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By MATT CRANE
The Mississippi State University â€śTrue Maroonâ€ť will be on display this weekend as the Office of Parent Services begins its inaugural Bulldog Family Weekend Friday.
Welcoming hundreds of families from across the country, Director of Parent Services Cat Walker said she is excited about the first edition of this family-oriented experience.
â€śOther events have taken place for parents in the past, but not for the past few years,â€ť she said. â€śThis will be our first Bulldog Family Weekend and hopefully the first of many.â€ť
With more than 450 individuals from 19 different states having registered for the weekend, Walker said both parents and students have much to gain from this unique experience.
â€śHopefully families will take the time to discover all there is to love about Mississippi State University and Starkville,â€ť she said. â€śWe want to provide an experience for families so they can see why their students love being a part of the Bulldog family. This weekend will offer families an opportunity to spend time with their students while exploring campus and the surrounding area.â€ť
Along with open house tours of the John Grisham Room and Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library and Collection at the Mitchell Memorial Library, college open houses, musical performances by Miss MSU Jasmine Murray and a screening of the newest James Bond film â€śSkyfall,â€ť the Bulldog Family Weekend will offer families a service opportunity working with the Maroon Volunteer Center and Volunteer Starkville for the local United Way.
From 10 a.m. to noon Friday, families can join together for a food drive â€” United We Feed â€” at the Starkville Salvation Army.
On Saturday, families can enjoy their afternoon catching special sales at Barnes and Noble, touring MSU athletic facilities and watching the opening weekend games of the MSU Diamond Dawgs at Dudy Noble Field.
Beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, MSU faculty members will present guest speakers including professor Whit Waideâ€™s â€śA Little History about MSU and the State of Mississippiâ€ť and Career Center and Cooperative Education Program Director Scott Maynardâ€™s â€śOutside the Books.â€ť
Walker said opportunity for parents to share in the experiences of their college students is incredibly important from both personal and educational perspectives.
â€śParent support directly correlates with student success,â€ť she said. â€śWe encourage parents to be a part of our Bulldog Family so they can develop the same affinity for our beloved university.â€ť