Great Beginnings Schedule

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Great Beginnings 2015

 

Wednesday, August 12

10 A.M. – 2 P.M.   Shuttle Bus Service

(Roy Stewart Stadium to Residential College Complex) Need a lift? Our shuttle buses will pick you up at the stadium and bring you up the hill to your residence halls.

11:30 A.M. – 1 P.M. Lunch

(Winslow Dining Hall) Lunch available for new students and parents at our “all you can eat” on campus dining hall.

11:30 A.M. – 1 P.M. Farewell Letters

(Winslow Dining Hall) PARENTS! This is your time to say it all and more with a letter to your son/daughter. Let them know how much you will miss them by stopping by our table in Winslow and writing a letter to your RACER!

10 A.M. – 4 P.M. T-Shirt Swap

(2nd Floor Curris Center) You are a Racer now. You should be sporting your blue and gold, not your old high school t-shirt, and DEFINITELY not another university’s gear. Bring your old high school t-shirts or shirts from other colleges and swap them out for your Racer swag (one per person while supplies last). Used shirts will be donated to charity.

10 A.M. – 4 P.M. Move-In Mania!

(Residential Colleges) All residence halls are open to students with approved early arrival for move-in. Students moving in will receive their MSU Racer ID when you check into your Residential College.

Saturday, August 15

10 A.M. – 2 P.M.   Shuttle Bus Service

(Roy Stewart Stadium to Residential College Complex) Need a lift? Our shuttle buses will pick you up at the stadium and bring you up the hill to your residence halls.

10 A.M. – 4 P.M. Move-In Mania!

(Residential Colleges) All residence halls are open to new students for move-in. You will receive your MSU Racer ID when you check into your Residential College.

10 A.M. – 4 P.M. T-Shirt Swap

(2nd Floor Curris Center) You are a Racer now. You should be sporting your blue and gold, not your old high school t-shirt, and DEFINITELY not another university’s gear. Bring your old high school t-shirts or shirts from other colleges and swap them out for your Racer swag (one per person while supplies last). Used shirts will be donated to charity.

10 A.M. – 4 P.M. Housing Office Open

(1st Floor, Roy Stewart Stadium) Housing will be answering questions and providing information on the different residential halls. Also further assistance will be provided for any complications or concerns.

11 A.M. – 4 P.M. Lunch

(Winslow Dining Hall) Lunch available for new students and parents at our “all you can eat” on campus dining hall.

3:30 P.M. – 4 P.M. Farewell to Parents

(Residential Colleges) Parents, it’s time to say goodbye to your new college students. You don't have to go home, but you can’t stay with them. While your son/daughter dives into the Great Beginnings activities we have planned, you are invited to sit in on information sessions just for parents.

4:30 P.M. – 5:30 P.M. Great Beginnings Leader Meet and Greet

(Your Residential College) This is your first don’t-miss event! Residential and commuter students report to your residential college. This will be your first official meeting with your Great Beginnings Leader (GBL). You’ll be spending a lot of time with them during Great Beginnings, so take this opportunity to meet everyone.

6 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. Explore Murray

(CFSB Center) This is another don’t-miss event! Businesses from all over Murray will have information tables set up and will be giving away loads of coupons and freebies. We will also have a photo booth and a caricature artist so that you can begin all your Racer memories! After this event you’ll know where to go for anything and everything. We’ll keep you going with a live concert as well! Dinner from MSU Catering will be served at Explore Murray!!

7 P.M. - 9 P.M. Lawn Party sponsored by UCMA

(Hart College) Join us for lawn games including bocce ball, volleyball, washer pitchin’, cornhole, and many other activities.  We will also have drawings for prizes provided by the campus ministries.  This will be a great time to connect with your fellowship freshman, students from the campus ministries, and campus ministers for fellowship and fun. 

9 P.M. – 11 P.M. Grocery Madness

(Meet at Curris Center) Our buses will provide shuttle services to Wal-Mart and Kroger so that you can stock that new mini-fridge or grab anything you did not bring with you. Be sure to make your shopping list before you go!

11 P.M. – 12:30 A.M. Racer Trivia Night!

(Ballroom, Curris Center) Do you love trivia? Well join us for a little late night BrainBlast Trivia!!!! Bring your team or make a team when you arrive; create a fun name; and win some prizes! Games will begin at 11:30 PM. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.

11 P.M. – 1 A.M. Midnight Pancake Cookout sponsored by the Baptist Campus Ministry

(Elizabeth College Amphitheater) Who doesn’t like breakfast food at night?! Join the BCM as they serve pancakes to the community.

Sunday, August 16

8:30 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. Non-Denominational Worship Service sponsored by UCMA

(Hart College) This will be a time for students to come together in worship as a campus as we start the new school year.  Leadership will be from among the campus ministries.  Come and join us as we start the new school year focusing on God.

10 A.M. – 2 P.M. Brunch

(Winslow Dining Hall) Brunch will be available for new students and parents at our “all you can eat” on campus dining hall. MSU Racer ID is required.

10 A.M. – 4 P.M. Move-In Mania!

(Residential Colleges) All residence halls are now open to upperclassmen.

10 A.M. – 1 P.M. Pay It Forward

(Residential Colleges) Pay it forward and assist the returning students with their move-in. This is what Racer Nation is all about…giving back!

2 P.M. – 3 P.M. Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) Connected Orientation

(Barkley Room, Curris Center) Get Connected to OMA!  The Office of Multicultural Affairs is holding its Connected Orientation.  This is for any new Freshmen and transfer students who would like to get involved with the OMA Office and join our Mentoring Program. Students will receive valuable information on a variety of topics that affect college freshmen by currents students and our staff who want to see you become successful at Murray State University. Please call 270-809-6836 or email us at msu.multicultural.affairs@murraystate.edu if you have any questions.

3 P.M. – 4 P.M. Residential College Meeting

Clark College (Stables/Patio, Curris Center)

Elizabeth College (Elizabeth College Lobby)

Hart College (Theater, Curris Center)

Hester College (Freed Curd Auditorium)

Regents College (Wrather Auditorium)

Richmond College (Alexander Hall Auditorium)

Springer Franklin College (Large Ballroom, Curris Center)

White College (Mason Hall Auditorium)

4 P.M. – 5:30 P.M. PLAYFAIR

(CFSB Center) PLAYFAIR is totally unlike anything else you have ever experienced. It's entertainment! It's fun! It's the perfect way to make new campus friendships! Join us for one of the largest team building experiences and meet other members from the Class of 2019!

6 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. Residential College Meals

(Residence Halls) Be sure to check with Great Beginnings Leaders for your dining location. Whether it is at Winslow Dining Hall or a Cookout by your residential college…you do not want to miss out! Winslow Dining Hall meal plans begin.

7 P.M. Racer Band Concert!

(Lovett Auditorium) It is the Annual end of Band camp concert. Join us as the Band sets up on the steps of Lovett. Music selections include 2015 music selections learned in the past 4 days. Audience members are encouraged to bring a blanket or Lawn Chair. Concert is free to the public.

7 P.M. – 9 P.M. Racing into Wellness

(Wellness Center) Come see what the wellness center has to offer. While you’re here you can join in on a game of basketball, or volleyball! MSU Racer ID is required.

8 P.M. – 10 P.M. Waterfield Wired

(Waterfield Library) Join us in Waterfield Library for Waterfield Wired!  Enter to win prizes, play video games, glow mini golf, Minute to Win it Games, and more! 

8 P.M. – 10 P.M. Bingo Night

(Small Ballroom, Curris Center) Come play a few rounds of Bingo for a chance to win prizes from local restaurants and businesses. BINGO!

8:00 P.M.  Honors Program Ice Cream Social

(Location TBA) Current HP upperclassmen, council leaders, and faculty will be there to welcome and get to know all incoming students in the Honors Program to campus.

10:30 P.M. Silent Disco

(CFSB Center) “No Books, Just Beats”…tonight you get to dance to your own beat at our Silent Disco event. At this event, you will have some headphones…you choose your DJ…and you dance the night away! Who cares if you are off beat because no one will know what music is playing in your headphones!!!

Monday, August 17

10 A.M. – 11 A.M. Tips from Professors

(Large Ballroom, Curris Center) Come get tips on how to succeed as a college student from the best resource, professors! Don’t miss this opportunity to receive insight on how to get the most out of your college career.

10 A.M. – 12 P.M. Honors Program Orientation

(Location TBA) Mandatory for all incoming Honors Program students.  This will be a succinct but critical overview of HP requirements, activities, and strategies for success.  You will also have a chance to meet and talk with HP upperclassmen in your discipline.

1:00 P.M. – 2:30 P.M. Taking Care of Business

Step 1: Get to campus. Step 2: Panic. Forget Step 2 and get on top of your on-campus errands. Use this time to get your RacerCard, parking pass, city sticker, as well as grab those prepackaged textbooks so that you can relax and prepare for the ride that MSU will take you along during your time in Murray.

2 P.M.  New Student Auditions for Music Students

(Performing Arts Hall) Students needing to audition should meet in the Performing Arts Hall on the 2nd Floor, Old Fine Arts.  This event is for students who have registered as Music majors or minors, but have not yet auditioned for the department. Those who have already auditioned and have been accepted need not re-audition.

2:30 P.M. – 3:45 P.M. Dude, Where’s my Class?!

(Residence Halls) What?! Classes start tomorrow? Meet up with your FYLs at your residence halls, and don’t forget to bring your schedule with you. We’re going to show you exactly where you need to be for all of your classes.

4:30 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. Parade of Racers

(Curris Center) Meet your fellow Class of 2019 members and your Great Beginnings Leader outside of the Curris Center for your official march through campus to Lovett Auditorium. Get ready for a great experience as more awaits you!

5 P.M. – 6 P.M. Blue & Gold Celebration

(Lovett Auditorium) We are so excited to have you here and we are ready to celebrate you starting classes. Join us we celebrate and prepare you for the next few years of college. You will also be a part of a historic moment as we celebrate the 60th anniversary of desegregation!

6:00 P.M. – 8 P.M. Grilling with MSU

(Quad) Join MSU students, and reunite with your Summer O groups/counselors for a good time in the Quad. We’ll be providing food, music, games, etc. You don’t want to miss out. In case of rain, Grilling with MSU will be moved to the Curris Center Ballroom.

Tuesday, August 18

CLASSES BEGIN

7:30 A.M. – 8:30 A.M. Beverage Boost

(Pogue Hall Commuter Lots) Need a quick pick-me-up? Stop by and get fueled for your day with a cup of coffee!

7:30 A.M. – 12 P.M. Steering the Stampede

(Quad, Faculty Hall, Curris Center) Having trouble finding your way around campus? Get directions for class and get back on track at our Racer Tents located throughout campus.

5 P.M. – 7 P.M. Downtown Murray

(Main Street Square) Great Beginnings goes downtown! Come downtown to learn about the farmer’s market, great stores and restaurants in historic downtown Murray.  You will also have the opportunity to win great prizes!  Don’t miss out. To register for the event go here: http://goo.gl/forms/YQl9ySrT1l

Floor Meetings with RAs

(Residence Halls) Be sure to attend this meeting to get updates and information from your Residential Advisor. Times will vary so please check with your RA.

Wednesday, August 19

8 A.M. – 12 P.M. Steering the Stampede

(Quad, Faculty Hall, Curris Center) Having trouble finding your way around campus? Get directions for class and get back on track at our Racer Tents located throughout campus.

8 P.M.   Hypnotist

(Lovett Auditorium) What better way to wrap up the first day of classes than to have hypnotist, Tom Deluca put you into a deep, deep sleep. Come see the hilarity that ensues when your classmates are at Tom’s mercy.

Thursday, August 20

4:30 P.M. – 7 P.M. Welcome Back Dinner

(Winslow Dining Hall) Join the Division of Student Affairs as we welcome students to the Murray State Campus. There will be food and prizes…don’t miss out!! MSU Racer ID is required!

7 P.M. – 8 P.M. NPHC Open House: Meet the Divine 9

(Ballroom, Curris Center) The NPHC Open House will be a formal event where each National Pan-Hellenic Council chapter set up display tables and have small presentations to educate non-Greek students on the goals and values of their organizations. This will be a perfect opportunity for students to learn about each chapter in the NPHC. Non-Greek students will also have time for individual conversations with NPHC chapters to ask specific questions.

8 P.M. – 10 P.M. 1st Annual Mocktails Slam hosted by Regie Cabico

(T-Room, Curris Center) Join host and guest artist, Regie Cabico, for the 1st Annual Mocktails Slam! Practice responsible drinking, while enjoying spoken-word artistry. Cabico is the first Asian American poet to win the Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam and has appeared on 2 seasons of HBO's Def Poetry Jam and NPR's Snap Judgement. Poets participating in the Slam should prepare one poem, no more than three minutes. We ask for no costumes, props or music. Any topic is fair game, but please keep racist, sexist, homophobic – you get the picture – content out. Open mic performers can follow the registered poets for any interested musicians, comedians, or storytellers in the house. Those wishing to participate in the Slam should register ahead by contacting Jody Cofer Randall (jcofer@murraystate.edu). Come on – we’re buying this round! Door prizes and awards will be presented throughout the Slam. More information on the Slam at http://tinyurl.com/msumocktailsslam

Friday, August 21

5 P.M. – 9 P.M. Honors Program Cookout

(Location TBA) An optional event for incoming members of the Honors Program.  Come cook out, play cornhole and softball, and/or just hang out with HP upperclassmen, council leaders, and faculty.

Tuesday, August 25

7 P.M. Free Concert Featuring Big Atomic

(Lovett Auditorium) WKMS-FM hosts a free concert featuring regional bands Big Atomic and The Savage Radley on the stage of Lovett Auditorium. Big Atomic won the 2015 WKMS Battle of the Bands competition and continues to grow an active fan base in the tristate area. Opening band The Savage Radley perform delta/folk that is sure to please. Come hear both bands for free in person, sit in the comfy Lovett Live chairs and meet other music lovers.

Thursday, September 3

6 P.M. Murray State Football Home Opener (Senior Day)

(Roy Stewart Stadium) Salute the Senior Racers on their Senior Day by coming out to support your Murray State football team as they open their season against the Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers. Become indulged in the pregame festivities that Murray State tailgating has to offer before heading into the game. Admission is free with your MSU Racer ID.

Friday, September 11

3 P.M. Murray State Women’s Soccer Home Opener

(Cutchin Field) Come out and support the Racers as they host Louisiana Tech to kick off their home schedule. Admission is free with your MSU Racer ID.

TBD Murray Ice Cream Festival

(Downtown Murray) Join us for FREE Purity Ice Cream…all day!! On every corner of the Court Square Purity Ice Cream will have a booth set up with all you can eat; all kinds of different flavors…go back and get more…It is all FREE! This event is sponsored by Bristol Company and Purity Ice Cream.

Monday, September 28

8 P.M. Todrick Hall Experience

(Lovett Auditorium) The Todrick Hall Experience "MTV Reality Show" interactive event will be coming to Murray State.

Ongoing Services

Racer Card Services open for student IDs

Saturday:         12 P.M. – 4 P.M.

Sunday:            12 P.M. – 4 P.M.

Monday:          8 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

Tuesday:          8 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

Wednesday:  8 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

Thursday:        8 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

Friday:              8 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

Campus Technology Help Desk Support

(270-809-2346)

Sunday:            3 P.M. – 10 P.M.

Monday:          8 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

Tuesday:          8 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

Wednesday:  8 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

Thursday:        8 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

Friday:              8 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

Parking Tag Distribution

(Stables, Curris Center)

Monday:          8 A.M. – 4 P.M.

Tuesday:          8 A.M. – 4 P.M.

Wednesday:  8 A.M. – 4 P.M.

(Public Safety Building)

Thursday:        8 A.M. – 4 P.M.

Friday:              8 A.M. – 4 P.M.

SGA Poster Sales

(Curris Center, 2nd Floor)

Monday:          10 A.M. – 6 P.M.

Tuesday:          10 A.M. – 6 P.M.

Wednesday:  10 A.M. – 6 P.M.

Thursday:        10 A.M. – 6 P.M.

Friday:              10 A.M. – 6 P.M.

Winslow Dining Hall:

Monday:              7 A.M – 11 P.M.

Tuesday:              7 A.M. – 11 P.M.

Wednesday:      7 A.M. – 11 P.M.

Thursday:            7 A.M. – 11 P.M.

Friday:                  7 A.M. – 8 P.M.

Saturday:             8 A.M. – 8 P.M.

Sunday:                8 A.M. – 11 P.M.

University Bookstore:

Prepackage Textbook pickup begins Wednesday, August 12 from 8-5

Thurs, 13th   8-5

Friday, 14th  8-5

Sat., 15th  9-6

Sun, 16th   9:30-6

Mon-Thurs, 17-20th    8-8

Fri, 21st     8-6

Then begin normal hours:

Sat  10-4

Sun  1-4

Mon-Thurs  8-6:30

Fri  8-6

 

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