What’s DSA?

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The Department of Student Activities, a part of the Missouri Students Association,  is responsible for tailoring quality programming for the students of the University of Missouri. The department brainstorms and constructs activities based upon assessment of the student body’s interests and then implements those events through an effective marketing and management strategy.

Director- Deja Alexander, da7t3@mail.missouri.edu
Assistant Director- Tyler Parton, tjp8bf@mail.missouri.edu
Photographer- Casey Scott, csskv5@mail.missouri.edu
Photographer- Thomas Officer, tboc68@mail.missouri.edu
Marketing- Adam Bexten, ajbc3b@mail.missouri.edu
Marketing- Neeti Butala, nb88b@mail.missouri.edu
DSA is broken into six committees, each of which focus on bringing a diverse group of events:

Black Programming

The Black Programming Committee produces shows and activities that appeal to the cultural and popular interests of the African American student population, and for the cultural enrichment of the student population as a whole. The BPC produces events on the third Thursday of each month in addition to supplementary events each semester. It hosts an annual Homecoming Show that has featured comedians and spoken word poets. The committee also works with other groups on campus such as the Legion of Black Collegians, the Gaines Oldham Black Culture Center and Four Front to plan events to promote diversity and educate the MU community about African American issues.

Black Programming Committee meetings are Mondays at 5 p.m. in Arts and Science Rm. 113.

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College Music

The College Music Committee is responsible for bringing concerts to campus and planning other such music related activities. Concerts are placed in Jesse Auditorium, Peace Park, Lowry Mall, the Blue Note, the Hearnes Center or any other venue necessary for the show to be successful. CMC has brought such acts as Fun., Kendrick Lamar, Icona Pop/Matt and Kim/Passion Pit, B.o.B, Imagine Dragons, and so many more! The committee has also worked with the Residence Hall Association to plan a student vocal competition, Mizzou Idol. CMC brings both national and regional music to the MU campus from all genres. Every program that CMC facilitates is created in an attempt to reach the broad range of musical tastes that MU students have.

College Music Committee meetings are Wednesdays at 5 p.m. in Strickland Rm. 105, beginning Sept. 14.

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Films

The Films Committee is in charge of planning an annual film series that features Hollywood movies, independent films, documentaries and foreign films. Wednesday films are free and typically start at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday films are $1 and usually have two showtimes, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Most films are shown at Jesse Wrench Auditorium inside Memorial Union except for a couple during Fall Welcome that are on an inflatable screen on Lowry Mall. The committee meets prior to each semester’s start to plan out the next semester’s entire film roster and then also works with production companies and local theaters to have prescreens of select newly released films. The committee also has a Reading Day film for $1 with pizza and drinks.

Films Committee meetings are Tuesdays at 5 p.m. in 2514 MU Student Center

Contact:

Sasha Kochurova, abk3qf@mail.missouri.edu

International Programming

The International Programming Committee produces shows and activities that appeal to the international student population, and for the cultural enrichment of the student population as a whole. IPC’s main focus is to promote interaction between International and American students on campus through various programs that are both educational and entertaining. IPC works with the Missouri International Student Council to do semiannual International Welcome Parties for incoming International students that also show off several international student organizations to the broader campus population. Other events include the International Bazaar in September, International Nite in spring, outdoor festivals and international holiday celebrations and the Mystical Arts of Tibet, which toured at MU in October 2009.

International Programming Committee meetings are Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. in the Center for Student Involvement.

Contact:

Jeremy Evers, jbekcc@mail.missouri.edu

Speakers

The Speakers Committee brings educational, enriching, and interesting speakers to campus in attempt to attract a variety of students. Speakers that the committee brings include actors, journalists, celebrities, cultural icons and more. Each guest lecturer is chosen based on their appeal to students, relevance to contemporary issues and embodiment of the University of Missouri’s ideals of Respect, Responsibility, Discovery and Excellence. Some speakers that have come to campus include actor/producer Joseph Gordon-Levitt, journalists Lisa Ling, Maya Angelou, actor Adrian Grenier, Tony LaRussa, and so many more!

Speakers Committee meetings are biweekly, Wednesdays at 5 p.m., in DSA space.

Contact:

Lauren Giwa-Amu, llgd36@mail.missouri.edu

Special Events

The Special Events Committee is responsible for programming comedians, novelty events around campus, and student competitions. In 2012, the committee brought Seth Meyers, Nick Offerman, and Mike Birbiglia to provide excellent stand-up shows for campus. The committee also plans Happy Hour at the Alpine Tower each semester giving students a free opportunity to climb the Alpine Tower near Epple Field. Each program Special Events provides tries to appeal to every student on campus.

Special Events Committee meetings are Tuesdays at 5 p.m. in DSA space.

Contact:

Jessica Hawkins, jnhp77@mail.missouri.edu

 

Get Involved with DSA

Interested in Joining a Committee? Attend their next meeting to find out how!

College Music Committee: Wednesdays at 5 p.m. in Strickland Rm. 105, beginning Sept. 14.

Speakers Committee: Wednesdays at 5 p.m., location to be determined.

Films Committee: Tuesdays at 5 p.m. in 2514 MU Student Center.

Black Programming Committee: Mondays at 5 p.m. in Arts and Science Rm. 113.

International Programming Committee: Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. in the Center for Student Involvement.

Special Events Committee: Thursdays at 7 p.m. in 2514 MU Student Center.