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Montana State University will host an array of events in August and September to welcome incoming students.

MSU Debut’s lineup encourages incoming students to get involved and take ownership of their college experiences. This year, it has expanded to 21 events.

“We know that when students are connected outside of the classroom, they are more likely to succeed inside of the classroom,” said Chelsey Wilson, chief organizer of MSU Debut and director of the Bracken Center for Excellence.

Major events include the Subtacular on Saturday, where students can meet with an academic adviser to fine-tune schedules and learn more about campus services. Also Saturday is the annual “M” photo in Bobcat stadium at 6:30 p.m. All freshman will receive a free gold T-shirt to wear for the photo.

On Monday, the first day of classes at MSU, each college will have a welcome tent on the Centennial Mall, and a pancake breakfast will be served for students in front of Montana Hall. Members of the campus community will be available to answer questions and direct students to classrooms.

MSU Debut events run through Sept. 25 with the Involvement and Study Abroad Fair, where tables from various clubs and organizations offer opportunities for students to get involved in their local and global communities.

“The transition from high school to college can be difficult. MSU Debut is here to help students with that transition, to guide them to successfully navigate university life,” Wilson said.

Also new this year, Wilson said, is MSU Debut’s first graduate assistant position. In this position, graduate assistant Miranda Roy will help envision, plan, implement and assess both the fall and spring MSU Debut programs while learning about program management at an institutional level. Roy will work on more than 30 large-scale campus events, coordinate more than 300 campus volunteers, assess the program for further advancement and more.

A full schedule and more details about MSU Debut events follow:

Saturday, Aug. 24

Subtacular, 1-4 p.m., SUB. All SUB offices will be open. Academic advisers will be available to help incoming students fine-tune schedules, purchase parking passes and textbooks, and learn about student engagement opportunities, studying abroad and more. There will also be free bowling and billiards all day in the Rec Center.

M Photo, 6:30-7 p.m., Bobcat Stadium. All freshman will receive a free gold T-shirt as they form the “M” for the annual photo. President Waded Cruzado will also speak at the event.

Block Party, 7-10 p.m., Bobcat Stadium. The first weekend on campus will kick off with a big party filled with yard games, a live DJ, dancing, free food and prizes under the stadium lights.

Monday, Aug. 26

Welcome tents and pancake breakfast, 7:30-11:30 a.m., Centennial Mall. Each college will host a welcome tent to guide students to their classes, answer questions and provide support. A pancake breakfast will be served featuring pancake artists making edible portraits of students.

Thursday, Aug. 29

Trivia night, 6-7 p.m., Rendezvous Dining Hall. Trivia night is open to all students with or without a meal plan and will feature chances to win prizes.

Thursday, Sept. 5

Comedy night, 8-9 p.m., SUB Ballroom A. Comedian Becky Robinson will perform a free show for students.

Saturday, Sept. 7

Convocation Service Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., SUB Bus Loop. First Service Saturday of the year in which students volunteer for local service projects in the community. Pre-registration is recommended.

Gold Rush, 6-9 p.m., Bobcat Stadium. Bobcat fans show off their pride by wearing gold and cheer on MSU as they host Southeast Missouri State under the lights. Students can claim their free tickets online the week of the game. Tickets are also available to purchase.

Wednesday, Sept. 11

Glow Zumba, 5:30-6:30 p.m., SUB Ballroom A.

Friday, Sept. 13

Rec Center Rumble, 8 p.m.-midnight, SUB Rec Center. The Rumble features free bowling and billiards as well as yard games, a taco bar, sing-a-long trivia, prizes and more.

Tuesday, Sept. 17

Volleyball, 6-8 p.m., Shroyer Gym. MSU will host Seattle University in its first home game of the season.

Wednesday, Sept. 18

Magician Nash Fung, 7-8:30 p.m., SUB Ballroom A. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for this free magic show.

Saturday, Sept. 21

Rockin’ the M, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., SUB Bus Loop. Freshmen can give the rocks of the “M” a fresh coat of paint to refresh the staple of the MSU and Bozeman communities. Pre-registration is required.

Stripe the Stadium, 1-4 p.m., Bobcat Stadium. MSU will play Norfolk State and fans in the stadium wear blue or gold depending on the section. Students can claim their free tickets online the week of the game and are encouraged to wear gold. Tickets are also available to purchase.

Wednesday, Sept. 25

Involvement and Study Abroad Fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., SUB Ballrooms. The fair will host several clubs and organizations and offer an opportunity for students to get involved in their local and global communities.

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