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Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.
The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period. Check the MSU Master Calendar for campus events celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.
On September 16, 1810, in the small town of Dolores, in the province of Guanajuato in Mexico, a handful of people were summoned by a parish priest to take up arms against the Spanish colonial government. This began the fight for independence that ended 350 years of Spanish rule. To this day, the church bell that was used to call people to revolt hangs in the National Palace in Mexico City and is rung on the eve of September 16 by the President.
Recognizing the Festival/Holiday: Celebrated by people of Mexican origin throughout the world and in such places in the United States as East Los Angeles, Austin, and El Paso, this is a day when Mexican Americans often hang Mexican flags at their homes. In addition to parades and fairs, the day’s festivities always involve traditional antojitos, most aptly described as a variety of finger foods, Mexican candies, and punch. Punch, ponche, is a drink made of fruits that are in season: guayabas, sugarcane, raisins, and apples. The music of mariachi bands is also common.
The Moon Festival dates back over 3,000 years, to moon worshiping in the Shang Dynasty (1600-1046 BC). Ancient Chinese emperors worshiped the moon in the autumn, as they believed that the practice would bring them a plentiful harvest the next year. Like many Chinese festivals, the Mid-Autumn Festival originated from a legend. This particular festival celebrates the beautiful yet sad story of Chang E, the Moon Lady.
Chinese people celebrate on this day when the moon is usually at its fullest and brightest. A full and bright moon symbolizes completion, so the Mid-Autumn Festival is a day for family or dear ones to be together. Traditionally on this day, families gather together to admire the bright moon and eat moon cakes with oolong or jasmine tea.=
Public Affairs Week (9/12-9/19)
Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016 4:00-5:30 PM, Meyer Library 101
Student members of the MSU Holt V. Spicer Debate Team will explore the 2016-17 public affairs theme in debate format.
Wednesday Sept. 14, 2016 9 AM, PSU Grand Ballroom
FREE and open to the public
The 3rd annual Civic Engagement Conference will explore some of the pressing issues in the Springfield area the partnership-based efforts that are creating viable solutions. This conference will provide practical, solution-focused knowledge to help effectively communicate, maximize resources, problem-solve and establish pathways for the future. Registration is required.
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016 6:00 – 7:30 PM, Meyer Library 101
Members of MSU’s Model UN Student Organization will help the audience “step into the shoes” of UN delegates! Experience how the United Nations works to mobilize international cooperation among almost 200 countries to solve the world’s most pressing problems.
Carillon Bells Patriotic Medley
Thursday, Sept.15, 2016 12:45 – 1:00 PM, Carillon Bells at Meyer Library/ campus-wide
In honor of Constitution Day, join the campus community at 12:45 PM to hear a medley of time honored patriotic songs as performed by Dr. Jeremy Chesman – can you identify our national songs?
Cultural Corner: Elections Around the World
Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016 4:00 – 5:30 PM, Meyer Library 101
In the midst of the 2016 Presidential election, international students representing five countries will explore and share the differences in voting and electoral processes in their countries. This event is designed to gather all students and the campus community to gain new perspectives and broaden our knowledge of world cultures.
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM, September 15, 2016
The Ozarks Celebration Festival Lecture Series concludes on Sept. 15 with guest lecturer Dr. Larry Campbell presenting “Rollin on the River!: A 45-day exploration of the Missouri River.”
Dr. Campbell began his exploration earlier this summer at the official source of the river at Three Forks, Montana, and followed it to its confluence with the Mississippi River near West Alton, Missouri.
Dr. Campbell is an Emeritus Professor from Missouri State University’s Department of Mathematics. An avid photographer, he has photographed nature in its glory in settings throughout the world.
For additional information, visit his website at aftermathenterprises.com.
Wednesday September 14, 2016 from 11:00-2:00pm in Plaster Student Union Atrium
Find out why so many Bears are making the experience a part of their MSU career!
- Film: Zootopia
- Sunday, Sept. 11 & Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016 8:00 PM, PSU Theater
- Student Dialogue Event(9/15)
- 7:00 PM PSU Ballroom West, 3rd Floor
- Rock n’ Bowl (9/16)
- 7:00pm – 10:00pm PSU Level 1 Games Center
- Join Student Activities Council for free food and bowling! Each Rock N Bowl will have a unique theme for students to enjoy.
- Amazing Race (9/15)
- 9:00 PM – 12:00 AM, September 15, 2016 Plaster Student Union
- Latinx Student Discussion (9/15)
- 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm Plaster Student Union
- OCF Lecture Series Presents Ernie Bedell (9/14)
- 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Plaster Student Union
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- Monday – Thursday, Sept. 12-15, 2016 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Booths located outside at the PSU South Mall and inside the lobby of the Meyer Library.
- September 17th, 2016
- Into the Streets at Missouri State is the first large-scale service event of the semester! This annual program features community service opportunities for hundreds of students. Get out into our community and serve alongside local agencies! Through this program, Missouri State students will be actively involved in one of our Public Affairs Pillars,Community Engagement.What is a better way to spend a Saturday than serving with friends, making new friends, volunteering, and making a difference in the lives of others? You must Register for this event.
- Wednesday, September 14, 2016 Glass Hall Room 117 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
- September 14, 2016 Wednesday • 6-7:30pm Location: Strong Hall 203 Cost: Free REGISTER online
September 19th submission deadline.
October 17th – Speakers Selected
Do you know a Graduating Senior that you feel has made an impact at Missouri State or a personal story that would inspire their fellow graduates? Please nominate them for Student Commencement Speaker for this Falls Ceremony.
To qualify, applicants must be graduating during one of the fall commencement ceremonies and be active in the social and educational community at MSU. Speeches should be 2-3min in length, have an overarching theme. There will be one student speaker selected for each ceremony.
Nominate A Family for Bear Family of The Year
Do you think your family is BEAR-iffic? Nominate them for Bear Family of the Year!
Here’s details about the job:
Hiring students for the best student job! Work a flexible schedule with a minimum of 9 hours a week (2 weeknight shifts Mon.-Thurs. 6pm-9pm and 1 Sun. 1:30pm-4:30pm or 5pm-8pm).
Earn up to $8.75/hr. and up to $400/semester in tuition assistance while building important business skills.
We reach out to alumni to fundraise for vital resources on campus and we have fun doing it!
Apply online: (click the link above)
Sep. 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the Betty and Bobby Allison South Stadium
- Sep. 18, 2016 at 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at the Betty and Bobby Allison South Stadium
- Foster Recreation Hours
|Foster Recreation Center Hours||Fall Aquatics Hours||Fall Climbing Hours|
|Mon-Thurs, 6AM-11PM||Mon-Thurs, 7AM-9AM//11AM-10PM||Mon-Thurs, 4-10PM|
|Fri, 6AM-9PM||Fri, 7AM-9AM//11AM-8PM||Friday, 4-8PM|
|Sat, 9AM-9PM||Sat, 9AM-8PM||Sat, 1-5PM|
|Sun, Noon-11PM||Sun, Noon-10PM||Sun, CLOSED|
o Free to all MSU faculty, staff and students.
o Session 1 registration ends 9/25. Classes are from 6:30-9:00 on 9/26-9/27 in Studio A at the Foster Recreation Center
- MSU 2nd Annual Big Bear Lumberjack Log Rolling Tournament
- Free event happening at the Foster Recreation Center in the Aquatics Center
- September 12th 5-7pm
- September 13th 7-9pm
- September 14th 5-7pm
- September 15th 7-9pm
- September 19th 1-4pm
- September 24th 1pm
- Outdoor Adventure Fall Trips
- Join us for the day as we kayak one of Springfield’s scenic rivers. OA provides the kayaks, paddles, life jackets, trip guides and transportation. All you need is lunch and snacks.
- Join us for the day as we explore Ha Ha Tonka, one of Missouri’s many state parks. We will hike up to 7 miles of trails around the park. OA will provide trip staff and transportation, all you need is lunch, snacks, and your clothing.
o Buy an Unlimited Pass for only $35 and take every class you want for the entire semester!
o *new classes added
- Vinyasa Flow 11:00-11:50am in studio A with Caleb
- Yoga in Depth 1:00-1:50pm in studio B with Caleb
Foster Recreation Center offers Personal Training and Massage Therapy