Student Life and Activities
All registered University students automatically belong to the Student Government Association. Governmental matters which pertain to student affairs are regularly handled by the Student Senate, which elects its officers and senators in the spring. An election is held in the fall to elect two first-year student (freshman) senators. Participating students have the opportunity to view democracy in action. Student Government Association meetings are open to the public.
Student Activities/MSU Life Committee
The MSU: Life Committee exists to provide a fun and engaging social atmosphere here at Minot State University. Led by the Directors of Entertainment and comprised of a group of enthusiastic student volunteers, the MSU: Life Committee plans, coordinates, and directs campus activities for the benefit of all MSU students. Events vary from comedians, hypnotists, dances, movies, and musicians. These events are free with your MSU ID unless otherwise specified. This committee is open to any interested MSU student and interviews for the Co-Directors of Entertainment are held each spring.
Minot State University men’s and women’s athletic programs are members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). The men’s competition includes football, basketball, track and field, golf, baseball, wrestling, and cross-country. The women’s competition includes basketball, cross-country, track and field, volleyball, softball, soccer, and golf.
A variety of sport activities are offered for both men and women throughout the school year. This program is sponsored by the Student Government Association and the Wellness Center.
The annual homecoming has become a tradition in Minot. Each fall semester, the University sets aside a week for the entertainment of graduates, current, and former students. The celebration includes a parade, a football game, and many other features conducive to the renewal of old acquaintances.
The University’s Division of Music is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music and provides exciting opportunities for the study and performance of all disciplines within music. Concert and lecture offerings are listed on the Music Division website. Performance opportunities available to all university students include choir, women’s chorus, band, orchestra, and jazz ensemble.
There are two student publications on campus. The Red & Green, the student newspaper, is published weekly during the regular school year. The Coup, the student literary magazine, is published annually. Student editors receive salaries paid from student activity fees. Students may earn one hour of journalism credit for working on the Red & Green. The publications are advised by faculty members and governed by policy developed by the Board of Student Media.
Radio Station (KMSU)
KMSU, the campus radio station, operates over the local access television channel. Students who live in the dorms may listen by tuning their television to channel 19. The signal is also broadcast over the local cable access channel (KMSU TV) to over 15,000 homes in the local area.
Students who wish may work with KMSU as a disc jockey doing on air shows or working in one or more of the behind the scenes jobs connected with the radio station by registering for radio activities. This one-credit class is available to all MSU students.
The Media Ink Club is open to all students interested in the media, be it electronic print, advertising, or public relations.
Native American Cultural Center
The Native American Cultural Center provides counseling, advising, and academic student transitional assistance to Native American/American Indian students at Minot State University. Student personal, social, financial, and career concerns are also addressed at this “home away from home” rest and relaxation student center. Coordination and correspondence with area tribal councils, offices and colleges is also maintained to benefit and support our students.
Campus and community events are developed and presented to promote public awareness, understanding and appreciation of Native American people and their culture. A portion of the MSU Native American Collection of cultural artifacts is also on display for public viewing.
The Native American Cultural Center is open Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Multicultural Center is designed to provide a safe and comfortable location for all diverse student populations and international students. The Multicultural Center also exists to provide a campus location for the appreciation of diverse populations and cultures. Throughout the year, the center hosts a number of events that celebrate ethnic and cultural diversity. Events include ethnic food sampling, speakers, films, and other cultural presentations. The Multicultural Center is located on the 1st floor of the Student Center. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mon.–Fri.
The Campus Players is the student organization open to all university students. It sponsors several major productions each year. Theatre facilities include the Harold G. Aleshire Theatre, the Black Box for less formal and locally-written shows, and the Amphitheatre located on the north side of the campus. The Theatre Arts Program also hosts workshops, guest lectures, and touring professional companies.