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  Thursday, February 27, 2014




Parent/Family Association Update

Dear Parents & Families,

We’ve finally reached the middle of the semester.  Some students are enjoying this cold and snowy winter we are having in Bozeman, while others are looking towards summer.  With the arrival of summer comes the transition to home and work.  While a student’s primary role during the college years should be focused on academics, we here at MSU-Bozeman believe that work experience adds credibility to a student’s resume.  In this newsletter you will find information about career opportunities for students.  You will also find information about ways for your student to get involved on-campus and beyond—Study Abroad opportunities and Service Saturdays are also great ways for your student to boost their resume.  We want for your student to have the best experiences at MSU-Bozeman and ultimately be prepared for their time beyond college.

As always, let us know if there is any way we can help.

Terra Shewmaker, Erin Murdock, and Allie Hay




My Cat Careers
Student Success

It’s never too early (or too late!) to plan for your career!

Career, Internship & Student Employment Services is here to help each and every student be successful in every aspect of their college experience.  We offer Interest Inventory assessments and coaching to help you discover the best educational and career path to meet individual goals.  In the process, we encourage you to use every opportunity for career development and growth.  From part-time student employment jobs, internships, exploratory experiences, volunteer opportunities, professional growth and networking opportunities at various workshops, events and Career Fairs (there are two a year!) to landing that 1st job after graduation, our Advisors and Coaches will walk you confidently through each step.  Call and make your appointment as soon as you are accepted into MSU and don’t miss a step.

Our most useful tool is, the database where we post local and national part and full-time jobs, internships, seasonal employment and even Career Fairs, Info Sessions and workshops.  Don’t miss out on anything Career & Internship Services has to offer.  Get registered and log in often at:

Other useful tools and informational pages:

Career Development Checklists:

Ever wonder what it is really like in your chosen major in the world of work?

Find out about what employers are hiring Bobcats and when you can meet them!

Meet our staff:

ASMSU Presidential Elections Approaching
Encourage your students to be informed about the canidates and vote for the ASMSU President/Vice President & Senate seats. Voting will begin 7am Tuesday March 4th through 7pm Wednesday, March 5th.

The presidential debate for the main election will be held Monday, March 3rd from Noon-1 in the Union Market in the SUB.

Your student can learn more about the elections here.

Residence Life Update
March means that it is almost time for Spring Break!  We offer a wonderful option for those students that prefer the chilly air and quiet streets to surf and sun:  Spring Break Housing!  Registration is available online, and the priority deadline is 5:00 pm on February 24.  The entire week stay is only $80.00!  After everyone gets a chance to catch their breath, it is back to the books as the final push towards summer arrives

Residence Life has partnered with SmartyCats Tutoring to provide in-hall help for residents this spring.  Students are able to get assistance free of charge every Wednesday night from 7:00-9:00pm in Harrison Dining Hall for several courses in Math, Chemistry, and Physics.  If your student is struggling, we hope you will recommend this service to them.  For students in need of assistance in courses not offered in Harrison, the Office of Student Success has tutors for many classes and is always looking for students who could use a little help.  Writing assistance is also available in North Hedges every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 7:00-10:00pm through the Writing Center.

And once we make it through the semester, students who are planning on taking summer courses can stay in the residence halls for the summer!  Registration is already active online, so be sure not to miss out on this convenient, affordable summer housing option!  As the spring winds down, we hope the semester continues to go smoothly for all of our residents, and if there is anything we can help with, we are only a phone call – or an email – away!

Off Campus Housing Oppurtunities

My student wants to live off campus next semester…

In April, the MSU/Bozeman Good Neighbor Committee will be piloting a seminar that will provide resources and information to MSU students who have decided to live off campus beginning fall 2014.

The seminar aims to help students be better prepared when transitioning from on-campus to off-campus living. The program will include two panels – “Renting 101” and “Personal Health and Safety” –  featuring representatives from the Bozeman Police Department, Bozeman Fire Department, Peak Property Management, MSU Counseling and Psychological Services, ASMSU and the City of Bozeman.

Topics will include: what safety features to look for in a rental property, understanding and signing a rental lease, tenant rights and responsibilities, parties and police, as well as health and well-being tips and strategies.

Your student will have an opportunity to sign up for the seminar (which will be offered April 9 and April 12) at the end of March. Those who attend will leave with a certificate that says they attended the class as well as a ton of information and goodies to get them started in their “first” place!

Day of Student Recognition
Day of Student Recognition

Are you an outstanding and engaged club leader, officer, or service project organizer?  Are you a regular volunteer at Eagle Mount, the Gallatin Valley Food Bank, or with Service Saturdays?

The Day of Student Recognition event recognizes students who are outstanding in the areas of service and/or leadership.  If you are currently enrolled and taking a minimum of six credits, you are encouraged to apply today!  You may receive a scholarship or award at this important event!

For an application, visit:

Application submissions are due Friday, March 7th at 5:00pm.

For more information, contact Robin Mayer at 994-2837 or email

Service Saturdays

The MSU Office of Activities and Engagement will host Service Saturday March 1st from 10 a.m. – noon.

Service Saturdays are local service projects held on the first Saturday of the month offering a great way for community members and students to create relationships while working to enhance Bozeman.

Plan to meet at the Ask Us Desk in the Strand Union Building (SUB) fifteen minutes early. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. Transportation will be provided if project is not within walking distance of MSU. No registration necessary, just come and bring your friends!

March Projects: Gallatin County Rest Home, Bozeman Deaconess Heart Center, St. Patrick’s Day Card Making, Sacks Thrift Store (longer project from 10 to 2), and Habitat for Humanity (longer project from 10 to 2).

Check out for specific project details or more information.

Study Abroad Program

“During the week I earned credit for my degree in Mechanical Engineering.  On the weekends I attended world cup soccer matches, learned to surf, and went shark cage diving with great whites.” – Austin Cherry, Mechanical Engineering Student

MSU offers over 250 study abroad programs in over 60 countries.  Last year MSU students studied in 41 different countries to earn academic credit for their degree.  There are study abroad opportunities for every major and students can study any time after freshman year.  Programs vary from one week to three months in the summer as well as traditional semester and yearlong programs.  Many programs are the same cost as MSU tuition and financial aid applies.  Students can learn more about study abroad programs by attending one of the weekly information sessions on Wednesday at 4:00 in 400 Culbertson or by meeting one on one with a study abroad advisor.  Applications for Summer and Fall 2014 are due March 1st, although some programs will accept late applications.

For more information please contact or 406-994-7151

Student Alumni Association Oppurtunities
Is your student looking for a new way to get involved on campus?  The MSU Student Alumni Association creates opportunities for students toshare fun experiences and volunteer with fellow students alumni.  Our members network with alumni and maintain the rich history and traditions at our university while organizing community and campus events that enhance the collegiate experience. Student members receive all alumni benefits plus:

- Leadership & Volunteer Opportunities
-Exclusive Events upholding MSU Traditions
-Networking with MSU Alumni
- Exclusive Bobcat Gear

Students can join TODAY at or by contacting Malaree Purcell 406.994.2522

Another way to support the Student Alumni Association and the Parent & Family Association is to purchase a “Go Cats” Stadium blanket for $75! These are a must have for game days and make a great gift!

Place your order today and have it on your doorstep in the next week!:





Important Dates

March 10-14, 2014

Spring Break


March 17, 2014

Summer and Fall Advising Begins


April 18, 2014

University Day: No Classes


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