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SMSU Gold Rush Days

Gold Rush Days

Gold Rush Days at Southwest Minnesota State University is our new student orientation program designed to help you smoothly transition to life as a Mustang. During Gold Rush Days, you will have the opportunity to participate in various events, some outside, some in-person with distancing, some with small groups, and some virtual. The programming will assist you in navigating the campus and connecting with new and current Mustangs, faculty, staff, as well as the Marshall community, all while having a blast and staying healthy! We are excited to welcome you to campus and to our Mustang Family.

If you’d like to learn more about the process of returning to campus, visit our Mustangs Return page https://www.smsu.edu/mustangsreturn/index.html

Departments on campus are available to help you during Gold Rush Days with extended hours, visit this link to find more detail.

Before you arrive:

  • Check your SMSU.edu email often.
    • Important information regarding move-in, coming to campus, and fall course delivery will be sent to your SMSU.edu email.
  • Sign-up for a move-in time.
    • You must sign up in advance. Check your email for your personal link to book a time.
  • Save QR Code for check-in.
    • You will receive a QR code via email that you will use for check-in. You will not be able to move-in without a reservation.
  • Complete health survey before arrival.
    • The day of your move-in you, and all members of your group, must complete the health self-assessment survey: www.minnstate.edu/CV19-SMSU. Completion of the survey gives you authorization to be on campus, if you are healthy.*

* If you are sick, have any symptoms, or have a fever, please stay home. Follow guidelines provided on our site for how to proceed: www.smsu.edu/mustangsreturn

Move-In Day

Move-In for Incoming First-Year Students

THURSDAY, AUGUST 20, 2020

If you are unable to move-in on the 20th contact Residence Life at 507-537-6136 or email reslife@smsu.edu

Learn More

 

Gold Rush Days Schedule

Thursday Event Schedule
Time Event Location
8:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Residence Hall Check IN Birch Street outside Naoutha
8:00 - 6:00 p.m. Mustang ID Generation
Students, you can come to campus anytime between now and the start of class to get your Mustang ID. Call 507-537-6573 to see how you can get your Mustang ID mailed to you! Once on campus during Gold Rush Days, the Mustang Card Center (student center) and a second Mustang Card station (Conference Center) will be open Thursday August 20 & Friday, August 21 from 8 am – 6 pm. The student will need a form of photo ID, like a driver’s license, High School ID, or passport to verify who they are.
  1. Mustang Card Center in Student Center
  2. Conference Center Upper Ballroom
10:00 - 12:00 p.m. SMSU Alumni Schwan's Ice Cream
Enjoy some Schwan’s Ice Cream sponsored by the SMSU Alumni Office!
Central Field
10:00-12:00 p.m. FREE Chair Massages
Enjoy a FREE chair massage courtesy of Health Source of Marshall.
Central Field
11:00 - 1:00 p.m. Picnic/Lunch Student Center / Alumni Plaza
1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Campus and Classroom Tours

Fireplace/Comfy Couches 2nd Floor Student Center

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Mustang Meetings On Campus – Residence Halls

Off Campus - Fireplace/Comfy Couches 2nd Floor Student Center

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Dinner
Eat with your Orientation Leaders & RA’s
Residential Restaurant
7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Blake Fly
Your Mustang trail starts here.  Using live music, storytelling and appropriate humor Blake will give the keys to unlock your full potential at SMSU and inspire your peers to do the same by accessing new opportunities available to you as a college student.
Viewing Party Rooms in Academic Buildings
9:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Virtual Game Show

Login on your device to play in an interactive pop-culture trivia virtual game show.  There will be a mix of awesome games and trivia interspersed with fun audience participation.  Have a blast while testing your knowledge!  Advance into prize rounds to win!

Friday Event Schedule
Time Event Location
7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast Residential Restaurant
8:00 - 6:00 p.m. Mustang ID Generation
Haven't gotten your Mustang ID yet? You can come and get that checked off your list!
Conference Center Upper Ballroom
9:00 - 9:20 a.m. Mustang Meetings On Campus – Residence Halls

Off Campus – RA Lobby
9:20 - 10:00 a.m. New Student Photo
Join the rest of the incoming Mustang Family and take part in the biggest group photo you’ve ever seen!
Regional Event Center
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Convocation
Your official welcome to campus from the SMSU administration, faculty and staff! Hear from President Kumara Jayasuriya, and a featured alumni speaker, about how to find success early and throughout your SMSU career! Students will be divided into groups by declared major. Undecided students will also be grouped together.
Viewing Party Rooms in Academic Buildings based on Academic Major
11:00 - 12:15 p.m. Meet Your Advisor
In this session you will learn more about your major, meet your faculty advisor, and hear more about the classes and opportunities that await you! If you are undeclared, there will be a special session to help you explore the majors offered at SMSU!
Viewing Party Rooms in Academic Buildings based on Academic Major
11:30 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch Residential Restaurant
1:30 - 2:00 p.m. Playfair
PLAYFAIR is totally unlike anything else you have ever experienced. It’s entertainment! It’s fun! It’s the perfect way to make new campus friendships! PLAYFAIR is a great way to meet other new students and promotes campus unity and school spirit!

Connect with individual devices – spread out across campus (residence halls, Student Center, academic buildings)

2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Jumpstart to Finding a Job On-Campus or in the Marshall Community
Get prepared to land a job on-campus at SMSU or in the Marshall community. Career Services will explain Handshake, SMSU’s job search platform, that will be used to host the SMSU Part-Time Job & Volunteer Virtual Fair on Tuesday, August 25. Financial Aid will provide information on how your work study financial aid award can help you land a job and how you can work on campus if you don’t have a work study award. Tips for how to apply for campus jobs and attend the virtual fair will be given.
Upper Student Center
2:45 - 5:30 p.m. 

Activity Block

Sand Volleyball
Sign up for Sand Volleyball before 1:00 p.m. in the Student Center and arrive at the courts by 2:45 p.m. for announcements. Sign up individually or with a team!
Sand Volleyball Courts
Bean Bags Central Field
Slip and Slide Kickball Grass Lot by Campus Daycare.  Game times will be posted.
Mustang Zone Games
Come chill in the Mustang Zone! Play billiards, table tennis, PS4 and WiiU for free!
Mustang Zone
3:00 - 3:30 p.m. Mental Health Awareness
Transitioning to college can present some challenges.   Get some helpful tips on dealing with them and find out how SMSU Counseling and Testing Services can help in this Zoom session with a professional staff member from the office.  Log on with your own device or come to Student Center 249 to participate.
Online
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Student Success Tips - Academics
Prepare yourself for your 1st semester of college with some tips to help you achieve the academic success you want.
SC 207
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Access Opportunity Success (AOS)

This session is an opportunity to meet AOS service Faculty find out how the program can assist you while attending SMSU.

AOS/ODI Commons East
4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Mustang BBQ RA Facility Parking Lot
7:30 - 9:00 p.m. You. Me. We. - Presentation 1
GTC Dramatic Dialogs theatre troupe acts out two scenes of often-unintentional presentations of prejudice. The performances sets the stage for an interactive program in which you can present your opinions on some of the hottest topics of the day in preparation for successfully navigating multi-cultural campus relationships.
Viewing Party Rooms in Academic Buildings – Divide By Residence Hall
7:30 - 9:00 p.m. Sex Signals - Presentation 1
Sex Signals has become one of the most popluar sexual assault prevention programs on college campuses through its unorthodox, humor-facilitated approach to examining our culture, sex and the core issue of bystander intervention. A 2-person team of highly trained educators take the audience on an interactive, relevant and often hilarious exploration of beliefs, behaviors and gender sterotypes related to dating and sexual interaction.
Viewing Party Rooms in Academic Buildings – Divide By Residence Hall
9:00 - 11:30 p.m. Movie on the Scoreboard
Mustang Athletics is proud of the SMSU student section being the best in the conference.  They want to welcome the newest Mustangs to the team before the movie Remember the Titans plays on the big screen at the Regional Event Center.
Regional Event Center
Saturday Event Schedule
Time Event Location
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Campus and Classroom Tours
Need another tour of campus or want help finding your classrooms? The SMSU Orientation Leaders will be available to show you around campus! Bring your class schedule and they’ll even show you where your classrooms are. Available to all new students! Also available on Sunday at 3:00 PM.
Fireplace/Comfy Couches 2 nd Floor Student Center
10:00 - 12:00 p.m. Scavenger Hunt
Get to know more about the SMSU campus and win some cool prizes.  Join the Gold Rush Scavenger Hunt!  You can play as an individual or create a team of up to three people.  The hunt can be completed in 45 minutes.  (Register and begin the hunt no later than 11:15.)  You’ll share completed hunt picture sot be eligible for prizes.
Meet at Lower Level SC
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Brunch Residential Restaurant
12:00 - 3:30 p.m. Mud Volleyball
A staple of Gold Rush Days, Mud Volleyball is an event you won’t want to miss!  Sponsored by Mustang Maniacs, you can sign up with your orientation leader.  If you need a team the orientation leaders will find one for you.  Complimentary showers on site after the game!  Game times will be posted.
Green Lot (west of campus)
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Activity Block

Laser Tag & Amusement Games
Get ready for some high-energy tag!  Come to the RA Facility to get a time for your laser tag game.  Bring a team or come as an individual and we will pair you up.  Games to play while you wait for your turn.
RA Facility
Frisbee Disk Golf
BYOD (Bring Your Own Discs) or borrow some of ours (based on availability) and enjoy an afternoon playing disc golf on our 18-hole course.
SS Parking Lot – Campus Disk Golf Course Hole #1
Hammock Hang
Come and chill in our hammocks in the trees outside the Social Science building on the northwest end of the academic buildings. We’ll have hammocks, but if you have one, feel free to bring it.
Grounds Next to Social Science Building
Wiffle Ball
Sign up with your orientation leader.  Game times will be posted.
Residence Hall Central Field
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Web Survival Recap
Need a refresher on accessing your SMSU email, online classes, e-services, and more?  This Zoom meeting led by a member of the SMSU admission team will get you all the important information you need.  Log on with your own device or come to Student Center 249 to participate.
Zoom Meeting from SC 249
5:00 - 5:30 p.m. Intramurals Intro
Over 80% of students participate in intramurals every year! Find out what we offer, how to sign up and also learn about possible employment positions with intramurals!
Postponed. Watch the Mustang app for details.
5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Dinner Residential Restaurant
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. You. Me. We. - Presentation 2
GTC Dramatic Dialogs theatre troupe acts out two scenes of often-unintentional presentations of prejudice. The performances sets the stage for an interactive program in which you can present your opinions on some of the hottest topics of the day in preparation for successfully navigating multi-cultural campus relationships.
Viewing Party Rooms in Academic Buildings – Divide By Residence Hall
7:00 - 8:10 p.m. Sex Signals - Presentation 2
Sex Signals has become one of the most popluar sexual assault prevention programs on college campuses through its unorthodox, humor-facilitated approach to examining our culture, sex and the core issue of bystander intervention. A 2-person team of highly trained educators take the audience on an interactive, relevant and often hilarious exploration of beliefs, behaviors and gender sterotypes related to dating and sexual interaction.
Viewing Party Rooms in Academic Buildings – Divide By Residence Hall
8:30 - 11:30 p.m. STAT Bonfire/Fire Pits
Come join us for a bonfire to kick off the semester right! We’ll provide the music and good vibes! Sponsored by Students Today Alumni Tomorrow and Mustang Traditions.
Green lot (west of campus)
Sunday Event Schedule
Time Event Location
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Yoga in the Courtyard

Take some time to de-stress and center yourself before starting the semester. No experience with yoga? No problem! All skill levels are welcome! Bring your own mat (or towel) and water! Be sure to wear something comfortable.

Central Courtyard
11:00 - 1 p.m. Brunch Residential Restaurant
11:30 - 1 p.m. Cupcake Contest
Try your hand at cupcake decorating! The cupcakes and decorations are provided. Be sure to bring your A game because we’ll have prizes for the winners! Plus, who doesn’t love to eat cupcakes?!
Upper SC
11:30 - 1:00 p.m. Soccer Open Pickup Game
Sponsored by the SMSU Soccer Club, enjoy a game of soccer at the Regional Event Center! All skills levels are welcome!
REC
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. How to Use the MAT Bus System

Getting around Marshall isn’t too tough, but using the MAT Bus system makes it even easier.  Come for a session explaining the routes of the different Marshall Area Transit (MAT) bus system lines to learn how to get around town for fun, food, and shopping for the things you need without driving. 

Meet in

Conference Center - Upper Ballroom

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Transfer Student Social
Transferring to SMSU?  Stop by the coffee house for your favorite Starbucks beverage on us and meet other incoming transfer students.  We’ll chat, answer questions, and hear from some current students who transferred to SMSU.  Prizes will be available.
Coffee Shop
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Campus and Classroom Tours
Need another tour of campus or want help finding your classrooms? The SMSU Orientation Leaders will be available to show you around campus! Bring your class schedule and they’ll even show you where your classrooms are. Available to all new students!

Fireplace/Comfy Couches 2nd Floor Student Center

4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Shooters Sporting Clays

Whether you’re a skilled marksman or a novice, come join us at Shooters Sporting Clays for some stress-relieving recreational clay target shooting! Bring your own shotgun and eye protection (sunglasses, safety goggles, etc.) or use some available on site. There will be a caravan leaving from the Loop at 3:45pm outside of the Conference Center. Find a ride and bring a buddy! Sponsored by University Sportsperson’s Association.

10713 300th Street, Marshall, MN 56258
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Drama Club Improv
Join the SMSU Drama Club as they present an evening filled with hilarious original sketches, comedic scenes and much more!
Courtyard (Quad)
5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Dinner Residential Restaurant
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Mustang Happy Hour
Join student body president Esther Oluborode and other student leaders and to learn more about campus involvement. You have leadership opportunities at SMSU!  You can win some awesome prizes just by stopping by for refreshments and meeting these outstanding student leaders. Some student club and organization leaders will also be in locations around the Student Center to visit with new students too.

Coffee Shop

7:30 - 8:00 p.m. Final Mustang Meetings

On Campus – Residence Halls

Off Campus - Fireplace/Comfy Couches 2nd Floor Student Center