Irish American Heritage Month
March 1 – 31
March is designated as Irish American Heritage Month to recognize the contribution that Irish immigrants and their descendants have played in the formation of our Nation. Among those contributions are nine signers of the Declaration of Independence, over twenty of Washington’s generals, the first man to hold a commission in the United States Navy, over 190,000 Irish born Americans who fought in the Civil War, pioneering women such as Nellie Bly and Christa McAuliffe, the inventor of the modern submarine and 253 Medal of Honor recipients who list the place of their birth as Ireland.
Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
March 1 – 31
March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month thanks to a 1987 Presidential Proclamation which was the direct result of the advocacy efforts of The Arc. A lot has changed since then: more people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are living and thriving in their communities rather than in institutions, there are more opportunities in education and employment, more protections in health care, the legal system and other areas of human rights, there are more positive and accurate portrayals of people with I/DD in the arts, the list goes on. But we must remember that many of those advancements were hard won. Self-advocacy and advocacy on behalf of those with I/DD was the impetus for many of the positive changes in our society such as the proclamation that recognized DD Awareness Month.
Women’s History Month
March 1 – 31
This month pays tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society. The celebration was met with positive response, and schools began to host their own Women’s History Week programs. The next year, leaders from the California group share their project at a Women’s History Institute at Sarah Lawrence College. Other participants not only became determined to begin their own local Women’s History Week projects but also agreed to support an effort to have Congress declare a national Women’s History Week. In 1981, Sen. Oran Hatch (R-UT) and Rep. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) cosponsored the first Joint Congressional Resolution proclaiming a “Women’s History Week.” In 1987, the National Women’s History Project petitioned Congress to expand the celebration to the entire month of March. Since then, the National Women’s History Month Resolution has been approved every year with bipartisan support in both the House and Senate.
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Spring mid-semester grades available online.
Student Commencement Speaker Application
Interested in applying to be a Student Commencement Speaker? Students graduating in May 2015 are eligible to speak at commencement. The ideal student speech should endeavor to inspire and motivate, while remaining relevant, encouraging, and memorable for not only their fellow graduates but all guests at Commencement. One speaker will be chosen for each ceremony.
Last Day for 75% Credit Refund, Second Block
The last day to drop or withdraw from Spring 2015 Second Block classes, with 75% refund, is today.
Drops and withdrawals can be processed online at My Missouri State. If you have a hold on your account preventing the use of the web registration system to drop a class, contact the Office of the Registrar prior to midnight on the deadline day. Office hours are 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. After 5:00 pm, email Registrar@missouristate.edu from your University email account, or fax 417-836-6334.
Course adds and section changes can only be processed with academic department approval.
Additional refund and payment deadlines can be found here: http://www.missouristate.edu/registrar/feedeadlines.html
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 email@example.com or 417-836-4192
Bear Brawl I
Saturday, March 21 at 4pm, McDonald Arena
Bear Brawl I will be a full night of exciting amateur boxing hosted by the MSU Boxing Team. Admission is FREE to all MSU students, faculty, and staff, so come enjoy the fun!!!
Bears Backing Bears Student Challenge
Thursday, March 12 – Friday, March 20
Help your fellow bears stay in school when they are facing a personal crisis with a gift to The Emergency Scholarship Fund. President Smart is making a donation to the Emergency Scholarship Fund in honor of the 110th Birthday and he is encouraging students to join him in supporting this scholarship that supports students in crisis. Students can participate with an $11 gift and receive a #BirthdayBears T-shirt (limited number) and a chance to be eligible for President Smart’s reserved parking space for one week! The campaign runs until 11:30 a.m. March 20th – exclusively at Bears Backing Bears. The winner will be announced on March 21st at Dance Marathon, during the birthday hour. The crowdfunding page will be live for 30 total days, people can still contribute after the contest portion has ended.
Living History Luncheon
Friday, March 20 at 11:30am – 1pm, PSU Ballroom
Please join us for a Living History Luncheon on Friday, March 20, Buffet beginning at 11:30 a.m., class begins at noon. Historians portraying two of Missouri State’s most beloved academic legends, William Carrington and Virginia Craig, will be on campus one more time for a history lesson that will span the decades. Seating is limited, to ensure your spot and purchase a ticket at (417) 836-4143 or www.missouristatefoundation.org
Rock n’ Bowl: Birthday Bears
Friday, March 20 at 7:30pm, Level 1 Game Center
Student Activities Council Events
Saturday, March 21 at 12pm – 12am, Foster Recreation Center
Saturday, March 21 at 12pm – 12am, Foster Recreation Center
Dance marathon is a 12-hour dance marathon and all funds raised go directly to Children’s Miracle Network at Cox South hospital in town. Although its 12 hours long, you don’t have to stay the entire time – you can come and go as you please. It’s a really fun event for a great cause. You can register for the event at mostatedm and the event will have live performers, a DJ for the entire 12 hours, inflatables, food catered by Insomnia Cookies, Qdoba, and Andy’s ice cream.
Hibernotes a cappella group, Nathan Momper (musician)
Saturday, March 28 at 1pm, Hammons Student Center
Greek jam is an event where teams present a dance, usually related to a theme. The event will take place at Hammons Student Center at 1 pm.
More information about Greek Week can be found in the Guest Blog
Humans vs. Zombies
Monday, March 23 – Sunday, March 29 at 6am – 8pm, Springfield Campus
Come join Live Action Society in their Spring game of Humans VS Zombies – Wild West! Humans VS Zombies is a constant alert Nerf game of tag with two teams: the Humans who are armed with Nerf Blasters, and the Zombies who are trying to tag them. This game lasts the whole week and is completely FREE!
Sign up the week before at these locations:
- Siceluff outside tables all day March 16-20
- Inside PSU tables all day March 23-25
Full briefing sign up meetings are:
- Wednesday March 18 PSU Room 317 8:30-10pm
- Thursday March 19 PSU Room 312 8:30-10pm
Missouri State Imrov
Monday, March 23 at 9pm, Carrington 208 (Carrington Auditorium)
Monday, March 30 at 9pm, Carrington 208 (Carrington Auditorium)
Join us in Carrington Auditorium at 9PM for a showcase of our most hilarious improv comedy teams! The show is always free and is considered appropriate for anyone 18+
Modern Voices – Chorale Concert
Sunday, March 22 at 7:30pm, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Springfield
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.
Find out more about SAC films, concerts, and comedy by looking at our SAC Events Blog.
Wednesday, March 18 at 9pm, PSU Theatre
In New York City’s Harlem circa 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction.
After Hours and Concerts: Live! Music Competition
Thursday, March 19 at 9pm, PSU Ballroom
Student musicians will have the chance to compete to open for the Nelly concert. Stop by to hear some of the most up-and-coming artists in the Springfield area. If you are interested in auditioning to perform, please email Kane Sheek (SACConcerts@missouristate.edu).
Rock n’ Bowl: Birthday Bears Bash
Friday, March 20 at 7:30pm, PSU Level 1 Game Center
Celebrate Missouri State’s 110th Birthday with a huge birthday celebration! Food, cake, games, and prizes!
Comedy: Jade Catta-Preta
Saturday, March 21 at 7pm, PSU Ballroom
Jade Catta-Preta is a triple threat writer, actress, and stand up comedian. She is presently a series regular on ABC’s “Manhattan Love Story” and is also a cast member on MTV’s “Girl Code”.
Sunday, March 22 at 9pm, PSU Theatre
Wednesday, March 25 at 9pm, PSU Theatre
A trio of guys try and make up for missed opportunities in childhood by forming a three-player baseball team to compete against standard children baseball squads.
After Hours: #TBT Game Night
Thursday, March 26 at 9pm, McDonald Hall and Arena
Throw Back Thursday Game Night will feature some of your favorite childhood games! Come out and play them with your college peers!
Rock n’ Bowl
Friday, March 27 at 7:30pm, PSU Level 1 Game Center
Free bowling, ping-pong, and pool for students on Friday Nights in Level One Game Center.
Film: Kicking and Screaming
Sunday, March 29 at 9pm, PSU Theatre
Family man Phil Weston, a lifelong victim of his father’s competitive nature, takes on the coaching duties of a kids’ soccer team, and soon finds that he’s also taking on his father’s dysfunctional way of relating. We will be having a pizza drawing for people with 5 punches on their reward cards on the 25th.
Lectures: Candice DeLong
Monday, March 30 at 7pm, PSU Theatre
Candice DeLong has been called a real-life “Clarice Starling” and a female “Donnie Brasco.” She was on the front lines of some of the F.B.I.’s most gripping and memorable cases, including being chosen as one of three agents to carry out the manhunt for the Unabomer in Lincoln, Montana. She tailed terrorists, went undercover as a gangster’s moll, and posed as the madam for a call-girl ring. Now for the first time, she reveals the dangers and rewards of being a woman on the front lines of the world’s most powerful law enforcement agency.
DeLong was, until her retirement in July 2000, was the head field profiler in San Francisco for the F.B.I. She has served as the liaison to the Bureau’s world famous Behavioral Science Unit at Quantico and, as a member of the Child Abduction Task Force and former Registered Nurse, lectured widely on such issues as protecting women and children, and preventing sexual abuse.
In her book, Special Agent: My Life on the Front Lines as a Woman in the F.B.I., DeLong takes readers step by step through the profiling process and shows how she helped to solve a number of difficult, high profile cases. The story of her role as a lead investigator on the notorious Tylenol Murder case is particularly compelling. She also gives the true, insider’s story behind the investigation that led to the arrest of the Unabomber – including information that the media can’t or won’t reveal.
Safe Zone Training
Thursday, March 19 at 12 – 1:30pm, PSU 313 (Parliamentary Room)
Monday, March 30 at 12 – 1:30pm, PSU 317
Safe Zone training will provide students, faculty, and staff with the tools, resources, and information required to create a safe space for Missouri State’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Ally, and Queer community.
Upon completion of the training attendees will receive a “Safe Zone” placard that indicates their office or room is a safe space.
SOFAC Under Construction – Required Training
Tuesday, March 24 at 9am, PSU 317A
Tuesday, March 24 at 11:30am, PSU 317A
Wednesday, March 25 at 9am, PSU 313
Wednesday, March 25 at 7pm, PSU 308A
Thursday, March 26 at 3pm, PSU 314AB
Thursday, March 26 at 8pm, PSU 308A
Friday, March 27 at 10am, PSU 314A
Friday, March 27 at 5pm, PSU 314A
The nature of SOFAC and its guidelines are changing! This training on the new SOFAC process is required by each student organization that is interested in receiving training for the 2015-2016 academic year!
Spring Family Day 2015
Saturday, March 21 at 1pm, Hammons Field
Invite your family to Spring Family Day 2015, March 21st! The highlight of the day is Family Day at Hammons Field where the Bears Baseball team will take on Indiana State University in an afternoon game. Join us as we celebrate the 110th anniversary of the founding of our university. In addition, we celebrate 10 years as Missouri State University. Questions? Ask Priscilla at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Statewide Collaborative Diversity Conference
Wednesday, March 25 – Friday, March 27, PSU 3rd Floor
Missouri State University’s Statewide Collaborative Diversity Conference (SCDC) will focus on broadening the community leaders and tomorrow’s leaders with best practices showcased by diversity professionals from around the nation.
A new student day has been added on Wednesday, March 25. Session primarily focus on student diversity related issues but all attendees are welcome to attend.
Keynote: Daryl G. Smith
Daryl G. Smith, senior research fellow and professor emerita of education and psychology at Claremont Graduate University, is the keynote speaker for the 2015 SCDC. Dr. Smith’s research, teaching and publications are in the areas of organizational implications of diversity, assessment and evaluation, leadership and change, governance, diversity in STEM fields and faculty diversity.
Tartuffe (The Imposter) | Play Procdution
Thursday, March 26 at 7:30pm, Coger Theatre
Friday, March 27 at 7:30pm, Coger Theatre
Saturday, March 28 at 7:30pm, Coger Theatre
Sunday, March 29 at 2:30pm, Coger Theatre
Written by Molière
Directed by Sara Brummel
The gullible Orgon and his mother, Madame Pernelle, have fallen under the influence of Tartuffe, a charlatan whose false piety and ulterior motives are obvious to the rest of Orgon’s family and friends.
So blinded is Orgon by misplaced admiration of his duplicitous houseguest, that he announces his daughter Mariane will marry Tartuffe, although she is already engaged to Valère. Alarmed by the degree to which Tartuffe has insinuated himself into the household, the family devises a plot to entrap Tartuffe into confessing his desire for Elmire, Orgon’s wife. The plan backfires, and Orgon responds by banishing his son from the house and signing over all his worldly possessions to Tartuffe!
A humorous satire of bourgeois values and religious hypocrisy, Tartuffe was banned by King Louis XIV soon after its premiere in 1664. The Archbishop of Paris issued an edict threatening excommunication for anyone who watched, performed in or read the play. Molière defended his work, noting that the juxtaposition of opposites — good and bad, right and wrong, wisdom and folly, truth and falsehood, the rational and the unreasonable — is at the heart of comedy.
Fortunately for generations of happy theatre-goers, the controversy surrounding the play eventually lifted, and Molière’s insightful work has endured as one of classical theatre’s most popular comedies.
Tunnel of Oppression
Monday, March 30 at 6pm, Wells House Grand Lounge
Tunnel of Oppression is an interactive campus-wide social justice and diversity program. During this event, participants will walk through six different scenarios acted out by Missouri State students. These scenarios are meant to challenge participants about oppression that occurs every day in our community. Topics being covered in the Tunnel this year are race, trans*, sex trafficking, sexual assault, mental health, and self-harm. In the rooms, actors will portray issues that are pressing to the different topics being covered in the Tunnel this year. The event will be held in Wells House and will begin in the Wells Grand Lounge on the ground level of Well House. Step out of your comfort zone and into the tunnel!
Women’s Leadership Conference
Monday, March 23 – Tuesday, March 24, Plaster Student Union
Women leaders are a “force of nature” when it comes to perseverance, endurance and producing successful outcomes. Missouri State University’s 2nd Annual Women’s Leadership Conference will explore women’s roles and their impact in all walks of life including business, sports, education and health.
Monday, March 23: 2:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. (includes dinner and mentoring mixer)
Tuesday, March 24: 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (includes lunch)
This year’s featured keynote speaker is Cynthia Cooper, Founder & CEO of The CooperGroup, LLC. Other speakers include:
Click here to view conference information, schedule and speaker biographies.
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)
For a review of events that have already happened, please visit our Athletics Blog Page.
- Wednesday, March 18, Baseball vs. North Dakota State, 3:05pm, Hammons Field
- Friday, March 20, Baseball vs. Indiana State, 6:35pm, Hammons Field
- Friday, March 20, W Basketball vs. Tulsa, 7:05pm, JQH Arena
- Saturday, March 21, Baseball vs. Indiana State, 2:05pm, Hammons Field
- Sunday, March 22, Baseball vs. Indiana State, 1:05pm, Hammons Field
- Tuesday, March 24, Baseball vs. Kansas, 6:35pm, Hammons Field
- Saturday, March 28, W Soccer vs. Butler CC, 11am, Betty and Bobby Allison South Stadium
- Saturday, March 28, W Soccer vs. Western Illinois, 2pm, Betty and Bobby Allison South Stadium
- Last chance to register for intramural sports is Wednesday, March 18! Put together a team for Sand Volleyball, Soccer, Flag Football, and Ultimate Frisbee! Register at IMLeagues.com or contact Lauren Burns at the Foster Recreation Center for any further questions.
- BearFit Passes are $20 after Spring Break! With summer around the corner, now is the time to get active! Unlimited passes will only be $20 for the remainder of the semester so buy a pass and get in shape with BearFit.
- 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 2: March 30 & 31
Session 3: April 27 & 28
- 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: March 21, 9AM-12:30PM
First Aid Session: March 21, 12:30-2PM
This certification does not fulfill the requirement for MSU nursing students.
- Wellness Expo at the Campus Recreation on April 8th from 11am-3pm. Recognize where campus departments it within the 8 dimensions of wellness and participate in the activities, screenings, and demonstrations that Missouri State offers.
- 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 www.missouristate.edu/recreation