Benefits and perks on Mizzou's campus

Thursday, July 29, 2010 | 12:01 a.m. CDT; updated 10:40 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The item on homecoming has been changed to reflect the fact that there is no 5K run this year and tickets are still available for the talent show.

Australian exchange student Sophie Lewis scouted the MU campus and settled on her favorite places to be and resources to use.

1.    MizzouRec

The MU Student Recreation Center offers three sprawling floors of fitness. On the first level, there's an indoor competitive pool with diving facilities. Truman’s Pond is for sunbaking and relaxing outdoors. And Tiger Grotto is another indoor, recreational pool with a hot tub and waterfall.

Level 1 also has a pump exercise room, racquet sport courts, rock climbing walls — including Scroggs’ Peak 35.5-foot climbing tower — and a martial arts studio.

Head up to Level 2 for the cardiovascular fitness room (also known as the jungle gym), the quiet room and Red Hall Beverage Co.

Level 3 has an indoor running track and the TigerX studios.

Other outdoor facilities include Epple Tennis Park and Stankowski Turf Fields,  suitable for flag football and soccer, an outdoor running track and volleyball pits.

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3. Concert Series at Jesse Hall

The University Concert Series attracts live performances by well-known artists to Jesse Hall. MU students can receive advance tickets at discounted rates.

Highlights this fall include:

  • LeAnn Rimes Acoustic Show; Sunday, Sept. 14; $27, $37, $42.
  • “Fiddler on the Roof”; Thursday, Oct. 14; $27, $32, $37.
  •  “Spring Awakening, the Musical”; Tuesday, Oct. 26; $27, $32, $37.

4. Buck’s Ice Cream

Located on the south side of Eckles Hall, at College Avenue and Rollins Road, Buck's serves fresh ice cream in a wide choice of flavors, from tiger stripe to mocha fudge and peach yogurt.

5. MU Bookstore

Textbooks and class materials can be bought under the one roof at the bookstore, 911 E. Rollins. Downstairs at TigerTech are laptops, mobile phones and other electronic devices to meet gear needs.

The bookstore also has a vast array of Mizzou merchandise — mugs, flags, T-shirts, jumpers, hats, wallets, shorts and more. Freshmen: Your future wardrobes are waiting.

6. Memorial Union

Located opposite the main library, the Memorial Union has meeting rooms, lounges and restaurants.

Special events and services centered around student life are organized through the unions to meet the needs of the university community.

For more information phone Joe Hayes: (573) 882-6310.

7.  A.L. Gustin Golf Course

The 18-hole golf course on Stadium Boulevard owned by MU is home to a number of tournaments and golfing competitions, including Show Me State Games. MU students pay just $18 for entry during the week, $23 on the weekends.

Take advantage of evening golf sessions and receive a discounted $15 twilight fee. Season passes, golf lessons and carts are also available. Call (573) 882-6016.

8.  Mizzou Markets

A one-stop shop to meet your basic food and stationary needs, the four Mizzou Markets are open 24 hours during the regular semesters and offer both frozen and standard food sections.

Mizzou Market-Hitt Street in Pershing Commons includes a Subway and Noble Roman’s Pizza.

9.  Mizzou libraries

Ellis Library is the major library on campus and has in-depth resource materials for studies in social and basic sciences and the humanities. There are also subject-specific libraries, such as journalism, law, geology, engineering, health sciences, mathematics and veterinary medicine.

The vast collection of resource materials range from rare books and government documents to periodicals and electronic data.

The Bookmark Cafe at Ellis, a coffee house within the library, is located on the ground floor near the west entrance. The menu includes coffee, tea, soda, juice, pastries and cookies.

10.  Mizzou Career Center

The MU Career Center provides information, advice and training for future job-seekers and those wanting to retain employment.

From resume drafting to interview techniques, the center offers one-on-one support from trained staff who will help you get through the tough steps of finding a job.

A handy tip: Ask around campus about jobs at the rec center, bookstore and dining halls that employ MU students.

Contact info: MU Career Center: 201 Student Success Center; 909 Lowry Mall. (573) 882-6801

11. Mizzou After Dark

Mizzou After Dark puts together activities for students outside of class hours. Concerts, movies, dating games, beading nights and a capella performances are all part of the year-long free offerings.

Follow the Mizzou After Dark Facebook page for upcoming performances and shows.

Contact info: 2500 MU Student Center; (573 )882 3780;

12.  Health Services

If a student is sick, someone can help. MU health services are designed to help with everything from depression to drug addiction to relaxation strategies to nutrition.

Student Health Center: Fourth floor; University Physicians Medical Bldg., 1101 Hospital Drive; (573) 882-7481.

Wellness Resource Center: 200 Bingham Commons; (573) 882-4634.

University Hospital: One Hospital Drive; (573) 882-4141.

University Hospital Pharmacy: main lobby of University Hospital; (573) 882-8600. Open: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

13. Bingham Gallery

The gallery offers lectures and exhibitions that showcase prints, drawings and paintings. The current exhibition “Lifetime Achievement Showcase: Part Three Jerry Berneche and Brooke Cameron” runs until Aug. 26.

Contact info: A126 Fine Arts Gallery, corner of Hitt Street and University Avenue; (573) 882-3555.

14.  Zou Crew

Zou Crew is the official student cheering section of the MU men's basketball. It is housed in the department of student life.

Sign up in the first week of October and enjoy reserved seating in the first 15 rows of the arena at home games.

For more information: 2500 MU Student Center; (573) 882-4965.

15.  Services for students with disabilities

MU encourages equal access to services and education for all students.

Take a look at disability resources, an extensive list of departments and guidelines that students can access for assistance.

The university has wheelchair-accessible walkways, toilets and entrances.

Contact info: Disability Services Offices: S5 Memorial Union; (573) 882-4696.

16. Marching Mizzou

Bask in the tradition of renowned musical performances by Marching Mizzou.

It is the most visible ensemble in the MU School of Music and the largest student organization on campus, with students from nearly every major within the university.

Auditions are held throughout the spring semester and during Summer Welcome. An audition consists of a short, prepared piece (18-24 bars), two scales, sight reading and a brief interview.

For more information contact director Brad Show:

17. Homecoming

Lock Saturday, Oct. 23, into your planner. 

Who wouldn’t want to be a part of what Mizzou calls the largest student-run homecoming in the country? There's as parade, house decorations, food drive, blood drive and four nights of a talent show in Jesse Hall.

And, of course, the football game against the University of Oklahoma.

MU likes to say that it started the national tradition of homecoming in 1911, and it has spread to hundreds of campuses.

For more information contact the Mizzou Alumni Association. 123 Reynolds Alumni Center; (573) 882-6611.

18. So much food, so little time

There are so many food choices in and around campus. Student favorites on campus include Plaza 900 and the Pavilion at Dobbs.

Off campus, there's Starbucks, Ingredient, Bangkok Gardens, Sycamore, Bleu, Addisons, Chipotle, Kaldi's, Lakota, Panera Bread, Which Wich sandwiches, Baja Grill, Harper's and so many more.

19.  Mizzou Meat Market

The meat market is courtesy of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. It offers ongoing meat specials, coupled with top quality meat.

Location: east of the corner of College Avenue and Rollins Road. Open: noon-5:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday.

20. Living on campus means you are close to everything

Yes, you can jump out of bed 10 minutes before class starts and still make it to class on time. Happy sleeping!

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