Dear Parents,

April is one of my favorite months for many reasons. First, we typically have phenomenal weather in April. (Though honestly, the "winter" has been so mild, it has felt like April for quite some time!) Second, summer is right around the corner which equates to less traffic, the slower pace of the south and quite possibly the consumption of a tad too much MSU ice cream. Third, Super Bulldog Weekend is less than two weeks away! And finally, April is typically the month Starkville puts on a spectacular Cotton District Arts Festival and this year will be no different, I'm sure. April 21st will mark Starkville's celebration of art and life; honoring music, dance, literature, cuisine, theater and art. It is not something you will likely want to miss!

As I am sure you can imagine, it would be very easy for a student to lose focus right now. Remind your student to buckle down and stay focused for this final push. A little support will go a long way as they finish out the semester. Be sure to remind your students you are thinking about them and available if they need anything.  A quick text or email will do the trick.

If your student has not made plans for the summer, it is not too early (or too late!) to start thinking about the break between spring and fall. Every year I ask representatives from our Student Counseling and Career Centers to offer a little expert advice on opportuntities for the upcoming summer. They are included in this newsletter and I hope they are able to offer you some valuable insight.

Here are a couple of important dates to note over the next few weeks:

* April 11 - Last day to withdraw from the university

* April 13 - Deadline to apply for Commencement

* April 25 - Classes end

* April 26, 27 - Reading days

* April 30 - May 4 - Final Examinations

* May 8 - Final grades due

* May 11 & May 12 - Commencement

As always, please call or email me 662.325.3611/parents@saffairs.msstate.edu) with any questions or concerns. Your voice is truly important to me  and I always appreciate hearing any ideas/suggestions on how our office can better serve you.

Catherine Walker, Office of Parent Services


Super Bulldog Weekend 2012

Here's a few more details, as promised, about this year's Super Bulldog Weekend!

* April 19-22

* Three game series against Tennessee beginning Thursday

* Friday's Annual pig cooking behind McArthur Hall

* Saturday's Maroon & White game/Sugarland - www.hailstate.com/tickets

Check out www.hailstate.com/gameday for a listing of all Super Bulldog Weekend events.

Can't wait to see you there!


A Note from the Career Center

New Bulldog Mentoring Program Links Alumni with Students

This academic year brought a new mentoring program to students through the MSU Career Center. The Bulldog Mentoring Program is run through LinkedIn and offers students an opportunity to connect with MSU graduates in various fields. Students in the program are able to search through a list of mentors and request to set up an informational interview.  Charlie Wilder helps manage the program; "Bulldog Mentoring is a great opportunity for students. We are fortunate to have so many alumni who want to see their alma mater continue to shine."

Summertime is perfect for students to reach out to mentors for career advice. If your student is unsure about their major or would like a different perspective on what direction to take after graduation, Bulldog Mentoring is a great source for professional guidance. Kelly Atwood coordinates employment for students in the College of Business; "When students have a little more free time during the summer or in between semesters, that is the perfect time to be thinking of linking up with a mentor."

Finally, we would not be able to offer this program to students if we did not have so many committed members of the Bulldog Alumni Family. If you are a Bulldog alumnus and would like to be a mentor, please follow the instructions at this link: www.career.msstate.edu/students/offer/mentoring. Members of Bulldog Mentoring must first have a LinkedIn profile (www.linkedin.com ). Questions can be addressed to Charlie Wilder (cwilder@career.msstate.edu) or Kelly Atwood (katwood@career.msstate.edu); both are Senior Coordinators at the MSU Career Center.


A Note from Student Counseling Services

Summer is a time for many things for our students:  a time to rejuvenate from the past academic year, a time for family vacations, a time to work before starting back to school, or maybe a time to continue their academic work. As your student comes home, either for the summer or briefly, it would be a good time to talk about balancing their physical, spiritual and emotional well-being in order to promote their mental health.

A starting point is the physical self: Eating, exercising and sleeping on a regular schedule is conducive to positive attitude and renewal for a healthy body and mind.  Encourage taking care of the physical self every day.

The spiritual self: Many students don't take time during the academic year for their spiritual practices.  Encourage taking time for spiritual renewal.

The emotional self: Psychologically, with all the changes while away from home, students need to be sure that they take time to assess any issues they may have including depression, anxiety, home-sickness, relationship issues, family issues etc. The summer can be a time to deal with some of those things without the stress of academics and with the support of the family. Encourage things that nurture the emotional self such as meditation, relaxation exercises, journaling, therapy, reading or self-reflection.

Gaining a balance in these three areas will nurture the mind, body and spirit. This practice of assessing physical, spiritual, and emotional issues in life can help us all become healthy for life and psyched for success!

Leigh Jensen, Ph.D., Director
Student Counseling Services


A Note from the Center for Student Activities

The Student Activities Office is wrapping up this semester with some exciting events this spring!

The Grammy award winning country music group, SUGARLAND, will be performing in Davis Wade Stadium, April 21, 2012 following the spring football game. This will be our first concert to have in David Wade Stadium and we know that it will be a thrilling show. For more information, please visit www.hailstate.com/tickets.

In addition to SUGARLAND, Music Maker Productions is hosting, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. This show will take place the following Tuesday, April 24, 2012 in Bettersworth Auditorium in Lee Hall on campus at Mississippi State University. For more information please visit www.msuconcerts.com.


A Note from Housing & Residence Life,
Residence Hall Check-Out

Students should check out of their room no later than 10 a.m. on the day after their final exam. Students must sign up for a check-out appointment at least one day in advance with an RA in their building. Failure to do so will result in an improper check-out charge.

Before the check-out appointment, students must do the following:

- Remove all personal items from the room.

- Empty the trash.

- Empty, clean, and defrost the refrigerator.

- Clean the room.

- If applicable, set the bedroom air conditioning unit thermostat to low cool fan speed and the middle of the temperature range.

- If applicable, close the windows.

- Close the blinds.

- Unbunk your beds.

Failure to properly clean the room and complete the list of action items above will result in penalties and cleaning charges being posted to you and your roommate's student account.


Cash for Books

The best time to sell back no longer needed textbooks is approaching. We ask that you remind your students not to sell back or return textbook rentals until they are 100% certain they will no longer need the textbook for their final exam. To a student, selling back textbooks may seem like an easy way to get some cash back after but sometimes students forget that they may need their textbook for their final exam.

All textbook rentals need to be checked in by the last day of Final Exams. Your student may bring all of their books to the store but it is the student's responsibility to inform the bookseller that they are returning rental books. It is not recommended that your student give their textbooks to a friend to return or sell back to the bookstore. In the past many parents are surprised by charges after the week of final exams because textbooks rentals were not returned or the student sold back a textbook that was a rental. If you chose a digital textbook rental you do not need to do anything; your computer will not be able to access the textbook once the license expires.

The end of the semester is also a great time to order and reserve textbook rentals and used books for the summer or fall terms. Get first dibs on used and rental textbooks by completing your textbook order early.


A Note from the Post Office

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 mail can be forwarded to the appropriate location.

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.


A Note from the Pharmacy

As summer approaches many students may wonder what to do about their prescriptions. Students can continue to use the pharmacy during the summer, or we will be happy to transfer prescriptions to a local pharmacy. Once they return to school in fall, we can transfer their prescriptions back to our pharmacy.

As a reminder we are a fast and efficient pharmacy that offers a convenient place for students to receive the best patient care for their prescriptions and over-the-counter needs. We file most major insurances. If you have any questions or concerns please call the pharmacy at 662-325-8205.



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