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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Family Weekend Events

Page address: https://www.mnsu.edu/familyweekend/events.html

Registration for Family Weekend 2016

Events continue to be added and updated. Please be sure to check back!

Friday, September 23, 2016

3:00PM – 6:00PM Registration / Check In
(for those that did not pick up their registration information prior to the event)

New Student and Family Programs Office
Preska Residence Community 103

Stop by if you did not pre-register and/or if your student did not pick up your registration packet prior to the weekend.  

3:00 - 5:00PM University Dining Center Construction Tour

University Dining Center entrance, accessible from Carkoski Commons

Take a 20-minute Construction Tour of the University Dining Center! This new building, opening in January 2017, will serve fresh, made to order, all-you-care-to-eat meals in casual contemporary dining spaces. Next-generation sustainability features of the building will be highlighted on the tour. Come get a preview of your second semester dining experience! Meet at the entrance to the University Dining Center, accessible from Carkoski Commons.

4:30PM College of Business Dean's List Reception

Centennial Student Union 253

Reception for all College of Business students with a special recognition for students on the College of Business Dean's List.

5:00PM – 11:30PM FREE Cosmic Bowling and Billiards

Maverick Bullpen, lower level of the Centennial Student Union

You can sign up for one hour blocks of game time starting 15 minutes before each hour. For example, at 4:45pm you can sign up to play from 5-6pm. To allow for everyone a chance to enjoy the games, you cannot sign up for consecutive game times.

5:00PM Stomper’s Cinema - Finding Dory

Ostrander Auditorium, Centennial Student Union

The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way. Concessions are available for purchase at discounted rates. This is your MSU Movie theatre. Family Weekend wristband required for free admission.

 

6:00PM – 9:00PM Open Recreation Time

Otto Recreation Center

Head for a great workout, play some basketball, or do many other activities in our campus recreation center. Just sign in at the desk and enjoy your time at the Rec Center! Free access for our Family Weekend Guests. Open Gym, Walking/Jogging Track, Weight Room, Cardio Area and Racquetball Courts. No minors in Weight Room or Cardio Area.

7:00PM Stomper’s Cinema - Finding Dory

Ostrander Auditorium, Centennial Student Union

The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way. Concessions are available for purchase at discounted rates. This is your MSU Movie theatre. Family Weekend wristband required for free admission.


8:00PM Chicago Boyz AcrobaticTeam from America's Got Talent

Bresnan Arena, Taylor Center

As seen on America’s Got Talent, the Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team is a professional gymnastics troupe consisting of talented young men from the Chicagoland area.  Performances include amazing acrobatic stunts and tricks inside twirling jump ropes, catapulting off mini trampolines and thundering tumbling routines with impaccable timing. You do not want to miss this show!  Family Weekend wristband required for free admission.

8:00PM – 10:00PM Star Gazing

Andreas Observatory

See the universe like you've never seen it before - and learn something new about the expanses of space! Park your vehicle on the south end of Lot 1 (behind the old Gage Towers). You can reach the observatory by a short walk south on the gravel road from lot 1. Weather permitting; check the Family Weekend Schedule online for cancellation updates.

8:30PM Stomper’s Cinema - Finding Dory

Outdoor Ampitheatre on the Mall (Outside Centennial Student Union)

The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way. Concessions are available for purchase at discounted rates. This is your MSU Movie theatre. Family Weekend wristband required for free admission.

 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

9:00AM – 1:00PM Registration / Check In
(for those that did not pick up their registration information prior to the event)

Myers Field House (near the entrance to the track)

Stop by if you did not pre-register and/or if your student did not pick up your registration packet prior to the weekend.  

9:00AM – 11:30PM FREE Cosmic Bowling and Billiards

Maverick Bullpen, lower level of the Centennial Student Union

You can sign up for one hour blocks of game time starting 15 minutes before each hour. For example, at 4:45 you can sign up to play from 5-6pm. To allow for everyone a chance to enjoy the games, you cannot sign up for consecutive game times.

 

9:00 - 11:00AM University Dining Center Construction Tour

University Dining Center entrance, accessible from Carkoski Commons

Take a 20-minute Construction Tour of the University Dining Center! This new building, opening in January 2017, will serve fresh, made to order, all-you-care-to-eat meals in casual contemporary dining spaces. Next-generation sustainability features of the building will be highlighted on the tour. Come get a preview of your second semester dining experience! Meet at the entrance to the University Dining Center, accessible from Carkoski Commons.

9:45AM Family Weekend Stomper Sprint

Fitness Trail: near the MSU softball fields and Lot 1

Calling all kids! Join us for your own Fun Run around our outdoor track! Ages 1 – 4: 100 meter run; Ages 5 – 12: 400 meter run (1 lap). No need to preregister. Meet at the entrance to the track (right next to the start of the 5K) by 9:40. If we have enough kids, we’ll do separate heats for ages 5 – 12.

10:00AM Family Weekend 5k Fun Run/Walk

Fitness Trail: near the MSU softball fields and Lot 1

Join us for a FREE non-competitive 5k fun run/walk on our paved fitness trail by the softball fields and Parking Lot 1. T-shirts will be given to the first 200 people who check in at the 5K registration table on the day of the event. Registration is limited to Minnesota State Mankato students, faculty and staff, and their families. “Day Of” registrations are accepted starting at 9:30am. Waivers must be signed by all participants the morning of the event in order to participate. Refreshments will be provided at the finish line. Register online today!

10:30AM – 1:30PM  Family Fun Carnival

Myers Fieldhouse

Enjoy games, caricatures, photo booth, indoor rock wall climbing, inflatables and other great fun for the entire family, brought to you in part by the Residence Hall Association (RHA).

10:30AM Alumni Legacy Brunch

Centennial Student Union Ballroom

The Office of Alumni Relations presents a brunch for students who have family members who are Alumni of Minnesota State University, Mankato. Invitations will be sent to Legacy Families. If you are a Legacy Family and have not received an invitation, please contact the Alumni Office at 507-389-3235 or events@mnsu.edu. An RSVP is required.

11:00AM – 12:00PM Pictures with Stomper

Myers Fieldhouse

Have a professional photo taken with the Maverick Mascot, Stomper. You will have the opportunity to have a photo emailed to you and also go online and order photos after the event.

11:00AM – 12:00PM 2016 Common Read Discussion

Memorial Library Room 2042

Please join faculty and students in a brief discussion of “When the Emporer Was Divine” by Julie Otsuka and explore how this book is giving the campus and the Mankato community an opportunity to explore and grow.

11:00AM – 12:00PM Memorial Library Open House and Tours

Memorial Library

Brief tours highlighting the different library services and resources available to support research and learning on the Minnesota State Mankato campus.

11:00AM – 7:00PM Open Recreation Time

Otto Recreation Center

Head for a great workout, play some basketball, or do many other activities in our campus recreation center. Just sign in at the desk and enjoy your time at the Rec Center! Free access for our Family Weekend Guests. Open Gym, Walking/Jogging Track, Weight Room, Cardio Area and Racquetball Courts. No minors in Weight Room or Cardio Area.

11:30AM – 1:00PM Institutional Diversity

Blakeslee Stadium

Stop by our table at Blakeslee Stadium to learn about our programs and services. First 75 visitors receive a free gift.

12:00PM Stomper’s Cinema - Finding Dory

Ostrander Auditorium, Centennial Student Union

The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way. Concessions are available for purchase at discounted rates. This is your MSU Movie theatre. Family Weekend wristband required for free admission.

1:00PM Minnesota State Mankato Men's Football vs. MSU Moorhead

Blakeslee Stadium

General admission cost with Family Weekend wristband is $5 for adults (normally $10) and FREE for youth ages 17 and under (normally $5). Current MSU students get in free with MavCard.

2:00PM-6:00PM Outdoor Rock Climbing

Outdoor Rock Pinnacle-Behind Lot 1

Come and enjoy our Outdoor Rock Climing Wall!  The feel and texture of this climbing wall is amazingly realistic, allowing climbers to use natural features and attached handholds to climb unique routes up the wall. Take on the challenge of climbing this 35 foot pinnacle! Park in Lot 1 and take a short walk down the gravel road.  Family Weekend wristband required for free climbing.

2:00PM-4:00PM Open Swim

Highland Center Pool

 

3:00PM-5:00PM Disc Golf

Lot 1

Come play a round on MNSU's newest recreational option, the 9 hole Maverick Disc Golf course! Our very own par 3 disc golf course is open for you to play year-round, dawn till dusk. Meet the Campus Recreation staff at the northwest corner of lot 1 (right field fence of the Women's Softball diamond) to grab a scorecard, map and check out a disc to use. Feel free to bring your own disc golf discs too

3:00PM Stomper’s Cinema - Finding Dory

Ostrander Auditorium, Centennial Student Union

See above description. Family Weekend wristband required for free admission.

 

7:00PM Stomper’s Cinema - FInding Dory

Ostrander Auditorium, Centennial Student Union

See above description. Family Weekend wristband required for free admission.

 

8:00PM – 10:00PM Star Gazing

Andreas Observatory

See the universe like you've never seen it before - and learn something new about the expanses of space! Park your vehicle on the south end of Lot 1 (behind the old Gage Towers). You can reach the observatory by a short walk south on the gravel road from lot 1. Weather permitting; check the Family Weekend Schedule online for cancellation updates.

8:00PM Mavericks After Dark: Family Feud

Ballroom, Centennial Student Union

 Watch or play the Family Feud in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. Starting at 8:00pm there will be two 30-minute games where the crowd can participate! Watch out for random prize giveaways and high energy entertainment. Comedian Tyler Boeh will perform at 9:00am followed by two more Family Feud games until 11:00pm.

 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

12:00PM Watch Minnesota Vikings vs Carolina Panthers

CSU Maverick Bullpen TV Lounge

Come cheer on the Minnesota Vikings and Maverick Alumnus Adam Thielen as they take on the Carolina Panters for a 12:00PM Kickoff.  Come at any point during the game and stay as long as you would like!

1:00PM MSU Women's Soccer vs Southwest Minnesota State

Soccer Pitch

Maverick Women's Soccer will take on Southwest Minnesota State on Sunday, September 25 at 1:00pm at the Pitch. The field is located southwest of Blakeslee Stadium on Ellis Ave. S.
Youth Day -- Youth 13 and under get in free! Get your post-game autographs with the team.

1:00PM-6:00PM Open Recreation Time

Otto Recreation Center

Head for a great workout, play some basketball, or do many other activities in our campus recreation center. Just sign in at the desk and enjoy your time at the Rec Center! Free access for our Family Weekend Guests. Open Gym, Walking/Jogging Track, Weight Room, Cardio Area and Racquetball Courts. No minors in Weight Room or Cardio Area.

 

2:00PM-4:00PM Open Swim

Highland Center Pool

 

 

Individuals with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, please contact New Student and Family Programs at 507-389-5498 (V),
800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTY) at least five days prior to the event. This document is available in alternative format to individuals with disabilities by calling the above numbers.

 

General Information (to be confirmed)

Parking and Directions

Free parking available in gold, purple or green lots beginning at 3PM on Friday, September 23.  OVERNIGHT PARKING IS ONLY ALLOWED IN GREEN LOTS.  Click here for parking map and directions to campus.

Bookstore Hours   

                Friday, 7:45AM – 4:00PM
                Saturday, 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Memorial Library Hours   

                Friday, 7:30AM – 7:00PM
                Saturday, 10:00AM – 6:00PM
                Sunday, 1:00PM –2:00AM

Campus Dining Options   
                               


                 

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Carkoski

Carkoski Commons

7:00am-10:30am 10:30am-4:00pm 4:00pm-8:00pm

10:00am-2:00pm 2:00pm-8:00pm

10:00am-2:00pm 2:00pm-9:00pm

Chet's Place

10:00am-4:00pm 7:00pm-12:00am

1:00pm-4:00pm
7:00pm-12:00am

1:00pm-4:00pm
7:00pm-12:00am

Wissink

Simply to Go

7:30am-2:30pm

Closed

Closed

Myers

Einstein Bros Bagels

7:00am-3:00pm

10:00am-2:00pm

Closed

Sears

1872 Grill

7:00am-4:00pm 7:00pm-12:00am

1:00pm-4:00pm
7:00pm-12:00am

1:00pm-4:00pm
7:00pm-12:00am

CSU

Jazzman's Café

7:00am-11:00pm

8:00am-11:00pm

10:30am-11:00pm

Grill 155

7:00am-3:00pm

Closed

Closed

Noodles

10:00am-7:00pm

Closed

Closed

Chick-Fil-A

8:00am-3:00pm

11:00am-2:00pm

Closed

Toss

10:30am-3:00pm

11:00am-7:00pm

11:00am-7:00pm

The Market

11:00am-2:00pm

Closed

Closed

Taco Bell

10:30am-3:00pm

11:00am-7:00pm

11:00am-7:00pm

Star Ginger

11:00am-8:00pm

Closed

Closed

Erbert & Gerberts

11:00am-8:00pm

Closed

Closed