Dear Parents,

We are over halfway through the semester and about to head off for spring break. Students should have a fairly good idea about where they stand academically in their classes. Be sure to check in with them about how they are doing.

It is not too late for students to get involved. Students are encouraged to explore new opportunities so they can get plugged in. While we all would like to see students experience academic success, we also hope they will grow and mature on multiple levels.

Last year I spoke a little bit about failures and I would like to revisit the topic. I said "that sometimes failures, yes failures, are even more important than successes. Failures can help shape and define us as individuals. They can also make us strong and resilient. We have all had them. They teach us that it is not the end of the world and we will survive." It is so true.  I have watched many students persevere over the last year. It is awesome to see a student faced with a failure call upon resources and rise above an adverse situation.

Please don't forget that our office is here to assist you. If you have questions, ask. If you have concerns, share.

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

March 9 - SPRING BREAK begins at end of class today
March 19 - Classes Resume
March 19 - March 30 - Faculty advising for pre-registration
April 2 - April 12 - Primary pre-registration period for summer and fall classes
April 6 - Holiday
April 11 - Last day to withdraw from the University

As always, please call or email me 662.325.3611/ 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

Off Campus Student Services & Housing Fair

Has your student talked with you about living off campus next year? Do you or your student still have unanswered questions or concerns? If so, we are here to help!

The Division of Student Affairs and the Dean of Students’ Office established a new connection for students interested in moving off campus. Off-Campus Student Services seeks to provide students with the resources to assist them in transitioning to an off-campus environment. Currently, we have an off-campus housing guide that is an interactive website featuring local rental listings that can be searched by price point or location. Most listings include photos, floor plans, amenities, and contact information; all of the listings are mapped through Google Map.

We are in the process of developing a new Off Campus Student Services website. The new site will still include the off-campus housing guide with the addition of a roommate search option. It will also provide students with various other resources to include dining and meal plan information, ways to stay involved at MSU, information on local city and county ordinances, plus a whole lot more! So, be on the lookout for the new Off Campus Student Services site in the coming months.

On Thursday, March 22nd (the week following spring break), Off Campus Student Services will host the second annual Housing Fair from 8-11 a.m. on the 1st Floor of the Colvard Student Union. The Fair is a great opportunity to learn about our many different housing options in the Starkville Community, so encourage your student to attend!

Money Matter$ - Student Accounts

Account Due Date Reminder: Students should review and pay all past-due account balances by March 9, 2012. 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 Summer 2012 or Fall 2012 semesters; pre-registration begins April 2, 2012. 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 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 if you have questions.

Super Bulldog Weekend

Looking for a reason to come visit your student? It is not too early to start planning a trip to attend our spring homecoming. Beginning April 19th, Mississippi State University will host our 27th Annual Super Bulldog Weekend presented by Regions bank.

Alumni and fans are invited to join us for an opportunity to return to campus and enjoy a weekend of athletic events and activities. Events include a three game baseball series against Tennessee which will be broadcast on ESPNU. Games are scheduled at Dudy Noble Field for Thursday at 6:30 p.m., Friday at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday at 1 p.m. The fun just begins with baseball, stay tuned for a full schedule of events in our April newsletter.

The format of the annual maroon and white spring football scrimmage is a little different this year. Tickets will be required for the game, which is followed by a concert featuring the Grammy Award winning country band Sugarland. Visit for more info.

The (Revamped) Bulldog Coalition Returns

Please encourage your student to join the Bulldog Coalition! Students have the opportunity to start the tradition of giving back to their University by joining the Bulldog Coalition. By supporting MSU Athletics, the Alumni Association, the Student Association and other student organizations, they can begin earning points toward their lifelong Bulldog Club membership. Students can earn points by attending athletics and student events, and win prizes along the way.

The new Bulldog Coalition is now free for students, and runs off their student ID cards. Students can activate their membership by swiping their card at a Bulldog Coalition event, or by visiting   You can learn more at

A Note from the Center for Student Activities

The Center for Student Activities is excited to bring the students at Mississippi State University of wide variety of programs for the spring semester 2012.

This year’s Super Bulldog Weekend is bigger and better than ever! The MSU Football spring game will be at Davis Wade Stadium at 5pm on April 21, 2012 followed by Grammy Award winning band, SUGARLAND. Ticket information can be found on athletics’ website,

The Student Association is excited to partner with the MSU Athletic Department for the Fourth Annual, Movie Night at Davis Wade Stadium on April 12, 2012 at 6pm. Students, Faculty, Staff and members of the Starkville community are invited and encouraged to attend. There is no cost to attend.

Music Maker Productions has 2 great performances past for the remainder of the Spring semester. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals will perform in Bettersworth Auditorium in Lee Hall, on April 24, at 8pm. Ghostland Observatory will perform at the Mississippi Horse Park on March 31st at 8pm. Ticket information can be found on Music Maker Productions website,

We would love for you to visit our websites to find more about us and our events!

5th Annual Charles Templeton Ragtime Jazz Festival

The Charles H. Templeton Ragtime Jazz Festival, now in its 6th year, delivers razzle-dazzle rhythms, spectacular showmanship, and energizing entertainment.

Known for its warmth, hospitality, and uniqueness, the Festival will be held this year on March 30-31, 2012, and will feature concerts, “living room” sessions, and lectures centered around the unique Charles H. Templeton, Sr. Collection. The Collection is a part of the Mississippi State University Libraries, housing more than 20,000 pieces of sheet music, 200 musical instruments, and extensive memorabilia from the 1880s – 1930s. All document the distinctly American approach to the “business of music.”

The 2012 Festival will feature four artists returning to the Templeton Festival and one Mississippi entertainer making his first Festival appearance. The five internationally-renowned ragtime artists are Jim Hession, Frederick Hodges, Brian Holland, Sue Keller, and David Jasen. Evening concerts will be featured in Lee Hall’s historic Bettersworth Auditorium, while the daytime living room sessions and tours of the Templeton Collection will be held in Mitchell Memorial Library.

The 6th annual Charles Templeton Ragtime Jazz Festival is sponsored by the Mississippi State University Libraries, the Charles Templeton, Sr. Music Museum, the Starkville Area Arts Council, the Rotary Club of Starkville, the Greater Starkville Development Partnership, and, in part, by grants from the Mississippi Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For further information please visit  or if you have any questions, please contact Festival planning committee member Lyle Tate at or 662-325-2559.

Midterm Grades

Your student can print an official copy of his/her grades from the MSU OnCampus system. To do this, students:

-Go to
-Click on myState above the search box.
-Type in netId and netPassword.
-Click on tab titled Banner.
-Under Academic Records click View your class schedule & grades.
-Select Spring Semester 2012
-Select Official Copy or Printable Version

Both the “Official Copy” and the “Printable Version” have valuable information. The “Official Copy” will show the MSU seal and Registrar’s signature. The “Printable Version” will show class absences, summary of hours, and your student’s grade point average.

Reveille Yearbook

I remember sneaking up in the attic as I was growing up to peruse through my parent's college yearbooks.  I loved the old school photos in them. Facebook and Twitter probably won't illicit the same type of nostalgia in years to come.

The Reveille became the official yearbook for Mississippi State University in 1904 and was published for over 100 years. It was discontinued in the spring of 2008, but is returning for the 2011-2012 school year!

The Reveille will contain 296 pages of all things Mississippi State, highlighting major events, awards, student groups, athletics and more. This year's Reveille will contain a "REwind" section to cover the four year gap since our last Reveille was published in spring of 2008.

To find out more information, be sure to check out Here's to making memories!

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