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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!


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.



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.



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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Making the move to Missouri State

Moving in to MSULiving on campus this fall? If so, it’s time to start getting ready for the big move. But, what should you bring? What do you need to do before moving in?

This post provides a rundown on some must-do items that will make your move-in day as smooth as possible.

Before you arrive

Here are some things that you can take care of in advance to make your move-in day as smooth as possible:

Arriving on campus

Bear Crew helps with move-inMost students move in on Friday, August 16. However, if you are in the Honors College or are in a living-learning community, you can begin moving in on August 15.

This year Missouri State will be using the stop, drop and roll system to better your move-in experience:

  1. Stop your car at the designated location for each residence hall
  2. Drop your items at the curb with the person designated to stay with your items
  3. Pick up your room keys by checking in at the lobby of your building and on your floor with your BearPass Card
  4. Roll your car to your parking lot
  5. Unpack, decorate and get comfy in your new room

Members of Bear Crew will be stationed outside of each residence hall to assist you in moving your items into your room. A wheeled cart or dolly may be a good investment if you have larger items. A limited number of luggage carts will be available to check out from each residence hall’s front desk.

Settling in

Once you have moved into your residence hall, we encourage you to take care of some of the following items:

  • Register your computer by logging into ResReg
  • Sign your recreation center waiver via the Wellness Channel on My Missouri State
  • Eat in one of the dining centers (parents eat free during move-in)
  • Pick up your textbooks
  • Print off your class schedule and find your classes
  • Purchase or pick up your parking permit, if you haven’t already
  • Participate in all of the great Welcome Weekend activities
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End of Semester Information from Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services – Spring 2013


In the Spring 2013 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 13, 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!


End-of-Semester Timeline

May 6-10— schedule a check-out time with your RA – More information can be found here

May 6-17 — update your permanent address with Registrar – Information regarding this can be found here

May 17 — Commencement

May 18 — check out by 8:00 a.m.

June 1 — 2013-14 contract cancellation deadline. More information can be found here.

August 1 — Fraternity/Sorority Life Exceptions deadline – See the flowchart for more information.

August 16 — 2013-14 contracts become active

Dining Centers close on May 16, excluding Garst which will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on May 17. For complete hours of operation during Finals Week, please visit http://www.dineoncampus.com/missouristate/.

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Guest Blogger: Tony Hein

Missouri State Dining Services

Today we are fortunate enough to have Tony Hein, Director of Missouri State Dining Services to be our Guest Blogger.  Tony is here to talk about the services they provide to Missouri State students on a daily basis…

At Missouri State Dining Services, our goal is to provide students with fresh, innovative dining options through a combination of educational and interactive programs. These programs include cooking stations, themed meals, and free cooking classes; along with featured Chartwells programs such as Balanced U, which educates students on how to develop healthy eating habits for a lifetime.

We provide nutritional information for daily menus in the dining centers through our website, www.dineoncampus.com/missouristate and the Chartwells’ iPhone and Android App, AppOnCampus. In addition to nutritional information, we also list all of our upcoming events, photos from previous events, hours of operation, and specials at our retail locations on these two outlets.

We take pride in our social media efforts, and are able to connect with students and faculty/staff through sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, and Flickr. These social media channels allow us to have a whole new level of connectivity with students and other campus groups and departments; ultimately giving us endless connections and opportunities to reach new students every day. Through these sites, we are also better able to share events, photos, and in general connect with students who otherwise would not reach out to us.

We offer several residential dining programs to keep students entertained and learning throughout their college dining experience. We have hosted an array of themed nights, from seventies night to whoopie pie day to Harry Potter Night; this includes many holidays such as Mardi Gras and Halloween. We also have educational dining programs such as Balanced U, which teaches what foods a person eats can affect everything from skin and hair to mood and energy; and My Kitchen My Chef, which brings our chefs out in front to cook interactively with the students presents to show them the techniques and give them tips and tricks.

In Fall 2012, we starting Cooking 101, a series of free cooking classes available to anyone on campus; Chef Vito has taught a wide range of classes that include chocolate truffles, guacamole, and sushi. We invite anyone who loves to learn new cooking skills to these free monthly classes, which are posted on our website, social media sites, and in the dining centers a couple of weeks before the class is scheduled. We are always looking for new ideas on what to teach too, and we would love to hear if you have any suggestions for us; visit our website and click the “Feedback” tab!

Our retail operations consist of ten locations, most of which are located in Plaster Student Union. This past semester, we opened Red Mango Yogurt and Smoothies, and Panda Express; both were the first of their brands to be located in Springfield. We also have Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, Papa John’s, Subway, GrillNation Burgers. Across campus we offer two Outtakes locations, one in Meyer Library, and the other in Strong Hall; these are great grab-and-go options for those between classes, or studying in the library. In addition, we have The Union Club, which is a sit down style restaurant located on the 4th floor of the Plaster Student Union, and is operated by our catering department.

Our catering department is the most mobile of our departments, and does everything from graduation parties to weddings, and retirement parties to baby showers. If you’re in need of a catering team, we have the experts. For more information, and all of your catering needs, contact Jeffery VanCamp at 417-836-4629 or JVanCamp@missouristate.edu

We are always looking for ways to connect with the Springfield community, and support the university. This semester we hosted An Evening of Miracles, and gala for the Children’s Miracle Network at Cox Hospitals. In total, we raised over $6,300, all which stays here in our Ozarks community. Our management team has also donated their time to volunteer at The Missouri Hotel and help the children decorate cookies and visit with Santa. Here at the University, we have donated $50,000 towards scholarships, and are always looking for students groups to be involved with.

Our goal here a Missouri State Dining Services is to provide students with fresh, innovative dining options through a combination of educational and interactive programs. We are always looking for ways to improve our programs, and would love to hear suggestions on what you would like to see happen in the upcoming semesters!

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We Want to Hear from YOU!

RESLIFE logoTRANSPARENTToday all of our current residents should have received an email from us asking you to take a survey.  We really want to hear what you are thinking about…we want to know your honest opinions!  The email was sent to your Live@EDU account, so check it out and tell us what you think.  As an incentive, we are offering a daily drawing for $20 in BoomerMeals…who can’t use some more BoomerMeals!  The survey will be active until midnight, Thursday, February 28!  On March 1, we will conduct one final drawing for:

  • A Kindle or a Nook for two residents
  • An iPad mini for one resident
  • A pair of Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones for one resident

The survey asks your opinion on a wide range of topics, so I’m sure you will have opinions in several different areas!  Please set aside 15 – 20 minutes to help us out and you can potentially win some great prizes!!



2/19 Elizabeth Doing $20 in BoomerMeals
2/20 Nisha Manzoor $20 in BoomerMeals
2/21 Aiulu Taula $20 in BoomerMeals
2/22 Erica Weiser $20 in BoomerMeals
2/23 Andrew Cherry $20 in BoomerMeals
2/24 Nolan Ritzinger $20 in BoomerMeals
2/25 Mark Schnefke $20 in BoomerMeals
2/26 Robel Ketema $20 in BoomerMeals
2/27 Chauneisha Webster $20 in BoomerMeals
2/28 Erika Flowers $20 in BoomerMeals
Grand Prize Winners
Kindle OR Nook Brandon Greathouse
Kindle OR Nook Emily Mullies
iPad Mini Maria Brawley
Dr. Dre Beats Headphones Ngoc Anh Ha

If you are lsited above, head over to our office in Hammons House, Room 104.  If you are not listed above, keep your fingers crossed if you have already completed the survey.  Many prizes still to come!  If you haven;t completed the survey yet, what are you waiting for!!

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Guest Blogger: Zachery Holder


Today we are fortunate to have a Guest Blogger helping us out with knowing more about our Living-learning Communities or LLCs.  Zachery Holder is an Assistant Hall Director in our Department and he is working closely with our LLC Program.  Here’s some good advice from Zachery!


Living-Learning Communities at Missouri State offer a rewarding adventure to living on campus.  Choose to live on a residence hall floor with people who share common commitment to majors, interests, and/or people who are going through similar experiences, just like you!  Our communities offer countless opportunities to connect with your fellow peers, faculty, and staff, creating connections that could last a lifetime!  LLC programs assist students to learn skills that provide a smoother transition to college.

With now seven distinct communities, there is something for everyone.  Whether you know your major you could become part of one of our major specific LLCs such as the NEW Bears Business Community, our Physical Science, Math, and Engineering LLC, or our Future Health Care Professional LLC.  If you are still looking ahead to how you are going to create your future, join our Deciding Student LLC.  Not to mention if you are looking to work on your fitness goals or simply enjoy the outdoors and recreation, join The Fit and Well LLC!  We also offer communities specifically for our First-Year Experience (for first-year college students) as well as those who participate in the LLCs have the opportunity the following year to join the Sophomore-Experience LLC.

The LLC program provides many opportunities for members to develop their leadership skills, communication skills, personal wellness, service opportunities, academic skills, and lifelong friendships.  Fun fact:  One out of four of our current Residence Life student leaders participated in or is currently part of a LLC!  The LLC provides opportunities for you to become a better student; typically LLC floors have higher GPAs than the building averages.  Through our Faculty Fellow program you are able to network with faculty and staff, to help you become a better student.  Through a commitment to the LLCs you are eligible to participate in the LLC Rewards program.  LLC Rewards allows you to collect points for attendance at on-campus events and service projects; you then turn your points in for prizes (FREE STUFF!!!)!  All of these great opportunities, lifetime memories, and experiences all come with no added cost to you!  It’s a chance of a lifetime and you don’t want to miss out!

For more information about the Living-Learning Communities, please check out our website at www.missouristate.edu/LLCs .  If you have specific questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at AlisaGarbisch@missouristate.edu or via phone at 417-836-8840.  Thank you!

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Now Accepting Applications for the 2013-14 Academic Year!

Everyone should have now received an email notice from our office telling them it’s time to go online and complete a Housing Application for the 2013-14 academic year! If you haven’t received your notice yet…here it is!

Make sure you are NOT using Internet Explorer 8 when trying to complete this process!


1. Sign onto your MyMissouriState account
2. Choose the Profile tab
3. Look at the Housing Channel on the right-side of your profile
4. Click the Complete Contract link and follow the prompts!

Housing Channel-FR





If you encounter any difficulties, email our office at residencelife@missouristate.edu  We will be glad to assist!


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