Bulldog Family Weekend 2016

Bulldog Family Weekend

Don't forget to register for Bulldog Family Weekend. The last day to register is February 15. Please register at http://www.parents.msstate.edu/familyweekend/.

We have tried to keep the cost at a minimum - $50 per person ($38 without t-shirt) which will include the following: a Welcome Reception Friday night, pass to all the four scheduled baseball games (including a tailgate in Left Field Lounge), breakfast with Dr. Keenum on Sunday for parents and students, and a Bulldog Family Weekend t-shirt. If you would like to meet with your student's academic college, you can schedule that individually. All would be more than happy to have you stop by for a visit. Also, last year's full guidebook is avaialbe online. Hopefully this will help in your decision to come visit! http://www.parents.msstate.edu/pdf/GuidebookFamilyWeekend2015.pdf

Our main goal is to give parents a True Maroon experience. Please join us and find out why your student loves being part of the Bulldog family!

Dear Parents,

We are so busy putting final touches on Bulldog Family Weekend 2016. We have over 200 families registered from more than 20 different states! Wow. If you are coming, we cannot wait to welcome you on campus in just a few weeks. We will kickoff the weekend with Check-in and a Welcome Reception on Friday, February 26th!

Share the Bus! MSU's Student Association is piloting a new shuttle program to help students get home easier during the holidays. They have partnered with Share the Bus to offer rides to and from Memphis, Birmingham, and Jackson airports the Friday (11th) before spring break and the Sunday (20th) at the end of spring break. To find out more information and book your student, please visit sharethebus.com/events.

Valentine's Day, while lovey dovey and happy for some, can be a very lonely day for others and the gloomy, chilly weather probably does not help much. It will not hurt to pay a little extra attention to your student over the next few days. Send an extra text, pop a homemade Valentine's Day card in the mail, Skype so you can see your student's face... do something. I promise he/she will be so happy to hear from you.

We've reached a point in the semester where you can be a big help by doing some or all of the following:

Here are some important dates to note over the next few weeks:

Encourage your student to stay focused - midterms are right around the corner! And as always, please call or email me (662.325.3611/parents@saffairs.msstate.edu) with any questions or concerns. I always appreciate hearing any ideas/suggestions on how our office can better serve you.

Cat Walker, Office of Parent Services

A Note from Financial Aid

Does your student think making a budget is too hard or time consuming? Encourage them to try free smart phone apps like www.mint.com or www.levelmoney.com to help them reach their goals…on the go! If they need more individual help, they can contact our Financial Literacy Coordinator John Daniels at 662-325-2450 or email john.daniels@msstate.edu.

Why should you encourage your student to file the 2016/2017 FAFSA now for the Fall?

  1. File by March 1st to guarantee that your student’s financial aid will be ready by the beginning of the Fall 2016 semester.
  2. Some Federal grants and work-study jobs can run out! File now to get the most available opportunities.
  3. Knowing their financial aid award helps them plan and have a peace of mind.

File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at https://fafsa.ed.gov for aid in the form of grants, loans, and work-study jobs. You only need to apply for the FAFSA once per school year.

Mississippi residents can apply for state financial aid annually at www.riseupms.com. There are both need-based and merit-based grants and scholarships. Available forgivable loan programs include: health care, education, social work, and graduate school.

Money Matter$ - Student Accounts

Account Due Date Reminder: Students should review and pay all past-due account balances by Spring term due date, March 9, 2016. If unpaid, the account will be placed on HOLD and begin accruing late fees with the March 15th billing. Students with a HOLD on their account will not be permitted to pre-register for the Summer 2016 or Fall 2016 semesters; faculty advising for Summer and Fall begins March 21, 2016 with pre-registration beginning April 4, 2016. Please note that student accounts should be kept current each month to avoid past-due holds and allow for schedule changes. 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 the Holmes Cultural Diversity Center

Black History has been recognized annually since 1926, when it was first introduced as "Negro History Week" and later became known as "Black History Month" to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history." Each year the Holmes Cultural Diversity Center endeavors to celebrate and honor historic leaders that paved the way for civil liberties and racial equalities. This nationally recognized month also gives many of us, despite race, gender, ethnicity and other social classes, the opportunity to remind individuals of our country's history while nurturing our future.

This year’s theme is “Changing the Narrative,” and all our events relate back to this theme. Below are our BHM events:

We're encouraging everyone to attend these events to understand, appreciate and honor the significance of our Black History Month.

A Note from Barnes & Noble at MSU

Students that will be participating in Spring Commencement will be able to begin placing orders for their gowns during the month of February. Students can attend Grad Fair on February 24 or February 25 or they can make their payments over the phone at 662-325-8361.

Alumni Delegates Hold Fifth Tuition Drawing

The Mississippi State University Alumni Delegates will hold its fifth Tuition Drawing in April to give one student the opportunity to win one academic semester of free tuition. Any current in-state student returning in the spring 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. Additional tickets can be requested from the Alumni Association. Josh Creekmore, president of Alumni Delegates, is excited to continue the raffle and give one student such a great opportunity. “We are so excited about this unique fundraiser here at MSU to support a student with a semester of tuition,” Creekmore said.

Additional Information about the drawing will be mailed to parents in March. The winner will be announced in mid April. “Our hope is that we will raise funds exceeding the cost of a semester of tuition and be able to use the proceeds to build on the Alumni Delegates endowed scholarship,” Creekmore said.

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 Housing & Residence Life - R.S.V.P.

Renewal Selection Verification Process (RSVP) is now live!

RSVP allows your student the opportunity to apply for on-campus housing for the 2016-2017 academic year. Students have received several emails regarding the renewal process, but if they have additional questions, they are encouraged to call 662.325.3555 or email housing@saffairs.msstate.edu.

Online applications for RSVP opened on Monday, February 1, 2016 at 10 AM and will close on Monday, February 15, 2016 at 11:59 PM. On-campus housing for the 2016-2017 will be limited. Students can apply for RSVP through there housing application: my.housing.msstate.edu

A Note from Dining Services

Happy February from MSU Dining!

If your student has a Meal Plan and wants to add extra Flex Dollars this semester, sign up this today for our February Flex Promotion! Add anything over $100 Flex and 10% FREE!

Buy $100 - Get $110

Buy $200 - Get $220

Buy $300 - Get $330

The promotion runs February 1 – February 12. Students can sign up in our office or online at www.msstatedining.com.

Reminder, Flex Dollars expire at the end of the Spring Semester.

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