Parents and Family News: Published by the Parent and Family Association



Thursday, February 11, 2016




Parent/Family Association Update

Greetings Parents,

The semester has been in full swing for about a month now. We hope your student is settling into their schedule and enjoying their classes. The first round of exams is just around the corner so remind your student to keep up with lecture material and to use instructor office hours to their advantage.

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, a care package full of candy hearts and chocolate is sure to be appreciated by your student, especially if they’re feeling lonely.

We hope you have a great February, and, as always, please let us know if you have any questions.


Erin Macdonald

Assistant Dean of Students

Director of Parent Family Programs

Kenzie and Gabe

PFA Assistant Coordinators



Off Campus Living: Parent Information
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, 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, Office of the Dean of Students, MSU/Bozeman Good Neighbor Committee. This event will be taking place February 23rd from 6-7pm MST. To register for this event, please click here.

Off-Campus Living: Student Information
The MSU/Bozeman Good Neighbor Committee will host 3 free seminars to help MSU students planning to live off campus for the first time to utalize local resources.
“Off Campus Living 101” will be offered on Wednesday, March 2 from 6-8p.m. in Hapner Hall, Saturday, March 5 from 11a.m-1p.m in Gaines Hall 101 and April 9 from 11a.m.-1p.m in the Procrastinator Theater.

This seminar is geared toward students moving off campus for the first time since leaving home. Seminar topics will include finding the right rental property, important safety features, understanding lease agreements, tenant rights and responsibilities and financial education. Panelists will advise on selecting responsible roommates and making a successful transition into local neighborhoods. Participating students will be eligible to win more than $500 in raffle prizes including an iPad mini. Refreshments will be served. Please direct your student to register here.

Spring Job Fair and the Importance of Internships
Students of all majors should begin their preparation for the upcoming “Almost” Spring Job & Internship Fair on February 25, 2016 in the Strand Union Ballrooms. Hosted by Career, Internship & Student Employment Services, this opportunity to develop relationships with recruiters representing over 145 organizations from Montana and across the globe should not be missed. Career Fair will culminate in interview day on Friday, February 26, with over 30 organizations conducting first-round interviews for internships and full-time entry-level positions.

Career Week, beginning February 16, will feature events focused on preparing students for the fair including sessions devoted to resumes, interviews, professional dress, professional communication, and more

Interactive Drop-In Mock-Interviews – SUB 177

4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 16
Career Fair Preparation and Executive Closet – SUB Ballroom A
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 17
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Thursday, February 18
Resume Critique Drop-in Hours – SUB 177
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 17
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 18
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 23
Veteran’s Networking Event – Vet Center, SUB 185
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 24
Pre-Career Fair Networking Event – SUB Union Market
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 24
11th Annual “Almost” Spring Job & Internship Fair – SUB Ballrooms
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Thursday, February 25
Interview Day – SUB Ballrooms All day, Friday, February 26.

Country Concerts this Spring
If your student is a big fan of country music, there will be two concerts for them to attend this spring. There will be a Brantley Gilbert Concert March 4th at 7pm at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse for his Blackout Tour and Luke Bryan April 22nd and 23rd both at 7:30pm at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse for his Kill the Lights Tour. Tickets are available through the following links: Brantley Gilbert and Luke Bryan.

Spring Break on a Budget

Spring break is just around the corner. Many students look forward to the break all spring semester. There are many ways to spend the break. Some use it as a reward for their hard work all semester, others a time to warm up in the sun somewhere, or maybe it's just a time to catch up on homework.

The downside to spring break? The cost. It is important to plan a break with a budget in mind, especially if your student plans on paying on their own.

We highly encourage you to tell your student about the spring break on a budget workshop on March 8th from 5pm-6pm in SUB 168. We hope this workshop will give both you and your student peace of mind when planning a fun, safe, and frugal spring break! For more information on the event, click here.





Important Dates

March 14-18, 2016

Spring Break


March 25, 2016

University Day


May 2-6th, 2016

Finals Week


May 7, 2016



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