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					Why residence hall life is                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mississippi State University                                                         Fall 2005




                                                                  Campus safety and securi
                                                                                              ty is a priority at Mississip
                                                                                                                                        the best:                                                                                        Parent Newsletter
       It’s secure.                                               operate as partners and are
                                                                  their “home away from hom
                                                                 a state-of-the-art fire securi
                                                                                                available 24 hours a day,
                                                                                                                           pi State. Housing staff and
                                                                                                 e.” All residence halls hav
                                                                                                                            seven days a week, to ma
                                                                                                                                                         the Police Department
                                                                                                                                                      ke sure students feel safe
                                                                                                                               e controlled card-reader acc                       in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Department of Housing and Residence Life
                                                                                               ty system. Individual roo                                   ess, fire extinguishers and
                                                                 locks. In addition, MSU                                    ms are equipped with sm
                                                                                              Police offer Cops-on-Bik                                oke detectors and dead-b
                                                                                                                         es, Residence Hall Adopt                                olt
                                                                 Identification, communit
                                                                                             y policing, and library pat
                                                                                                                          rol.
                                                                                                                                                    -a-Cop, Operation                                                            Welcome from Dr. Bailey
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Staying on Campus
     It’s smarter.                                                                  with their college experience, earn high
                                                                                                                            er
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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
                                                                                                                                            dence hall students. The
                                                                                                                                            p and the MSU Bookstor
                                                                                                                                             to CDs to textbooks. Als
                                                                                                                                                                       University Florist is a full
                                                                                                                                                                       e offers a wide variety of
                                                                                                                                                                                                   -                              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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          shay@saffairs.msstate.edu for further information.
                                                                                         itioning, and many have wireless Inter
                                                  security systems, heating and air cond                             O, dead-bolt locks, smoke detectors,
                                                                                                                                                             and
     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
                                                                                                                                                                                                               personal growth.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    They also plan residential activities that are fun and
                                                                                                                                                                                                               enlightening, and will help residents become more well-
                                                                                                                                                                                                               rounded.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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!
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
                                                                  s.whitlock@msstate.edu 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.

				
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