Excitement Builds for New Semester
Students will return to the classroom at the University of Missouri on Aug. 20, but there are a host of events and activities planned for incoming and returning students before they ever crack open a textbook. Regular registration for the fall 2018 semester begins Monday, Aug. 13, and students can begin moving into MU residence halls on Wednesday, Aug. 15.
Aug. 15 also is the start of Welcome Week, a series of events designed to welcome new students as they begin college life at Mizzou. In addition to the residence hall move-in, Aug. 15 features First Roar Kickoff, where students can join Mizzou athletic coaches, the chancellor, the MSA president, and other guests in Mizzou Arena. Students will receive a free First Roar shirt, learn various Mizzou traditions, and take a class photo.
On Aug. 17, students are welcome to “Paint the M.” The tradition of painting the Rock M at Memorial Stadium began in 1927 and continues today. Students can join fellow members of their incoming class to help preserve this tradition by whitewashing the M at Faurot Field. You must wear closed-toe shoes to participate.
Sunday, Aug. 19 features an all-campus pizza party and Tiger Walk, featuring freshmen walking through the Columns signifying their entrance into the university, followed by a reception complete with Tiger Stripe ice cream and a performance by Marching Mizzou and the Spirit Squad. For a complete listing of Welcome Week events on campus, visit the Mizzou Life calendar: mizzoulife.missouri.edu/events/
On Aug. 17, students in the College of Arts and Science will showcase their experiences with study abroad, undergraduate research mentorships, and internships from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Stotler Lounge in Memorial Union North. Students, faculty, and staff also will have an opportunity to meet the deans in the college, including the newest additions, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies Nicole Monnier and Associate Dean for Research J. Chris Pires. The college’s various schools, departments, and divisions are each hosting Welcome Week events, which you can find here: coas.missouri.edu/event/arts-science-fall-welcome-events
College Colors Day wraps up the month of August on the 31st, so be sure to wear black and gold to show your school spirit. Then on Sept. 14, Dean Patricia Okker hosts the college's annual reception in Stotler Lounge to kick off the fall semester and to welcome new faculty and staff to campus. Arts and Science is welcoming 26 new faculty members to the college this semester; 24 faculty members in A&S have received promotions and begin the semester with new titles. The September reception is an invitation-only event. For more information, please contact Amanda Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The college also is pairing up with the College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources to host a career and internship fair in the MU Student Rec Center on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 12–4 p.m. All Mizzou students are invited to attend; it is an outstanding opportunity for students to meet and network with employers from a wide variety of industries. Professional or business casual attire is required along with an ID.
Finally, if you have family or friends on either side of the state, let them know about Beyond Campus, an event series that showcases the range and relevance of the college’s research and programs. For example, on Sept. 18, Associate Professor Libby Cowgill will discuss “Neandertals as People: Exploring the Lives of Humans in the Past” at the Museum at Prairiefire in Overland Park, Kansas. On Sept. 25, Curators’ Professor of Psychological Sciences Kenneth J. Sher will visit the Cortex Innovation Community in St. Louis to ask, “Personality & Alcoholism: What’s the Connection?”
Fall 2018 is going to be a great semester, Tigers. M-I-Z!