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2013 Centennial

Calendar of Events


May 10MSU's 99th Commencement and Centennial Celebration Kickoff
10 a.m., MSU Dome
This year's commencement is the official kickoff to MSU's Centennial Celebration and the Power of 100 Service Challenge.
June 4Centennial Celebration Friend-raising Golf Tour
4:30 p.m., Velva Golf Course
Minot State alumni and friends are invited to join MSU at the Velva Golf course for a golf scramble. This event will also celebrate MSU's 100th anniversary. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. with a shotgun start at 5 p.m. Velva course members pay fee. Non-members pay course rate.
June 11-16Summer Theatre "Shrek"
8:30 p.m., Amphitheater
This family-focused production celebrates MSU's Centennial. For reservations, call 701-858-3228 after June 1.
July 19-27 State Fair Booth
10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Commercial Building #2
Join us as we celebrate MSU's 100th anniversary in Commercial Building #2 at the State Fair. Stop by the booth to pick up a centennial gift and see MSU's history depicted through pictures.
July 20 State Fair Parade
9:15 a.m., Broadway and Burdick Expressway
MSU will participate in the State Fair Parade. Look for the float with the 100th birthday cake!
Aug. 4 Arts in the Park
7 p.m., Old Main Ellipse
The Minot Area Community of Arts presents the Swing Band of Minot. The musicians will share musical pieces that reflect music from across the decades. MSU ceramic students and Linda Olson, MSU Division of Humanities chair, will showcase their work. This free event is open to everyone. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall, Old Main.
Sept. 10 MSU Celebrating its 100th at MAFB
5 p.m., MAFB Education Center
Recognizing the contribution of the Minot Air Force Base to MSU, the Center for Extended Learning invites all military and their families to MSU's Centennial Celebration open house at the base education center. Refreshments will be served from 5-7 p.m.
Sept. 21 Centennial Celebration Block Party Sponsored by the Minot Young Professionals
12-4 p.m., Old Main Ellipse
Minot State University invites the public to Homecoming activities beginning with the MSU Centennial Celebration Community Block Party Saturday, Sept. 21, from noon to 4 p.m. on the lawn of Old Main. Free lunch and birthday cake will be served from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Throughout the afternoon, the area will host bounce houses and assorted kids' activities, historical videos in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall, door prizes, campus tours, First Lutheran Cemetery tours, music by the MSU Jazz Band and Marching Band, DC Entertainment and Jason LeVasseur. Biographer and MSU faculty, Mark Timbrook will also be available to sign "When Dreams Come True," the centennial edition of MSU history.

At 2 p.m., a special Centennial program will include the Minot Air Force Base Honor Guard and several local, state and national guests commemorating MSU's continuing legacy of education, service and community engagement. Homecoming coronation at 3 p.m. caps the afternoon festivities.

The Community Block Party, sponsored by Minot Young Professionals, is free and open to everyone. All campus lots will be available for guest parking, including the former Ramstad Middle School property south of MSU. In case of inclement weather, the block party will move to the MSU Dome. [More information]
Sept. 21 Homecoming: Coronation
3:00 p.m., Old Main Ellipse
Join us for the exciting crowning of the 85th Homecoming king and queen.
Sept. 24 Dedication of the Beaver Statue in front of the Dome. TBD.
MSU's Alumni Association took on the challenge to fund this project. The community is invited to attend this momentous event as the 24th of September is the day when MSU offer its first classes 100 years ago.
Sept. 25 Homecoming: Golden Awards Banquet
6 p.m., MSU Conference Center, third floor, Student Center
Chosen Golden Award recipients will receive the highest honor bestowed by the MSU Alumni Association at this special dinner. Selection is based on outstanding service to MSU and/or the Alumni Association and distinguished leadership in the recipient's career or community. The event is open to the public. RSVP to the Alumni Office at 701-858-3234 or 1-800-777-0750.
Sept. 27 Homecoming: Centennial Celebration Alumni and Friends Reunion
7-11 p.m., Grand International
Please join us for MSU's Centennial Celebration Homecoming Alumni and Friends Reunion. Special Reunion Groups are Tri Sigma, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Mu Sigma Tau, Sigma Tau Gamma, Delta Zeda and Delta Epsilon Phi. Everyone is welcome to attend this event. There will be appetizers and a cash bar available. [More information]
Sept. 28 Homecoming: Centennial Celebration Parade
10:30 a.m., Downtown to Broadway and to MSU
The MSU Centennial Celebration Homecoming Parade line-up begins downtown by Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, travels east to Main Street, north to Central Avenue, west to Broadway, north over the viaduct to 11th Avenue and west to its final destination in the Minot State University Dome parking lot. Sign your float up to be one of the 100 for the parade! [More information]
Sept. 28 Homecoming: Tailgating
11:30 a.m., Lot L, east of the MSU Dome
Everyone is invited to the free picnic and tailgating activities following the Homecoming parade.?To reserve your tailgating spot, call 858-3041 or go to
Sept. 28 Homecoming: Centennial Bowl
1:30 p.m., Herb Parker Stadium
The Beavers battle the Winona State Warriors in the Centennial Bowl game.
Sept. 28 Homecoming: Centennial Celebration Photo
Halftime of the football game, Herb Parker Stadium
Show your Beaver Pride by wearing RED to participate in the Centennial Celebration group photo as hundreds of alumni, friends and our greater Minot community gather on MSU's new turf. The historic group photo will take place at halftime of the MSU football game. Picture orders will be available.
Oct. 11-12 Great Plains Symposium
Conference Center and Ann Nicole Nelson Hall
This one-of-a-kind academic conference features key speakers Ian Frazier, Jerome Tweton, Christine Ogren, Raymond Screws, Jonathan Wagner and Mark Timbrook. For more information regarding symposium speakers or to register, visit the symposium page.
Oct. 12 Minot Symphony Orchestra
Lecture 6:30 p.m., concert 7:30 p.m., Ann Nicole Nelson Hall
The Minot Symphony Orchestra celebrates MSU's 100th centennial with a concert featuring Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. [More information]
Oct. 15-19 Centennial Celebration Theatre Production "100 Years of Normal"
7:30 p.m., Aleshire Theater
Nov. 7 KMSU Documentary "Looking Back at MSU"
5 p.m., TV Channel 19
Tune in for KMSU's Centennial Celebration documentary focusing on the history of MSU. The show will feature historical photos and stories by retired faculty and staff, alumni and current students, faculty and staff. Shown on TV Channel 19.
Nov. 7 - Dec. 19 Best of the Best Exhibit "Americas 2000 Competition"
Hartnett Hall Gallery, Hartnett Hall
Artists who have earned the distinction of Best of Show in the annual Northwest Art Center's Americas 2000 All Media and Paperworks competitions over the past decade will showcase their works in honor of MSU's Centennial Celebration. The show runs Nov. 11 through Dec. 19. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and by special arrangement.
Dec. 1 Messiah Concert
4 p.m., Ann Nicole Nelson Hall, Old Main
The Heritage Singers, Voices of Note, MSU Concert Choir and area community members will perform Handel's "Messiah," one of the longest traditions at Minot State. The orchestra is comprised of Minot Symphony Orchestra members and community musicians. The production is free of charge and open to the public, and parking is unrestricted.


Jan. 17 Alumni and Beaver Booster Appreciation Night
5 p.m., MSU Dome
All alumni and Beaver Boosters are invited to join us for the annual appreciation night in conjunction with the women's and men's basketball games. Dinner starts at 5 p.m. on the third floor of the Dome. If you don't have a postcard to get into the game and dinner, please call 701-858-3234.
March 11 - Apr. 17 MSU Art Faculty Biennial Exhibit
Hartnett Hall Gallery
Every two years, MSU art faculty mount an exhibit of their most recent works. This year, their offering celebrates MSU's 100th birthday and is on display March 11 through April 17. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and by special arrangement.
Apr. 10 KMSU Documentary "Looking Back at MSU"
5 p.m., TV Channel 19
Tune in for KMSU's Centennial Celebration documentary focusing on the history of MSU. The show will feature historical photos and stories by retired faculty and staff, alumni and current students, faculty and staff. Shown on TV Channel 19.
Apr. 25 Spring Honor Dance and Powwow Celebration
11 a.m., Dome
Food served starting at 11 a.m. Grand Entry (Parade of Dancers) at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. $2 (ages 12-55), seniors and MSU students free with ID.
Apr. 25 Centennial Celebration Gala Dinner & Auction
5:30 p.m., Holiday Inn
Please join us for the 31st annual Gala dinner and auction featuring MSU's Centennial Celebration. The event promises to be a night filled with elegant atmosphere, music, fine dining and the opportunity to support Minot State University. The social hour and silent auction begin at 5:30 p.m. Dinner and live auction will follow. Your generous contribution to the Gala enables the Alumni Association to support various projects on and off campus. A major focus of the Gala supports the Alumni Endowment fund for awarding scholarships. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Alumni Office at 701-858-3234.
Apr. 26 Spring Honor Dance and Powwow Celebration
11 a.m., Dome
Food served starting at 11 a.m. Grand Entry (Parade of Dancers) at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Honor Parade for MSU Graduating Class of 2014 and all Native American graduates over the last 100 years at 8 p.m. $2 (ages 12-55), seniors and MSU students free with ID.
May 1 Centennial Celebration Maypole Dance
2 p.m., Old Main Ellipse
Children from area schools will join MSU physical education's social dance classes in re-enacting the tradition Maypole dance. The dance was previously conducted for several years as a part of the May Fete and Spring Festival. This event is free and open to the public.
May 16 Centennial Celebration Commencement and Closing Ceremony
10 a.m., Dome
The Class of 2014 is MSU's 100th graduating class. Join the president, faculty and staff in celebrating this centennial class' graduation. Special recognitions and a community social will follow the ceremony.