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2008 Schedule of Events

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Homecoming Events - September 22 - 27

Monday, September 22

11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Cake with the Candidates and Tie Dying T-Shirts

Minnesota State Mankato Mall
Homecoming week is here and it is time to meet the homecoming royalty candidates. Who are you going to vote for?  Meet the candidates, check out their cake-decorating skills, and get a piece of cake. In addition, grab a t-shirt and create your own tie dye creation!

7:30 -10:00 p.m.
Homecoming Block Party
Performing Arts Center Lawn

Did you perfect your lawn game techniques or learn new dance moves back home this summer? With a DJ dance, lawn games, free snacks there is something for everyone at the Homecoming Block Party! Compete in the Maverick bean bag toss, washers, and ladder golf tournaments, dance to DJ’d music, and hang out with your friends while kicking off the week of Homecoming events. Make sure to get your Rewards Program points here.

Tuesday, September 23

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Canned Food Drive / Can Sculptures
Minnesota State Mankato Mall

With rising food prices, the number of people in our community who are struggling to meet their basic needs continues to rise.  Join the strong MSU tradition of helping those in need in the Mankato area while having a fun at the same time. Bring your canned foods to the Mall and show off your artistic flair by creating your unique food sculpture.

7:00 p.m.
Volleyball - Minnesota State University vs. Saint Cloud State University
Taylor Center, Bresnan Arena

After thirteen road games to start the season, the Mavericks Volleyball team finally hosts a team on its home court.  Come cheer on the Mavericks as they take on the Huskies of St. Cloud State.  In addition to seeing a great game, one MSU student will be chosen to win a cash prize of $5,000 during the game! The winner selected must be in attendance to claim their prize. The first 250 students also receive a free sub sample from Erbert & Gerbert’s Subs and Clubs, $5 Gift Certificate from Erbert & Gerbert’s Subs and Clubs and one student will win free subs for a year!

Wednesday, September 24

Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Food Eating Contest
Minnesota State Mankato Mall

On Wednesday, things are really starting to heat up. Who will be MSU’s Competitive Eating Champ in 2008?  For the competitive edge, try checking out Sonya ‘The Black Widow’s’ Thomas training techniques. Bring a nickname and take a seat on stage if you want to compete, or just cheer on the eaters and take in food at your own pace in the audience.  

6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Dodgeball Tournament
Myers Field House

Grab your friends and get ready to compete in the campus-wide dodgeball tournament. Homemade uniforms are strongly encouraged, but not required. However, all players must be ready to have a great time.  “Just remember the five Ds of dodgeball: Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive and Dodge.”

7:00 p.m.
RHA What’s on Wednesday: Legends of the Hidden Temple
Performing Arts Center Lawn

Think you have what it takes to face Olmec on the Steps of Knowledge, compete in Temple Games, and get past the Shrine of the Silver Monkeys?
Come cheer on the contestants (or earn on spot on the team!) from your residence hall community as they compete in challenges based on the Legends of the Hidden Temple television show. Teams will compete in elimination contests until one team remains and is declared the winner. Prizes will be awarded to contestants, with a “Grand Prize” for the team who earns the right to enter the Hidden Temple! The choices are yours, and yours alone.

Thursday, September 25

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Greater Mankato Growth – Young Professionals Gathering
Maverick Bullpen, Lower Level of the Centennial Student Union

By invitation only.

7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Performance Series Concert: Chicago Afrobeat Project
Halling Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center

Chicago Afrobeat¹s range of influences- funk, rock,  jazz, afro-cuban, high life and juju music ­ settle into a hypnotic, dance-compelling pulse characterized by melodic and hard-hitting horn lines and a cutting, driven rhythm section. Tickets are $9 for Minnesota State Mankato students with valid ID, $12 for other students (K-12) and children and $15 General admission. To purchase tickets go to For more info contact 507-389-5549

7:30 - 10:00 p.m.
Maverick Pep Rally Featuring Johnny Holm
Rugby Pitch (Old track behind Gage)

Come out to the old track for a night you will be sure to remember, with a bonfire, music and concessions.  The tunes of Johnny Holm and his band will highlight the 2008 Homecoming Pep Rally. Bring your school spirit, but please don’t bring any bags, outside food or beverages. This event is FREE with your MavCard. Your friends age 18 and over can join the fun for $10 payable at the door. In case of rain, this event will be held in the CSU Ballroom.

Friday, September 26

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Faculty/Staff Alumni Luncheon

Connect with fellow campus alumni, show your Maverick spirit, win door prizes and see some special guests as we gear up for homecoming weekend!  (For faculty and staff alumni by invitation only.  Contact with questions)

6:00 p.m.
Athletics Hall of Fame and Distinction Recognition Dinner
CSU Ballroom

Celebrate with Hall of Fame and Hall of Distinction inductees and the Jim Shaffer Service Award and Philanthropic Award honoree at this festive social and dinner.  (By invitation only, visit for more information)

6:30 - 9:00 p.m
Theatre and Dance Reunion Informal Reception

CSU Heritage Room
Gather to share memories with alumni from your era and others, as well as make new memories with current Theatre & Dance students.   (By invitation only. Contact Mike Lagerquist at with questions.)

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Lip Synch and Coronation
Taylor Center, Bresnan Arena

You don’t have to be part of a team to enjoy this event! Come and enjoy the best, worst and funniest entertainment in town. This traditional homecoming event is in its 11th year and get’s better every year. The theme this year is “One hit wonders”…   going to be good!

9:00 - 11:00 p.m.
MavTunes: The Blend
Taylor Center, Bresnan Arena

Saturday, September 27

All Day
The Circle K Club 30th Anniversary Reunion

All Circle K Alumni and their guests are invited.  Circle K is an international collegiate service based organization affiliated with Kiwanis International.  The MSU Circle K club will be offering walking tours of campus, a club t-shirt, a chance to participate in the homecoming parade (watching or walking), group seating at the football game (Go Mavericks!), service projects, and a dinner.  If you have questions or would like to register for the event please contact the club @ or Daardi Sizemore, MSU Circle K Faculty Advisor @ or 507-389-5949. 

9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
President's Community Appreciation Pancake Breakfast
Lot 20

Join President Davenport, faculty, staff and the community for pancakes to recognize everything you do for Minnesota State Mankato and to kick off the day. 

Homecoming Parade - 11:00 a.m.
Line up: Rugby Pitch, Parade Route

Wake up, grab some breakfast and head over to campus to take part in this memorable Homecoming event, the MSU Homecoming Parade. See the crazy and creative floats constructed by MSU students, check out the fun to be had at local Mankato businesses, and listen to live music. Don’t miss the fun or the free parade candy!

10:00 a.m. - Noon
Theatre and Dance Tours
Performing Arts Center

Tour includes Ted Paul Theatre and Andreas Theatre. Leading the tours will be Paul J. Hustoles, Chair, Tom Bliese, professor emeriti, Steve Smith, lighting designer and John Paul, scenic designer. (By invitation only.  Contact Mike Lagerquist at with questions.)

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
KMSU 89.7 FM Open House
205 Alumni & Foundation Center, 1536 Warren Street

Join the staff and volunteers at KMSU radio for a tour, refreshments and to celebrate completion and installation of the new tower and transmitter. You can even have a chance to hear the sound of your own voice! For more info, go to  or call 389-KMSU.

12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Maverick “Tail-Great” Family Fun Barbeque, featuring City Mouse

Lot 20
Grab some food, listen to a band, and enjoy fun and family-friendly games before the game.

1:00 p.m.
Theatre and Dance Swapping Stories: Comparing College Prep to ‘The Real World’ Experiences
Ted Paul Theatre

(By invitation only.  Contact Mike Lagerquist at with questions.)

1:00 p.m.
Women's Rugby Club Alumni Game
Old Track behind Gage

Emily Drexler, 507-276-2438,

1:00 p.m.
Men's Lacrosse Club Alumni Game
Lacrosse Field behind Gage

Tim Hansen, 612-719-0811, or

2:00 p.m.
Homecoming Football Game -  Minnesota State University, Mankato vs. Winona State University
Blakeslee Stadium
This is what it is all about, the 2008 Mavericks homecoming football game! With a new coach and a new conference, it’s time to bring your school spirit to cheer the Mavericks on to victory against the Warriors of Winona State.

approx 4:30 p.m. (after football game)
Men's Rugby Club Alumni Game
Blakeslee Stadium

Tony Miller, 651-210-3716,

4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Tau Kappa Epsilon's First Annual Benefit Car Show and Post Game Festivities, featuring City Mouse
Lot 20

Help celebrate MSU's Homecoming with great music, door prizes and fun! Car show judgning begins at 5:00 p.m. Classes for judging cars: classic, modern muscle and tuner. Classes for judging bikes: super sport and harley/custon. Suggested donation: $20 for cars, $15 for bikes, $15 for MSU students/alumni. All proceeds will go to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America. If you would like to participate in the Car Show, fill out this form and submit to or mail to 645 S 4th St, Mankato, MN 56001. First 75 cars and 20 bikes to register will be in the show.

7:00 p.m.
Comedian John Oliver
Taylor Center, Bresnan Arena

You may recognize him from his correspondent role on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Tonight John Oliver will entertain MSU, Mankato during the Blowout Comedy Event for Homecoming 2008. In addition to writing and performing on the Daily Show, John Oliver’s comedy has packed houses in his native England, won him the Breakout award at the Aspen Comedy festival, and earned him an hour long special on Comedy Central.  Mark your calendars and make sure not to miss this hilarious night of comedy. Free to all! No backpacks, outside food or beverages allowed.

9:00 pm - Midnight  
CSU/Mavericks After Dark Afterparty, Myers Field House next to Bresnan Arena
Immediately following the John Oliver performance. Free pizza and soda for students while it lasts, games and prizes including big-screen Nintendo Wii Tournaments, a free throw contest, ladder golf, Twister, beanbag toss, open basketball and more. Drawings for Scheels gift cards (must be present to win). Sponsored by Mavericks After Dark, Student Activities, Campus Recreation, and Centennial Student Union – Find Your Place.