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Sunvilla Renovation Project Delays Move-In for Some Students

Progress is being made on the renovation of Sunvilla Tower, and we think students will be very pleased with the final results. However, the renovation has been slower than we hoped, and some floors will not be ready for the beginning of the academic year.

Move-in Schedule

We anticipate that residents of floors 10-19 should be able to move in to these apartments on August 10 as scheduled. Our goal is to have students of floors 3-9 in Sunvilla by mid-September.

Arrangements and Amenities

In an effort to take care of residents and help them start the fall semester, we will make the following arrangements for the students on floors 3-9:

  • Students will be housed on a temporary basis in University Plaza or Holiday Inn Express. The students will enjoy all hotel amenities (breakfast and housekeeping service) at no cost to them.
  • Students who receive financial aid will receive a credit on their account for the days they did not occupy their apartment. They will also receive a credit to any meal plan they voluntarily selected.
  • Bear Line shuttles will be available to pick up and drop off students at the hotels.
  • Students will receive meal plans so they can eat in the campus dining centers while they are living at the hotels. These plans will be of no cost to the students, even if they did not contract for meal plans.
  • A staff member will be living in each hotel to assist students and answer questions.
  • Students will receive $50 in BoomerMeals on their BearPass cards, which can be used to make purchases at any vendor in the Plaster Student Union.
  • Students’ mail will be delivered to Sunvilla, which will be open so students can pick up their mail whenever it is convenient for them. We also can text students if they receive packages. All they need to do is provide their cell phone numbers to staff members at the Sunvilla front desk.
  • Students can use the laundry facilities in Sunvilla when they are completed.

Preparations and Notifications

  • Students should bring only what they need to live in the hotel until they can move into their apartments. Storage space will be available.
  • As soon as apartments become available, students will be notified that they can move in. Staff members in Residence Life will assist with the moving process.
  • Students are asked to check their University email accounts and the Residence Life website for updates.

In summary, students will receive free housing, food, and shuttle service while living temporarily in the two hotels. We apologize for the inconvenience, but are confident that the wait for new, finished apartments will be worthwhile.

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Considering Sunvilla???

We are very excited for the reopening of Sunvilla Tower in August.  Here are a few of the reasons to consider Sunvilla:

  • Large spacious apartments
  • New Modern Finishes
  • Full Kitchens and meal plans optional
  • New Bathrooms
  • New Furniture
  • Smart TVs provided in living area
  • Trash and Recycle pick up at apartment
  • Competitive Rates
  • New Kitchen Appliances
  • Variety of Apartment Styles
  • Bear Line Shuttle stop
  • The View
  • Indoor, Secure Bike Parking
  • 24-Hour Front Desk
  • Convenient Parking
  • Tornado Shelter
  • The Community
  • Open 12 Months
  • Spacious Closets
  • Computer Lab and printing
  • Safe and Secure
  • Wireless throughout building
  • Cable TV
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Sunvilla Tower

UnitC
4-Person Apartment
UnitA2
3-Person Apartment

The renovation of Sunvilla Tower is moving along nicely and we are taking applications to live in Sunvilla this fall!!! Check your email for more information.

 

Here are some renderings that will give you an idea of what the apartments will look like:

UnitB
2-Person Apartment

 

 

 

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End of Semester Information – Fall 2014

In The Fall 2014 Issue:

 

Important Dates to Remember

November 26 – December 30 Thanksgiving Break; All Residence Halls and Garst Dining Center are open
December 6-11 Final Exam Period
December 13 Residence Halls Blair-Shannon, Freddy, Wells, and Woods close at 8:00 a.m.;Kentwood Dining Center will be open over Winter Break.  All other Dining Centers are closed for Winter Break
December 22 – January 2 Offices Closed
January 10 Residence Halls open at 8:00 a.m.

 

Winter Break Housing

We have made arrangements for residents needing winter break housing at the University Plaza Hotel.  The University Plaza is located at 333 S John Q. Hammons Parkway, one block north of Sunvilla.  The cost is $64/night and includes a hot breakfast each morning.  If you are interested in taking advantage of these accommodations, please go to: http://forms.missouristate.edu/reslife/winterbreakhousing.php and complete the form.


 

No Mail Service During Winter Break

Please be aware that mail service to all closed residence halls will be suspended and that mail service will not be available until the residence halls reopen in January.  Your mail will not be forwarded during the Winter Break.  There will be no access to mail during this time, as the reception desks are not staffed.  If you are expecting an important piece of mail, please make sure it is mailed to you before your residence hall closes—no later than December 12, 2014—or make other arrangements for delivery.


 

Computer Registration

Students who would like to live off campus but have fewer than 30 successfully completed credit hours will need to go through the exception process. You must meet the exception criteria in order to receive an approved request to live off campus, and approval is not guaranteed. The exception process may take several weeks depending on your situation, so be prepared and contact our office as soon as possible. DO NOT commit yourself to an off-campus housing lease until your current housing obligations are resolved. Please visit our exception page for more information on different types of exceptions. Select the appropriate form or process and attach all required documentation. With questions, please call 417-836-5536.


 

Boomer Meals

Your BoomerMeals balance will start over for Spring.  Any BoomerMeals left over from the Fall semester will carry forward to Spring.

If you are not returning to the residence halls for Spring, you will lose any unused BoomerMeals from Fall but will not be charged for Spring BoomerMeals.

What are your plans for the spring 2015 semester?

If you are thinking about leaving Missouri State for the spring semester, please go to your My Missouri State and sign in. Go to Profile->Housing Channel-> Assignments Header->click on End of Semester Plans and let us know about your potential plans:

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  1. You want to Return for the Spring, but you would like to change rooms/buildings
    1. Tell us your building preference
    2. Tell us your roommate preference, if you have one
  2. You are planning to NOT attend Missouri State in the Spring
    1. Educational Cancellation FormFor students participating in Internships, Student Teaching, or Study Away programs during the spring semester.  Please submit your form to Hammons House 104 along with appropriate verification documentation from the Study Away Office, your Internship Company, or your Academic Advisor.  All approved Educational Cancellations will receive a refund of the $100 housing deposit minus any damages.
    2. Breakage Information – For students who wish to request a breakage of their on-campus housing contract but remain a Missouri State student, please contact Hammons House 104.  Very few breakages are granted and even those approved will be subject to breakage fees and loss of deposit.
    3. Fraternity and Sorority Breakages – Fraternity and Sorority students who meet specific criteria are eligible to break their on-campus housing contracts to move into chapter houses (breakage fees will apply). A breakage request form must be submitted to Hammons House 104 no later than January 1st for review.  Students will be notified of their status via e-mail by January 5th.
  3. You are unsure about your plans
    1. You will need to tell us why you are unsure if you are returning:
      1. Financial reasons
      2. Interested in moving into a Fraternity or Sorority House
      3. Might transfer to another school
      4. Other
      5. Unsure about final grades
    2. If you select Other from the drop-down, you may explain your reason in the box provided.
  4. If you are happy where you are at, we look forward to seeing you in the spring!

 

Updating Address and Deposit Refunds

If you are not returning to Missouri State after the Fall semester and are eligible for a refund of your deposit, be sure you have updated your permanent address and/or Direct Deposit information in My Missouri State.  If you are signed up for Direct Deposit, your housing deposit (minus any damages) will be refunded to your bank account.  If you are not signed up for Direct Deposit, the housing deposit (minus any damages) will be mailed to your permanent address.  Checks that are mailed to incorrect addresses will be returned to Accounts Receivable and held there for the student to retrieve.


 

Reapplication

It’s time to start thinking about your plans for the 2015-16 academic year.  Think about all of the advantages you experience by living on-campus:

  • Convenient billing and pay options
  • Easy access to educational resources such as the library, CLAW, and after hours lectures and events
  • FREE laundry included and Laundry Alert in Hammons and Hutchens Houses
  • FREE cable and internet access with FREE computer support from ResNet
  • Meet people and build relationships that last a lifetime!
  • Students living on campus outperform their counterparts off campus academically

Look for information about reapplication in January!


 

Haven

Haven is a newly implemented online program that Missouri State University is excited to introduce to incoming freshmen and transfer students. Haven centers on sexual assault prevention and allows students to share their knowledge on sexual assault and bystander intervention. The program goes to lengths to discover what students have previously learned and what they think of the program. It also surveys how students feel about sexual assault prevention after they have attended Missouri State for a couple of months.

The Haven program is set up similarly to other online programs that students may use throughout their college career. The program consists of two parts. The first part includes a pre-survey, six modules, and an exam. There is a 30-45 day intersession between part one and part two. Part two includes a post survey to understand the helpfulness of the course. Please note that all survey answers are completely confidential and the information Missouri State University collects comes from the class as a whole, not individually. Since Haven is required for incoming students, if the first part is not completed through your My Missouri State account, a hold will be placed on your account preventing you from enrolling in Spring courses.

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House Calls 2014

Don’t Forget- this Wednesday, August 27th, is House Calls 2014! Faculty and staff will be welcoming students to Missouri State University by visiting each of the residence halls. Plan to be home from 6:30 pm- 8:00pm.  Participants will be entered for a chance to win your choice of an I-pad/Nook/Kindle, a $50 Bookstore Gift Card, or BoomerMeals!!!

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End of Semester Information – Spring 2014

In The Fall 2014 Issue:

 

Letter from the Department

The spring semester is drawing to a close and we want to make sure you have your check-out, contract, and summer housing plans in place! If you are not required to live on campus but have signed an on-campus housing contract for Fall 14, keep in mind that you must cancel your contract by June 1st if your living arrangements change and you wish to be refunded your $100 housing deposit. If you wish to continue to live on campus over the summer, be sure you have completed the appropriate summer contract so that your summer assignment can be made. To live on campus for the summer, you must be enrolled in summer classes. If you have questions regarding your Student Housing Contract or any other matter, please allow the Department of Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services to help you. Best wishes for the remainder of the semester and with final exams! Sincerely, Department of Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services 


 

End of Semester Timeline

May 5-9:       Schedule a check-out time with your RA
May 5-16:     Update your permanent address with the Registrar
May 16 :        Commencement
May 17:         Check out by 8:00 a.m.
June 1:          2014-15 contract cancellation deadline 
August 1:      Fraternity/Sorority Life Exceptions deadline 
August 15:    2014-15 contracts become active

Dining Centers close on May 15, excluding Garst which will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on May 16. For complete hours of operation during Finals Week, please visit Dining Service’s website.


 

Mail Forwarding and Change of Address

All residence halls will close at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, 2014. Mail service to all residence halls will be stopped and all mail will be forwarded to your permanent address. Update your permanent address by submitting this completed form to the Office of the Registrar. All address changes must be made no later than May 16, or mail will not be forwarded properly and will be returned to sender. Remember to contact businesses and others from whom you receive mail and inform them of your new forwarding address. This will ensure that you receive your mail in a timely manner.


 

2014-15 Exception to University Housing Policy

Students who would like to live off campus but have fewer than 30 successfully completed credit hours will need to go through the exception process. You must meet the exception criteria in order to receive an approved request to live off campus, and approval is not guaranteed. The exception process may take several weeks depending on your situation, so be prepared and contact our office as soon as possible. DO NOT commit yourself to an off-campus housing lease until your current housing obligations are resolved. Please visit our exception page for more information on different types of exceptions. Select the appropriate form or process and attach all required documentation. With questions, please call 417-836-5536.


 

2014-15 Room Changes / Assignment Information

On-campus students who would like to change their room for the Fall 2014 semester may do so online at My Missouri State. Click the Room Change Request link found under the Housing channel. To view your 2014-15 assignment and roommate information, click the Roommate Summary link. Please Note:  Assignment information is subject to change if roommates and/or suitemates cancel their contract or change rooms.


 

Special Housing Requests

Intersession May 19 – June 6

Students who are taking intersession-only courses (but not summer school) and want to live on campus should contact the Residence Life office as soon as possible. Limited intersession housing is available on campus on a first-come/first-served basis. All intersession housing is located in Hammons. House. The charge will be placed on your Missouri State University account. Boomer meals can be used starting May 19th and the dining meal plans start June 9th. To reserve your intersession space, please call 417-836-5536. Students planning to move directly into intersession housing after the residence halls close may do so only from 10:00 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, May 17. Your RA will make special accommodations for your later check-out process.

Summer School

Students who would like to live on campus during summer school should complete a Summer Housing Contract online under the Housing Channel in their My Missouri State account. Summer housing will be located in Hammons House, and you must be enrolled in a summer class in order to live on campus during this time. Housing is also available before and after the summer school session for those students needing campus housing during those “special request” times. Please refer to the Summer Housing Contract for details.  Summer school rates can be found on our Summer Rates page.


 

Checklist for Checking Out

Once your finals are over, you will need to make a proper check-out from your residence hall. We want your check-out experience to go as smoothly as possible to avoid unnecessary charges and delays. With this in mind, we ask you to leave your room/suite/apartment reasonably clean, free of damage, and in proper order. To assist you, we have provided a checklist which shows you the specific items your RA will be assessing while checking you out of your room. Students who do not check out properly could be charged an Improper Check-Out Fee of $75.00.


 

Contract Cancellation

If you have submitted a 2014-2015 Student Housing Contract but would like to cancel it, and you are not required to live on campus for the 2014-2015 academic year, you will need to submit a cancellation request at our contract cancellation page by 11:59 p.m. June 1 in order to receive a refund of your deposit. If written cancellation is received after June 1, your housing deposit will be forfeited. Cancellation requests must be received before the Student Housing Contract goes into effect on August 15, 2014. As of August 15, 2014, the contract becomes active and binding regardless of a lack of requirement to live on campus.

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It’s almost time for Hour without Power!

Are you ready for the first hour without power during Campus Conservation Nationals? Let’s see what the residence halls can do! Let’s move some buildings up in the campus standings.

http://buildingdashboard.net/missouristate/#/missouristate

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Donate Before Break

With finals upon us, the long awaited winter break is almost here. As you begin packing and preparing for the break, please take advantage of the collection bins located in the lobby of your residence hall and donate items you no longer want or need. All donations will go to The Kitchen, Inc. here in Springfield. For more information about The Kitchen or to see a complete list of items that are needed, please visit www.thekitcheninc.org

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End of Semester Information – Fall 2013

In The Fall 2013 Issue:

 

 Letter from the Department

The semester is beginning to wind down and it is time to prepare for Winter Break!  We hope you have enjoyed your time on campus this semester and that you are looking forward to another semester in the residence halls.

Because Winter Break is just around the corner, several preparations are needed to make the semester transition go smoothly.  Please take a couple of minutes to read this End of Semester Blog for important information.

If you have questions regarding your Student Housing Contract or any other matter, please allow the Department of Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services to help you.  Best wishes for the remainder of the semester and with final exams!

Sincerely,

Department of Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services 

 

Important Dates to Remember:

Nov 27-Dec 1:                 Thanksgiving Break; All Residence Halls and Garst Dining Center are open

November 17:                  Last day for online room change requests for the Fall semester

Nov 18- Dec 13:             Room change requests for the Spring semester made through Hall Directors

December 7-12:               Final Exam Period

December 14:                   Residence Halls Blair-Shannon, Freddy, Kentwood, Wells, and Woods close at 8:00 a.m.;

Dining Centers are closed for Winter Break

Dec 23-Jan 1:                   Offices Closed

January 11:                       Residence Halls open at 8:00 a.m.

 

Winter Break Housing

The following residence halls will be closed from 8:00 a.m. Saturday, December 14th until 8:00 a.m. Saturday, January 11th:  Blair-Shannon House, Freudenberger House, Kentwood Hall, Wells House, and Woods House.

If you need accommodations during this time, Winter Break housing will be available at the University Plaza Hotel at the special rate of $49/night plus tax for 1-2 people or $59/night plus tax for 3-4 people.  The rate includes breakfast daily and is offered to Missouri State residence hall students only.  Please contact the University Plaza at 417-864-7333 to reserve your space.  Spaces are limited and will be available first-come, first-served.

In order to take advantage of the special rate, be sure to say that you are a Missouri State student in need of Winter Break housing.  All charges must be paid directly to the University Plaza and cannot be billed to your student account.

If you would like to share a room with another student and split the rate, you need to make arrangements ahead of time.  Roommates must be determined before check-in at the University Plaza.  If you are having trouble finding someone to share a room with, you may contact Abby Brown in Hammons House 104 at 417-836-4384.  We will try to work with you to find a potential Winter Break roommate, but there are no guarantees.

 

No Mail Service During Winter Break

Please be aware that mail service to all closed residence halls will be suspended and that mail service will not be available until the residence halls reopen in January.  Your mail will not be forwarded during the Winter Break.  There will be no access to mail during this time, as the reception desks are not staffed.  If you are expecting an important piece of mail, please make sure it is mailed to you before your residence hall closes—no later than December 13, 2013—or make other arrangements for delivery.

 

Computer Registration

During the Winter Break, Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services will reset all computer registrations.  Upon returning to the residence halls, all students will need to re-register personal computers. More information about registering your computer and other devices can be found on the ResNet website.

 

BoomerMeals

Your BoomerMeals balance will start over for Spring.  Any BoomerMeals left over from the Fall semester will carry forward to Spring.

If you are not returning to the residence halls for Spring, you will lose any unused BoomerMeals from Fall but will not be charged for Spring BoomerMeals.

 

Housing Contract Cancellation Forms:

Educational Cancellation FormFor students participating in Internships, Student Teaching, or Study Away programs during the spring semester.  Please submit your form to Hammons House 104 along with appropriate verification documentation from the Study Away Office, your Internship Company, or your Academic Advisor.  All approved Educational Cancellations will receive a refund of the $100 housing deposit minus any damages.

Not Returning FormFor students who are withdrawing from the university, graduating, transferring schools, or not returning as a Missouri State student.  Return this form to the front desk of your Residence Hall.  Students who are withdrawing from MSU or transferring schools will lose the $100 deposit.  Students who are graduating will be refunded the $100 deposit minus any damages.

Breakage Information – For students who wish to request a breakage of their on-campus housing contract but remain a Missouri State student, please contact Hammons House 104.  Very few breakages are granted and even those approved will be subject to breakage fees and loss of deposit.

Fraternity and Sorority Breakages – Fraternity and Sorority students who meet specific criteria are eligible to break their on-campus housing contracts to move into chapter houses (breakage fees will apply).  A breakage request form must be submitted to Hammons House 104 no later than January 1st for review.  Students will be notified of their status via e-mail by January 3rd.

 

Updating Address and Deposit Refunds

If you are not returning to Missouri State after the Fall semester and are eligible for a refund of your deposit, be sure you have updated your permanent address with the Office of the Registrar. The housing deposit (minus any damages) will be mailed to your permanent address. Checks that are mailed to incorrect addresses will be returned to Accounts Receivable and held there for the student to retrieve.  If you need to update your address, you may do so by completing this form and returning it to Carrington 320.

 

Reapplication

Are you “IN”?  Reapplication for on-campus housing will be starting in February.  We hope you and your friends have already been thinking about where you would like to live for Fall 2014!  Remember that all students who have not successfully completed 30 credit hours are required to live on campus.  For more information, please visit our reapplication page so you don’t miss your opportunity to select your favorite Residence Hall and secure your roommates for next year!

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