MSU celebrates 100th birthday­

Minot State University Homecoming will begin Sept. 21 and run through Sept. 29. The university is celebrating its 100th birthday and 84th Homecoming this year.

“I am thrilled to coordinate MSU Homecoming again. We are celebrating our centennial in a big way,” said Callie Cook, Minot, Homecoming co-coordinator, in a press release. “I am excited to see the celebration spirit throughout the community and through MSU students past, present and future!”

The MSU Block Party will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 21 on the lawn in front of Old Main. The block party is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Minot Young Professionals. The block party will include free lunch and birthday cupcakes, campus tours, MSU Beaver student-athletes appearances, children’s games with prizes, bounce houses and music by MSU bands. A centennial celebration program will begin at 2 p.m. Sept. 21 with special guests and the Minot Air Force Base Honor Guard. Homecoming coronation will follow the program along with a rededication of Old Main.

Sept. 22 features a short community church service in the Beaver Dam at 10 a.m. Kari Williamson, campus pastor, will officiate, and fellowship will follow the service.

Sept. 23, Switchfoot will perform and debut their new film, “Fading West,” in the Dome (access available through the north entrance only) at 7 p.m. Concert tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door or $10 for students with MSU ID at the Student Activities Office.

Sept. 24, a Beaver statue, funded by the MSU Alumni Association, will be dedicated on the Dome’s south side at 10 a.m. The community is invited to attend to commemorate MSU’s first classes 100 years ago. Home Free, a cappella group, will perform in Aleshire Theater at 9:30 p.m. This concert is also free and open to the public.

To honor donors to the university, the MSU Development Foundation will host a President’s Club Luncheon Sept. 25.

Sept. 26, Golden Award recipients receive the highest honor bestowed by the MSU Alumni Association at a banquet in the Conference Center at 6 p.m. Selection is based on outstanding service to MSU and distinguished career or community leadership. Lona Anderson, Rob Anderson, Gary Cederstrom and Clint Severson are the 2013 Golden Award recipients, while Nathan Conway will receive the Young Alumni Achievement Award. Banquet tickets are $25 and can be reserved by calling 858-3373 by Sept. 23.

Sept. 27, the Homecoming Alumni Reunion, open to all MSU alumni and friends of the university, will convene at The Grand, 7 p.m. This year, special reunion groups include an All Greek Reunion and the ’83 and ’85 football teams.

Homecoming reaches its apex Sept. 28 with the Homecoming Parade at 10:30 a.m. The parade route begins by Thompson Larson Funeral Home, travels Main Street, Central Avenue and north on Broadway to its final destination in the Dome parking lot.

A tailgate party will follow in the east lot of the Dome. The MSU Beavers face off against Winona State University in football at Herb Parker Stadium, 1:30 p.m. During halftime, the Homecoming Royalty, the MSU Marching Band and the ’83 and ’85 football teams will be introduced. Then dressed in red, hundreds of MSU students, alumni and friends will gather on the football field for an MSU Centennial Celebration group photograph. Photos can be ordered at

Homecoming concludes Sept. 29 with the MSU Academic Hall of Fame banquet in the Conference Center at 5 p.m. The inductee is Kim Baldridge, chemist and 1982 MSU graduate, who specializes in theoretical chemistry and supercomputing. A Minot native, Baldridge is a professor of theoretical chemistry at the University of Zurich. Banquet tickets are $27 for adults and $20 for students. Tickets may be obtained by contacting Amy Woodbeck, professional and community education coordinator, at 858-3989 or

For more information, visit the Homecoming Week website, (, or call student activities at 858-3987, advancement at 858-3373 or athletics at 858-3041.