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Friday, November 2, 2012




Parent/Family Association Update

Happy November to our Bobcat Families!

In November, the weather gets colder, the leaves finally fall, and students begin to register for their spring semester classes. This issue of the Parent & Family Newsletter will bring you information about the Office of Student Success as well as links to upcoming and past webinars.

The newsletter also includes information about Cat/Griz football viewing parties across the country and Can the Griz, a food drive in which Bozeman and Missoula compete to see who can donate the most food to the local food banks. Winter Commencement will be offered in December to students and their families.  Read on to find out more about the resources available to you and your student this month!


Erika Swanson, Miki Lowe, and Lauren Marsh
Parent & Family Association Staff
(406) 994-7359



Parent & Family Weekend Feedback
We would like to extend another huge thank you to all of the parents and families who came to Parent & Family Weekend 2012.  We loved having you in Bozeman and were honored to be able to assist you in seeing your student in their college environment. Any feedback you have will help improve the weekend for years to come, so please fill out our short survey:

Pictures from the Museum of the Rockies Social, the football game vs Eastern Washington and much more from the weekend can be purchased here:

Thank you again to all who attended; we look forward to seeing you in Bozeman again!

Get To Know The Office of Student Success
As we begin week 11 of the academic semester, it is time for your student to meet with their personal Success Advisor with the Office of Student Success. The Office of Student Success, located downstairs of the Strand Union Building, can assist your student to develop their "academic success plan" for the Spring semester as well as address any problems they are currently facing. Focused on Freshman and Sophomore success, the office hosts SmartyCats Tutoring (FREE tutoring for ALL classes), Student Success Advising, Financial Literacy, MSU 101 (a program designed to assist your student with "retooling" their habits to be successful) and more.

Success Tips to consider now:Office of Student Success Logo
-Register online for the November 14th MSU 101:

-Have your student talk to their Academic Advisor about registering for our US 191 "Learning Strategies" course, covering topics including: how to take notes, reading a college text, time management, and more.

-Visit with their personal Success Advisor to develop their academic success strategy for the Spring semester. Additional assistance for time management, learning "how" to be a college student and more can be discussed with their Advisor.

Visit the Office of Student Success online or tune into our November webinar!

Webinar: Office of Student Success

Sign Up For Our Free Webinar - Thursday, Nov 15, 6:30 PM Mountain

The Office of Student Success is a fantastic resource that you should know about as family members! This office hosts study skills workshops, the Champ Change Program, SmartyCats Tutoring (it's free!), MSU 101, Student Success Advisors, and much more. These programs and the staff at the Office of Student Success have one goal in mind - to get your student to graduation! The Parent & Family Association also sponsors the version of the Parent & Family GUIDE, a handbook for parents and family members. This webinar will help you learn more about the resources found in this office and will provide advice on how to best support your student.

We have 97 live spots for this session. This webinar will be recorded and made available to all parents and families on our listserv within approximately a week of the webinar. If you are not able to be present for this live event, we ask you to please forego registration at this time.

Register for the PFA's Office of Student Success Webinar.

Cat/Griz Viewing Parties Around The Nation
Cat/Griz Parties!

Each year, alumni and supporters of both Montana State University and the University of Montana gather to watch the greatest athletic rivalry in the state and one of the longest running rivalries in the nation. Alumni volunteers host over 80 satellite parties around the country, accessing the game via DIRECTV or cable options. These parties provide an excellent opportunity to mingle with other MSU supporters in your area!

Click here for a map of 2012 Cat/Griz satellite parties!

Join Us In Canning the Griz!
Bozeman Challenges Missoula in Annual Food Drive - Donate Online!

Can the Griz!In conjunction with the annual Cat/Griz football game, the Office for Activities and Engagement hosts a friendly food drive competition with the University of Montana-Missoula.

Local families can donate directly to the Gallatin Valley Food Bank or the Livingston Food Pantry by mentioning that your donation should be weighed for the Can the Griz food drive.

Bobcat families who do not live in the area may donate online here! Please indicate on the drop down menu that you are donating to the Can the Griz campaign. Donations are accepted through November 17th. The winner will be announced at the Cat/Griz game in Missoula, MT.

The 2011 Cat/Griz Food Drive collected 58,000 pounds of food, plus more than $31,000 in monetary donations to benefit the Gallatin Valley Food Bank and Livingston Food Pantry. The University of Montana and Missoula raised 18,963 pounds of food for the Missoula Food Bank.

Watch Our Previous Academic Advising Webinar

Webinar Now Available At Any Time Online, Free of Charge!

Academic advising at MSU goes beyond which classes your student should take and when. Instead, your student's academic advisor should be someone with which he or she creates a close bond throughout the entirety of your student's college career. This webinar will help you better understand how academic advising works at MSU, important advising timelines, why it is important for your student to be talking with his or her academic advisor, and how a student should prepare for academic advising. We also addressed other opportunities such as internships and exchange experiences as well as why they are important.

View our Academic Advising Webinar here. It may take a few moments to load.

MSU Announces Winter Commencement
Winter Commencement

Graduation To Be Held December 15, 2012 at 10 AM Mountain Time

For the first time in more than half a century, Montana State University will recognize its fall semester graduates at a December commencement ceremony, set for 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.

"Our students -- and their families and loved ones -- have worked so hard to make it to graduation day," said MSU President Waded Cruzado. "This new fall semester commencement will be a wonderful way to recognize their efforts and achievements. We are thrilled to be able to celebrate our graduates in this important and meaningful way."

Approximately 800 students are expected to graduate in December. Unlike the spring commencement ceremony, where both morning and afternoon ceremonies are held to accommodate a larger number of graduates, the December commencement will feature one morning ceremony for all graduates.

Visit the Commencement Page for more information.

Orientation Leader Applications Available
Orientation Leaders

Applications Due by Friday, November 16th at 5 PM

Each semester MSU coordinates several Orientation sessions to welcome new students and parents. These sessions are essential to new students-helping them gain information about, and familiarize themselves with, many facets of the University. The leader portion of each summer freshman session lasts four days and three evenings, which includes a Sunday training session. The fall session includes three days for freshmen and one day for transfer students. The spring semester session includes two days for freshmen and one day for transfer students.

We are very proud that the success of our Orientation Program is due in large part to the quality, ability, and dedication of Student Orientation Leaders. Trained in such areas as communication skills, leadership and presentation of factual information, paid Orientation Leaders work closely with new freshmen, transfers, and parents. They also develop a close working relationship with MSU administrators and faculty while assisting with academic advising and the registration process

Click here for more information on our student Orientation Leaders and the application process!





Important Dates

September 18 - November 16, 2012

Withdrawn Courses Graded "W"


October 29, 2012

Course Selection for Spring 2013 Begins - Click Here For Registration Dates!


November, 2012

Parent & Family Association Phone-a-Thon - Donate Today


November 6, 2012

Election Day - No Class, Offices Closed


November 12, 2012

Veteran's Day - No Class, Offices Closed


November 19, 2012

No Drops Allowed


November 21-23, 2012

Thanksgiving Holiday - No Classes, Offices Open November 21


December 10-14, 2012

Finals Week


January 9, 2013

Classes Begin


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