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  Monday, April 28, 2014




Parent/Family Association Update

Hello Bobcat Parents and Families!

As finals week begins, we hope that your student had a great semester. To those who have students that are graduating this upcoming weekend, congratulations! To those who have students returning to MSU for summer sessions or in the fall, we cannot wait to welcome them back onto campus very soon.

We hope that this summer is a wonderful time to reconnect with your student and wish you the best!  Don't forget, our office is open all summer, so feel free to contact us if you need anything.

Terra Shewmaker, Erin Murdock, and Allie Hay





A Fresh Perspective

Erin Murdock, Freshman, Student Program Assistant PFA

Lame Deer
Erin and other volunteers with the Boys and Girls Club staff in Lame Deer, MT.

With my freshman year coming to a close, I still cannot believe it is over and I am happy to say I survived. I feel lucky to have participated in some of the wonderful opportunities MSU offers to students and they have truly shaped my first year.

A particularly fun program I was able to participate in was Big Sky BreaksAway over spring break. BreaksAway is a program through the Office of Activities and Engagement that sends students to different locations to do volunteer work. I went to Lame Deer in Rosebud Country with five other MSU students and we helped out with the Boys and Girls Club! Our tasks consisted of cleaning out storage rooms, painting and scrubbing walls, and my favorite part, playing with the children! It was a great week and I enjoyed getting to work with fellow students and members of the Lame Deer community. I also was able to participate in a Service Saturday through the Office of Activities and Engagement where we helped intellectually disabled individuals with a public speaking activity. Both activities have been a great way to get involved and meet new people!

There have been a few activities that have helped me familiarize myself with MSU and all it has to offer. My friends and I recently attended the annual MSU American Indian Council Pow Wow and the Spring Rodeo. With the weather warming we have been able to go on more hikes around the area. A few fun and easy hikes have been Drinking Horse Mountain, Sacagawea and the famous M!

With that being said, I urge parents and families to encourage their students to take advantage of everything MSU and Bozeman has to offer in these coming years. The experiences I have had outside of the classroom have been truly valuable lessons that cannot be taught in the classroom.

Deciding Where to Live: How to help your student find housing in Bozeman

Matt Crosby, Program Coordinator MSU Residence Life

Deciding where to live while attending MSU is an important element of your student’s education. Whether considering on-campus housing in the Residence Halls or off-campus living in an apartment or house, MSU Residence Life can help! We can provide resources, information, and advising to help your student make the best decision. Residence Life offers an advisor to all students in need of assistance deciding where to live, whether on-campus or off-campus.

In addition to advising, MSU Residence Life has a number of print and electronic resources for students and parents to utilize when considering off-campus housing. One of those resources, our Off-Campus Housing Guide, is available on the Residence Life webpage and provides a great starting point for questions and conversations with your student about off-campus options, amenities, and budgets. We also provide cost comparison worksheets, rental search worksheets, and information on the voluntary rental safety inspection program.

These off-campus resources and more can be found at

Residence Life can be reached by phone at 406-994-2661, email at, or in-person at the Residence Life office, located on the ground level of Miller Dining Hall.

Spring Commencement 2014

The 2014 Spring Commencement will take place May 3, 2014 at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. The Morning Ceremony processional begins at 8:40 a.m. and the ceromony will run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The morning ceremony celebrates the college of Arts and Architecture, Education, Health and Human Deveopment, Nursing and Gallatin College. The afternoon processional begins at 1:10 p.m. and the ceremony runs from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The afternoon ceremony celebrate the colleges of Agriculture, Business, Letters and Science and Engineering.

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Important Dates

April 28, 2014

Final Exams Begin


May 2, 2014

Spring Semester Ends


May 3, 2014

Spring Commencement 2014


May 12, 2014

Summer Session Begins


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