It was mostly a sea of red in the middle of the Dakota Square Mall Saturday afternoon as Minot State University students, faculty and staff set up tables and displays for people passing by, as a way for the public to see what the college world is doing.
The eighth annual "MSU at the Mall" was held from noon to 3 p.m. on April 5 at Dakota Square Mall.
More than 30 campus groups participated in the event. Feature events included demonstrations in science, ceramics and pottery, air-brush tattoos, face painting, wheel of fortune contests, a drawing for College for Kids camps, screen printing, and free screenings of blood pressure, fasting blood sugar and cholesterol. There were also many interactive activities to increase public awareness related to communication disorders, autism, deafness and language. Also on hand at the event was MSU's Carly Boag, the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Player of the Year, signing autographs.
Members of the Science Club from Minot State University demonstrate how to make slime at their display area. The slime consisted of cornstarch, water and food coloring and could switch from liquid to solid form. It was a hit with kids and adults alike.
Since this school year is Minot State University's centennial, this event also doubled as a birthday party, and free cupcakes were available for all to enjoy.
"It's pretty phenomenal to be here to celebrate the 100th anniversary," said Teresa Loftesnes, marketing director at Minot State University.
Loftesnes said the students get excited about the MSU at the Mall event every year and look forward to it.
"They're very excited. There's lots of energy," she added. "Today people are able to visit with students, faculty and staff, and there are lots of games and activities."
The main goal of MSU at the Mall is to enjoy the connection made with the public, Loftesnes said.
"It gives people the chance to see MSU," she said.
The participants from Minot State University also get the chance show people what they do, with the science club demonstrating how to make slime, the wellness club offering a fitness test and the art department demonstrating pottery making skills. Loftesnes said it's fun to watch the students grow and be proud of what they do and share with the public.
"We are truly enjoying the 100th anniversary," Loftesnes added. "And it's great for students to be at the university during the anniversary and something they'll remember forever."