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Hoofprints - Thursday, December 4, 2008

December 4, 2008
By Chris Hmielewski

It is a busy time of year with the Holiday Season beginning with Thanksgiving last week. Our students are beginning to prepare for their finals coming up in the next two weeks. The campus is buzzing with holiday spirit in anticipation of the winter break.

The PE Building, where the Wellness and Human Performance Department faculty and staff, many academic classrooms, and the locker room area are all located, is still being cleaned and not open to the campus community. The area is scheduled to be open on Friday, Dec. 12.

Service Master is in the process of painting the men's locker room and equipment area, replacing carpet in a number of the individual team locker rooms, and cleaning the remaining equipment from the building. It has been a major undertaking. I appreciate every ones hard work and patience as we head into the final stage of opening the PE Building.

Gold Rush Raffle Tickets Now Available

The 6th Annual Gold Rush Raffle will be held on Friday, Feb. 20. Tickets are just $50.00 each for your chance to win the grand prize of $5,000. If you are interested in purchasing a ticket call the athletic department at 507-537-7204.

If you have not been to the Gold Rush Raffle, you should buy a raffle ticket and join us for a night of fun, friendship and laughter. Every year the raffle gets great reviews from the people who attend. It is a mid-winter social event that you will not want to miss with cash prizes, give-aways, games, and silent and live raffle items. The Gold Rush is sponsored by the Mustang Booster Club and has sold out all six years.

Celebrate Christmas with the Mustangs this Saturday night

The Mustang women's and men's basketball teams open the NSIC season this Saturday night, December 6th hosting Minnesota State University, Mankato. The Women's game starts at 6 p.m. followed by the men's game at 8:00 pm. The SMSU Athletics Department will also be celebrating the Christmas and Holiday season on Saturday as Santa and Mrs. Claus will be making an appearance at halftime of the men's game to hand out treats for the all kids. Fans are encouraged to wear their favorite holiday sweater to the game to cheer on the Mustangs! There will also be a drawing for SMSU Students to win a FREE Wii at the games (must show a valid id to register).

Post-Game Social this Saturday night

On Saturday, December 6th there will be a "Mustang Post-Game Social" at the Hitching Post for all Mustang Booster Club members and basketball parents. The Mustang's host Minnesota State, Mankato on Saturday night in the first conference game of the season. The social, beginning at approximately 9:30 p.m. will be in the backroom at the Hitching Post with appetizers available for booster members and parents.

Football Banquet set for Saturday

The SMSU football staff would like to invite all booster club members and friends to the annual football banquet on Saturday, December 6. The banquet will be held at the SMSU Conference Center at 5 p.m. Cost of the banquet is $12.50 for all guests. It will be a great time to celebrate the season and say goodbye to our senior class that has given so much to the Mustang football program. Please RSVP to Bret Atkins at or 507-537-6039.

Congratulations, Mary Tate (Tate Family), for providing the correct answer to last week's Mustang Hoofprint's Trivia Question: When was the last time the SMSU Men's Basketball team was ranked in the top 25 national poll? Mary gave the correct answer of Dec. 3, 2001 when the Mustangs were ranked #18 in the nation under Head Coach, Greg Stemen. Thank you to all who submitted answers to last week's trivia question.


The SMSU Athletic Department has six coaches or staff members who were former NCAA Division I student-athletes. Can you name four out of the six providing their name, college attended, and sport each played at their respective university?

The first person to e-mail me at with the correct answer to this question will receive a SMSU T-shirt. Please include your first and last name and phone number with the correct answer. The winner will be announced on The Saturday Morning Mustang Show between 9-10 a.m. on 1400AM each week.



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