Today is the last day of final exams for the spring semester. The residence halls are emptying quickly and the classrooms are becoming silent. While things quiet down on campus, they are probably picking up at home.
When your son or daughter is home (whether it is for the entire summer, or just for a few weeks) know that changes are normal. Remember to talk openly with your student when you get frustrated. He or she may need to be reminded that if they wash their own clothes at school they can do it at home, too. Your student may also want to remind you that when at school you don’t know where they will be for every minute during the day. All of these little issues will resolve themselves very quickly.
This will be the last e-newsletter of the spring. Beginning in August, the e-newsletters will return. Our office will be open all summer, so if you have any questions about MSU, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 662-325-3611.
Student Statements Going Paperless
Mississippi State University is using technology to better serve students and their parents. Starting in May, student account statements will be available online exclusively through the secure MSU QuickPAY® portal. You will no longer receive a printed statement in the mail. In addition, students may also provide parents authorized access to their online account.
According to Controller & Treasurer Kevin Edelblute, the change makes sense for everyone. “We print and mail more than 60,000 statements every year, and they’re often out of date before the ink is dry,” he said. “Providing this information exclusively online will enable us to better serve our students and parents in a more effective and environmentally-sensitive manner.”
For more information about this change and the step-by-step instructions your student must follow to provide you access to their online account, please visit http://www.controller.msstate.edu/sas/
and click on the link titled “VIRTUAL ONLINE MSU Account Information.”
Final grades should be posted by Wednesday, May 6th.
For students to access their grades they can:
- Log into the MSU OnCampus system
- Click on the “Banner” tab at the top
- Under “Academic Records” click on “View Your Class Schedule and Grades”
- Select the term “Spring Semester 2009”
- Click “View Class Schedule”
From this page students can view their final grades and select to either print a copy or an official version.
Also, if your student completed a FERPA waiver granting you access to his or her grades, you can call the Office of Parent Services at 662-325-3611 to obtain grades.
Swine Flu Information
With outbreaks of swine flu [also called A/H1N1 infection] now making national news, the MSU is monitoring the situation carefully. The virus has been diagnosed in a few human cases reported in Kansas, California, Texas, New York and Ohio. There are no reported cases yet in the state of Mississippi.
With the number of outbreaks increasing, the possibility for a potential pandemic remains. There currently is no clear understanding of how communicable the virus is, nor the clinical nature of the infection.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the symptoms of swine flu in people are expected to be similar to the symptoms of regular human seasonal influenza and include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing. Some people with swine flu also have reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
To avoid the possibility of contracting the virus, the Longest Student Health Center advises vigilance and good hygiene. Specific recommendations:
- Wash hands often with soap and water. Use an alcohol gel if soap is not available.
- Cover your mouth and nose if you sneeze or cough, preferably with a tissue or your sleeve, not your hand.
- Dispose of the tissue in a waste can and wash your hands after your sneeze or cough.
- If you develop a fever with a cough or sore throat, contact your health provider.
- If you travel to an infected area, maintain a social distance of 3-6 feet, do not shake hands, and monitor your health closely for seven days after returning.
Reminder: Post Office Boxes
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 personnel can send their mail.
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