Great Beginnings Schedule

Great Beginnings Ambassadors

Meet your Great Beginnings Ambassadors

Parents and families

Stop by the Parent Lounge between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (August 12, 13, and 14).

Daily schedule

Thursday, August 12

9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Racers' Move-In

Location: Residential Colleges
Welcome Racers! You will receive your MURRAY STATE UNIVERSITY Racer ID when you check into your Residential College.

9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Shuttle Bus Service

Location: 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. to 2 p.m.

Parents Lounge

Location: Curris Center, 2nd floor
PARENTS! This is your space to take a breather or grab a snack/drink. Take a moment to write words of encouragement and support by sending a letter to your RACER.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

T-Shirt Swap

Location: Curris Center, 2nd Floor
You are now a Racer.  You should be sporting your blue and gold, not your old high school t-shirt, and DEFINITELY not another university’s gear.  Bring in breakfast food items or ready to eat meals to donate to our Murray State food pantry, Racers Helping Racers, and swap them out for your Racer swag (one per person while supplies last). 

3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Virtual Event

Virtual Hangout

Location: Zoom - Mtg ID: 871-1594-4807
Grab your phone, tablet, or computer for a live video chat with other new Racers. Talk with your host who is a current Racer! Where is the best place to study? Which frozen coffee is the best at Starbucks? What clubs are on campus? Get all the scoop or hop on to make new friends. 

4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Race to Success Sessions

Location: Curris Center, 3rd floor
Start your college years off on the right foot by attending the Race to Success sessions. Learn how to make the most of your money, manage your time, plan your future and more!

  • All About the Money (Large Ballroom)
  • Time Management (Ohio Room)
  • Getting Involved (Mississippi Room)
  • Taking Care of "Future" You (Barkley Room)
  • Social Media Do's & Don'ts w/Kim Newbern, Coordinator of Greek Life (Commonwealth Room)
  • Student Services: Women's Center and Pride Center (Cumberland Room)
  • Get Out of Here: Study Abroad is for Everyone with Steven Guns, Senior Education Abroad Advisor (Theater)
7 to 8 p.m.
MANDATORY for all new students

Racer Life

Location: Intramural fields
Complete the final part of your Racer Nation Orientation experience by attending our MANDATORY  Racer Life sessions. Come and reconnect with your orientation leaders and other new students to receive important information, win prizes, and have fun as you start your Racer Life .

8 p.m.

Residential College Activities

Location: Residential College
Check with your residential college leadership for an activity schedule.

Friday, August 13

9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Racers' Move-in

Location: Residential Colleges
Welcome Racers! You will receive your MURRAY STATE UNIVERSITY Racer ID when you check into your Residential College.

9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Shuttle Bus Service

Location: 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. to 2 p.m.

Parents Lounge

Location: Curris Center, 2nd floor
PARENTS! This is your space to take a breather or grab a snack/drink. Take a moment to write words of encouragement and support by writing a letter to your RACER.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

T-Shirt Swap

Location: Curris Center, 2nd Floor
You are now a Racer.  You should be sporting your blue and gold, not your old high school t-shirt, and DEFINITELY not another university’s gear.  Bring in breakfast food items or ready to eat meals to donate to our Murray State food pantry, Racers Helping Racers, and swap them out for your Racer swag (one per person while supplies last). 

2  to 3 p.m.

Race to Success Sessions

Location: Curris Center, 3rd floor
Start your college years off on the right foot by attending the Race to Success sessions. Learn how to make the most of your money, manage your time, plan your future and more!

  • All About the Money (Large Ballroom)
  • Time Management with Areanna Orr, Greek Life Graduate Assistant (Ohio Room)
  • Getting Involved with Christian Barnes, Director of  (Mississippi Room)
  • Taking Care of "Future" You with Murray State Career Services (Barkley Room)
  • Social Media Do's & Don'ts w/Kim Newbern, Coordinator of Greek Life (Commonwealth Room)
  • Student Services: Women's Center and Pride Center (Cumberland Room)
  • Get Out of Here: Study Abroad is for Everyone with Steven Guns, Senior Education Abroad Advisor (Theater)
3  to 3:30 p.m.

Check out the Sweet Spot!

Location: Curris Center, 2nd floor
Need a snack? Looking for something sweet? We’ve got you covered!

4  to 5 p.m.

Race to Success Sessions

Location: Curris Center, 3rd floor
Start your college years off on the right foot by attending the Race to Success sessions. Learn how to make the most of your money, manage your time, plan your future and more!

  • All About the Money (Large Ballroom)
  • Time Management with Areanna Orr, Greek Life Graduate Assistant (Ohio Room)
  • Getting Involved with Christian Barnes, Director of  (Mississippi Room)
  • Taking Care of "Future" You with Murray State Career Services (Barkley Room)
  • Social Media Do's & Don'ts w/Kim Newbern, Coordinator of Greek Life (Commonwealth Room)
  • Student Services: Women's Center and Pride Center (Cumberland Room)
  • Get Out of Here: Study Abroad is for Everyone with Steven Guns, Senior Education Abroad Advisor (Theater)
5 to 6 p.m.

Karaoke

Location: Curris Center, 3rd floor
Entertain or be entertained! Sing your heart out or come with your new friends to sing your favorite songs. Either way, it will be an hour of fun and music!

7 to 8 p.m.
MANDATORY for all new students

Racer Life

Location: Intramural fields
Complete the final part of your Racer Nation Orientation experience by attending our MANDATORY Racer Life sessions. Come and reconnect with your orientation leaders and other new students to receive important information, win prizes, and have fun as you start your Racer Life!

8 p.m.

Residential College Activities

Check with your residential college leadership for an activity schedule.

Saturday, August 14

9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Racers' Move-in

Location: Residential Colleges
Welcome Racers! You will receive your MURRAY STATE UNIVERSITY Racer ID when you check into your Residential College.

9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Shuttle Bus Service

Location: 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. to 2 p.m.

Parents Lounge

Location: Curris Center, 2nd floor
PARENTS! This is your space to take a breather or grab a snack/drink. Take a moment to write words of encouragement and support by writing a letter to your RACER.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

T-Shirt Swap

Location: Curris Center, 2nd Floor
You are now a Racer.  You should be sporting your blue and gold, not your old high school t-shirt, and DEFINITELY not another university’s gear.  Bring in breakfast food items or ready to eat meals to donate to our Murray State food pantry, Racers Helping Racers, and swap them out for your Racer swag (one per person while supplies last). 

1  to 2 p.m.

Race to Success Sessions

Location: Curris Center, 3rd floor
Start your college years off on the right foot by attending the Race to Success sessions. Learn how to make the most of your money, manage your time, plan your future and more!

  • All About the Money (Large Ballroom)
  • Time Management with Areanna Orr, Greek Life Graduate Assistant (Ohio Room)
  • Getting Involved with Christian Barnes, Director of Annual Giving (Mississippi Room)
  • Taking Care of "Future" You with Murray State Career Services (Barkley Room)
  • Get Out of Here: Study Abroad is for Everyone with Steven Guns, Senior Education Abroad Advisor (Theater)
2  to 4 p.m.

Movie - TBA

Location: Curris Center, 3rd floor
Bring your snacks and drink! It's movie time in the Curris Center!

6  to 7:30 p.m.

Explore Murray

Location: CFSB Center
This is a don't-miss event! Businesses from all over Murray will have information tables with lots of information and coupons! After this event, you’ll know where to go for anything and everything. Dinner from Racer Dining will be served at Explore Murray!! Reminder that Winslow Dining Hall is closed this evening.

8 p.m.

Residential College Activities

Check with your residential college leadership for an activity schedule.

10 to 10:30 p.m.

Glow in the Dark Zumba

Location: Springer Lawn
Let the HOT, Latin beats move you! Grab your new friends and get your “glow” on at heart pumping Zumba class on Springer Lawn across from Hester Hall.

11 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Midnight Pancake Cookout sponsored by Baptist Campus Ministry

Sunday, August 15

9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Racers' Move-in

Location: Residential Colleges
Welcome Racers! You will receive your MURRAY STATE UNIVERSITY Racer ID when you check into your Residential College.

1:30  to 2:45 p.m.

Campus Tours

Location: Appointed by your GBA
What?! Classes start on Tuesday? Meet up with your GBA Leaders at your residential college, 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.

Emerging Scholars Institute Orientation

 

3  to 4:30 p.m.

Residential College Meetings

This is your first don’t-miss event! Residential and commuter students report to your residential college.

Locations:

  • Clark College - Curris Center Barkley Room
  • Elizabeth College
  • Hart College
  • Hester College
  • Regents College
  • Richmond College
  • Springer-Franklin College
  • RH White College
5 to 7 p.m.

Residential College Cookout

TBA

7 to 8 p.m.
MANDATORY for all new students

Racer Life

Location: Intramural fields
Complete the final part of your Racer Nation Orientation experience by attending our MANDATORY  Racer Life sessions. Come and reconnect with your orientation leaders and other new students to receive important information, win prizes, and have fun as you start your Racer Life .

7 to 9 p.m.

Bingo Night

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

8 to 10 p.m.

Waterfield Wired

Location: 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!

Monday, August 16

9 a.m.

KYOTE Placement Testing

Location: Lowry Center LC1D (1st floor)

10 to 11 a.m.

Blurred Lines: When the fun turns into the fast and furious – The Five R’s of Title IX

Location: CFSB Center
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.​

12:30 to 12:45 p.m.

Parade of Racers

Location: CFSB Center
Meet your fellow Class of 2025 members and your Great Beginnings Ambassador outside Curris Center for your official march through campus to CFSB Center as you make your way to more exciting experiences!

1 to 1:30 p.m.
MANDATORY for all new students

Blue & Gold Celebration

Location: CFSB Center
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 6th Annual Blue & Gold Celebration.

1:45 to 2:15 p.m.

Check out the Sweet Spot!

Location: CFSB Center
I scream! You scream! We all scream for ice cream! Grab a cool treat on your way out!

3 to 5 p.m.

Racer Rec. Fest

Location: Wellness Center
Join us for the 1st Annual Racer Rec Fest at the Murray State Wellness Center. Doors open at 3 p.m., but come early and enjoy some music, yard games, and frozen treats with your fellow Racers. Other recreational activities include: sand volleyball, basketball, indoor volleyball, pickleball, and the swimming pool will be open.

6 to 10 p.m.

Esports Meet and Greet

Location: Room 224, CIT Building
Play games and hang out with Murray State Esports leadership and students. Learn how to utilize the Esports Lab while you're on campus! Follow signs posted on the CIT Building(across the walkway from the Curris Center.

7 p.m.

Racer Roundup - Pep Rally with MSU Athletics

Location: Stewart Stadium
An introduction to home football gamedays, meet the coaches and director of athletics as we learn about and celebrate Murray State gameday traditions with the marching band, Racerettes, cheerleading and dance teams! Upon conclusion of the event, we will take a Class of 2025 picture on the field level M logo!

Tuesday, August 17

All day

First Day of Classes

 

8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Welcome Racers Tent

West entrance, Curris Center
Welcome Racers! Grab some water and a campus map on your way to class.

Wednesday, August 18

8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Welcome Racers Tent

West entrance, Curris Center
Welcome Racers! Grab some water and a campus map on your way to class.

Thursday, August 19

7 to 9 p.m.

NPHC Open House: Meet the Divine 9

Curris Center Ballroom
The NPHC Open House will be a formal event where each National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) chapter sets 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.

Thursday, August 26

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Hire-A-Racer Student Worker & Part-Time Career Event

Curris Center
The Career Services Center invites you to talk with various campus departments and local businesses about part time employment opportunities.

Wednesday, September 22

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Campus Connections! Student Organization Fair

Curris Center, 2nd and 3rd floors
Want to get involved on campus? Not sure where to begin? Join the Center for Student Involvement to get acquainted with the student organizations that are on campus.

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