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Dear Bobcat parent and family members,

Well, your student has made it through another semester -- and so have you. And your student is now one big step closer to their goal of earning a college degree! We're very proud of them for their hard work, resilience and determination throughout the school year.

Every day, we see more vehicles stuffed with belongings as they depart Bozeman for summer adventures. This is a sure sign that the end of the semester is near. Of course, not all students will head out of town for the summer, as many will remain in Bozeman to work and play in the mountains and rivers. I hear from the registrar's office that many will also attend the summer session.

If your student is in Bozeman for the summer, they might be interested in a campus job. MSU is hiring students in many areas, including Event Services, University Student Housing, Culinary Services and ResNet computer services. Students can visit the Come Work With Us website to learn more about these positions and apply. 

Students can also check out HireABobcat.com to find work-study jobs, internships, part-time employment and post-graduation positions. Hire-A-Bobcat uses the Handshake platform to connect students with on- and off-campus employers. 

If your student will be in Bozeman for the summer and you're concerned they may be struggling with food insecurity, please remind them that they have access to the Bounty of the Bridgers food pantry. The pantry is a student-driven initiative offering supplemental and emergency food assistance to any student, faculty or staff in need. For more information, visit the Bounty of the Bridgers website

Finally, just a reminder if you have friends or family members graduating that Commencement ceremonies are scheduled for Friday, May 12, at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Details are available at montana.edu/commencement. The ceremonies will be livestreamed, and a link will be on the Commencement webpage on the morning of the ceremony.

I hope these emails are keeping you informed and even a little inspired about student life at MSU, with a bit of levity now and again. It's a team effort to produce these emails with members of my staff, University Communications and the MSU Alumni Foundation behind the scenes.

Thank you for taking the time to read my messages and for being our partner in student success. I appreciate the responses -- keep your questions, concerns, thoughts and suggestions coming next semester!

I'm signing off for the summer, but I'll be back in touch if something comes up that I think you'll want to know about or might find intriguing before August.  

Here's to a summer filled with fun and adventures,

Matthew R. Caires
Dean of Students