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SMSU Gold Rush Days

Gold Rush Days at Southwest Minnesota State University is a new student orientation program intended to help you transition to life as a Mustang. Over these four days you will have the opportunity to participate in various events that will assist you in navigating the campus, connecting with new and current Mustangs, faculty, staff and the Marshall community, all while having a blast!

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

Important Payment Dates

  • August 10-28 - Bookstore charging available for all students.
  • August 28 - Last day to add classes or drop classes with a refund.
  • August 28 - Students must have met the Minimum Payment Criteria by now.  Search for Minimum Payment Criteria on our SMSU homepage.  If not met, classes will be dropped.
  • September 2 - Financial Aid will be applied to fall semester bills.
  • September 4 - Financial Aid Overages:
    • Direct deposits will be released to bank accounts.
    • All checks will be mailed from SMSU to your local address.
  • September 28 - Payment due date.
  • October 28 - Final fall semester payment plan due date.

Move In Day

THURSDAY, AUGUST 20, 2020
8:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.

RESIDENCE LIFE TENT By Residence Life Office (Naoutha)

As you approach the campus of SMSU, look for housing check-in signs. You can pull into a specially designated parking spot along Birch street to check-in. You’ll be met by SMSU Residence Life staff to pick up your keys, get directions and answer any questions you have. We can’t wait to see you!

MUSTANG MOVERS: Available throughout the day to help facilitate your move in experience.

RESIDENT ASSISTANTS: Your Resident Assistant (RA) will be in the lobby of your residence hall. They are your guide to living on campus! If you have questions about lofting, furniture, or anything else about living in the residence halls, they will be there to help you!

PARKING

Specially designated parking spots are reserved for you on Birch street (you’ll see the signs) in order to accommodate all students moving in. Please move your vehicle once it is empty. You can park in the lots located on the East and West ends of campus. Please be sure you do not park in a “Reserved” spot.

Gold Rush Days Schedule

Thursday Event Schedule
Time Event Location
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.  Residence Hall Check IN Central Field 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.
Mustang Card Center in the Student Center & Upper Conference Center
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
11:30 a.m. Picnic/Lunch
1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Campus and Classroom Tours Residence Hall Lounges / SC 249 – transfers
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Mustang Meeting Residence Halls
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Dinner with OL's and 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.
Online
Friday Event Schedule
Time Event Location
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 - 9:50 a.m. Mustang Meeting On Campus - Residence Halls
Off Campus
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.
Various Classrooms
10 - 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!
Various Classrooms
1:30 - 2:30 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!
Residence Hall Rooms
2:45 - 5:30 p.m. 

Activity Block

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
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
Sign up with a partner in the Student Center before 1:00 pm.
Grass Lot by Campus Daycare
Slip and Slide Kickball
Sign up in the Student Center individually or with a team by 1:00 pm and arrive to the grass lot by the Campus Daycare by 2:45 pm.
Central Courtyard
Mustang Zone Games
Come chill in the Mustang Zone! Play billiards, table tennis, PS4 and WiiU for free!
Mustang Zone
7:30 - 8:40 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.
Online
7:30 - 8:40 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.
Online
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.
Upper Level Student Center
12:00 - 3:30 p.m. Mud Volleyball
A staple of SMSU Gold Rush Days, Mud Volleyball is an event you won’t want to miss! Sponsored by the Mustang Maniacs, you can sign up in the student center before 11:00 AM Saturday and be at the Mud Volleyball courts by 12:00 PM. Bring your own team or we’ll help you find one. Complimentary showers are sponsored by the Marshall Fire Department!
Green Lot (west of campus)
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Activity Block

Laser Tag
Get ready for some high-energy laser tag! Sign up in the Student Center as a team or as an individual and we will pair you up. Sponsored by the SMSU Veterans Center and Minnesota National Guard.
Lower Ballroom
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
Hammock Hang
Come out and chill in our hammocks within the Social Science area located on the northwest portion of campus. Meet one of our Orientation Leaders at the grounds near the Social Science area to rent a hammock.
Grounds Next to Social Science Building
Wiffle Ball
Sign up in the Student Center individually or with a team by 11:00 am and arrive to the courtyard by 12:45 pm.
RA Lobby
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!
RA Lobby
5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Meal Options Residential Dining Room
7:00 - 8:10 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.
Online
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.
Online
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.
Central Field
Sunday Event Schedule
Time Event Location
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Yoga in the Courtyard
Take some time to destress and center yourself before starting the semester. No experience with yoga? No problem! All skill levels are welcome! Bring your own mat if you have one and water bottle (we’ll have a few extra mats to share if you don’t have one!) Be sure to wear something comfortable.
Central Courtyard
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
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Campus 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!
Comfy Couches SC
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 or rentals will be provided for free. Meet in front of the Campus Religious Center if you’d like a ride or meet us there! 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) with FA Theatre as weather backup
7:30 - 8:00 p.m. Final House Meeting

Residence Hall Lounges

Hours of Operation for Gold Rush Days

Cashier Hours

The Cashier’s window in Business Services (IL 132) will be open extended hours during Gold Rush Days and the first week of classes for account questions and payments.

Cashier Hours List
Date Hours
August 20-21 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
August 24-28 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
August 31 and beyond resumes to normal hours 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

TRC Hours

The Technology Resource Center (TRC) can help you get connected to campus wifi, access your SMSU email on your mobile device, download virus protection and Microsoft Office for free! Bring your laptop, smart phone, tablet, etc. to the TRC for assistance or call the help desk (507) 537-6111.

Date Hours
August 17-19 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
August 20-21 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
August 22 9 a.m. to noon
August 23 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
August 24-27 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
August 28 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Mustang Card Center Hours

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!

Mustang Card Center Hours List
Date Hours
Thursday & Friday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Student Orientation Photo

Campus Dining Hours

Dining Hall

Dining Hall Hours List
Date Hours
August 17 TBD
August 18 TBD
August 19 TBD
August 20 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
August 21 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
August 22 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
August 23 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
August 24 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Coffee House

Coffee House Hours List
Date Hours
August 17 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
August 18 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
August 19 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
August 20 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
August 21 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
August 22 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
August 23 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
August 24 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

C-Store

C-Store Hours List
Date Hours
August 17 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
August 18 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
August 19 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
August 20 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
August 21 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
August 22 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
August 23 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
August 24 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

State Street Subs

State Street Subs Hours List
Date Hours
August 17-23 closed
August 24 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Barnes & Noble Campus Bookstore Hours

The Barnes & Noble Campus Store will be open extended hours during Mustang Gold Rush Days and the first week of classes. Below is a list of the times they will be open for you. Don’t forget to bring your class schedule if you’re planning to purchase or rent your books!

We encourage you to place your book orders online with us now at https://smsu.bncollege.com/shop/smsu/page/find-textbooks.

For the welfare of our students and employees masks will be required in the bookstore. We offer contactless pay and email receipts. Please allow for extra time as the number of students allowed in the store at a time will be limited. Thank you for your patience.

To limit the number of people in the store we are rolling out our web order pick-up gondolas in front of the store during designated hours on a few of the days.

Web order pick-up hours

Web order pick-up Hours List
Date Hours
August 20 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
August 21 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
August 24 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
August 25 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Store hours

Store Hours List
Date Hours
August 17 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
August 18 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
August 19 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
August 20 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
August 21 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
August 22 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
August 23 noon to 5 p.m.
August 24-27 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
August 28 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mustang Movers

Phone Number Quick Reference

Phone numbers for quick reference
Office/Website Phone Number
Academic & Student Affairs (507) 537-6246
Academic Success Program (507) 537-6139
Access Opportunity Success (507) 537-6169
Admission (507) 537-6286
Advising Services (507) 537-7273
Athletics (507) 537-7271
Barnes & Noble Campus Bookstore (507) 337-1450
Business Services (Bills & Payments) (507) 537-7117
Campus Religious Center (507) 532-5731
Career Services (507) 537-6221
Campus Dining (507) 537-7683
Center for International Education (507) 537-6018
Civic Engagement (507) 537-6423
Counseling & Testing Services (507) 537-7150
Dean of Arts, Letters & Sciences (507) 537-6251
Dean of Business, Education, Graduate & Professional Studies (507) 537-6251
Disability Services (507) 537-6492
Diversity & Inclusion (507) 537-6169
Financial Aid (507) 537-6281
Health Services (507) 537-7202
Housing/Residence Life (507) 537-6136
Lost & Found (507) 537-7330
Math Learning Center (507) 537-6484
McFarland Library (507) 537-7278
Mustang Card Center (507) 537-7330
Mustang Pathway Program (507) 537-7223
New Horizons Crisis Center / SMSU Outreach Office (507) 537-6817
Non-Traditional Student Organization (507) 537-6345
Student Success & Advising Center (507) 537-6484
Post Office (507) 537-6347
Registration & Records (507) 537-6206
SMSU Switchboard (507) 537-7678
Speech Center (507) 537-7370
Student Activities (507) 537-6394
Study Abroad (507) 537-6018
Technology Resource Center (TRC) (507) 537-6111
Transcripts (507) 537-6207
Tutoring Support & Study Strategies (507) 537-6139
University Public Safety (507) 537-7252
Veteran's Resource Center (507) 537-7213
Writing Center (507) 537-7294

Frequently Asked Questions

A: First, check to see if you have been awarded work-study, which is granted through the FAFSA. You can find your award letter under the “Financial Aid” tab on e-services. Campus job openings for both work-study and regular pay will be posted on the Financial Aid website. It is up to you to contact the departments or areas in which you are interested and ask if they have any jobs available. Check the SMSU Dining Services website for additional job opportunities.

A: All student workers are paid via direct deposit into your bank account. You will receive a direct deposit every two weeks for the number of hours worked. Most students work an average of 8-10 hours per week and get paid $10.00 per hour.

A: All financial aid funds will be applied first to the charges on your account. Students who are expecting an overage are encouraged to submit Direct Deposit information online by August 29, 2020. Any remaining funds will be directly deposited into your bank account (savings or checking) on September 4, 2020. If you did not sign up for Direct Deposit, a printed overage check will be mailed from SMSU on September 4, 2020.

A: The Barnes & Noble Campus Store will be open during Gold Rush Days for new students to purchase their books. Students may rent or purchase new or used books from Barnes & Noble Campus Store, and digital books may be available. The bookstore will match BN.com and Amazon prices. (stipulations apply)

A: YES. Meal plan changes for Fall Semester may be made through Friday, September 4, 2020. Meal plan changes for spring semester can be made the last two weeks of fall semester through the first two weeks of spring classes. These requests need to be submitted in writing to the Mustang Card Center, located on the second floor of the Student Center.

A: Meal plans begin Thursday, August 20, for the evening meal. Meals from your dining plan can be used in the Residential Restaurant located in the Student Center. The meal plan week starts on Saturday and runs through Friday. Your meal plan will start over each week. Your meals do not carry over from week to week.

A: Mustang Money can be loaded on your Mustang ID card and used just like CASH to purchase anything at the Barnes & Noble Campus Store, The Mustang Zone, all campus food venues including the restaurant, Coffee House and convenience stores, even snack vending machines. You are also able to increase your print quota at the TRC and it can be used at the Cashier’s Window. Mustang Money is the easy way to make purchases on campus without carrying cash. For more information or to add more Mustang Money visit www.smsu.edu/mustangcard.

A: Dining Dollars is the money associated with your meal plan that allows you to use your meal plan allocation outside of Residential Dining. Dining Dollars can be used at all food service locations, both retail and at Residential Dining (however meal plan swipes will be used in Res Dining before Dining Dollars are used). Dining Dollars roll over from 1st semester to 2nd semester, are a tax-free option and can be added to your account at any time.

A: YES! Gold Rush Days are just the beginning! Different groups will offer programing throughout the year ranging from concerts to game nights to service projects. Your RA will also host programs in your Residence Hall, and you’re invited to attend other halls’ programs as well. Don’t be afraid to try something new!

The residence halls and other campus buildings will be cleaned and disinfected once per day and restrooms twice per day in accordance with MDH and CDC guidelines. CDC approved quaternary disinfectant will be applied when sanitizing. The cleaning of bathrooms will continue to be residents’ responsibility in Sweetland and Foundation Residence Apartments.  All public spaces such as lounges, laundry facilities, hallways, etc., will be cleaned by SMSU staff.

In order to minimize contact that occurs among individuals inside our on-campus residence halls and therefore the potential spread of COVID-19, guest restrictions will be in place until December 31, 2020. Guests are defined as any individual who is no contracted to live in an SMSU residence halls.  A guest is also an SMSU student who is visiting a room in which they are not assigned. 

  • Residents may not have any off-campus guests visit in their residence hall rooms
  • Residents will be allowed to have current on-campus residents visit in their room. However, there will be a limit of two guests at a time.

Move-in day for first-year students is Thursday, August 20 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Students will be receiving an email in their smsu.edu account with a link to be able to choose a time to move in. The smsu.edu email accounts should be checked often as updates will be posted as soon as they are available. Temporary parking is available on Birch Street as you move in. In order to accommodate all students moving in, please move your vehicle once it is empty. You can park in the lots located on the East and West ends of campus. Please be sure you do not park in a “Reserved” spot.

There will be no ticketing for the first 10 days of the semester and permits must be purchased and displayed by September 11, 2020.  Permits will be available for purchase at the Cashier’s Window (IL 132) and the Public Safety Office (basement of Founders Hall) The cost of the regular parking permit is $93.00 for the academic year.

Minimum payment criteria needs to be met by August 28th.  If a student has a FAFSA on file, a scholarship accepted, payment plan in place, or a down payment, minimum criteria has been met. 

Masks or cloth face coverings are required on campus.

  • Face coverings must be worn by any person in a public area which includes common workspaces, hallways, elevators, meeting rooms, classrooms, breakrooms, restrooms, etc.
  • Face coverings are NOT required to be worn while in your residence hall room as long as there are no students within your space, or outside unless it is impossible to physical distance.
  • Face coverings must cover the nose and mouth.
  • One logo face mask will be provided to each student who will be on campus. Students should have additional masks available as masks should be washed daily.

Students can come to campus anytime between now and the start of class to get their 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 and Friday, August 21 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. The student will need a form of photo ID, like a driver’s license, high school ID, or passport to verify who they are.

We encourage students to order their books anytime. Starting August 10th, books can be charged to their financial aid or student account. Go to https://smsu.bncollege.com/shop/smsu/page/find-textbooks to order books through Barnes & Noble.

Students should go into the class description in e-services and read what that description is for each class. To find definitions of each delivery method go to: https://www.smsu.edu/campuslife/registrationrecords/registration/index.html

Residents in Sweetland Hall,  El Dorado, Kamasutra, Sirius, and Titan need to contact the Housing office.

Students in all other traditional halls need to contact College Products https://www.collegeproducts.com/store/smsu/