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Friday, October 5, 2012




Parent/Family Association Update

October is a busy month for both your Association and your student. During this month, the Parent & Family Association (PFA) will be hosting the Parent & Family Weekend, hosting a webinar on Academic Advising, and training our Alumni Foundation staff for the November Phone-a-thon, our annual fundraiser.

For your student, October can be a tough month. October is often a time when some students realize that "the honeymoon is over." This may mean that they have to crack down more on their studies for upcoming papers or exams. For our first year students, October is a time when students may question their place at a University, reevaluate previous relationships, and may rethink majors. It can also be a month where a student's expectations about college life are either confirmed or challenged by the reality of college. Lastly, the flu season has begun early in Montana, so be on the look out for illness.

We have a few suggestions that you can use to assist your student. For the ill student, the Student Health Service is fantastic. For stressed students, encourage them to use our Counseling & Psychological Services or Recreational Sports & Fitness Program. If you student just is not making connections, try our Office of Activities & Engagement.

Oh, and never forget the care packages. Real mail is an awesome thing!


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



Parent & Family Weekend October 12th - 14th

Welcome Parents!

The PFA Will Welcome Over 1,000 Family Members For The Weekend

We are proud to welcome our new and returning families to campus for our annual Parent & Family Weekend. Click here for a schedule of the weekend!

During the weekend, we partner with the Downtown Bozeman Association to bring our parents and family members discounts and a scavenger hunt to complete as they discover our award winning downtown. Even if you are not registered for our weekend, we still welcome you to participate in the exclusive discounts offered through the DBA!

Click Here For The Downtown Bozeman Association Scavenger Hunt Flyer, Complete With Discounts, Effective Monday, Oct 8th - Sunday, Oct 14th

Advising & Registration for Spring 2013
Advice & Information From Diane Donnelly, Director of the University's Academic Advising Center & The University Studies Program

Diane DonnellyAll continuing students should meet with an academic advisor over the next few weeks to decide which courses to take Spring Semester 2013.  Advising for Spring ’13 officially starts on October 22nd, and continuing students will begin registering on October 31st.  Registration is based on number of credits completed, starting with Seniors, then Juniors, Sophomores, and First Years.  Students will be given their “ALT PIN” when they meet with their advisor – this is the specific registration code that allows them to access registration for the upcoming semester, on the specific day when their earned credits qualify them for registration. Once a student has registered, they can adjust their schedule online through the first five days of class in January.

Click Here To View Registration Dates For Spring 2013

Different colleges and departments use different advising models, so the specific method of advising services will vary.  For example, all students in Education, Health and Human Development, and University Studies will meet with professional advisors in the  Academic Advising Centers for those departments; some students will first attend a “group advising session” and then follow up with a faculty advisor as needed. Other departments require students to meet with an assigned faculty advisor.  Whatever the method of delivery, the goal is to provide students with the information they need to prepare to register for courses in Spring that will support their success and progress to graduation.

Both students and their advisors have responsibilities during the advising process. The student's responsibilities are great to keep in mind as you help your student prepare for his or her pre-registration advising session!

Student Responsibilities
- Make and keep appointments, call if necessary to change
- Prepare a list of possible courses for Spring 2013
- Bring specific questions to the session
- Be open to suggestions concerning study habits, academic progress, possible majors, and career paths
- Consider class times and days for a schedule

Tip: A student can find their advisor by accessing their MyInfo area, clicking on the "Student Services" tab, and then selecting "Show Advisor."

Click Here For Helpful Videos Regarding CORE Classes & Academic Advising

Webinar: Supporting Your Student Through Encouraging & Preparing For Academic Advising

Sign Up For Our Free Academic Advising Webinar - Oct 24, 6:30 PM MT

Academic advising at MSU goes beyond which classes your student should take and when. Instead, your student's academic advisor should be someone with whom he or she creates a close bond throughout the entirety of their 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 will also be addressing other opportunities such as internships and exchange experiences as well as why they are important.

Live spots are limited to our first 99 registrants.

Register for the PFA's Academic Advising Webinar.

Annual Career Fair To Be Held October 11th

Encourage You Student To Attend Our 25th Annual Fall Career Fair

Montana State University will host its 25th Annual Fall Career Fair from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in the SUB Ballrooms of the MSU campus. The career fair is open to employers, MSU students, and alumni looking for jobs. Typically 1,500 - 1,800 students attend this event!

Even if your student is not yet looking for a professional position, we encourage students to dress up, attend the career fair, practice their interpersonal skills, and consider future career or internship paths.

For more information, click here!

For tips on how your student can prepare for the career fair, click here.





Important Dates

September 18 - November 16, 2012

Withdrawn Courses Graded "W"


October 12-14, 2012

Parent & Family Weekend!


October 22, 2012

Advising & Course Selection for Spring 2013 Begins


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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Bozeman, MT 59717

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