Schedule of 50th Anniversary Events:

Monday, September 25, 2017—Founders Day
12:30 p.m. in the Alumni Plaza. Join us for a Mustang Family Photo, 50th Charter Signing, and a little cake.

Friday, September 29, 2017—Brown and Gold Spirit Day
Noon in the Conference Center. SMSU Alumni Awards Luncheon.
6:00 p.m. in the R/A Facility. The University Gala.

Saturday, September 30, 2017—Homecoming Day (View the full Homecoming schedule here.)
11:00 a.m. Downtown Marshall. 50th Grand Parade.
6:00 p.m. at the Red Baron Arena & Expo. All-Southwest Reunion.

Sunday, October 1, 2017
2:00 pm—Southwest Minnesota Orchestra Concert*, An All-American Concert: SMSU at 50. A program of music by Aaron Copeland, Robert Whitcomb, Peter Lothringer, George Gerschwin, and John Williams. Featuring tenor, Ryan Hugh Ross ‘08, The Schwan Community Center for the Performing Arts, Marshall High School. 
* This activity is funded, in part, by a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
A Conversation with Poets: Maryann Corbett & Athena Kildegaard, noon-1:00 p.m, Marshall-Lyon County Library, 7:00 p.m., Charter Hall 201, SMSU

October 19-21 and October 26-29, 2017—How to Talk Minnesotan: The Musical by Howard Mohr.
7:30 p.m. in the SMSU Fine Arts Theatre. 2:00 p.m. matinee on Oct. 29. Dinner Theatre: October 21 and 28 in the Culinology & Hospitality Management Dining Room, IL. Previously performed at SMSU by Troupe America in 1998

November 7, 2017
SMSU Chorale, Building Dreams: A Concert in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of SMSU, 7:30pm, First Lutheran Church

November 13-15 and 17-19, 2017—Hamlet by William Shakespeare.
7:30 p.m. in the SMSU Fine Arts Theatre 2:00 p.m. matinee on Nov. 19. Previously performed at SMSU during our 1992-1993 and 1969-1970 seasons

November 18, 2017
Golden Melodies: A vocal recital honoring SMSU’s 50th Anniversary, 2:00pm, First Lutheran Church

November 29, 2017
Undergraduate Research Conference at SMSU. Featuring research connected to SMSU's 50 year history.

February 15-17 and 22-25, 2018—One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean
7:30 p.m. in the SMSU Fine Arts Theatre. 2:00 p.m. matinee on Feb. 25. Dinner Theatre: Feb. 17 and 24. A modern version of the first show performed on the SMSU Mainstage, The Servant of Two Masters in 1968.

April 12-14 and April 19-22:  The Awesome 80s Prom by Ken Davenport and the Class of ‘89
7:30 p.m. in the SMSU Fine Arts Theatre. 2:00 p.m. matinee on Apr. 22. Our celebration of the last 50 years wouldn’t be complete without revisting the 1980s!

Theatre Season 2017-18: To read more about the complete Theatre Season, click here to visit the SMSU Theatre webpage.

There's still time to get involved in the year-long celebration:

Share your event plans with us and we’ll share it here as part of the full year of Celebrating 50 Years.  (Email:


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