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



Tuesday, April 26, 2016




Parent/Family Association Update


With the end of the semester coming to a close we wanted to give you a short finals survival guide that we hope you will share with your student.

We would especially like to congratulate all the parents and family of our graduating seniors. Successful college students always have their parents and family to thank, in part for their success. We wish you and your senior congratulations and good luck in the future.

We hope everyone has a successful finals week and a happy and safe summer.



Erin Macdonald
Assistant Dean of Students
Director of Parent Family Program


Kenzie and Gabe

PFA Assistant Coordinators




Paws to De-Stress

Once again, the Renee Library is partnering with Intermountain Therapy Animals to bring dogs to MSU during dead week and finals week. This program is one of my personal favorites here at MSU. Each day, at a specific time, a few dogs are brought into the commons of the library and students are able to play and pet the dogs to their hearts’ content. This is very therapeutic for the animal loving students at MSU, allowing them to connect with the adorable dogs that get brought in. Students are always looking for a study break, after hours in the library and this event allows students to relax and enjoy the company of a fluffy friend in the midst of the most difficult two weeks of the semester. I encourage you to tell your students about this great program, especially if they, like me, miss their dog as much as their family most days. The schedule is as follows:

April 25-29: Monday 11am-1pm Tuesday 2pm-4pm Wednesday 6pm-8pm Thursday 1pm-3pm Friday 9am-11am
May 2-6: Monday 2pm-4pm Tuesday 3pm-5pm Wednesday 11am-1pm Thursday 2pm-4pm Friday Noon-1pm

Relaxation Room
Next to the therapy dogs, your student will be able to enjoy chair massages, healthy snacks, decaf tea, and relaxing activities sponsored by Health Advancement. This relaxing opportunity will be taking place April 25th-29th from 10am-2pm on the first floor of the library.

For All Your Commencement Questions...
Please refer to the link provided and all your commencement questions should be answered. There are no tickets required to attend commencement, so no need to worry about that. Commencement.

Bobcat Fest

Friday, April 29th from 5-8pm Montana State will be hosting a gathering of MSU students, faculty and the Bozeman community on Main Street in Downtown Bozeman. Main Street will close down to invite everyone to enjoy food, music and fun! There will be live music by Milton Menasco & The Big Fiasco, free Redneck Sausages, hot dogs and hamburgers, as well as other free items for students, faculty and the Bozeman community including; “Senior Send-Off” glasses and beverage tickets, Bobcat Spirit T-shirts, koozies, raffles and more! Also, watch the 5th Annual Pizza Eating Contest starting at 6pm! Bobcat Fest.

3 Motivational Tips for your Student During Finals
The last few weeks of school can be difficult. Often, students are exhausted and lack the motivation they might need to succeed on their final exams. As a parent, you might be getting some emotional calls and here are a few things that will motivate your student when they just want to give up and take a nap.

1. Remind your student how much they would regret accepting a poor grade for lack of effort on the last exam. Grades are important and if your student is planning on going to graduate school or applying for a job after graduation, they will wish they had really pushed themselves in the last few weeks.

2. Remind your student that in the long run, 2 weeks is nothing. In just a few weeks they'll forget how stressed out they were for finals and will be enjoying their summer break.

3. Encourage them. Sometimes students just need a bit of encouragement to get through finals. So, tell your student that as long as they try their hardest, they'll be successful no matter what. Sometimes, it's what students need to hear.

We wish you and your student the best of luck during finals, we know they'll do great!

Healing Touch Massage
The MSU Nursing College will be on the first floor of the library April 28th and 29th from 10am-2pm giving massages. Finals week can be rough, but a little massage time is always helpful. Encourage your student to take advantage of the opportunity.

Graduating Senior

My name is Kenzie Redmond as graduation approaches, I wanted to thank you all for being such active and involved parents and families. The concern you have for your students is inspiring, and I wanted to thank you for a great year.

I have been writing the PFA newsletters for the past year, but I am graduating this spring with a BS in Cell Biology and Neuroscience. I will be moving to Bend, OR after graduation to work as a medical scribe, as I plan on applying to medical school next year. I owe much of my success to the amazing support system I have gained here at Montana State over the past four years. I have found many role models at MSU, but without my amazing and supportive parents, I don't think I would be nearly as successful as I have been. They supported me through all the highs and lows that accompany collegiate life and I will be forever grateful for their support both emotionally and financially.

I'm sad to be leaving Parent and Family Association, but am so excited for the next chapter of my life. I wish you and your students the best of luck, especially my fellow 2016 spring graduates.





Important Dates

March 25-29

Last Week of Classes


May 2-6

Finals Week


May 7th



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