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



Thursday, March 21, 2016




Parent/Family Association Update

Greetings Parents,

We hope you and your student had a fun, safe, and relaxing spring break. As you might have heard, springtime in Bozeman is unpredictable. One minute it's beautiful and sunny and the next it's snowing.

As the semester progresses, keep in mind it is time for students to consider where they're going to be living next semester. Housing in Bozeman near campus can be hard to find so please encourage your student to start thinking about that now and to attend our off campus living seminar April 9th.

Graduation is also quickly approaching. This newsletter outlines everything you and your student need to know to survive graduation.

As always, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!


Erin Macdonald
Assistant Dean of Students
Director of Parent Family Program

Kenzie and Gabe
PFA Assistant Coordinators



Residence Life Update
Residence halls will close for the spring 2016 semester on May 7, 2016 at 12:00pm. All students will need to pack up and move their things, and be checked out of their spring 2016 assignment no later than this date. Residence Life provides limited summer storage for students currently living on-campus and returning to the residence halls for the 2016-2017 academic year. Students will work with their hall front desk and staff starting in mid-April to determine the need over the summer. Limited storage is utilized on a first come, first serve basis and low cost rates are based on the amount of space that will be used. These limited spaces in each hall are in a secure location and students will be able to access their items once the halls open for the 2016-2017 academic year in August.

Residence Life offers housing over the summer for students who are planning to attend summer classes. 2016 summer sessions are an excellent chance to enjoy the best Bozeman has to offer in the beautiful summer months and a great opportunity to get ahead in classes with a few extra credits! Madison, Gallatin, and Roskie Hall are the residence halls available for on-campus student housing during summer. For more information about summer housing and rates, please visit the Residence Life website.

Everything You Need to Know for Graduation

With graduation right around the corner, it's time to start preparing. MSU is hosting a graduation information fair for spring 2016 graduates in SUB Ballrooms B and C from 10am-2pm on April 19th. The graduation fair will give graduating seniors a chance to buy their cap and gown, see what celebrations their college will be having, and allow students to order their diplomas. It's one stop shopping for graduating seniors, so remind your student to stop by! More information on graduation can be found here. We wish you and your graduating senior the best of luck in the future and with the rest of the semester.

Off-Campus Living Seminar
It’s time for students to consider where they’re going to live next semester. Please encourage your students to attend this seminar, which 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, and refreshments will be served. Please direct your student to register here.

Fall and Summer Registration
Registration for summer and fall classes is quickly approaching. Often times, students get really excited to pick out their new classes so be supportive of  your student and the classes they will be taking next semester. It's also a good idea to remind your student to be realistic in the number of credits they are planning on taking. Be sure to give them a friendly reminder of all the activities they participate in outside of school. Students will also be meeting with their advisors to go over their graduation plans, and making sure they are on track to graduate. For dates for registration, please click here.

Spring American Indian Council Powwow

March 25th and 26th Montana State will be hosting the 41st American Indian Council Powwow. The Powwow will be at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. The AIC Powwow will have three Grand Entries: Friday (3/25): 6:00pm, Saturday (3/26): 12:00pm and 6:00pm. The powwow is free and open to the public. There will be concessions offering Indian tacos, dance specials, and vendors selling an assortment of items. There will be an AIC Powwow Stampede (fun run) on Saturday Morning starting at 9am. Please encourage your student to attend this very special event; it’s not one they will ever forget. For more information, please visit the website here.

Spring Rodeo

From April 9-12 MSU will be hosting the Spring Rodeo. Students really enjoy going to experience the excitement that accompanies this event. The rodeo will feature Montana State as well as 9 other schools from Montana and Wyoming. Tickets range anywhere from $6-$12 for students and $10-$18 for adults. Please encourage your student to attend the Rodeo and support our MSU team. Tickets, times and more information can be found here. .

Law Week 2016
If your student is interested in law or applying to law school next fall please encourage them to attend Law Week. Events include: women in law, how to pay for law school, how to write your personal statement, law school 101, what can you do with a law degree, and LSAT prep and practice. If your student is interested please direct them to the pre-law webpage here.





Important Dates

March 25, 2016

University Day


May 2-6th, 2016

Finals Week


May 7th, 2016



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