Baseball, Bike Riding, Books and BBQ Ribs Are Part Of Student Activities Summertime Fun

Baseball, bike riding, books and BBQ ribs will all be among summertime fun planned for the campus and Mankato community as Student Activities at Minnesota State Mankato rolls out its summer events.

Summer fun begins Saturday, June 1, with a month-long MAVHunt. This virtual scavenger hunt using the Goosechase app invites participants to complete challenges, explore Mankato and win prizes. Weekly random winners will receive a $50 gift card and other prizes.

On Wednesday, June 5, the first of two Summer Book club session will be from 2 to 3 p.m. in CSU 204. Hosted by the Maverick Involvement Team, the June read will feature The Lost Bookshop by Evie Woods.

Thursday, June 13, offers an evening of baseball with the Mankato Moondogs. First pitch is at 6:35 p.m. Minnesota State Mankato students, alumni and staff can purchase a discounted ticket package for $20. Admission includes a reserved seat ticket, and a free concession buffet through the fourth inning. The buffet will include hotdogs, hamburgers, chips, and other select items.

The campus community has the option of upgrading to a Dog Pound ticket at a reduced $30 rate for adults which includes all-you-can eat-buffet, access to the third base side deck, free soda, and three alcoholic drinks. Adults can purchase dog pound tickets for $30 and children under 12 for $15.

Tickets are available for purchase at or in the Student Activities office in Centennial Student Union 173. Tickets are on a first-come, first-served basis.

A community service project on Thursday, June 20, invites participants to join a roadside clean-up effort sponsored by the Student Activities Office of Community Engagement. Volunteers will meet in CSU 193 at 2 p.m. for the two-hour highway trash pick-up.

On Wednesday, June 26, join a group Mankato Bike Ride led by James Ball, CSU Associate Director of Operations. The planned ride to the Red Jacket Trail Park starts at 3 p.m. from the Fountain Mall on the Minnesota State Mankato campus. June 26 at 3:00pm РMeet at Mall Fountain * Roadside Clean-up РJune 20, 2:00 Р4:00pm, meet at CSU 173, Student Activities 

The Summer Book Club continues on Tuesday, July 9, from 2 to 3 p.m. in CSU 204 with I Respectfully Disagree by Justin Jones-Fosu which offers a five-part framework for having honest and enlightening conversations despite deep and fundamental disagreements. Get insight into the book as Dr. Cindra Kamphoff, director of the Center of Sport and Performance Psychology, at Minnesota State University features Jones-Fosu in a podcast discussion.

On Thursday, Aug. 1, a summertime campus tradition continues as Minnesota State Mankato welcomes back alumnus Pat Nelson of Big Boned BBQ of Charleston, N.C., in town to compete at the annual Mankato Rib Fest. Nelson again offers a Big Boned BBQ lunch and sampling from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the Fountain Mall. The $8 Maverick Meal Deal includes a choice of a beef brisket or pulled pork sandwich, a side of coleslaw, and a side of cornbread. Meals must be pre-ordered by noon on Tuesday, July 30.

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