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Tech Family Day set for Sept. 26

Parents, siblings, grandparents and other family members of Arkansas Tech University students will converge on Russellville to spend a day on campus on Saturday, Sept. 26.

Family Day is one of the oldest and most popular traditions at Arkansas Tech. This year marks the 91st anniversary of the event, which was originally known as Dad’s Day. The event has been part of the annual calendar at Arkansas Tech since 1924.

Arkansas Tech Family Day 2015 will begin with morning events such as an on-campus 5-kilometer run/walk and a golf outing at Russellville Country Club.

Arkansas Tech families seeking a more relaxing environment will visit the fourth annual Family Day Jazz Brunch at Chambers Cafeteria from 10 a.m.-noon.

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 students and their families will also have an opportunity to view student artworks in Norman Hall, which will be open from noon-3 p.m.; and learn about the history of the institution in the Arkansas Tech Museum at the Techionery, which will be open from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

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 4 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.

Kickoff for a Great American Conference football game between Arkansas Tech and Southern Arkansas 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 2015, visit www.atu.edu/parents/ familyday.php