The Student Event’s Team is kicking off summer in style with a
variety of programs for students and faculty to participate in
throughout the summer months. They include a bike ride, sports events,
an outdoor movie, and even a tasty BBQ sampling.
“This is an opportunity for [students] to continue to be engaged
throughout the summer,” said Bill Tourville, assistant director of
Campus Programs. “Students go to class in the summer, they are still
here, and we want to provide some things for them. That’s our
The first event kicks off Wednesday at 3 p.m. with the Dam Bike
Ride. The 24-mile loop will begin at the Centennial Student Union and
ride to the water dam in Rapidan, Minnesota where people can make a pit
stop for some delicious pie before heading back. The group will be
following the Red Jacket Trail. The trip will take about two and a half
hours to complete, said Tourville.
This program is an annual event and usually has a group of 20 to 25
people ride together each year. Three of the assistant directors of
Student Activities will be joining the ride this year.
The next event will be an MNSU Night at the Mankato MoonDogs June 15
at 7:05 p.m. Thanks to the MoonDogs, MNSU students will be able to
purchase a discounted ticket package for $10, which will include a
reserved seat, a meal deal—hotdog, chips, and a drink—and a MoonDogs
This is a new event that people have been asking about for a few
years, and Tourville said that it’s nice that MNSU and the MoonDogs were
able to work together to make it happen.
Tickets can be purchased in advanced at mnsuevents.com or at the
event with a valid MavCARD. Students can purchase up to 5 tickets to
give to family and friends.
On Thursday, June 22, the film “Beauty and the Beast” will be playing
in the outdoor amphitheater. The movie will start at approximately 9
p.m., or when it is dark enough to play.
The outdoor movies have been a popular event and always has a good
turn out, said Tourville. Last year’s showing of Zootopia was attended
by 450 people. It is suggested to come early to snag a good spot. People
are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to sit on. Concessions
will be available Campus Kitchen and Campus Cupboard will be in
attendance accepting donations. Donations of non-perishable food items
will be rewarded with a free small popcorn, limit two free popcorns per
On Tuesday, June 25, the Student Events Team, Student Activities, and
the Centennial Student Union are taking students to a Minnesota Lynx
game. The tickets are located in the lower level, Section 115. Students
can buy a ticket for $18, while the general public can buy one for $25.
The money will cover the cost of bus rides to and from the game. The
bus will leave from the CSU at 4 p.m. to make it to the 7 p.m. game.
Last, but certainly not least, the summer program series will end
with the 5th annual BBQ Tasting and Demo from a former MSU student, Pat
Nelson, who is the owner of Big Boned BBQ. Nelson competes in the local
RibFest competition. The tasting and demo will start at 11:30 a.m. and
go until 1 p.m. in the CSU Mall.
Last year, a Maverick Meal Deal was offered and sold out almost
immediately, so Student Events is offering that same deal again this
year. The deal is $6 and comes with a pulled pork sandwich or a brisket
sandwich, a side of coleslaw, and a side of cornbread. While tickets can
be purchased at the event, Student Events is asking that people
preorder if they want a meal so that Nelson will know how much food to
prepare. Department orders can be placed in order to cut down on money
Student Events would also like to plan a film showing with the
Minnesota Vikings as they did last year, but negotiations are still
“We do our best to program with almost no budget. Everything is done
on enough money to print,” said Tourville. “The Maverick community
doesn’t stop in the summer; it continues throughout the year. The big
thing is to come back and enjoy this campus.”