Alumni Memories Sought; Centennial Student Union Plans 50th Celebration Homecoming Day, Oct. 7


The Centennial Student Union invites students and alumni to join its 50th Anniversary Reunion Celebration on Homecoming Day, Saturday, Oct. 7.

Highlighting CSU reunion festivities during Minnesota State University, Mankato Homecoming Day 2017 activities will be an afternoon reception starting at 3:30 p.m. in the CSU Hearth Lounge. Other days activities will be a morning light breakfast, an invitation to participate in the Homecoming Day parade, and an evening “family friendly” event.

Mark Constantine, director of the Centennial Student Union, said activities celebrating the student union’s 50th anniversary will begin at the start of the Fall 2017 semester and continue through Homecoming 2017.

“We are reaching out to all alumni – and particularly our past CSU student employees – to return to the Centennial Student Union on Homecoming Day to help us celebrate,” Constantine said. “We also are inviting all alumni to share photos and memories shaped in the CSU as a part of a Fall ‘Serendipitous Memories’ art show planned in the CSU Art Gallery.”

“We are reaching out to all alumni – and particularly our past CSU student employees – to return to the Centennial Student Union on Homecoming Day to help us celebrate. We also are inviting all alumni to share photos and memories shaped in the CSU as a part of a Fall ‘Serendipitous Memories’ art show planned in the CSU Art Gallery.” – Mark Constantine

Photos and memories can be shared on the CSU 50th Anniversary website, www.csu.mnsu/50thAnniversary. Shared memories will be displayed in a CSU Art Gallery exhibit from August through the Homecoming celebration.

“Maybe the CSU is where you met your life partner, found a lifelong Greek community or discovered a personal passion,” Constantine said. “We want to share your CSU memories.”

The CSU also is creating a 50th anniversary display that will be used in the CSU throughout the 2017-18 academic year as well as with the University’s planned Sesquicentennial traveling display. The CSU display will include a video timeline featuring CSU directors, key staff members and special guests.

“OPA!”

“OPA!”

Among the various definitions listed in the online Urban Dictionary for the Greek exclamation, “OPA!” , the one I like the best is “a word or pronouncement of celebration; the celebration of life itself.”

I find that especially fitting and true for the group of students that claim OPA as their acronym.

Each summer, these students comprise the cluster of shining stars that brighten campus and the futures of new students arriving for summer orientation sessions running June 5 through July 21.

Orientation Peer Assistants – OPAs – represent the team of outgoing, charismatic and energetic Minnesota State Mankato students assembled by Mel Iverson, assistant director of orientation, and the professional staff in the New Student and Family Programs office. These students serve as peer guides, mentors, and motivators as new students get a sampling of the college experience.

Where this is all leading is that recruitment of the Summer 2014 OPA crew will be starting in January. On Thursday, Jan. 16, at 8:30 p.m. in Preska Room 126, New Student and Family Programs will host an OPA information session. Benefits for becoming an OPA include:
• Helping welcome new student to campus
• Earning up to $3,600
• Gaining transferable leadership skills
• Free housing and meals during orientation
• Making lifelong friendships
• Earning university credit.

Students interested in becoming OPAs may submit their applications until 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30.

So if you have that certain “joie de vivre,” a paid summer on campus spent sharing, helping and growing may be an application away. OPA!

– Lenny Koupal, CSU Communications Coordinator