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MSU to present "Middle School Matters" Jan. 30-31 at Chief Joseph Middle School

January 24, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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Montana State University will present "Middle School Matters" to the eighth grade class at Bozeman's Chief Joseph Middle School on Wednesday, Jan. 30, and Thursday, Jan. 31. The program is designed to provide students with information about educational opportunities after high school.

"Middle School Matters" is intended to help middle school students recognize that "the habits they cultivate, the effort they put forth, and the work they do correlates directly to their future success in college and in the workplace," according to Randy VanDyk, assistant principal at Chief Joseph Middle School.

Representatives from MSU's admissions, dean of students, study abroad and communications offices, as well as from Gallatin College, ASMSU and the departments of engineering and physics, will spend half a day with the eighth graders on Jan. 30. On Jan. 31, MSU's Career Services will visit to discuss career options with the class.

"Middle School Matters" will include presentations from award-winning physics faculty Greg Francis and engineering faculty Hunter Lloyd, who runs MSU's popular robotics lab. Representatives from Gallatin College MSU and the admissions office will discuss higher education options, including two-year and four-year degree programs. In addition, students from ASMSU, MSU's student government association, will discuss their experiences at the university. The sessions are part of a weeklong focus at Chief Joseph Middle School on career and college readiness.

"Montana State is pleased to have the opportunity to visit with these middle school students," said Chelsea Schmidt, assistant director of Business and Community Relations at MSU. "We're looking forward to showcasing the many opportunities students have in their future and encouraging students to build a strong foundation in middle school."

For more information, contact Schmidt at 994-7884 or

Contact: Chelsea Schmidt, 994-7884 or