MSU Today Guidelines

MSU Today is a website that carries up-to-date announcements or events of interest to faculty and staff of Montana State University.

Information submitted to the MSU Today website and MSU Calendar may also appear in the MSU Today email, which is published on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings during the school year and on Mondays during summer semester.

To be considered for inclusion in the MSU Today email, items must be submitted no later than 4 p.m. the business day before the email is sent out.

What qualifies for inclusion in MSU Today?

The MSU Today website and MSU Today email are targeted specifically to MSU faculty and staff. Items of interest to students may be submitted to the MSU Calendar as events.

MSU Today accepts items promoting MSU-affiliated concerts, lectures, cultural events and academic presentations produced by MSU students, faculty and staff. 

MSU Today does not accept items from non-MSU entities. Nor does it accept items promoting sales, discounts, coupons or promotions for services of commercial or campus-commercial entities.

What is the difference between an announcement and an event?

Announcements appear at the top of the MSU Today email and provide information that does not include a specified time and physical location. Announcements include items such as upcoming deadlines, calls for nominations or volunteers and information about infrastructure work that will affect traffic or access to buildings. Announcements can also include events that will not be occurring within the next two MSU Today email postings but may require an RSVP.

Announcements generally appear just once in the MSU Today email.

Events are activities that will occur at a specified time and location. Events include lectures, concerts, receptions and exhibit openings that would be of interest to MSU faculty and staff. Events may also include activities that will create a large presence on campus by non-MSU entities.

To submit an announcement to be considered for the website and email, visit Create Announcement.

To submit an event to be considered for the calendar, website and email, visit Create New Event.

Completing the Announcement and Event forms

The Title field will appear as the blue headline in the published screen of the MSU Today Announcement or Event and in the MSU Calendar.
The Announcement/Event Short Title will appear as the title on mobile devices.
The MSU Today Summary field should be left blank.
The Summary field is not required for MSU Today items.
The Short Summary will appear as a subtitle under the title in gray on the published screen.

The Complete Description field
Items submitted to MSU Today should be written clearly and provide the essential elements of your message in one or two well-organized paragraphs. Descriptions failing to meet basic English writing standards will be referred to departmental communication associates for editing. The Complete Description field appears as the body of the message in the published screen.

MSU Today does not make corrections for grammar, punctuation, spelling or other errors. Please proofread carefully. The “AP Stylebook” or Strunk & White’s “The Elements of Style” are recommended guides.

Links to related articles, PDFs, websites and maps as well as full text such as MSU News Service stories may be included in the Complete Description.

Start Date/Time appears on the left margin of the email posting and on the published screen. It is not necessary to include in theComplete Description.

Location appears on the published screen and is not necessary to include in the Complete Description.

Adding images, embedded video and documents
To add an image from the library, click on the Add Image tab, select and click on an image from the library and then close the photo box.

To add a document, click on the Add Document tab, click on Upload a New Document, then select a document from your files.

To add an image not in the library or an embedded video, please see the help menu for instructions.

Contact Information/Tags/Options/Group Access/Notes
These sections are self-explanatory. However, please be aware that the contact information entered in these fields will appear on the published screen.

When will my approved event appear in MSU Today?

Day of Event Event will be included in MSU Today
Monday Friday, Monday
Tuesday Monday
Wednesday Monday, Wednesday
Thursday Wednesday
Friday Wednesday, Friday
Saturday Friday
Sunday Friday

Note: To be considered for inclusion in the MSU Today email, items must be submitted no later than 4 p.m. the day before the email is sent out. MSU Today email is posted on Mondays only during breaks and summer semester.



We welcome your feedback about MSU Today. If you have questions, please contact or 994-4571.

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