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2014 Hispanic Heritage Month

HHM Calendar of Events 2014

Let’s celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

The office of Multicultural Programs (OMP) would like to cordially invite you to the following events for the month of September to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month:

Monday, September 15

Parade of Flags
MSU Campus

Wednesday, September 17

Latin America Countries’ Display & Mariachi Concert
PSU 2nd floor

Saturday, September 20

Festival of Nations, Iglesia Cristiana Casa de Oracion (ICCO)
Transportation will be provided; call OMP (417-836-5652 for more information.

Latino Dance
PSU Ballroom

All events are free and open to the public.

More events to come in the following months.

For those with disabilities who may not be able to fully participate because of the instructional format or design of the program may request an accommodation by contacting the Office of Multicultural Programs in advance, 417-836-5652. Event sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Programs.

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Diversity Studies Minor

Diversity is a focus of this University in that “inclusive excellence” is one of the three “overarching and enduring commitments” of our long-range plan (http://www.missouristate.edu/longrangeplan/). Currently, students can pursue the study of diversity through more specialized programs in African American Studies, Asian Studies, Gender Studies, Gerontology, Latin American Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Native American Studies, and Religious Studies. The new minor in Diversity Studies takes a more holistic approach, seeking to provide a broad picture of the range of diversity in society.

The Diversity Studies Minor is designed to look at and help understand the various diverse populations that comprise our communities. The focus includes the impact of race, class, age, culture, ability and sexual orientation and what we learn from these characteristics.

The new minor will assist students in learning and cultivating an appreciation of difference and become better citizens in the global world. Through the diversity studies minor, students are able to select courses from a wide variety of disciplines in an effort to learn from many areas of study and points of view.

The Diversity Studies minor is interdisciplinary in scope and content and seeks to give students a broad base of knowledge to learn and engage in difference. There is also a service-learning component, which gives students the opportunity to immerse in an area of particular interest to them.

The minor is jointly housed in the College of Humanities and Public Affairs and the College of Education. The Diversity Studies Minor Committee, which is comprised of faculty from various departments and colleges administers the program, provides advisement and considers request for elective substitutions.


  • Introduce students to the main forms of diversity in society today; namely:

o   Race and ethnicity

o   Culture

o   Gender

o   Sexuality

o   Religion

o   Language

o   Aging

o   Disability

  • Foster a depth of knowledge in at least three different areas of diversity
  • Understand how diversity affects society
  • Provide an opportunity for students to engage personally with diversity through Study Away or Service-learning experiences
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Film Series: The Long Walk Home

LongWalk FINAL

The African American Studies Committee at Missouri State University will launch a thought-provoking, interactive film series this fall.  The first screening will be held on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, from 5:00 – 8:30 pm in the Meyer Library Auditorium (Room 101).

“The Long Walk Home,” will be the featured film, followed by an interactive discussion about the prominently profiled “isms” such as racism, classism, and sexism that were plaguing our nation at the time (1955-56), and what we can do individually, as an institute, and as a community, to eradicate their harmful impact on society today.  The event is free and open to the public.  For additional information contact Dr. Sabrina A. Brinson, Discussion Facilitator (sbrinson@missouristate.edu/836.5070).


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Japanese Fall Festival

Japanese Fall Festival

19th Japanese Fall Festival – September 12-14
Friday 5-10 PM
Saturday 11 AM-10 PM
Sunday 11 AM-6 PM
Adults $7 Children $3 and weekend passes available
2400 S. Scenic, Springfield, MO
Nathaniel Greene/Close Memorial Park in the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Gardens

The highlights of this year’s festival include a visiting delegation from Isesaki, a champion sumo wrestler, Osuwa Taiko, Hiroshi Tada the top spinner, amazing dance and kimono show from Kizuna, martial arts, and more. We will also have tea ceremonies, tea café, authentic food vendors, artist and vendor booths, authentic souvenir tent, and children’s hands on area. Don’t forget that each evening ends with a candlelight and torch walk in this beautiful Japanese Garden.

On behalf of the Springfield Sister Cities Association Board of Directors and Isesaki Committee, we thank you for your support! This event helps support our programs and exchanges throughout the year, and 50% of the gate revenue always goes to Park Board for further development of the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden.

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Faculty Workshop: Accessibility 101

As faculty we know the importance of making our course materials accessible to students; including individuals with disabilities. But how can we do this? This session will provide valuable insights from a visually impaired graduate student on how screen readers navigate documents and practical tips on how you can make your course materials more accessible.

This session will be offered two different times in the FCTL, Meyer Library Rm 204.

Monday, September 8, 1:30–2:15 p.m.
Tuesday, September 9, 8:00–8:45 a.m.

Please register through My Learning Connection.

For more information, email the FCTL or call 836-3059.

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Nigerian Public Affairs Program

Nigeria Public Affairs Program is a collaboration with Missouri State University (MSU), University of Nigeria (UNN), and the Center for Academic and Vocational Training for Special Need Children, Nsukka, Nigeria (CAVTSN) to improve and develop resources in Special Education, Disability Studies, and Cross-Cultural competencies at these institutions. Dr. Vicky Onu, Special Education Professor at UNN, is lead organizer for the Nigerian Professional Education participants. The main goals of this program are:  to increase Missouri State University’s partnerships with Africa and thereby increase campus wide cultural competency; to increase understanding of Special Education’s status within the global context through sharing resources and knowledge; and to promote Disability Studies as a forum for developing global cultural knowledge. The program schedule is September 17 through October 7, 2014 with 8 Nigerian Professional Educators visiting Missouri State University campus.  These educators include 3 UNN Special Ed faculty, 2 PK-3 Special Education teachers, 1 Nsukka, Nigeria Local Government Area Social Welfare Officer/Special Ed Supervisor, and 2 K-12 school administrators). The Nigerian Professional Educators will collaborate with MSU faculty and the regional community by attending and presenting workshops, panels, roundtables, course guest lectures, classroom and other special education site observations.  Missouri State University sponsors and key participants include the Provost Office, International Services, the Division for Diversity and Inclusion, Disability Studies Committee, College of Humanities and Public Affairs, COE Department of Counseling, Leadership, and Special Education (CLSE), CHPA History Department, and a range of faculty in International, African and African-American, and Disability Studies related fields. Some community participants include Evangel University, Springfield Public Schools, School for the Deaf – Fulton, MO, University of Kansas, and the Mid-America Association for African Studies. The long term goal is to develop a partnership with the University of Nigeria for faculty and post graduate student engagement that strengthens international public affairs and capacity building in International  or Global Studies, Disability Studies, Special Education, and other related fields.

The two public events are:

“Shattering Silences Series: Nigerian Cultural Connections”

This presentation is part of the Nigeria Public Affairs Program sponsored by the U.S. Embassy, Public Affairs Section, Abuja, Nigeria, and Missouri State University Provost Office and Division for Diversity & Inclusion.  “Shattering Silences: Nigerian Cultural Connections” is a presentation by a Nigeria Scholars Delegation from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka designed to share Nigeria’s cultural diversity with Missouri State University campus and the greater community.  Come participate in cultural exchange and learn about Nigeria’s rich culturally diverse heritage. This event is free and open to the public.  Food is served at this event, so your registration is required to ensure adequate food service.

Friday, September 26, 2014, PSU, Parliamentary RM 313, 4:00 – 6:30 PM. It is free and open to the public. This event is listed under FCTL.


“Shattering Silences Series: International Disability Studies: Building Community”

This panel is part of the Nigeria Public Affairs Program sponsored by the U.S. Embassy, Public Affairs Section, Abuja, Nigeria, and Missouri State University, Provost Office and Division for Diversity & Inclusion. “Shattering Silences: International Disability Studies: Building Community” focuses on the experiences of Nigerian students with disabilities and their backgrounds, expectations, and challenges.  This panel discussion is a peak into some international faculty and student perspectives and issues related to disability studies.  This event is free and open to the public.  It is also listed on the Master Advisor calendar.  Even if you are not attending this event for Master Advisor credit, please register with FCTL to attend.  Food is served at this event.

Monday, September 29, 2014, PSU Parliamentary RM 313, 1:30 – 3:00 PM.  This event is listed under FCTL and under Master Advisory Sessions.

For more information, contact Dr. Jamaine Abidogun, professor, History Department or Dr. Steve Willis, Diversity Fellow.

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New Center for Community Engagment to Increase the Visibility of Our Public Affairs Mission

Missouri State University’s Board of Governor’s has approved our request to form a new Center for Community Engagement with the specific goals of strengthening and increasing the visibility of our Public Affairs mission on campus and in the surrounding region. The new Center, Directed by Dr. Mike Stout, will be a readily visible point of contact for anyone on campus or in the community who wishes to conduct community engaged research and/or participate in service opportunities. There will be a ribbon cutting on September 17, 2014 at 8:00a.m. in Plaster Student Union room 131 to officially open the Center and to begin the inaugural Missouri State University Civic Engagement Conference. More information about the Center for Community Engagement can be found at http://www.missouristate.edu/cce/. Information about the Civic Engagement Conference can be found at http://calendar.missouristate.edu/viewevent.aspx?eventid=82752.

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TRIO Fall Workshops

The following TRIO workshops are available for any student who would like to attend.

Study Skills Series: Time Management
by Kirsti Olson
Tuesday, Aug 26
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
TRIO Conference Room

Study Skills Series: How To Do a Research Paper
by Angela Stanley
Thursday, September 4
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Glass Hall 343

Study Skills Series: Basic Study Skills
by Michael Frizell of the Bear CLAW
Monday, September 8
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Karls Hall 103

Financial Aid Series: Financial Aid 101 for Freshmen
by Kelly Evans
Tuesday, September 16
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Glass Hall 435

Financial Aid Series: Financial Aid 101 for Freshmen
by Melissa Osten
Wednesday, September 24
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Glass Hall 435

Financial Literacy Series: Consumer Credit
by Tracey Blaue
Tuesday, September 30
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Glass Hall 227

Financial Aid Series: Student Loans for Freshmen through Juniors
by Real L.I.F.E.
Monday, October 6
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Glass Hall 227

Financial Aid Series: Student Loans for Freshmen through Juniors
by Real L.I.F.E.
Monday, October 15
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Glass Hall 435

Financial Literacy Series: Using a Checking Account
by Cindy Heaton of Empire Bank
Tuesday, October 21
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Glass Hall 435

Financial Literacy Series: Budgeting
by Darlene Mabins of Metro National Bank
Monday, October 27
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Glass Hall 227

Financial Aid Series: General/Department Scholarships for All Levels
by Kelly Evans
Wednesday, November 5
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Glass Hall 435

Career Development Series: Using Job Tracks
by Margie Stewart of the Career Center
Thursday, November 13
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Glass Hall 435

Financial Literacy Series: Financial Identity Protection
by Stephen Carr
Wednesday, November 19
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
TRIO Conference Room

Career Development Series: Resumes and Cover Letters
by the Career Center
Wednesday, November 19
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Glass Hall 435

Graduate School Series: Considering Grad School
by Misty Stewart of the Graduate College
Monday, December 1
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Glass Hall 227

Graduate School Series: Considering Grad School
by Misty Stewart of the Graduate College
Tuesday, December 2
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Glass Hall 227

For more information on these workshops, contact TRIO Student Support Services at trio@missouristate.edu or 417-836-6220.


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Traveling Exhibit in Springfield: Changing America


Setting the stage for a program series exploring civil rights and race relations, this traveling exhibit portrays the impact these historic events had on equal rights for Americans, July 12-August 22, 2014, at the Library Center, 4653 S. Campbell Ave.

Two Sisters, A Cause and a Case that Changed America Linda Brown Thompson and Cheryl Brown Henderson share their story of “Brown V. Board of Education and How it Changed America,”7 p.m. Thursday, July 31, Central High School  auditorium, 432 E. Central St.

Exhibit Opening Ceremony Saturday, July 12, 1-3 p.m. Library Center auditorium. H. Wes Pratt, Missouri State University equal opportunity officer, will discuss how these historical events grew out of bold actions and vision. The band Geezer will perform protest songs that energized causes including the Civil Rights Movement.

Two Sisters, a Cause and a Case that Changed America

Linda and Cheryl Brown were children when their father the Rev. Oliver L. Brown joined other parents in a lawsuit challenging racial segregation in the Topeka, Kan., public schools. Their challenge became the landmark 1954 U.S. Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education, which held that racial segregation of children in public schools violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. In this 60th anniversary year of the landmark case, sisters Linda Brown Thompson and Cheryl Brown Henderson will share the story of “Brown v. Board of Education and How it Changed America,” 7 p.m. Thursday, July 31, in the Central High School auditorium, 432 E. Central St. The program will include a short video about Brown v. Board of Education and an audience Q&A. The Browns have a personal connection to Springfield. In 1959 the family moved here and the Rev. Oliver Brown was pastor of Benton Avenue AME Church. Linda graduated from Central High School in 1961. When the Rev. Brown died that year, his widow moved the family back to Topeka. The Brown sisters’ visit is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and The Library Foundation.

This grant-funded exhibit, “Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963” is presented by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The tour of the exhibition is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. The films are part of the Created Equal film series, developed by the National Endowment for the Humanities in collaboration with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Image credits: Front panel: J. J. Smith’s Plantation, Beaufort, South Carolina, 1862, courtesy of Library of Congress; Inside left: Emancipation Day, Richmond, Virginia, 1905, courtesy of Library of Congress; Inside center: Participants at the March on Washington, courtesy of U.S. National Archives and Records Administration; Inside right: President Lyndon B. Johnson Signs the Civil Rights Act, July 2, 1964, courtesy of Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum; Below: “We March, We Demand,” courtesy of Library of Congress.


American Experience: “Freedom Riders”

Thursday, Aug. 7, 6-8 p.m., Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside Drive. Not rated, 117 minutes. This 2010 PBS film documents the story behind a courageous band of civil rights activists called Freedom Riders, who in 1961 challenged segregation in the American South.

“Springfield’s Family Album”

The week of August 11, the Springfield Art Museum with Memphis, Tenn., photographer, installation and performance artist Richard Lou will produce a program exploring race and identity through images and stories. For details call 417-837-5700.

Slavery in America: The Final Chapters, 1863-1865

Monday, August 18, 7 p.m., Library Center auditorium. Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation marked the beginning of the end of slavery, but it took two more years to disappear from American life, says Dr. Greg Renoff, associate professor of history at Drury University.

Dr. Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement

Tuesday, July 22, 7 p.m., Library Center auditorium. Dr. King’s rhetoric and the Civil Rights Movement transformed the nation. Dr. Richard Schur, professor of English at Drury University, will explore King’s speeches
and how his message changed over his lifetime.

“Slavery by Another Name”

Tuesday, July 29, 6 p.m., Library Center auditorium. Not rated, 90 minutes. This 2012 PBS documentary challenges the belief that slavery in the United States ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. Tolerated by both the North and South, forced labor lasted well into the 20th century.

Book Discussion

Wednesday, July 30, 7 p.m., Library Center auditorium. “March: Book One” by John Lewis.

American Experience: “The Abolitionists”

Sunday, Aug. 3, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Library Center auditorium. Not rated, 180 minutes. The 2013 PBS special dramatizes how abolitionist allies Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Brown and Angelina Grimké turned a despised fringe movement against chattel slavery into a force that changed the nation.

Images of the “Changing America” Exhibit

July 12-Aug. 22, Park Central Branch Library. See historical images from the larger exhibit on display at the Library Center July 9-Aug. 22.

Marching Towards Justice: Nannie Helen Burroughs and the Quest for Race Equality

Tuesday, July 15, 7 p.m., Library Center auditorium, for adults. Dr. Angela Hornsby-Gutting, associate professor of history at Missouri State University, will talk about race activist Nannie Helen Burroughs. She operated the National Training School for Women and Girls in Washington, D.C., from 1909-1961, instilling racial pride while promoting the dignity of black labor and black womanhood.

Book Discussion, “Kindred”

Thursday, July 17, 6:30 p.m. Brentwood Branch Library, “Kindred” by Octavia Butler.

“The Loving Story”

Saturday, July 19, 1 p.m., Moxie Cinema, 305 S. Campbell Ave., for adults. Not rated, 77 minutes. Free admission. This 2012 HBO documentary follows interracial married couple Richard and Mildred Loving, convicted of miscegenation in 1958. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the couple’s favor, overturning bans on interracial marriage.

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