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April 2023 Action Items and Resources for Students

The following email was sent to all MSU undergraduates and contains action items and resources. It is reposted here for your convenience.

Dear Spartans,

Happy April! It is hard to believe the semester is almost over. It seems like we just welcomed everyone back to campus yesterday. For those graduating, we wish you the best of success in your future endeavors. As always, we have some notable opportunities and items to advise you on this month.     

1) Take care of yourself and others.

  • Preparing for finals or graduation can be a stressful time of year. Be sure to check out our master list of stress-busting well-being and mental health resources.  
  • As you plan for summer, if you need professional help moving or storing your belongings, Two Men and a Truck have partnered with MSU and specialize in campus moving and storage services.
  • Counseling & Psychiatric Services (CAPS) staff are available to identify problems relating to students’ use of alcohol or other drugs. Individualized assessment, counseling and referrals are available by calling 517-355-8270. For further information, please refer to the MSU Health Promotion AOD Program or call 517-884-6598. For students in recovery, please visit the MSU Collegiate Recovery Community
  • Free wellness coaching is also available to students through the Health Promotion department. This free program helps students achieve their mental and physical health and well-being goals by working with their individual strengths and values to create a long-term, sustainable wellness strategy. 
  • Take care of your mental and emotional health through the performing arts with free drama therapy and improv workshops at Wharton Center this month. Learn more about these workshops and other art activities that support well-being happening across campus.  

2) Engage in your academic experience.

3) Find you way and make connections.

  • Attend the Gender and Sexuality Campus Center Lavender Reception April 15, at 1 p.m., in the Kellogg Center Conference Center Lincoln Room and celebrate LGBTQIA2S+ graduates! All degrees are welcome! The deadline for graduates to register is Friday, April 7 at noon
  • Check out the wide variety of IM Sports activities available, including basketball, golf, soccer, badminton and so much more. 
  • Check out the Career Services Network and connect with career service professionals located in college-based and centralized career centers across campus. Whether you are interested in selecting the right major, exploring career options, looking for a part-time job or internship, or preparing for an interview, our team is here to help you. 
  • The MSU Science Festival is a free annual celebration of science. From astronomy to music, and chemistry to microbiology, scientists and educators across the state share the wonder of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. The science festival runs April 1-30.
  • Connect with fellow Spartans at free First Fridays every month from 7-9 p.m. at the MSU Museum. Friday, April 7, is Neon Fashion Night — dress up in neon clothing and celebrate the art and science of neon while listening to Impact 89FM DJs. If you want to walk the runway, you can submit your neon fashion work here.

4) Get involved outside the classroom.

  • The MSU Green and White Game is April 15. The Izzo Legacy 5K and Admitted Student Day are also taking place April 15, which means campus will be busier than a normal Saturday. 
  • The annual Student Leadership Awards are April 12, 7 p.m., at the Kellogg Center. This event was created to recognize students, advisers, organizations and programs for outstanding leadership excellence at MSU. 
  • Speaking of leadership, registration is open for the Office of Spartan Experiences on April 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Kellogg Center for the second annual Spartan Leadership Roundtable. An opportunity for scholars to gain insight, enhance their leadership development skills and engage with other leaders on campus, the event also features a luncheon focused on professional etiquette, professional dress, and navigating professional events and programs. 
  • If you are participating in an Education Abroad trip, review the Preparing to Travel site
  • The MSU Sailing Center at Lake Lansing opens for the season April 29. Take a break and spend some time on the water. Canoe, kayak and stand-up paddle board rentals are available. Learn more at Recreational Sports and Fitness Services’ Sailing Center webpage
  • On April 13, the Burgess Institute will host the Burgess New Venture Challenge (BNVC), MSU’s premier new business pitch competition at the Graduate Hotel in East Lansing from 4-8 p.m. The annual competition highlights top student entrepreneurs and celebrates MSU’s growing venture creation ecosystem. This event is open to the public. 

5) Connect with important resources.

  • Review your on-campus housing options for summer if you are taking classes.  
  • Find a variety of trainings and tutorials from MSU IT about technology like Zoom, Microsoft Teams and OneDrive, D2L, and more at
  • The Spartan Days of Service are a perfect way to get involved and make an impact in the local community. Projects are open to all students and include transportation, a light breakfast, bagged lunch and a T-shirt for the day. For those that would rather serve remotely, virtual options will also be available.  

6) Billing and financial aid updates.

  • Be sure your student account is paid in full to ensure you will not have a financial hold preventing enrollment for summer or fall 2023 semesters. 
  • Summer semester bills will be available April 20, 2023 and will be due May 10, 2023.  
  • Other holds that could appear on your account include a hold for failure of incoming freshmen and undergraduate transfer students to complete the required Immunization Self-Report. If you have questions, please call the Office of the University Physician at 517-353-9101, visit, or take a look at our FAQs.  

If you have any questions about anything related to MSU, please email

Thank you for your academic efforts and your help in keeping campus safe. 



Vennie Gore
Senior Vice President for Student Life & Engagement

Mark Largent
Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of Undergraduate Studies