Monday, August 26 , 2019

On going all day
Fill the Bus Service Project

Since Spartans strive to embody the MSU idea of “education for others”, let’s start this year off right and “Fill the Bus” by donating school supplies for those in need in our community. Small donations make BIG impacts: that extra notebook, folder, pack of markers, or other items you give, combined with those of thousands of MSU students and staff, helps to make the beginning of the school year brighter for local children and their families. There will be bins in resident halls in the Neighborhood Locations. We will donate all collected supplies to 4-5 Community Partners. For more information, visit the Community Engaged Learning website at or call (517) 353-4400.

8:00 a.m.
Returning students move into Residence Halls

8:00 a.m.
James Madison College (JMC) students
Meet promptly in the South Case Hall lobby

8:15 a.m.

Walk with the Madison group to the Breslin Student Events Center for the MSU Convocation. Madisonians will sit together in designated rows. WEAR YOUR JMC T-SHIRT AND NAME TAG!

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Fall Convocation and One Book, One Community Presentation

Breslin Student Events Center. Doors Open at 7:00 a.m. YOU MUST BE SEATED NO LATER THAN 8:30 a.m. Students are encouraged to arrive early for the event. Service project opportunities will be hosted by Center for Community Engaged Learning.

  • Fall Convocation is the formal ceremony that marks the beginning of each academic year that welcomes the newest members of the MSU community to our “pioneer land-grant university”. President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., Provost June Pierce Youatt and representatives from each of the undergraduate degree-granting colleges will extend greetings to you during the event which will also include the One Book One Community book selection featuring Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by author Matthew Desmond. As a new student, you are REQUIRED to attend this formal ceremony.

  • The Breslin Student Events Center NO-BAG POLICY prohibits backpacks, purses, or bags of any kind (no umbrellas or water bottles will be allowed). The policy will be strictly enforced. See link for details

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Immediately follow Fall Convocation)
Student Q & A with Matthew Desmond
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center at MSU, 219 S. Harrison Rd., Auditorium

Author Matthew Desmond will answer pre-submitted questions from students. This event is open to all MSU students.

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Drop-In Days for Student Jobs
August 26-28, Career Services, Student Services Building, Room 113

  • Drop in to Career Services in the Student Services Building all week! Our career advisors will be available with resources to help you find a part-time job, tips to polish your resume and advice for preparing for the Student Job & Internship Faircoming up on Wednesday, September 4.

1:00 p.m.
James Madison College (JMC) Colloqium & Live It! Program
Wilson Auditorium

LIVE IT! @ JMC is interactive workshop designed to introduce first-year student to concepts of diversity and civility.

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Multicultural Business Programs Open House
Broad College of Business, 415 Eppley Center

  • Food, prizes and corporate representatives will be there.

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, And Transgender Resource Center (LBGT) Resource Center First-Year/Transfer Welcome
Student Services Building, Room 6 and 302 (the LBGTRC)

The LBGT Resource Center welcomes all new LGBTQA students to come together to learn more about our staff, meet other new and current LGBTQA students, and learn about campus resources and organizations. Resource center staff will be available to answer questions and facilitate community building. Participants get to head to U-Fest together following the Welcome!

Activities will include: board games, karaoke, food, resource sharing, coloring, giveaways, and a community art project!

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7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
University Activities Board‘s 39th Annual U-Fest
MSU Union

Free Activities: temporary tattoos, photos with Bronze Sparty, inflatables, Bingo, crafts, free bowling, live music, and Sparty. Free food and drink samples. Giveaways from our sponsors as well as an MSU fanny pack and blinky cup.

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Moonlight Madness Meijer Back to College
2 Locations – Lake Lansing and Okemos Meijer Locations. Catch the special CATA Bus for free! Free CATA Bus Service Information (see PDF flyer)

Exclusively for MSU Students, Moonlight Madness provides a great opportunity to hop onto a FREE CATA (Capital Area Transit Authority) to two local Meijer Stores. This event provides free food, samples, prize, games and much more! While you don’t have to spend money to enjoy this free event, many students use this opportunity to complete their residence hall room décor, buy school supplies, stock-up on snacks or purchase a donation for the “Fill the Bus” Project. Buses begin loading from designated bus stops across campus at 8 p.m. and the last pick-up on campus is 11:15 p.m. Free return rides on CATA continue until the event ends at 12 midnight.