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E-Newsletter - April

In this edition of the Parents Association E-Newsletter:

Update on Club Sports at Missouri State: Inline Hockey, Handball, and Rodeo

NASA Observing Night

Student Activities Council

Student Conduct Process: A Guide for Parents

Important Dates and Deadlines for April and May

Submit your ideas for Parents Association E-Newsletter Articles

Club Sports at Missouri State University

Inline Hockey BearsBy: Rick Vasquez
2006-2007 was the first year the Inline hockey Bears qualified for Nationals.  They finished 14-10-1 but had reasonably higher hopes for this season.  2007-2008 turned into the best season had by the Bears.  Coming into the final weekend the Bears were 14-0-3. Coached by Rick Vasquez, Gary Fudge and Paul McIntyre.

The final weekend began with the last regular season game against the SLU Billikens. The Billikens brought half of their ice hockey team and were a real threat to the Bears’ unbeaten season.  A hard fought first period lead to deflation when 2 Billiken goals slipped in late. Then the tide turned. The Bears turned the game around. Rookie goalie Cory Crump held the Billikens scoreless the rest of the way. The Bears took the second period on a goal by Mike Ruff." Fritz Vasquez came to life in the third period putting in an early goal. The score was tied 2-2. Then it was time for the last minute efforts of Zach Dangos. Dangos jumped the boards and capped the game off early being set up by Pete Chilcutt with 2 minutes remaining and a 3-2 victory was the Bears.

Regional finals began Sunday morning. Kansas State was first.  The final was 11-1 with the Bears being lead by Danny Black, Tom Frederick and Andrew Joe Riney.

Southern Illinois would be the next opponent. SIU survived their first round game with Washington U. on a last minute goal and a sudden death victory. SIU came in hoping to land a major upset after having most likely locked up a nationals bid. It would not be. Freshman goalie Crump took control and limited SIU to 1 goal.  The Bears won convincingly 6-1, leaving no doubt they were headed to a showdown championship.

Truman State won its game over the Billikens to garner a rematch with the Bears. During the regular season the Bears had tied Truman State 5-5 and 2-2. Cole Murphy took charge in goal for the Bears. The battle ensued; numerous chances back and forth for 2 periods. Andrew Palazzolo and Ruff, pelted Truman States’ goalie with shots. A penalty called midway through the third stanza left the Bears shorthanded. A tired penalty killing unit of Vasquez, Frederick and Riney were pulled off with 42 seconds left in the penalty. A goal was scored and Coach Rick Vasquez began the rallying cry for a comeback. 

Moments passed away. A time out was called with 2:23 remaining. The line was set for Vasquez, Ruff, Zach Jacob and Dan Tardiff to carry the load until 49 seconds when Cole Murphy would abandon the goal. Ruff, despite the most valiant effort, had nothing left. Palazzolo, who was to replace the goalie, substituted for Ruff. Murphy came to the bench. Assistant Coach Paul McIntyre said, "Who do you want Rick?" Coach Vasquez looked down the bench and caught the gleam in the eye of Zach Dangos, which said, "It's my time, remember the SLU game." Dangos went in and scored with 28 seconds remaining. Dangos nearly finished off Truman 9 seconds later, but it wasn't to be. No, this day Zach Jacob pounded home the game winner for the Bears in sudden death overtime.

The Bears are now headed to Colorado Springs with an undefeated record or 18-0-3, ranked second in the United States, behind Neumann College from Pennsylvania.  Nationals will run April 9-13th.


Handball Team Claws 3 Titles

by Matt Krueger

Missouri State University swept all three team titles on its home courts at the 56th USHA National Collegiate Championships, giving the Bears their 10th combined team title.

Carrying on the Missouri State winning tradition and capping the victory were the Bears' Armando Ortiz/ Chip Morales seizing the men's open doubles with an impressive win over defending champs Suhn Lee/ Jon Iglesias of Lake Forest.

With more than 300 players competing, the Plaster Sports Complex and Hammons Student Center held more than 1,200 handball matches in 4 1/2 days in mid-February.

It takes major support from the university to run the collegiate championships on its campus. Tommy Burnett would like to thank Missouri State's President, Dr. Michael Nietzel, for his fantastic support in getting the courts refinished. Dr. Nietzel showed his enthusiasm for collegiate handball in his message to the players, saying:

"I know competition will be exciting and intense, and I hope your visit to our campus and the Ozarks is both productive and enjoyable. I wish all the teams the very best and look forward to your return to our campus in the future."

Burnett would also like to thank major sponsor Jerry Sumner from Aurora, Mo., and the men's and women's sponsor, the Jake Plummer Foundation.

The USHA collegiate championships were once again one of the year's most exciting tournaments. Players pressed up against the courts supporting their teammates and pouring out the school spirit. If you have not gone to watch competition during the collegiates, be sure to pencil it in on your to-do list next year.


Rodeo Team

By: Cedric Cortez

The Missouri State University Rodeo Team is an organization of university students who are interested in the sport of rodeo and in the preservation of our Western Heritage. The MSU Rodeo Team represents the University at ten intercollegiate rodeos throughout the calendar year, with the ultimate goal of making it to the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming. All of these rodeos are sanctioned by the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA). The Men’s team competes in various rodeo events such as Bareback Riding, Calf Roping, Steer Wrestling, Saddle Bronc Riding, Bull Riding, and Team Roping. The Women compete in events such as Goat Tying, Barrel Racing, Breakaway Roping, and also Team Roping. The MSU Rodeo Team travels over 7,000 miles a year. Most of which is student funded. Additionally, the team participates in various fund-raisers and the Missouri State University Homecoming Parade.

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 NASA Observing Night

Friday, 4/25/08, from 8:30 P.M. to 10:30 P.M.

Open to the public (weather permitting).

Rain Date will be Saturday, 4/26, same times.

1766 Old Hillcrest Rd., Marshfield MO


Please join us for NASA Open Observing Night at the MSU Baker Observatory, presented by the Physics, Astronomy & Materials Science Deptartment!

Below is a map to locate Baker Observatory. Please park only on the south side of Old Hillcrest Road.

Road and bring a red-covered flashlight for the walk up to the Observatory grounds.

Contact 417 836-5131 for additional information. In case of extremely overcast skies, weather related updates will be available on this telephone number by 5:00 PM on the day of the event.

Image also available at http://physics.missouristate.edu/Astronomy/NASA%20Observing%20Night.htm

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Student Activities Coucil

by: Tara Benson

 Have you ever heard the statement “There’s nothing to do on campus”?  Student Activities Council (SAC) would disagree! Your student currently pays a Student Involvement Fee (SIF) each semester for this programming board to provide cultural, educational and social programming to all students. Most of the events are free and held on campus at various locations and times. Some events SAC presented this year include comedians Mike Birbiglia, Greg Giraldo, Daniel Tosh and the Jimmy Kimmel Live tour, chart topping band, Blessid Union of Souls, new bilingual rock band Monte Negro  and nationally touring artist Ben Folds. Lectures are held monthly and range from topics of ghost hunting to genocide in Africa. From weekly films to Friday Night Rock n’ Bowl, SAC provides something for everyone. Encourage your student to attend these events or join SAC today.

Upcoming SAC events:

April 8-Daniel Tosh, PSU Theatre, 7 p.m.

April 11-Grocery Bingo, PSU Food Court, Noon

April 14-The Debate on the Legalization of Marijuana, PSU Theatre, 7 p.m.

April 22-Comedy Night featuring Amy Anderson and Vidur Kipur, PSU Theatre, 7 p.m.

April 25-Grocery Bingo, PSU Food Court, Noon

April 30-May Day (all day event with music, food and fun), North Mall and Bear Paw



SAC meets every Tuesday at 4 p.m. in Plaster Student Union room 313


After Hours

After Hours is a program designed to provide late night opportunities to students. Every Thursday night from 9 p.m.-12 a.m. students can come to the Plaster Student Union and enjoy activities such as DVD Bingo, Mardi Gras party, Kindergarten Game Night, comedy food and fun.

April 10-DVD Bingo

April 17-MSU Funniest Home Videos and Improvisationally Impaired

April 24-60’s Righteousness

May 1-Gamer’s Delight

May 8-DVD Bingo

May 9-Double Feature Friday

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The Student Conduct Process: A Guide For Parents


The link below will connect you to a publication by the Association for Student Judicial Affairs. This document contains information and frequently asked questions about the student conduct processes at most Universities. The document also includes a section with some information and tips on talking to your students about alcohol.

ASJA's The Student Conduct Process: A Guide For Parents

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Important Dates and Deadlines for April and May

You and your student may want to be aware of the following list of dates and deadlines, which include holidays, registration deadlines, and more. For a complete list of Important Dates and Deadlines, please visit http://www.missouristate.edu/registrar/acad_cal.html.

April 15
Final Deferred Payment Installment Due
April 17 Grading Options Deadlines for Second Block Classes: Last Day to Drop With Automatic N Grade, Put a Class on Pass/Not-Pass, and Change to or from Audit
May 2
Last Day to Drop or Withdraw from Full Semester or Second Block Classes
May 6
Final Grade Rosters Available on the Faculty/Advisor Resource Center; Must be Submitted by 10:00 a.m. on May 19
May 8
Spring Semester Classes End
May 9
Study Day (No Classes/Offices Open)
May 10-15
Final Exams Period
May 16
Commencement: Hammons Student Center
May 19
Final Grade Rosters must be submitted on the Faculty/Advisor Resource Center by 10:00 a.m.
May 20
Grade Reports Available on the Web My Information System
May 20-21
Deans Review Student Grades and Determine Students’ Academic Status
May 22
Transcripts with Spring 2008 Grades Available Beginning Today
May 26
Memorial Day Holiday (No Classes, Offices Closed)

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Parents Association - E-Newsletter Ideas

Have ideas for future Parents Association E-Newsletter articles? We'd love to hear them! Please send your article ideas to us at mailto:ParentsAssociation@MissouriState.edu?subject=E-Newsletter%20Ideas.

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