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UPDATED SCHEDULE! AUGUST 18 MOVE-IN DAY

AUGUST 19 - 21 GOLD RUSH DAY EVENTS


mustang WELCOME TO

AT SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA STATE!

You, the Class of 2015, are about to take part in a tradition at Southwest Minnesota State University. Mustang “Gold Rush” Days symbolizes the start of your academic and social quest for success. A “Gold Rush” by definition is: 1: a rush to newly discovered goldfields in pursuit of riches

2: the headlong pursuit of sudden wealth in a new or lucrative field

3: to lavish attention on

4: to secure a pledge of membership

5: a thronging of people usually to a new place in search of wealth

Our four-day orientation program will provide sessions to acclimate you to our student services, and the guest speakers will give you advice about how to be successful in a college environment. The various activities during the days and nights will give you the opportunity to smile, laugh, and have fun with your fellow classmates. This is the start of a new chapter in your life, and we want to start it off with a BANG!

Financial Aid/Employment Information. . . . . . . . . . . 1 Cashier Hours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Where & When to Check-In . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 What to Bring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Bookstore Hours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Orientation Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-5 Parking Permit Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Frequently Asked Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

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REGISTRATION FOR FALL CLASSES Although many of you have registered for your fall classes, some have not. Information concerning the August 19 Registration Day will be mailed to students prior to the program and you will need to RSVP for the program. If you have questions about registration, please contact the Office of Admission at 800-642-0684 ext. 6286. FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION Check the status of your financial aid via e-services at www.SMSU.edu. If your award has not been finalized, your loan is not certified, or you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 1-800-642-0684 or (507) 537-6281. The Financial Aid Office will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., August 15 - 19.

EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION If you plan to work on or off campus while attending Southwest Minnesota State University, regulations require you to present your original social security card and a picture ID to your employer to verify your eligibility to work in the United States. Please be sure to bring these documents with you when you come to Southwest so paychecks will not be delayed.

IMPORTANT PAYMENT DATES

Aug. 1

Aug. 22 Aug. 27 Sept. 2 Sept. 6 Sept. 26

Students must have met the minimum payment criteria. Minimum payment criteria can be viewed at www.SMSU.edu/PaymentPolicy. First day of classes. Financial Aid will be applied to fall semester bills. Financial Aid refunds are available at the Cashier’s Window on this date until 2:30 pm. After this date, refund checks will be processed by mail or Direct Deposit. Parking permits required. Fall semester bills are due in full.

CASHIER HOURS

The Cashier’s Office located in IL 132 will be open extended hours during Fall Orientation. There will be times when the office is closed to download computer information each day. Below is a list of the times they will be open for you to pay your bill, pick up refund checks, turn in Direct Deposit Authorization forms, and purchase parking permits. THURSDAY, AUGUST 18 - FRIDAY, AUGUST 19 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

MONDAY, AUGUST 22 - TUESDAY, AUGUST 23 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24 & THURSDAY, AUGUST 25 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 26 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

MONDAY, AUGUST 29 Regular Business Hours Resume 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.


WHERE AND WHEN TO CHECK-IN

Move-In Day 2011 is scheduled for Thursday, August 18. The Housing Office (Naoutha) will be open for check in on Thursday from 10:00 am - 10:00 p.m.

Everyone will check in at Naoutha which is located on Birch Street across from the Foundation Residence Apartments. Look for the flags! Armstrong Homestead Aquarius Kamasutra Buckingham Lakota Camaraderie Lincoln Center Charisma Manchester Clapper Ocean Blvd. El Dorado Porter Foundation Residence Apartments

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The Barnes & Noble Campus Store will be open extended hours during Fall Orientation 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 your books!

BARNES & NOBLE

Thursday, August 18 & Friday, August 19 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 20 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 21

12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Monday, August 22 - Thursday, August 25 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Friday, August 26

9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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Top  Computer/Lap  Camera

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ORIENTATION ’11 STUDENT SCHEDULE Move In Day Thursday, August 18 8:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M.

10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

11:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

2:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

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MUST ATTEND!

RESIDENCE HALL CHECK-IN

Southwest Minnesota State faculty, staff, students, and Marshall community members will assist with your move from 8:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. into the residence halls.

SCHWAN’S & ALUMNI ICE CREAM CARTS

Southwest Minnesota State Alumni will be located outside Ocean Boulevard, the Mustang Traditions Living & Learning Community with an ice cream cart handing out Schwan’s treats to those moving in. 10:30 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.

5:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.

5:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.

SIFE SNOW CONES

Lower Level Student Center Cool down with a snow cone, sponsored by the Students in Free Enterprise organization.

COMMONS CENTRAL COOKOUT

Alumni Plaza Aramark will be sponsoring the Campus Cookout for all students and their family members. All are invited to take a break and be served by our very own SMSU faculty, staff, and administration in the courtyard.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL & PARENTS

FOR

STUDENTS

Campus Religious Center Take some time to relax and enjoy some Schwan’s Ice Cream and a cold drink. Sponsored by the Lutheran Campus Council.

Residence Hall Lounge Wondering who your neighbors are along with everyone else who lives in your house? Attend your first house meeting and find out who lives next to you. This is a time when you will meet your Orientation Leader and Resident Assistant and find out what all of the events are about.

MUSTANG MEETING OFF-CAMPUS STUDENTS

MUST ATTEND!

6:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

Student Center 249 This is a time when you will meet your Orientation Leader and find out what all of the events are about. You will also receive some very important information that you need to know about on-campus life. See you there!

DINNER WITH ORIENTATION LEADERS & RA’S

Residential Dining Get to know the members of the Orientation & RA staff while eating at Residential Dining.

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Conference Center Upper Level Join Pam and Carrie from our Disability Resources Office to discuss how SMSU can help meet any of your unique needs. They will be on hand to answer questions, provide information, and of course welcome you to our Mustang Family!

MUSTANG HOUSE MEETING

ON-CAMPUS STUDENTS

7:30 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.

MUSTANG WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL SCRIMMAGE

Physical Education Gym Our Mustang Volleyball Team will be hosting a late show. There will be music, prizes, contests, and a lot of school spirit! Stay to the end and get a FREE t-shirt. 9:00 P.M. - 11:00 P.M.

MUST ATTEND

“SEX SIGNALS”

SMSU Theatre Blending a unique combination of improvisational comedy, education and audience participation, "Sex Signals" provides a provocative, in-yourface look at issues surrounding dating, sex and date rape on college campuses. Through the use of humor, the show explores how mixed messages, gender role stereotypes and unrealistic fantasies contribute to misunderstandings between the sexes. Students are engaged in a candid discussion on dating and the realities of date rape as they are challenged to provide solutions that will better improve communications in interpersonal relationships.

The items in this schedule are subject to change, check for updates upon arrival to campus.


Friday, August 19 9:00 A.M. - 9:20 A.M.

3:30 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.

MUSTANG HOUSE MEETING ON-CAMPUS STUDENTS

Residence Hall Lounges 1. House Policy & Rules Update 2. Review Orientation Schedule 3. Activity Sign-up Sheet Location 4. Dismissal to Convocation

9:00 A.M. - 9:20 A.M.

MUSTANG MEETING

5:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.

Student Center 249

MUST ATTEND!

OFF-CAMPUS STUDENTS

1. Review Orientation Schedule 2. Activity Sign-up Sheet Location 3. Dismissal to Convocation

9:30 A.M.- 10:30 A.M.

MUST ATTEND! 10:45 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

12:30 P.M. - 1:30 P.M.

1:30 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

MUST ATTEND! 3:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

CONVOCATION CEREMONY

Regional Event Center Our featured speaker this year is Brian Knochenmus. Brian is a 1999 SMSU graduate with a degree in Business Administration. He is currently the Vice President of Ralco Nutrition, Inc. in Marshall.

DEPARTMENT OPEN HOUSE

Various Locations - TBA This is your opportunity to talk with faculty members in your major. If you are undecided, we will have faculty and staff members available to help you search for the right major.

6:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

PLAYFAIR

RA Facility 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 powerful program for campus unity and school spirit.

Residential Life Sand Volleyball Courts Stop by the Student Center before noon on Friday to sign up for this event. Please arrive at the Sand Volleyball Courts on the west side of the residence halls by 3:00 p.m. to see which team you are on.

MISSION IMPROVABLE A SHOT OF REALITY

SMSU Theater “A Shot of Reality” is a fast paced, in-depth look at alcohol awareness on campus and in life. The cast incorporates audience interaction throughout the show to deliver a poignant message infused with comedy Come and see why Mission Improvable was selected as the winner of the 2011 Reader’s Choice Award for Best Comedy Performer!

DINNER

Residential Dining Be sure to fill up before you cheer on our Football team and get your groove on with Good for Gary!

7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

FOOTBALL SCRIMMAGE

8:30 P.M. - 11:30 P.M.

GOOD

AVOID THE FRESHMAN 15

SMSU Fitness Center Learn about what the Fitness Center has to offer. Equipment orientation, workout ideas and eating tips for a healthy freshman year.

VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT

Regional Event Center Get to know our SMSU Football Team on the field. Be sure to wear your brown and gold to support your fellow Mustangs! Have a chance to win some kick-ass prizes! FOR

GARY

Regional Event Center Plaza Good for Gary is Minnesota’s premiere dance band with a song list taken directly from the top 40 charts. You will hear everything from Justin Timberlake to Jay-Z to Lady Gaga!

OPEN SWIMMING

SMSU Pool This is a great chance to cool off, get some exercise, and hang out with other students. Be sure to bring your Mustang ID.

The items in this schedule are subject to change, check for updates upon arrival to campus.

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Saturday, August 20 12:30 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

1:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

1:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

3:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

3:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

5:00 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.

MUD VOLLEYBALL

Mud Volleyball Court Mud Volleyball is presented by the SMSU Mustang Maniacs. Sign up in the Student Center before 11:00 a.m. Saturday and be at the Mud Volleyball courts at 12:00 p.m. Bring your own team or we can help you find one. Shine On will bring a slip-n-slide, too! Complimentary shower provided by the Marshall Fire Department.

9:00 - 10:30 P.M.

MUST ATTEND!

10:30 - 11:00 P.M.

OPEN GYM

R/A Facility Check out equipment with your Mustang ID. Get some exercise and meet people.

1:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

OPEN SWIMMING

2:00 P.M.

TOURS

3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

WEB SURVIVAL

4:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

BOWLING

8:00 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.

MUSTANG HOUSE MEETING

Student Center Mustang Zone Stop by the Student Center and sign-up for this event no later than noon on Friday.

Residential Dining Get to know the members of the Orientation & RA staff while eating at Residential Dining. 7:30 - 8:30 P.M.

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SMSU DRAMA CLUB COMEDY ACT

Black Box Theatre Come join the SMSU Drama Club as they present an evening filled with hilarious original sketches, comedic scenes, and much more! Come see what these crazy cats will do.

SMSU Theatre If your passport is filled out, stick around and win some awesome prizes!

OPEN GYM

POOL TOURNAMENT

DINNER WITH ORIENTATION LEADERS & RA’S

PASSPORT PRIZE DRAWING

1:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

INTRAMURALS INTRODUCTION

R/A Entrance Over 80% of our students participate in Intramurals each year! Join the Intramural Staff as they introduce you to SMSU Intramurals. Find out what they offer, how to sign up, and also learn about possible positions officiating with intramurals! It is a great way to stay active and meet new friends!

SMSU Theatre Michael Palascak, is a 20 something comedian from the Midwest. He was voted as the 2009 Runner Up for Best Comedy Performer by Campus Activities Magazine. In July 2010, he made his first appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno!

Sunday, August 21

OPEN SWIMMING

SMSU Pool Take a dip in the pool. Be sure to bring your Mustang ID.

COMEDIAN MICHAEL PALASCAK

R/A Facility Check out equipment with your Mustang ID. Get some exercise and meet people. SMSU Pool Take a dip in the pool. Be sure to bring your Mustang ID. OF

CAMPUS

Leave from Student Center 2nd floor fireplace The SMSU Ambassadors will show you around the campus and help you find your classrooms. Bellows Academic 229-230 Get a refresher course on E-Services. We will make sure you know how to pay bills, register for spring semester, and check your grades. Marshall Bowl Be sure to sign up for this event! Whether you’re a pro-bowler or spend more time in the gutter, this is sure to be a ton of fun. ON-CAMPUS STUDENTS

Residence Hall Lounges

The items in this schedule are subject to change, check for updates upon arrival to campus.


frequently ASKED QUESTIONS

When does my Fall Semester bill have to be paid? A: Students must have met the minimum payment criteria by August 1, 2011. Minimum payment criteria can be viewed at www.SMSU.edu/PaymentPolicy . All fall semester accounts are due in full on September 26, 2011.

If I have been awarded work-study, how do I go about finding a job on campus? A: Campus job openings will be posted on our SMSU website under student employment. It is up to you to contact the departments or areas in which you are interested and ask if they have any jobs available. Do I get a pay check for the work-study hours I work? A: YES. You will receive a paycheck every two weeks for the number of hours worked. Most students work an average of 8-10 hours per week and get paid $8.00 per hour. All student workers are paid via direct deposit.

As a student, when can I pick up my Stafford Loan Check? A: Stafford Loan funds will first be applied to charges for the semester. Any funds remaining will be available for pick up on September 2 only at the Cashier’s Window between 9 am - 2:30 pm. All refund checks are mailed after this date. Direct deposit will be available and students are encouraged to fill out the direct deposit form. When should I buy my books and how much will they cost? A: The Campus Store will be open during fall orientation for new students to purchase their books. Students may purchase new or used books from the bookstore, and some books may be available to rent. Books generally cost $500/semester.

PARKING PERMIT Information Students may purchase parking permits at Commons Central during Move In Day between the hours of 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Permits are also available at the Cashier’s Office located in the IL building during scheduled office hours. Parking permits are available for the 2011 - 2012 academic year: - Regular Permits $73.00 (Allows you to park in any designated space, except reserved spaces.)

- General Reserved $274.00 (Allows you to park in any general reserved space in a particular lot.)

- Specific Reserved $390.00

Can I change my meal plan if it is not right for me? A: YES. Meal plan changes for Fall Semester may be made through Friday, September 2, 2011. 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 at the Mustang Card Office across from the bookstore on the first floor of the Student Center.

(Allows you to park in one designated spot, in a particular lot.)

When do meal plans start? A: Meal plans begin Thursday, August 18, 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.

(For those living in Foundation Apart. ONLY)

How do I use my Mustang Money? A: Mustang Money can be used just like CASH to purchase anything in the Residential Restaurant, the Food Court, Java City, Mustang Express, concessions, student catering, Barnes & Noble Campus Store, and more. The cashier will simply scan your Student ID for the amount purchased. Mustang Money is an easy way to purchase items without carrying extra cash. Do I have to leave the Residence Halls during breaks or can I stay in my room? A: The only time the Residence Halls close is at the end of fall semester in December. The halls are closed for approximately one month while students are on semester break. Interim housing is available for free, but students must sign up at the Residence Life office to stay in their rooms over break.

- Foundation Apartment Lot $249.00 - Motorcycle Permit $20.00 (Allows you to park in one designated spot, in a particular lot.)

CLASSES BEGIN MONDAY, AUGUST 22

HAVE A GREAT SEMESTER!

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