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E-Newsletter - February 2007

Welcome to the February edition of the Parents Association E-Newsletter.  In this issue:

A New Look for the Parents Association E-Newsletter

Welcome to the brand-new Parents Association E-Newsletter!   We've decided to make a few changes that we hope you will all enjoy.  Instead of creating documents to e-mail to everyone in the Parents Association, we created a new section of the Parents Association website that will hold future editions of the E-Newsletter.  We did this for a couple of reasons. 

First, we know that space is precious in e-mail inboxes, and documents mailed to you can take up a lot of that space.  We don't want an E-Newsletter to fill your inbox and keep you from receiving mail from your students, other family members, friends, coworkers, and business partners.

Second, not everyone has the time and energy to archive the past editions of the E-Newsletter.  By putting them on our website, not only will you be able to browse past issues, but you can view them at any time and from any computer.  You'll no longer have to have access to your own e-mail account or hard drive to review past issues.  All you'll need is a web browser!

We hope these changes benefit you.  We're always looking for new ideas and feedback to improve the Parents Association; please let us know how we're doing.  As always, feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you have.

Enjoy the E-Newsletter, and have a great day, parents!

Joe Morris
Orientation Coordinator

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Missouri State Deals with Aftermath of Ice Storm

The Missouri State University community, along with city of Springfield and much of the Midwest, are breathing a sigh of relief as life returns to normal after the devastating ice storm that struck on the weekend of January 13.  The Springfield News-Leader recently reported that government agencies in Greene County have sustained an estimated $40 million in damages.  At its peak, the storm left an estimated 75,000 people without electricity.

In the midst of the ordeal, Missouri State opened the doors of McDonald Arena to serve as a shelter for displaced residents with medical and mental health needs.  Faculty, staff, administrators and students all pitched in and assisted with efforts to care for these individuals.  Representatives of Missouri State’s Counseling and Testing Center and Counseling students provided crisis intervention and listening ears.  Physicians from the Taylor Health and Wellness Center offered medical assistance while Sodexho Dining Services supplied and provided food through the week.

The level of student volunteerism at the shelter was phenomenal and inspiring.  University President Michael Nietzel noted that one student baked cakes for shelter residents even after working four straight 17-hour shifts.  The spirits of the shelter’s residents rose, he said, from their conversations and engagements with the students.

While the storm has passed, the campus community is still feeling the effects of the storm.  After the storm system swept through the area the level of destruction caused by the disaster, along with widespread power outages and safety concerns, led officials at Missouri State to cancel the first week of classes.  The administration has decided not to extend the number of days in class, which has caused some course instructors to alter their semester teaching plans.  While classes have not been extended, many of our academic dates and deadlines have adjusted to assist students in dealing with the delay.

The campus property is also dealing with the aftermath of the storm.  Many of the campus’s trees have been significantly damaged.  The Grounds crew removed over eighty trees, and countless others bear the signs of missing limbs.  One tree planted as a memorial for late groundskeeper Gregory Dean Gardner also had to be removed.

Dr Joel Waxman clears fallen and low hanging branches after an ice storm hit Springfield, Missouri.   Photo: AP
Dr. Joel Waxman, Springfield, MO resident, clears fallen and low hanging branches so he can make it to St. John's Regional Health Care Center.  
Photo: Associated Press

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Missouri State celebrates African-American Heritage Month

February is African-American Heritage Month, and Missouri State is celebrating the month with a variety of activities and programs.  The African-American Heritage Month Committee has coordinated a number of these events.

The entire campus community is encouraged to attend.  Alison Hahn, an admistrative secretary and member of the African-American Heritage Month Committee, recently told the Standard, “These events include a panel discussion featuring Missouri State faculty, staff, and students having an open discussion on racism, discrimination, and especially the ‘N’ word.  There are also several featured lecturers.”  Invited to speak this month are AIDS activist J.L. King, author Daryl Davis, and archaeologist Dr. Timothy Baumann. 

In addition to panels and lecturers, other events will commemorate contributions to society made by African Americans.  Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts will host theatrical productions concerning the African American experience, including “John Amos’ Halley’s Comet,” “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” and “Ain’t I a Woman!”  On March 3, the Association of Black Collegians will host a fashion show featuring new minority fashion trends. Students in BMS 110 Lab

For more information about African-American Heritage Month celebrations, please visit the Office of Multicultural Student Services’ website at multicultural.missouristate.edu.

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Family Day Weekend

Mark your calendars!  Missouri State’s Family Weekend will be held on the weekend of October 6, 2007.  Planning for the event is just beginning, and we would appreciate your input.  Please e-mail us at ParentsAssociation@MissouriState.edu if you have ideas for events or programs you would like to see at Family Weekend.

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Up 'Til Dawn

Missouri State students recently took the initiative to bring a new philanthropy to campus.  Up ‘til Dawn is a student-led and student-run fundraising event which benefits St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.   Senior Emilie Franke and an executive board comprised of approximately twenty students worked to bring the event to Missouri State.

To help the cause, students participated in a letter-writing campaign asking family and friends for contributions.  Other fundraisers included a car wash and holiday gift wrapping.  In just its first year Missouri State raised over $108,000, ranking third out of almost 200 participating schools around the nation for money raised.

Up ‘til Dawn was brought to a close with a huge finale event held in McDonald Arena on Friday, January 26.  The entire campus was invited to attend and celebrate the success of the program, whether individuals participated or not.  The finale included speeches from St. Jude patients and their families, live bands, comedy shows, inflatable games, and giveaways.  Event coordinators say they hope that the immense success of Up ‘til Dawn in its inaugural year will raise awareness about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and make the event more successful in years to come.

St. Jude, founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, has the sole purpose of conducting basic and clinical research into catastrophic childhood diseases.  Patients never pay for treatment not covered by insurance, and those without insurance are never asked to pay.  All research and findings are openly shared with the public. More information about St. Jude can be found at www.stjude.org.

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Relay for Life

In April, Missouri State University will host its fifth annual Relay for Life.  This event is hosted by the American Cancer Society and executed by a planning committee made up of Missouri State students.  Relay for Life is the primary fundraising event for the American Cancer Society.  The Missouri State Relay for Life event has recently received awards for being the number one per capita collegiate event in the Highland Division, comprised of Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, Texas and Hawaii.  The collegiate event has also been ranked third nation-wide among other collegiate events.

Invitations to participate in fundraising efforts are extended to everyone on the Missouri State campus, and teams are made up of six to fourteen people.  Team Kick-off started January 23, and fundraising efforts are currently underway. This year the event will be held on April 21 at the Plaster Sports Complex. Individual donations to the event can be made online at www.acsevents.org/missouristate/.

Further information about the event can be found on the Missouri State website or by contacting the event chair, Josh Stoffregen, stoffregen317@missouristate.edu

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Parent 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 ParentsAssociation@MissouriState.edu.

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Important Student Dates and Deadlines for February and March

Your student and you may want to be aware fo 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

February 13
Semester Audit from 8:00 a.m. to noon (No drops, withdrawals, change of schedules, grade changes, etc. processed today; however, forms/requests will be accepted and processed at a later time.)

February 15
Deferred Payment Plan Installment Due

February 16
Grading Options Deadlines for First Block Classes: Drop With Automatic N Grade, Pass/Not-Pass Declaration, and Change to or from Audit Deadlines

February 19
Presidents’ Day Holiday (No Classes/Offices Closed)

February 22
Monday Evening (4:00 p.m. or later) Classes Meet; Thursday Evening Classes Do Not Meet

March 7
Last Day to Drop or Withdraw from First Block classes

March 9
First Block Classes End

March 12
Second Block Classes Begin

March 13
Last Day to Register or Add Second Block Classes; Last day to Drop Second Block Classes at 100% (less $60 for Withdrawals)

March 15
Mid-Semester Grades Available on Web My Information System
Deferred Payment Plan Installment Due

March 17-25
Spring Break (No Classes/Offices Open)

March 29
Grading Options Deadlines for Full Semester Classes: Drop With Automatic N Grade, Pass/Not-Pass Declaration, and Change to or from Audit Deadlines.