Dear Parents,

Relief.

There are two kinds of relief running through Starkville right now; relief the semester has come to an end and "relief" for our neighboring communities impacted by the recent tornados. Local relief efforts are fervently underway and we are blessed to have the Maroon Volunteer Center to help keep everything centralized.  This past week the Maroon Volunteer Center and the Barnes & Noble at Mississippi State collected food and supplies, while United Way coordinated volunteers for the Tornado Relief at Cadence Bank. Leaders with Oktibbeha-Starkville Emergency Response Volunteer Services also organized a work team to travel to Smithville to assist in cleanup and relief efforts there. A Bloodmobile was set up at Amory High School and the Salvation Army accepted clothing donations for tornado victims.

I have to admit, it feels awesome to be a part of a community that jumps up and starts moving when others are in need! If you are in the area and want to get involved with your student, check out the Maroon Volunteer Center website: http://mvc.msstate.edu/.  The current project button is "Tornado Relief Efforts" and it will take you to a page that will be updated daily with any local projects. If you are not local and want to stay connected you can follow these efforts on Facebook and Twitter, too.

http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=101184389934992
http://twitter.com/#!/maroonvolunteer
Or search #MVC on twitter.

Here are a few important dates to note over the Maymester semester:

* May 9 - Maymester (last day to drop a course without a grade)
* May 10 - Last day to drop a course without a grade
* May 13 - Last day to drop a course with a W grade
* May 24 - Last day to withdraw from the University (3 days remaining)
* May 27 - Classes end
* May 30 - Holiday
* May 31 - Final Examinations
* June 3 - Final grades due

First Term/Second Term/Ten-Week Term Summer Sessions - Academic calendars are located on the Office of the Registrar's Web-site: http://www.registrar.msstate.edu/Calendars/academiccal.html

Please continue to call or email me (662.325.3611/parents@saffairs.msstate.edu) with any questions or concerns. Enjoy your summer, stay cool, and we will resume e-newsletters in August.

Catherine Walker, Office of Parent Services


Final Grades

Final grades should be posted by Wednesday, May 4th. For students to access their grades they can:

- Log into the MSU OnCampus system
- Click on the “Banner” tab at the top of the page
- Under “Academic Records” click on “View Your Class Schedule and Grades”
- Select the term “Spring Semester 2011”
- 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.

Students with questions or concerns about grades should contact their course instructor to discuss.

The Grade Appeal and Academic Review Board Policy (OP 13:14): http://www.msstate.edu/dept/audit/1314.html


Message from Rhett Hobart
President, Student Association

Parents of Fellow Bulldogs,

In light of the recent events which have devastated parts of Mississippi and our neighboring states, the MSU student body wanted to do all we could to aid those in need. Immediately following the events of April 27th, the MSU Student Association began communicating with members of the Student Government at the University of Alabama as well as students and residents of Smithville and other surrounding communities to begin coordinating relief efforts for those communities.

The MSU Student Association began a supply drive on Friday, April 29th with the goal of collecting toiletry items, non-perishable food, clothing and other necessities to help those in need. After five days of collections, we received overwhelming support from students as well as members of the community, local businesses and hotels.

Exactly a week after the storm, on Wednesday, May 4th, a group of 20 student volunteers traveled to Tuscaloosa, AL to deliver a portion of these supplies to help our fellow students in need and spend time working in the community. We coordinated with the UA Student Government to set up this drop off of supplies and partnered with Samaritan's Purse to spend the afternoon working on relief efforts in the community.

On Friday, May 6th, another group of students traveled to Smithville, MS to take the final truck load of supplies that had been collected. We were able to coordinate with the MSU Extension Service office there, which is serving as a collection and distribution point in the Smithville community. Student volunteers were able to spend the afternoon on Friday aiding the extension office in the sorting and delivering of collected supplies.

I feel that in a time of destruction and crisis such as this, it is vastly important for our State and our communities to come together to see ways in which we can help benefit those in need. While the storms did not cause extensive damage in the Starkville community, many students attending Mississippi State University were affected by the damage in Mississippi and in Alabama. We are blessed as people to have the ability to give to those in times of need and we hope that through these efforts we have been able to provide some assistance to those who have lost so much.

Graciously,
Rhett Hobart
President, Student Association



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