Student Government looks forward to welcoming you to campus Oct. 21-22!