LSMSA Student Services News

Life at LSMSA... Outside of the Classroom

Recent Events

What's been going on during the first month at LSMSA? A lot!

We've had approximately 40 hall programs, which are activities planned by the SLA and hall mentor and allow students opportunities to participate in social activities with their hallmates.

Nearly 60 expanded orientation programs have been offered so far. Expanded orientation programs are designed to help new students adjust to LSMSA. These programs typically focus on developing academic skills (Study Skill to Improve Your Learning and Your Grades, Algebra Needed for Science), cultural/academic enrichment (Poetry Reading, the LSMSA Colloquia Series), personal wellness and independent living skills (Safety 101 with Officer John, Laundry BINGO) or connecting socially with peers (Puzzle Night, Gift it Forward). First year students are required to attend 10 EO sessions during the first quarter.

We've also offered several weekend programs, which are weekend activities open to all students. We typically offer at least two per weekend. So far this year our weekend programs have included: Backyard Bash, Luau, Heat is On (chips and salsa), Movie Night, Faculty-Staff Pet Show, Faculty-Staff Bake-Off, Faculty-Staff Talent Show, Cartoons and Coffee, Tea Time, Hands-On Quesadilla Preparation, ULM vs. LSU Tailgate, and a "Flat Dr. Pat" Selfie Challenge.

In addition to those events, students had a great time at Eagle Antics during our first required weekend, our annual Club Fair was held on August 28th, and 20 students participated in our Fall Leadership Retreat, which was held at Tickfaw State park last weekend.

Is your student making connections and taking advantage of social opportunities on campus? If not, consider contacting his/her SLA to ask that they try to encourage your student to get involved.

Worried your student is too involved in social activities and not putting enough focus on academics? Share your concern with the SLA so they can help encourage your student to use their time effectively and prioritize.

Sadie Hawkins Dance

The Sadie Hawkins Dance will be held this weekend. The dance is being sponsored by the Theatre Club and the Conclave Club. Hopefully you had a chance to read over the major dance policies on our website. In brief, on the nights of major dances:
  • the cafeteria doesn't serve dinner, but we have options at the residence halls for students who do not want to go out to dinner,
  • students may drive their vehicles or ride with other students to go out to dinner and then to the dance (advance parental permission is required),
  • special permission is needed for students to bring a guest to the dance,
  • an after-party is held in the LSMSA gym,
  • students may not sign-out for an overnight trip on Saturday or sign-out after the dance unless they are being checked out by their own parent/guardian.

Coming Soon...

9/24 - College Fair

9/25 - Extended Weekend - We dismiss on 9/25 for our next extended weekend. The residence halls close at 4:00 p.m. and reopen on Sunday, 9/28 at 3:00 p.m. Bus tickets will be available for sale beginning on 9/18.

10/1 - Last day to drop a class with a W

10/2 - Monthly Assembly: Summer Recognition Ceremony - Academic and service-related summer work completed by our returning students will be recognized

10/10 - End of 1st grading period

10/11 - Oktoberfest - An annual outdoor club carnival

10/15 - PSAT for sophomores and juniors

10/17 & 10/18 - Required Weekend - This weekend is our Connections Weekend and offers students an opportunity to hear from and connect with LSMSA alumni. A special lunch is provided by the Parents Council on Saturday. Optional Parent-Teacher conferences are also typically offered this weekend. More information will be send to parents from Academic Services.

LSMSA Birthday Club Bakes it Up!

The Birthday Club allows parents to order a birthday cake (or other treat) to be baked and delivered to your child on his or her birthday, for another special occasion, or just because!

If you'd like to order a cake, cupcakes, cookies, or brownies for your student, please complete the form at the following link and we'll be in touch. The cost is $8 per order and we must receive payment before we can make the goodies.

Order form:

This year the Birthday Club is fundraising for The Birthday Giving Project, a service project to help provide birthday supplies for less fortunate children.

Got Beads?

LSMSA will once again be participating in the annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival parade. If you have any old Mardi Gras beads that you no longer want, please consider donating them to be used as decoration and throws for the LSMSA float. Donations and questions can be directed to Jenny Schmitt at Thank you for your consideration!