Parent & Family Association's Webinars

Continue Your Education, Support Your Student

We understand that the process of selecting an institution and supporting a student through college is a daunting task. Often, we get asked by parents and family members of our Bobcats, "How can I best support my student?" The best answer is to be an educated source of support.

The Parent & Family Association (PFA) is here to support you in this important role. Not only do we offer specific one-on-one support through our email and our hotline (406-994-7359), but we also provide webinars as an opportunity to further understand collegiate challenges and strong family support so that your student may develop into a professional, independent, and well-rounded graduate!

Webinars are live, online programs with both video and audio elements. The PFA webinars are free, although currently limited to the first 99 registrants on a first come, first serve basis. You will not need to buy any additional software, although a free download or two may be required to make sure your computer is up-to-date.


Sign Up For Our Latest Webinar:

MSU's Educational Requirements for Alcohol Abuse and Sexual Assault Prevention

Join us for our Webinar: Sept 4th, 2014 2:00-3:00 PM Mountain Time

This 60 minute webinar will detail many of MSU's educational efforts that teaches students about the realities of alcohol abuse and sexual assault on college campuses.  Please join MSU's lead alcohol and drug educator and prevention specialist and the MSU Dean of Students as they discuss these programs and services with parents of incoming students.


Watch Previous Webinars - On Demand 

Off Campus Living 101

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Recorded: March 26, at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM Mountain Time

The Parent/Family Association has partnered with the Good Neighbor Committee to provide parents and families a webinar focused on off campus living. The purpose of this webinar is to discuss the important aspects of living off campus and in the Bozeman community. Topics will range from resources available for students looking to live off campus, legal rights and the responsibilities of renting or owning, what safety features to look for in a property, what is expected of tenants and how to be a good neighbor.

We will be talking with experts from the following areas: Bozeman Police Department, Bozeman Fire Department, University Police, MSU Residence Life, Local Property Management, MSU/Bozeman Good Neighbor Committee.

The group will also discuss the Off Campus Living 101 seminar that will be offered to students April 9 and April 12. The seminar will give students everything they need to know to find, lease, and be safe in their Bozeman off-campus home.

Student Success at Montana State University and Beyond

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Recorded: February 12, 2014-6:30 PM to 7:30 PM Mountain time

Hosted by The Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success, comprised of: The Office of Student Success; Career, Internship & Student Employment Services and The Office of Financial Education is here to help your student succeed at Montana State University.  Join us as we learn about the various programs to support academic success, financial wellbeing and the future success of your student beyond graduation.

Building Bridges Between Campus and Community

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Recorded: January 29, 2014- 6:30 PM to 7:30PM Mountain time

Join us for our Webinar: Building Bridges between Campus and Community. With our panelists 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.

Unasked Questions

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Recorded: September 2013- 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM Mountain Time

This webinar brings together experts from around our campus to address questions that you may not have thought of or that you may have been too uncomfortable to ask. On our panel for this webinar is Dr. Brian Kassar, Psychologist from MSU Counseling and Psychological Services, Doug Fulp, Coordinator of MSU Health Promotions, Amy Ross, from the MSU Police Department, and Lauren Marsh, Super Senior, Parent & Family Association Program Assistant. This webinar will be an opportunity for you to open many possible discussions with your students and to gain knowledge of useful resources on our campus

Residence Life

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Recorded: August 2013-6:30 PM to 7:30 PM Mountain Time

Residence Life and the Parent & Family Association would like to invite you to take part in a free online webinar! This webinar was a live broadcast over the internet that would allowed parents to ask questions of a Residence Life staff member via chat, and also be informed of any final details about Residence Life, move-in day, temp housing and the residence halls prior to arrival on-campus.

Career, Internship & Student Employment Services

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Recorded: Monday, February 11, 2013 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM Mountain Time

Career, Internship & Student Employment Services serves MSU students by providing inspiration, information and opportunities to connect their academic pursuits with career development, internships and employment opportunities. This office works with students from the beginning of their academic experience to the end, promoting and developing an orientation towards career maturity and planning by following a comprehensive career planning model. This webinar provided an understanding of the important services and dates involved in your student exploring their future and securing that student job, internship, or career successfully!

Financial Literacy: Making Sense of College Finances

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Recorded: Thursday, January 24, 2013- 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM Mountain Time

This webinar brought together experts in financial literacy to educate you about the resources available at MSU. Our experts will address Financial Aid, fee payment options, financial planning resources, loan counseling, and budgeting! This will be a beneficial webinar for families of prospective students and graduating seniors alike. Watch this webinar and become more financially savvy about college finances! We hosted experts from the following areas:

  • MSU's Family and Consumer Sciences Program
  • Student Assistance Foundation
  • Financial Aid
  • Student Accounts
  • Office for Student Success & Office of Financial Education

The Office of Student Success: A One Stop Shop For Academic & Transitional Support

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Recorded: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM Mountain Time

The Office of Student Success is a fantastic resource that you should know about as family members! This office hosts study skills workshops, the ChampChange 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 assistance can be found in this office and will provide experts in this field to provide advice on how to best support your student during their time at MSU and beyond.

Supporting Your Student Through Encouraging & Preparing For Academic Advising

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Recorded: Wednesday, October 24, 2012- 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM Mountain Time

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 advsior, 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.

Representatives from the following offices were present for the webinar:

  • Dean of Students Office
  • University Academic Advising Center
  • National Student Exchange
  • Faculty Advising
  • Pre-Med, Pre-Law, and Pre-Professional Advising
  • The Registrar's Office
  • Office of International Programs

Student Support and Resources @ MSU

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Recorded: Monday, March 19th, 2012- 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Our first webinar focused on a handful of the very beneficial organizations/offices/services that are available to all MSU Students.  Representatives from a variety of offices came together in the form of a panel to discuss what services they can provide for your student.

Representatives from the following offices were present at the webinar:

  • Dean of Students Office
  • Office for Community Involvement
  • Office for Student Success
  • Career Services
  • Financial Aid
  • Disability, Re-Entry, & Veteran Services
  • Residence Hall Advisory Committee
  • Counseling and Psychological Services
  • The University Academic Advising Center

This webinar will not only provide you an opportunity to better understand services available to your student(s) but also interact with them by asking specific questions you may have about a particular service.