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MSU and Bozeman community prepare to welcome students back to Bozeman

July 31, 2014 -- MSU News Service

2014 Welcome Back Bobcat kits will be distributed in the Bozeman community. To order a kit, go to MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.   High-Res Available

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BOZEMAN – 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 500 “Welcome Back Bobcats!” kits to businesses in Bozeman.

The kits, which include “Go Cats” signs, athletic posters 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 Julie Kipfer, director of marketing at MSU. “This just shows 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, a display sponsored by the City of Bozeman, the Downtown Bozeman Association and MSU.

In addition, MSU and community volunteers will be on hand to help students move into the campus residence halls at the annual Move-In Day event on August 20. Last year, volunteers helped more than 2,100 students move into their new campus home.

“With help from the city, the Downtown Bozeman Association and the 500-plus businesses that ordered kits, we’ve got every corner of Bozeman covered in blue and gold,” Kipfer said. “It’s a great way to welcome our newest Bobcats to town.”

With a sentence that says something like this:  Orders for Welcome Back Bobcats kits may be made online until Aug. 7.


Contact: Julie Kipfer, (406) 994-5737 or