alumni_day.jpgAlumni honorees Richard Balstad, Don Cavalier, Mike Bakken, and Jeff Braaten will be recognized during the Mayville State University Alumni Day festivities planned for June 23, 2017. Balstad and Cavalier will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, while Bakken will receive the Distinguished Service Award. (In his absence, Richard Balstad’s award will be accepted by Glenn Thoreson.) Jeff Braaten will be honored posthumously with the Distinguished Service Award.

The awards will be presented at the annual Alumni Association Awards Dinner scheduled for Friday, June 23 at 6 p.m. The dinner will be held in the MSU Campus Center Luckasen Room. Tickets for the dinner sell for $20.00 each and can be purchased at or by contacting the MSU Foundation at 701-788-4864 or

Alumni Day 2017 will begin with an ice cream social from 2 to 3 p.m. on the lawn at the Edson and Margaret Larson Alumni and Leadership Center. The public is invited to stop by to enjoy a cool summer treat provided compliments of the MSU Alumni Association. This event will provide a great opportunity for people to see the Military Honor Garden located on the lawn at the Larson Center. The Avenue of Flags by the local American Legion Post 8 will beautifully enhance the area on Alumni Day, and the First and Farmers Philharmonic will provide musical entertainment. Please bring your own lawn chair and enjoy the afternoon on the lawn at the Larson Center.

A campus tour is scheduled to begin at the front of Old Main at 2 p.m. The public is invited to see all of the physical improvements that have been made on the campus, including the recently completed HPER renovation and expansion project. Tours will end at the Larson Center.

Also from 2 to 3 p.m., there will be an open house at Birkelo Hall. Updates are underway, and the public is invited to stop by and see how Mayville State is transforming the residence hall for use as a living and learning community for high-achieving students.

An open house reception in honor of the Alumni Association honorees will take place in the Edson and Margaret Larson Alumni and Leadership Center at Mayville State from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. June 23. Everyone is welcome to attend, compliments of the MSU Alumni Association.

The day will end with a social for all alumni and friends at the Mayville Golf Club from 8 p.m. until midnight. Snacks will be provided, and there will be a cash bar. This is also the site for a 40-year reunion of the Mayville State Class of 1977 and their friends.

For more information about Mayville State’s Alumni Day, go to or contact the MSU Foundation at 701-788-4750.

See all the plans for Alumni Day 2017.

See the Alumni Association honoree biographies.