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STARKVILLE, Miss. (Press Release) — Mississippi State alumni groups throughout the U.S. again are organizing summer send-off parties for local students entering the university this fall as freshmen and transfer students.

In all, more than 50 events have been scheduled July 17-Aug. 4. A list of the locations is available at www.alumni.msstate.edu/sendoff.

MSU fall semester classes get underway Aug. 19 on both the Starkville and Meridian campuses.

The 2014 send-offs mark the ninth consecutive year the fun and educational events have been co-sponsored by the MSU Alumni Association and Office of Admissions and Scholarships.

“Send-off parties are one of the countless ways that alumni chapters impact and serve our university,” said Jeff Davis, the alumni association’s executive director.

“These events are a great opportunity for students to meet and connect with loyal alumni and current students from their hometown, learn about the values and mission of Mississippi State, and be welcomed into the MSU family,” he added.

At each gathering, attending students and families will meet representatives from the association and admissions and scholarships office, along with other MSU faculty and staff members. As part of the programs, campus representatives will answer all manner of questions about campus life.

Davis said new students are being encouraged to attend so they may be better prepared for their new higher education experience.

Mississippi State University has more than 129,000 living alumni, and many of them are affiliated with one of 95 alumni chapters.

Other information about the alumni association also is found at the link above.

For complete information about Mississippi State University, visit www.msstate.edu.

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