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What’s Happening: December 3 – January 12





  • M Basketball
  • D2 Ice Hockey
  • D3 Ice Hockey
  • W Basketball

Campus Recreation

  • Winter Break Hours
  • Personal Training
  • Massage Therapy
  • Gift Certificates


International Day of Disabled Persons

December 3
The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3 was established by the International Year for Disabled Persons (1981). The Day aims to promote a better understanding of disability issues with a focus on the rights of persons with disabilities and gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of the political, social, economic and cultural life of their communities. The goal of full and effective participation of persons with disabilities in society and development was established by the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1982.

A major focus of the Day is practical action to mainstream disability in all aspects of development, as well as to further the participation of persons with disabilities in social life and development on the basis of equality. Highlight progress and obstacles in implementing disability-sensitive policies, as well as promote public awareness of barriers to the full inclusion of persons with disabilities in the lives of their societies.

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Fall 2014 Classes End

December 4
Fall 2014 classes end today.

Some classes will extend beyond this date. Such classes will be graded with an NG (no grade available) which will be changed upon conclusion of the course.

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Study Day (No Classes/Offices Open)

December 5
No classes/offices open

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Final Exams

December 6-11
Full semester and second block classes will have a two hour final exam.

For specific times see the final exam schedule http://www.missouristate.edu/registrar/finals.html

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Nominate An Academic Advisor!

Due December 10
Do you know an outstanding academic advisor?

Two Missouri State University Curtis P. Lawrence Excellence in Advising awards will be presented during the spring semester 2015. One will honor a faculty advisor, and one will honor an advisor who is a member of the professional staff. Each recipient will receive a $1,500 cash award, presented at a reception in March.

To nominate an outstanding advisor, please submit the name by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 10 to Kathy Davis, director of the Academic Advisement Center. Candidates may be nominated by current students, alumni, or colleagues. Submit the name in an e-mail to kathydavis@missouristate.edu or send a note through campus mail.

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Fall Commencement

December 12
For more information, see the commencement website http://www.missouristate.edu/commencement.

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Grades Available

December 16
Fall 2014 Grades Available on My Missouri State website (check academic calendar for when available on official transcript).


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Computer Services Scheduled Downtime

December 20
In order to provide the highest level of service to the campus community, the computing and networking systems maintained by Computer Services require occasional downtime. To minimize the need for outages while classes are in session, Computer Services is planning scheduled downtime days during which systems and networking services will not be guaranteed to be available.

Although certain services will be available during all or parts of the scheduled downtimes, departments are encouraged to plan for interruptions of service.

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Winter Intercession Classes Begin

January 5
Winter 2015 Intersession classes begin today.

See Academic Calendar for drop, withdrawal, and refund deadlines. Winter Intersession classes are considered a part of the Spring 2015 semester for admission, financial aid, registration, grading, scholastic action, and graduation purposes.

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Winter Intercession Classes End

January 9
Winter 2015 Intersession classes end today.

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Graduate Student Orientation

January 9
This orientation is for all incoming Graduate Students starting in the Spring of 2015

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Adult Student Welcome Orientation

January 10
Each fall and spring semester, Adult Student Services offers an orientation for the adult student to introduce the various services Missouri State University offers. Knowing what to expect is a large part of alleviating anxiety about returning to school. Meet other students who, like yourself, are trying to balance the roles and responsibilities of home, family, and employment while learning more about the following:

  • Career Center
  • Missouri State Online
  • Learning Commons
  • Plaster Student Union
  • Parking & Campus Safety
  • Taylor Health Center
  • Campus Tour

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Spring Classes Begin

January 12
Spring 2015 classes begin today.

See Academic Calendar for drop, withdrawal, and refund deadlines.

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Haven is a required online course for all in-coming freshmen and transfer students to complete to initiate understanding of consent, sexual assault, relationship violence, and bystander intervention. If this course is not completed by the student prior to the student’s spring registration date within the student’s first year at Missouri State University, a Registration Hold will be placed on the student’s account. This hold will be lifted from the account once completion of Haven has occurred.

To Log In:

  1. Always sign in at: my.missouristate.edu
  2. After signing in, go under the Academics tab and find the New Student or Transfer Student section. Within this square, there is a training section and the Haven link is in this area. To access Haven, choose the link and you can begin.

Course problems? Contact Emma Rapp, Dean of Students Graduate Assistant at Rapp703_@missouristate.edu or at (417) 836-6087

Those with disabilities who may not be able to access Haven because of the instructional format or design of the training program may request an accommodation by contacting the Disability Resource Center at drc@missouristate.edu or 417-836-4192

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A.L.I.C.E. Training

Friday, December 5 at 1pm, Strong Hall Room 002

Active shooter incidents happen fast. Would you know what to do?
“Chaos, panic and fear can only be minimized, never eliminated, when it is preceded by preparation and planning.”

Registration and information: To register, send an email with your name (as you would like it to appear on a certificate) to Molly Galen at: Galen17@live.missouristate.edu no later than 12/01/2014.

Provided by: Springfield Police Department and MSU public safety officials

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Blake Foster “In His Wheels” Wheelchair Basketball Tournament

Friday, December 5 at 12pm, FRC Basketball Courts
A 3 v 3 wheelchair basketball tournament benefitting the family of Blake Foster, a Missouri state student and Theta Chi Fraternity member who was recently paralyzed in a dirt bike accident. Registration is on IM Leagues . All Proceeds go to Blake and his family. Donations are welcomed. Sponsored by: Campus Recreation, Kinesiology Department, and Theta Chi Fraternity

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Focus On Peace

Friday, December 5 at 5:30pm, Meyer Library
Join the Social Work Club for a candlelight march to promote peace and nonviolence!  The keynote speaker will be President Clif Smart.  The march will begin and Meyer Library and continue to Carrington Hall.  BYOC – Bring your own candle!

Please contact Wendy Brazeal or Tricia Caldwell for any questions or more information.

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Hibernotes Winter Concert

Saturday, December 6 at 7pm, PSU Theatre
Hibernotes winter concert, Home For The Holidays, will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the PSU theater.

Hibernotes is the premiere mixed a cappella group on Missouri State University’s campus. The group was formed in the fall of 2012. Hiberntoes has spent their first two years performing at various community and campus events and this will be their second concert! Hibernotes welcomes A Cub Bella as their concert’s opening act!

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Jim Brickman: On A Winter’s Night

Friday, December 5 at 7pm, Juanita K. Hammons Hall
Jim Brickman brings together the sounds of the season with On A Winter’s Night, a one-of-a-kind concert event filled with lush instrumentals and soaring vocals. Student rush tickets available one hour prior to the performance with a valid Student ID.

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President’s Finals Breakfast

Monday, December 8 at 9pm, Blair-Shannon Dining Center
Please mark your calendars for our traditional late-night breakfast hosted by President Clif Smart.  Breakfast is for all Missouri State students, whether they reside on or off campus.  Serving will begin promptly at 9:00 p.m. and continue until midnight in the Blair-Shannon Dining Center.  There is no cost to students; however, BearPass IDs are required for admission.

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Rudolph’s Five and Dime: A Holiday Bazaar

Thursday, December 4 – Friday, December 5 at am, Blair-Shannon Grand Lounge
It is that time of year again for Rudolph’s Five & Dime: A Holiday Bazaar! This event will be in the Blair-Shannon Grand Lounge (across from the Plaster Student Union).  Rudolph’s will be held on Thursday, December 4, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Friday, December 5, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.  On Friday, there will be an auction at Noon.  There will be lots of exciting gifts at the auction including gift cards and homemade baked goods.  Springfield community vendors and student organizations have put together will be selling all kinds of items from jewelry to scrap booking materials.  Stop by and pick up some last-minute holiday gifts.

All proceeds will go to the Wilda F. Looney Residence Life Leadership Scholarship fund sponsored by the National Residence Hall Honorary.  If you have questions or would like to make a donation, please contact Travis D. Schilla or Michelle Madsen, Residence Life, Housing, and Dining Services at 836-6591.


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SAC Events

Find out more about SAC films, concerts, and comedy by looking at our SAC Events Blog.

Movie: Guardians of the Galaxy

Wednesday, December 3 at 7:30pm, PSU Theatre
Free movie in the PSU Theatre.  Check out SAC Events Blog for more information.

After Hours: Game Show Night

Thursday, December 4 at 9pm, PSU Foodcourt
SAC and RHA come together for this event, which involves games such as The Price is Right,  Family Feud, Lets Make a Deal, Jepordy, etc. Prizes will be given away to game winners.

This event is co-sponsored with Residence Hall Association.

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Senior BFA in Studio Art Exhibit

Wednesday, November 19 – Friday, December 12 at 11am, Student Exhibition Center
The Department of Art+Design will display the artwork of students completing the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio art.

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SOFAC Training Presentations

Wednesday, December 3 at 5pm, PSU 312 A&B
Tuesday, December 9 at 9am, PSU 308 A&B
New for the 2014-2015 academic year no organization may receive (Student Organization Funding Allocation Council) SOFAC funding until it has attended a SOFAC Training session.

These one hour trainings will inform your group on all the policies and procedures for SOFAC.

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Sounds of Christmas Concert

Sunday, December 7 at 2pm, Juanita K. Hammons Hall
The Pride Band will present its annual, “Sounds Of Christmas” Concert on Sunday, December 7.  The 2 p.m. concert will be in the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.

A variety of musical ensembles, colorful dance groups and the entire marching band will combine to present an exciting introduction to the Christmas season.

The concert is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the MSU Band Office (417-836-5454).

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Study Hall (The Gallery @ National Avenue)

Sunday, December 7 at 9pm-1am, The Gallery @ National Avenue (1515 S National Ave)
Tuesday, December 9 at 9pm-1am, The Gallery @ National Avenue (1515 S National Ave)
Looking for a quiet place to study?  Join us on Sunday and Tuesday night during finals for free coffee, lattes, hot chocolate, desserts, and wifi!  The Gallery @ National Avenue offers a great quiet place to unwind and focus.  Come by anytime during open hours.

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Sweet Honey in the Rock: Celebrating the Holydays

Saturday, December 6 at 7pm, Juanita K. Hammons Hall
This internationally renowned a cappella ensemble presents a seasonal concert honoring the holiday spirit from Christmas to Kwanzaa – with American spirituals, Latin, Chinese, African and Hebrew music blended with new holiday favorites. Student rush tickets available one hour prior to the performance with a valid Student ID.

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Winterfest Visual and Performing Arts Festival

Friday, December 5 – Sunday, December 7 at 5pm, Juanita K. Hammons Hall
WinterFest fills the lobby of Juanita K. Hammons Hall with the works of the region’s best visual artists, on display and for sale – check the WinterFest page at HammonsHall.com for additional details. Admission to the arts festival is FREE!


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For more opportunities, subscribe to the Community Opportunities Newsletter.



Food Assistance for Students

Mondays and Tuesdays at 3pm-6pm while MSU is in session
The Food Pantry for Missouri State University Students is for any student facing food insecurity. This may be students going hungry, not able to make ends meet, facing a delay in Financial Aid or other assistance, or any other reason.

Well of Life – MSU Student Food Pantry
418 S Kimbrough
Springfield, MO 65806
(Just across from the Qdoba near Bear Park North)

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Microsoft IT Academy

Missouri State University students and alumni now have an exciting new opportunity for online training through Microsoft’s IT Academy! Microsoft IT Academy program provides you with the opportunity to enhance your technology skills so you can advance your education and your career. Over 400 self-paced, interactive, and engaging online training classes are available in several languages. Courses are also available to prepare for Microsoft application certifications.

Request Your Microsoft IT Academy Access Link!

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Salvation Army Cold Weather Shelter

The Salvation Army offers shelter to the homeless on nights the wind chill reaches 14 degrees or below. Volunteers are needed to help intake the homeless for the cold weather shelter and help supervise. Volunteers are placed on an “on-call” list for nights the wind chill reaches 14 degrees or below. Volunteers work 2 hour shifts from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.  All volunteers must past a background check.

Location: 1707 West Chestnut Expressway, Springfield, Missouri 65802

Contact: Jeff Smith

E-mail: jeff_smith@usc.salvationarmy.org

Phone:  417-862-5509 ext. 105

Website: click here!

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Social Change Leader Applications Due

Tuesday, November 25
Social Change Leaders are students who are committed to the Springfield community through long-term sustainable interactions.  These students will explore the social issues that affect Springfield and through asset based community development, seek solutions to those problems.  Students will participate in critical reflection through bi-monthly dialogues and have discussions that unpack the complex issues that affect our community.

As a Social Change Leader, you would be expected to participate in volunteer activities 3 hours a week at a time that meets your schedule.  Additionally, there will be bi-monthly dialogues where dialogue and discussion occur around the social issue being addressed. Opportunities are available with the Boys and Girls Club, Robberson Community School, The Kitchen, Ozarks Food Harvest, and the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks.

If you are interested in participating, stop by the Center for Community Engagement in PSU 131 to pick up an application. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on November 25th, 2014. Deadline Extended!

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Spring Break Immersion Trip Applications Due

Tuesday, November 25
Applications for the 2015 Spring Break Immersion Trips are now available! Do you want to spend your Spring Break doing something fun and meaningful? The Spring Break Immersion Trips are week-long experiences in which students are immersed in a new culture, group of people, and experience. Trips include direct service with local agencies, learning about a specific social issue, social time in the destination city, and time to meet other students. This year, our trips will be going to Dallas, TX, New Orleans, LA, Chicago, IL, Indianapolis, IN, and Ashville, NC, as well as a local trip right here in Springfield.

If you are interested in participating, stop by the Center for Community Engagement in PSU 131 to pick up an application or apply here. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on November 25th, 2014. Deadline Extended!

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For a review of events that have already happened, please visit our Athletics Blog Page.

  • Thursday, December 4, M Basketball vs. Arkansas – Little Rock, 7:05pm, JQH Arena
  • Friday, December 5, D2 Ice Hockey vs. Lindenwood University, 7:00pm, Mediacom Ice Park
  • Friday, December 5, D3 Ice Hockey vs. University of Mississippi, 9:45pm, Mediacom Ice Park
  • Saturday, December 6, D3 Ice Hockey vs. University of Mississippi, 3:00pm, Mediacom Ice Park
  • Saturday, December 6, D2 Ice Hockey vs. Lindenwood University, 7:00pm, Mediacom Ice Park
  • Saturday, December 6, W Basketball vs. SIUE, 7:05pm, JQH Arena
  • Wendesday, December 10, W Baksetball vs. Arkansas, 7:05pm, JQH Arena
  • Sunday, December 14, W Basketball vs. IUPUI, 2:05pm, JQH Arena
  • Friday, December 19, W Basketball vs. Arkansas State, 7:05pm, JQH Arena
  • Saturday, December 20, M Basketball, vs. Eastern Michigan, 2:05pm, JQH Arena
  • Monday, December 22, M Basketball vs. Oral Roberts, 7:05pm, JQH Arena
  • Friday, January 2, W Basketball vs. Evansville, 7:05pm, JQH Arena
  • Saturday, January 3, M Basketball vs. Drake, 3:00pm, JQH Arena
  • Sunday, January 4, W Basketball vs. Indiana State, 2:05pm, JQH Arena
  • Friday, January 9, W Basketball vs. Wichita State, 7:05pm, JQH Arena
  • Sunday, January 11, M Basketball vs. Illinois State, TBA, JQH Arena

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Campus Recreation

  • We have different hours for Winter break:

               December 3: 9AM-3PM

               December 14: 12PM-6PM

               December 15-19: 6AM-8PM

               December 20-January 4: Closed

               January 5-9: 6AM-8PM

               January 10: Normal hours resume

  • Looking for the perfect gift to give this holiday season?  Campus Recreation Center offers gift certificates so get yours today!
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