Dear Parents,

The Office of Parent Services will host Bulldog Family Weekend February 17-19, 2017 and registration is NOW OPEN. We sure hope you will join us. It is such a great time to come onto campus and see the campus environment through the eyes of your student. It will be a True Maroon Family experience at Mississippi State University. Come find out why your student loves being a part of the Bulldog family! To register, visit: http://www.parents.msstate.edu/familyweekend/

It would be easy for your student to get a little distracted at this point, particularly with fall in the air and football on the brain, but encourage your student to stay focused. We have officially passed the mid-point of the semester on October 5, so by now, all students should have a good idea of how they are performing in each course. Have you spoken with your student about how he/she is doing in class? If you ask and the answer is "I'm not doing well" then ask some or all of the following questions:

Incredibly, some students think it's not very important to read assignments prior to a class meeting. Some students expect professors to provide every bit of information needed for a test in class. Both are incorrect. Engaging in a course and grasping the lesson are so much easier if there is a familiarity about the topic and that takes preparation. Students are responsible for all materials, including class readings and lectures. Empowering your students to take "ownership" of their education is an amazing tool for their toolbox.

This month we are bringing the MSU calendar of advice to you! At this point in the semester, students may have increased stress and anxiety about academic performance. Adjustment issues may persist, causing some students to compare themselves to others who have made the transition easily. On the other hand, October is a time when many students begin to feel more at home at MSU and actively seek friendships and involvement.

How Parents Can Help

On another note, does your student know his/her advisor? An advisor can answer important questions.

All of these questions can be answered in a simple face to face meeting. Students should check with their respective departments to identify an advisor.

Is your student undeclared at this time? The University Academic Advising Center staff of advisors are available to meet with all undeclared students. For advice on how students can make their advising appointment count, go to http://www.uaac.msstate.edu/academic-advising. If your student is still a bit confused on what to study, he/she is not alone. Check out http://www.career.msstate.edu/students/ for a ton of tools/resources to help your student out including how to choose a major.

And even though we still have several weeks left in the fall semester, pre-registration for the spring semester is right around the corner, beginning October 31. Be sure to read the the section on Money Matter$ - Student Accounts, and make sure your student is eligible for spring registration.

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.

Dr. Cat Walker, Office of Parent Services


A Note from the Center for Student Activities & Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life

The Center for Student Activities is excited to announce The Capitol Steps as our next performance in the 2016-2017 Lyceum Series. The renowned political satire group has performed all over the country over the last three decades and we are proud to have them back at Mississippi State on October 17th at Bettersworth Auditorium. Students can get their tickets for free by coming to our office in the Union Suite 314.

Homecoming Week is also just around the corner. The Student Association will be putting on events to celebrate Homecoming from October 23 - 29, culminating in the Homecoming Game against Samford on Saturday. Students won’t want to miss pancakes served by President Mark Keenum on Monday (24th) morning, the comedy show on Wednesday (26th) night, or the Maroon Madness on Friday night!

The Costume Carnival and Trick or Treat on the Row will also be happening on Thursday, October 27th. Many of Mississippi State’s student organizations will come together to create a carnival for the children of Starkville with fun games and prizes as well as a costume contest. The Greek houses will also be decorated and passing out candy and treats to children trick-or-treating.

October is a busy month for the Student Association; here are a few more events and initiatives!

TODAY! October 7th is Bulldog Bash. Bulldog Bash is the largest outdoor concert in Mississippi. This year’s headliner is Flo Rida, with opening acts of Pell and Rock Eupora.

October 11th is Passport, an event showcasing cultures from around the world represented by ethnically diverse organizations of Mississippi State.

October 17 - 21 is “It’s On Us” week. It’s On Us is a movement against sexual assault on college campuses. This initiative is led by our Special Initiatives Committee.

October 20th is Zombie Zumba, an opportunity for students to exercise in funny Halloween attire.

October 24 - 29 is Homecoming Week. This year’s theme is Classic Maroon and White. During that week, Thursday the 27th is the Student Association Halloween Carnival. The week will conclude on Saturday with the football game against Samford.


A Note from the Career Center

Upcoming Dinner Etiquette Seminar

Certain business situations, such as job interviews over dinner or eating out with employers or clients, are becoming increasingly popular in the business professional world. In order to make the best impression, dinner etiquette skills are a necessity. The Career Center offers a dinner etiquette workshop each fall and spring semester for our MSU students and alumni. While participants enjoy a five course meal, a Career Center professional teaches dining skills that range from proper silverware placement to appropriate conversation starters to engage employers or clients. In this fast pace fast food world these are skills every student needs to be reminded of. The attire for the evening is business professional and tickets ($10) can be purchased in advance at our office in 300 Montgomery Hall. The event will be held October 18, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. in the Colvard Student Union, Foster Ballroom.


A Note from the Office of the Registrar - GRADUATION

ARE YOU GRADUATING??

If your MSU senior intends to graduate at the end of this semester, please remind him or her to go online and “Apply for a Degree” in myState. The deadline to apply is October 14, so encourage them to apply before Fall Break. After October 14, late fees apply. November 30 is absolutely the last day to apply. For more information, refer to the Academic Calendar at http://www.registrar.msstate.edu/calendars/academic-calendar/

Once your student has applied for his or her degree, make sure the account balance has been paid in full. The deadline to pay accounts and be awarded a degree this semester is December 9 (Graduation Day!) Students owing money after December 9 will not graduate this semester and must reapply for Spring graduation.

Lastly, degree applicants who plan to participate in the Commencement ceremony on the evening of December 9 should contact Barnes & Noble bookstore or go online (https://gradsupply.com/mississippi-state-university/) to order caps and gowns. Late fees apply to orders placed after October 14.

If your students have questions about the degree application process, encourage them to contact the Registrar’s Office at 662.325.4123.


Money Matter$ - Student Accounts

Account Due Date Reminder: Students should review and pay all past-due account balances by October 9, 2016. (This Sunday!) 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 2017 semester; pre-registration for Spring 2017 begins October 31, 2016. 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 studentaccounts@msstate.edu if you have questions.


A Note from the Office of Student Success

The Office of Student Success is dedicated to helping MSU students succeed in school. Here we offer a few items that will interest parents.

MSU's Parent Portal gives parents a window into their student's academic progress. Every MSU student has the option of giving their parents access to their academic and financial records through the Parent Portal. Once granted, parents can go to the Parent Portal Log-in, and check their student's progress grades and absences online, 24-7.

Students' Progress Grades are submitted by faculty twice during the semester (and final grades are submitted at the end of the semester). The first set of Progress Grades were submitted by September 28. If you have Parent Portal access, you can get a good assessment of your student's academic standing. We consider a GPA of under 2.00 as a warning sign of academic trouble. Freshman Year Navigators are working fervently to contact every freshman who was under a 2.00 on September 28, to help develop a plan to re-route that student onto a road to academic success.

As was described in summer Orientation, we have Supplemental Instruction (SI) in several challenging classes this fall, in select sections of Biology I (BIO 1134), Chemistry I (CH 1213), College Algebra (MA 1313), Trigonometry (MA 1323), Business Calculus (MA 1613), Calculus I (MA 1713), General Physics I (PH 1113), and General Psychology (PSY 1013). Students who have attended SI at least four times (that's a total of four hours spread over six weeks) are scoring a letter grade higher than students who have not attended at all. Much like the Freshman Year Navigators, our student SI Leaders are working fervently to convince more students to utilize SI sessions.

The second set of Progress Grades are due October 23. This will give you a great opportunity to check your son or daughter's progress toward academic success.

Thank you for sending your child to Mississippi State. If there is anything that we can do to help you, please contact us.

Dr. Rodney Pearson, Director of Student Success
rodney.pearson@msstate.edu
662-325-1995


A Note from MSU Dining

Just a reminder – It’s never too late to sign up for a Meal Plan, and your student has the option to change their Meal Plan during the first two weeks of the spring semester if they choose! Flex Dollars roll over from the fall to the spring semester and can be used at Student Concession Stands for Football, Basketball, Baseball & Softball games! Flex Dollars will not expire until the end of the spring semester on May 4, 2017. To purchase a Meal Plan or add additional Flex Dollars to your student’s Meal Plan by charging to their student account, please click the following link: http://www.speedsurvey.net/msstatevoluntarysignup.aspx. You can also pay with a credit card on our website, www.msstatedining.com.

Did you know? Students, as well as parents, can view the remaining Meal Plan balance on MyState under the Banner tab. After clicking the tab, you will be able to see the “View Your Meal Plan” link under Account Information. It’s a great way for keeping track of how many Block Meals and Flex Dollars your student has used and if it’s time to add more Flex Dollars!

Fresh Food Company Brunch: The Fresh Food Company has brunch from 10:30am – 1:30pm every Sunday. The next time you are in town visiting your student, we invite you to join us for this delicious, all-you-care-to-eat meal! Your student can treat you by using their Flex Dollars, or you can pay out of pocket with cash, credit, or debit. We hope you will join us!

Questions? Visit our website www.msstatedining.com, give us a call at 662.325.7120, or stop by the MSU Dining Office (located between Subway and Moe’s Southwest Grill). As always, Feed The DAWG Inside!


A Note from The Learning Center

Final exams are right around the corner. The Learning Center is here to help. We offer tutoring in over 40 subjects. You can find our information at tlc.msstate.edu or call us at 662-325-2957.


A Note from the Holmes Cultural Diversity Center

The Holmes Cultural Diversity Center prides itself in being inclusive when it comes to supporting diversity on Mississippi State’s campus. As a result, we will be hosting a series of events as part of LGBTQ History Month and International Education week.

There are several events that are coming up in the near future:

If you or your student are interested in learning more about these events or other upcoming events for the remainder of the Fall Semester, please stop by the Holmes Cultural Diversity Center on the 2nd floor of the Colvard Student Union, Suite 220, or call the office at 662-325-2033.


A Note from the Longest Student Health Center

October is a great time to get a Flu Vaccine. The Student Health Center (SHC) makes it easy by conducting flu shot clinics. The cost is $25.00 and students have the option of charging the vaccine to their student account. We can also file the claim on behalf of the student and insurance generally covers Flu Vaccines under the Wellness Benefit.

Remaining Clinics for Fall 2016 are:

October
Wednesday, Oct 19 and 26
9am – 4 pm
Room 350, Student Health Center

November
Wednesday Nov 2 and 9 and 16 and 30
9am-4pm
Room 350, Student Health Center

If these times are not convenient, call the appointment line 325.7539 and flu shots can be scheduled in the regular clinic. Be sure to remind students to have their insurance information available if they would like to have insurance filed for any services.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has abundant information about the Flu and Flu Vaccine at: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/

The Student Health Center respects the privacy of our patients/students. Students that would like their medical conditions discussed with parents/spouses/others can request to sign a medical information release form. This will allow SHC staff to discuss matters with the student’s designated person for the medical matter at hand.

For Appointments call: 662.325.7539
Pharmacy: 662.325.8205
General Phone: 662.325.2431

For more information about the MSU Student Health Center:

http://www.health.msstate.edu/healthcenter/



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