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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. 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! We are excited to welcome you to campus and to our Mustang Family.

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.
  • Move-in time
    • You will be assigned a move-in time in advance. Check your email for your personal check in time.

Move-In Day

Move-In for Incoming First-Year Students

THURSDAY, AUGUST 19, 2021

If you are unable to move-in on the 19th contact Residence Life at 507-537-6136 or email reslife@smsu.edu

Gold Rush Days Schedule

All events are open to all incoming freshmen and transfer students. 

Thursday Event Schedule
Time Event Location
8:00 - 5:00 p.m. 

Residence Hall Check In
Grab your keys and start that move in process! Mustang Movers will be available for assistance!

Birch Street outside Naoutha
8:00 - 4:30 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) will be open Thursday August 19 & Friday, August 20 from 8 am – 4:30 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 Student 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
11:00 - 1:00 p.m. Campus Cookout
Bring your families and join us for a free cookout!
Alumni Plaza (Student Center Back up for weather)
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

FREE COVID Vaccination Clinic
Students getting vaccinated OR showing proof of vaccination will have $25 in Mustang Money added to their Mustang Card

Founders Hall Lobby

1:00 - 5:00 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

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

MUST ATTEND: Mustang Meetings
Meet with your RA and OL to learn about life on campus and events that are happening throughout the weekend! 

On Campus – Residence Hall Lobby's

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

6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Dinner
Eat with your Orientation Leader & Resident Assistant
Residential Restaurant
7:30 - 8:15 p.m. Mustang Volleyball Late Show
Come watch the SMSU Volleyball team in their Brown vs. Gold Scrimmage! It’s a great time to check out the team before the season starts on September 3rd!
PE Gym

8:30 - 9:30 p.m.

MUST ATTEND: Dr. Joe Martin
If you attend, you receive a FREE T-SHIRT! Also, attend for your chance at winning a NEW TV or MICROWAVE!
Dr. Joe Martin’s message is always powerful, provocative, and practical. His unique insight into what makes good teachers great and what helps "motivationally-challenged" students become overachievers has made him a sought-after education speaker for more than 26 years. Dr. Joe has spoken for more than 750 organizations, colleges & universities, and K-12 school districts.

SMSU Theatre
Friday Event Schedule
Time Event Location
7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast Residential Restaurant
8:00 - 4:30 p.m. Mustang ID Generation
Haven't gotten your Mustang ID yet? You can come and get that checked off your list!
Mustang Card Center in Student Center
9:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Groom Room Mobile Barber
Barber services for students of all cultures.

Plaza sidewalk between Common's East and Conference Center
9:00 - 9:20 a.m.

MUST ATTEND: Mustang Meetings
Meet with your RA and OL to learn about life on campus and events that are happening throughout the weekend! 

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!
Alumni Plaza
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. MUST ATTEND: Convocation
Your official welcome to campus from the SMSU administration, faculty and staff! Hear from President Kumara Jayasuriya and a featured speaker about how to find success early and throughout your SMSU career! 
Central Courtyard (Between BA/PE/SC/FA)
11:00 - 12:15 p.m. MUST ATTEND: Meet Your Advisor
Students will be divided into groups by declared major. Undecided students will also be grouped together. 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 Rooms Around Campus 
**You will follow an Orientation Leader

11:30 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch Residential Restaurant
1:30 - 2:00 p.m. MUST ATTEND: 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!

Schwan Regional Event 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
Grab a partner or be paired up when you arrive to test your Bean Bag skills!
Central Field
Slip and Slide Kickball
Picture kickball… but with soap and slip n’ slides!
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
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Jumpstart on Finding a Job
Collaborate with our Career Services department on finding yourself a part time job during your time at SMSU

SC 206
3:00 - 3:30 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
3:00 - 3:30 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 206
4:30 - 6:30 p.m. MUST ATTEND: Mustang BBQ
Grab a sandwich and enjoy hanging out with other students on campus!
RA Facility 
5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Mustang Athletics Welcomes New Students to the Stable
Meet you fellow new students playing sports at SMSU and then have some fun with a variety of games run by team members – Spikeball with the Volleyball team, Pickleball with Tennis, Chipping and Putting with the Golf Team, Field Goal Kicking, Punting and Football toss with Football, Bottle Bash Frisbee with Men’s Basketball, Washers with Women’s Basketball, Modified Horseshoes with Softball, Pull-up and push-up contest with Wrestling, and match game/water balloon toss with Swimming and Diving and more
RA Facility
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Wheelchair Basketball Demo
Check out our very own SMSU Wheelchair basketball team! Watch some drills and even compete against the team!

PE Gym
5:30 - 7:00 p.m. eSports Open House
See where our eSports team practices and competes! Challenges are being held team vs. students! If you think you can keep up with our Division II players… prove it!
ST 266
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Movie on Scoreboard 
Check in on the app for the chance to win a TV!
Come lay out on the field with some snacks and your friends while F9: The Fast Saga is shown on the scoreboard at Schwan Regional Event Center. The first 150 students will receive FREE popcorn! 

RA Facility
9:30 - 12:00am

DJ Party
Enjoy the evening dancing with your friends to all types of music! 

RA Facility
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! 
Fireplace/Comfy Couches 2nd 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 (by Coffee Shop)
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

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
Wiffle Ball
Sign up with your orientation leader.  Game times will be posted.
Residence Hall Central Field
Mustang Zone Games
Come chill in the Mustang Zone! Play billiards, table tennis, PS4 and WiiU for free!
Mustang Zone
1:00 - 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
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Nerf Gun War
Get ready for some high-energy tag!  Come to the RA Facility to participate in a Nerf Gun War.  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
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.
CH102
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

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
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 Facility
5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Dinner Residential Restaurant
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. MUST ATTEND: What's It all About?
Check in on the app for a chance to win a TV, Minifridge or BEATS Headphones. 
A heavy-duty hybrid show that covers diversity, substance abuse, and sexual assault.

SMSU Theatre
8:00 - 12:00 a.m.

Mustang Zone Game Night
Come chill in the Mustang Zone! Play billiards, table tennis, PS4 and WiiU for free!

Mustang Zone
8:00 - 12:00 a.m. Sounds of Summer Concert
Check out downtown Marshall and Enjoy music from Roxbury-opening act and Nasty Habit. 

Parking lot behind Gambler/Mariachi
Busses will be running every 30 minutes from Conference Center Loop

8:00 - 11:30 p.m.

STAT Bonfire
Enjoy time outside with your friends around the fire. Have a smore and have some laughs. 

RA Gravel Lot
Sunday Event Schedule
Time Event Location
10:00 - 12 p.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 - 1:00 p.m. Soccer Open Pickup Game-Open to all! 
Sponsored by the SMSU Soccer Club, enjoy a game of soccer at the Regional Event Center! All skills levels are welcome!
Schwan Regional Event Center
12:00 - 6:00 p.m.  Mustang Zone Games 
Come chill in the Mustang Zone! Play billiards, table tennis, PS4 and WiiU for free!
Mustang Zone
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

What's there to do in Marshall?
Join us for a bus tour of Marshall. Check out what there is to do in the city.

Busses Leave from Conference Center
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Transfer and Non-Traditional 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
2:00 - 2:20 p.m. How to Use the MAT Bus System

Getting around Marshall isn't’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. The scheduled stop of the MAT Bus System red Line is at 2:25 p.m. After the presentation interested students can ride the route to see all the stops. 

Lower Ballroom Lobby
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
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Pool Party - Hosted by Mustang Swimming and Diving Team
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Women Only
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Co-Ed

SMSU Pool
3:00 - 5:00 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! Shotguns, shells, ear protection, and eye protection (sunglasses, safety goggles, etc.) will be available for your use, free of charge, at Shooters.  You can bring your own if you have them.  A mini-bus will leave from the front of the Conference Center at 2:45.  If bringing your own shotgun, please plan to follow the mini-bus in your personal vehicle in order to comply with provisions of the SMSU Weapons policy regarding storage of firearms in vehicles.  Important note – firearms are not allowed on campus. Please review the full  SMSU Weapons Policy at https://www.smsu.edu/resources/webspaces/nca/policies/G-008.pdf   

10713 300th Street, Marshall, MN 56258
3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Open Skate
Walk to the Marshall’s new Red Baron Arena to see the facility and rent some skates for some time on the ice! Skate rental is FREE! 
Red Baron Arena
Meeting Place: Outside the front of the Student Center
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!
Black Box Theatre 
4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Dinner Residential Restaurant
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Mustang Happy Hour
Join student leaders to mingle and learn more about campus involvement. You have leadership opportunities at SMSU! Some student club and organization leaders will also be in locations around the Student Center to visit with new students too.

Second Floor Student Center-Outside Admission Office/Mustang Card Center/Mustang Zone

7:30 - 8:00 p.m.

MUST ATTEND: Final Mustang Meetings
Meet with your RA and OL to learn about life on campus and events that are happening throughout the school year! 

On Campus – Residence Halls

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