USD to ‘GO RED’ in celebration of Muenster University Center

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota will “GO RED” this week in celebration of the new Theodore (Ted) R. and Karen K. Muenster University Center.

Activities for the student grand opening of the Muenster University Center begin Wednesday. Grand Opening: Reminisce, Engaged, Dedication (GO RED) events include a cake cutting ceremony and Grocery Bingo in the Market at 11 a.m. followed by live music from Ben Kramer in the Pit Lounge. More Grocery Bingo in the Market is set for 4 p.m. along with the USD Steel Drum Band in the Market at 5 p.m. At 6 p.m., the USD Community will have an opportunity to "Reminisce" in the Market with "A Day in the Life" alumni panel hosted by the USD History Club. Ted Muenster will provide an overview of USD's history while alumni Nancy McCahren, Mary Edelen and Scott Heidepreim will reminisce about their time as students on The U’s campus. Wednesday’s festivities conclude with a concert by The Kickback at 9 p.m. in the Ballroom.

"Engaged" activities on Thursday include live music by Jamie Lynn Buttke in the Pit Lounge at noon; open houses by the Student Activities Center and Student Government Association from 2 to 4 p.m.; live music by Laura Schmitz and Scott Arens at 5 p.m. in the Market; and from 5 to 8 p.m., student-athletes will host a meet and greet with behind-the-scenes tours of the facility also available. Thursday’s schedule concludes with two showings of the Academy Award-nominated film “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” beginning at 7 p.m. in student lounges on the second floor.

"Dedicated" events on Friday start with Faculty Appreciation Day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Faculty Dining Lounge along with live music by The Townsley Trio at noon in the Pit Lounge. The second floor south lounge will host the USD Faculty Jazz Ensemble from 5 to 7 p.m. and, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., participants can press their luck at Black Light Casino Night on the second floor. At 10 p.m., 2008 Last Comic Standing champ Iliza Shlesinger takes the stage in the Ballroom.

In addition to live music and entertainment, GO RED includes coffee samples from U. Brew Wednesday through Friday from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; student musician CD’s of artists Ben Kramer, Elliott Graber and Jamie Lynn Buttke; jewelry, handbag and makeup vendors on the main floor concourse each day; and a History Room, located in MUC 211, dedicated to displaying posters and marketing materials from student organized events from the past 20 years. Additionally, SGA will be collecting items for a USD time capsule representing student life in 2009 and video game enthusiasts can test their gaming skills daily with access to Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles.

For more information and a list of events, please visit GO RED on the Web at www.usd.edu/muc/GoRED.cfm.