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Tuesday, November 5, 2013




Parent/Family Association Update

We would like to extend a big thank you to the over 400 families and the more than 1000 individuals who attended Parent & Family Weekend 2013!   It was another fun-filled weekend for parents and families to see what’s happening on campus, and it couldn't have been any better. From the museum reception and a breakfast with the President which bookended the weekend, to classroom visits and a winning football game, families still found time raft the Yellowstone River, meet their student's Deans, and connect with their student’s friends. Thankfully, the weather cooperated, making a gorgeous fall backdrop for the weekend.

We had two photographers following the weekend adventures.  View photos from the weekend here.  If you took photos that we can share via our Facebook page we would love to do that.  You can email them to us and we’ll put them up right away.

It was great to see our Bobcat Family on campus – all of the participants had such energy and enthusiasm- if you couldn't make it, check out the pictures, and we'll see you this spring for our second Parent & Family Weekend of the year!

Finally, be looking ahead in your calendars to February when we will be hosting our inaugural Spring Parent & Family Weekend. This weekend looks to show Bozeman in a different light -- look for winter themed events featuring some of the great attractions Gallatin Valley has to offer!


Terra Shewmaker, Lauren Marsh, Allie Hay, and Erin Murdock




Parent & Family Weekend Service Project
This service project was a tremendous success!  34 volunteers participated, including students, siblings, parents, and extended family.

Accomplishments include window weatherization, light door trim work, sanding (by hand and with orbital sanders) and cleaning of the 20+ bunk beds, organizing donated blankets and dry goods, and cleaning. Volunteers also helped to clear out and organize the garage area on the property to help make room for the Bozeman Bike Kitchen to move in for the winter months and transported donated items to the Good Will Store. Volunteer and parent Sally Kane bought and transported, from Colorado, nearly 100 pillow cases to donate to the Warming Center!

In 2 hours, volunteers had fun and made a tremendous impact! Here is a great mother/daughter photo from the service project!

Parent & Family Weekend: A Weekend of Many Firsts
By: Allie Hay and Erin Murdock

Allie and Erin

Trying to conceptualize and plan such a large event that neither of us had attended seemed almost impossible when first starting with The Parent & Family Association. At the least, it was intimidating to think that three student workers along with one supervisor were in charge of putting together a weekend for over 1,000 people.

Friday the 25th of October was upon us before we knew it. While setting up at 7 a.m., eager for parents to arrive, it was quite powerful to look back at all we had accomplished in preparation for our Parent & Family Weekend. As the weekend unfolded we were fortunate enough to witness the touching reunions between students and families; this reminded us what Parent & Family Weekend is truly about. Getting caught up in the anxiety of planning the perfect weekend, it was sometimes easy to forget that our overall goal was simply to bring together parents and family members of the Bobcat community.

All of our hard work was worth it when the weekend came together. It was wonderful to see all of our efforts pay off and we will both take away from this experience many life skills that will undoubtedly be valuable and help us plan for next year’s Parent & Family Weekend.

Fall Commencement Ceremony
Graduation To Be Held December 14, 2013 at 10 AM Mountain Time

Winter Commencement

Approximately 900 students are expected to graduate on December 14, 2013. 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.

November Webinar: Building Bridges between Campus and Community
Join us for our Webinar: Building Bridges between Campus and Community on November 20th, 2013 at 6 PM Mountain time! With our panelists Kristin Hamburg, HRDC Administrative Officer; Mandy St. Aubyn, MSU Office of Activities and Engagement; and Robin Mayer, MSU Office of Activities and Engagement, we will discuss how Montana State interracts with the Bozeman community and how your student plays an integral role in this.

To register for this webinar click here.

Can the Griz 2013
Can the Griz This year marks the 14th annual Can the Griz/Can the Bobcats Food Drive, an off-field competition between MSU and the University of Montana to see which community can collect the most donations for their local food banks.  This friendly competition takes place on Saturday, November 9 through Saturday, November 23 at the Bobcat/Griz home game, and ends at half-time.

In addition to our success on the field, in 2012, Can the Griz was a tremendous success in our community.  MSU and the Bozeman community donated 68,515 pounds of food plus approximately $29,000 to the Gallatin Valley Food Bank. Combined, that's a record donation of the equivalent of 86,957 pounds of food.  The University of Montana and Missoula community also raised a record amount for the Missoula community's local food bank.  Donations from UM and the Missoula community totaled 29,025 pounds of food plus $28,968.40.  As a result of their defeat in 2012, the Missoula community has renewed their spirit of friendly competition this year.

Please visit this link for donation drop-off locations.

You may send or call to make a monetary donation, in the name of Can the Griz, to:

602 Bond St.
Bozeman, MT 59715

$1=1.5 pounds of food.

Thank you for your help in the Can the Griz Food Drive!

Residence Life: Halls Closing for Thanksgiving and Winter Break
The semester is flying past, and our residents are ready for some breaks!  Luckily, Thanksgiving Break is right around the corner.  Students and parents should keep a few things in mind as the holiday approaches.

The residence halls close at noon on Wednesday, November 27, 2013, and reopen at noon on Sunday, December 1, 2013.
All students who would like to stay over the break need to register online at  Online Registration begins October 28.
There is a $40.00 flat rate for staying over Thanksgiving break.
The priority deadline for registration is 5:00 pm on November 1.  Students who register after that date incur a $25.00 late fee.

Once everyone gets back from Thanksgiving Break, it is a hard and fast sprint to the end of the semester and Winter Break!

The residence halls close at noon on Saturday, December 14, 2013, and reopen at noon on Sunday, January 5, 2014.
All students who would like to stay over the break need to register online at  Online Registration begins October 28.
There is a $220.00 flat rate for staying over Winter break.
The priority deadline for registration is 5:00 pm on December 2.  Students who register after that date incur a $25.00 late fee.

Winter Break will be over before you know it, and the Spring semester will kick off.  If your student is interested in making any changes for the upcoming semester, they can take advantage of our Contract Modification period, from November 4 to December 2, to make any change to their meal plan or room assignment.  If they have questions or need assistance please direct them to their hall front desk to speak with the Program Assistant after November 4!

We’ve had a blast so far, and we can wait to end the semester with many more successes and fun stories!

Orientation Leader Applications For 2014

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.

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.

For more information and access to the application click here.

Applications must be turned in to the Admissions Office, 201 SUB, by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 15, 2013.

Please feel free to contact Jen Dunn by email or by phone at (406) 994-2453 if you have any questions.

Winter Parking Available
Greetings Parents,

I’m happy to announce that MSU will once again be offering free parking on campus during winter break for students who live off campus. The parking is made available in order to avoid creating hazards to snow plows on city streets and having student cars ticketed and towed.

Cars parked on city streets left unattended for more than 48-hours, or after a snow, risk being ticketed and towed, resulting in fees of $100 or more.

Students who are interested in free parking, offered December 7- January 10, must register their vehicles with the MSU Police Department prior to their departure. After registering their vehicles, students will receive a permit to park on campus and directions to an available parking lot.

Free parking is available only to students who are living off campus and currently registered at MSU.

If you have any questions, feel free to give me a call at 406-994-7884 or email me.

Chelsea Schmidt
Asst. Director, Business and Community Relations

Bozeman Resident Guide
Living in a college town has many advantages! MSU Bozeman seeks to involve the community in our campus. For more information about being a Bozeman resident, click here.


Cat Griz Satellite Viewing Parties

Every year the Alumni Foundation hosts satellite viewing parties of the Cat/Griz game around the United States. This is a great time to catch the game and mingle with area alumni and friends. For more information and to find a viewing party in your area, visit the Alumni Foundation page.

Cat Griz




Important Dates

November 27 - 29, 2013

Thanksgiving Break


December 6, 2013

Last Day of Classes


December 13, 2013

Last Day of Finals


December 14, 2013

Fall Commencement


January 8, 2014

First Day of Spring Semester


Term Calendar


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