Great Beginnings Schedule 2017

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Wednesday, August 9th

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.

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 Residential College.

11:30 A.M. – 1 P.M. Lunch

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

10:00 A.M. – 4 P.M. Farewell Letters

(Rocking Chair Lounge, 2nd Floor Curris Center) 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 outside of the University Bookstore 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).  We also ask that you bring a canned good or non-perishable item to donate for our Murray State food pantry, Racers Helping Racers! Used shirts will be donated to charity.

Saturday, August 12th

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 Residential College.

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. Farewell Letters

(Rocking Chair Lounge, 2nd Floor Curris Center) 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 outside the University Bookstore 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).  We also ask that you bring a canned good or non-perishable item to donate for our Murray State food pantry, Racers Helping Racers! 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 PM Lunch

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

1:30-2:00 PM 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.

2:00-3:00 PM  Parent and Family Reception 

(Curris Center Small Ballroom) We will have special guests Dr. Bob Davies, MSU’s 13th President along with Dr. Robertson, Vice President of Student Affairs, as well as appetizers and beverages for you to enjoy!

3:30 P.M. MPAC General Body Meeting I

(Office of Multicultural Affairs, Curris Center)  The Office of Multicultural Affairs will be hosting a Multicultural Parents Advisory Council (MPAC) General Body Meeting. MPAC serves as a forum to exchange ideas and experiences related to the success of multicultural students and Murray State University (MSU). The Council also serves as a support group for parents and students. MPAC supports other Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) endeavors throughout the year. For more information or to join MPAC contact us at 270-809-6836 or via email at msu.oma@murraystate.edu.

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 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! Reminder that Winslow Dining Hall is closed this evening.

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. 

8 P.M. – 1: 30 A.M. Midnight Pancake Cookout sponsored by the Baptist Campus Ministry

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

8 P.M. – 9:30 P.M. Grocery Madness

(Meet at Curris Center 1st Floor Entrance) 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!

10 P.M. – 11 P.M. Glow in the Dark Zumba

(Elizabeth College Amphitheater)

Sunday, August 13th

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 families at our “all you can eat” on campus dining hall.

10 A.M. – 4 P.M.  Move-In Mania!

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

10:00-11:00  A.M.  Dude, Where’s my Class?!

(Residence Halls) What?! Classes start on Tuesday? Meet up with your GB Leaders 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.

12:00-1:30 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 incoming Racers!

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

(2nd Floor Dance Lounge, 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.oma@murraystate.edu if you have any questions.

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

Clark College (T-Room, Curris Center)

Elizabeth College (Elizabeth College Lobby)

Hart College (Theater, Curris Center 3rd Floor)

Hester College (Freed Curd Auditorium, I&T Building)

Regents College (Wrather Auditorium)

Richmond College (Blackburn Science-Rm 228)

Springer Franklin College (Large Ballroom, Curris Center)

White College (Mason Hall Auditorium)

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 2017 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.

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 College Ice Cream Social

(Curris Center Dance Lounge) Current HC upperclassmen, council leaders, and faculty will be there to welcome and get to know all incoming students in the Honors College to campus.

Monday, August 14th

8 A.M. – 9 A.M.  Assessment for Developmental Course Requirements

(1st fl. Lowry Center) Developmental Studies Placement testing will be offered in the morning.  Students who have not already taken a test in English, Math or Reading can be seated for one test at 8:00 am. No appointment is needed. Call 270.809.2666 for additional information.

9 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. Blurred Lines: When the fun turns into the fast and furious – The Five R’s of Title IX

(Lovett Auditorium) Parties. Hot Date. Rush. Greek. Band. Athletic Recruitment. Multicultural. Multiracial. Me. You. Alcohol. Words fading.  Somehow what felt like fun quickly turns into the fast, furious blurred lines of sexual assault, victims, he said-she said, accused and accusers.  Join us for the five R's that will keep you, your organization, your friends and the ones you care about safe and on the "viewer"  side of your television or computer screen when watching court, personal, or organizational trials unfold before the public.​

10:30 A.M.-12 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.

1:00 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.  Reader’s Theatre Program

(Lovett Auditorium) Words. Words mean everything. Our Reader’s Theatre program will touch on those crucial topics that affect college students every day and discuss your place in the Murray State community. Take this opportunity to learn more about the resources provided to our students and hear this from some fellow Racer leaders!

 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. Music Business majors do not need to audition because they do not take private lessons.

CHOOSE ONE EDUCATIONAL SESSION:

2:45 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.   All About the Money

(Mississippi Room, Curris Center) Start your college years off on the right foot financially.  Come learn tips, tricks, and ways to help you make the most of your money.  Door prizes will be given!

2:45 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.   Tips from Professors

(Theater, 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.

2:45 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.  Ready, MindSet, Go on Your Road to Success!

(Ohio Room, Curris Center) Pave the way to your Success with an exploration of growth mindset, grit, and persistence.  How does the word "yet" hold so much power?  How gritty are you?  What can you learn from persisting through challenging times?  We'll find out and we'll toss in a few study skills and tips for good measure.

 

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

(Curris Center 2nd Floor Entrance) Meet your fellow Class of 2021 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!

4:30 P.M. – 5:30 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 as we celebrate and prepare you for the next few years of college at our 3rd Annual Blue & Gold Celebration.

8:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Racer Football 101

(Roy Stewart Stadium) Join the Racer Football team on Monday, August 14 at 8:00pm under the lights at Roy Stewart Stadium!! Get to know your Racer Football team while hanging out, learning the fight song from the Racer Band, learning drills, practicing your kicking skills & seeing if you can out-throw our quarterbacks! Also, make sure to grab your FREE gift from Racer Athletics and a poster to get autographed. **This event is intended for all skill levels - no football experience required**

Tuesday, August 15th--First Day of Classes

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 bottle of water!

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

(Quad & 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.

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 16th

5 P.M. – 7 P.M. TSA’s Cookout in the Quad

(Quad) All transfer students are invited to join the newly formed Transfer Student Association (TSA) in the quad for free food, t-shirts, giveaways, tailgate games, and hangout time. 

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 17th

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.

Saturday, August 19th

10 P.M.  Movie Night sponsored by SGA

(Theatre, Curris Center) Come and see Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on the big screen. Bring a blanket and your friends as SGA presents a night of free entertainment.

Sunday, August 20th

2 P.M. Murray State Racers Women’s Soccer Home Opener vs. Marshall University

10 P.M.  Movie Night sponsored by SGA

(Theatre, Curris Center) Come and see Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on the big screen. Bring a blanket and your friends as SGA presents a night of free entertainment.

Thursday, August 31st

6 P.M. Murray State Racers Football Home Opener vs. Kentucky Wesleyan (Senior Night)--GOLD RUSH

(Stewart Stadium) Calling all freshmen & transfer students!! You are invited to join Dr. Davies for a pre-game tailgate before rushing the field at the Racer Football home opener. Tailgate under the big GOLD RUSH tent in the stadium parking lot starting at 3:00pm. Food & live music will be provided. Then at 5:30 meet Dr. Davies & grab your FREE gold rush t-shirt before rushing the football field. Following the rush, hang-out in the end zone and enjoy the game. Kick-off is set for 6:00pm.

Wednesday, September 27th

11 A.M. - 2 P.M. 2017 Campus Connection!--Annual Student Organization Fair

(Carr Health Lawn)Want to get involved on campus? Not sure how to start or where to begin? Join the Center for Student Involvement and many Registered Student Organizations! We know that making campus connections begins with student involvement, so come by and see us! ***Rain Location will be located inside the Curris Center Dance Lounge

 

Great Beginnings Ongoing Services

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Racer One Stop

Take advantage of the following services at one location inside the Curris Center Stables (1st Floor)!

  • Billing
  • Scholarships
  • Financial Aid
  • Registration
  • On-campus Housing

Tuesday, August 8th - Friday, August 11th from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Saturday, August 12th - Sunday, August 13th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Monday, August 14th-Friday, August 18th from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Monday, August 21st from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

RacerCard Services open for student IDs

Location: RacerCard Office (1st Floor, Curris Center)

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

August 8th      9 A.M. – 4 P.M. (3rd Floor Curris Center)

August 9th      9 A.M. – 4 P.M. (1st  Floor Curris Center)

August 10th     8 A.M. – 4 P.M. (Parking Office)

                                  11:30 A.M. – 1:00 PM (3rd Floor Curris)

August 11th      8 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. (3rd Floor Curris Center)

August 12th     1 P.M. – 4 P.M. (1st Floor Curris Center)

August 13th     1 P.M. – 4 P.M. (1st Floor Curris Center)

August 14th    8 A.M. – 5 P.M. (Curris Center Ballroom)

August 15th     8 A.M. – 5 P.M. (Curris Center Ballroom)

August 16th    8 A.M. – 5 P.M. (Curris Center Ballroom)

University Bookstore 

**Times subject to change.

Prepackage Textbook pickup begins

August 9th      8 A.M. – 5 P.M.

August 10th    8 A.M. – 5 P.M.

August 11th     8 A.M. – 5 P.M.

August 12th      9 A.M. – 6 P.M.

August 13th     9 A.M. – 5 P.M.

August 14th     8 A.M. – 8 P.M.

August 15th     8 A.M. – 8 P.M.

August 16th     8 A.M. – 7 P.M.

August 17th    8 A.M. – 7 P.M.

August 18th    8 A.M. – 5:30 P.M.

August 19th    10 A.M. – 4 P.M.

August 20th    1 P.M. – 4 P.M.

 

Then begin normal hours:

 

Monday-Friday    8 A.M. – 5:30 P.M.

Saturday                      10 A.M. – 4 P.M.

Sunday                           1 P.M. – 4 P.M.

Winslow Dining Hall

Starting Monday, August 14th:

Monday:                      7 A.M – 8 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.

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.