Dear Parents,

It is the time of the year where students may find themselves a bit overwhelmed in the home stretch. Stop what you are doing right now and shoot your student a text. Remind your student to buckle down and stay focused because it is really easy to lose focus when spring is in the air. A little support will go a long way as they finish out the semester. Be sure to remind your students you are thinking about them and available if they need anything.

Also, remind them to REGISTER for summer/fall classes. Classes fill up quickly. This semester has flown by particularly fast and summer is right around the corner! Super Bulldog Weekend is this weekend and Starkville puts on a spectacular Cotton District Arts Festival (CDAF), celebrating Starkville and life. Plan your trip if you haven't already. For more information about the CDAF, visit www.cdafestival.com. For more information of Super Bulldog Weekend, visit http://www.hailstate.com/ and click on the link at the top.

If your student has not made plans for the summer, it is not too early (or too late!) to start thinking about the break between spring and fall.

Here are a couple of important dates to note over the next few weeks:

As always, please call or email me 662.325.3611/parents@saffairs.msstate.edu) with any questions or concerns. Your voice is truly important to me and I always appreciate hearing any ideas/suggestions on how our office can better serve you.

Cat Walker, Office of Parent Services


A Note from New Maroon Camp Headquarters

New Maroon Camp 2015 planning is well underway with over 40 student counselors, staff and directors getting ready for the five day retreat scheduled for August 4th to August 8th. First-year students participating in New Maroon Camp 2015 will have the opportunity to learn what it really means to be True Maroon. If your student attended last Summer’s New Maroon Camp, you know exactly what type of experience they had and how the program gave them the tools to be successful their first year on campus. In fact, some of your students are now New Maroon Camp counselors preparing for this summer! Is there a younger sibling, cousin, niece, nephew, friend of the family that may benefit by attending New Maroon Camp 2015? Please encourage them to attend and point them in our direction.

All first-year students can learn more about New Maroon Camp 2015 by going to the following Mississippi State University website: http://www.newmaroon.msstate.edu/


A Note from Housing & Residence Life, Residence Hall Check-Out

Students will need to check out of their residence hall room no later than 10 AM on the day after their last final exam. Each student's Resident Adviser will hold a floor meeting to discuss closing procedures. These meetings are mandatory and all students living in the residence hall must attend. Students will sign up for a check-out appointment time after the floor meeting or at least 24 hours in advance with an RA in their building. Failure to do so will result in an improper check-out charge ($50). With exception to graduating seniors, the residence halls will close for summer on Saturday May 9, 2015 at 6:00 PM. Before the check-out appointment time, students must do the following:

Failure to properly clean the room and complete the list of action items above will result in penalties and cleaning charges which will be posted to the student and/or the student's roommate's student account. Any damages to the room will also be charged to student’s accounts. By failing to properly checkout a student is waiving their right to appeal charges, so please encourage students to check out with a staff member before leaving campus.

Summer Storage Option: Through a partnership, Mississippi State University Department of Housing and Residence Life and University and Student Services will be providing an option for summer storage. If your student is interested in having any items stored throughout the summer, please visit: www.uandss.com/msu.html or call 1-888-877-1113 for more information.


A Note from JoJo Dodd, Student Association President

Dear Bulldog parents,

My name is JoJo Dodd and I was recently elected to serve as the Mississippi State University Student Body President. The mission of the Student Association is and will always be to better the student experience at Mississippi State. Whether that is by hosting Bulldog Bash, establishing programs like Cowbell Cabs, or serving as the student voice on policies and issues affecting student life, we continually work to improve each student's overall experience.

We've recently selected the SA Cabinet for the next academic year. These students are the hands and feet of the Student Association and will work over the next year to plan events, develop programs, and advocate for policies all aimed at enhancing the student experience on campus. Through these events and programs we will strive to lead and serve through investing in our campus and the community around us.

I look forward to establishing a relationship between the Student Association and your student throughout this upcoming year. Please do not hesitate to call on me if I can ever be of service to you or your student. Hail State!

JoJo Dodd
President
Student Association

A Note from Dining Services

There is a LOT of excitement happening around MSU Dining this year! The brand new Fresh Food Company, Moe's Southwest Grill, and POD Express will all be coming to campus Fall 2015!

The Marketplace at Perry, Chick-Fil-A, Starbucks, and Einstein Bros Bagels will also undergo renovations and re-open in the fall with a fresh new look.

On top of all this, MSU Dining is adding a state-of-the-art outdoor seating area in front of Subway that includes both fans and heaters to accommodate an all-year eating/studying area.

Implemented from student feedback, Flex Dollars will also be redeemable at Davis-Wade Stadium, Humphrey Coliseum, and Dudy-Noble Field concession stands.

Students have over 20 different dining options on campus including 3 all-you-can-eat dining halls. MSU Dining offers 7 different meal plans to suit each student with every appetite and budget. Save time and money by signing your student up for a Meal Plan!

If your student signs up for their 2015-2016 Meal Plan by May 1st, they will receive Meal Plan Rewards!

Sign up for any of the following meal plans to receive BOTH:

Sign up for one of the following Meal Plans and choose just ONE:

For more information, call (662) 325-7120 or visit www.msstatedining.com. Tweet us @MSUdining, follow our Facebook page MSU Dining, or check out our Instagram @MSUdiningdawgs.


A Note from the Office of the Registrar

A Note from the Office of the Registrar

The Office of the Registrar would like to encourage parents to make sure their student is prepared to take advantage of pre-registering for summer or fall 2015 semester. If your student wants to get into a popular class or with a favorite instructor they will need to register during their registration time slot.

If your student pre-registers for the summer term, tuition has to be paid by June 9th. For the fall tuition has to be paid by October 9th or a hold will be placed on their student account.

A few things that you might want to ask your student:

  1. Have you been advised by your advisor of the courses you should take for the summer/fall semester? If not, have them to set up an appointment with their advisor.
  2. If your student does not know who their advisor is, have them contact the department of their major.
  3. Do you know your RAC number (registration access code) and your registration time slot? If not, have them contact their advisor to obtain this information.
  4. Have the student check to see if they have a hold on their student record. If the student is on hold, they will need to contact the department that has placed a hold on their student record. Holds will need to be cleared in order to register.

Pre-registration for summer and fall will be April 6 - April 17. If you need assistance please contact the Office of the Registrar at 662.325.2022.


A Note from the Longest Student Health Center

PHARMACY
Students with prescription at The Student Health Center Pharmacy will want to make summer arrangements as needed. Contact the Pharmacy at 325.8205

VACCINES
Students traveling for summer to certain countries may need vaccines as recommended by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Student Health Center has a full array of the required vaccines and can counsel on travel expectations. Call 325.7539 for an appointment and information on travel clinics.

The Student Health Center is open normal business hours during the summer. If student are on campus for summer and have healthcare needs, be sure to call for an appointment at 325.7539.

Summer Health Tips:


A Note from the MSU Post Office

The university post office reminds students to check their post office boxes before they leave campus, as several packages are arriving for exams and last-minute orders. Any students going home for the summer should give the post office a temporary change of address so mail can be forwarded to the appropriate location. In addition, students should check when the box rent is due. Anyone not planning on keeping his or her box is asked to return the key, as the post office has more than 2,000 incoming freshmen who will need a box by June. Change of addresses and payments may be made online at www.usps.com.

Follow the university post office on Twitter @MSUPostOffice for news, facts and information.


S.M.A.R.T. Launches NEW Routes - Summer 2015

Starkville-MSU Area Rapid Transit, or SMART, would like to thank all of our students, parents, faculty and riders for riding with us this year! We have a lot of new and exciting changes to our routes which will launch during the Summer 2015 break. Please remind your MSU students to visit our NEW website at www.smart.msstate.edu for updates, information on new and existing routes, and other announcements! Track our buses and trolleys while you're out and about. All you have to do is visit www.transit.msstate.edu! If you need any assistance, our office is always here to help. Just call 662-325-5204!

Parents, DON'T FORGET! When you visit Starkville, you can explore exciting restaurants, boutiques, and entertainment along our Old Main Express, North and South Boardtown, Sportsplex, and Highway 12 Routes. Some of these routes will connect you directly with Mississippi State's Campus, so you don't have to worry about parking! Again, thank you for riding SMART! Have a wonderful break, and we will see you again in the FALL 2015!


Money Matters

Account Reminder: It is April and the semester payment due date (March 9th) has passed. April 15th electronic billing notices will be sent with overdue balance late fees and holds applied - - - what now? If your student's MSU account is in good standing, we thank you for your commitment through payment of the account! However, it is still not too late to give your student every opportunity to create their next term class schedule early as well as ensure their account is in good standing. Payment of the account balance hereafter will provide for release of the financial HOLD and allow your student to participate in Summer and/or Fall term pre-registration which began April 6, 2015. 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.

FERPA and Parent Portal Access: Students may provide parents with information regarding their MSU records by filing a Federal Education Right to Privacy Act (FERPA) waiver with the Office of the Registrar The form may be accessed at http://www.registrar.msstate.edu/Students/FERPA_Release_and_Parent_Portal_Access.pdf and information regarding FERPA and/or parent portal access can be found at http://www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=6924

As always, you may contact us directly at 662.325.2071 or e-mail us at cashiers@controller.msstate.edu if you have questions. Please be sure that you are either an Authorized Payer for the account, you have MSU portal access as a parent or that a FERPA waiver is on file with the Office of the Registrar before contacting us.


A Note from Parking Services

SAVE THE DATES
Parking Services is so thankful for each student, visitor, or organization that has worked with us during this school year! Mississippi State's campus is busy every year with an abundance of students, and with your help, parking has once again been SUCCESSFUL!

With a new year upon us, we don't want any of our students to miss out on registration of their vehicles, so remember to SAVE THE DATE of JULY 14th, 2015, as this is the first day for student Parking registration. Just visit online at your MY STATE ACCOUNT and fill out your information. If you have any questions, we are always here to help. Just call us at 662-325-2661. You can also visit our NEW website at www.parkingservices.msstate.edu for updates and announcements!

Also, remember that BULLY BIKES are free and available for rental. This is a favorite commodity for our students and staff, and they GO FAST! Don't wait till the last minute! Come see our crew and reserve yours in August!

Thank you again for a wonderful year at Mississippi State! We look forward to seeing you in the Fall of 2015!


A Note from Mandy Conrad, MSU's Registered Dietician

Here is a simple parental tip to continue to share with the student in your life - eat breakfast! So many college students do not make time for breakfast. However, breakfast is the first and most important meal and sets the stage for the rest of a student's day. A study conducted at Saint Martin's University found that college students who ate breakfast had improved memory retention and cognitive functioning on tests over students that did not eat breakfast. Also, a healthy morning meal helps control hunger throughout the day and can be a vital factor in weight management during the college years. Many of the needed daily nutrients can be found in breakfast, such as fiber, calcium, and protein. Care packages that include healthy breakfast items such as oatmeal, fresh or dried fruit, nuts, yogurt, even peanut butter and jelly with wheat bread can be simple options to help start the day. Not only does eating in the morning help students maintain a healthy body weight, it also improves academic performance in the classroom. Getting up a little earlier and planning ahead to eat breakfast should be a priority to improve the quality of life for today's college students. Nutrition counseling with a registered dietitian is offered free to student. Appointments can be made by calling the appointment desk at the Longest Student Health Center at 325-7539.

Mandy Conrad, MS, RD, LD
Health Education and Wellness
Longest Student Health Center
Mississippi State University


A Note from the Student Counseling Center

Summer is a time for many things for our students: a time to rejuvenate from the past academic year, a time for family vacations, a time to work before starting back to school, or maybe a time to continue their academic work. As your student comes home, either for the summer or briefly, it would be a good time to talk about balancing their physical, spiritual and emotional well-being in order to promote their mental health.

A starting point is the physical self: Eating, exercising and sleeping on a regular schedule is conducive to positive attitude and renewal for a healthy body and mind. Encourage taking care of the physical self every day.

The spiritual self: Many students don't take time during the academic year for their spiritual practices. Encourage taking time for spiritual renewal.

The emotional self: Psychologically, with all the changes while away from home, students need to be sure that they take time to assess any issues they may have including depression, anxiety, home-sickness, relationship issues, family issues etc. The summer can be a time to deal with some of those things without the stress of academics and with the support of the family. Encourage things that nurture the emotional self such as meditation, relaxation exercises, journaling, therapy, reading or self-reflection.

Gaining a balance in these three areas will nurture the mind, body and spirit. This practice of assessing physical, spiritual, and emotional issues in life can help us all become healthy for life and psyched for success!

Leigh Jensen, Ph.D., Director Student Counseling Services



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