Great Beginnings Schedule 2018

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Wednesday, August 8th

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 residence halls.
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 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 11th

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 MURRAY STATE UNIVERSITY 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. – 1:30 P.M. Lunch
(Winslow Dining Hall) Lunch available for new students and families at our “all you can eat” on campus dining hall.
12:30 - 1:00 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.
1:00-2:00 P.M.  Meet and Greet Racer Families
(Curris Center 2nd floor) We will have special guests Dr. Bob Davies, Murray State University’s 13th President along with Dr. Don 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 Initiatives, Student Leadership & Inclusive Excellence, Curris Center)  The Office of Multicultural Initiatives, Student Leadership & Inclusive Excellence 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. The Council also serves as a support group for parents and students. MPAC supports other Office of Multicultural Initiatives, Student Leadership & Inclusive Excellence (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/Residential College Meetings
(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.
Residential College Meetings:
Clark College (T-Room, Curris Center)
Elizabeth College (Elizabeth College Lobby)
Hart College (Small Ballroom, Curris Center)
Hester College (Freed Curd Auditorium, I&T Building)
Regents College (Wrather Auditorium)
Richmond College (North Dining Room, Winslow)
Springer Franklin College (Large Ballroom, Curris Center)
White College (Mason Hall Auditorium)
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 Murray State University 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 United Campus Ministry Association (UCMA)
(Hart College) Join the United Campus Ministry Association (UCMA) 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. 
10 P.M. – 11 P.M. Glow in the Dark Zumba
(Elizabeth College Amphitheater) Get ready to dance like no one is watching! Join us for a late night Zumba class outside of Elizabeth College.
11 P.M. – 1: 30 A.M. Midnight Pancake Cookout sponsored by the Baptist Campus Ministry (BCM)
(Hart College Lawn) Who doesn’t like breakfast food at night?! Join the BCM as they serve pancakes to the community.

Sunday, August 12th

8:30 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. Non-Denominational Worship Service sponsored by United Campus Ministry Association (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. – 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.
2 P.M. – 3 P.M. Office of Multicultural Initiatives, Student Leadership & Inclusive Excellence (OMA) Connected Orientation
(3nd Floor Barkley Room, Curris Center) Get Connected to OMA!  The Office of Multicultural Initiatives, Student Leadership & Inclusive Excellence 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.
5 P.M. – 6:30 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.
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
(Commons Area, Franklin Hall) 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 13th

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 as well as grab those prepackaged textbooks and supplies so that you can relax and prepare for the ride that Murray State University 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
(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.
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 2022 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 we celebrate and prepare you for the next few years of college at our 5th Annual Blue & Gold Celebration.

Tuesday, August 14th--First Day of Classes

 CLASSES BEGIN
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.
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 15th

5 P.M. – 7 P.M. Transfer Student Cookout
(Quad) All transfer students are invited to join the Transfer Center in the Quad for free food, giveaways, tailgate games, and hangout time. We are excited to kick off the year with you!
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 16th

 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 18th

 10 P.M.  Racer Drive-In Movie Night sponsored by SGA
(Lawn of Stewart Stadium) In preparation for Homecoming 2018, join the Student Government Association and Racer Athletics for an evening fit to create memories and spark dreams.  Bring your lawn chairs and blankets as you watch the movie Field of Dreams on the lawn of Stewart Stadium. Come hungry as popcorn will be served!

Sunday, August 19th

 1 P.M. Murray State Women’s Soccer vs. Northern Kentucky
10 P.M.  Movie Night sponsored by SGA
(Theatre, Curris Center) Come and see The Avengers: Infinity War on the big screen. Bring a blanket and your friends as SGA presents a night of free entertainment.

Tuesday, August 21st

10 P.M.  Campus Outreach Water Balloon Fight
(Stewart Stadium /enter at Gate 3)  This is an event to end summer and kick of the school year with a wet and wild party. Campus Outreach hosts the 5th annual 6th annual Water Balloon fight that has grown in excellence and excitement every year. 1000+ students have gathered every year on the first night of school for the last 5 years to engage in this amazing event. This year the aim is to set a personal record of 50,000 Water Balloons. We hope you will join us to start the year off with a Pop!
 

Wednesday, August 22nd

2 P.M. Career Services Open House
 (Applied Science Building North)  The Career Services Center invites you to their open house.

Thursday, August 23rd

 11 A.M - 1 P.M. Hire-A-Racer Student Worker & Part-Time Career Event
 (Curris Center)  The Career Services Center invites you talk with various campus departments and local businesses about part time employment opportunities.

Thursday. August 30th

5:00 P.M. Gold Rush
Freshmen are invited to a pre-game tailgate before rushing at the Football home opener. Following the rush, freshmen have the opportunity to hang-out in the end zone to watch the game. Festivities will kick-off at 5:00pm on the Racer Baseball field where they can pick up their FREE Gold Rush t-shirt! Kick-off is set for 6:00pm.

Wednesday, September 12th

 11 A.M. Campus Connections! Student Organization Fair
(Curris Center Concourse)  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!

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/Bursar
  • Scholarships
  • Financial Aid
  • Registration/Advising
  • On-campus Housing
  • Veterans Affairs
Tuesday, August 7th - Friday, August 10th from  8 A.M. - 5 P.M. 
Saturday, August 11th from 1 P.M. to 4 P.M.
Monday, August 13th from  8 A.M. - 5 P.M.
Tuesday, August 14th - Wednesday, August 15th from 8 A.M. to 6 P.M.
Thursday, August 16th - Friday, August 17th from 8 A.M. - 5 P.M.
Monday, August 20th from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M.

RacerCard Services open for student IDs

Location: RacerCard Office (1st Floor, Curris Center)
Saturday, August 11th: 12 P.M. – 4 P.M.
Sunday, August 12th: 12 P.M. – 4 P.M.
 
Begin normal hours:
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 Information

2018-2019 Vehicle Registration is now available through the myGate parking channel.

Student Parking Permit charges will be as follows:

  • $200 for Commuter, Regents/White, Residents in North Residential Complex, and College Courts zone access
  • $100 for Economy purple zone access- parking will be available at the Stadium, Hamiliton Field, Hamilton North, Sorority Suites, and West Farm.

All students (full time or part-time, regional, web) who operate a motor vehicle on the Murray State campus must register through myGate parking channel. Annual renewal of vehicle registration is required. Registrations are valid for the fall, spring, and summer sessions. Information required to register vehicle is as follows:

  • NAME
  • MURRAY STATE ID OR DRIVER'S LICENSE
  • LOCAL ADDRESS
  • VEHICLE YEAR, MAKE, MODEL, AND COLOR
  • LICENSE PLATE NUMBER
  • STATE AND COUNTY VEHICLE REGISTERED IN

Registration is enforced 24-hours daily.

University Bookstore

**Times subject to change.
Prepackage Textbook pickup begins
August 8th 8 A.M. – 5 P.M.
August 9th  8 A.M. – 5 P.M.
August 10th 8 A.M. – 5 P.M.
August 11th 9 A.M. – 5 P.M.
August 12th 9 A.M. – 5 P.M.
August 13th 8 A.M. – 8 P.M.
August 14th 8 A.M. – 8 P.M.
August 15th 8 A.M. – 7 P.M.
August 16th 8 A.M. – 7 P.M.
August 17th 8 A.M. – 6 P.M.
August 18th 10 A.M. – 4 P.M.
August 19th 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  - Closed

Winslow Dining Hall

Starting Monday, August 13th:
Monday: 8 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: 8A.M. – 8 P.M.
Saturday: 8 A.M. – 8 P.M.
Sunday: 7 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.