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Inauguration celebration of MSU President Steven W. Shirley slated

The inauguration of Steven W. Shirley as the 11th president of Minot State University will celebrate the university’s honored past and history of service while advancing its future. Shirley is also the president of Dakota College at Bottineau. April 13-21, MSU departments and entities will host special events highlighting Minot State’s strengths leading up to the inauguration ceremony.

“As the traditional school year draws closer to commencement,” Dick Jenkins, vice president for student affairs, said, “we gather as a campus to celebrate the official inauguration of Minot State University’s and Dakota College at Bottineau’s new president, Dr. Steven Shirley. The variety of activities planned throughout the week will be fun and inspirational, and we invite the community to join us in this momentous event.”

Planned events, which are free and open to the public, include:

  • April 13, 3 p.m. – Staff Senate will donate proceeds from the silent auction in the Westlie Room, Student Center, third floor. President Shirley will assist with presentation of a check to the Backpack Buddies Program.
  • April 15, 7 p.m. – A variety show will showcase talented MSU students, faculty and staff in the Celebration of Talents in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall.
  • April 16, 1 p.m. – President Shirley will participate in the Diversity Tapestry Weaving in the Multicultural Center, Student Center, first floor. Throughout the week, Minot State University students, faculty, staff and groups will participate in the creation of a tapestry that will represent the diverse backgrounds, cultures and other exceptional aspects of the campus community.
  • April 17, 2 p.m. – Minot State University invites all to attend the inauguration ceremony of Steven W. Shirley, MSU’s 11th president, in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall. An inaugural reception will follow.
  • April 18, 1:30 p.m. – Baseball versus Northern State University at Corbett Field (back up: Jack Hoeven Park). The opening pitch by President Shirley will happen at 1:30 p.m. Free tailgating will include games and free burgers and brats while supplies last.
  • April 19, noon – Softball versus Minnesota State University Mankato at South Hill Softball Complex (back up: Herb Parker Stadium). The opening pitch by President Shirley will happen at noon. Free tailgating will include games and free burgers and brats while supplies last.
  • April 21, 1 p.m. – A public reception for President Shirley will take place in Thatcher Hall at Dakota College at Bottineau.
  • TBD – Student athletes will visit area schools for reading sessions with children.

For questions, contact Deb Wentz, executive assistant to the president, at or 858-3301.

Published: 04/08/15

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