Native American Heritage Month
In response to an effort by many to gain a day of recognition for the great influence American Indians have had upon the U.S., Congress designated a week of October to celebrate Native American Awareness Week in 1976. Yearly legislation was enacted to continue the tradition until August 1990, when President Bush approved the designation of November as National American Indian Heritage Month. Each year a similar proclamation is issued. President Clinton noted in 1996, “Throughout our history, American Indian and Alaska Native peoples have been an integral part of the American character. Against all odds, America’s first peoples have endured, and they remain a vital cultural, political, social, and moral presence.” November is an appropriate month for the celebration because it is traditionally a time when many American Indians hold fall harvest and world-renewal ceremonies, powwows, dances, and various feasts. The holiday recognizes hundreds of different tribes and approximately 250 languages, and celebrates the history, tradition, and values of American Indians. National American Indian Heritage Month serves as a reminder of the positive effect native peoples have had on the cultural development and growth of the U.S., as well as the struggles and challenges they have faced.
Panamanian Independence Month
The Fiestas Patrias (literally ‘Homeland Festivals’) mark the process by which Panama achieved independence from Spain in 1821, then Colombia in 1903, and (more empirically) from the United States with the handover of the Panama Canal in 1999. The celebration extends over the entire month of November, with various days singled out for their respective honors.
Transgender Day of Remembrance
Transgender Day of Remembrance is a day to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of transphobia, or the hatred or fear of transgender and gender non-conforming people, and acts to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community. The Transgender Day of Remembrance was founded in 1998 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a transgender graphic designer, columnist and activist to memorialize the murder of Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts. Since its inception, Transgender Day of Remembrance has been held annually on November 20th, and has slowly evolved from the web-based project started by Smith into an international day of action. In 2010, Transgender Day of Remembrance was observed in over 185 cities throughout more than 20 countries. Typically, a Transgender Day of Remembrance includes a reading of the names of those who lost their lives during the previous year and may include other actions, such as candlelight vigils, art shows, food drives, film screenings, marches, among others.
Thursday Evening Classes Meet / Tuesday Evening Classes Do Not Meet
Thursday evening classes (4 p.m. or later) will meet today and Tuesday evening classes (4 p.m. or later) will not meet. This is to compensate for holidays.
November 26 – November 28
Thanksgiving Holiday – no classes/offices closed
International Day of Disabled Persons
The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3 was established by the International Year for Disabled Persons (1981). The Day aims to promote a better understanding of disability issues with a focus on the rights of persons with disabilities and gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of the political, social, economic and cultural life of their communities. The goal of full and effective participation of persons with disabilities in society and development was established by the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1982.
A major focus of the Day is practical action to mainstream disability in all aspects of development, as well as to further the participation of persons with disabilities in social life and development on the basis of equality. Highlight progress and obstacles in implementing disability-sensitive policies, as well as promote public awareness of barriers to the full inclusion of persons with disabilities in the lives of their societies.
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
Annual Clayworks Holiday Pottery Sale
Thursday, November 20 – Friday, November 21 at 9am, PSU 2nd Floor
The Annual Clayworks Holiday Pottery Sale is scheduled for 11/20 – 11/21, from 9am – 5pm, in the PSU, 2nd floor across from Bear Necessities.
Free Hot Chocolate
Tuesday, December 2 at 9am, PSU Information Desk
Missouri State University Dining Services and the PSU will host a Hot Chocolate Event. We will be set up across the information desk.
We will have marshmallows, cookies, hot chocolate, whipped cream, and other goodies.
Be sure to stop by and get some Hot Chocolate! We will also be giving away special mugs with the Bear logo on them.
Tuesday, December 2 at 7:30pm, Juanita K. Hammons Hall
The MSU Symphony Orchestra combined with the MSU Grand Chorus present their “Holiday Celebration Concert.” The primary work on the program will be the brilliant “Hodie” by Ralph Vaughan Williams. In addition, each group will perform a few pieces of their own. Come to participate in a joyous Holiday Celebration!
Jazz Bands Concert
Monday, November 24 at 7:30pm, Juanita K. Hammons Hall
The Jazz Band & Stage Band will present a concert in Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts on Monday, November 24 at 7:30 p.m.
NPHC President Visit
Monday, November 24 at 4pm, Meyer Library 101
Jennifer M. Jones, National President of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) will be on campus to visit with students, faculty and staff about the history and movement of the nine historically African American Greek Letter organizations.
Jennifer M. Jones is the Executive Director of Student Life at Southern Methodist University where she has been employed for the past 29 years, 16 of those years in various positions within Residence Life and Student Housing. She also served as the as the SMU NPHC advisor for eight years. She currently serves as the National President of the National Pan-Hellenic Council. She has also served as the past National First Vice President of the National Pan-Hellenic Council and Regional Secretary for the Southwestern Region of NPHC.
Our Town | Play Production
Thursday, November 20 at 7:30pm, Craig Hall Coger Theatre
Friday, November 21 at 7:30pm, Craig Hall Coger Theatre
Saturday, November 22 at 7:30pm, Craig Hall Coger Theatre
Sunday, November 23 at 2:30pm, Craig Hall Coger Theatre
Set between 1901 and 1913 in the fictional village of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, Our Town looks at the everyday lives of ordinary people and weaves their stories together over a 12-year timeframe.
The three acts progress from the seemingly inconsequential routines of small-town daily living…to love and marriage and the pivotal decisions that determine life’s course…to death and eternity and the seldom-realized significance of each moment of our earthly existence.
Find out more about SAC films, concerts, and comedy by looking at our SAC Events Blog.
Movie: Wish I Was There
Wednesday, November 19 at 9pm, PSU Theatre
Free movie in the PSU Theatre. Check out SAC Events Blog for more information.
After Hours: Grocery Bingo
Thursday, November 20 at 9pm, PSU Food Court
This is an event where students will play bingo for a chance to win groceries such as Mac’n’cheese, canned soups, gatorade, water packs, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, cheese its, etc.
Rock n’ Bowl
Friday, November 21 at 7:30pm, PSU Level 1 Game Center
Free bowling, table tennis, and billiards in the Level One Game Center.
Movie: Guardians of the Galaxy
Wednesday, November 23 at 9pm, PSU Theatre
Wednesday, December 3 at 7:30pm, PSU Theatre
Free movie in the PSU Theatre. Check out SAC Events Blog for more information.
Lecture: Rebekka Armstrong
Monday, December 1 at 7pm, PSU Theatre
A lecture on AIDs and HIV awareness.
At the age of 18, Rebekka became a Playboy Playmate after being chosen to be Miss September 1986, a culmination of her childhood dream. For the next four years, she led an exciting life as a Playmate, traveling, modeling, and attending star-studded parties. However, she was often tired and bruised easily. At the age of 22, she was diagnosed with HIV.She has become an outspoken activist to increase AIDS awareness and fight for progress in discovering improved medications and treatment.
Senior BFA in Studio Art Exhibit
Wednesday, November 19 – Friday, December 12 at 11am, Student Exhibition Center
The Department of Art+Design will display the artwork of students completing the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio art.
Monday, November 24 at 8am, Office of Student Engagement
The Student Organization Funding Allocation Council (SOFAC) will start accepting proposals early for SPRING funding starting at 8:00am on Monday, November 24th 2014.
SOFAC funding may be requested for many types of events including conferences, competitions, speakers, equipment, and more! Proposals should be submitted to the Office of Student Engagement in PSU 101. If you are considering submitting a proposal for Spring funding, please keep the following things in mind:
- To qualify for Spring funding, the event must occur between February 1 and June 30, 2015. We will not accept any proposal that do not fall within this time period.
- Any funding already received by your organization will be subtracted from the amount available to your organization for the remainder of the 2014-2015 academic year.
- You will be expected to abide by all SOFAC and Missouri State University policies.
- You MUST attend a SOFAC training session to receive funding. *new to this year
- Training session dates and times can be found on the SOFAC website or Missouri State master calendar. You must attend a session before you can receive funds; you can attend a session any time before your potentially assigned allocation meeting.
- If you attended Training in the fall you do not have to attend another one in the Spring.
To request funding for an event, your organization must submit a complete SOFAC Proposal for Funding. Information and instructions on how to complete a proposal can be found on the SOFAC website: http://organizations.missouristate.edu/sofac/
It is highly recommended that you review the SOFAC Guidelines (found on the SOFAC website) before submitting a proposal. There are a few changes from years past, please read carefully. Keep in mind that a proposal MUST be submitted at least 10 business days BEFORE the event for which you are requesting funding.
Please contact Nick Elliott, the Graduate Assistant for SOFAC, with any questions at 417-836-7646 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, December 3 at 5pm, PSU 312 A&B
New for the 2014-2015 academic year no organization may receive (Student Organization Funding Allocation Council) SOFAC funding until it has attended a SOFAC Training session.
These one hour trainings will inform your group on all the policies and procedures for SOFAC.
Wind Ensemble & Wind Symphony Concert
Friday, November 21 at 7:30pm, Juanita K. Hammons Hall
The University Wind Ensemble & University Wind Symphony will present a fall concert on Friday, November 21 in the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. Free admission. Open to the public.
Sunday, November 30 at 5pm, JQH Arena
WWE returns to Springfield for the first time in over a year.
See all your favorite WWE superstarts for one night only! Over 20 superstars will appear under one roof for what will be one Sunday night to remember!
Dean Ambrose, Kane, Big Show, Rusev and Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler and many more!
Tickets on Sale: Saturday, October 18th at 10:00am
Tickets: $95, $50, $35, $25, $15
Go to www.MissouriStateTix.comto buy your tickets! Tickets also available at the JQH Arena Box office or by calling 1-417-836-7678
Doors open at 4:00pm
For more opportunities, subscribe to the Community Opportunities Newsletter.
Food Assistance for Students
Mondays and 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.
Well of Life – MSU Student Food Pantry
418 S Kimbrough
Springfield, MO 65806
(Just across from the Qdoba near Bear Park North)
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.
Request Your Microsoft IT Academy Access Link!
Social Change Leader Applications Due
Tuesday, November 25
Social Change Leaders are students who are committed to the Springfield community through long-term sustainable interactions. These students will explore the social issues that affect Springfield and through asset based community development, seek solutions to those problems. Students will participate in critical reflection through bi-monthly dialogues and have discussions that unpack the complex issues that affect our community.
As a Social Change Leader, you would be expected to participate in volunteer activities 3 hours a week at a time that meets your schedule. Additionally, there will be bi-monthly dialogues where dialogue and discussion occur around the social issue being addressed. Opportunities are available with the Boys and Girls Club, Robberson Community School, The Kitchen, Ozarks Food Harvest, and the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks.
If you are interested in participating, stop by the Center for Community Engagement in PSU 131 to pick up an application. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on November 25th, 2014.
Spring Break Immersion Trip Applications Due
Tuesday, November 25
Applications for the 2015 Spring Break Immersion Trips are now available! Do you want to spend your Spring Break doing something fun and meaningful? The Spring Break Immersion Trips are week-long experiences in which students are immersed in a new culture, group of people, and experience. Trips include direct service with local agencies, learning about a specific social issue, social time in the destination city, and time to meet other students. This year, our trips will be going to Dallas, TX, New Orleans, LA, Chicago, IL, Indianapolis, IN, and Ashville, NC, as well as a local trip right here in Springfield.
If you are interested in participating, stop by the Center for Community Engagement in PSU 131 to pick up an application or apply here. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on November 25th, 2014.
For a review of events that have already happened, please visit our Athletics Blog Page.
- Wednesday, November 19, M Basketball vs. Avila, 7:05pm, JQH Arena
- Friday, November 21, D2 Ice Hockey vs. St. Louis University, 7pm, Mediacom Ice Park
- Friday, November 21, D3 Ice Hockey vs. University of Nebraska, 9:45pm, Mediacom Ice Park
- Saturday, November 22, D3 Ice Hockey vs. University of Nebraska, 3pm, Mediacom Ice Park
- Saturday, November 22, D2 Ice Hockey vs. St. Louis University, 7pm, Mediacom Ice Park
- Mix up your routine and take Glow Cycling with BearFit! BearFit will be hosting a glow-in-the-dark cycling session on Monday, November 24th from 6-7PM in the FRC, Studio C. Sign up now because only 12 spots are available! $2 event.
- We have different hours for Thanksgiving break:
November 25: 6AM-8PM
November 26-31: Closed
November 30 – Noon-11PM
- Plan a Western Adventure with Campus Rec – Outdoor Adventures is headed to Utah on November 25th thru November 30th! Explore Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park for only $300. OA will provide camping equipment, transportation, park fees, and camping fees. Just bring clothes, food, and sense of adventure.
- 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.
- Looking for the perfect gift to give this holiday season? Campus Recreation Center offers gift certificates so get yours today!