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Welcome to university housing where students
enjoy living on campus “where the action is.”
who live on campus are more satisfied The Department of Housing and Residence Life
Recent research indicates that students lved on campus and become an integral Whether your student is in class or out, the
y to graduate. They also are more invo offers affordable on-campus housing for parents,
grade-point averages and are more likel rams ranging from self-defense tips
MSU academic community. In addition, the halls regularly host prog Department of Housing and Residence Life wants to
commuting students, visitors, and special guests.
part of the candidates.
presentations by Student Association make sure he or she is getting the most out of the
from the MSU Police Department to Herbert Hall is a year-round facility within walking
Mississippi State living experience.
distance of all central campus buildings. It provides
Besides plenty of places to Since your student will spend more time out of
eat on campus, there are
other businesses that make
convenient free parking, card-access security systems, a
things convenient for resi class than in the classroom, the housing program is a
It’s all in one place. service florist and gift sho
products, from computers
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University Florist is a full
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- priority to us and to you. We take great pride in the
quality and character of our central office staff and our Graduate
full-service kitchen, ice machine, and snack machines.
There is a lounge area on each floor, washers and dryers,
bakes delicious pies, cakes o, the State Fountain Bak and irons and ironing boards. All rooms have at least
and cookies and sells MS ery Residence Directors and Resident Assistants out in the residence halls.
coffee. Housing and Res U ice cream and Starbucks two single beds, desk, chest, telephones (with voice mail),
idence Life even offers line Our goal is to serve your student and do all we can to enhance the overall
easily leave campus. ns for sale to those who can cable TV with HBO, Ethernet hookup, MicroFridge
’t collegiate experience at Mississippi State University.
(refrigerator, freezer, microwave), sink, and linens. First-
Dine in or out. We look forward to serving as a partner with you in this effort. If you
find during the year that you have questions or concerns, please do not
floor rooms and bathrooms are personally decorated and
There are lots of dining facilities on campus, including the Perry Cafeteria wheelchair-accessible.
, the State Fountain Bakery, Gooch’s featuring Stone Willy’s Pizza, the hesitate to contact us.
Pegasus Dining Room in the Wise Center, and the Colvard Union food court
which features Wendy’s, Chick-fil-A, Subway, and Great Wall Chinese Herbert Hall is available on a nightly, weekly or
Eatery. There also are snack shops in Mitchell Memorial Library and McArthu monthly basis. Prices are $25 per night for a single room
r Hall. Plus, there are several restaurants in Starkville that will deliver Sincerely,
to campus. In addition, campus restaurants and many downtown establish and $30 per night for a double room. First floor rooms
ments honor the MSU MoneyMate meal plan.
Dr. E. Ann Bailey
are $5 more.
Director of Housing and Residence Life
Please contact Shay McDonnall at 662-325-2867 or
All the comforts of home. net access in lobbies and lab
email@example.com for further information.
itioning, and many have wireless Inter
security systems, heating and air cond O, dead-bolt locks, smoke detectors,
All residence halls have laundry facilities, ce, super basic cable TV hook-ups/HB
areas. Rooms offer refrigerat or/freezer/microwave units, Internet servi Residence Hall vs. Dorm
voice mail and caller I.D. capability.
local telephone service with call waiting,
Why residence hall and not dorm? Dorm comes from
Nonprofit Organization the Latin word “dormus” which means “to sleep.” We want
U.S. Postage our students to be getting more than that out of the campus
PAID living experience.
Mississippi State, MS
Permit #81 We believe that a residence hall is a community and a
Housing and Residence Life place where one can “Live, Learn and Lead.”
P. O. Box 9502
Mississippi State, MS 39762-9502 Our trained Residence Life staff offers you information,
advice and support. They help develop an atmosphere of
community living to help students in their academic and
They also plan residential activities that are fun and
enlightening, and will help residents become more well-
At Mississippi State University, residence hall means a
total campus living experience.
The next time you hear the word “dorm,” remember that
your son or daughter will get much more than that with
Mississippi State University complies with all applicable laws regarding affirmative action and equal opportunity
in all its activities and programs and does not discriminate against anyone protected by law because of age,
color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, handicap, or status as a veteran or disabled veteran.
Calendar of Events
October 17 and 18 (Monday and Tuesday) Fall Break
Home, again? Meet
November 15 Last day to withdraw from university
November 22 Last day of class before Thanksgiving Break
November 23-25 Thanksgiving Break
There will be many changes that your student will go through
while attending college. Coming home for Christmas break can
prove to be a very challenging experience for both the parents and
the Residence Directors
November 28 Classes resume the students. To avoid major problems during this period, try
December 5-9 Final exams following these suggestions:
Aiken Village: Jason Boler will be entering McKee Hall: Heather Edwards will be entering
December 12 Residence halls close at 5 p.m. • Discuss curfew before your student returns home. It will be his third year at The Village. He earned a her second year as McKee RD. She holds a
January 2 Residence halls re-open at 2 p.m. hard for a student to return home for Christmas and, all of a bachelor’s degree from MSU and is bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern
January 3 Intercession classes Begin sudden, have a curfew again after not having one for several pursuing a master’s in history and a second Mississippi and is pursuing a master’s in counselor
bachelor’s degree in business administration. education, with an emphasis in student affairs.
January 18 Spring classes begin months. It is important to work out a compromise before he or she (325-3908) (325-3160)
gets home, so the rules will be set and there will be no confusion
from the beginning.
Who are Resident Assistants? • If chores or other responsibilities will be expected of your Arbour Acres/University Drive: Sherman Green Rice Hall East: DeMarias Wilkins is studying for an
student upon returning home, it is important to discuss them will be entering his second year as an RD. He holds education specialist degree in counselor education,
a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State and is with an emphasis in student affairs. She will be
A Resident Assistant is a student who has been beforehand. This is especially important if these are new or pursuing a master’s in counselor education, with an entering her second year as an RD and first year at
specifically selected and trained to work with other students. different tasks than have been expected of the student in the past. emphasis in school counseling. (325-3628) Rice Hall. She holds a bachelor’s degree from
RAs serve as role models by being: team members, • It is important to talk about where and when your student Mississippi University for Women and a master’s from
Mississippi State in counselor education. (325-3358)
community builders, crisis managers, administrators, is expected to be for family events during the break. He or she may
counselors, and educators. plan on traveling to visit friends, so it is important to discuss dates
Cresswell Hall: Charlie Wilder will be entering his Rice Hall West: Leigh Ann Hussey will be entering
RAs are upper-class students who have lived in residence ahead of time so that there are no conflicts. first year as a Cresswell Hall RD. He earned a her first year as a Rice Hall RD. She earned a
halls and are here to help residents feel at home. RAs are a • Students will have changed when they return home. Most bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State and is bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State and is
great resource and can assist with roommate conflicts, hall likely, they will be more independent, but they might have pursuing a master’s in counselor education, with and pursuing a master’s in counselor education, with an
conflicts and academic concerns. Plus, they are there when a emphasis in student affairs. (717-1200) emphasis in student affairs. (325-6386)
changed in looks, their interests might be different, or they could
student just wants to talk or grab a bite to eat. have changed in other ways as well. Be prepared for this ahead of
In addition, RAs sponsor educational and social programs time, because just as they have changed, you have changed during
that enable students to learn new things and meet other this time. It might take a bit of adjusting to each other at first, but Critz Hall: Carolyn Lang will be entering her Ruby Hall: Micah White will be returning for his
people on their floor. work together and be open to these changes. first year as a Critz Hall RD. She earned a third year and his first as a Ruby RD. He holds a
bachelor’s from Oakland University in bachelor’s degree from MSU and is pursuing a
Rochester, Mich. She is pursuing a master’s master’s in counselor education, with an emphasis
degree in counselor education, with an in student affairs. (717-0151)
Housing provides multiple emphasis in student affairs. (325-3129)
opportunities to get involved
Evans Hall: Marcus Silver will be entering his Sessums Hall: Jennifer McDuffie will be entering her
first year as an Evans Hall RD. He earned a second year as Sessums RD. She earned a bachelor’s
Your student by now has had multiple opportunities to get
bachelor’s degree from Florida International degree from Mississippi University for Women and is
involved and enhance his or her college career. Programs are offered University and is pursuing a master’s degree in pursuing a master’s in counselor education, with an
each week in every hall that are designed to provide students not only counselor education, with an emphasis in student emphasis in student affairs.
outside the classroom life-skills training, but an opportunity to meet affairs. (325-2242) (325-9371)
other residents who live in their building. Establishing a community
and a network of friends is critical to the success of each of our
Suttle Hall: Gavin Roark will be entering his
residents. Hathorn Hall: Justin Castanza will be entering his
second year as Suttle RD. He holds a bachelor’s
first year as a Hathorn RD. He holds a bachelor’s
In addition, hall associations are established to give residents an degree from Austin Peay State University and is
degree from Mississippi State and is pursuing a
opportunity to voice their concerns about building policies or pursuing a master’s in counselor education, with an
master’s in counselor education, with an emphasis in
emphasis in student affairs. (325-6183)
expectations. They also allow residents to plan their own student affairs. (717-0001)
programming and involvement events beyond the housing staff.
If that doesn’t interest your student, the university has more than
300 student organizations available to fit the needs of everyone. If Hull Hall: Emily Kynerd will be entering her
you feel your student has not found his or her niche, please contact second year as an RD and her first year in Hull
Stephen Whitlock, associate director for residence life, at Hall. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Union
University and is pursuing a master’s in counselor
firstname.lastname@example.org or 662-325-2799. He can offer your student education, with an emphasis in student affairs.
the information and resources to make MSU a home and an (325-2386)
opportunity for success.