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This month in the E-Newsletter:

The 2nd Annual Dance Bear-a-thon

Student Spotlight

Student Services Spotlight

Q & A with the Parents Association

Important Dates


 The 2nd Annual Dance Bear-a-thon: Party with a Purpose! 

Dance Bear-a-thon was held for the second year at Missouri State University. This event raises money for the Children’s Miracle Network of the Ozarks, and one hundred percent of those funds will stay local to benefit hospitalized kids in the community. Dance Bear-A-Thon is committed to establishing a relationship between Children's Miracle Network of Cox Health and Missouri State University. This event will promote children's health and happiness through student leadership and enjoyment, increasing involvement by the University community and laying the foundation for a future tradition.


What is Dance Bear-A-Thon? It is a 12 hour dance party with plenty of entertainment to boot. But don't think Dance Bear-A-Thon is exhausted dancers draped over each other. It's music, food, entertainment, excitement, and yes, even some tears.There are appearances by some of the CMN kids, giving students a living look at those they are helping, as well as videos throughout the night keeping everyone focused on the goal. This year there were 270+ students committed to dancing the night away. The brightest moment of the night/morning was the revealing of the total raised, this year topping $20,000.  


Here are a few comments from dancers:


I love Dance-Bear-A-Thon because I get to see the kids I'm helping. Dakota and Katie, Dustin and Emma, they are alive because people are giving them money. It's so amazing to see them and to talk to their parents. They have incredible stories, but they are just normal people like me.

-Hannah Nobrega


It's such a great experience to see and dance with the children who are actually receiving the donations. They've gone through so much, and they're so young, yet so full of spirit. Their faces light up when they see you and know what you've done to try and help them.

--Hannah Ellerbrake


While all of the dancing and the events and music were really great, I think the best part of the event is when the kids are there, and you watch the videos depicting their heroic tales of what they've overcome and are still fighting. I actually welled up, thinking about how Children's Miracle Network truly is a miracle!

--Adam Sherwin


There are so many positive things about Dance Bear-a-thon. You get to hang out with those cute kids to see where the money actually goes, you get to spend 12 hours dancing the night away--which definitely helps you lose some weight and tone the legs.

--Jon Stubblefield


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 Student Spotlight


My name is Jonathan Capps and I just started my Junior year here at Missouri State University. My home town in Lebanon, MO so I didn't have to travel far to come to college. I am majoring in Instrumental Music Education, and I am currently involved in several extracurricular activities such as Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, and I am a Team Leader for Student Orientation, Advisement, and Registration. Luckily I have tons of support from my parents to get through it all. Obviously I don't have time to come home and see them as often as I would like, but they still come see me at all of my concerts and support me through everything. Things can always get crazy, but with them always there for me I can make it through it all.


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 Student Services Spotlight: Campus Volunteer Center


The purpose of the Campus Volunteer Center (CVC) is to help Missouri State University students, faculty, and staff become active participants in the Springfield Community. The CVC offers various services for students looking to volunteer.  When community agencies contact the Campus Volunteer Center looking for volunteers a CVC representative places them in the database which is available to all students.


The database is located on the student employment services website under the link to ‘look for a job’. When students access this page they can choose a box that says volunteer opportunities only and search through our listings that way. Another place to look for opportunities is on the Fast Action Bulletin page of the Campus Volunteer Center website. There is also an upcoming events page for a quick glance at what types of volunteer needs are coming up.


     We also have Bear Blitz projects that occur monthly and give students an opportunity to try out new volunteer projects without committing to one place. We have a committee of students that help plan these events so there is opportunity to serve a leadership role within that committee. Last year Bear Blitz helped with Ozark Greenways, Habitat for Humanity, Daffodil Days, and many more.


     We also have our big event for the year, Into the Streets which happens in the fall on a Saturday and we send the Missouri State University community out ‘into the streets’ to serve at various non profit agencies. It is a great chance for students to see what opportunities are available to help them find a place to serve. The Campus Volunteer Center is located in Blair 113 in the Student Employment Services Office or at 417-836-5627


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 Q & A with the Parents Association

Each month we will be taking questions that you have posed and answer them in the cleverly titled Q & A with the Parents Association. If you have questions that you would like to have answered over any area of campus please send them to ParentsAssociation@missouristate.edu.

October 13
Mid-Semester Grade Rosters Available on the Faculty/Advisor Resource Center; Must be Submitted by 10:00 a.m. on October 20
October 13
Last Day to Drop or Withdraw from First Block classes
October 14
First Block Classes End
October 15
Mid-Semester/First Block Final Exams Period
October 15
Fall Deferred Payment Plan Installment Due
October 16 – 17
Fall Holiday (No Classes/Offices Open)
October 20
Second Block Classes Begin
October 20
Mid-Semester Grade Rosters must be submitted on the Faculty/Advisor Resource Center by 10:00 a.m.
October 21
Last Day to Register or Add Second Block Classes; Last day to Drop Second Block Classes at 100% (less $60 for Withdrawals)
October 21
Mid-Semester Grades Available on Web My Information System
October 29
Grading Options Deadlines for Full Semester Classes: Last Date to Drop With Automatic N Grade, Pass/Not-Pass Declaration, and Change to or from Audit
October 31
Last day for instructors to drop students who are not attending second block classes
November 17
Final Deferred Payment Plan Installment Due; Failure to Pay Will Result in Cancellation of Spring 2009 Classes
November 18
Grading Options Deadlines for Second Block Classes: Last Date to Drop With Automatic N Grade, Pass/Not-Pass Declaration, and Change to or from Audit
November 25
Thursday evening (4:00 p.m. or later) classes will meet; Tuesday evening classes will not meet
November 26
Thanksgiving Holiday (No Classes/Offices Open)
November 27 – 30
Thanksgiving Holiday (No Classes/Offices Closed)
December 5
Last Day to Drop or Withdraw from Full Semester or Second Block Classes
December 9
Final Grade Rosters Available on the Faculty/Advisor Resource Center; must be submitted by 12:00 noon on Saturday December 20
December 11
Last Day of Classes
December 12
Study Day (No Classes/Offices Open)
December 13 – 18
Final Exams Period
December 19
Commencement: JQH Arena
December 20 (Saturday)
Final Grade Rosters must be submitted on the Faculty/Advisor Resource Center by 12:00 noon
December 22
Grade Reports Available on the Web My Information System
December 22 – 23
Deans Review Student Grades and Determine Students’ Academic Status
December 24
Transcripts with Fall 2008 Grades Available Beginning Today (may request via My Information)
December 24 – January 4
Holiday Break (No Classes/Offices Closed)
January 8
Transcripts with Fall 2008 Degrees Earned Available Beginning Today
January 9
Diplomas for Fall 2008 Graduates Mailed Beginning Today

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Parents Association – E-Newsletter Ideas and Feedback


Have ideas for future Parents Association E-Newsletter articles? Or have feedback of stories you like or never want to see again. We’d love to hear them! Please send your ideas to us at ParentsAssociation@missouristate.edu.

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