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.
Refund Deadline – First Block 25%
The last day to change sections, drop, or withdraw from spring 2015 first block classes, with 25% refund.
Refund Deadline – Full Semester 50%
The last day to change sections, drop, or withdraw from spring 2015 full semester classes, with 50% refund.
Presidents’ Day Holiday – no classes/offices closed.
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:
- Always sign in at: my.missouristate.edu
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 417-836-4192
ABC Black History Week
Sunday, February 8 – Friday, February 13
Friday, February 6 at 10:30am – 2pm, PSU 314
Free HIV screening that allows participants rapid and confidential results of their status. This event is created in light of National Black HIV Awareness Day on February 7.
Forum: Black Family Unit
Monday, February 9 at 6:30pm, Glass 102
Free open forum that will spark deep and intellectual conversation pertaining to what attendees believe a black family unit is, does it still exist, etc.
Movie Night: Selma
Tuesday, February 10 at 7pm, Library 101
Free viewing of the movie Selma.
Game Night: Jeopardy
Wednesday, February 11 at 7pm, PSU 313
This free event is A.B.C’s rendition of the popular game show Jeopardy. The topics solely will be based on African-American history, culture, and celebrations. Attendees will be welcome to join the fun and will be divided in two different teams.
Wednesday, February 11 at 7pm, PSU 313
This free event is a celebration of the performance arts in the African-American history in the form of dance, song, poems, and monologues. The event will be featuring other Missouri State University multicultural organizations and other local talents.
Guest Speaker: Mustafa Abdullah
Thursday, February 26 at 7pm, TBA
The free event will be a guest speaker presentation with some discussion about the race relations in Ferguson and at Missouri State University and how to effectively bring about change.
After Ferguson; What’s Next?
Thursday, February 12 at 7pm, Carrington 208
This is a panel discussion to address what are the next steps now that “Ferguson” has taken place.
This event will consist of community leaders, faculty, staff and students.
Tuesday, February 3 – Thursday, February 5 at 11am – 6pm, PSU Ballroom
Gamma Sigma Sigma and CBCO will be hosting the blood drive in the PSU Ballroom February 3,4,5 from 11 AM to 6 PM. All donors will be given free pizza and snacks!
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
Chinese New Year Banquet
Saturday, February 7 at 5pm, PSU Ballroom & Theater
Chinese New Year is an important traditional Chinese holiday celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar. In China, it is also known as the Spring Festival, which means the first day of the Season of Spring. Traditionally, Chinese people call the New Year “Nian” (pinyin: Nián), and “Guo Nian” (pinyin: guò Nián) is commonly used to refer to the act of celebrating the arrival of the Chinese New Year.
To celebrate Chinese New Year’s tradition, Chinese Students and Scholars Association is going to host the annual signature event – Chinese New Year Banquet. During the banquet, you will taste the traditional Chinese food and enjoy a traditional and modern show performance. Totally immerse yourself to a new culture fest.
Dinner Time: 5:00p.m. – 7:00p.m. in PSU Ballroom
Show Time: 7:30p.m. – 9:30p.m. in PSU Theater
In order to cover all the costs of the banquet, the tickets are on sale. It is only $12.
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.
Graphic Design Area
Wednesday, February 4 at 11:30am, Across from PSU Info Desk
The Graphic Design Area will be featured and there will be a surprise for every student that stops by. In addition, Dining Services will provide snacks and reusable cup drawings.
Monday, February 9 at 11:30am, Across from PSU Info Desk
The STAR Awards will be featured and there will be a surprise for every student that stops by. In addition, Dining Services will provide snacks from Subway.
Thursday, February 12 at 11:30am, Across form PSU Info Desk
The Traditions Council will be featured and there will be a surprise for every student that stops by. In addition, Dining Services will provide snacks from Panda Express.
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.
Runaways | Musical Production
Thursday, February 12 at 7:30pm, Coger Theatre
Friday, February 13 at 7:30pm, Coger Theatre
Saturday, February 14 at 7:30pm, Coger Theatre
Sunday, February 15 at 2:30pm, Coger Theatre
Drawn from interviews and workshops with hundreds of teens, Runaways weaves together songs, dances, soliloquies and poems to expose the harsh reality of life on the streets.
The world of the runaways is a precarious one, fraught with emotional turbulence and myriad dangers. The characters — who span the spectrum of socio-economic, racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds —talk about why they ran away from home, their daily struggles and their hopes for the future. They are at once vulnerable and tough, and their stories are both touching and unsettling.
The setting is New York City in the late 1970s, yet the situations and experiences portrayed are all too familiar for many children and youth in Springfield, and around the world, today.
Composed in the ensemble style of Hair and A Chorus Line (which were also produced by Joseph Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater), this musical combines childhood chants and nursery rhymes with the rhythms of rock, pop, reggae, rap, salsa, samba, country and blues.
Underlying all is the longing for a true home and family.
Find out more about SAC films, concerts, and comedy by looking at our SAC Events Blog.
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.
Movie and Comedy: Movie Roast of the Notebook
Wednesday, February 11 at 9pm, PSU Theatre
Enjoy a humorous roast of the award winning movie: The Notebook!
Lectures: Gun Control Debate
Thursday, February 12 at 7pm, PSU Ballroom
John Lott and Paul Helmke will be debating on whether or not America has the proper regulations over firearms. They will discuss how guns come into play with small violations to mass murders. Dr. Lott is an advocate for less gun control, while Paul Helmke speaks for more profound regulation on firearms.
After Hours: That’s So Pinteresting
Thursday, February 12 at 9pm, PSU Food Court
SAC will provide materials ranging from canvas to mason jars for students to recreate all of their favorite Pinterest crafts. There will also be an iPad Giveaway.
Friday, February 13 at 11am, PSU Atrium
This program will bring a psychic to read the future of students. Students will have the fortune told and their names will be entered into a grand prize drawing that will be announced at the end of the event. Small prizes will be handed out periodically throughout the event.
Tarot-To-Go is a Unitarian Universalist walking a pagan path this lifetime, with the gifts of mediumship and divination. Tarot-To-Go’s goal is to empower clients to get what they want from life now. Along the way, Tarot-To-Go runs a non-profit with donations from readings that provides free food to the ill, elderly, home bound people in Southwest Missouri, along with pet food and pet supplies for animals.
SOFAC Training Presentations
To schedule a SOFAC training sessions for the 2014-2015 academic year please contact Nick Elliott, the Graduate Assistant or Kathryn Blair, the Student Specialist for SOFAC. We will train you during a personal meeting.
Please note that a member of your organization must attend a training session before being eligible for SOFAC funds.
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)
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.
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.
For a review of events that have already happened, please visit our Athletics Blog Page.
- Wednesday, February 4, M Basketball vs. Loyola, 8pm, JQH Arena
- Friday, February 13, W Basketball vs. Bradley, 7:05pm, JQH Arena
- Sunday, February 15, M Basketball vs. Northern Iowa, 3pm, JQH Arena
- Sunday, February 15, W Basketball vs. Loyola, 7:05pm, JQH Arena
- Hit the lights for Glow Zumba on February 4th. It’s a Zumba dance party under the backlight so wear your neon to stand out! 7-8pm, in FRC Studio B. $2, not included in BearFit unlimited passes.
- Intramurals has another Weight Lifting Meet scheduled for this semester! 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.
- 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
- Campus Rec is celebrating National Rec Sports and Fitness Day on February 9th from 4-8PM in the FRC. Visit the FRC to participate and learn about options Campus Rec offers. Plus get double the punches for WellFit!
- 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