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MSU and Bozeman community prepare to welcome students back to Bozeman

August 6, 2013

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Montana State University and the Bozeman community have several efforts planned to help welcome MSU students to town when they arrive for the beginning of the academic year.

Next week, volunteers on behalf of MSU will deliver more than 575 “Welcome Back Bobcats!” kits to businesses in Bozeman.

The kits, which include athletic schedules, “Go Cats” signs, Bobcat flags and more, were designed to help local merchants welcome MSU students and their families to Bozeman and celebrate the start of the school year.

“MSU is absolutely thrilled with the response we’ve received for these kits,” said Chelsea Schmidt, assistant director of business and community relations at MSU. “We’ve nearly doubled the number of kits requested from last year, which shows us how supportive businesses and non-profit organizations in our community are of MSU.”

Students will also be welcomed by a large “welcome” banner over Main Street in downtown Bozeman which, in addition to MSU, is sponsored by the City of Bozeman and Downtown Bozeman Association.

Also new this year, will be light pole banners on North 7th Street. The banners, which welcome visitors to Bozeman, the home of Montana State University, are scheduled to be installed before MSU's Move-in Day on Aug. 21.

“With help from the City, DBA and the 500-plus businesses that ordered kits, we’ve got every corner of Bozeman covered in blue and gold. What a great way to welcome our newest Bobcats to town!” Schmidt said.

For more information, contact Schmidt at chelsea.schmidt@montana.edu or 994-7884.

Chelsea Schmidt, 406-994-7884 or chelsea.schmidt@montana.edu