Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian-Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific Islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).
Like most commemorative months, Asian-Pacific Heritage Month originated in a congressional bill. In June 1977, Reps. Frank Horton of New York and Norman Y. Mineta of California introduced a House resolution that called upon the president to proclaim the first ten days of May as Asian-Pacific Heritage Week. The following month, senators Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga introduced a similar bill in the Senate. Both were passed. On October 5, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a Joint Resolution designating the annual celebration. Twelve years later, President George H.W. Bush signed an extension making the week-ling celebration into a month-ling celebration. In 1992, the official designation of May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month was signed into law.
The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.
Jewish American History Month
On April 20, 2006, President George W. Bush proclaimed that May would be Jewish American History Month to recognize the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American culture.
Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo – or the fifth of May – commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations. Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music performances and street festivals in cities and towns across Mexico and the United States.
Spring 2015 Classes End
Spring 2015 classes end today.
Some classes will extend beyond this date. Such classes will be graded with an NG (No grade available) which will be changed upon conclusion of the course.
No classes/offices open.
Full semester and second block classes will have a two hour final exam.
For specific times, see the final exam schedule:
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
BFA in Art Studio Senior Exhibition
Weekdays: Wednesday, April 29 – Monday, May 11 at 11am-6pm, Brick City 101/110
Saturdays: Saturday, May 2 – Saturday, May 9 at 12-5pm, Brick City 101/110
The BFA Senior Exhibition is on view at Brick City Gallery, 215 West Mill Street, Springfield. This is a First Friday Art Walk event.
Eighteen Senior students completing degree requirements of the Bachelor of Fine Arts/Studio Art are exhibiting their art at Brick City gallery, April 29-May 12. Included in this exhibition are:
Photography: Emily Boone, Olivia Duvall, Meghan Walsh, Claire Franke, James Conner and Jonathan Bolli
Metals: Arwen Watkins and Katelyn Butler
Ceramics: John Gueltzau and Twan Dickison
Painting: Charles “Andy” Corbett and Ali Parmenter
Printmaking: Aaron Ivic
Animation: Jacob Stewart, Megan Rhoden, Tyler Thrasher and Dylan Pieper
Electronic Arts Student Showcase
Monday, May 11 at 7pm, PSU Theater
Please join us for the 16th annual EA Showcase on Monday, May 11. The showcase will take place in the Plaster Student Union Theatre from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. Seating starts at 6:30 p.m.
This year’s screening will feature an original short film, What Makes Us Human; an experimental narrative, Dead on Time, based on the album, Dead Man’s Bones; a documentary chronicling the formation of the DIY band, High Hoax; an interactive scavenger app for mobile devices called SEEK; and the futuristic video game, TAR.
This event is free and open to the public. Parking available in Lot 24 (access off National Ave, one block south of Grand Street) or in the Park & Ride facility next to Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts — take MSU Shuttle to the PSU theatre.
Military Science Army ROTC Spring Awards Day
Thursday, May 7 at 3:30pm, Craig Hall Coger Theater
Please join the MSU Bear Battalion as local and national organizations recognize outstanding cadets in their military training and academic achievements.
A cake and punch reception will follow.
Missouri State Imrov
Monday, May 4 at 9pm, Carrington 208 (Carrington Auditorium)
Monday, May 11 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+
Not Alone: Students Against Stigma
Tuesday, May 5 at 7pm, Temple 003
Fraternity and Sorority Leaders for Social Awareness is hosting an event where a student panel will speak about how mental health has affected their lives.
Find out more about SAC films, concerts, and comedy by looking at our SAC Events Blog.
Campus Event: May Day
Wednesday, May 6 at 11am-5pm, PSU North Mall
Welcome to the Fabulous May Day! Student Activities Council (SAC) is putting on an end of the year bash featuring an exotic petting zoo, inflatables, free food, giveaways, and more!
After Hours: Splash Bash
Thursday, May 7 at 9pm, PSU North Mall
Have some end of the year stress relief with water games and activities! Warning: You might have get wet and have TONS of fun at this event
Vicki Stanton Public Speaking Showcase
Monday, May 4 at 2:30pm, Plaster Student Union
Approximately 1500 students take Fundamentals of Public Speaking each semester. At the end of the semester, 60 students have the honor to represent their classes and show off their skills in the public speaking competition.
For more opportunities, subscribe to the Community Opportunities Newsletter.
Battle of the Badges / Kids Fest
Saturday, May 16
On May 16th, Join Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks and local law enforcement at the 9th Annual Battle of the Badges presented by The Fraternal Order of the Eagles. Watch the Springfield Police Department & Greene County Sheriff’s Office battle on the court! Come early for our brand new Kids FEST. Families can play, bounce and learn about family wellness and safety! Volunteers are needed to assist with guarding inflatables, helping out at registration, selling raffle tickets, or working at the concession booth. View the volunteer schedule and sign up at www.bigbro.com/battle15.
Location: Glendale High School
Contact: Erin Murray
Tuesday, June 9
Calling all Bears: We want you to join Bear Crew! Help welcome new students and help them move into their residence hall rooms this Fall. Move-In Days will be August 13-15, 2015.
Volunteers will interact with students from all over the world to improve their English!
The Benefits of participating in Bear Crew
- All volunteers receive a T-shirt for working two shifts.
- Volunteers without a meal plan will be given a meal voucher for use in one of the dining centers after they complete their shift(s).
- Volunteers will be allowed to distribute organization information on standard-sized business cards while they are helping students move in.
- Volunteer hours will be tracked and submitted to OSE and Fraternity & Sorority Life for verification.
- Students who live in the residence halls will be able to move in a day early.
All Bear Crew student volunteers will need to sign up for at least 2 shifts by June 9 and attend a Bear Crew Orientation
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)
Girls on the Run of Southwest Missouri
Saturday, May 9
Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experiencee-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Meeting twice a week in small teams of 8-20 girls, the program teaches life skills through fun, engaging lessons that celebrate the joy of movement. The 20-lesson curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run® coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large. Over the course of the program, girls will develop and improve competence, feel confidence in who they are, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care and compassion, create positive connections with peers and adults, and make a meaningful contribution to community and society. Each team creates and executes a local community service project. At each season’s conclusion, the girls and their running buddies complete a 5k running event.
We are currently seeking volunteers for our spring program culminating celebratory 5k fun run on May 9th. To sign up, click here.
Location: Tefft Gymnasium at 1408 E Pythian St
Contact: Trish McAdams
Saturday, June 6
Great Circle is an agency that provides a unique spectrum of behavioral health services to children and families. With specialized programs and highly-trained professionals, they provide hope to those in difficult circumstances throughout Missouri and beyond.
Currently, Great Circle is seeking volunteers for the following events:
- Ken Coleman Memorial Run
- When: Saturday, June 6th, 2015
Anyone interested in volunteering at these events or seeking additional information should contact Robyn Scefonas by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 417-865-1646 ext. 7675.
For a review of events that have already happened, please visit our Athletics Blog Page.
- No home games
- Campus Recreation Closure Notice!! Foster Recreation Center will be closed on May 8th from 1-3PM due to the Student Staff Soiree. Sorry for the inconvenience!
- Private Swimming Lessons at the Aquatic Center. See our website for more details. http://www.missouristate.edu/recreation/Aquatics/SwimmingLessons.htm
- Come to the Free BearFit Classes!! This is happening from 3-4PM every Friday until May 1st. Classes are free to FRC members only.
- Yoga by Candlelight is a great way to relax before finals! Join us on May 7th from 7-8PM in the FRC Studio A for $2!! Limited spaces are available so sign up today!
- Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a form of yoga that promotes better physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional wellbeing. Don’t miss your chance to since up! Classes will happen every Monday starting on April 13th to May 11th from 5:15pm-6:15pm in Studio A.
- 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