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Al-Hijra (Muharram) New Year

September 21-October 19, 2017

September 21st begins the first day of Muharram of the new year based on the Islamic lunar calendar. The Islamic lunar calendar dates from the Hijrah, the emigration of the Prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Medina in A.D. 622. Years in the Islamic lunar calendar are called Hijrah years and are designated as anno Hegirae (Latin for “in the year of the Hijrah”), abbreviated “A.H.” Since Islamic holidays are based on the lunar calendar, a holiday may occur twice in the same Gregorian year.

Recognizing the Festival/Holiday: Any sweet dessert is an appropriate gift. Muslims do not drink alcoholic beverages.

Note: Islamic holiday observances begin at sunset of the first date listed and end at sunset of the last.

Event sponsor:Diversity and Inclusion, Division for

Navaratri/ Saraswati Puja/ Dussehra

September 21 – September 29, 2017

Navaratri, or “nine nights,” is a festival honoring the divine mother, Shakti. These nine nights fall around harvest time, and each day is spent worshiping one of Shakti’s many manifestations, including Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. In the first three days, Durga, the warrior goddess, is invoked to destroy all impurities and vices. During the next three days, Lakshmi is worshiped as a giver of spiritual wealth and prosperity.The last three days honor Saraswati, the goddess of wisdom. Dussehra, which means “the tenth day,” is celebrated at the culmination of the “nine nights” festival  and is celebrated with feasting and rejoicing.

Event sponsor: Diversity and Inclusion, Division for

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September 21-22, 2017

The holiday, like most Jewish holidays, begins at sundown on the evening before the first (full) day of the holiday. This begins the Jewish New Year and the Jewish month of Tishri. Rosh Hashanah signifies the beginning of the Days of Awe, a period of serious reflection about the past year and the year to come. This period, which continues until Yom Kippur, is a time for asking forgiveness from both God and people and for committing oneself to live a better life in the year to come. Traditionally, this is the time that God decides the fate of each Jew in the new year.

Recognizing the Festival/Holiday: There are many traditional foods eaten during the period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Eating apple dipped in honey or some other sweet dish is common. Honey cake is also popular. Either would make an appropriate and welcome gift. Common greetings include L’shana Tova, “Happy New Year,” “Have a healthy and sweet New Year,” and “May you be inscribed for a year of good health and happiness.”

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All day, September 22, 2017

Are you looking to assess student learning? We can help with that.

Assessing student learning is an essential component of general education and in the major. This grant supports innovative practices in the assessment of student learning. The Assessment Grants are intended for faculty in their efforts to support and assess student learning in public affairs and general education.

Event sponsor: Assessment, Office of

September 25, 2017
Other dates and times: Every Monday 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM through November 30, 2017
The second installment of the “My Payment Plan” for Fall 2017 housing and required student fees is due today. If paying in person, payment must be received in Bursar’s Office by 4:00 p.m.  Payments submitted via the web must be completed by 4:00 p.m. also to be processed in time.
Event Sponsor: Registrar, Office of the

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9:00 AM – 10:00 AM, September 12, 2017

The last full week in September is Deaf Awareness Week. It is also known as the International Week of the Deaf (or International Week of Deaf People). The purpose of Deaf Awareness Week is to draw attention to deaf people, their accomplishments and their issues.

During this week, many deaf organizations hold activities to celebrate and conduct public information campaigns to educate people about deafness. Companies and agencies often mark the event, and schools, colleges, and universities hold awareness events.

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Gamma Sigma Sigma Info Night

6:00 PM – 7:15 PM, September 20, 2017

Other dates and times:

September 21, 2017, 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM, 2017

Learn more about the National Service Sorority and the people involved in it. We hope you’ll be interested in joining our nonselective coed group.

Event sponsor: Gamma Sigma Sigma

Location: Plaster Student Union, Robert W. Room 317A

Hispanic Film Festival 

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, September 20, 2017

The Modern and Classical Languages Department and Pragda Spanish Film Club are pleased to announce that they are bringing to campus the 2017 Hispanic Film Festival. This film series will present a wide range of award-winning movies spanning different parts of Latin America to showcase identity and culture through migration.

Screening: The Return (2012) (El regreso)

The Return is the story of a delightful and life-changing journey back to Costa Rica. After living 10 years in New York, 30-year-old Antonio returns to San José where he is forced to deal with the realities he ran away from. He is welcomed by his intense sister, Amanda, whose husband recently abandoned her, and their young son, Into, who is apprehensive about Antonio’s presence. When things take an unexpected turn, Antonio is forced to remain home far longer than he had anticipated.

Event sponsor:Modern and Classical Languages Department

Admission: FREE

Location: Plaster Student Union, Robert W. Room PSU Theater

Green Dot Bystander Intervention Training

4:00 PM – 8:00 PM, September 21, 2017

Join us in September for the first Bystander Intervention Training of the semester. In this inclusive and interactive training, students will 1) learn more about the bystander 2) understand the nbasic element of culture change and the outcomes of positive contribution 3) recognize behaviors of power-based personal violence 4) increase skills to safely intervene 5) recognie barriers that prevent you from intervening 6) develop realistic solutions to barriers 7) gain skills to proactively engage others to become part of the solution!

Only 30 open spots!

Register now

Event sponsor:Title IX Resources

Admission: Free & Open to current students

The Diary of Anne Frank
7:30 PM – 10:00 PM, September 21, 2017

Other dates and times:

Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday,iCal 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM,

September 21, 2017 – October 04, 2017

By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman
From the book The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Directed by Justin Baldwin

Note: There is no late seating in the Balcony Theatre

Sponsored by Ekklesia/United Ministries in Higher Education
Note: Special post-show symposiums will be presented by the sponsor after the matinee performances.

During the darkest days of the Nazi holocaust, two Jewish families live hidden in a secret attic in Amsterdam.  There, teenage Anne records her innermost thoughts, fears and longings in her diary. Over the course of two years, she documents the group’s day-to-day survival under constant threat of capture. She writes with intelligence, wit and candor of her relationships with her fellow fugitives; her first love; her ideals and aspirations; her reflections on good and evil; and her fragile hopes for the future. The Diary of Anne Frank is a true, firsthand account of coming of age in an age of terror. Anne’s voice resonates just as powerfully today as when her diary first was published 70 years ago, and her luminous spirit still shines in this Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

Join the conversation: #MSUTHEDIARYOFANNEFRANK

Admission: $14 Adults; $12 Students and Seniors; $8 in advance with MSU ID

TC Presents: Bear Wear Friday Spirit Table 

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, September 22, 2017

Make sure you are wearing your Bear Wear. Traditions Council will be outside on the North Mall handing out food for those wearing some.

Event sponsor: Traditions Council

Admission: Free & Open to current students
Location: North Mall

Mushroom Cultivation & Agroforestry Workshop

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM , September 23, 2017

A hands-on workshop hosted by MSU and the MU Center for Agroforestry.  The workshop will provide information on the Agroforestry practice of Forest Farming with emphasis on the fundamentals of mushroom cultivation and marketing. Participants will get to take home their own inoculated shiitake mushroom log.

To Register: Contact Dr. Michael Goerndt at mgoerndt@missouristate.edu

If you are interested in attending, please register no later than Sept. 16.

Event sponsor:Forestry Club

Admission: $15 per person, with proceeds going to the MSU Forestry Club

Location: Shealy Wellness Center, 5607 S. 222nd Rd., Fair Grove, MO 65648

Tough Talk: Is Missouri a safe state?

12:30PM – 1:30PM, September 20, 2017

Other dates and times:

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, September 27, 2017iCalPlaster Student Union, Robert W. Room 314 A&B

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, October 04, 2017iCalPlaster Student Union, Robert W. Room 314 A&B

The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) is pleased to welcome speaking strategist Dr. Michelle Mazur to Missouri State University for a Meet & Greet and Workshop series.

In light of the Missouri NAACP travel ban for our state, what does this mean for us as part of a university community? Join the discussion and let us know what you think and what we can do.

Event sponsor: Diversity and Inclusion, Division for

Admission:Free & Open to public, current students, faculty, staff

MSU Film Series: Summer Children

7:30 PM – 9:30 PM, September 23, 2017

The MSU Film Series kicks off its Fall 2017 program with a free screening of 1965’s Summer Children.

A yacht. A remote island. A group of friends explore the boundaries that define their identities. An early work from the American New Wavemovement, Summer Children is a time capsule of the culture of the 1960s.

West (Stuart Anderson), a handsome young man born to a wealthy yet absent family, falls in love with the ethereal Diana (Valora Noland). Their innocence is forever lost as they become tangled in seduction, deception and betrayal resulting in tragedy.

Visually intoxicating, the film is photographed by Academy Award®-winning cinematographer, Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC.

After the screening, producer Jack Robinette will discuss his experiences making the film.

Event Sponsor: Media, Journalism and Film, Department of

Admission: Free

Tough Talk: After Charlottesville- What’s Next?

12:30PM – 1:30PM, September 21, 2017

Other dates and times:

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, September 28, 2017iCalPlaster Student Union, Robert W. Room 0203

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, October 05, 2017iCalPlaster Student Union, Robert W. Room 0203

The recent events in Charlottesville have shaken the nation, but what does it mean? Can we make sense of it, and what might this say about the future of our nation? This is an opportunity to talk, to listen, and to express.

Event sponsor: Diversity and Inclusion, Division for

Admission: Free & Open to public, current students, faculty, and staff

Location: Plaster Student Union, Robert W. Room 0203


State of the University Address

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM, September 25, 2017

President Clif Smart and Provost Dr. Frank Einhellig will address the university community.

Event Sponsor: President, Office of the

Location: Plaster Student Union, Robert W. Room Theater


MSU Wind Ensemble/ Wind Symphony Concert

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM, September 26, 2017

Join both of the fall concert bands in the beautiful Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts for our opening concert of the 2017-18 academic year. Repertoire will be:


  • John Zastoupil, conductor
  • Benjamin Todd, graduate conducting assistant
  • Jason Hausback, bass trombone

Schoenberg – Fanfare on motifs of Die Gurrelieder
Wagner – Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral
Hidas – Rhapsody for Bass Trombone
Bach – Prelude and Fugue in d minor
Schoenberg – Theme and Variations, Op. 43a


  • John Zastoupil, conductor
  • Marissa Kyser, graduate conducting assistant

Shostakovich – Galop
Grainger – Australian Up-Country Tune
Grainger – Handel in the Strand
Vaughan Williams – English Folk Song Suite

Event Sponsor: Music Department

Location: Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, Juanita K.


Latin Heritage Month: Latinx Carnaval & Panels

September 23 & 26, 2017

Latinx Heritage Banquet Carnaval: (9/23) 6-9 PM, PSU Ballroom

Latinx in the Ozarks Panel: (9/26) 12-1:30 PM, PSU 313

Latinx Student Identity Panel: (9/26) 7-8:30 PM, PSU Theater

Event Sponsor: Multicultural Programs in coordination with International Programs, Diversity and Inclusion, SAC, Uniendo Nuestros Origins, and the Department of Modern and Classical Languages


SAC Events




Analyzing and Managing Your Cash Flow

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, September 21, 2017

In this second class of the financial management series, we’ll take a close look at where cash comes from in a small business, where it’s used in day-to-day operations and how to identify and correct cash flow problems. You’ll be able to identify key information on cash flow statements and be able to follow the path of cash as it travels through your company. You’ll identify cash flow strategies to use in your organization. You’ll become familiar with the sources and uses of cash, ratios and the most common “gobblers” of cash in any business. This isn’t theory – it’s practical application for real businesses – like yours!

Topics include:

  • Description of the cash flow statement
  • Three types of cash flow
  • Creating a cash flow statement
  • Sources and uses of cash
  • Identifying problems with cash flow
  • Interpreting and controlling cash flow
  • Understanding the difference between profit and cash
  • Tips for improving cash flow
Admission: $109
Open to public, alumni, faculty, staff

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Sunday Dinner & Dialogue 

5:30PM – 7:00PM, September 24, 2017

Join Ekklesia and Multicultural Programs as they host Sunday Dinner & Dialogue this semester.

Free Food will be provided to participants as they engage in dialogue focused on hot topics and current events.

All are welcome to attend!

Event sponsor: Multicultural Programs

Admission: Free & Open to Current Students

Location: Freudenberger House Room Mary Jean Price Walls Multicultural Center (MRC Annex)


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Nuts and Bolts of Studying Away

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, September 21, 2017

Other dates and times:

Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday,iCal12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, November 13, 2017 – November 17, 2017Plaster Student Union, Robert W. Room 310

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, October 03, 2017iCalPlaster Student Union, Robert W. Room 309

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, October 11, 2017iCalPlaster Student Union, Robert W. Room 309

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, November 07, 2017iCalPlaster Student Union, Robert W. Room 309

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, December 05, 2017iCalPlaster Student Union, Robert W. Room 309

Interested in studying abroad but you’re just not sure where to begin? Come to a Nuts and Bolts of Studying Away session to get preliminary information about studying abroad, various Study Away options and the application process. These sessions are fun and informal, so just drop by and ask your questions. We hope to see you there!

Event sponsor: Study Away Programs

Admission: Open to public, current students, family of students, future students

Location: Plaster Student Union, Robert W. Room 309


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Resume Madness Events for Fall 2017

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, October 17, 2017

Other Dates and Times:

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, October 17, 2017iCalStrong Hall Room First Floor – Atrium

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, October 18, 2017iCalCraig Hall Room First Floor – Lobby

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, October 25, 2017iCalPlaster Student Union, Robert W. Room 2nd Floor – Contact Table area near Central Staircase

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, November 03, 2017iCalTemple Hall Room First Floor – Near Central Staircase / Study Pit area


The Career Center is hosting Résumé Madness events throughout the Fall 2017 semester.

Students and alumni may bring a rough draft version of their résumé (hard copy preferred) to one of our tables for a quick review to get some advice or suggestions.

If none of these times work for you, the Career Center offers ‘walk-in’ hours during the semester on Mondays-Fridays (12 p.m.-4:45 p.m.) in Carrington Hall 309.

Event sponsor: Career Center

Admission: Open to alumni and current students

Location: Glass Hall, David D. Room Student Success Center – 2nd Floor

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Student Biennial Ceramics and Printmaking Exhibition

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM September 23, 2017

Other Dates and Times:

Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday,iCal1:00 PM – 6:00 PM, September 22, 2017 – October 10, 2017Student Exhibition Center

The MSU Student Exhibition Center will present the Student Biennial Ceramics and Printmaking Exhibition featuring art from students admitted into the MSU Ceramics and Printmaking BFA programs, as well as current and past students who have taken Ceramic and Print courses within the last year. The works on display are from beginner to advance classes, with a variety of print techniques from silkscreen to intaglio to a range of ceramic forms of cups to figurative sculptures.

The exhibition will run from Sept. 22-Oct. 10. The First Friday Artwalk reception will be on Oct. 6, 6-10 p.m. Complimentary snacks will be available at the reception.

Event sponsor: Arts and Letters, College of

Location:Student Exhibition Center

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DACAmentary & Dialogue: Why We Rise

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM, September 25, 2017

On September 5th 2017, the Obama-era policy Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was rescinded by the current presidential administration. Join Multicultural Programs for a series of screenings and discussions looking at the myths and experiences of DACA recipients, undocumented students, and immigrants.

Lunch Provided

Event sponsor: Multicultural Programs

Admission: Free, open to public, current students, faculty, and staff

Location: Freudenberger House Room Mary Jean Price Walls Multicultural Center (MRC Annex)

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Adulting with the MRC: Demystifying Financial Aid

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM, September 25, 2017

Adulting with the MRC is focused on skills crucial to students post collegiate life. Topics include financial literacy, fiscal management, taxes, loans, cooking, car maintenance, networking and social media branding, stocks and investments, etc. Multicultural Programs partners with various campus and community stakeholders to facilitate the workshops.

This workshop will focus on navigating Financial Aid and will provide students with resources.

Special Guest Speaker: Kelly Evans, Financial Aid

Food provided

Event sponsor: Multicultural Programs

Location: Freudenberger House Room Mary Jean Price Walls Multicultural Center (MRC Annex)

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Student Government Association Senate

5:30 PM – 6:00 PM, September 25, 2017

The Student Government Association will be having its weekly senate session. All students are welcome to attend and have their voice heard. To learn more about SGA and how you can become a senator, visit our website.

Event sponsor: Student Government Association (SGA)

Location: Plaster Student Union, Robert W. Room 313

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Become a SOAR Leader

Are you interested in the following?

  • Strengthening skills like communication, leadership, critical thinking, and problem solving
  • Networking with administrators, faculty, staff, and student leaders
  • Shaping the future student body of Missouri State University
  • Being paid for all of the above

You may be interested in becoming a SOAR leader! SOAR leaders assist new students in making a successful transition to the University by:

  • Informing new students about Missouri State, academic expectations, and campus life
  • Helping students build their first semester’s class schedule
  • Encouraging students to build long-term relationships with faculty, staff, and fellow students

Learn more about becoming a SOAR leader at our upcoming information sessions:

  • Wednesday, October 4 at 6 PM in Karls Hall 101
  • Tuesday, October 17 at 7:30 PM in Meyer Library Auditorium (room 101)
  • Wednesday, October 18 at 6 PM in Karls Hall 101

You can also visit www.missouristate.edu/soarleader to learn about the position’s responsibilities, qualifications, benefits, compensation and more.

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Campus Recreation

  • Foster Recreation Hours

Foster Recreation Center Hours Fall Aquatics Hours Fall Climbing Hours
Mon-Thurs, 6AM-11PM Mon-Thurs, 7AM-9AM & 11AM-10PM Mon-Thurs, 4-10PM
Fri, 6AM-9PM Fri, 7AM-9AM & 11AM-8PM Friday, 4-8PM
Sat, 9AM-9PM Sat, 9AM-8PM Sat, 1-5PM
Sun, Noon-11PM Sun, Noon-10PM Sun, 5-8PM





Fall BearFit Classes Schedule

Benefits of Fitness Activities

  • Regular exercise (150 min./week) reduces risk for many diseases, increasing your chance for a longer life.
  • Exercise improves moods and reduces stress.
  • Physical activity may help you fall asleep faster and improve sleep quality.
  • Regular activity plays a critical role in controlling weight.
  • Regular exercise has been proven to improve academic outcomes.
  • Exercise increases energy and improves your ability to do everyday activities.
  • Be sure to try a variety of activities to enhance your fitness enjoyment and decrease the risk for overuse injuries.

Semester unlimited pass: $35 (member price)

Pay per class: $2 (member price)

Learn more about the BearFit Classes and Schedule.

Location: Foster Recreation Center, Bill R. and Family


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Outdoor Adventure’s Spring Trips(9/2-10/22)

All registrations for Outdoor Adventures (OA) trips are handled through the OA Resource Center located on the lower level of the Foster Recreation Center. You can contact OA for more information about our Adventure Trips Program call 417-836-5904, or by visiting us at the FRC during our operational hours. Click here to see our hours of operation.

Event sponsor: Campus Recreation

Admission: Trips range from $15 to $500.

Open to public, current students, faculty, staff

Location: Foster Recreation Center, Bill R. and Family


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Personal Training Rates

Certified trainers at the Foster Recreation Center can help you develop exercise plans, stay motivated and overcome fitness plateaus through personal training sessions, fitness assessments and FRC orientations.

Our trainers help you overcome your fitness barriers in sessions designed specifically to fit your needs and help you reach your goals. Try the fitness package that best fit your goals. No matter which package you choose, our trainers will help you reach your personal fitness goals.

You can register for Personal Training Sessions at the FRC Welcome Desk

All sessions and assessments need to be scheduled at the Foster Recreation Center Welcome Desk at least two days in advance.  If you have questions, please call the FRC Welcome Desk at 417-836-5334.

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Intramural Sports Deadlines/ Info.

Providing opportunities for leadership and personal development by promoting wellness and encouraging physical activity in a fun atmosphere of competitive sportsmanship. Programs are open to all Missouri State University students, faculty and staff members.

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