Dear Parents,

I have looked up and it is almost halfway through February.

Valentine's Day, while lovey dovey and happy for some, can be a very lonely day for others. (The fact that Valentine's day will likely be cool and cloudy may not help too much!) Go ahead and pay a little extra attention to your student over the next few days. Send an extra text, pop a homemade Valentine's Day card in the mail, FaceTime so you can see your student's beautiful smile... do something. I promise he/she will be so happy to hear from you.

We've reached a point in the semester where you can be a big help by doing some or all of the following:

Here are some important dates to note over the next few weeks:

Encourage your student to stay focused - midterms are right around the corner! And as always, please call or email me (662.325.3611/parents@saffairs.msstate.edu) with any questions or concerns. I always appreciate hearing any ideas/suggestions on how our office can better serve you.

Cat Walker, Office of Parent Services


Money Matter$ - Student Accounts

Account Due Date Reminder: Students should review and pay all past-due account balances by Spring term due date, March 9, 2017. If unpaid, the account will be placed on HOLD and begin accruing late fees with the March 15th billing. Students with a HOLD on their account will not be permitted to pre-register for the Summer 2017 or Fall 2017 semesters; faculty advising for Summer and Fall begins March 20, 2017 with pre-registration beginning April 3, 2017. Please note that student accounts should be kept current each month to avoid past-due holds and allow for schedule changes. According to university policy, student accounts must be current in order to continue enrollment at Mississippi State University.

Authorized Payer Reminder: To access and/or make payments on your student’s account, your student will need to designate you as an Authorized Payer through QuikPAY®. Please visit http://www.controller.msstate.edu/accountservices/paymentinfo/ for step by step instructions on how your student can set you up as an Authorized Payer.

As always, you may contact us directly at 662.325.2071 or e-mail us at studentaccounts@msstate.edu if you have questions.


A Note from the MSU Police Department

The MSU Police Department makes community oriented policing one of our main objectives. We work hard to assure that the MSU campus is safe and secure for those visitors, faculty, and students. Here are a few of safety tips we would like to pass along to everyone:

  1. Don’t text and drive.
  2. Don’t drink and drive.
  3. Make sure everyone is safety belted in the vehicle. “CLICK IT OR TICKET”
  4. Be aware of your surroundings and the company you keep.
  5. Be careful and aware of where you use your debit/credit cards.
  6. Make sure you secure your vehicles/resident hall room and nothing of value is visible.

While Mississippi State is a very safe campus, there are definitely steps students can take to help make it even safer. Over a recent 10 day period, we have had the following reports: Nine thefts, four auto burglaries, and one auto theft. All but four, of the incidents were from unlocked vehicles or unlocked resident hall rooms. The stolen vehicle was unlocked and the driver left the keys in it. Everyone can contribute to helping reduce these incidents by locking your doors and placing valuables out of sight. Encourage those that live in the resident hall to lock their doors, even if they’re only gone for a moment. Finally, don’t leave computers, phones, tablets or books unattended in public areas. The MSU Police Department doors are always open in servicing our community.

We Love Our Bulldogs. HAILSTATE!!!!!!


A Note from the Holmes Cultural Diversity Center

A Note from the Holmes Cultural Diversity Center

Black History Month (BHM) has been recognized annually since 1926, when it was first introduced as "Negro History Week" and later became known as "Black History Month" to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history." Each year the Holmes Cultural Diversity Center endeavors to celebrate and honor historic leaders that paved the way for civil liberties and racial equalities. This nationally recognized month also gives many of us, despite race, gender, ethnicity and other social classes, the opportunity to remind individuals of our country's history while nurturing our future.

Below are our BHM events:

Scenes of Freedom Summer by Dr. Ed King

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 6:30 pm in Dorman Hall Room 140

Join the Holmes Cultural Diversity Center and History Club with Dr. Ed King, a major figure in the civil rights movement in Mississippi and a key leader of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.

Barbershop Talk

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 12:00-2:00 pm in the Dawg House of Colvard Student Union

Join the Men of Excellence Program as they discuss raw topics of issues that affect African American men.

Film Documentary and Discussion: 13th

Monday, February 20, 2017 at 6:00 pm in the Dawg House of the Colvard Student Union

The title of Ava DuVernay's extraordinary and galvanizing documentary 13th refers to the 13th amendment to the Constitution, which reads "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States." The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity.

Gospel Happy Hour

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 6:00 pm in the Dawg House of the Colvard Student Union

Join the Holmes Cultural Diversity Center for a spiritual uplifting and showcase of black gospel music. Refreshments will be provided.

Celebration of Black Art: Back to Black

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 7:00 pm in Foster Ballroom in Colvard Student Union

Sponsored by the Black Student Association, NAACP, IDEAL Woman Program and Men of Excellence Program, this cultural extravaganza showcases the various forms of black art from music, to dance, to poetry, to fashion.

Cultural Trip: Mississippi Delta

Saturday, February 25, 2017, All Day

Join the Holmes Cultural Diversity Center on a FREE TRIP to the Mississippi Delta. This trip offers the opportunity to showcase the richness of Mississippi History. Space is limited therefore registration is required. To sign up, please contact dgates@saffairs.msstate.edu


A Note from the Center for Student Activities

There is a LOT going on this month and The Center for Student Activities is excited our upcoming events. Happy February from Student Activities!

Valentine’s Day Movie Night @ the Foster Ballroom in the Colvard Student Union

Tuesday, February 14th @ 7pm

We will be showing Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them on Valentine’s Day. The movie is free for all students and there will also be popcorn served!

Miss Maroon and White 2017 @ Bettersworth Auditorium in Lee Hall

Friday, February 17th @ 7pm

We are hosting our annual beauty review to crown the Most Beautiful at Mississippi State. There are 33 young ladies competing this year. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. The pageant will start at 7pm and the doors will open at 6:30pm!

MSU’s Got Talent @ Bettersworth Auditorium in Lee Hall

Wednesday, February 22nd @ 7pm

Does your student love to sing, dance, play an instrument, flip, juggle, etc.? The annual talent show is open to all students and is a free event. The winner will receive a MSU prize from the Center for Student Activities.

Paul Ramsey: Mentalist @ the Foster Ballroom in the Colvard Student Union

Friday, February 24th @ 7pm

The Involvement Ambassadors will be hosting a free show as part of the Free Friday Night event series. Paul Ramsay will be presenting is hypnotic game show, Mind Games!

Pohl Family Art Gallery @ the Union Art Gallery in the Colvard Student Union

Opens on Sunday, March 5th

Local Mississippi family will be presenting their artwork to the campus community for the month of March.

Lyceum Series presents Montana Repertory’s Barefoot in the Park @ the Bettersworth Auditorium in Lee Hall

Tuesday, March 7th @ 7pm

The Lyceum Series is proud to bring the theatrical production of Barefoot in the Park to MSU’s stage. Tickets can be purchased online at lyceum.msstate.edu, by coming to our office, by phone at 662-325-2930, or at the door. Student tickets are free!


A Note from MSU Dining

Happy February, Dawgs!

Current events for this month:

Valentine’s Day Themed Lunch and Cupcake Decorating Event

Fresh Food Company on February 14th

Chick-fil-A Breakfast Bingo

February 27th in the Colvard Student Union

Mardi Gras celebration at the Marketplace at Perry

February 28th

You can get notification of all MSU Dining upcoming events and giveaways on our social media channels: Facebook and Twitter @MSU Dining, and Instagram @msudiningdawgs.

Starting February 15th, if your student has a Meal Plan and wants to add additional flex dollars they’ll get 10% FREE BONUS on any $100 or more that is added!

Add $100 – Get $10 Bonus

Add $200 – Get $20 Bonus

Add $300 – Get $30 Bonus

Take advantage of the bonus now so your student will be all set for upcoming sports events! Add additional Flex Dollars in the MSU Dining Office, or online at www.msstatedining.com. #FeedTheDAWGInside

Bite-sized Bits of Dining Information:


A Note from the Longest Student Health Center

Students should make note of the Health Center appointment line 662-325-7539. If students need medical attention, calling for an appointment is the best way to work around class schedules.

Students are not charged for Office Visits at SHC and insurance can be filed for other services as needed. (Lab, Xray, Physical Therapy, Pharmacy)

The Health Center has a full service Pharmacy. Prescriptions may be transferred from other Pharmacies and other physician offices. Questions - 662-325-8205.

The Physical Therapy department is located on the 3rd floor of SHC. The Physical Therapist can meet the PT needs for our patients without any need to leave campus. 662-325-7543.

Patient Privacy is important. Students that would like their medical condition discussed with parents need to request a consent form to release medical information. A new release of information is required for each condition.

For more information on the MSU Student Health Center please check our website at www.health.msstate.edu.


A Note from the Office of the Registrar

GRADUATION

If your Seniors are planning to graduate in May, please remind them to go online and apply for a degree in myState. The deadline to apply with no late fees is Friday, March 10, so ask them before they leave campus for Spring Break if they have applied. The application fee is $50. April 26 is absolutely the last day to apply, and late fees are charged beginning March 11.

If your graduate plans to walk in the ceremony, remind them also to contact Barnes & Noble to order a cap and gown. Commencement ceremonies will be held May 5 and 6. http://www.registrar.msstate.edu/calendars/academic-calendar/ shows the colleges assigned to each ceremony. Further ceremony details will be available at registrar.msstate.edu later this semester.

For students who will complete degree requirements in the summer term, they should apply for a degree in the summer term and plan to walk in the December ceremony.

CLASS SCHEDULES

The master class schedules for summer and fall classes will be available in mid-March. Encourage your student to be familiar with the class options prior to meeting with an advisor March 20-31. Pre-registration for the summer and fall terms will begin April 3 and is conducted in a priority order based on how many credit hours students have earned.


A Note from Financial Aid

Students apply for grants, loans, and work-study jobs through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at https://fafsa.ed.gov. Students only need to apply for the FAFSA once per school year.

Students can apply now for financial aid for the Fall 2017/Spring 2018 school year. The earlier you apply, the earlier you can plan for the upcoming school year. Students should apply by April 1, 2017 to be sure their funds are ready by the beginning of the Fall 2017 Semester.

Mississippi residents can find need-based and merit-based grants and scholarships at www.riseupms.com/state-aid for the Fall. Deadlines to apply are March 1 (Nissan), March 31 (HELP) and September 15 (MTAG and MESG). You must apply each year.



Q & A...
  • What should my student do if he/she is sick?
    If sick, encourage your student to:

    • Avoid close contact with others who show signs of illness.
    • Wash hands often with soap and water.
    • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your arm—not your hands. 
    • Toss tissues in the trash after one use. 
    • Hibernate.

    www.health.msstate.edu