Dear MSU Students:
I am pleased that you have made Midwestern State University--one of the most architecturally handsome campuses in Texas--your university. Over the course of your career, you will study with faculty who are graduates of some of the most prestigious universities in the nation. As a student at a university with an average student-faculty ratio of 17 to 1, you will learn in an environment that promotes personal attention and encouragement. You'll also have the opportunity to study and conduct research and perform in top-notch science and engineering laboratories, art studios, theatres.
Beyond the classroom, there are numerous other ways to become involved in your university. One is as a supporter of the university's NCAA Division II athletic teams, which include football, women's volleyball and softball, men's and women's basketball, golf, soccer, and tennis, and women's cross-country and indoor/outdoor track. If you haven't seen Division II sports, you will be surprised at the competitive level at which they are played. My philosophy as president is that if MSU is going to have a sports team, we are going to be competitive. The maroon and gold championship banners that hang from the ceiling of Ligon Coliseum are tributes to the success of MSU athletic teams over the years. For those of you who love to play a sport or just love to play around, consider becoming a part of MSU's intramural sports program. Find a team to join or organize your own; either way it will be fun and a healthy escape from the pressures of the classroom. By all means, take a tour of the Bruce and Graciela Redwine Student Wellness Center; become a regular. It's a great place to work out, relax, and socialize.
Consider attending art openings and exhibits in The Juanita Harvey Art Gallery and the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University and musical and theatrical performances and guest lectures held around campus. Keep current on these events through postings around campus and on the university's website. If you have an inclination toward social or service organizations, inquire about these in the Office of Student Development and Orientation or go online for more information.
Whatever you do, be sure to study, learn, and enjoy your time as an MSU student. I am really glad that you are here.
Jesse W. Rogers