Personal Opportunities

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As part of our mission, Residential Life states that "we want to facilitate students' personal success by promoting and providing opportunities for positive involvement in life outside the classroom." 

Here are just a few of our own Residential Life Co-Sponsored Events and links to other fun opportunities here on campus.  Watch your floor and lobby bulletin boards, table tents in the dining areas, and your E-Newsletters for additional activities.

Welcome Weekend

Welcome weekend starts the Thursday before fall classes begin with Move-In Day.  This weekend is packed full of opportunities for you to meet others on your floor, residence community, and other residence communities. 

Welcome Week

Following Welcome Weekend the entire campus is invited to more activities to get to know others.  Most of these activities are located on or near the Centennial Student Union (CSU).

First 50 Days

The First 50 Days activities give residents an opportunities to get further acclimated to the University. Calendars with both Residential Life and campus-wide activities included.

What's on Wednesday?

Every Wednesday one of the Residence Community's host an activity called What's on Wednesday. These activities are open to all residents of Crawford, McElroy, Preska, Julia Sears, and Stadium Heights.  Here are some event activities from past years:

  • Mocktails and Cheese
  • Karaoke
  • Murder Mystery Party
  • Beach Bash
  • The Price is Right with Wells Fargo
  • The Game of Life
  • Minute to Win It
  • The Roommate Game
  • Cocoa & Coloring
  • Bingo
  • Pie Your CA
  • Dress Your CA
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Outdoor Volleyball and Basketball

Join in on the various sand volleyball and basketball courts for some friendly Competition. Pick-up games are going all the time on these courts. Central locations allow interaction with all communities.

Crawford Haunted House

The Crawford Haunted House (put on by Crawford Residents) is in the lower level of Carkoski near the computer lab.  This is free and open to all students.  This is usually on the last Wednesday in October 

House Party

Each year, the Student Health Services/Health Education Office will co-host an educational event called House Party.  Residential Life and Greek Life also support this cause.  This event usually takes place on the third Wednesday in October from 9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.  Vans usually are available to take people to and from the house.  In past years the vans have left from the McElroy, Julia Sears, and Preska lobbies.  

Our goal is to educate students on the dangers of high-risk drinking.  This event is a mock house party where students take a tour of an off campus house and explore a "house party" from a sober perspective.  Student volunteers act out scenarios that students may have encountered at a real house party.  Students will be given statistical information about the prevalence of high-risk behaviors and then will be educationed on how they can better keep themselves and their friends safe if they do choose to drink. Come have fun with your friends at this annual event! 

RHA Turkey Run

RHA's first annual Turkey Fun Run/Walk was on November 17, 2012.  The event was located at the MSU fitness trail. Tons of prizes, were given to both teams and individuals for best costume, fastest time, and many more!

The individual registration fee was a canned food item.  The registration fee for a group to sign up was the donation of a frozen turkey.  All food was donated to the ECHO food shelf here in Mankato.  This event was created and run by  The continuation of this event will be decided in the fall semester each year.

Moonlight Breakfast

Need a study break before finals? This usually occurs the Sunday before finals from 10:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.  Breakfast will be served in the Carkoski Dining Hall by your friendly neighborhood Hall Directors!

Winter Welcome Week

All Current, New, and Transfer students are Welcome at ALL EVENTS!

Visit the Winter Welcome Week web page. 


Join us in Myers Field House for some friendly Community Competition.  Want to create your own team? Just check-in with all the other communities at 3:30 p.m.  Games begin at 4:00 p.m.

Goodbye Week - Sponsored by RHA

  • Monday: Community Council Picnic on the Crawford Lawn at 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Dinner and a Movie in Carkoski Dining Hall at 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: RHA Gameshow in Carkoski Commons at 9:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: RHA Capture the Flag by the Bell Tower at 8:00 p.m.

Campus-wide Opportunities through the Department of Student Life

It's up to YOU.

While living on campus, keep in mind that at Minnesota State Mankato, the residence communities are a lot more than a place to sleep.  Check out your bulletin boards, Facebook, or stop in at the front desk.