The College Park Campus houses Kahlmus Auditorium, an 8500 square foot multipurpose facility used by the University as well as local and statewide organizations for meetings, conferences, and other events. The auditorium is equipped with standard audio/visual technology and also offers users a partial service kitchen for any catering needs.
The facility was named in honor of Meridian residents and long-time MSU supporters, M. F. "Buddy" and Elizabeth Carter Kahlmus. Involved with MSU-Meridian from its beginning in 1972, the Kahlmuses played major roles in establishment of the campus. In addition, while serving as president and chairman of Deposit Guaranty National Bank, Mr. Kahlmus demonstrated his commitment to students by establishing bank-funded scholarships for deserving MSU-Meridian students.
Mrs. Kahlmus joined her husband in support of the Meridian Campus. Thanks to her ongoing generosity, the M. F. Kahlmus, Sr. Scholarship is awarded annually to a Meridian Campus social work student, while the Elizabeth Carter Kahlmus Scholarship helps pave the way for a liberal arts student to work toward a degree each year.
Kahlmus Auditorium is available for rental for specific events. Please note that the auditorium cannot be used for weddings (including rehearsal dinners), family reunions, or showers/parties. To reserve Kahlmus Auditorium, please submit an event request form which can be found below.
Policies and Procedures
A non-refundable deposit in the amount of one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00) will be due from the Organization/Individual with this signed agreement no later than ten (10) business days after reservation.
Set Up Policy
All set-up information and diagrams must be provided to MSU-Meridian ten (10) days before event date.
Payment of rental and set-up fees is due and payable by the event date. Payment of all additional charges determined by MSU-Meridian to be due, is due and payable with ten (10) days of the dates of MSU-Meridian’s issuance of the invoice.
Use of MSU-Meridian logo or image must be approved by MSU-Meridian prior to use.
The Organization/Individual is solely responsible to provide all ADA Compliance needs such as equipment, interpretation, etc. MSU-Meridian will provide ADA Compliance relative to location and accessibility only.
Alcohol and firearms are strictly prohibited.
Animals and pets, with the exception of disability assistance dogs, are not permitted in the building without prior approval from Facilities Use Director.
MSU-Meridian building hours are strictly enforced and are as follows: Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Sunday, Closed. Any event (including set-up or clean up) extending beyond normal building hours shall be accessed a security fee of $100.00 per hour or any part thereof.
Organization/Individual will be responsible for all damages to facility by its attendees and outside service providers. It shall also be the responsibility of the Organization/Individual to ensure all trash items (i.e. boxes, garbage, food waste, etc.) have been removed and placed in dumpster at MSU-Meridian. An additional fee of $50 shall be assessed to the Organization/Individual for failure to remove trash from facility. A cleaning fee of $250 shall be assessed to the Organization/Individual for an event requiring excessive clean up.
All decoration materials shall be supplied by the Organization/Individual. The Organization/Individual shall be responsible for removal of all said materials. The following materials are prohibited: candles, glitter, hay/straw, feathers, and confetti. The Facilities Use Director reserves the right to disapprove other decoration materials not listed here. No materials should be affixed to walls without approval by Facilities Use Director.
Fire and Safety Regulations
All events and event floor plans must adhere to room capacities and fire codes.
MSU-Meridian provides audio/visual equipment adequate for standard events. Should an event require additional equipment, it shall the responsibility of the Organization/Individual to provide such equipment. All equipment must be used for its intended purpose.
Organization/Individual shall indemnify, defend, save and hold harmless, protect, and exonerate the State of Mississippi, the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning, Mississippi State University, and each of their officers, agents, employees, and representatives, both in their official and in their individual capacities from and against all claims, demands, liabilities, suits, action, damages, losses and costs of every kind and nature whatsoever, including, without limitation, court costs, investigative fees, expenses, and attorneys’ fees, related to the Contract arising out of or caused by the actions or inactions of the Organization/Individual or its’ partners, principals, officers, agents, employees or representatives.
It is understood and agreed that the Organization/Individual, agents, employees, guests, and patrons, will be subject to all MSU-Meridian traffic and parking regulations. Visitor parking must be utilized for all Organization/Individual parking needs. A Loading Zone is available for short-term parking during loading and unloading only.
Photography, Videography, Broadcasting
MSU-Meridian reserves the right to restrict photography, videography or broadcast recording at its discretion. Images taken within MSU-Meridian must be approved by the Administrative Dean prior to media or commercial use.
MSU-Meridian will not allow rental equipment (i.e. catering equipment, linens, etc) delivery more than one (1) day prior to event. All deliveries should be coordinated with the Facilities Use Director.
MSU-Meridian is not responsible for lost or stolen items. All property found or turned in will be handled by Campus Police in accordance to MSU-Meridian’s Lost and Found Procedures.
Rental Rates & Fees
|MSU-Meridian Kahlmus Auditorium
Rental Rates & Fees
400 & up
|Booking Deposit (required):||$150.00|
|Excessive Cleaning Fee:||$250.00|
|Trash Removal Fee:||$50.00|
|Access to Kahlmus day before:||$100.00|
|Security Fee (Events beyond building hours):||$100.00 per hour|