Dear Parents,

Classes are clicking along and while I wish it was a bit cooler out, I certainly don't want to wish the semester away! Midterms are right around the corner and most students should have an idea about how they are doing in each of their courses over the next few weeks. Ask your student questions. Make sure they are open-ended questions. It's easy to say yes or no, but you'll likely get a better idea of how things are going if you ask specific, open-ended questions.

Keep encouraging your student to get involved on campus and in the community. There are many opportunities to get involved with, both on and off campus. If your student says there is nothing to do, please tell him/her to come visit me on the 6th floor of Allen Hall in 608. I will help find him/her a niche!

Every year I give the same advice over and over again, but I find it to be both valuable and true. Whether you're the parent of a new or returning student, continue to support your student. Support. Don't worry; you've watched them fall down before. I know you've caught yourself from reaching out and picking them up, because you knew they would have to eventually do it on their own, for themselves. And you knew they would be successful. It is very important to let them solve and resolve on their own. Letting go is not the same as leaving - you are still there, tucked safely in every fiber of their being. So at the end of the day, be there for them. Listen to them. Encourage them. Empower them. Even challenge them. Push back a little, they will thank you in the long run. Don't be so available; I promise if you give them the opportunity, they will figure it out.

Here are a few important dates to note:

Please do not hesitate to call or email me (662.325.3611 / parents@saffairs.msstate.edu) with any questions or concerns.

Cat Walker, Office of Parent Services


Save the Date! Bulldog Family Weekend 2015

Bulldog Family Weekend 2015 is tentatively scheduled. Mark your calendars for February 27 - March 1 - Details coming soon! If you have any suggestions for the weekend's events, please submit them to parents@msstate.edu.


Parent Survey

Folks, would you mind taking a few minutes to help out some peers from the University of Minnesota? Colleges and universities recognize parents as a valued constituency and strive to provide communications and programming to parents of current students. We know that parents and family members use information in many different ways, but we do not know how we can successfully reach all types of parents. In order to strengthen programming and communication for families of college students, we hope to learn more about how different parenting styles impact the ways parents access and use information provided by the college/university their students attend.

The survey at http://goo.gl/09OUWg includes questions about parenting and your involvement and satisfaction with your student's college/university. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Participation is voluntary and will not affect your current or future relationship with associated institutions. The research team will not be able to identify you individually nor the institution your student attends. Your information will be kept private and stored securely.

Thanks, in advance, for helping out Marjorie Savage and Chelsea Petree, both from University of Minnesota, with this study. It will also help ME moving forward with my communications to you.


Money Matter$ - Student Accounts

Account Due Date Reminder:Students should review and pay all past-due account balances by October 9, 2014. If unpaid, the account will be placed on HOLD and begin accruing late fees. Students with a HOLD on their account will not be permitted to pre-register for the Spring 2015 semester; pre-registration for Spring 2015 begins November 3, 2014. According to university policy, student accounts must be current in order to continue enrollment at Mississippi State University.

Authorized Payer Reminder:To access and/or make payments on your student's account, your student will need to designate you as an Authorized Payer through QuikPAY®. Please visit http://www.controller.msstate.edu/accountservices/paymentinfo/ for step by step instructions on how your student can set you up as an Authorized Payer.

As always, you may contact us directly at 662.325.2071 or e-mail us at cashiers@controller.msstate.edu if you have questions.


A Note from Housing & Residence Life

The Department of Housing and Residence Life has kicked off to a great start for the fall 2014 semester with Operation Bulldog Programming and other events that are helping to get your students acquainted with MSU. A few important dates to remember for students living in the residence halls:

All residence halls will be open through Fall Break (October 23 & 24) and the Thanksgiving Holidays (November 26-28).

Students are asked to be checked out of their residence hall room 24 hours after their last final prior to the Winter Holiday Break. All residence halls will be closing on Saturday, December 13 at 6pm.


A Note from Student Counseling Services

Student Counseling Services provides a variety of services including assessment, individual counseling, group therapy, and referral for psychiatric evaluation in order to facilitate the social, psychological, and academic functioning of our students. In addition, our Wellness Programming is designed to enrich the personal and social development of all students.

Check out our website for the current line-up of groups and wellness events: http://www.health.msstate.edu/scs/


A Note from the Office of Greek Life

This fall Mississippi State University fraternities and sororities welcomed over 1,130 students as the newest members of our Greek community! Thanks to all of you for supporting your student and providing them the opportunity to begin their fraternity or sorority experience that will last a lifetime.

We have an exciting semester ahead in the Greek Community. We are looking forward to welcoming new chapters to campus, working with others as they grow and expand, while continuing to provide unmatched opportunities to our fraternity & sorority members.

If you have any questions, concerns, or accolades to share with the Fraternity & Sorority Life staff, please feel free to contact Jackie Mullen, Director of Student Activities, (jmullen@saffairs.msstate.edu), John Michael VanHorn, Assistant Director for Fraternity & Sorority Life, (jvanhorn@saffairs.msstate.edu), Nelda Bailey, Graduate Assistant, (nbb39@msstate.edu) or call our office at (662) 325-3917.


Alumni Delegates - Tuition Drawing

The Mississippi State University Alumni Delegates will launch its second Tuition Drawing in October to give one student the opportunity to win one academic semester of free tuition. Any current in-state student returning in the fall is eligible to enter. The winner of the drawing will receive one semester at MSU paid in full. The parents of each eligible participant will receive six tickets as well as specific instructions in the mail. Parents can mail back tickets for the cost of $5 each or all six tickets for $25.

Charlie Stocks, president of Alumni Delegates, is excited to launch the raffle and give one student such a great opportunity. "We are so excited to continue our unique fundraiser here at MSU to support a student with a semester of tuition", Stocks said.

Additional Information about the drawing will be mailed to parents in mid-October. The winner will be announced in late November. Stocks said, "Our hope is that we will raise funds exceeding the cost of a semester of tuition and be able to use the proceeds for other individual scholarships".

Founded in 1980, Alumni Delegates currently consists of a diverse group of 40 students. The organization serves as a liaison between MSU.s students and alumni. The group volunteers at alumni events throughout the year and is active in service across campus.


A Note from Barnes & Noble - Fall Commencement

Graduation season is around the corner and the bookstore would like to invite all Fall Commencement Participants to the Fall Grad Fair on October 1st and 2nd at the MSU Bookstore.

Participants can attend in-person to make their payments and reservations for regalia, purchase invitations and view diploma frames and Alumni gear. Those that are unable to attend will be able to call the bookstore at 662-325-8361 and order over the phone.


Music Maker Productions - ZZ Top

Music Maker Productions presents, rock artist ZZ Top with special guest the Ben Miller Band in concert on Thursday, October 30, 2014 in the Humphrey Coliseum on Mississippi State University's campus.

Formed in Houston, Texas in 1970, ZZ Top has come to be known as one of the greatest blues-rock trios in recent history. Over the years, ZZ Top has held one of the greatest and most consistently high-standard live presentations and performances on numerous record-breaking tours in the USA. One of the most celebrated attractions in rock music, ZZ Top has retained its eccentric, colorful image, dark glasses and Stetson hats and won over carping critics.

Music Maker Productions (MMP) is a student organization whose primary goal is to provide quality, contemporary entertainment for the Mississippi State University community. For more information about this event, please visit www.msuconcerts.com or call 662-325-2930.



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