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Aug. 19: University Convocation

President Richard Davenport to address faculty, staff at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 19.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 8-16-2013

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato President Richard Davenport will discuss his vision for the 2013-2014 academic year during the annual President’s Convocation Address to faculty and staff from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 19 in Bresnan Arena in the Taylor Center.

Davenport's convocation address will be streamed live here. After the event, it will be posted online here.

The first day of fall classes is Monday, Aug. 26, and student “move-in day” at each of Minnesota State Mankato’s residence communities is Thursday, Aug. 22, when more than 2,800 students will begin moving into on-campus housing.

More than 4,000 vehicles are expected on campus Aug. 22-23, as students, parents and friends move student belongings into four campus residence hall communities. The university will again provide faculty-staff volunteers to assist with logistics, as well as traffic-control officers to direct the flow of cars.

Drivers are asked to temporarily avoid main access streets such as Stadium Road and Val Imm Drive, and core-campus streets, and to park in remote lots on Thursday.

Eighty-five percent of new Minnesota State Mankato students choose to live on campus – a number that residence life officials say reflects the academic and social advantages of being an on-campus resident.

There’s no scheduled move-in day for thousands of additional returning students who live in private, off-campus apartments. Many will return to Mankato on the weekends prior to the start of classes.

A full schedule of “Welcome Week” activities is planned for students from Aug. 22-25. Included is a new student and family barbeque from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22.

A complete “Welcome Week” schedule is available here.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,413 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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