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What’s Happening: January 28 – February 9





  • D2 Ice Hockey
  • D3 Ice Hockey
  • M Basketball

Campus Recreation

  • Pumped or Stumped – Bouldering Competition
  • Weight Lifting Meet
  • SHARP Sessions
  • Outdoor Adventure
  • Intramural Schedule
  • Swim Lessons
  • Massage Therapy and Personal Training


Refund Deadline – First Block 50%

January 30
The last day to change sections, drop, or withdraw from spring 2015 first block classes, with 50% refund.

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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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Refund Deadline – First Block 25%

February 9
The last day to change sections, drop, or withdraw from spring 2015 first block classes, with 25% refund.

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Refund Deadline – Full Semester 50%

February 9
The last day to change sections, drop, or withdraw from spring 2015 full semester classes, with 50% refund.

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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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Bullying in the Workplace

Wednesday, February 4 at 12pm, PSU 317
Workplace bullying is a common phenomenon that often goes unrecognized even though it can cause much personal stress and group conflict. This workshop will discuss bullying behaviors, techniques for dealing with bullying and prevention strategies.

Presented by Dr. Stephanie Norander, Department of Communication

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Chorale Concert

Sunday, February 8 at 2:30pm, First and Calvary Church
Chorale is the flagship touring choir of Missouri State’s Department of Music. This select choir of approximately 48 voices performs regularly at conferences of the American Choral Directors Association, Missouri Music Educators Association, and the National Association for Music Education and has toured throughout the United States and Europe.

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Harlem Globetrotters

Thursday, January 29 at 7pm, JQH Arena
The world famous Harlem Globetrotters, featuring some of the greatest athletes and entertainers on the planet, will bring their unrivaled family show to JQH Arena in Springfield onThursday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m., during the Harlem Globetrotters 2015“Washington Generals’ Revenge” Tour. 

With a star-studded roster featuring Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson,Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law,Bull Bullard, Firefly FisherandMoose Weekes– plus female stars TNT Maddox, T-Time Brawner and Sweet J Ekworomadu* – the Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment. With incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequaled fan interaction, this must-see event is guaranteed to entertain the whole family. After the game, Globetrotter stars will sign autographs and take photos with fans.

Doors open at 6:00 pm

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Public Lecture on Benjamin Franklin

Thursday, February 5 at 4pm, Library Auditorium 101
MSU (’93) alumnus Dr. John Zumbrunnen will deliver a public lecture entitled “Benjamin Franklin on Self-Education and Self-Government.” The lecture is sponsored by the Jack Miller Center and by the Political Science Department.

Dr. John Zumbrunnen (MSU ’93) is Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he teaches courses in political theory and directs the American Democracy Forum.

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Resume Madness

Tuesday, January 27 at 10am, Glass Hall & Meyer Library 103
Wednesday, January 28 at 10am, Glass Hall & Meyer Library 103
Résumé Madness is a 5 hour event held each semester at various locations around campus.

Students can bring a hard copy of their résumé and visit with a member of the Career Center staff to receive a quick review and some tips on résumés.

No appointment necessary.  Note, this is a ‘quick’ review.  If a student needs more assistance, the Career Center offers walk-in hours or an individual appointment can be scheduled by calling our office at 417-836-5636.

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SAC Events

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

Movie: The Parent Trap

Wednesday, January 28 at 9pm, PSU Theatre
Sunday, February 2 at 9pm, PSU Theatre
Come out and enjoy a free film in the PSU Theater brought to you by the Student Activities Council.

Identical twins switch places and reunite their parents

Check out SAC Events Blog for more information.

After Hours: As Seen on TV Bingo

Thursday, January 29 at 9pm, PSU Food Court
Students will play bingo for a chance to win the popular “as seen on tv” merchandise. Prizes will include fun things like juggle bubbles, my fun fish tank, slushy magic, bacon bowl, fushigi magic gravity ball, pajama jeans, potato express, snuggie, table mate, and pillow pets!

Video Game Rock ‘n Bowl

Friday, January 30 at 7:30pm, Level 1 Game Center
Level up at Level 1! Play your favorite video games, from Pokemon to Halo, to Final Fantasy, or play bowling in an environment themed from different video games!

After Hours: Life Size Game Night

Thursday, February 5 at 9pm, PSU Ballroom
Students will play favorite childhood board games in a life sized matter. Students will become the game pieces and play on a life sized board. Games like Connect 4, Jenga, Hungry Hippos, Life, and Twister will be played.

Candyland Rock ‘n Bowl

Friday, February 6 at 7:30pm, Level 1 Game Center
Rock n Bowl is going to be SWEET on tonight! Join us from some free bowling and free sweet treats!

Cultural Affairs: Culture Shock

Monday, February 9 at 7pm, PSU Theatre
Culture Sock is an innovative and ground breaking program intended to expose cultural misconceptions through the unprecedented method of “racial hypnosis”. While under hypnosis the participants will undergo several scenarios intended to expose racial, cultural and gender stereotypes.

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SOFAC Training Presentations

Thursday, January 29 at 4pm, PSU 312 A&B
Monday, February 2 at 9am, PSU 312 A&B
Wednesday, February 4 at 5pm, 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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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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Life Betterment Fair

Thursday, February 5 at 9:30am-1pm, Library Center
Friday, February 6 at 3pm-6pm, Central Assembly
This event is all about putting the resources people need to succeed under one roof. Attendees can find a job, get information, and get ahead! The event offers on the spot job interviews, access to healthcare, assistance in getting a degree or obtaining High School Equivalency, and more. Volunteers are needed to help load/unload tables and must have own transportation.

Contact: Trent Sims 888-2020 or tsims@commpartnership.org
Website: http://www.commpartnership.org/

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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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Springfield Spring Break Immersion Trip

Come experience Springfield by immersing yourself in service projects with multiple area nonprofits. Engage with the community and see a side of Springfield you do not usually see as a Student at Missouri State. Service opportunities may include building accessibility trails at the Boy Scout Camp, working with at risk youth, and other organizations that promote a healthy community for generations to come. Participants will stay at the ARC of Springfield and have a fun filled day the Discovery Center as well. (Sponsored by The United Way of the Ozarks)

*Participation Fees: $100


Contact person:
Amanda Gabbard, Graduate Assistant for Community Involvement and Service
Phone: 417-836-7615

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

  • Friday, January 30, D2 Ice Hockey vs. University of Illinois, 7pm, Mediacom Ice Park
  • Friday, January 30, D3 Ice Hockey vs. Robert Morris – Peoria, 9:45pm, Mediacom Ice Park
  • Saturday, January 31, D3 Ice Hockey vs. Robert Morris – Peoria, 3pm, Mediacom Ice Park
  • Saturday, January 31, D2 Ice Hockey vs. University of Illinois, 7pm, Mediacom Ice Park
  • Saturday, January 31, M Basketball vs. Southern Illinois, 7:05pm, JQH Arena
  • Sunday, February 1, D3 Ice Hockey vs. Bradley U, 12pm, Mediacom Ice Park
  • Wednesday, February 4, M Basketball vs. Loyola, 8pm, JQH Arena

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Campus Recreation

  • Want to test your limits on the climbing wall?  This year Outdoor Adventures is hosting Pumped or Stumped – an inaugural bouldering competition.  Check out the details on our website at http://www.missouristate.edu/recreation/OutdoorAdventures/ClimbingWall.htm
  • Intramurals has a Weight Lifting Meet on February 8th!  Show off your guns at this year’s meet by registering on imleagues.com by February 4th.  Participants may compete as individuals or on a team.
  • 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 1: February 23 & 24

Session 2: March 30 & 31

Session 3: April 27 & 28

  • Interested in an Outdoor Adventure? All of our Spring 2015 trips are set so be sure to mark your calendars so you don’t miss out!  All trips can be found online at missouristate.edu/recreation/outdooradventures, or stop by the FRC to pick up a brochure with all of our trip information.
  • The Spring 2015 Intramural Schedule is set!  Pick up yours in the FRC today!
  • Face your Fear with this year’s Swim Lessons.  We will offer three levels of swim lessons this spring.  Fear of Water Lessons – Monday and Wednesday, 5:30-6PM.  Beginner Swimming Lessons – Monday and Wednesday, 6:15-6:45PM.  Intermediate Swimming Lessons – Monday and Wednesday, 7-7:30PM.  Classes run from February 2-March 4 (no class on 2/16).  $40 for members, $50 for nonmembers.
  • 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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