Week of April 4th

Thanks for reading this inaugural edition of the SA Weekly Update. It is my hope that this will serve as a mechanism for the SA to better communicate with the Student Body on programs and other issues we are currently working on.

This week will be one of the busiest programming weeks of the year for the Student Association. Throughout this upcoming week, we will be hosting or sponsoring an event on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights all to celebrate Super Bulldog Weekend.

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Gubernatorial Candidates' Forum

Wednesday, April 6th - 6-8pm

Bettersworth Auditorium of Lee Hall

It was a goal of the Student Association to host a forum on campus this spring for the candidates seeking the state-wide offices of Governor and Lieutenant Governor. Over the last few weeks, members of the SA have been working continually to prepare for this event and are now making final preparations.

If you are not familiar with a candidates' forum, it is somewhat similar to a debate. However, a forum does not contain rebuttals for each candidate to respond to comments made by the other candidates. The questions for this event will be opinion based and will give candidates the opportunity to inform their constituents on their stance on different issues.

Tickets are FREE and are available in the SA Office (Union 314) or online at the website below.

For more information visit www.mstateforum.com

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Movie Night at Davis Wade

Thursday, April 7th - 6:30-9:30pm

Davis Wade Stadium - West Side

For the last two years, the SA has partnered with the Athletic Department to kick-off Super Bulldog Weekend with a Movie Night at Davis Wade.

Over 1,000 students voted in the SA website poll, and the overwhelming winner was Toy Story 3.

Schedule of Events:

- 6pm - Gates Open

- 6:30pm - Coach Dan Mullen

- 6:45pm - 2010-11 Football Highlight Video

- 7pm - Toy Story 3

Concession stands will be open for full service and admission is free. All students and families in the community are encouraged to attend.

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The Big Event

Friday, April 8th

**Help needed to find job-sites!

Three years ago, SA Freshman Council brought "The Big Event" to Mississippi State's campus to show our appreciation to the Starkville community for the hospitality they show to us throughout our time at Mississippi State.

Now, in its third official year, the Freshman Council group has taken it to a new level with over 100 teams and 875 volunteers participating. This event will give students the opportunity to spend one hour working in the community.

The group is still seeking job sites, and those can be submitted by visiting the link below.

For more information, visit www.msubigevent.com

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Spring Football Game

Saturday, April 9th - 5pm

Davis Wade Stadium

If you haven't heard by now, you will soon...Coach Dan Mullen wants #40kinDavisWade on Saturday for the annual Maroon & White spring football scrimmage.

The SA is partnering with the Athletic Department to provide students who attend the game an opportunity to win one of six great prizes. Those prizes include:

- Autographed Football

- $100 Barnes & Noble Giftcard

- 32GB iPod Touch

- Free Semester of Books from Barnes & Noble

- 16GB iPad2

- Free Semester of Tuition

In order to be eligible, all you must do is go to gates 2, 10, 12 or 20 and swipe your Student ID card. Winners must be present in order to claim prize.

We will also be swiping for The Bulldog Coalition at these gates. For more information about the Coalition visit www.truemaroon.msstate.edu/be

The votes are in for the 2010-11 TRUE MAROON Senior Athlete of the Year and the winner will be recognized in a special presentation during the Spring Game.

The Spring Game will also feature the premiere of the 2011-12 TRUE MAROON Adidas t-shirt design as well as the promotional video for this year.

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Old Main Music Festival

Saturday, April 9th

Immediately Following Spring Game until 12 Midnight

The annual Old Main Music Festival, sponsored by the SA, CAB and Music Maker Productions, will take place in the MSU Amphitheatre and will feature four great bands. This year's headliners will be Robert Randolph and the Family Band and Shontelle. Old Main will also be host to ECompany and the 2011 CAB Battle of the Bands winner, The Motions.

Admission will be free and the event is open to the public.

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The mission of the Student Association is simple, to work to earnestly improve the quality of life and represent the interests of EVERY student at Mississippi State. That is our goal, and please let me know if there is ever a way in which I can help to improve your experience as a student at Mississippi State.

HAIL STATE!

Rhett Hobart

Week of April 11th

Thanks for reading our second edition of the SA Weekly Update. You can find archived issues at the bottom of this page.

The Student Association had a very active week last week with the many events surrounding Super Bulldog Weekend.

Recap of the Week

Gubernatorial Forum: Over 450 students, administrators community members and distinguished guests gathered in Lee Hall on Wednesday night to hear discussion from both candidates running for Lt. Gov and the majority of the candidates running for Governor. You can watch a replay of the forum here.

Movie Night: We had our largest crowd ever for this event and hosted over 3,000 students and community members in Davis Wade Stadium to hear from Coach Dan Mullen and watch Toy Story 3.

The Big Event: Last Friday, nearly 900 students devoted one hour of time to the betterment of the Starkville community and we only hope that the event will continue to grow in the years to come.

Spring Game: The SA and Athletic Department partnered for the Spring Game Student Giveaway for the first time this year and gave out six great prizes to students in attendance.

Old Main Music Festival: The SA/CAB/MMP again hosted Old Main Music Festival in the Amphitheater immediately following the spring football game. The event drew a crowd of over 7,000 and great music from The Motions, eCompany, Shontelle and Robert Randolph and the Family Band.

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TRUE MAROON 2011-12

The 2011-12 True Maroon campaign has been announced and this year's theme will be "Wrap it in Maroon & White - Jack Cristil"

We will once again continue our partnership with Adidas and the t-shirts will be on sale on campus and across the state beginning in late May.

More about this year's campaign can be found online soon at the True Maroon Website .

The 2011-12 video is now available to view here.

The 2010-11 True Maroon Sr. Athlete of the Year was also announced and with over 2,000 votes cast between the four nominees, the winner was Cody Freeman from Baseball. Throughout Cody's four years at Mississippi State, he has truly demonstrated the qualities of being True Maroon.

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Join the Bulldog Coalition

One great way that you can get involved and support your fellow student-athletes on campus is by joining the Bulldog Coalition. The Bulldog Coalition is a student run program similar to The Bulldog Club. This organization encourages attendance at all Mississippi State sports and awards prizes to those students who attend the most events. You can learn more here.

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Bulldog Bash 2011

With summer quickly approaching, talk has begun about our 2011 Bulldog Bash headliner. This year, we really want to hear your feedback on which bands you would like to see featured at the event.

Understanding that we are working on a very strict budget, we want to have communication from the student body throughout much of the process and take suggestions from you and we will examine each of those in order to help us make a decision. Give us your thoughts at www.msubulldogbash.org.

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New SA Logo

We are excited to announce that you will begin to see a new logo used for the Student Association. Thanks to the great help of MSU University Relations, we have been able to create a new recognizable logo that will be used in all aspects of our events and programming. You will continue to see our SA Seal used for SA Senate, Cabinet and official document use.

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The mission of the Student Association is simple, to work to earnestly improve the quality of life and represent the interests of EVERY student at Mississippi State. That is our goal, and please let me know if there is ever a way in which I can help to improve your experience as a student at Mississippi State.

HAIL STATE!

Rhett Hobart

Week of April 18th

With the semester coming to a close, the SA is working to finalize our events and programs from the spring semester and begin gearing up for Summer Orientations and fall events.

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Cram Craze

Because of the outstanding feedback received from our first trial of Cram Craze for last semester's exams, we are excited to be able to announce that we will be implementing the program again this semester. The Student Association is partnering with Aramark and the Colvard Student Union to keep selected dining locations in the Union open late for exams. The Union will remain open until Midnight on the following nights:

Monday, April 25th

Chick-Fil-A: Open until 10pm

Starbuck's: Open until Midnight

POD: Open until Midnight

Tuesday, April 26th

Chick-Fil-A: Open until 10pm

Starbuck's: Open until Midnight

POD: Open until Midnight

Wednesday, April 27th

Chick-Fil-A: Open until 10pm

Starbuck's: Open until Midnight

POD: Open until Midnight

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Professor of the Year Awarded

For the past few years, the SA has taken nominations from students for a program called "Student Teacher Recognition." This year, we have revamped that program and decided to award one Professor as the MSU Student Assocaition Professor of the Year.

Nominations were accepted from students accross campus and each nomination required a letter explaining why he/she felt their nominee desreved the award.

We are very excited to announce that this year's Professor of the Year is Professor Whit Waide.

More info about this award can now be found on our main page...

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Work continues to move forward for Bulldog Bash 2011

Our 2011 Directors of External Events are actively working to finalize the early details to kick-off our 2011 sponsorship campaign.

The team is currenlty finalizing a couple of the larger event sponsorships and will begin reaching out to businesses accross the region and state within the next month. In order for the event to continue to grow and feature larger and more notabl artists, we must be able to raise more funds throughout our region.

If you know of a business who would like to sponsor Bulldog Bash 2011, they can visit www.msubulldogbash.org for details.

The 2011 event will take place on Friday, October 14th in the Cotton District in Starkville, MS. The Bulldogs will take on the University of South Carolina that weekend.

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Keep Books Cheap

All eight public institutions accross the state are working to publicize Keep Books Cheap Month at their respective campuses.

This program is intended to serve as a mechanism for student's to learn ways they can help to make textbooks cheaper.

To learn ways you can help, take a look here.

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The mission of the Student Association is simple, to work to earnestly improve the quality of life and represent the interests of EVERY student at Mississippi State. That is our goal, and please let me know if there is ever a way in which I can help to improve your experience as a student at Mississippi State.

HAIL STATE!

Rhett Hobart

SA Weekly Update: Special May Summer Edition

Exams have concluded and summer has begun in Starkville. The SA has been working on many programs and services for the fall semester and I wanted to pass along some information about a few of those to you now. I will continue to post one update per month throughout the summer until classes resume in August in order to keep you updated with the happenings on campus.

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True Maroon Football Game

We are so excited this year to be recognizing Jack Cristil and his famous line of "Wrap it in Maroon and White" as our 2011-12 True Maroon theme. T-shirts will be on sale within the next couple of weeks at Adidas retailers around the state and online.

We are also excited to announce that the 2011 True Maroon football game will be November 12th against the University of Alabama. Because this year's game is taking place later in the season than it has in the past, we are offering a long sleeve t-shirt this year as well. The short sleeve shirt will cost $12 and the long sleeve shirt will cost $15.

As we have done in the years past since the True Maroon campaign's inception, $1 of the price of each shirt sold will go to benefit the United Way.

To learn more about True Maroon and the history of "Wrap it in Maroon and White," click here.

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"The Road Trip"

We have finalized plans for our inaugural "Road Trip." a chartered-bus trip which we hope to take each year to an away football game and eventually other sporting events. The University of Georgia Football game has been chosen for this season and will give students the opportunity to travel together on a bus to the game.

The SA will have a block of seats reserved at the game for all Road Trip attendees and a full package deal which will include:

- Round Trip Charter Bus Seat

- Football Game Ticket

- Pre-game Lunch

- Post-game meal

- "Road Trip" t-shirt.

The cost of the trip will be $130 and will be inclusive of the benefits listed above. We feel that this will be a great way to allow our students to travel to a game together and we hope that it will be a tradition we are able to continue in the future and for multiple sports. If you would like to go on this year's "Road Trip," please contact us at info@sa.msstate.edu.

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Homecoming Theme & Poster Contest Announced

We are excited to announce that the 2011 Homecoming is scheduled for Nov. 5, and will carry the theme, With Praise Our Voices Ring. This year's theme is derived from the last line of the Mississippi State Alma Mater.

We are also pleased to announce the fourth annual Homecoming Poster Contest. This poster competition is designed for MSU students to showcase their talent and make this piece of art memorable and collectible to students, employees, alumni and friends. The poster design chosen will be printed on the official Homecoming Poster and on the Homecoming T-shirts. To learn more click here.

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Tornado Relief Efforts

In light of the storms which took place across the southeast on April 27th causing major damage to many of our surrounding communities as well as our fellow students at the University of Alabama, the SA planned efforts to provide relief to those in need.

Immediately following the storm, we began communicating with members of the Student Government at the University of Alabama as well as students and residents of Smithville and other surrounding areas to coordinate relief efforts for those communities.

The SA began a supply drive on Friday, April 29th to collect toiletry items, non-perishable foods, clothing and other necessities. With five days of collections, we received overwhelming support from students as well as members of the community, local businesses and hotels.

A week after the storm, a group of twenty student volunteers traveled to Tuscaloosa, AL to deliver a portion of these supplies to help our fellow students in need and spend time working in the community. We coordinated with the UA Student Government to set up this drop off of supplies and partnered with Samaritan's Purse to spend the afternoon working on relief efforts in the community.

On Friday, May 6th, another group of students traveled to Smithville, MS to take the final truck load of supplies that had been collected. We were able to coordinate with the MSU Extension Service office there, which is serving as a collection and distribution point in Smithville. Student volunteers were able to spend the afternoon on Friday aiding the extension office in sorting and delivering supplies.

In a time of destruction and crisis such as this, it is incredibly important for our State and our communities to come together to see ways in which we can help benefit those in need. While the storms did not cause extensive damage in the Starkville community, we know that many students attending MSU were affected by the disasters in Mississippi and in Alabama. We are blessed as people to have the ability to give to those in times of need and we hope that through these efforts we have been able to provide some assistance to those who have lost so much. We will continue to be in touch with the affected communities to find ways in which we can help in the future.

You can find a video narrative of our trip to Tuscaloosa and Smithville here.

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The mission of the Student Association is simple, to work to earnestly improve the quality of life and represent the interests of EVERY student at Mississippi State. That is our goal, and please let me know if there is ever a way in which I can help to improve your experience as a student at Mississippi State.

This is your STATE and we are your SA.

HAIL STATE!

Rhett Hobart



SA Weekly Update: Special July Summer Edition

This summer has been a very productive one for the SA! We have been working all summer on many new initiatives for this year.

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2011 Bulldog Bash presented by Emerge

We are very excited to be able to announce the lineup for 2011 Bulldog Bash presented by Emerge. This year’s headliner will be The Avett Brothers. Jake Owen will also be performing. The Cellular South Emerge artist, a Motown act and an R&B act will round out this year’s show. Bulldog Bash will be held on 11/11/11, on the eve of the University of Alabama football game.

One of the things that was very important to the Co-Directors of External Events in the planning of this year’s show was having students’ input in the band selection. We asked for artist suggestions via Twitter and the MSU Bulldog Bash website, and received over 600 submissions. Thanks to your feedback, we were able to place an offer for The Avett Brothers, who had overwhelming support amongst the submissions. The excitement throughout the student body and alumni is very apparent and we are excited that we were able to use the feedback to get a great band for the event.

Also, for the first time, we will be selling VIP passes to Bulldog Bash. A VIP pass will enable you to see the artists perform from a reserved seating and viewing area, and be able to enjoy complimentary food and beverages throughout the concert. The Aramark VIP area will offer the best viewing area with its location directly adjacent to the Clark Beverage Main Stage. VIP passes are $100 each and can be purchased on the official site of MSU Bulldog Bash - visit www.msubulldogbash.org/purchase for more details.

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The Drill

The Drill will be held on the evening of the first day of classes – August 17th, at 6:00pm on the Historic Drill Field in front of Swalm. The Drill is an annual event that the SA and Alumni Association host to welcome students back to campus and kick-off the school year. In keeping with tradition, students will be able to sign the MSU creed and there will be limited number of free official “The Drill” T-shirts for those in attendance. More details will be released next week!

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Tents for Tickets & Student Season Ticket Sales

Tents for Tickets is an event that has been held in years past, but this year’s Tents4Tickets will be much bigger! Student will be able to pitch their tents in the Junction beginning at 5:00pm on August 26th. There will be a wristband process for those who camp out throughout the night – further information will be released at the beginning of the semester.

Some of the nights festivities include the Lady Bulldogs Volleyball home opener, CAB will be hosting movie(s) in the Junction, and other student organizations are planning more events throughout the night and early morning. True Maroon shirts will also be on sale throughout the night and on Saturday. They will once again be able to be charged to your student account.

We will be holding a Tents4Tickets Twitter raffle, where one lucky winner will get a fast pass to the front of the line. In addition to being able to claim the first set of student tickets for this season, the winner and five friends will enjoy the night’s festivities in recliners with free food and refreshments. To have your chance to win, you must follow @msstatesa, @CowbellYell, and @MSUCoalition – we will be tweeting information in the coming weeks from those accounts to determine our winner who will get the first place in line.

Student Season Tickets will be on sale on Saturday, August 27th from 8:00am to 2:00pm at the M-Club ticket office at the Junction. In order to accommodate students who have conflicts with the Saturday ticket sales, a VERY LIMITED number of season tickets will be held back to be purchased on Monday morning. Those tickets will be sold first come, first served beginning at 8:00am at the Bryan Athletic Administration Ticket Office.

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Cowbell Yell

The inaugural Cowbell Yell will be held at 10:00pm on September 14, the night before our SEC home opener against LSU. Cowbell Yell will feature Coach Dan Mullen, the Famous Maroon Band, and the spirit teams – but it will be much more exciting than a regular pep rally. This student only event will welcome back some of our notable Bulldogs from the past and serve as the first change for students to experience the culture of Davis Wade Stadium for the 2011 season. New traditions and cheers will be unveiled, and the new ribbon boards will make their debut at this event. We are working on the details right now for one incredible and exciting night in Davis Wade – be sure to mark your calendar! Also, submit a picture of you and your cowbell on Twitter for a special project… be sure to mention @mstatemarketing and include the hashtag #mycowbell. Follow @CowbellYell for more updates.

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The mission of the Student Association is simple, to work to earnestly improve the quality of life and represent the interests of EVERY student at Mississippi State. That is our goal, so please let me know if there is ever a way in which I can help to improve your experience as a student at Mississippi State.

This is your STATE and we are your SA.

HAIL STATE!

Rhett Hobart



SA Weekly Update: Special Student Tickets Edition

As we announced earlier this summer, student football tickets will be sold next Saturday, August 27th from 8am-2pm in the Junction at the MClub ticket office. Students should expect an email this week with full details regarding the process.

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Tents for Tickets

Tents for Tickets is an event that has been held in years past, but this year’s Tents4Tickets will be on a much larger scale. Students will be able to pitch their tents in the Junction beginning at 5:00pm on August 26th. There will be a wristband process for those who camp out throughout the night and only students who are present with the tent at the time of setup will get that wristband for the tent. Each tent will be allowed up to 10 wristbands, and those students must be present at the time the wristbands are given out for that spot in line. Wrist bands will be given out for new spaces in line until midnight. Check-ins for students will take place throughout the night, and further details in that regard will be announced soon.

There will be many events taking place throughout the night, and the Campus Activities Board will be hosting two movies in the Junction: The Replacements as well as The Program. Other student organizations are planning more events throughout the night and early morning.

For clarification, we have received many questions about what type of tent we mean by "tents for tickets," and to answer that simply...whatever you would like to use. You may bring a camping tent, a tailgate tent, or just lawn chairs and no tent. The idea of a "tent" is to mark your space in line and give you a designated area to wait in.

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Front of the Line Pass

We will be holding a Tents4Tickets Twitter raffle, where one lucky winner will get a fast pass to the front of the line. In addition to being able to claim the first set of student tickets for this season, the winner and five friends will enjoy the night’s festivities in recliners with free food and refreshments. To have your chance to win, you must follow @msstatesa, @CowbellYell, and @MSUCoalition – we will be tweeting information in the coming days from those accounts to determine our winner who will get the first place in line.

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Student Fan Day

We are excited to announce a partnership with the MSU Athletic Department to host a Student Fan Day to kick off the 2011-12 MSU Athletic Seasons.

The event will begin in the front of the Newell-Grissom building at 5:45pm. During this time, students will have the opportunity to mingle with different MSU Student-Athletes and Coaches, as well as to take photos with the Egg Bowl Trophy.

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Volleygrind

The MSU Volleyball team opens up its season this year with a home tournament. The Dawgs will kick-off the 2011 season at 7pm on August 26th in the Newell-Grissom building.

There will be free t-shirts given out to the first 600 students who enter the Newell-Grissom building for the 7pm game. The game will also feature a "Coaches Challenge" in which different MSU Coaches from across MSU Athletics will compete in a "Volleygrind Challenge" competition during halftime of the game. This event will feature coaches such as: Coach John Cohen, Coach Vann Stuedeman, Coach Per Nillson; Coach Dan Mullen, Coach Clay Homan, Coach Sharon Fanning-Otis, and Coach Daryl Greenan. More information about the competition will be announced in the coming days.

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Student Away Ticket Sales

Student away tickets will go on sale at 8am on August 22nd at the Bryan Athletic Administration Building. There are 100 student tickets allocated for each game.

The University of Georgia game tickets will be limited to 2 tickets per student ID, the other games will not be restricted. Prices are listed below and students must buy with cash or credit card. There are not plans in place to have these on sale at Davis Wade on the 27th, so be sure to purchase these in advance of your season tickets.

Memphis $50

Auburn $70

Georgia $55

UAB $30

Kentucky $46

Arkansas $65

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Student Season Tickets

Student Season Tickets will be on sale on Saturday, August 27th from 8:00am to 2:00pm at the M-Club ticket office at the Junction. In order to accommodate students who have conflicts with the Saturday ticket sales, a VERY LIMITED number of season tickets will be held back to be purchased on Monday morning. Those tickets will be sold first come, first served beginning at 8:00am at the Bryan Athletic Administration Ticket Office.

True Maroon shirts will also be on sale throughout the night and on Saturday. They will once again be able to be charged to your student account for $12.

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Schedule of Events

Friday, August 26th:

5:00pm - Junction Opens for Tent Set-Up

5:45pm - Student Fan Day Begins (Newell-Grissom Building)

7:00pm - Home Volleyball Opener - "Volleygrind"

9:00pm - The Replacements (Junction)

10:30-11:30 - Flag Football and games (Junction - Campus Activities Board)

12:00am - The Program (Junction)

Saturday, August 27th:

8:00am - Student Tickets On-Sale (Junction)



SA UPDATE: Student Ticket Additional Information

Everything you need to know about Student Tickets and Tents4Tickets can be found below:

Confused? FAQs Found Here

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We are excited that the start of College Football season is quickly approaching and that campus is bustling with excitement for this much anticipated season.

There have been many questions coming through our office over the last few days in regards to the Tents4Tickets process and student ticket sales. Allow me to make an attempt at clarifying the process below:

Each student has received a MSU Announcement outlining much of the information for the upcoming athletic events.


TENTS FOR TICKETS


With the increasing enrollment, and the historical times surrounding our athletic programs, the SA and Athletic Department have partnered to create an organized method for students to wait in line for their season football tickets.

Knowing that many students were already planning to camp out in line the night prior to student ticket sales, we wanted to create an event where students would still have the ability to participate in campus-wide events that evening. There are many events taking place on the MSU Campus Friday night, including the home opener for MSU Volleyball and Student Fan Day.

Participation in Tents4Tickets is in no way a requirement in order to purchase your season tickets, it is simply a way to organize the already anticipated large student line and create excitement for the upcoming season. We hope that Tents4Tickets will allow those students who were already planning to begin their wait on Friday night, to still be able to participate in campus-wide events.

Students can pitch their tents in the Junction beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, on August 26 and will be able to do so well into the night. Regular campus tailgating rules will apply. Tents will be tagged in a numerical order upon the time that the tent is set-up, and this will mark your space in line.

There will be a wristband process for those who camp out throughout the night, which will allow students to leave their tent space to participate in the other campus-wide events.

Only students who are present with the tent at the time of setup will get a wristband for that tent. Each tent will be allowed up to 10 wristbands, and those students must be present at the time the wristbands are given out. Wristbands will be given out for new spaces in line until midnight.

A limited number of check-ins for students will take place throughout the night, and further details in this regard will be announced upon tent setup.

Many events are scheduled throughout the night, and the Campus Activities Board will host two movies - "The Replacements" and "The Program." Other student organizations are planning activities as well.

Questions have arisen from students regarding what type of tent is meant by "Tents for Tickets." The term "tent" is used to designate your spot in line, you may bring a camping tent, a tailgate tent, or just lawn chairs and no tent. The idea of a "tent" is to give students a designated area for waiting.


**NOTE**

Students with wristbands will be individually honored for their space in line prior to the opening of season ticket sales on Saturday morning. Students with wristbands must be present to take their spot in line beginning at 7:15am on Saturday morning.

Wristband check-in marks will be checked upon entering the student line that morning.


STUDENT SEASON TICKETS

Student Season Tickets will be on sale on Saturday, August 27th from 8:00am to 2:00pm at the M-Club ticket office at the Junction. Season tickets will cost $35, and will be charged to your student account. You must have your valid student ID, with no HOLDS, in order to purchase your season tickets.

In order to accommodate students who have conflicts with the Saturday ticket sales, a VERY LIMITED number of season tickets will be held back to be purchased on Monday morning. Those tickets will be sold first come, first served beginning at 8:00am at the Bryan Athletic Administration Ticket Office.

True Maroon shirts will also be on sale throughout the night and on Saturday. They will once again be able to be charged to your student account for $12.


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Schedule of Events

Friday, August 26th:

5:00pm - Junction Opens for Tent Set-Up

5:45pm - Student Fan Day Begins (Newell-Grissom Building)

7:00pm - Home Volleyball Opener - "Volleygrind"

9:00pm - The Replacements (Junction)

10:30-11:30 - Flag Football and games (Junction - Campus Activities Board)

12:00am - The Program (Junction)


Saturday, August 27th:

8:00am - Student Tickets On-Sale (Junction)

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The mission of the Student Association is simple, to work to earnestly improve the quality of life and represent the interests of EVERY student at Mississippi State. That is our goal, and please let me know if there is ever a way in which I can help to improve your experience as a student at Mississippi State.


If you have any further questions, please FEEL FREE to contact me at president@sa.msstate.edu or call 662.325.3917.


HAIL STATE!

Rhett Hobart



Tents4Tickets: FAQs

To further clarify many of the questions being received about Tents4Tickets, read these below:

- Why are we doing Tents4Tickets?

- How do I keep my place in line?

- Do I have to stay the whole night?

- Are these check-ins every 30 minutes?

- If I don't get all my check-ins, do I lose my place?

- What are the rules for my tent?

- Do I have to camp-out to get tickets?

- If I just want to get tickets, when can I get in line?

- I have another obligation on Saturday. Does this mean I can't get season tickets?

- Why is this scheduled during IFC Bid Day?

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Why are we doing Tents4Tickets?

The answer here is twofold:

(1) With the first two games being on the road, this is being done to create on-campus excitement in the days leading up to the 2011 Football Season.

(2) To allow students to wait in line, while still having the ability to participate in campus-wide events on Friday night. We did not want students to have to choose to either participate in campus-wide events, or wait in line for tickets. So, we have created an opportunity for students to do both.


How do I keep my place in line?

Students will be able to set-up their space beginning at 5pm on Friday. New tents can be set-up until Midnight. Once a space is set-up, up to 10 wristbands will be given out to those who are present with that tent.

These Tents4Tickets wristbands will allow students to hold their space in line, while still participating in campus-wide events that are scheduled to take place on Friday evening.


Do I have to stay the whole night?

No. While we encourage students to enjoy in the festivities in the Junction throughout the night, you can come and go with your wristband. The great thing about Tents4Tickets, is it allows students to leave their place in line if they so choose.

So that spaces are not setup and abandoned until Saturday morning, there will be check-in points throughout the night. These check-ins will consist of receiving a certain "mark" on your wristband.


Are these check-ins every 30 minutes?

No. The first check-ins will take place at the home Volleyball opener and Coaches Challenge at 7pm at Newell-Grissom. That will be followed by a check-in at the start of each movie at 9pm and 12am, as well as a check-in at 3am, and 7am.

You will only be required to get 3 of these check-ins to hold your space in line.


If I don't get all my check-ins, do I lose my place?

Since the point of Tents4Tickets is to allow those students to hold their place in line while participating in other campus events, you will be required to get 3 out of the 5 check-ins listed above.

Upon entry into the line at 7:15am on Saturday morning, your writbands will be checked for proper markings.


What are the rules for my tent?

All regular tailgating rules apply.


Do I have to camp-out to get tickets?

No. It is completely optional and is in no way required for the purchase of your tickets.


If I just want to get tickets, when can I get in line?

Tickets go on sale on Saturday morning at 8am. If you do not wish to participate in Tents4Tickets, you will simply take your place in line behind those students who have participated throughout the night. The Tents4Tickets wristbands are simply a "fast pass" to the front of the line on Saturday morning, just as it would be if the students had waited in line all night.


I have another obligation on Saturday. Does this mean I can't get season tickets?

No. There are a limited number of tickets being held back to be sold beginning at 8am on Monday morning at the Bryan Building.


Why is this scheduled during IFC Bid Day?

With the way this year's campus calendar worked out, and IFC Recruitment taking place earlier than usual, the dates ended up conflicting. However, the Tents4Tickets aspect of student ticket sales is completely optional, and in no way required.

The SA has been working with Athletics and IFC throughout the summer to create an event and process which will work for the entire student body.



Tents4Tickets Update: 12:15am - 8/27

We are so excited by the turnout we received for this year’s Tents4Tickets! With an overwhelming turnout, the 5000 wristband allotment for the day was exhausted in a little over an hour – way to go Bulldogs!

Due to the unprecedented support of our fans, there will no longer be a check-in process to validate your wristband. We do encourage you to stay throughout the night in your tent… remember not to leave your tent unattended, as the SA and the University are not liable for theft and/or damages.


LINE FORMATION

To manage the order of the line and honor students who have a wristband, there will be two lines formed near the M-Club. If you have a wristband, your line will start at the M-Club and head west toward Barnes and Noble. If you do not have a wristband, you must report to the no-wristband line that starts at the M-Club and proceeds west toward Lloyd-Ricks. Students have already begun gathering in this line as of 11pm on Friday night.


For Those With Wristbands

If you have a wristband with a tent number, report to your tent by 7:15 am. We will dismiss by tent number to start forming the wristband line at that time. BRING YOUR TENT TAG WITH YOU to the line. Once the tents have been dismissed, wristband holders will file behind them. IF YOU HAVE A WRISTBAND, YOU MUST BE IN LINE BY 7:50. If you arrive later, your wristband will not be honored, and you will join the regular No-Wristband line. Your wristband serves as the opportunity to maintain your spot in line from 5:00pm on Friday.


For Those Without Wristbands

After the wristband line closes, the No-Wristband line will be filed behind to continue ticket sales. SA Exec members will facilitate this process. Do not move out of your line unless instructed to do so by a member of the SA in order to maintain your position in line.


Other Important Info

True Maroon™ shirts will be on sale right in front of the ticket window. They can only be charged to your student account for $12 each. Limit one shirt per student ID.


Thank you so much for your participation. We look forward to hearing your opinions, suggestions and feedback for this event to be used to improve in the future.

Thanks again for your overwhelming support and participation in this year’s Tents4Tickets. If you have suggestions of how to improve the event, please send them to us at info@sa.msstate.edu.


Hail State,

YOUR Student Association



Message from SA President, Rhett Hobart: Regarding Student Ticket Sales

Fellow Bulldogs,

The opening day of student ticket sales has now come and gone for one of the most anticipated football seasons in MSU history. Records were broken, lines were long, and numerous comments and suggestions were gathered. The large gathering of students even received acclaim from the New York Times.

As the day completed, twitter was filled with feedback, both positive and negative surrounding the event, and on behalf of the SA, I tell you that we appreciate every bit of that feedback. The only way the SA can work to make a better environment for students in any situation is by receiving feedback from our fellow students.

Over the last few years, the #Tents4Tickets event has taken place, but with crowds of less than 100. This year's event featured over 500 tents and over 5,000 students. It is an exciting time at MSU, spearheaded with the excitement created surrounding our 9-4 season, complete with Gator Bowl victory. The fear that with an increasing student population of over 20,000, some students might be turned away for their tickets, created previously unseen concerns surrounding student ticket sales.

Thankfully, no student was turned away yesterday, and even beyond that we had tickets remaining at the end of the day. With the event being this large for the first time, many unforeseen obstacles arose and they had to be dealt with as they occurred. I greatly appreciate the patience of our student body as we experienced this overwhelming support in preparation for the 2011 season. With the excitement Coach Mullen has created surrounding our football program, we expect the demand for tickets to continually increase over the coming years.

Much concern has been expressed about why the process of selling student tickets on a class day as it has been in the past was changed. This was done at the request of University entities to create a system which would not interfere with student classes nor disrupt the flow of an academic day.


Through the feedback already received, we've seen both pros and cons:


Pros

  • 8,586 Tickets were sold in 6hrs, a new record
  • Tickets were sold at an average of 24 per minute
  • Sales were conducted in such a way that no students were forced to miss class
  • With our first two games on the road, students had the opportunity to spend time tailgating in the Junction
  • $4,000 was given to the United Way through a sell-out of True Maroon shirts
  • A record was set of over 3,000 students at the Home Volleyball opener, the largest in our 37 year history of Volleyball

  • Cons

  • Students experienced extended wait times in line
  • Lines for ticket sales were much longer than in previous years
  • Students felt pressured to “camp-out” due to uncertainty surrounding ticket allotment

  • Needed changes for future

  • Add additional computers for ticket sales, outside of 4 windows at MClub
  • Ensure sale date is announced earlier in order to avoid conflicting campus-wide events
  • Convey information to student body regarding process earlier
  • Re-Evaluate wristband process
  • Evaluate best methods for queuing lines

  • While large amounts of feedback was garnered through social media outlets, @WhitWaide summed the event up best: “@WhitWaide: Shout out to @rhetthobart & @mstatesa for their efforts with Tents. Perfect? No. Potentially great? Yes. Practice makes perfect. #hailstate.”

    While the concept is there, much improvement is needed if the process is chosen to continue for the future. The Student Association is committed to working with the Athletic Department throughout the upcoming year to evaluate the student ticket sale process and create a viable plan for the future.

    With that being said, I encourage you to send us feedback on ways you feel the ticket sale process can be improved. Understand that while being a part of a University who is experiencing its seventh straight year of growth, and that growing by nearly 1,000 students a year, many changes will be seen across campus and we must work to create positive solutions for those changes when they arise.

    We have received great suggestions already, including this: A Better Tents4Tickets.

    Please feel free to continue sending us suggestions and feedback to info@sa.msstate.edu or to me personally at president@sa.msstate.edu.

    I apologize to any of those who were inconvenienced by the new process, and commit throughout the remainder of this year to work with campus entities to create a new solution for the future.

    The remaining 2,200 tickets will be on sale tomorrow morning beginning at 8am at the Bryan Athletic Administration building.


    The mission of the Student Association is simple, to work to earnestly improve the quality of life and represent the interests of EVERY student at Mississippi State. That is our goal, so please let me know if there is ever a way in which I can help to improve your experience as a student at Mississippi State.

    This is your STATE and we are your SA.

    HAIL STATE!

    Rhett Hobart



    SA President's Update: Student Involvement at MSU Basketball

    Fellow Bulldogs,

    Over the past week there have been several meetings between myself; MSU Assistant AD and Director of Athletic Marketing, Chad Thomas; Media Relations Director for Basketball, Gregg Ellis; and Coach Stansbury to look at the many things we can do to increase and improve student involvement and support for the upcoming mens basketball season.

    With a new season, there come many changes and with Coach Stansbury's backing, the decision has been made to re-vamp the student section for basketball this year.


    The First Step:

    The first step in this, as many of you may have already seen, will be moving and re-uniting our student section back to the north end of the coliseum. We feel that if we are united as one unit, we will be able to be a louder and more effective group than we have been split in the two sections.


    The Second Step:

    The second change is working to unite the whole student body in cheering and leading the charge to create that home-court advantage in the Hump. With that goal in mind, we have made the decision to no longer have Rick's Rowdies as it currently is, instead we will create a new group of which we can have support for from all aspects of the student body. Preliminary plans are now being made to completely re-vamp and re-brand the student section at the Hump.


    Why the Change?:

    This idea was created so that we can create a way for the entire student body to become more involved with MSU basketball. We are excited about this opportunity we have to bring together our entire student body to create a great home-court advantage in the Hump.


    I have organized a committee with representation from all aspects of campus which will create the plans for this new group. Their first goal will be to decide upon a new name for the group as well as many other details surrounding it.

    As we continue to move forward in this process, we are soliciting feedback and ideas which will be used to create this new group. We would appreciate any feedback on ways you think the student section can be improved, or anything you would like to see with this new group.

    Please send any feedback or ideas you might have to president@sa.msstate.edu.


    This is your STATE and we are your SA.


    Hail State!

    Rhett Hobart

    SA President



    SA Weekly Update: 10/19/2011

    The semester is now over half way complete and things are beginning to wind down with classes. There are still many things on the horizon for student participation across campus.

    It has been a great fall semester thus far as the state’s largest campus continues to receive honors and designations and our student body continues to excel in all categories.


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    Homecoming Quickly Approaching

    Homecoming 2011 is scheduled for Nov. 5, and will carry the theme, With Praise Our Voices Ring. This year’s theme is derived from the last line of the Mississippi State Alma Mater.

    There will be many great events taking place on campus throughout the week of Homecoming which kicks-off on October 30th. The full calendar of events can be found online at www.sa.msstate.edu.

    If you're on campus, you are well aware that Homecoming Court campaigning is well underway. Elections for Homecoming Court and Mr. & Miss MSU will take place on Tuesday, October 25th via myState.


    Nick Bell 3.6 Mile Run

    We announced last week that plans had been finalized to host the inaugural “Nick Bell 3.6 Mile Run” to benefit the Nick Bell Mentoring Memorial Foundation. I am excited that this event will allow us as a student body and Bulldog Family to help jump start fundraising for Nick’s newly formed foundation.

    This event has been in the works for the last few months with planning from the SA Health Education and Student Activities committees.

    Pre-registration began today and is open until next Wednesday, October 26th. The cost to run/walk is $15 or $20 for day of race registrants. More details can be found in the event press release.

    Registration includes a event t-shirt which can be picked up on the day of the event. Day of race registrants will receive their shirts at a later date.


    Correro to be 2011 Homecoming Grand Marshall

    Each year, the Student Association selects one person to serve as the honorary Grand Marshall for the Homecoming Parade. This is an honor to given to a person who has shown dedicated service and passion for Mississippi State.

    We are thrilled this year to announce that John Correro will serve as the 2011 Homecoming Grand Marshall.

    The full press release can be found here.


    Official Homecoming Poster & T-Shirt On Sale

    Now in it's fourth year, the SA is sponsoring the official Homecoming Poster to commemorate the Homecoming theme.

    The poster design was selected through a student competition and is now on sale at Barnes & Noble on campus for $19.99. The design has also been made into a t-shirt for this year and will be available soon at Barnes & Noble.


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    Bulldog Bash 3 Weeks Away

    As soon as Homecoming ends, Bulldog Bash begins. Bulldog Bash presented by C Spire Wireless will take place Friday, November 11th featuring: The Avett Brothers, Jake Owen, The Soul Outsiders, Free Sol and The Jason Turner Band.

    As we continue to work to improve the experience for all of our students and fans at the concert, we have made one major addition for this year: A 30 foot x 20 foot LED screen.

    The screen will allow fans who are throughout the crowd to see the concert up close through this HD video screen.

    Continue to check www.msubulldogbash.org for concert updates.


    A Few VIP Passes Remain

    This year, fans of Bulldog Bash can purchase VIP passes to view the concert from an up close, private area.

    These passes will give fans access to the 2011 Aramark VIP Tent which offers complimentary food and beverages throughout the event as well as a private viewing area. The Aramark VIP Tent features the best view for the concert with it's location near the Clark Beverage Group Main Stage.

    Passes can be purchased below for $100/each. Print your pass out at home and bring it to the VIP entrance for access. Less than 30 passes remain.

    The Aramark VIP Tent will open at 5:30pm and will remain open until 12am.

    Purchase them here.


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    A New "Bulldog Coalition" to Premier Soon

    A year ago, a student version of the Bulldog Club was launched by the SA to work to increase student involvement at all MSU Sports as well as Alumni Association and SA events.

    We are excited to announce that in the coming weeks, a brand new Bulldog Coalition will be unveiled. Through this program, all students will automatically be a member of the Bulldog Coalition and no membership fees will be required.

    Through this, students will be able to swipe their Student ID at events and earn points for prizes along the way. Upon graduation, a percentage of those prizes will be transferred to your Bulldog Club membership.

    More details in the coming weeks...


    Join the Stansbury Family for Dinner

    All Students are invited to join the Rick Stansbury family for dinner at their home on Sunday, October 30th at 1pm to kick-off the Dawg Pound era of MSU Basketball.

    "The Dawg Pound" was announced at Maroon Madness as the new name for the student section at MSU Basketball.

    The MSU Men's Basketball Team will serve dinner to all students who are in attendance.


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    The mission of the Student Association is simple, to work to earnestly improve the quality of life and represent the interests of EVERY student at Mississippi State. That is our goal, and please let me know if there is ever a way in which I can help to improve your experience as a student at Mississippi State.


    HAIL STATE!


    Rhett Hobart



    2011 Homecoming Schedule of Events

    Sunday, October 30

    -Chapel Service at 7:00 - Taylor Auditorium


    Monday, October 31

    -Homecoming Canned Food Drive

    -Represent Your Organization Day @ 12:00 - Union (Starlight Dance Group)

    -Scareoake at 7:00 - DawgHouse (Black Student Alliance)


    Tuesday, November 1

    -Homecoming Canned Food Drive

    -Photo Booth from 11:00 to 2:00 in Union (Campus Activities Board)

    -MSU Trivia Night from 5:00 to 6:00 in DawgHouse (Bulldog Toastmasters)

    -Nick Bell 3.6 Mile Run at 6:00 - Davis Wade Stadium (Student Association)


    Wednesday, November 2

    -Homecoming Canned Food Drive

    -Hair Feathering from 11:00 to 2:00 on Drill Field (Zeta Tau Alpha)


    Thursday, November 3

    -Homecoming Canned Food Drive

    -MSU Talent Show at 7:00 - Lee Auditorium (Campus Activities Board)


    Friday, November 4

    -Homecoming Canned Food Drive

    -Homecoming Parade at 5:00 - Junction (Student Association)

    -MSU Dawg Rally at 5:30 - Junction (Student Association)

    -Family Frenzy at 6:00 - Amphitheatre (Student Association)

    -Homecoming Step Show at 7:00 - Newell-Grissom (National Pan-Hellenic Council)

    -Homecoming Choral Concert featuring the Men of State, Women's and University Chorales, and the State Singers, Starkville First Baptist Church at 7:30pm - Lampkin Street downtown


    Saturday, November 5

    -Library Book Sale from 9:00 to 12:00 - Mitchell Memorial Library

    -Homecoming Game against University of Tennessee-Martin at 6:30 - Davis Wade Stadium

    2013 Senior Class Gift - "The Bull Ring"

    Support the Class of 2013 in the Restoration of Mississippi State's Historic "Bull Ring"


    Levels of Giving

    How to Make a Gift


    The Senior Class of 2013 has partnered with the Class of 2012 to raise additional funds to support the restoration of the historic Bull Ring on campus.


    Alumni Association Donates Lead Gift

    The MSU Alumni Association partnered with the 2012 Senior Class to donate a lead gift of $25,000 to begin the fundraising initiative for the project.

    The Classes of 2012 & 2013 appreciate the steadfast support of the MSU Alumni Association and is excited to become the newest members of the MSU Alumni Association upon graduation.


    History of the Class Gift Program

    The Class Gift Program was established by the class of 1922 as a way to leave a permanent mark on the campus of Mississippi State College. The Class of 1922 instituted the class gift program by paying $2,000 for a new campus “gateway” to the western entrance of campus. One of these gateway markers still remains intact today on Barr Avenue.


    A Charge from the Class of 1922

    Upon dedication of the Class of 1922 monument, the group left a charge for graduates and generations to come in a 1922 edition of THE Mississippi A. and M. ALUMNUS:

    “This class is setting high standards for other classes to follow.

    Thousands of people as the years go by will pass through this entrance gate and will realize that the young man who attends the A. and M. College receives more than the day-to-day class instruction. They will know that A. and M. men go away from the College with an abiding faith in the institution, with an undying love for their Alma Mater, and with unalterable faith in its future.

    Would it not be a splendid thing if every class, past, present, and future would follow the lad set by the class of 1922?”


    The Bull Ring: A History

    Mississippi State's landscape has changed dramatically since the 1950s, but its sense of community has not. In the days when Highway 12 ran through the heart of campus, students gathered in front of the Union under an oak tree with a concrete bench circling it. Known as "the Bull Ring," it was a place to meet friends, catch up on news, and be in the know. The name is a reflection of the landmark’s history where students would gather to “shoot the bull.”

    Class Gift of 1933 | Restored by Classes of 1951, 2012 & 2013



    The Bull Ring | How to Give

    How Can You Make A Gift to the Project?


    Once you have selected your level of giving it is then time to make your gift.

    All gifts will be made through the MSU Foundation in care of "MSU Bull Ring Project."


    We reccomend that you make your gift through the online giving portal of the MSU Foundation.


    1. Click Here to Go to Online Giving Portal

    2. Select "Gift" from the drop down menu

    3. Enter "MSU Bull Ring Project" in the "Other" box at the bottom of the page.

    4. Enter the amount of your gift

    5. Click "Proceed to Step 2" and enter your personal information


    Once your gift has been received, you will be contacted by a member of the Senior Class Council to obtain further information about your gift.

    You will be emailed a form to fill-out regarding your name/enscription based on level of giving.


    Other Methods of Giving

    If you would prefer to give through another method of giving, such as cash or check, you may contact the Student Association office at 662-325-2930 for information regarding additional methods.

    For More Information, Conatact the Center for Student Activities 662-325-2930 or president@sa.msstate.edu



    The Bull Ring | Levels of Giving


    How Can You Support the Class Gift Project?

    There are four ways to support the 2013 Class Gift program for The Bull Ring restoration. The easiest way to support it is by purchasing one of oure engraved bricks which will encircle the new Bull Ring once restored.


    $50 – Engraved Brick Surrounding “Bull Ring”


    There will also be an engraved plaque at the site of the restored Bull Ring listing the donors who made the project a reality. These levels of giving will honor the three mascots of our University.


    The three primary levels of giving are as follow.

    $250 – Aggie Level Donor

    $500 – Maroon Level Donor

    $1,000 – Bulldog Level Donor


    Please help the Senior Class of 2013 in restoring the Class Gift Program and the Historic Mississippi State Bull Ring.


    The Bull Ring: Brick Program

    The path surrounding the restored Bull Ring will consist of an area of engraved bricks in honor of our graduating seniors and those of generations past who enjoyed "shooting the bull" at the historic Bull Ring.


    Click Here to Learn How to Give



    Statement from SA President Regarding Tragic Campus Event


    March 26th, 2012


    Fellow Bulldogs,

    As a Bulldog family, we are deeply saddened by the tragic events that took place on our campus this past weekend, and we mourn the loss of a member of our student body. It is in times such as these when it is vitally important that we come together and share the bond of loyalty and support that surrounds the People's University.

    Mississippi State is known as an extremely safe University, and this is the first incident of its kind to ever take place on our campus. Thanks to the dedicated and highly committed leadership of our administration, I am confident in the continued safety of our campus and residence halls. As stated in many previous settings, this was an isolated incident and campus safety remains intact.

    I hope it is evident to each and every student the timeliness exhibited through our University Police Department in their response to the event within one minute's time. Within 48 hours of the incident, the first of three persons of interest has been arrested in Memphis and the investigation continues to move forward.

    The benefits seen through the notifications of our Maroon Alert emergency system allowed students to be notified instantaneously of the campus emergency. The University will always err on the side of student safety in the use of this system, no matter how often a perceived emergency circumstance might arise. The University will work to provide as much information as is available at the time in which a potential danger is reported for our campus. Student safety is paramount.

    While the strengths of the system are great, it is only beneficial in times when it is used correctly. The Maroon Alert system is comprised of many features including, campus sirens, campus alert speakers, text message notifications, emails and emergency website updates. It is important that students have an emergency plan in place to seek safety during the unlikely circumstance that a campus emergency arises.

    If you are not currently receiving Maroon Alert text messages, visit www.emergency.msstate.edu to activate this feature.

    Across our campus, you will see living remembrances of our fallen students exhibited through our memorial tree program. Through this program, the spirit of our students is able to live on as a permanent member of the Bulldog Family and in the coming weeks, a tree will be planted to honor the memory of our fellow student.

    Again, I am thankful for the dedicated leadership of our University administration and Crisis Action Team throughout this tragedy, and we are confident in the continued safety of our campus.

    In Maroon and White,

    Rhett Hobart

    SA President

    Mississippi State University



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