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CNAS NEWS – December 15, 2014

It was such a joy to recognize the December CNAS graduates on Friday!!!  Thank you for all of your work with students! 

Enjoy the break and I’ll see you back on campus January 5 when the university re-opens for 2015.     

I would like to meet with all faculty in 2015 to learn more about the opportunities and challenges that you see in front of us in 2015 and over the next 5-10 years.  I’ll provide coffee, tea and either donuts or cookies.  Gale Lininger will be contacting you about scheduling in January.  Each group will include approximately 10 faculty.  For those who have more to share – I am always available to meet with faculty and staff in CNAS! 




It is time for me to submit names for news articles again – especially students.  Please send me the names of students (both undergraduate and graduate) and let me know why they are special (research, leadership, or service).   Today’s Springfield Newsleader article about a biology major is a great feature and highlights the many capabilities of our students and graduates!!!

If someone contacts you about an interview for Mind’s Eye – it means that you have been nominated by your department head or me.  Please say yes!  It is a great way to share your accomplishments to the public.


A few calendar notes for 2015.  Please mark your calendars!

                Spring Semester Classes start on January 12

                Faculty Annual Reports are due to department heads on February 9 (Please update your research information in Digital Measures by this date as well!)

                Nominations for CNAS Awards are due from personnel committees by March 24, 2014-2015 CNAS Awards Policy V4_A

                CNAS Undergraduate Research Day – Friday, April 24

                Graduate College Interdisciplinary Forum – Saturday, April 25

                CNAS Faculty/Staff Awards Reception – Monday, April 27 at 4:00 PM in Temple 001


                There are a number of opportunities in January/February to interact with future students –

                January 31 – Presidential Scholarship Interviews will take place on this date.  The college will set up a table to answer questions about our majors.

                Missouri HS counselors will be bringing students to campus on February 4 and 11.

                February 21 – Interviews for Multicultural Scholarships will take place on this date.  The college will set up a table to answer questions about our majors.

                If you are interested in helping with any of these events – please contact Associate Dean Xingping Sun. 


SPRING 2015 – CNAS Public Lecture Series – Contact Dr. Bob Patterson if you are interested in speaking!

February 10        Dr. Brian Greene (BIO) 

March 17             Dr. Laszlo Kovacs (BIO)

April 7                   TBA                    

Any book suggestions?  I’m looking for something good to read during break! 



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CNAS NEWS – November 24, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Top 10 Things that I am thankful for this week –

#1 – I am thankful for outstanding faculty who go above and beyond to do quality research, prepare MSU students for the future and serve our community.  I so enjoy reading about your good works in the news (see below) and I enjoy hearing from students about their great courses!

#2 – I am thankful for great department heads and associate deans who serve on the front line.  Their job duties have grown significantly over the last 10 years!

#3 – I am thankful for outstanding staff!  The college would not be in the great position that we are today if it were not for the staff who support all of the academic and research and outreach activities in the college.

#4 – I am thankful for students – students with great questions, students with great answers, students who challenge the status quo, students who strive to be the best!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

#5 – Diversity – I am thankful that I work with a diverse group of colleagues and that we have a diverse group of students on our campus.  I appreciate the opportunity to learn from each of you!  Our cultures and backgrounds may be different but our similarities are many.  My hopes and dreams for the future are that we continue to have open/honest conversations and strive for peace and justice for all.  Will it be easy?  No.  Will it be worth it?  Yes.

#6 – I am thankful for the work that our university has done related to issues of sustainability and energy savings.  We have made mighty strides although we have much work to do.

#7 – I am thankful for family and friends who keep me grounded.

#8 – I am thankful for my peers (fellow deans) and for administrative leaders on campus who work hard each and every day to help make this university a better place.  Seeing us all work together helps makes the hard work worth it!

#9 – I am thankful that I have the freedom to read any book that I choose and I am thankful for my book club!

#10 – I am thankful for sunshine and moonlight and the stars in the sky!  The lights are always there!


Check out the Chemistry Fall 2014 Newsletter_final  and HRA  http://www.missouristate.edu/hra/  fall 2014 newsletters!


Newly funded projects –

Day Ligon (Biology) – Congratulations on your continuing agreement with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation for your project “Assessing the Extent and Density of Chicken Turtle Populations in Southeastern Oklahoma”!

Bob Pavlowsky and Marc Owen (OEWRI) – Congratulations on the continuation of the James River MS4/TMDL monitoring  plan implementation with Greene County!

Diane May and Dorothy Wittorf-Sandgren (CRPM) – Congratulations on another year of the Homeland Security Grant and Work Program with SMCOG from the Missouri Office of Homeland Security!






Contact your department head and me with news!


PSIP Applications are due to the Dean’s office on December 12, 2014  – http://www.missouristate.edu/provost/psip.htm


MSU Foundation Awards for Excellence in Teaching, Research, and Service

Nominations for 2014–2015 are being accepted now

The Missouri State University Foundation Awards for Excellence in Teaching, Research, and Service are intended to provide incentives for continued performance to a select number of full-time faculty who evidence significant accomplishments in teaching, research and/or creative activities and service. The awards are funded by the MSU Foundation.

Six awards are presented annually at the All-Faculty Recognition Reception held in May of each year, and each recipient will receive a $3,600 award.

Faculty members do not need to be nominated to submit application material. Download the 2014 application form. Nominations are due to the Provost Office by Friday, December 12, 2014. Application materials will be due in Departmental Offices by Monday, January 26, 2015. Please view the 2014-2015 Guidelines for additional information.


December 12   CNAS Graduation Reception, Carrington 208, 2:00 – optional pictures, 2:30 – program, 3:15 picture and walk to arena

December 12   BOG meeting at 9:00 AM and Commencement, 4:00 PM – Fall 2014


Offices close at 5:00 PM on Friday, December 19

Offices open on Monday, January 5.  This is also when winter intersession starts.

Staff Awards Luncheon – Wednesday, January 7.

Spring 2015 Classes begin on Monday, January 12.



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CNAS NEWS – October 30, 2014

Special Event – The CNAS Student Advisory Council would like to invite all faculty – especially the newest faculty – to a reception in the PSU East Ballroom on Wednesday, November 5 beginning at 5:00 PM.  The students will be introducing all of the new faculty in their departments.  There will be an opportunity for everyone to meet and learn more about one another.  There will be snacks and beverages and the event will be done by 6:00 PM.


For all CNAS Seminar Dates – http://science.missouristate.edu/

Don’t forget that Carries is open on Tuesday and Thursday for lunch.  See the website for details and don’t forget to call to make a reservation.  http://www.missouristate.edu/hra/31362.htm

Two upcoming events – GIS day is November 19 (watch the website for more details) and Geography Awareness Week is November 17 (watch the website for details)

Congratulations to the most recent grant recipients

Diane May and Dorothy Wittorf-Sandgren – Congratulations on your contract with Chadwick R-I School District to help them with the goals of their Community Block Grant from the Missouri Department of Economic Development! 

Mike Reed – Congratulations on the increase in funding for the Missouri Space Grant Consortium through NASA and Missouri S&T! 

Kurt Killion – Congratulations on your funding from the Missouri Department of Higher Education through the University of Missouri for ITQG student support! 

Bob Pavlowsky – Congratulations on your new service contract with Olsson Associates!

Jane Hood and Diane May – Congratulations on continuing your work with the Chamber of Commerce via a new Agreement for the next two years!

Dan Beckman – Congratulations on your continuing work with the City of Springfield for biological assessment of urban streams!

Bob Pavlowsky – Congratulations on the contract for the new year of the Springfield MS4/TMDL Monitoring Project.


University professor receives fellowship for research collaboration – http://news.missouristate.edu/2014/10/29/research-fellowship/

SPRINGFIELD — Dr. Adam Wanekaya, professor of chemistry at Missouri State University, was awarded an African Diaspora Fellowship from the Carnegie Foundation. During June 2015, Wanekaya will initiate contact with the Federal University of Lokoja in Nigeria to build research collaboration, student mentorship and research capacity building.

For more CNAS NEWS – http://news.missouristate.edu/tag/cnas/


Patti Blanton (mathematics department) is developing the new MTH 121 course for next semester and one of the topics that will be pertinent to the cultural competence and ethical leadership is the access that certain subgroups of our population have had to education and, specifically, to education in the STEM fields.  Obviously, gender bias will be a primary investigation.  Patti would also like to put out a request in for any CNAS faculty who would like to share experiences related to bias of any type in the area of STEM education.  If you are interested in helping please contact Patti - pblanton@missouristate.edu   417-836-5317


  • PSIP Open Sessions for those interested in applying – November 10 in LIB101 and November 13 in TEM002 from 3:30-5:00 PM.  PSIP applications are due December 12, 2014.  For more information go to http://www.missouristate.edu/provost/psip.htm


Important CNAS Dates for 2014-2015

November 7   Sabbatical applications to Deans office
November 11 CNAS Public Lecture series, Katye Fichter, 7:30 pm, Temple 002
November 12-13  Governors Conference on Natural Resources: Exploring Our Legacy-Charting Our Future
November 19 Greene County Library/CNAS Lecture series, Janice Greene
November 20 CNAS Leadership Meeting, 2:00 PM
November 26-28  Thanksgiving Holiday, no classes, office closed
December 2    CNAS Faculty Evaluation Workshop, 2-3 PM, TEM003 – For personnel committees, department heads and dean
December 4    CNAS Leadership Meeting, 2:00 PM
December 9    President’s Holiday Open House, 2-4 PM, Prime Overtime Club
December 12  CNAS Graduation Reception, Carrington 208
December 12  BOG meeting and Commencement, 4:00 PM – Fall 2014



January 12     Spring semester courses begin
January 19     MLK Holiday
February 16   Presidents’ Day Holiday
February 21   Science Olympiad
March 4         STEM Day at the Capital – Jefferson City, MO
March 9-15    Spring Break
March 31-April 2         Science Fair – OSEF (Judging March 31, Awards April 2)
April 2-5        Spring Holiday
April 13         CNAS Faculty & Staff awards, 4:00, PSU 400
April 14-17    Public Affairs Conference
April 23         Chemistry Banquet
April 24         CNAS Undergrad Research Day
April 25         Graduate College IDF
May 5            All Faculty Recognition reception, 3:00-5:00, PSU Ballroom
May 8            Study Day
May 15          Spring Commencement, 1:30 PM


I hope that everyone is having a great semester.  I am so happy to hear that so many have been presenting at conferences this fall – both faculty and students.  It is great to hear of your accomplishments.  I want to hear more about them and will be scheduling times when I can meet with small groups of faculty to learn more about your research and your research groups.  Please watch for more information.




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CNAS News – September 29, 2014

State of the University Address is Monday, September 29 at noon in the PSU Theatre!  See you there!



The Academic Integrity Days event is coming up on Tuesday, September 30 through Thursday, October 2. Please consider attending some of the many informative sessions. Invite your students.    View event schedule


MSU – Discovery Center “Free Day”

Posted on September 16, 2014 by University Communications

The Smithsonian Traveling exhibit “Green Revolution” is sponsored and developed by the Missouri State University College of Natural & Applied Science, City Utilities of Springfield, City of Springfield Environmental Services, SMC Packaging and The Print Group. Discovery Center is proud to debut the eco-friendly, minimal carbon footprint exhibit. Springfield partners have contributed in building this “eco-zibit” and brought local information to inform and engage visitors of all ages with the critical issues concerning the future health of our planet.  Missouri State wanted to give the opportunity for everyone in the Springfield region to enjoy this exhibit and what Discovery Center has to offer. On Oct. 1, the university is sponsoring free admission to the Discovery Center from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.  http://news.missouristate.edu/2014/09/25/missouri-state-hosts-free-admission-day-at-discovery-center/


CNAS NEWS – http://news.missouristate.edu/tag/cnas/

If you would like to have your accomplishments posted in CNAS NEWS – please send me your information.


  • Faculty Grant Applications require department head’s signature and comments along with the deans.  I will be out of town October 10-12.  Although I plan to be here on Monday, October 13 – my comments will be very, very brief if I get proposals after 10:00 AM on that day!!!
  • College Council meets October 7 and November 11
  • Promotion/tenure – All tenure/promotion dossiers were submitted to on Monday 9/29.  Heads turn them over to the committees by 9/30.  Committees must submit their recommendations with rationale by 10/20.  Department heads must submit recommendations with rationale by 11/12 to the dean.  Please use the current forms and be sure everything is signed properly – http://www.missouristate.edu/provost/tpappointments.htm


  • October 7     CNAS Public Lecture series, Melissa Dallas, 7:30 pm, Temple 002
  • October 9 & 10  Fall Break, no classes, offices open
  • October 13   Faculty Research grant applications due in Grad College by 5:00
  • October 15   HRA Board of Advisors meeting, 3:45
  • October 15   Greene County Library/CNAS Lecture series, Chris Barnhart
  • October 15 & 16  HRA Recruiters Fair
  • October 16 CNAS Scholarship Reception 3:00 PM/Emeritus Faculty Dinner 6:00 PM
  • October 17    Advisory Boards and BOG meets today
  • October 17 Clif Smart will meet with all CNAS Advisory Boards from 4:30-5:15 PM
  • October 18    MSU Homecoming
  • October 28    Majors Fair
  • October 30   CNAS Leadership Meeting, 2:00 PM
  • October 31    Summer Faculty Fellowship applications due in Grad College


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CNAS NEWS – September 4, 2014

We are off to an awesome start to this fall semester.  College committee assignments have been made and list will be posted just as soon as every committee has a chair.  In some cases the chair is appointed, while in other cases the chair is elected.  Many committees will have initial meetings this month.  And if you would like to see me at one of your faculty meetings – please invite me.  I’m always happy to come and visit.

The State of the University Address will be at noon on Monday, September 29th in the PSU Theatre.  I hope to see you there.

Green Revolution – Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit will open at the Discovery Center on Wednesday, September 10.  Our president has funded a “free day” on October 1, 2014.  All faculty, staff, students and families may visit the Discovery Center and the exhibit for free.  The Discovery Center will be open from 9:00 AM until 7:00 PM on October 1.  The exhibit will be in Springfield until January of 2015.

CNAS Public Lectures start on September 16, CNAS Public Lecture Series FA14-2.  Please note that in addition to the three lectures previously noted, we also have faculty presenting at the Library Center on South Campbell.  See page 13 of http://thelibrary.org/programs/documents/bookends0814.pdf  

Please invite students faculty and friends to these outstanding lectures by CNAS faculty!

Some Important Deadlines – Please remember that all of these require department heads comments and my signature.  That means they should be on your department head’s desk at least 10 working hours prior to the due date.

September 15 – International Travel Award applications due – http://graduate.missouristate.edu/facultystaff/InternationalTravel.htm

October 13 – Faculty Research Grants are due – http://graduate.missouristate.edu/facultystaff/FacultyResearchGrants.htm

October 31 – Summer Fellowship Applications are due – http://graduate.missouristate.edu/facultystaff/SummerFellowships.htm

November 7 – Sabbatical Applications are due – http://www.missouristate.edu/provost/facultydevelopment/sabbaticals.htm

Faculty News




Three great KSMU stories on Kevin Mickus research, Rhy Norton and Paul Durham research, and Lynn Robbins research!!

And Peter Plavchan is quoted in the following article – http://news.discovery.com/space/alien-life-exoplanets/proto-planetary-smashup-discovered-around-baby-star-140828.htm

Please continue to share these items with me so we can get the good word out on the importance and value of research.

More CNAS News can be found at http://news.missouristate.edu/tag/cnas/

I invite you to participate in the Fall 2014 commencement ceremony to be held on Friday, December 12 at 12:30 PM & 4:00 PM in JQH Arena.  In order to facilitate your participation, the University will assume the cost of renting your gown.  Our contract allows each participant to keep his or her cap and hood for use in future commencement ceremonies.

If you plan to participate in the Fall 2014 commencement, please complete and return the regalia order form.  The form can be found on the following webpage under Academic Regalia:


You can send your completed form by campus mail to Carrington 425, email (reply to Julie Spinabella) or it can be faxed to 836-5992.  You will receive confirmation via email from Julie Spinabella.

The deadline for ordering regalia is October 8, 2014.  We cannot process late requests.  If you have questions, please call Julie Spinabella (Ext. 6-4329).

Regalia will be available at Missouri State Bookstore beginning Monday, December 8 through Thursday, December 11.

On commencement day:

Please arrive at the racquetball court area in Hammons Student Center 45 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony for donning your regalia and marshalling.  A light buffet will be served.

You will line up in Hammons Student Center then march to the main floor of JQH Arena, where the ceremony will be held.  The ceremony will last approximately 90 minutes.

Fall Commencement – JQH Arena – December 12, 2014

12:30 p.m. Ceremony

College of Business

College of Education

4:00 p.m. Ceremony

College of Arts and Letters

College of Health and Human Services

College of Humanities and Public Affairs

College of Natural and Applied Sciences

William H. Darr School of Agriculture

Global Studies majors



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CNAS NEWS – August 19, 2014

Welcome to the start of a new academic year!


Don’t miss the “State of the College Address” address at 3:30 PM on Thursday, August 21 in Temple Hall 002.  President Smart and Provost Einhellig will be joining us.  Please help us welcome the new faculty to CNAS!!!


See the link for information about LOGOS.  All logos submissions go through a double-blind peer and faculty review. All peer-reviewers and editors are Honors College students. If you have any questions or interest in being a faculty reviewer, please send us an email at logos@missouristate.edu.


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CNAS NEWS – August 11, 2014

Events this week –

Showcase on Teaching and Learning – Join your colleagues to hear of their challenges and successes!

Date: Wednesday, August 13  Time: 8:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.  Location: Plaster Student Union Level III Website: Visit the 29th Showcase on Teaching and Learning website   Breakfast and lunch are free but registration is requested to ensure we don’t run out of food!  Please register online through My Learning Connection and search under the “Showcase on Teaching and Learning” category or type “Showcase” in the search box at the upper right screen after selecting “Show All Classes.”

The Faculty Welcome Back lunch hosted by Provost Einhellig will begin at 11:30 AM on Thursday in the PSU Ballroom.

I know that there are many departmental meetings and retreats this week.

All-College Meeting (State of the College Address by Dean, Welcome from President Smart and Provost Einhellig) – 3:30 PM, Thursday, August 21 in Temple Hall 002.

Please be sure to welcome all of our new CNAS faculty/staff.

HRA – Albert Barreda (PhD University of Central Florida, MS University of South Carolina, MS University of Massachusetts, BS San Augustin State University, Arequipa, Peru) – Hospitality and Restaurant Administration – Assistant Professor

GGP – Gary Michelfelder (PhD expected this fall from Montana State University, MS New Mexico State University, BS Eastern Michigan University) – Geology – Assistant Professor

MTH – Patrick Sullivan (PhD Pennsylvania State University, MS University of Kansas, BS University of Kansas) – Mathematics Education – Assistant Professor

CHM – Gautam Bhattacharyya (PhD Purdue University, BS Brown University) – Chemistry Education – Assistant Professor

BIO – Ryan Udan (PhD Baylor College of Medicine, BS University of Maryland Baltimore County) – Developmental Biology – Assistant Professor

GGP – Tim Brock (PhD University of Kentucky, MS University of Kansas, BA Georgia Southern University) – Planning/Geography – Assistant Professor

HRA – Jokima Hiller (MBA Keller Graduate School of Management, BS Purdue University) – Hospitality and Restaurant Administration – Instructor

BIO – Sean Maher (PhD University of Kansas, MS University of Michigan, BS Villanova University) – Wildlife Ecology/Biology – Assistant Professor

MTH – Steve Senger (PhD, MA, BS University of Missouri – Columbia) – Mathematics – Assistant Professor

CHM – Helena De La Hoz De La Hoz (MS Missouri State, BS Missouri State) – Chemistry – Instructor

PAMS – Peter Plavchan (Phd, MS UCLA, BS California Institute of Technology) – Astronomy – Assistant Professor

BIO – Michael LaMontagne (PhD Boston University, BS University of Massachusetts) – Biology – Visiting Assistant Professor

ENGINEERING – Jeff Thomas (PhD, MS, BS Missouri University of Science and Technology) – Associate Teaching Professor

PAMS – Ridwan Sikadja (PhD, BS University of Wisconsin – Madison) – Physics/Materials Science – Associate Professor (pending BOG approval)


The following staff have joined us from early 2014 to the present.

PAMS – Nandita Nag (MS University of Missouri – St. Louis, BS Visva Bharati University) – Laboratory Supervisor

CHM – Jonathan Hardin (MS, BS Missouir State University) – Chemistry – Lab & Store Supervisor

CHM/PAMS – Kristy Teague – Administrative Assistant

CNAS – Brian Hayes – Distributed User Support

BIO – Ben Dalton – (BS William Jewell College, MS Missouri State University)  –  Laboratory Supervisor and Director of Regional Science Olympiad and helper with Science Fair


Recent Grant Successes

Lynda Plymate – Congratulations on your continuing award with the Missouri Department of Higher Education for “Transforming Mathematics Instruction Using Inquiry and One-to-One Environments (TRIM I+ 121)”! 

Chris Barnhart – Congratulations on the additional funding for your grant with the U.S. Geological Survey for developing methods for laboratory culture of diverse species of freshwater mussels! 


A Note from Dr. Nick Gerismchuk (CHM) – Result of Grant Success – Congratulations Nick and thanks for sharing!!!!

I am happy to inform you that now we have fully operational new DSC/TG instrument in my lab in the Department of Chemistry. This wonderful equipment works in the range of 25 – 1500oC and is perfect for studying a variety of substances and compounds. Thus, it is perfect for accurate determination of melting points, polymorphic transitions, thermal decomposition points, weight losses and transformations of inorganic materials, ceramics, minerals and even for studies of high energy materials and explosives.

Sample sizes: from 5 mg to 250 mg, weigh accuracy is 2 micrograms. Samples can be solids, pastes, oils, alloys, etc. Samples can be heated using several modes with speed from 0.5 to 20oC/minute in nitrogen atmosphere, or in the air. The DSC/TG instrument is equipped with data processing software that allows data analysis and printouts on site, or saving results in a variety of formats for other needs outside the lab.

Please pass this message around to your colleagues and students who might be interesting in using this technique.

The TA Q-600 was purchased using funds from my NIH grant.


MSU and OTC Partner on Hospitality Management Pathway – Great work HRA!!!!

Missouri State University and Ozark Technical College have joined forces to offer students with an AAS degree in Hospitality Management a streamlined pathway to completing a BAS degree in Hospitality and Restaurant Administration. The BAS degree is designed to provide students who possess strong technical skills the opportunity to gain advanced hospitality business knowledge necessary for career growth. Students entering this degree plan have the opportunity to complete the degree either on campus or online, which makes it an attractive option for those already working in the hospitality industry or living outside of the Springfield area. Full-time students can complete the BAS degree within two years provided all agreed upon prerequisites have been met.

Study Away news for 2014-15

Study Away Fair

The Study Away Fair will be held on Wednesday, September 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the PSU atrium. The fair is an opportunity for both students and faculty to learn about MSU study away options. Study Away has four table spaces left for program directors and will assign those spaces as proposals are submitted.

Study Away Faculty Luncheon

The Study Away Faculty Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, September 17 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in PSU 308. A panel of experienced faculty program directors will lead a discussion of short-term faculty-led program topics ranging from academic planning to travel logistics, budgeting, recruiting participants, and language acquisition. Please RSVP by September 12 to Study Away at StudyAway@missouristate.edu or 836-6368.

Exploratory Travel Funds

This fall, the Provost will provide $10,000 in funding for faculty exploratory travel. The aim of the exploratory travel funds is to increase the number of faculty-led short-term programs towards an end of increasing students’ cultural competence. Additionally, funded travel will help to ensure faculty preparedness in safety measures for future short-term programs. The application deadline is October 20, 2014.

Award for Excellence in Study Away Programming

The Study Away Advisory Committee seeks to recognize MSU faculty who demonstrate excellence in developing and leading short-term study away programs. The award features include: $1,500 in professional development funds, recognition at the All Faculty Recognition Reception on May 5, 2015, a trophy, and permanent recognition on a plaque in the Study Away office. Submission of nominee names is due October 24, 2014.

Deadlines for Short-Term Faculty-Led Study Away Programs

The short-term faculty-led proposal templates for both international and domestics programs are found here. The deadlines for submitting a proposal for a short-term faculty-led program are:

•           September 28, 2014 – Summer and Summer Intersession 2015 proposals

•           November 21, 2014 – Fall Intersession 2015 proposals

•           May 1, 2015 – Winter Intersession 2015-16 proposals

Study Away Scholarships

Study Away is waiting on final confirmation from a couple colleges regarding their college Study Away scholarships. I will send another email with college/school scholarships details when the scholarships are confirmed and application criteria are finalized. Faculty who lead short-term programs may promote their college/school scholarships as a means to recruit students for their programs.


Please note: The Foreign Language Institute (FLI) offers language classes in Arabic, Chinese, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Russian. Please contact Evan Bennett, Coordinator of the FLI, if you wish to consider a language class for your students as means of preparation for your program. The Foreign Language institute is willing and able to create short-term courses for your short-term program participants.


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CNAS NEWS – July 28, 2014

The summer session is nearly complete.  Finals are this week.  Commencement is Friday morning at 10:00 AM and I hope to see you there!

Grant Successes this summer –

Day Ligon (Biology) – Congratulations on your award for the recovery of the alligator snapping turtle in the Mississippi River Valley Drainages of Southern Illinois, Oklahoma, and Louisiana through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

Alan Schick (Chemistry) – Congratulations on your additional funding with BASF Corp. for “Soluplus Applications in Topical Gels”.

John Havel (Biology) – Congratulations on your subcontract with the University of Wisconsin – Madison for research relating to their grant with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. 

Janice Greene (Biology) – Congratulations on the continued funding of the Aquatic Education Specialist Position for Project WET. 

Mike Reed (Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science) – Congratulations on your continued funding through the National Science Foundation for “RUI: Asteroseismology of Subdwarf B Stars as Representatives of High-Temperature Physics and Horizontal Branch Stellar Cores”.

Alicia Mathis (Biology and National Park Service) – Congratulations on your award with the National Park Service to conduct vital signs monitoring of natural resources.

Sherry Leis (Biology and National Park Service)  – Congratulations on your next round of funding for the Great Plains Fire Exchange project with the National Park Service.

Dan Watts (Center for Resource Planning and Management) – Congratulations on your next year of funding from the USDOT via MODOT for this year’s Transportation Work Program.

Lynn Robbins (Biology) – Congratulations on your new project with the Missouri Army National Guard.

Congratulations to all!!!  I look forward to hearing more about your projects.


All graduate students and faculty contracts for fall semester start on Monday, August 11.  New graduate student orientation is Monday.  New TA orientation and new faculty orientation is Tuesday.  The showcase on teaching and learning is Wednesday – please sign up.  This promises to be a great event.  The Faculty Welcome Back lunch hosted by Provost Einhellig will begin at 11:30 AM on Thursday in the PSU Ballroom.


Register for the 29th Showcase on Teaching and Learning!

Date: Wednesday, August 13 Time: 8:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Location: Plaster Student Union Level III Website: Visit the 29th Showcase on Teaching and Learning website

Join your peers and colleagues for an engaging discussion on this topic. Breakfast and lunch are free but registration is requested to ensure we don’t run out of food!  Please register online through My Learning Connection and search under the “Showcase on Teaching and Learning” category or type “Showcase” in the search box at the upper right screen after selecting “Show All Classes.”

CNAS State of the College – August 21, 3:30-5:00, Temple 002 – President Smart and Provost Einhellig will join us!

This year’s common reader is The Heart and the Fist by Eric Greitens.  Eric is a native of St Louis and will be here as our convocation speaker on Tuesday, Oct. 28th at 7 PM in Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.  Here’s the link to the common reader website. http://guides.library.missouristate.edu/content.php?pid=566046


CNAS in the News – http://news.missouristate.edu/tag/cnas/

CNAS Website is new and improved – http://science.missouristate.edu/


Please submit your seminar schedules to Sherry Jones (SherryJJones@missouristate.edu).   A calendar of all CNAS seminars will be posted on the CNAS homepage this fall.  I will send out the August/September events list the week of August 11.


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CNAS NEWS – May 13, 2014

Commencement – May 16, 2014


CNAS Graduation Reception for Graduates and Family Members – Carrington Auditorium (Room 208)  (All Faculty are welcome to join us.)

2:30 p.m.
Refreshments/photographs  (Graduates and families interested in pictures are invited to come early for this opportunity!)

3:15 p.m.
Welcome from Dean Tamera Jahnke (The formal program starts at 3:15)

3:25 p.m.
Introduction of graduates by department (Department Heads introduce graduates.  Associate Deans distribute honors cords and gifts from the college.)

4:10 p.m.

Group picture of all graduates and faculty (in robes) on the steps of Carrington Hall

4:15 p.m.
Walk to Hammons Student Center as a group to line up in preparation for all to receive their diplomas.

5:00 p.m.
Commencement Ceremony at JQH Arena


Recent Grant Awards to Faculty and Staff!!!


Steve Younger and Emmett Redd – Congratulations on your continuing award with the National Science Foundation for “Super-Turing Computation and Brain-Like Intelligence”!

Diane May, Dorothy Wittorf-Sandgren, and David Faucett -Congratulations on your contract with the Missouri Department of Public Safety through the Missouri Association of Council of Governments for the FirstNet Broadband Initiative!

Lynn Robbins – Congratulations on your grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for “The Mammals of Current River State Park and Camp Zoe”! 

Ron Malega – Congratulations on your award from the Georgia Real Estate Fraud Prevention & Awareness Coalition for “Assessing Neighborhood Changes in Mortgage Fraud-Impacted Areas”! 

Jill Black and Diann Thomas – Congratulations on receiving a second year of funding for the Early Elementary Environmental Education project through the Missouri Department of Higher Education! 

Judy Meyer – Congratulations on receiving the Anne White Award from the Association of American Geographers! 


Student Award Winners – IDF and Undergraduate Research Day  http://news.missouristate.edu/2014-cnas-student-awards/

Concrete Canoe SP 2014 Newsletter

CNAS NEWS – http://news.missouristate.edu/tag/cnas/


Enjoy!  Take time to vacation or to read or just relax!  You deserve it!



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CNAS NEWS – May 1, 2014


Graduate College IDF will be held on Saturday, May 3.  There will be four presentation sessions between 8:00 AM – NOON on third floor of the PSU.  The closing ceremony and presentation of awards begins at 12:10 PM in the PSU Theatre.  I look forward to seeing you there!  53 CNAS Graduate Students will be presenting at this year’s forum!


CNAS Undergraduate Research Day will be held on Tuesday, May 6 in the PSU Ballroom from 2 pm – 5 pm.  Poster Session – 2:00-3:45 PM, Guest Speaker – 4:00 PM, Awards Ceremony 4:30 PM.   Please invite students from your classes to see the outstanding research that their peers are doing!  There will be 50 undergraduate research posters!


CNAS Faculty/Staff Awards Recognition – The press release is attached.  Congratulations to all award winners!!!  CNAS Awards 2014 – Press Release 4 30 2014

The CNAS website will be updated with the 2014 winners soon!

I would like to thank all departmental personnel committees who took the time to nominate their colleagues!  This process would not work if we had no nominations!  I would also like to thank this year’s award committee.   They took their charge seriously and they worked very hard to evaluate all nominations fairly.


Time for the 2nd annual end of the year CNAS picnic.  Please plan to attend and celebrate another successful year with your peers and fellow CNAS family.


·        Who:             All CNAS- students, grad students, staff, faculty, administrators AND families!!!

·        When:           Friday, May 9, 2014  4:00-7:00 PM

·        Where:         Phelp’s Grove Pavilion 950 E. Bennett Street, Springfield, MO

·        What:            Picnic/Bring a dish/ Celebration

·        What else?  Hot dogs and fixin’s provided along with beverages. 

·        What should I bring? 

o   A dish to share (see sign- up sheet with name assignments)

§  What to bring? … Last name begins with

§  A-E = Appetizers

§  F-M = Side Dishes

§  N-S = Salads

§  T-Z = Desserts

o   Musical instruments if you’d like to perform

o   Outdoor games (we’ll have a few there)

o   Paper plates, cups, napkins and disposable silverware (department heads could you please provide these items?)


On behalf of the CNAS Diversity Committee (coordinating this event) we hope to see you there!


CNAS NEWS – http://news.missouristate.edu/tag/cnas/

If you know of news that is not listed please submit a short description to your department head or to me.


Some Due Dates for Departments  and the dean –

May 15     Outside activity reports with summary report written by head are due to dean’s office.

May 15     All College Committees must submit annual reports

May 19     Grades are due by 10:00 AM

June 1       Heads Update Projected Course Offerings System

June 2       Department Annual Reports due today

June 30     College Annual Report due to Provost


Upcoming Important Dates – Summer and Fall 2014 –

June 9             Summer Session and SOAR Starts

August 1         Summer Commencement

August 11       All graduate students and faculty return to work for orientations, meetings, etc

August 13       Showcase for Teaching and Learning, 8:00-1:00, PSU

August 14       All Faculty lunch, 11:30, PSU Ballroom

August 18       Fall Semester Classes Begin

August 20       State of the College Address 3:30 PM (Temple Hall 001)

September 16 CNAS Public Lecture series, Jorge Rebaza, 7:30 pm, Temple 002



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