September 30 – October 2
See below for individual event information.
September 29 – October 22
Energy Awareness Month is a campus-wide effort to raise awareness about energy consumption and challenge faculty, staff and students to reduce their energy usage.
See below for individual event information.
October 9 – October 10
Classes will not be held on October 9 and 10. Offices will be open.
First Block classes end today.
Final exams for first block classes will be held during the last scheduled class.
September 15 – October 15
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15-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 September 18, respectively. Also Columbus Day or Dia de la Raza, which is October 12, falls withing this 30 day period.
See below for individual event information.
Every year the U.S. president signs an executive order designating the month of October as National Italian American Heritage Month. Coinciding with the festivities surrounding Columbus Day, the proclamation is recognition of the many achievements, contributions, and successes of Americans of Italian descent as well as Italians in America.
LGBT History Month is a month-long annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. It is observed during October in the United States, to include National Coming Out Day on October 11. LGBT History Month originated in the United States and was first celebrated in 1994. It was founded by Missouri high school history teacher Rodney Wilson. Spectrum and Advocates, MSU’s LGBT and Ally Alliances, along with the Office of Multicultural Programs provide a month-long series of events on campus to commemorate LGBT History Month. These include dances, panels, film screenings, fundraisers, discussions, art displays, and an annual talent show.
Please see below for individual event information.
In 1988, Congress designated each October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). The Office of Disability Employment Policy has the lead in planning NDEAM activities and materials to increase the public’s awareness of the contributions and skills of American workers with disabilities. Various programs carried out throughout the month also highlight the specific employment barriers that still need to be addressed and removed. This effort to educate the American public about issues related to disability and employment actually began in 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1962, the word “physically” was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities.
Second Block classes begin today.
See Academic Calendar for drop, withdrawal, and refund deadlines.
Academic Integrity Days
CLUE: Is It or Isn’t It?
Wednesday, October 1 at 10:10am, PSU Ballroom
In this interactive, fun session, participants will discover that academic integrity is no game. Help each other determine who committed the academic integrity offense.
Mock Academic Integrity Hearing
Wednesday, October 1 at 11:15am, PSU Ballroom
Thursday, October 2 at 11am, PSU Ballroom
Thursday, October 2 at 2pm, PSU Ballroom
Participate in a mock hearing and help the panel determine if a violation has occurred.
Real Life Consequences of Ethical Decisions
Wednesday, October 1 at 1:25pm, PSU Ballroom
A recent federal parolee will share his story of how his life changed forever as a result of poor ethical decisions he made professionally.
Chinese Cultural Differences
Wednesday, October 1 at 4pm, PSU Ballroom
A realistic discussion – in Chinese – of cultural differences experienced by Chinese students attending MSU.
Thursday, October 2 at 12:30pm, PSU Ballroom
Free food and great prizes! Come individually, or sign up a team before October 1 by contacting AcademicIntegrityCouncil@MissouriState.edu.
Crossing the Ethical Boundary: Insights from a Fraud Investigator
Thursday, October 2 at 4pm, Glass Hall 108
The Academic Integrity Council and the College of Business bring Angela R. Morelock to the MSU community to share insights from a fraud investigator.
What Would the World Look Like Without Academic Integrity?
Thursday, October 2 at 5:30pm, PSU Ballroom
Video and/or print contest winner presentation. Top entry will receive an iPad mini donated by PCnet. Runners up will receive gift cards donated by Commerce Bank, MSU Bookstore, and Walmart.
Discovery Center “Free Day”
Wednesday, October 1 at 9am, Discovery Center
Discovery Center has utilized the plans of The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit of Green Revolution and developed Springfield’s own exhibit with recycled and re-purposed materials. Unlike most traveling exhibits, Green Revolution isn’t packed in a crate and doesn’t travel by truck, so it has virtually no carbon footprint.
Energy Awareness Month
Building Energy Competition
September 29 – October 19, Springfield Campus
All buildings on campus will compete to see who can conserve the most energy. The buildings with the largest reduction in energy usage will receive banners to be displayed until the next energy competition.
Hour Without Power
September 29 – October 19 at 5pm-6pm, Springfield Campus
We challenge you to consume zero energy – turn off lights and power down your devices. Can you go an hour without power?
Dining in the Dark
September 29 – October 3 at 11am-1pm, Blair Shannon
October 13 – 17 at 11am-1pm, Garst
October 20 – 24 at 11am-1pm, Kentwood
Campus Sustainability Day
October 22 at 11am-1pm, PSU NE Lobby
Do One Thing Instagram Competition
October 1 – October 31
Join your fellow bears, commit to Do One Thing to reduce your energy usage. Follow @MSUSustain on Instagram to learn how to enter #MSUEnergyMonster
Over $500 in prizes, including: Osprey Backpacks from Dynamic Earth; 5 Hot Yoga Classes at Sumits Yoga; $10 gift card to Mudhouse; Free Jimmy Johns Subs; $25 gift card to MaMa Jeans Natural Market; $10 gift card to Grad School; 1 Reusable Cup Membership. Enter by October 31st. Winners will be notified on November 3rd.
Hermés Quartet | String Quartet
Wednesday, October 8 at 7:30pm, Juanita K. Hammons Hall
Violinists Omer Bouchez and Elise Liu, violist Yung-Hsin Chang, and cellist Anthony Kondo won the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. The Paris-based ensemble currently holds the Helen F. Whitaker Chamber Music Chair of YCA. Student rush tickets available for $10 one hour prior to the performance with a valid student ID.
Ticket are $20 for onstage seating at the Missouri State Tix box offices.
Find out more about Homecoming by looking at our Guest Blog.
Sunday, October 12 at 12pm, Downtown Springfield
Each participating student organization will be partnered with a downtown Springfield establishment. It will be the responsibility of your organization to reflect the spirit and pride of Missouri State Homecoming with exciting and appropriate decorations. Each organization is to remember that they are representing Missouri State University and should reflect their school pride in their decorations.
Window Painting / Spirit Banner / Chalk-n-Rock
Sunday, October 12 at 2pm, PSU North Mall
Decoration of Plaster Student Union as part of Homecoming competition
Can We Build It
Monday, October 13 at 2pm, 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 a local charity. All food will be donated to Ozarks Food Harvest.
LGBT History Month
Wednesday, October 1 at 6:30pm, PSU Theatre
The students of Missouri State University’s theatre, dance and music programs will present Miscast Art 2014: Fun Laughs and Good Times at the PSU Theater, Wednesday October 1, 2014, 6:30pm. Admission is free to the public.
This cabaret, conceived by Darryl Kent Clark, Assistant Professor, Dance, is one of many events at the university that will recognize GLBTQA History and Heritage Month. The cabaret is made of moments from a variety of the best known plays and musicals of the 20th century with a special and unique TWIST!
Thursday, October 2 at 6pm, PSU North Mall
Celebrate the start of LGBT History Awareness with your LGBTQ friends and family! Be sure to swing by and mingle with Spectrum, Advocates, Lambda Alliance, and the LGBT Resource Center.
21st Annual AIDS Walk
Saturday, October 4 at 9am, Phelps Grove Park
Bring your families, friends, pets, and walking shoes to help raise funds for AIDS awareness in Southwest Missouri.
National Coming Out Day and GLO Anniversary Open House
Saturday, October 11 at 10am, GLO Center
Celebrate the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of the Ozarks (GLO) anniversary with Spectrum, Advocates, and Lambda Alliance on the National Coming Out Day
Monday, October 13 – Friday, October 17, Springfield Campus
A whole week where we can engage in a national dialogue about how everyone in and out of school can work to become better allies to the LGBTQ community.
Find out more about SAC films, concerts, and comedy by looking at our SAC Events Blog.
SAC Movie: The Goonies
Wednesday, October 1 at 9pm, PSU Theatre
Sunday, October 5 at 9pm, PSU Theatre
Free movie in the PSU Theatre. Check out SAC Events Blog for more information.
After Hours: Capture the Flag
Thursday, October 2 at 9pm, Trottier Plaza Bear Head
This will be a campus wide game of capture the flag among students. Two teams will battle for victory in the darkness. Teams will be decided on site; come with friends or come alone and leave with friends.
Rock n’ Bowl
Friday, October 3 at 7:30pm, PSU Level 1 Game Center
Free bowling, table tennis and billiards in Level One Game Center.
University Community Band Concert
Monday, October 6 at 7:30pm, Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts
The University Community Band will present a free concert on Monday, October 6 at 7:30pm in Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.
For more opportunities, subscribe to the Community Opportunities Newsletter.
Food Assistance for Students
Students, if you are going hungry, or just need something to get you through to next pay check, 3 Springfield food pantries can assist you. Visit the Food Assistance page for more information.
Meals a Million
November 14-16, Springfield Exposition Center
Friends Against Hunger is hosting the Meals A Million Pack-A-Thon! Every half hour, 100 volunteers will start packaging food. In past years, MSU Bears have filled thousands spots to help package meals.
Register you and your organization to volunteer: MealsAMillion
Contact: Karen Wood, 417-773-1639, firstname.lastname@example.org
Stomp Out Hunger
October 1-24, Springfield Community
Join Missouri State, Drury, OTC, Evangel and SBU in making a difference both locally and globally through the all collegiate shoe drive.
Donating just one pair of shoes directly helps feed the hungry both in the U.S. and internationally, provides footwear goods for local vendors in developing countries, helps build water purification systems for villages in Kenya and Haiti, as well as impacts educational and healthcare needs.
Shoes will be collected at sites across campus from October 1-24th. The final “shoe-in” will occur on October 24 at 1-4pm at Country Girls Espresso, 2671 E Sunshine St, located next to Schweitzer United Methodist Church!
For a review of events that have already happened, please visit our Athletics Blog Page.
- Friday, October 3, Field Hockey vs. Kent State, Allison North
- Friday, October 3, W Soccer vs. Indiana State, 7pm, Allison South
- Friday, October 3, Volleyball vs. Drake University, 7pm, Hammons Student Center
- Saturday, October 4, Football vs. Youngstown State, 2pm, Plaster Stadium
- Saturday, October 4, M Soccer vs. Drake University, 7pm, Allison South
- Saturday, October 4, Volleyball vs. Northern Iowa, 7pm, Hammons Student Center
- Sunday, October 5, Field Hockey vs. Davidson, 11am, Allison North
- Tuesday, October 7, M Soccer vs. Oral Roberts, 7pm, Allison South
- Friday, October 10, Volleyball vs. Wichita State, 7pm, Hammons Student Center
- Saturday, October 11, W Soccer vs. Evansville, 7pm, Allison South
- Looking for an interesting way to explore the Ozarks? Look no further than Outdoor Adventure’s Buffalo River Backpacking Trip! The trip will start on October 18th at 9AM and return on October 19th at 5PM. Register by October 13th for this $35 trip that includes everything but food.
- Interested in a Climbing Expedition? Outdoor Adventures is headed to Horseshoe Canyon Ranch! This overnight climbing trip will be held from October 4th-5th and cost only $70 for everything but food! For more information check out the Outdoor Adventures page of our website or call the welcome desk at 417-836-5334.
- So many trips so little time! Outdoor Adventures is also planning a Current River Canoe Trip on October 9th-10th for only $60! Canoe 15 miles of this scenic river with OA. Sign up now so you don’t miss the mandatory pre-trip meeting on October 6th.
- SHARP Sessions are set! Register online for this free self-defense course for females. There will be three sessions you can choose from. All held from 6:30-9PM in the FRC, studio A:
- Session 2: October 20-21, Register by October 17
- Session 3: November 17-18, Register by November 14
- We’re already planning your winter break! The 48th annual Ski Trip is scheduled to Steamboat Springs, CO during December 13-20. Learn more about this awesome opportunity at http://www.missouristate.edu/recreation/OutdoorAdventures/140219.htm
- American Red Cross CPR and First Aid Certification. Register online or in person at the FRC. Registration deadline is 2 days before each class. Limited seats are available. CPR/AED and First Aid are held in the Aquatics Classroom. CPR is $55 and First Aid is $40.
- CPR/AED Session 2: October 8 from 1:30pm-5:00pm
- First Aid Session 2: October 8 from 5:00pm-6:30pm
- CPR/AED Session 3: November 15 from 8:30am-12:00pm
- First Aid Session 3: November 15 from 12:30pm-2:00pm
This certification does not fulfill the requirement for MSU nursing students.
- Power Yoga dates are set for this fall! Here is a list of all your Power Yoga options:
- Session 2: Tuesdays, 12:10-12:50PM, 10/21-11/11, Register by 10/17
- Session 2: Thursdays, 12:10-12:50PM, 10/23-11/20, Register by 10/17
Open to faculty and staff, eligible for non-credit fee waiver, $35 for members, $45 for non-members.
- Personal Training is offered at the FRC! Reach all of your goals this year with help from one of our certified personal trainers. For more information visit our website: http://www.missouristate.edu/recreation/Wellness/AssessmentsAndTraining.htm
- Massage Therapy is offered at the Foster Recreation Center. Check our website for more information on times, prices, and how to sign up: http://www.missouristate.edu/recreation/Wellness/Massages.htm.