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What’s Happening: February 25 – March 16





  • M Basketball
  • Baseball
  • W Basketball
  • Softball
  • Tennis

Campus Recreation

  • Spring Break Hours
  • New BearFit Pass Pricing
  • SHARP Sessions
  • Spring Break with Outdoor Adventure
  • American Red Cross CPR and First Aid Certification
  • Massage Therapy and Personal Training


African American History Month

February 1 – 28
Carter G. Woodson and the organization he founded, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), conceived and announced Negro History Week in 1925. The event was the first celebrated during a week in February 1926 that encompassed the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The response was overwhelming: Black history clubs sprang up; teachers demanded materials to instruct their pupils; and progressive whites, not simply scholars and philanthropists, stepped forward to endorse the effort. By the time of Woodson’s death in 1950, Negro History Week had become a central part of African American life and substantial progress had been made by bringing more Americans to appreciate the celebration. At mid-century, mayors of cities nationwide issued proclamations noting Negro History Week. The Black Awakening of the 1960s dramatically expanded the consciousness of African Americans about the importance of black history, and the Civil Rights movement focused Americans of all color on the subject of the contributions of African Americans to our history and culture. The celebration was expanded to a month in 1976, the nation’s bicentennial. President Gerald R. Ford urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” That year, fifty years after the first celebration, the association held the first African American History Month. By this time, the entire nation had come to recognize the importance of Black history in the drama of the American story. Since then each American president has issued African American Heritage Month proclamations.

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Women’s History Month

March 1 – 31
This month pays tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society. The celebration was met with positive response, and schools began to host their own Women’s History Week programs. The next year, leaders from the California group share their project at a Women’s History Institute at Sarah Lawrence College. Other participants not only became determined to begin their own local Women’s History Week projects but also agreed to support an effort to have Congress declare a national Women’s History Week. In 1981, Sen. Oran Hatch (R-UT) and Rep. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) cosponsored the first Joint Congressional Resolution proclaiming a “Women’s History Week.” In 1987, the National Women’s History Project petitioned Congress to expand the celebration to the entire month of March. Since then, the National Women’s History Month Resolution has been approved every year with bipartisan support in both the House and Senate.

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Irish American Heritage Month

March 1 – 31
March is designated as Irish American Heritage Month to recognize the contribution that Irish immigrants and their descendants have played in the formation of our Nation. Among those contributions are nine signers of the Declaration of Independence, over twenty of Washington’s generals, the first man to hold a commission in the United States Navy, over 190,000 Irish born Americans who fought in the Civil War, pioneering women such as Nellie Bly and Christa McAuliffe, the inventor of the modern submarine and 253 Medal of Honor recipients who list the place of their birth as Ireland.

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Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

March 1 – 31
March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month thanks to a 1987 Presidential Proclamation which was the direct result of the advocacy efforts of The Arc. A lot has changed since then: more people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are living and thriving in their communities rather than in institutions, there are more opportunities in education and employment, more protections in health care, the legal system and other areas of human rights, there are more positive and accurate portrayals of people with I/DD in the arts, the list goes on. But we must remember that many of those advancements were hard won. Self-advocacy and advocacy on behalf of those with I/DD was the impetus for many of the positive changes in our society such as the proclamation that recognized DD Awareness Month.

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LOGOS Deadline

March 6
LOGOS: A Journal of Undergraduate Research is dedicated to the publication of outstanding work by all undergraduates in every academic discipline (this includes original research studies, essays, creative writing, and artwork). Led by the Faculty Advisory Board and Honors College student editors, LOGOS conforms to the highest standards of scholastic integrity in a blind, peer review process conducted by distinguished faculty and undergraduate students.

This is a great opportunity for students to gain publishing experience and put some impressive lines on their resumes. Any student, honors or non, may submit to LOGOS. We accept submissions year-round, but the deadline to be accepted into volume eight is March 6, 2015.

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Spring Break

March 9 – 15
Classes will not be held March 9-15. Offices will be open.

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Spring 2015 Second Block Classes Begin

March 16
Spring 2015 Second Block classes begin today.

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

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Student Commencement Speaker Application

March 20
Interested in applying to be a Student Commencement Speaker? Students graduating in May 2015 are eligible to speak at commencement.  The ideal student speech should endeavor to inspire and motivate, while remaining relevant, encouraging, and memorable for not only their fellow graduates but all guests at Commencement.  One speaker will be chosen for each ceremony.

Student Commencement Speaker Application

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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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COM Week: The COM Degree in Action

Alumni Stories of Professional Success

Wednesday, February 25 at 11:30am, PSU Ballroom West
Thursday, February 26 at 11:30am, PSU Ballroom East
Wednesday: MSU Alumni Jason Stouder, Vice President of Progressive Bike Ramps and Kris Inman, Training and Education Manager for Springfield-Greene County 911.

Thursday: MSU Alumni Lisa Cox, Springfield Police Department, Public Affairs Officer and Meaghan Younker, Leggett & Platt, Talent Acquisition.

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Plaster Student Union Ballroom West (free lunch provided/presentations begin at NOON)

Executive Leadership and Community Engagement

Friday, February 27 at 11:30am, PSU Ballroom East
COM Alumni Darin Kent, Regent Bank, Oklahoma City Market, Bank President and Kara DeVita, AT&T, Director of Community Engagement.

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Plaster Student Union Ballroom East (free lunch provided/presentations begin at NOON)

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Eating Disorder Screenings

Monday, February 23 – Friday, February 27 at 10am-3pm, Carrington Hall 311
The Counseling and Testing Center will offer FREE Eating Disorder Screenings Monday-Friday, February 23-27, 2015 in Carrington Hall, Room 311.  No appointment necessary, just walk in between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm for your free screening.  You may contact the Counseling and Testing Center at 417.836.5116 for more information.

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Explore PSU

Explore PSU

Event and Meeting Services

Wednesday, February 25 at 11:30am, Across form PSU Info Desk
Event and Meeting Services will be featured and there will be a surprise for every student that stops by.  In addition, Dining Services will provide snacks from Papa Johns.

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Ferguson: Dignity – Faith – Poverty

Thursday, February 26 at 7pm, Carrington 208 (Carrington Auditorium)
We invite you to join the conversation as we continue our “Faith and Life Matters” series with Mustafa Abdullah.

For more details visit our website: www.UMHE.org

Mustafa Abdullah

  • Program Associate for the ACLU of Missouri
  • Named one of 21 Kick-Ass Muslims Who Changed the Narrative in 2014 by Buzzfeed
  • Co-Founded Muslims for Ferguson
  • Recipient of the “Sunrise Award” from the I Am Love Campaign
  • Member of the Alumni Speakers Bureau for the Interfaith Youth Core

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Jazz Fest ’15

Saturday, February 28 at 8am, Wehr Band Hall
The University Band and Jazz Studies Programs host the annual Missouri State University Jazz Festival. The day will be filled with the sounds of 45-50 high school and middle school jazz ensembles from Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas.  Four venues will be involved – – two at the Wehr Band Hall and two at Juanita K. Hammons Hall. The public is invited. Additionally, the University’s Jazz Groups will perform throughout the day.

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Missouri State Imrov

Monday, February 23 at 9pm, Carrington 208 (Carrington Auditorium)
Monday, March 2 at 9pm, Carrington 208 (Carrington Auditorium)
Join us in Carrington Auditorium at 9PM for a showcase of our most hilarious improv comedy teams! The show is always free and is considered appropriate for anyone 18+

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SAC Events

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

Film: Dear White People

Wednesday, February 25 at 9pm, PSU Theatre
Come see the movie Dear White People.

After Hours: Masquerade Ball

Thursday, February 26 at 9pm, PSU Ballroom
SAC and RHA partner to bring you a Masquerade Ball! Dance the night away while hiding your identity with a elegant mask!

Rock n’ Bowl: Neon Night

Friday, February 27 at 9pm, PSU Level 1 Game Center
Free bowling, ping-pong, and pool for students on Friday Nights in Level One Game Center.

Lectures: Stacy Nadeau

Wednesday, March 4 at 7pm, PSU Theater
Stacy Nadeau is a former Dove model.  Representing “love yourself” in her keynote, she will be speaking about accepting yourself before putting yourself in a relationship with another person. She explains that real relationships are full of struggles and teaches you to respect yourself to respect another.

After Hours: Bear Wear Bingo

Thursday, March 5 at 9pm, PSU Food Court
Students will play rounds of Bingo to win Missouri State Bear Wear!

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Shattering the Silences: “A Dialogue”

Wednesday, February 25 at 5:30pm, PSU Theater
“A Dialogue” is a staged reading of a conversation between James Baldwin and Nikki Giovanni on the subject of race.  Though the conversation was transcribed in the 1970’s, it is filled with points that are still pertinent in the 2010’s.

Registration is free and open to the public but please RSVP at fctl@missouristate.edu

Refreshments are provided by Division for Diversity and Inclusion

The reading will be under the direction of MSU Assistant Professor of Dance, Darrly K. Clark.

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Spring Family Day 2015

Saturday, March 21 at 1pm, Hammons Field

Invite your family to Spring Family Day 2015, March 21st! The highlight of the day is Family Day at Hammons Field where the Bears Baseball team will take on Indiana State University in an afternoon game. Join us as we celebrate the 110th anniversary of the founding of our university. In addition, we celebrate 10 years as Missouri State University. Questions? Ask Priscilla at pchildress@missouristate.edu.

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Winter Jam 2015

Thursday, March 5 at 7pm, JQH Arena
Winter Jam 2015 Tour Spectacular returns to JQH Arena on Thursday, March 5th!

Performances from:

  • Skillet
  • Jeremy Camp
  • Francesca Battistelli
  • Building 429
  • For King & Country
  • Newsong
  • Family Force 5

Come early for the Pre-Jam Party and hear performances from: Blanca, About a Mile, and Veridia

Tickets are $10 at the door!

Doors open at 5:30pm

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For more opportunities, subscribe to the Community Opportunities Newsletter.



Food Assistance for Students

Mondays at 3pm-6pm while MSU is in session
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.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Well of Life, please click here to sign up!

Well of Life – MSU Student Food Pantry
418 S Kimbrough
Springfield, MO 65804
(Just across from the Qdoba near Bear Park North)

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Foreign Language Institute

Learn language for your next vacation!

The Foreign Language Institute is offering a series of courses, designed for travelers. The next time you go on vacation you can ask for your food in the target language without having to be just another tourist. These courses are designed for the students, whether you are traveling to do business, adopt a child, for vacation, or any reason.  We can help you learn necessary words and phrases to make your experience one to remember. Courses cost $150 and are available at fli.missouristate.edu under “Non-Credit Registration” and the “Register Now” button. (MSU employees may also register on LMS.)

Courses run for eight weeks from March 16 until May 7 and are taught for two hours, one day per week. We look forward to meeting your language needs and introducing you to all that the Foreign Language Institute can offer. For more information email: fli@missouristate.edu or call 417-836-5497.

Language Start Date End Date Day Time Location
Spanish – Springfield March 19 May 7 Thursdays 6-8pm Morris Center 205
Spanish – West Plains March 19 May 7 Thursdays 6-8pm Looney 102
German March 19 May 7 Thursdays 6-8pm Morris Center 318
Italian March 19 May 7 Thursdays 6-8pm Morris Center 401A
Russian March 16 May 7 Mondays 6-8pm Morris Center 316
Chinese March 16 May 7 Mondays 6-8pm Morris Center 401

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Sertoma Chili Cook Off

Friday, February 27 – Saturday, February 28, Springfield Expo Center
In its 34th Year of raising money for local children’s charities, this event has grown and improved year after year. The now famous event garners crowds in excess of 10,000 people and sells more “adult beverages” in 6 hours than an average high-volume bars sells in a year. You’ve probably heard about it…now it’s time to come see for yourself. The Miller Lite stage will host four entertainers and the Wild Turkey stage on the upper level will feature acoustic acts from 11AM – 4:30PM.  Find more information here.

Many volunteer opportunities available! The event starts Feb. 27th and ends Feb. 28th. sign up here!

Location: Springfield Expo Center
Contact: Ashley Phillips
Email: aphillips@bgclubspringfield.org
Phone: 417-862-9249
Website: http://www.sertomachilicookoff.com/

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

  • Wednesday, February 25, M Basketball vs. Bradley, 7:05pm, JQH Arena
  • Friday, February 27, Baseball vs. UCS, 3:05pm, Hammons Field
  • Friday, February 27, W Basketball vs. Northern Iowa, 7:05pm, JQH Arena
  • Saturday, February 28, Softball vs. Saint Louis, 2pm, Killian Stadium
  • Saturday, February 28, Baseball vs. UCA, 2:05pm, Hammons Field
  • Saturday, February 28, Softball vs. SEMO, 4pm, Killian Stadium
  • Sunday, March 1, Softball vs. UMKC, 10am, Killian Stadium
  • Sunday, March 1, Baseball vs. UCA, 1:05pm, Hammons Field
  • Sunday, March 1, W Basketball vs. Drake, 2:05pm, JQH Arena
  • Tuesday, March 3, Baseball vs. Oral Roberts, 4:05pm, Hammons Field
  • Monday, March 9, Tennis vs. IPFW, 1pm, Cooper Tennis Complex
  • Tuesday, March 10, Softball vs. Central Arkansas, 5pm, Killian Stadium
  • Thursday, March 12, Softball vs. Arkansas, 5pm, Killian Stadium
  • Saturday, March 14, Softball vs. Drake, 12pm, Killian Stadium
  • Saturday, March 14, Softball vs. Drake, 2pm, Killian Stadium
  • Sunday, March 15, Softball vs. Drake, 12pm, Killian Stadium

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Campus Recreation

  • Our hours for Spring Break are going to be just a little different – March 7th: 9AM-3PM, March 8th:12PM-6PM, March 9-13th: 6AM-8PM, March 14th: 9AM-3PM.  Aquatic Center and Climbing Wall hours differ so be sure to pick up a handout with all of our Spring Break hours at the FRC.
  • BearFit Passes are $20 after Spring Break! With summer around the corner, now is the time to get active!  Unlimited passes will only be $20 for the remainder of the semester so buy a pass and get in shape with BearFit.
  • SHARP Sessions will be held in the FRC again this semester!  Three sessions will be sponsored by the Missouri State University Department of Safety and Transportation as well as by Campus Recreation Wellness.  The classes are free so register for one of the following sessions!  All sessions are from 6:30-9p.m.

Session 2: March 30 & 31

Session 3: April 27 & 28

  • Set up your Spring Break with Outdoor Adventures!  OA has two trips planned for spring break.  One to the Smokey Mountains and another to the Southeast!  Only one week left to sign up so stop by the FRC soon!  You don’t want to miss out on these awesome adventures!! Find out more at missouristate.edu/recreation/outdooradventures.
  • American Red Cross CPR and First Aid Certification. Register online or in person at the FRC.  Registration deadline is 2 days before each class.  Limited seats are available.  CPR/AED and First Aid are held in the Aquatics Classroom.  CPR is $55 and First Aid is $40.

CPR/AED Session: March 21, 9AM-12:30PM

First Aid Session: March 21, 12:30-2PM

            This certification does not fulfill the requirement for MSU nursing students.

  • Remember that the Foster Recreation Center offers the awesome services of Massage Therapy and Personal Training.  More information can be found on our website at missouristate.edu/recreation

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