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.
To all graduating seniors note that there has been a time change for the fall 2016 commencement, please check out the link above for more information.
From 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, on October 01, 2016 in the PSU Theater
Missouri State University invite you all to the 2nd Annual CARNAVAL Banquet and Cultural Show “FACES of Latin America”. Join the Latino students on campus and the Latino community in Springfield for an evening of fun and entertainment showcasing the diverse and colorful cultures of the Latin American countries. CARNAVAL 2016 will happen among other Missouri State University events to commemorate the Latinx Heritage Month.
The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a banquet of authentic Latin American foods prepared by students of Missouri State University and the Latino community in Springfield. It will feature both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. The banquet will be followed at 8:00 p.m. by traditional cultural entertainment. The show will include dance routines, musical offerings, skits and other types of performances that highlight the diversity of Latin American cultures.
Tickets (dinner and show included) are $10 and will be available for purchase starting on September 19th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the PSU tables located by the Convenience Store on the second floor or call Juliana Alvarez at 417-818-8471.
October 4th, 6:30-8:30PM at the Foster Recreation Center in Studio B.
Join us for a free celebration! Campus Recreation’s Bearfit and the Multicultural Programs are collaborating to celebrate Latinx Heritage Month with a workshop to help learn Latin dances and culture.
From 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM on October 09, 2016 in Downtown Springfield.
Each participating student organization will be partnered with a downtown Springfield establishment. Organizations will decorate a business window reflecting the spirit and pride for Missouri State Homecoming!
From 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM on October 09, 2016 at the PSU.
Join us on campus as we kick off Homecoming Week with the Window Painting and Chalk-N-Rock Competitions, starting off at Trottier Plaza and ending at Plaster Student Union. Participating student organizations will paint and chalk designs reflecting the spirit and pride of Missouri State University!
From 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM on October 10, 2016 at the Trottier Plaza.
In conjunction with the University Public Affairs mission, Can We Build It is a way to show off your organization’s talent and support local charities. Organizations will build structures out of cans and other various items Canned and boxed food, as well as other various items, will be donated to Ozarks Food Harvest and Sammy’s Window.
From 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM on October 10, 2016 at the Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.
The University Community Band will present a fall concert in the evening of Oct. 10. It is free and open to the public.
From 6:00 PM on October 11, 2016 at 6:00 PM at the PSU Paw Prints Room.
Annie England Noblin ’05 MA ’07 will sign copies of her second novel, Just fine with Caroline, at Paw Prints in the Plaster Student Union. A former Bookstore employee, Annie has authored two novels published by HarperCollins Publishers.
“Annie England Noblin lives with her son, husband, and three dogs in the Missouri Ozarks. She graduated with an M.A. in creative writing from Missouri State University and currently teaches English and communications for Arkansas State University in Mountain Home, Arkansas. She spends her free time playing make-believe, feeding stray cats, and working with animal shelters across the country to save homeless dogs.” (HarperCollins)
From 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM on October 11, 2016 at the, John Q. Hammons Student Center.
Participants from student organizations will perform a song in front of a judging panel. You won’t want to miss this exciting and entertaining event!
From 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM, on October 12, 2016 in the North Mall
Maroon & White Night will allow all Missouri State students to take a break from the friendly competition. Student Organizations can participate in the Chili Cook Off! There will also be food vendors, various performances on the North Mall and much more exciting events to add to the Homecoming traditions.
Frome 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM, on October 13, 2016 at the John Q. Hammons Student Center.
The purpose of Yell like Hell Competition is to showcase the organizations pride for Missouri State University and The Bears. Participating student organizations will perform a chand and/or cheer showing pride for Missouri State University.
From 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM on October 13 – October 17, 2016 in the Craig Hall Room Coger Theatre.
Elle Woods is a bubbly, blonde Valley Girl whose life revolves around shopping, fashion, presiding over her UCLA sorority and dreaming of a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, Warner Huntington III. When Warner dumps her for someone more “serious,” Elle (along with her faithful chihuahua, Bruiser) follows him to Harvard Law School, determined to win him back. Fighting stereotypes and snobbery, Elle hits the books and tries to fit in, only to be ridiculed by her law professor and peers. But with the encouragement of a sympathetic teaching assistant, a quirky hairdresser and a Greek chorus of Delta Nu sorority sisters, Elle discovers her true priorities, potential and power to be Legally Blonde! This effervescent musical comedy will lift your spirits with its upbeat songs, high-energy choreography and an indomitable heroine who “follows her passion and finds her place!”
Admission$14 Adults; $12 Students/Seniors; $8 in advance with MSU ID
Bears on the Square
All day, October 14, 2016 and All day, October 15, 2016 in Downtown Springfield
Soak up maroon and white spirit in downtown Springfield during Homecoming weekend! Put on your BearWear to enjoy discounts and specials at participating businesses (FREE).
Every day, All day, October 14, 2016 – October 15, 2016
Join fellow Missouri State University Bears in celebrating all things maroon and white during Homecoming weekend: Oct. 14-15, 2016.
Events include Bears on the Squre, Breakfast with Boomer, Homecoming Parade, BearFest Village and the football game.
The Pointer Sisters In Concert
fROM 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM, on October 14, 2016 at Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.
The Pointer Sisters began their formal vocal training in their father’s church in West Oakland, California. They went on to achieve worldwide fame as one of pop music’s most dynamic female groups! Starting with their debut album in 1973, they have produced hits on pop, R&B, rock, and even country charts –hits that include “Yes We Can, Can”, “Fairytale”, “Fire”, “Slow Hand”, “Neutron Dance”, “Jump (For My Love)” and “I’m So Excited”.
The sisters have played venues ranging from the legendary Troubadour club in Los Angeles to the Grand Ole Opry, the San Francisco Opera House, the White House, and in the closing ceremony of the Atlanta Olympics. They have appeared in films, in heavy rotation on MTV, in a world-wide tour of the musical Ain’t Misbehavin’, and with some of the greatest symphony orchestras in the world. They have been honored with multiple Grammy® Awards, induction into the Soul Train Hall of Fame, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Through more than 40 years of performing and recording, the Pointer Sisters have remained trendsetters for whole new generations of music fans. Their up-tempo shows feature the energetic Pointers – always “sassy and brassy” – performing the hits that fans of all ages continue to enjoy!
Tickets: Orchestra Pit, $50… All other seating $40… plus handling fees.
Homecoming Week: Band of Bears Parade
On October 15, 2016 at 9:00 AM at the John Q. Hammons Parkway
The Missouri State University Homecoming Parade is the highlight of Homecoming for many students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members. John Q. Hammons Parkway will be lined with people Saturday morning while many entries participate in the parade. Come on out and show spirit and pride for Missouri State University!
- Film: Secret Life of Pets
- SAC Film: 8:00 PM-10:00 PM Location: PSU Theater (10/2, 10/5)
- 9th Annual Comedy Competition
- 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, October 03, 2016 in the PSU TheaterJoin Student Activities Council as we celebrate our 9th 1st Annual Comedy Competition! This is a long standing tradition where student comedians can come and compete for prizes! Come enjoy the free and local comedy. Contact SAC for information about auditions if you’d like to perform.
- Rock n’ Bowl(10/7)
- 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.
- From 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, on October 03, 2016 – October 07, 2016 in the PSU NE Lounge.
- This will be a week long day event where students can write down their stresses or fears and shred them. This event will serve as a major stress release for students in the middle of the semester. The paper will be recycled. We will be offering different stress management resources as well.
- Headphone Disco
- 9:00 PM – 11:59 PM, on October 13, 2016 in the PSU Ballroom East
- Come join SAC celebrate homecoming by jamming at Headphone Disco!
All day, October 01, 2016 – October 02, 2016Location: TBD (visit the link for updates on the location).
Every year Springfield comes together to package one million mealswith Friends Against Hunger. Missouri State has always had a strong presence at this event, and hundreds of students sign up to participate
Friends Against Hunger is a nonprofit organization focused on feeding the hungry in the United States and worldwide. Missouri State University had students, faculty, and staff fill over 4,000 volunteer spots to help package meals!
During this weekend, Missouri State University and the community will come together to package these meals. Volunteer opportunities start every half hour. This will take place in the Springfield Expo Center. Students, faculty, and staff, families, friends, ANYONE can register to participate.
- 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, October 05, 2016 in the PSU Ballroom
- This annual campus-wide event is an opportunity to raise money and awareness to find a cure for breast cancer. Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.
- From 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, on October 06, 2016 in Craig Hall Room 334.
- Interested in learning more about the MSU Legislative Internship Program? If so, then plan on attending an information session. Each spring semester, the MSU Legislative Internship provides students the opportunity to serve more than 40 challenging hours per week on the staff of a state legislator in Jefferson City, Missouri. Work schedules will vary between legislators. This year there are also executive branch opportunities. Students of all majors are encouraged to apply.Spring Semester – January-May 2017Application Deadline: October 14, 2016
October 11th, 2016 in Craig Hall from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
Resume Madness is held each semester at various locations around campus. Students and alumni are invited to bring a hard copy of their resume to receive a quick review and some tips to promote qualifications, education, work, internship, practicum and volunteer experience on the resume.
- All day, October 10, 2016 – November 04, 2016 on Missouri State Campus.In the spirit of our Public Affairs mission, the Missouri State Way Campaign and the United Way Campaign are a combined effort on the Missouri State campus. Our goals remain the same, participation and support for our campus through the Missouri State Way and for our community through the United Way. These are two great ways for Missouri State faculty and staff to make a difference!Please make your gifts and pledges by Oct. 28.Join us for the Celebration Luncheon on Nov. 4 from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Plaster Student Union Ballroom. Please RSVP to the luncheon by emailing email@example.com.
- 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, October 11 & October 13, 2016
- This 24-hour GMAT preparation course will be held for 1.5 hours twice a week for eight weeks.
- Arithmetic – Sentence Correction
- Algebra – Reading Comprehension
- Problem Solving – Critical Reasoning
- Geometry – Written Analysis of an Argument
- Data Sufficiency – Integrated Reasoning
It will be held every Tuesday and Thursday evenings from Oct. 4-Dec. 1 (no classes on Nov. 22 and 24). The cost is $399.
Required Book: Cracking the GMAT, 2016 Edition (ISBN-13:978-0804126021 or 978-0804126014) The versions with two and six computer practice tests are both acceptable.
- 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, October 12, 2016 Plaster Student Union, Robert W. Room 317.
- Presented by Dr. Char Berquist and Ms. Heather Blades This session will explore how to give and receive feedback in the best ways possible, and will offer tips on how to handle these tough conversations and turn an otherwise uncomfortable experience into an opportunity for growth.
- 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, October 15, 2016 in the Plaster Student Union, TheaterJoin us for a viewing of the documentary, FLESH: Bought and Sold in the U.S., to learn about human trafficking in the United States. This documentary is a story told by those who are enslaved and those who have escaped, by former and current pimps, and by the abolitionists of today. It reveals the heartbreaking truth of one of the largest criminal industries. Following the documentary, there will be an open panel discussion with the ability for viewers to ask questions. This documentary showing is hosted by Stand Against Trafficking, the Criminal Justice Society and the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice.
For more opportunities, subscribe to the Community Opportunities Newsletter.
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, October 05, 2016 at the Betty and Bobby Allison South Stadium
- 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, October 07, 2016 at Hammons Student Center, John Q.
- 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, October 08, 2016 at Hammons Student Center, John Q.
- 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM, October 08, 2016 at Plaster Stadium, Robert W.
- 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, October 08, 2016 at Betty and Bobby Allison South Stadium
- 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, October 08, 2016 at Hammons Student Center, John Q.
- 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, October 10, 2016 at Hammons Student Center, John Q.
- 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, October 15, 2016 at Betty and Bobby Allison North Stadium
- 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM, October 15, 2016 at Betty and Bobby Allison South Stadium
- 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM, October 15, 2016 at Plaster Stadium, Robert W.
- 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM, October 15, 2016
- at Hammons Student Center, John Q.
- 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, October 15, 2016 at 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|
- Free to all MSU faculty, staff and students.
- Session 2 registration ends 10/23. Classes are from 6:30-9:00 on 10/24-10/25 in Studio A at the Foster Recreation Center
- Join us as for a day as we explore the 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 and snacks.\
- Tau Kappa Epsilon presents their annual bubble soccer tournament benefiting St. Jude’s Children’s Cancer Research & American Red Cross. Cash prize or give to a charity of the winners choice. Registration ends September 28th at midnight. Sign up your team on imleagues.com. The tournament will be on Saturday, October 1st from 3:00-7:00pm and costs $60 per team.
- We have extended the registration deadline to September 30th. Weightlifting 101 is your best guide to gym confidence and to help you reach your personal best. Join us every Tuesday and Thursday at 3:00 from September 13th – October 30th for a 1 hour course on weightlifting form and technique, proper use of equipment, gym etiquette and injury prevention. The course will also teach you how to create a workout, goal setting and training tips, fuel and hydration basics and proper stretching techniques. You can join us twice a week for the next 6 weeks for only $15!
- Join us for a free celebration for Latinx Heritage Month! Help us celebrate culture and learn about Latin dances at our workshop with Uniendo Nuestros Origenes (UNO) on October 4th from 6:30-8:30pm in Studio B at the Foster Recreation Center. This Cultural Movement Series is a collaboration between the Campus Recreation BearFit and Multicultural Programs
- Session 2 registration ends October 8th. Class will be held on October 10th from 4:00pm-9:30pm
- 5v5 Basketball League // Cost: $40. Registration ends October 5th
- Indoor Volleyball League // Costs: $40. Registration ends October 5th
- Session 2 registration deadline ends October 8th. Classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday from October 12th-November 4th. Attend the 7:15-8:00PM or 8:15-9:00PM class. Costs $40 for members and $50 for non-members.
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