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Ten Parental Habits That Can Negatively Affect Your College Student

As college parents we want the best for our college students.  Many college parents have spent years planning for and working toward their student’s college experience.  They would never intentionally do anything to harm their student’s chances of making the most of his years in college.  However, there are some things that parents do, often unintentionally, that may have negative effects for their student.  16298844169_d054ddaa7b_z

Check this list below and consider whether or not you may be guilty of any of these habits.  Certainly, no parents are guilty of all of these habits.  Many parents may not be guilty of any of these habits.  Unfortunately, all are actions that some parents take at one time or another.  The list may seem harsh, but it gives us all pause, and food for thought.

  • You have too much contact with your college student.  Many parents may have a hard time believing that there can be too much contact.  You are concerned about your student.  You want to know that your student is doing well.  You want to know that your student is happy.  You miss your student.  You want to fill your student in on life at home.  And so you call or text your student several times each day.  Your student calls you to discuss all of her decisions.  You like continuing to be involved in your student’s life.  However, a major part of the college years is the increasing independence that the student experiences.  Sometimes holding on too tightly may hinder that growing confidence and independence.
  • You don’t let your student make his own mistakes.  Sometimes, as parents, you can see the mistake coming.  You know a poor decision at the moment that it is made, or being considered.  You see your student heading down a dangerous path.  Certainly, you should help your student avoid serious mistakes that can have dire consequences – especially if they involve health or safety.  But many mistakes, although they might be avoided, are important life lessons.  Students need to learn to take responsibility for themselves, and that often involves bearing the consequences of their actions.  Letting students make their own mistakes, and learn from them, is an important part of these college years.
  • You encourage your student to come home often during the semester. If your student’s college is close enough to make it feasible, it may seem like a good idea to encourage her to come home on weekends.  Perhaps your student would like to keep a job at home.  You want to make sure she is sleeping and eating well.  You may feel that she should maintain contact with friends at home.  You may feel that she can study better, or avoid partying temptations, at home.  But students who come home often for weekends are less engaged in their college experience.  They have less time to make new friends and get involved in campus activities.  Students who are less engaged in their college experience are at greater risk for leaving school and also often receive poorer grades.
  • You burden your student with problems at home.  You certainly want to help your student stay in contact with home life, and you need to be honest with him about major issues happening at home.  But be careful that you don’t overburden your student with issues about which he can do nothing.  Remember that your student is trying to adjust to being away.  This will be more difficult if he feels guilty about not being at home.
  • You “help” your student by taking care of school issues for him.  Perhaps you know that a deadline is approaching and your student hasn’t dealt with something.  You know that your student should make a deposit or turn in a form or write a letter.  A reminder to your student may be helpful, but doing it for your student may not.  Or perhaps, you know that your student has difficulty getting up in the morning so you call him each day.  Although you may be helping your student in the short term, you are not helping him to gain the independence that will serve him well in the future.
  • You pay bills late, file forms late or miss an important parental deadline. When bills are paid late students often have “holds” placed on their accounts.  This may prevent your student from registering for classes or choosing a dorm room.  This difficulty is compounded if your student doesn’t know that a bill is unpaid or a form unfiled.  She may be frustrated when she doesn’t understand why she can’t do what she needs to do.
  • You are not completely honest on your financial aid forms. When you complete the FAFSA or the Profile or any other scholarship information, double check that your information is entirely accurate.  If there is a discrepancy, your student could lose his financial aid or scholarships.
  • You try to act as your student’s academic advisor – telling her what classes to take or how many credits she should carry.  You may have ideas about courses, and you should certainly discuss your student’s schedule with her, but let the professionals at the college do what they are trained to do.  They may know more about certain classes or sequences of courses.  They have seen students with too many credits who are unable to do quality work.  They have seen the students with too few credits lose focus or need an extra year to complete college. Weigh in, but remind your student that she needs to work with her advisor to plan her course of study.
  • You “heavily edit” your student’s paper, or write your student’s paper, or write a letter or e-mail in your student’s name.  Consider carefully the message that any of these actions send to your student.  Consider carefully whether these will help your student in the long run.  Yes, he may receive a better grade on a paper or in a class, but what is the lesson that he has learned?
  • You forget that you and the college have the same goal: your student’s success.   If you do need to contact the college – through phone, e-mail, or in person, try to be patient and understanding if you don’t get an immediate answer to your question – or you don’t get the answer that you had hoped for.  Sometimes the person to whom you talk may not be the person with the answer.  Remember, too, to be completely honest in any information that you give to the college.  Don’t harm your student by trying to make excuses for him or giving inaccurate information.  The college can’t help if they don’t know the reality of the situation.

Even the best intentioned parent may make an occasional mistake that may affect his student.  We all do the best that we can.  Taking a few minutes to think about the bigger picture or possible consequences of some of our actions can help us avoid what might be some costly mistakes for our students.

(Reprinted from www.collegeparentcentral.com)

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Ask Priscilla! What immunizations does my student need to start classes at Missouri State?

This is a good question. There are some immunizations that are required by the State of Missouri for your student to start his/her classes at Missouri State. Your student isn’t REQUIRED to submit proof of immunizations (except for the ones listed below) but it is highly recommended.  Having this information on file can be useful.  Ask Priscilla_Avatar_MO

At Missouri State, we have a fabulous health facility, Taylor Health and Wellness Center, that is available to help your student while they are on campus.  Taylor Health and Wellness Center’s outstanding staff looks forward to assisting your student with their health and wellness needs.  The services of Taylor Health and Wellness Center, which are available to all members of the University Community, are high quality, convenient and economical.

Please review the information here, look at the website, and visit Taylor Health and Wellness Center when you visit campus.

Missouri law requires:

A. All students who reside in on-campus housing must have received the meningococcal vaccine and a record of this vaccination must be on file at Taylor Health and Wellness Center at least two weeks before you move in to on-campus housing. The only exceptions the law permits are for a signed statement of religious exemption or a physician signed specific statement of medical exemption, and these would need to be on file with the university at least two weeks prior to moving in to on-campus housing.  Your student can NOT move-in to his/her residence hall if proof of vaccination hasn’t been received.

B. Screening of all new students taking a class on campus for tuberculosis risk factors. This survey can be accessed at My Missouri State in the Wellness Section of the Profile tab. This must be completed at least before your student registers for their second semester classes. It is best to complete this sooner than later.  For international students from countries considered endemic (widespread) for TB infection, a test for tuberculosis (TB) is required before or during the first semester at Taylor Health.  It is recommended that all students traveling from countries where tuberculosis is endemic update their TB test 12 weeks after their trip. It is also recommended that all incoming students who are at high risk for TB should
have a current TB test. The ACHA list of endemic TB countries may be found at http://health.missouristate.edu/tbcountries.htm

Students interested in receiving allergy injections or immunizations can go to the Treatment Clinic portion of the Taylor  website or call our Treatment Clinic at 417-836-4020.

Taylor Health and Wellness Center
Missouri State University
901 S. National Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65897
1-417-836-4000 Phone
1-417-836-4133 Fax
Health@missouristate.edu

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Mike Jungers – A Legacy of Commitment to Student Success

Retirements are always a bittersweet time and the retirement of Dean of Students Mike Jungers is no exception. Dean Jungers has been a fixture at MSU for 39 years working in many different areas of the university. Everyone that has crossed paths with Dean Jungers is touched by his kindness, humor, sensitivity and love of our students. Dean Jungers officially retires on June 1st but will be assisting the university with some projects off-and-on.  646

1) You are retiring after 39 years at MSU. What education/career path did you take to get to the position of Dean of Students?  My educational path is not something I would hold up as a model.  My career path was marked by my willingness to explore opportunities beyond my current position.  In every position that I had, I was also contributing to another area of Student Affairs.  In this way, I moved from Residence Life to university conduct, retention, and fraternity coordination, to drug education and prevention programs, to university conduct and disability services, to student conduct and behavioral intervention, and finally into the role of Dean of Students.

2)      In your years at MSU, you’ve seen a lot of change take place. Can you tell us three of the biggest changes you have seen in your time here and what effect those changes had on the student body?  One would be the emergence of the Student Government Association as a representative body of the students to a significant contributor to the landscape and services of the University through first the creation of the Wyrick Fund, followed by the Sustainability Fee, the Recreation Center and Recreation Facility Fees.  Secondly, the recognition of the statewide mission in Public Affairs, the articulation of the three Pillars, and the signature annual events that followed.  Finally, our focus on diversity and inclusion which is causing us as a community to experience some very significant but necessary growing pains.  There is so much room for growth in what we can realize as an institution and in our influence beyond our campus.

3)  A student comes to you and says that he/she is interested in a career in Student Affairs and they would like to know why you chose student affairs and the feedback you would give them on working in student affairs. What would you tell them?  Student Affairs was not so much a choice as it was an evolution.  There is certainly a thread that connects my first role, as an RA and then a SOAR Leader in the late 60’s to my present role as the Dean of Students, but I never looked too far beyond the role I was fulfilling at any given time.  Be prepared to never be richly paid; never say “I’ve seen it all;” expect that there is always more to do and a new group of students to work with; be open to learn about students and about yourself throughout your career; and develop a life beyond your work.

4)  What are your hobbies outside of MSU?   I love to canoe and fish with my friends; road biking for the exercise, solitude, and taking in the world around me; and enjoying art in all its forms with my wife Gayle. How do you balance work/life?  Hmmm, I am not sure that I do.  My meditation is probably my best “balancing act” whether or not the rest of me is in balance.

5)  What is your favorite tradition here at MSU? Why?  It is a tradition practiced at every institution of higher education, but I have to say that my favorite tradition is commencement and the role of undergraduate marshal. So much joy, relief, reflection, friendship, love, pride, satisfaction, and appreciation in JQH Arena. There is no event like it and I feel like I have the very best seat and role in the house.

Read more about Dean Jungers in The Standard.

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Make a Difference – Family Weekend Community Service Opportunity

Family Weekend, September 11-13, is going to be a fun-filled weekend for families to come to campus for a visit with your student, enjoy the first home football game and take part in some great events. We are pleased to offer a community service component to the weekend, a chance for your family to spend a couple of hours packing meals  with Friends Against Hunger, a nonprofit organization with the mission to supply food to hungry people.

Meals A Million is an opportunity for you to unite with a group of volunteers to fight hunger locally and worldwide!

Our Meals

Over several packaging sessions, volunteers will work to package one million meals.  There are two meal varieties: enriched rice and bean meals, which are also gluten-free, and enriched macaroni and cheese meals.  Preparation is simple; just add water and boil until the pasta or rice is cooked to make a complete meal. These meals are well-balanced and vegetarian, and they are enriched with vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.  They also contain soy to supply protein.

 Meal Distribution

Our meals are distributed throughout the United States and to developing countries internationally.  Previous distributions have included Springfield, Joplin, Branson, and Carthage, as well as Tanzania, Mexico, Haiti, and El Salvador.

Family Weekend Volunteer Time

Volunteer spots are reserved just for you from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30p.m. Register with your student for a two-hour shift at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0D48ACAF23ABF49-msubear/19475082! (use password: bearsfamilies).  All volunteers must be elevenDSC_0053 years or older.

 Volunteers are needed to:

·         Add ingredients to bags|
·         Weigh bags
·         Seal bags
·         Box meals and stack boxes (requires lifting 33 lbs)
·         Refill rice and soy into plastic tubes (requires lifting 50 lbs)

Although most activities require standing for two hours, weighing can be done while sitting down.

We need 4,500 volunteers to package one million meals.  Will you be in the count? #CitizenBear

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A Conversation with Justin – Five Things to Remember when Starting College

Before actually starting college, many incoming students are told myths and stories about what college life is all about. I heard it a million times as a SOAR Leader last summer. The problem is that each and every single person will have their own findings and experiences throughout their time at college.  justin1
There are some things that I feel are vital to know before starting here at MSU (which I feel to not be myths!)
1. Involvement is key. It doesn’t matter what you join, rather just that being involved in something outside of the class room is essential to enjoying your time and being successful at Missouri State.
2. Professors want to help. Getting to know your professors sets you up for help inside and outside the class. They are always willing to give additional help on class materials and they serve as great references as your progress in school.
3. It’s time to be responsible. I came into college thinking everything was going to be simple. Whether it was homework, financial matters or times management, I quickly learned that I had to be more disciplined and on top of my actions.
4. Changing your major and class exploration isn’t a bad thing. A majority of students change their major throughout college and going out of your way to truly find what you love is worth it. Being undeclared is never a disadvantage.
5. You’re not alone. Even if you know zero people coming into your freshman year, you’re not the only one in that boat. Don’t be afraid to go out of your way to meet new people.
~Justin
Justin Roberts, a junior year with a double major in Philosophy and Organizational Communication, is from Frisco, Texas.   He is the Family Orientation Coordinator for SOAR 2015, the first to hold this student position in the office. Throughout his time at Missouri State, he has been a SOAR Leader, involved in the Missouri State Disc Golf Club, Student Government Association, and a social fraternity where he served as the chapter president.
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Greek Week 2015 – Fraternity & Sorority Life Awards

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Theta Chi Fraternity – Fraternity of the Year

During Greek Week 2015, the following Fraternity & Sorority Life Awards were handed out. Congratulations to all the winners!

  • Campus Leadership Award: Courtney Bollig
  • Outstanding Faculty/Staff Advisor Award: Jon Bell (advisor for Sigma Pi)
  • Outstanding Male Freshman Award: Chandler Classen
  • Outstanding Female Freshman Award: Savannah Moore
  • Outstanding Male Sophomore Award: Dan Altmann
  • Outstanding Female Sophomore Award: Katie Alexander
  • Outstanding Academic Programming: Alpha Delta Pi
  • Outstanding Scholarship: Alpha Chi Omega
  • Outstanding Philanthropy: Sigma Kappa
  • Community Impact: Alpha Delta Pi
  • Living Your Values: Alpha Sigma Alpha
  • Leadership Development: Sigma Kappa
  • Outstanding New Member Education: Alpha Delta Pi
  • Outstanding Interfraternal Involvement: Alpha Chi Omega
  • Outstanding Parent/Alumni Outreach: Sigma Kappa
  • Outstanding University Outreach: Alpha Chi Omega
  • Outstanding Risk Management Programming: Alpha Chi Omega
  • Outstanding Violence Prevention: Alpha Chi Omega
  • 2014 Highest Fraternity GPA: Theta Chi 3.17
  • 2014 Highest Sorority GPA: Alpha Delta Pi 3.25
  • 2014 Highest Fraternity New Member GPA: Theta Chi 3.185
  • 2014 Highest Sorority New Member GPA: ADPi 3.27
  • 2014 Most Improved Fraternity GPA: Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity Inc.
  • 2014 Most Improved Sorority GPA: Sigma Sigma Sigma
  • 2014 Most Fraternity Community Service Hours: Pi Kappa Alpha 2180.72 hours
  • 2014 Most Sorority Community Service Hours: ADPi 8060.87 hours
  • 2014 Most Fraternity Philanthropic Donations: Pi Kappa Alpha $6,463.12
  • 2014 Most Sorority Philanthropic Donations: Sigma Kappa $22,672.50
  • 2014 Highest Sorority New Member Retention Rate: ADPi
  • 2014 Highest Fraternity New Member Retention Rate: Alpha Gamma Rho
  • Fred and Marty Marty scholarship recipients: Caleb Hearon + Shelby Greninger
  • Living your Values: John Jurss
  • Outstanding Philanthropist: Caleb Hearon
  • Outstanding Female Athlete: Erin Huie​
  • Outstanding Male Athlete: Tyler Stahl
  • Outstanding Male Junior of the Year: Tyler Mathenia
  • ​Outstanding Female Junior of the Year: Ashley Crisafulli
  • Outstanding Male Senior of the Year: Dalton Reeves
  • Outstanding Female Senior of the year: Courtney Baker
  • Outstanding Male President of the Year: Zane Clark
  • Outstanding Female President of the Year: Ashley Crisafulli
  • Man of the Year: Francis Ahrens
  • Woman of the Year: Sara Sabulsky
  • Fraternity Chapter of the Year: Theta Chi
  • Sorority Chapter of the Year: Sigma Kappa
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Summer Jobs Offer More Than a Paycheck

While some students may want to wait until the semester is finished before even thinking about a summer job, that could leave you without any job or with a less-than-desirable job this summer. If you haven’t already lined up your summer work, don’t wait any longer.  zipline

Why should you consider a summer job?

  1. Earn money to spend.
  2. Earn money to save.
  3. Develop skills ranging from problem solving to communication.
  4. Learn about the job search process.
  5. Learn about employers and career fields.
  6. Make connections and network.
  7. Gain workplace experience.
  8. Build your confidence.
  9. Develop strong work ethic.
  10. Eliminate summer boredom.

Here are eight types of summer jobs that are popular with college students.

Internships

The ideal situation is to work in an internship that is related to the career you wish to pursue. This will give you experience, enable you to determine if the career is a good fit for you, and potentially earn money doing this. While many employers may already have hired their interns for the summer, some positions may still be open. JobTracks on the Career Center’s website is a good starting point to discover internships: https://www.myinterfase.com/missouristate/Account/LogOn

 Summer camps

Summer camps typically offer a variety of positions. Your area YMCA is one starting point. For example, the Ozarks Regional YMCA’s Camp Wakonda typically lists available positions on their website: http://bit.ly/1yAnIqV.

Also take a look at your city or county’s park board. In Springfield, for example, the Springfield-Greene County Park Board posts an online application for summer positions: http://bit.ly/1FSLADw.

Amusement parks and attractions

Because most amusement parks are seasonal, many of their staff come from students working during the summer.   For example, Silver Dollar City in Branson hires for positions ranging from tickets to food service: http://bit.ly/1FYugQ6. Worlds of Fun in Kansas City (https://www.worldsoffun.com/jobs) and Six Flags St. Louis (http://bit.ly/1Hy8XqP) also have a variety of seasonal jobs.   For individuals craving some excitement, CoolWorks.com is a website you might explore. Jobs range from working in national parks to resorts to ranches. You can search by type of position as well as by location.

Restaurant and hospitality

For many people, summer means vacation, which often equates to traveling, staying in hotels/motels, and eating out. This often translates to increased hiring needs. Hcareers.com is a niche job board dedicated to hotel and hospitality jobs.  Summer is a time when many people take on projects around their homes, so retailers such as home improvement stores and gardening centers often have a need for summer employees.

Landscaping and lawn service

Just as summer is often a time for home improvement, it also is peak growing season, which means more jobs in lawn maintenance and landscaping.

 Childcare

Elementary students may be out of school, but often their parents still have to work. If you work with a nanny agency, you never should pay a fee; any fees should be paid by the family hiring the nanny.

You can find temporary jobs through—

Students in St. Louis or Kansas City might want to check out the Summer Job League: https://summerjobs.mo.gov/summerjobs. Established by the Missouri Division of Workforce Development, this program aims to help income-eligible youth between the ages of 16 and 24 obtain summer work experience.

It’s not too late to get a summer job, but the clock is ticking. A summer job offers more than a paycheck, so use this opportunity also to gain experience, develop skills, and build relationships.

(Valerie Kidd, ValerieTurner@MissouriState.edu, Career Resources Specialist, Missouri State Career Center)

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3 Tips to Start Your Networking Process

Networking. For some, this word confuses or terrifies. This article defines networking and provides three tips to make the process less terrifying.  campus

What is networking? At the basic level, networking is relationship building. Obviously, building relationships takes time. This is why the Career Center strongly encourages students early in their college experience to get involved in on- and off-campus activities, meet people, and develop relationships. Students can begin by exploring any of the more than 300 student organizations at Missouri State: (http://organizations.missouristate.edu/guide/) However, it never is too late to get involved and meet new people.

Why is networking important? The majority of job openings—some sources say as much as 90%—are never advertised. So how do people learn of job openings? Through “word of mouth,” which often is not a direct connection. Instead, we often learn of opportunities through more indirect routes—from “someone who knows someone who knows someone.” In your network of contacts you may discover someone who is willing to mentor you—giving you advice and helping you navigate turbulence in your career. Then after you begin your career, you can help others who are starting their careers. And the cycle continues.

Following are three tips for developing a network of contacts.

Tip #1: Start with the people you know.

Family and friends of family: Whether or not family members work in the career that you’re pursuing, they may know people in that field. For example, you may discover that a parent or sibling went to school with someone who’s now working in that profession.

Friends and family of friends: Because we share interests with our friends, it makes sense that we often gravitate toward the same professions. If a friend has established a positive reputation in his/her career, then a referral for you may open doors. In addition, we often don’t discuss the professions of our friends’ families, so this may be a helpful, untapped resource.

Current and former teachers: Teachers often stay connected with their former students, so they may be able to provide you with a contact.

Individuals in the community: You probably have already established several contacts with people in the community through volunteer organizations and religious and political affiliations.

Tip #2: Use social media.

LinkedIn is one of the best social media sites for networking at the professional level. Not only can you join groups related to your career and interests, but you also can connect with alumni. Social media is great for staying in touch with people from all over the globe and for establishing connections (for example, a Facebook friend of your friend could become your new connection).

Tip #3: Get away from social media.

Some studies claim that people who spend too much time on their devices have more difficulty when it comes to talking with people face-to-face. Although social media seems to have been specially designed with introverts in mind, too much time spent on devices could have negative ramifications for people who already struggle with meeting new people.

Get involved with campus and community organizations and events. When you attend events, talk to people. Ask them about themselves and get to know them. While social media is a good starting point to introduce you and keep you updated, it can’t replace the impact that face-to-face meetings have.

If the idea of talking to strangers feels too intimidating, then you might want to explore the advice offered by Debra Fine, author of The Fine Art of Small Talk (http://www.debrafine.com/). In her book, articles, and website, Fine provides several tips. For example, when attending a function, we should prepare ahead of time three things to talk to people about, listen more than we talk, and make sure our body language communicates confidence.

 

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Ask Priscilla! Should I attend SOAR (Student Orientation, Advisement & Registration) with my student?

Family members are invited and encouraged to attend SOAR. And from my vantage point as a mother with daughters in college, I think you should go. Isn’t this when the “experts” say you should give your student independence? Yes, it is highly recommended that the student be given room to grow. But that doesn’t mean your involvement has to end; it’s just a different kind of involvement.  Ask Priscilla_Avatar_MO

SOAR is a great example. Even if your grown-up student thinks there’s no need for you to be there, the truth is they’ll hardly know you’re around. During SOAR, you will not be with them the entire time — they go to the student program and you, of course, go to the family program. At various times throughout SOAR you’ll meet back up with your student to catch up and share what you’ve learned.

There are numerous reasons you should attend, but here are two important ones:

Attending SOAR with your student affords you one last chance to bond.

Even though you’re not together for the whole event, the time you do spend together during SOAR will help you find out what’s important to your student, what they’re interested in, what they’re concerned about, what they’re hoping for. It’s an opportunity for you to be there for them, to listen and learn and to help as needed.

The family orientation program offers you the opportunity to ease your mind.

At my oldest daughter’s orientation, I wanted to know about health care: Where do students go if they get sick? The family orientation program is designed to answer questions most pressing to family members. You’ll find out about student health services and wellness centers; learn about campus safety and student organizations; and meet the professionals at the university.

There is also an emotional component to attending SOAR. When a student leaves for college, the entire family goes through a transition. At SOAR, you will meet other parents who are not exactly sure what’s in store. You will also meet parents who have “been there, done that” and can serve as a wealth of knowledge and support. You can share stories, make connections, learn how to encourage your student while still letting them grow, find dates of important campus events such as Spring Family Day and Family Weekend. Family Weekend is a great time to return to campus, visit your student and the school through his or her eyes. And yes, take them shopping while you are in town!

As you can tell, I’m a strong advocate for attending SOAR. For me, it was an important part of the process of raising my daughters and allowing them the freedom to follow their dreams. At each orientation, I learned how things worked on campus and what my daughter’s first-year experience would be like. I made new friends. Most importantly, I came away with a sense of peace. I wasn’t as anxious as I had been because I saw the school (rather than just touring it), met the key players, and discovered that the faculty, staff, and administration wanted to see my students succeed as much as I do. That made everything worthwhile.

Here is some practical advice to help you get the most out of SOAR:

  1. Wear comfortable shoes! You will be doing a lot of walking.
  2. Come prepared to get lots (and I do mean lots) of great information and many pamphlets, flyers, etc.
  3. Bring a sweater (for some reason conference rooms are all cold, no matter where they are).
  4. Accept that you will need time to process everything you hear.
  5. Plan on being tired (but the good kind of tired).
  6. Most importantly, encourage your student and enjoy yourself!
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What’s Going on at the Meyer Library

Meyer Library is sponsoring, “Sustainable Agriculture: A Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the People”, April 14, 2015 at 5:30 pm11008409_809472109121354_1157570979258783374_n.  The program will be presented in Room 101 (Auditorium) of the Library.  Dr. John E. Ikerd, a native of Southwest Missouri, will be presenting the program.  He is Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics, at the University of Missouri, Columbia.  Everyone is welcome and it is free.   This issue is especially applicable to Missouri.

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