MSU Debut is a collection of co-curricular events and activities at the beginning of each semester with the goal of engaging students and showcasing the best of our campus community. This series of events equips students for a successful transition to Montana State University, empowers them to contribute to the Bobcat community, and fosters inclusion, integrity, and belonging.

Get Involved. Get Connected.
Own Your Experience.

 

welcome new and returning bobcats

Event Schedule Fall 2020

*This year’s events have been modified to reduce the risk of COVID 19 transmission while still welcoming all students to Montana State University

 

someone standing on top of a mountain

Monday, August 10 to August 14

 

Compete in our Bobcat Social Distancing Challenge!  Get out on Bozeman’s extensive trail network on foot or on bike and share your adventure using the hashtag #bobcatoutdoorchallenge and tag @msuoutdoorprogram (Instagram) or ASMSU Outdoor Recreation Program (Facebook).  Prizes for most creative posts!  Every submission also gets you entered in a prize drawing for tons of swag from the MSU Bookstore as well as a pair of free J Skis from the Office of Student Engagement!

example of student mosaic

Thursday, August 13 to September 5

Show your connection and solidarity with the MSU Community this semester by submitting your photo to the Student Unity Photo Mosaic. Submit a photo that represents you as a Bobcat. Submissions will be open between August 13th and September 5th. All classes, staff and faculty are welcome to participate.

image of catapalooza in its online format
Thursday, August 13 to September 7

Learn where you fit into the MSU and Bozeman Community! On August 13th we will post the link to FlipGrid so you can hear from Student Organizations, MSU Departments and Offices, Gallatin Valley Nonprofits, and For-Profit Businesses.

image of bikes
 Thursday, August 13

Explore your campus community on two wheels. Bring your own bike (helmet required) if you have one!  If you need a bike, come by 15 minutes early to get fit for one. First come, first served. Bring a face covering if you want to go into area businesses. Please RSVP on CatsConnect!

People dancing in park
Thursday, August 13

Come and enjoy the nice weather and move your body! Wear comfortable clothing.  Participants will take home some MSU swag to remember the event.

image of bikes
Friday, August 14

Our intramural department is putting on a fun-filled night of all the best socially distant lawn games you can imagine.  Representatives from our club sports teams will also be present to recruit for the fall!

people line dancing
Saturday, August 15

Come learn the basics of line dancing from the best! Let the Country Dance Club instructors show you the moves in this socially distant dance style.

group of students with champ
Monday, August 17

Happy first day of school! Volunteers will be stationed across campus to help you find your classes and welcome you to MSU! Come grab some pancakes on your way to your first classes!

bipoc student meet and greet
Monday, August 17
Hosted by the Diversity and Inclusion Student Commons (DISC) - Come check out the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Student Meet and Greet! Students, faculty, and staff from the BIPOC community are invited to kick off the new semester with the opportunity to build community and learn about the expanding opportunities and resources for BIPOC students on campus. Plus: snacks will be provided! Please RSVP on CatsConnect, so the DISC can plan accordingly! 
lgbtq+ student meet and greet
Tuesday, August 18
Hosted by the Diversity and Inclusion Student Commons (DISC) - Come check out the LGBTQ+ Student Meet and Greet! Students, faculty, and staff from the LGBTQ+ community are invited to kick off the new semester with the opportunity to build community and learn about the many opportunities and resources available for LGBTQ+ students on campus. Plus: snacks will be provided! Please RSVP on CatsConnect, so the DISC can plan accordingly!
image of bikes
Thursday, August 20

A second chance to explore your campus community on two wheels. Bring your own bike (helmet required) if you have one!  If you need a bike, come by 15 minutes early to get fit for one. First come, first served. Bring a face covering if you want to go into area businesses. Please RSVP on CatsConnect!

*Approximate distance of 8 miles

RHA Movie on the Wall- CANCELLED

Friday, August 21
 
two students standing together after painting the M
Sunday, August 23

Join the 100+ year old tradition! Rock the "M" by covering it with a fresh coat of paint to refresh this staple of the MSU and Bozeman community. Pre-registration is required. Register at montana.edu/them. There will be 2 groups of 49 or less students painting the M!

drawn image of people running
Monday, August 24

Engage in RSF's campus social distancing fun run or walk. Get a few extra steps and motivate to move in a way that feels good to you, walking or running are both great ways to engage your body, mind, friends and get outside!

image of sarah vowell
Thursday, August 27

MSU’s Convocation is the formal welcome of the incoming class, where the university focuses attention on the start of the academic, intellectual and personal journey of first-year students. Convocation demonstrates the support of the university and community to help students reach the goal of becoming the graduating class of 2024. Vowell’s lecture will be part of MSU’s 15th convocation.

Firework Display-Cancelled

Thursday, August 27
 
two students gardening
Saturday, August 29
On Saturday, August 29th, your fellow Bobcats are going out in the Bozeman Community to lend a hand in the spirit of Convocation! Join in to get to know your peers and the Bozeman community through service. Hosted by the Office of Student Engagement, Service Saturdays are local service projects held to offer a great way for community members and students to create relationships while working to enhance Bozeman. Pre-registration will be required. 

Gold Rush-CANCELLED

Saturday, September 5
 

 

 

 

Contact Us

                   

Chris Pruden
Student Engagement and Leadership Advisor
Office of Student Engagement
406.994.2933

      Chris Pruden 

Blake Stemen, M.Ed.
Area Coordinator
Residence Life
406.994.2661

     

blake

Miranda Roy
Graduate Assistant
Office of Student Engagement
406.994.2933

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Dear MSU Students, 

We want to welcome you to your new home!  MSU Debut is the official beginning of your experience as a Bobcat! During MSU Debut you will have opportunities to connect with other incoming students, returning students, faculty, and staff who are excited to welcome you into the Bobcat community.

We understand that there is a lot of uncertainty during this time due to COVID-19. We want to reassure all of you that we are working very hard to make sure that our events this fall are valuable to a variety of incoming and returning students. Although many of these events may look a bit different, there will still be many opportunities to make connections and find a sense of belonging on campus. 

We are excited to welcome all incoming students to the Bobcat Family and we look forward to you being a part of MSU Debut!

Go Cats!

Chris, Blake & Miranda

 

We strive to ensure MSU Debut events are equal and accessible to all. For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, please contact Disability Services at: 406.994.2824 or visit their WEBSITE for more information.