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CNAS News – February 9, 2016

CNAS Public Lecture Series starts tonight at 7:30 p.m.  Please join us in Temple Hall 002!

Don’t forget to order regalia for May Commencement.  Information is below!!!

 

I will be traveling to Houston, TX to visit with several alumni from February 17-19.

I will return to Springfield in time to help hand out awards at Science Olympiad on February 20.

 

On Thursday, February 18 all CNAS student organizations will host a student expo to recruit new members from 3-5 PM in the PSU Ballroom West.

Please encourage all CNAS students to attend!

 

NEW GRANT FUNDING

Erica Cox (BIO) – Congratulations on your contract with the Project WET Foundation!

Chris Barnhart (BIO) – Congratulations on your subaward with Texas State University for work in Freshwater Mussel Mitigation Strategies!

 

All CNAS Seminars are posted on the website.

If your departmental seminars are missing, please send the information to Gale Lininger or David Szepatowski.

They will be added to the calendar within eight business hours.

 

The latest CNAS NEWS is posted online.  Recognize your students/colleagues for their work and contributions!

Send student/faculty accomplishments to your department head and me.

 

MEDIA           

Tune in every Thursday morning at 9:45 AM for STEM SPOTS on KSMU hosted by Dr. David Cornelison.

For your convenience, attached above is an iCalendar link that you may open and save to your personal calendar.

It will alert you five minutes before the start of the show.  The entire interview is also available as a podcast on the KSMU website.

 

FEATURED FACULTY WEBSITES – A few outstanding faculty websites will be featured in each CNAS NEWS.

If you would like your website featured, please send me the link!

(For help developing your website, contact Ken McCrory.)

 

FYI:  If you notice an outdated departmental website, please contact your department head.

If you notice something outdated on the CNAS website, please contact David Szepatowski and Ken McCrory.

Also, we have some plans for the CNAS page, but feel free to share your ideas, thoughts, suggestions, and/or comments.

Our goal is to make a better user experience, and we will do our best to keep it updated!

 

RECRUITMENT – GEP 101 INSTRUCTORS

Missouri State is recruiting GEP 101 instructors for Fall 2016.  The university is expecting another increase of first-year students, so consider applying.

In addition, college-specific sections have been helpful in increasing retention rates.  The deadline for first consideration is March 4.

The application is available online and it is also attached.

 

IMMEDIATE DUE DATES

  • February 25 – All data must be updated in Digital Measures!
  • Mar 11  Departmental Committees must submit evaluations of all tenure/track faculty to department head by this date!
  • Developing the long range plan – Submit your online feedback.  Two new sections are available for your feedback.
  • Data, data, where’s all the data for a proposal or report?  Look here:  Key Performance Indicators and Bear Intelligence

 

CALENDAR

 Feb 9                     CNAS Public Lecture Series – Linnea Iantria, Temple 002, 7:30 PM

Feb 13                   MSPE Mathcounts at Drury University

Feb 15                   Holiday – no classes

Feb 18                   All CNAS student organizations will host a student expo to recruit new members from 3-5 PM in the PSU Ballroom West.

Feb 19                   Excellence in Community Service Award nominations due!  $1000 cash award for up to two faculty members.

Feb 20                   Science Olympiad (Temple Hall, Kemper Hall, McDonald Arena  – Competitions 8 am – 3 pm)  – To sign up, contact Ben Dalton.  Awards Ceremony begins at 3:30 PM in McDonald Arena.

Feb 24                   JVIC/CNAS Research Symposium – 12:30-5:00 PM – Contact Dan Beckman immediately if you are interested in presenting.

Feb 27                   MSPE Discover Engineering Day, 12:00-3:00, Plaster Center

 

Mar 3                    STEM Day at the Capitol (CNAS will be represented)

Mar 4                    Dr. Dan Chitwood, Danforth Plant Science Center – Seminar at 4:00, Temp 003

Mar 7-13              Spring Break

Mar 15                  CNAS Public lecture series – Steven Senger, Temple 002, 7:30 PM

Mar 16-18            Statewide Collaborative Diversity Conference – Early registration ends Feb 24

Mar 25                  Holiday – no classes

Mar 29-31            OSEF (Ozarks Science & Engineering Fair) – Judging March 29, Awards March 31

Mar 30                  Sam Kean lecture at 5:00 PM in PSU Theatre

Mar 30                  MSPE Model Bridge Contest, Hammons Student Center, 4:00-8:00 PM

Mar 31                  HRA Board of Advisers Speaker Series

 

Apr 21                   CNAS Undergraduate Research Day, 2:00-4:00 – Abstracts due April 8, Awards at 4:00 PM

Apr 23                   Graduate College IDF – Abstracts due April 6

Apr 27                   CNAS Faculty and Staff Award reception, 4:00 pm, Temple 001

 

May 4                   All Faculty Recognition Reception at 3:00 PM in PSU Ballroom

 

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COMMENCEMENT May 13, 2016

 

You are invited to participate in the Spring 2016 commencement ceremony on Friday, May 13 at 10:00, 1:30 and 5:00 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.

To participate in the Spring 2016 commencement, complete and return the FACULTY REGALIA ORDER FORM by March 14.

If you own your own regalia, reply to me and indicate which ceremony you will participate in so I may have an accurate headcount.

You can send your completed form by campus mail or email (reply to Ashley Kelly in Event & Meeting Services) or it can be faxed to 836-6765.

You will receive a confirmation via email from Ashley.

 

The deadline for ordering faculty regalia is March 14, 2016.

If you have questions, call Ashley Kelly (Ext. 6-5653).

 

SPRING COMMENCEMENT – JQH ARENA – MAY 13, 2016

10:00 a.m. Ceremony

  • College of Health and Human Services
  • College of Natural and Applied Sciences
  • William H. Darr School of Agriculture

 1:30 p.m. Ceremony

  • COB

 5:00 p.m. Ceremony

  • COAL, COE, CHPA, Global Studies

 

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CNAS Public Lecture Series – Spring 2016

February 9, 2016         7:30 PM – 8:30 PM           TEMPLE 002

GEOTOURISM IN ACTION! Speaker: Linnea Iantria, Senior Instructor, Department of Geography, Geology and Planning

In the past twenty years, a movement has emerged that recognizes the impact of tourism on a community, both positively and negatively. We have seen the successes of resort and theme park development, but we have also experienced the loss of culture, tradition, habitat, natural attractions and an increasingly large human imprint on the environment.  We recognize the importance of tourism assets to a community and have addressed their importance in the Geotourism movement, both from the geographic and geologic perspective.  While we have defined a need to protect our tourism assets, we have not clearly defined the roles of individuals who need to have the skills to implement that protection.  We have not trained the individuals who will protect the very assets we have identified.  This presentation has three goals.  First, we will describe the new Missouri State University Bachelor of Science Degree in Geography -Geotourism and explain its components.  Second, we will define what we believe is a viable, workable Geotourism initiative.  Third, we will look at the development of the Home Grown Highway project for Webster and Wright Counties, which incorporates the Geotourism concept.


March 15, 2016         7:30 PM – 8:30 PM               TEMPLE 002

WHAT’S THE POINT? SOME MATHEMATICAL HOWS AND WHYS Speaker: Steven Senger, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics

Aside from providing us with complex words for science fiction plot devices, what is the point of abstract mathematics? In this talk, we will look at some of the reasons humanity has been drawn to abstract mathematics, as well as some of the positive outcomes of this study. The puzzles and examples given will be focused on shapes and patterns more than numbers or formulas.


April 5, 2016         7:30 PM – 8:30 PM               TEMPLE 002

“THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS”: A CLOSER LOOK INTO SOME COMMON INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICES

Speaker: Gautam Bhattacharyya, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry

As an ongoing effort to generate greater student interest, engagement, and, ultimately, learning, instructors at all levels and of all disciplines continue to make significant changes to the way they teach. Often, considerable financial resources are spent to reconfigure classrooms to facilitate collaborative learning or to purchase devices that encourage different forms of communication within a classroom. After expending their many and earnest efforts, however, instructors are often left perplexed by the results of student assessments – both cognitive and affective. In the end, many are left to ponder about questions such as, “Why isn’t group work successful sometimes?” or “Why did only some of my real-world examples engage the students.”

In addressing these and other questions, I present key characteristics of the learning process and identify activities and practices conducive to supporting these important aspects of learning. Using evidence from the science education research literature, I describe implementation and execution of these instructional methods in ways that maximize the possibility of student learning.

 

 

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CNAS NEWS – January 26, 2016

CNAS Public Lecture Series starts on Tuesday, February 9.  Please mark your calendars and join us!

Science News today – https://www.sciencenews.org/

New Grant Funding –

Erica Cox (BIO) – Congratulations on your contract with the Project WET Foundation!

All CNAS Seminars are posted – http://science.missouristate.edu/

If your departmental seminars are missing – please send the information to Gale Lininger or David Szepatowski.  They will be added to the calendar within 8 work hours!

The latest CNAS NEWS can be found at http://news.missouristate.edu/tag/cnas/

If you want students/colleagues to be recognized in CNAS NEWS – Please send me the information.

STEM SPOTS on KSMU everything Thursday morning at 9:45 AM – Listen to the podcasts here http://ksmu.org/programs/stem-spots#stream/0

FEATURED FACULTY WEBSITES – (I plan to feature a few outstanding faculty website in each CNAS NEWS.  If you would like yours featured – please send me the link!)

Watch for exoplanet research updates from Dr. Plavchan at http://exo.missouristate.edu/

Interested in mathematics puzzles or Dr. Reid’s research areas?  Go to http://people.missouristate.edu/lesreid/

For information about Dr. Fichter’s research group in chemistry go to http://fichterlab.org/

(And if you would like help developing your website – please contact Ken McCrory.)

  • PS – If you notice an outdated departmental website – please contact your department head.  If you notice something outdated on the CNAS website – please contact David Szepatowski and Ken McCrory.  We will do our best to keep them updated.

Due Dates

  • January 26 – SCUF Proposals due to deans’ office today
  • February 1 – Foundation Awards applications due to dean’s office
  • February 1 – Updated Assessment Plans from each department/program are due to Dean’s office today!
  • February 5 – All CNAS SCUF proposals must be emailed to SCUF@missouristate.edu by dean’s office
  • Faculty Research Grants are due February 5 – remember that proposals require notes and signatures from heads and dean.  Please give allow the time!
  • February 8 – CNAS Newsletter items are due to David Szepatowski today!
  • February 8 – Foundation Award applications due to provost’s office
  • February 8 – Faculty Annual Reports due to departments
  • February 12 – Prioritized SCUF list due to Provost’s office
  • February 25 – Everything must be updated in Digital Measures!

 

Submit your online feedback.

  • Do you need university data for a proposal or report?  Here are the first two places to look!

DATA, DATA, DATA – https://mis.missouristate.edu/KeyPerformanceIndicators/

DATA, DATA, DATA (also called Bear Intelligence) – http://www.missouristate.edu/data/

 

Calendar –  

February 5                BOG meeting in Springfield
February 9               CNAS Public lecture series – Linnea Iantria, Temple 002, 7:30 PM
February 13             MSPE Mathcounts at Drury
February 15             Holiday – no classes
February 18            All CNAS Student Organizations will be having a fair to recruit new members from 3-5 PM in the PSU.  Watch for more information!
February 20            Science Olympiad (Temple Hall, Kemper Hall, McDonald Arena) – If you have not signed up to help yet – please contact Ben Dalton – Bdalton@missouristate.edu
February 24           JVIC/CNAS Research Symposium – 12:30-5:00 PM – Please contact Dan Beckman immediately if you are interested in presenting.
February 27           Discover Engineering Day, 12:00-3:00, Plaster Center
March 3                  STEM Day at the Capital (CNAS will be represented)
March 4                 Dr. Dan Chitwood, Danforth Plant Science Center – Seminar at 4:00, Temp 003
March 7-13            Spring Break
March 11                Departmental Committees must submit evaluations of all tenure/track faculty to department head by this date!
March 15               CNAS Public lecture series – Steven Senger, Temple 002, 7:30 PM
March 16-18         Statewide Collaborative Diversity – Early registration ends Feb 24 – http://diversity.missouristate.edu/conference/
March 25              Holiday – no classes
March 29-31        OSEF (Science Fair) – Judging March 29, Awards March 31
March 30              Sam Kean lecture at 5:00 PM in PSU Theatre
March 30             MSPE Model Bridge competition, Hammons Student Center, 4:00-8:00 PM
March 31             HRA Board Speaker Series –
April 21                CNAS Undergraduate Research Day, 2:00-5:00 – Abstracts due April 8
April 23                Graduate College IDF – Abstracts due April 6 – http://graduate.missouristate.edu/currentstudents/IDF.htm
April 27                CNAS Faculty and Staff Award reception, 4:00 pm, Temple 001
April 28                CNAS Leadership Team Meeting – 2:00 PM
May 4                   All Faculty Recognition Reception at 3:00 PM in PSU Ballroom

 

You are invited to participate in the Spring  2016 commencement ceremony to be held on Friday May 13th  at 10:00 AM, 1:30 PM & 5:00 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 Spring 2016 commencement, please complete and return the faculty regalia order form.  However, if you own your own regalia please reply to me and indicate which ceremony you will be participating in so I may have an accurate headcount.  The form can be found at the following link: http://www.missouristate.edu/commencement/For-Faculty-Staff.htm  You can send your completed form by campus mail, email (reply to Ashley Kelly in Event & Meeting Services) or it can be faxed to 836-6765.  You will receive a confirmation via email from Ashley Kelly. The deadline for ordering faculty regalia is March 14, 2016.  We cannot process late requests.  If you have questions, please call Ashley Kelly (Ext. 6-5653).  Regalia will be available at Maroon Nation (formerly “It’s A Greek Thing”) beginning Monday, May 9th through Thursday, May 12th.

Spring Commencement – JQH Arena – May 13, 2016

10:00 a.m. Ceremony

  • College of Health and Human Services
  • College of Natural and Applied Sciences
  • William H. Darr School of Agriculture

1:30 p.m. Ceremony

  • College of Business

5:00 p.m. Ceremony

  • College of Arts and Letters
  • College of Education
  • College of Humanities and Public Affairs
  • Global Studies majors

Dr. Tammy Jahnke

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CNAS NEWS – January 13, 2016

All CNAS Faculty, Staff and Students are invited to join me at the following two events!

 

All College Meeting to review latest draft of Missouri State University’s new long range plan – 3:00-4:00  PM, Friday, January 15 in Temple Hall 001

http://www.missouristate.edu/developingplan/

Steering Committee members will be present to share the latest draft (following) and to listen to your feedback; Long-Range Plan – Intro – MASTER, LR Plan – Academic Profile – Narrative, LR Plan – Student Experience – Narrative.  There are four other sections of the document still in progress – diversity, globalization, infrastructure and funding.

Latest Vision Document – http://www.missouristate.edu/vision/

 

January 18 – NO CLASSES –  Martin Luther King, Jr 2016 Unity March starts at 9 a.m. on MediaCom Ice Park

You can find information about the day’s events at http://naacpspringfieldmo.org/.

Tammy

 

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CNAS NEWS – January 6, 2016

Happy New Year!

 

All College Meeting to review latest draft of new long range plan – 3:00-4:00  PM, Friday, January 15 in Temple Hall 001

http://www.missouristate.edu/developingplan/

Steering Committee members will be present to share the latest draft and to listen to your feedback.

Recently Funded Research in the College of Natural and Applied Sciences!

Ron Malega (GGP) – Congratulations on your award from the Missouri State Highway Patrol for a domestic violence research project!
Razib Iqbal (CSC) – Congratulations on receiving another Microsoft Azure Educator Grant for the software engineering students!

2016 Big Events – Please mark your calendars for the highlighted events and any others that might be of interest to you!

January 4      Offices open – everyone reports to work
January 11    Spring 2016 Classes Begin
January 15    All-College Meeting – MSU Long Range Plan, 3:00 PM, Temple Hall 001
January 18    Holiday – no classes
February 5    BOG meeting in Springfield
February 9    CNAS Public lecture series – Linnea Iantria, Temple 002, 7:30 PM
February 15  Holiday – no classes
February 20 Science Olympiad
February 24 JVIC/CNAS Research Symposium – 12:30-5:00 PM
March 3        STEM Day at the Capital
March 4        Dr. Dan Chitwood, Danforth Plant Science Center – Seminar at 4:00
March 7-13   Spring Break
March 15       CNAS Public lecture series – Steven Senger, Temple 002, 7:30 PM
March 16-18 Statewide Collaborative Diversity
March 25      Holiday – no classes
March 29-31 OSEF (Science Fair) – Judging March 29, Awards March 31
March 31      HRA Board Speaker Series
April 5           CNAS Public lecture series – Gautam Bhattacharyya, Temple 002, 7:30 PM
April 5-8       Public Affairs Conference, http://publicaffairs.missouristate.edu/conference/schedule
April 9           Spring Showcase
April 14         Public Affairs Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
April 21         CNAS Undergraduate Research Day, 2:00-5:00
April 23         Graduate College IDF
April 27         CNAS Faculty and Staff Award reception, 4:00 pm, Temple 001
May 4           All Faculty Recognition Reception at 3:00 PM in PSU Ballroom
May 7-12      Finals Week
May 12         BOG Meetings
May 13         Spring Commencement (CNAS at 10:00 AM), others at 1:30 and 5:00PM

 

Due Dates in January and early February

  • January 11 – Time and Effort reports due to Financial Services
  • January 13 – NSF MRI proposals due
  • January 13 – Call for nominations for BOG Excellence in Public Affairs

o   http://publicaffairs.missouristate.edu/awards/FacultyPublicAffairs.htm

o   Nominations due February 1

o   Applications from faculty due to college by March 7

o   One nominee from CNAS is submitted to Rachelle Darabi by March 18

 

You are invited to participate in the Spring  2016 commencement ceremony to be held on Friday May 13th  at 10:00 AM, 1:30 PM & 5:00 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 Spring 2016 commencement, please complete and return the faculty regalia order form.  However, if you own your own regalia please reply to me and indicate which ceremony you will be participating in so I may have an accurate headcount.  The form can be found at the following link: http://www.missouristate.edu/commencement/For-Faculty-Staff.htm

You can send your completed form by campus mail, email (reply to Ashley Kelly in Event & Meeting Services) or it can be faxed to 836-6765.  You will receive a confirmation via email from Ashley Kelly

The deadline for ordering faculty regalia is March 14, 2016.  We cannot process late requests.  If you have questions, please call Ashley Kelly (Ext. 6-5653).

Regalia will be available at Maroon Nation (formerly “It’s A Greek Thing”) beginning Monday, May 9th through Thursday, May 12th.

Spring Commencement – JQH Arena – May 13, 2016

10:00 a.m. Ceremony

  • College of Health and Human Services
  • College of Natural and Applied Sciences
  • William H. Darr School of Agriculture

1:30 p.m. Ceremony

  • College of Business

5:00 p.m. Ceremony

  • College of Arts and Letters
  • College of Education
  • College of Humanities and Public Affairs
  • Global Studies majors

 

Dr. Tammy Jahnke

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CNAS NEWS – December 15, 2015

Sad News –

Judy Banks, wife of previous Dean – Larry Banks, passed away in October.  A Memorial Service will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton church, assisted by Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home, on December 22, 2015 at 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Banks Family Scholarship in care of the Missouri State Foundation (http://www.missouristatefoundation.org), the American Diabetes Association, or any charity of choice.

http://www.gormanscharpf.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=1680342

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/news-leader/obituary.aspx?n=judith-ann-gramolini-banks-judy&pid=176868695&fhid=12405

 

Important Dates as you look ahead to 2016!

Training for Blackboard – http://blogs.missouristate.edu/blackboard/2015/12/10/spring-2016-blackboard-training-classes-now-open/?utm_source=inside&utm_medium=provostcomm&utm_content=2016lmstrainingschedule&utm_campaign=computerservices

Request for Proposals – Faculty Research Grants

Posted on December 10, 2015 by Chuck Busby

The spring deadline for Faculty Research Grants (FRG) is February 5, 2016. These grants are one-year (max $7500) of funding.

The grants are to support new research, creative or scholarly activities or for high quality projects not likely to receive external funding.

To be eligible, a person must: a) be a ranked faculty member; b) have submitted the final report for his/her previous FRG to the Graduate College prior to last February 5th; c) not received a summer fellowship for 2016 from the Graduate College, and d) remain with the University for a year after the project is completed (spring 2018).

For more information, see the faculty research grants webpage.

If you have questions, contact the Graduate College at 836-5335.

Due Dates

  • Summer Schedule Proposals are due ASAP.
  • Assessment Plan updates are due by February 1 from each program!!!!
  • Faculty are notified of final decisions regarding sabbaticals by February 15, 2016.

 

Do you need university data for a proposal or report?  Here are the first two places to look!

DATA, DATA, DATA – https://mis.missouristate.edu/KeyPerformanceIndicators/

DATA, DATA, DATA (also called Bear Intelligience) – http://www.missouristate.edu/data/

 

January 4  Offices open – everyone reports to work
January 7  Staff Recognition Luncheon
January 11  Spring 2016 Classes Begin
January 18 Holiday – no classes
February 5  BOG meeting in West Plains
February 5  Faculty Research Grants Proposals due today!
February 8  Faculty turn in Annual reports
February 9  CNAS Public lecture series – Linnea Iantria, Temple 002, 7:30 PM
February 15  Holiday – no classes
February 20  Science Olympiad
February 24  JVIC/CNAS Research Symposium – 12:30-5:00 PM
February 25  Everything must be updated in Digital Measures!
March 7-13  Spring Break
March 11  Departmental Committees must submit evaluations of all tenure/track faculty to department head by this date!

I will be preparing a CNAS NEWS email to go out the week of January 4.  If you have news – please let me know and I will include it!

Tammy

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CNAS NEWS – December 9, 2015

You are invited to a celebration on Monday, December 14 from 2-4 PM in Temple Hall room 143.  We will be celebrating the end of a successful semester and the upcoming holiday break!!!  There will be Kringles (all flavors) and a holiday punch!  I truly appreciate all you do for the students at Missouri State University.  Please stop by for a little fun and fellowship!

Enjoy the break and I’ll see everyone back on January 4!

Tammy

 

Due Dates

 

Do you need university data for a proposal or report?  Here are the first two places to look!

DATA, DATA, DATA – https://mis.missouristate.edu/KeyPerformanceIndicators/

DATA, DATA, DATA (also called Bear Intelligience) – http://www.missouristate.edu/data/

 

All faculty hired from 2002 to the present have been placed into CURP (see HR link and Faculty Handbook sections below).  After six years faculty can choose to switch to MOSERS, curp_transfer.   If you are a faculty member hired since 2002 please ask questions, speak with your accountant and look into this opportunity. 

Please note section III of the following information from Human Resources – http://www.missouristate.edu/human/3663.htm

From the Faculty Handbook –

6.3.2. College and University Retirement Plan (CURP)

All faculty on full-time, regular appointment hired on or after July 1, 2002, who have not previously been or are currently enrolled in the Missouri State Employees’ Retirement System (MOSERS, Section 6.3.3) will be enrolled in the College and University Retirement Plan (CURP). CURP is a non-contributory 401A defined contribution retirement plan which uses TIAA-CREF as its third party administrator. CURP offers interstate portability, immediate vesting, and no minimum service requirement. Faculty select individual accounts into which the University’s contributions to this plan are directed. After six years of participation in CURP, faculty may opt to move to the MOSERS.

6.3.3. Missouri State Employees’ Retirement System (MOSERS)

All faculty on full-time, regular appointment hired prior to July 1, 2002, are members of MOSERS, a defined benefit retirement plan. Faculty hired after that date have the option of switching to MOSERS after six years of service. Faculty who switch from CURP to MOSERS are automatically vested in MOSERS (MSEP 2002 or MSEP2011, depending on date of hire). Retirement benefits (including eligibility for retirement) will be calculated based on years in MOSERS. A faculty member who has switched from CURP to MOSERS does not have the option of returning to CURP.

There is also information following.  If you have questions please contact MOSERS directly (curp_transfer) or MSU Human Resources.

 

2015 – Important Dates and times

December 11  CNAS Grad reception, 10:30 am, CARR 208
December 11  CNAS commencement, 12:30 pm, JQH Arena
December 21-January 1 – All Offices Closed!

 

A look ahead to 2016
2016

January 4    Offices open – everyone reports to work
January 7    Staff Recognition Luncheon
January 11   Spring 2016 Classes Begin
January 18  Holiday – no classes
February 5  BOG meeting in West Plains
February 8  Faculty turn in Annual reports
February 9  CNAS Public lecture series – Linnea Iantria, Temple 002, 7:30 PM
February 15  Holiday – no classes
February 20  Science Olympiad
February 24  JVIC/CNAS Research Symposium – 12:30-5:00 PM
February 25  Everything must be updated in Digital Measures!
March 7-13   Spring Break
March 11  Departmental Committees must submit evaluations of all tenure/track faculty to department head by this date!

 

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CNAS NEWS – November 30, 2015

I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving break!  I know that we have only two short weeks until commencement and the posting of final grades.  Thank you for all you do for our students!!!   Faculty – There are three deadlines in the next couple of weeks – Foundation awards, PSIP, and Advising Award.  All of the information is below.

CNAS Faculty/Staff Awards Policy for 2015-2016 follows: 2015-2016 CNAS Awards Policy 11 18 2015

Department of Chemistry Newsletter follows: CHM Nov 2015 Newsletter

A few calendar items are noted at the end of the email.

Recent Grant Funded Projects –
Chris Barnhart – Congratulations on your award for the propagation and augmentation of the Ouachita Rock Pocketbook through the US Fish  Wildlife Service and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

Tammy

Missouri State University Foundation Awards for Excellence in Teaching, Research, and Service – The initial intent to apply or nomination deadline for Foundation Awards is December 11, 2015.

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 Missouri State University 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 2015 application form. Application materials will be due in departmental offices by Monday, January 25, 2016. Please view the 2015-2016 Guidelines for additional information. http://blogs.missouristate.edu/provost/files/2015/11/Foundation_Awards_Guidelines.pdf

PSIP applications are due in the dean’s office by December 11, 2015.  http://www.missouristate.edu/provost/psip.htm, Timeline – http://www.missouristate.edu/assets/Provost/PSIP_Evaluation_Timeline_2016.pdf

 

Advising Award nominations are due by 5:00 PM, December 9.

  • In recognition of outstanding academic advising, two Missouri State University Curtis P. Lawrence Excellence in Advising awards will be presented during the spring semester 2016. One will honor a faculty advisor, and one will honor an advisor who is a member of the professional staff. Each recipient will receive a $1500 cash award, presented at a reception to honor all Master Advisors.  To nominate an outstanding advisor, please submit the name by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9 to Kathy Davis, Director of the Academic Advisement Center. Candidates may be nominated by current students, alumni or colleagues.  Submit the name in an e-mail to kathydavis@missouristate.edu.  After the nomination is received, the advisor will be notified and asked to submit application materials that will be due on Friday, January 22, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.  A selection committee will be co-chaired by Josh Smith and Scott Handley, past award recipients.

Qualifications for Nomination:

  1. Nominee must have a minimum of two years of service to Missouri State at the time of nomination as a full-time employee with on-going academic advising responsibilities and currently assigned advisees.
  2. Nominee must be a current Master Advisor.
  3. Nominee must not have received the award in the previous three years.

If you need to know whether an advisor is qualified to be nominated, contact Kathy Davis at 836-5258 or KathyDavis@missouristate.edu.

Criteria for Selection:

  1. Knowledge of campus information and resources and use of that knowledge in helping students.
  2. Knowledge of major and career-related information and academic policies and use of that knowledge in assisting students.
  3. Demonstration of advising as a priority activity.
  4. Use of innovative advising techniques and/or development of advising materials or systems.
  5. Effective documentation of advising sessions through “Advising Notes.”
  6. Reasonable accessibility to advisees and effective use of available time with advisees.
  7. Efforts to create positive relationships with students.
  8. Support of advisor training and development programs and efforts to improve advising services at Missouri State University. 

 

2015
December 4     Study Day
December 11    CNAS Grad reception, 10:30 am, CARR 208
December 11    CNAS commencement, 12:30 pm, JQH Arena
December 21-January 1 – All Offices Closed!

2016
January 4      Offices open – everyone reports to work
January 7      Staff Recognition Luncheon
January 11     Spring 2016 Classes Begin

Spring 2016 CNAS Public Lecture Schedule – A flyer will be distributed in January but please save the dates on your calendar now!

February 9    Ms. Linnea Iantria, Senior Instructor, GGP, “Applied Geotourism in Missouri”
March 15    Dr. Steven Senger, Assistant Professor, MTH, (about Large Finite Point Sets)
April 5   Dr. Gautam Bhattacharyya, Assistant Professor, CHM, “The devil is in the details”: A closer look into some common instructional practices”

 

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CNAS NEWS – November 10, 2015

CNAS Public Lecture is tonight at 7:30 PM in Temple 002.  Come and learn more about CRISPR from Dr. Paul Schweiger.  CRISPR/Cas9 was identified as a prokaryotic defense system against foreign invading DNA, such as viruses. This system has been developed into a simple genome editing tool. Consequently, the CRISPR/Cas9 system is being used to try and fight disease and make improvements to agriculture by rewriting the genetic code. However, there is controversy about the ethical uses of this relatively new technology.

 

Eric Shaw will be on campus Friday, November 13.  Flyer: Eric Shaw Flyer   Here is a link to Eric’s professional biography: http://planning.dc.gov/biography/eric-d-shaw.

Other seminars/events are posted at http://science.missouristate.edu/

 

Geography Awareness Week – November 15-21  http://education.nationalgeographic.com/programs/geographyawarenessweek/?ar_a=1

http://geosciences.missouristate.edu/Geography/   Flyer: Geography Awareness Week flyer

 

 

News from our FCTL Representative – Jennifer Pursley

1. At the upcoming November meeting, Curriculum Innovation awards will be awarded.

  • Watch for announcements of these faculty awards in February ‘16

2. The Advisory Council will be selecting a Keynote Speaker for the 2016 Showcase.  Invitation for Proposals will soon be sent.

    • The FCTL welcomes suggestions for the 2016 Showcase Keynote Speaker

3. A  Call for Proposals for Showcase proposals will be sent to faculty  Spring semester.

    • Faculty are encouraged to submit a proposal to present at Showcase Aug 17, 2016

4. The Scholar 2 Scholar Research Assistant program provides RA opportunities for underrepresented populations at MSU.

5. The remaining Faculty Writing Retreats dates for fall semester are November 6 and December 14.

 

Contact your FCTL Advisory Council representative for additional information or email fctl@missouristate.edu .

 

 

It’s National Distance Learning Week!!!  As we offer more and more distance learning options to students, it may help to take a small amount of time to think about the newer formats.  There are many more opportunities for professional development than any of us have time to do, but you might want to check out the following two sites.  To find out about local options, you can check out the program for the Innovations Showcase at: https://sites.google.com/site/nationaldistancelearningweek/events-schedule.  You can find more global options at the United States Distance Learning Association site at:  https://www.usdla.org/events/ndlw/see-who-is-celebrating-ndlw-around-the-globe/.  (Patti Blanton – Thank you for the heads up on this one!)

 

 

Computer Science Education Week – December 7-13 https://csedweek.org/

Please help me identify the other important days/weeks that we should be celebrating within the college!

 

 

Due Date – Please complete the open enrollment for benefits and their HRA this month!  I just finished mine.  It takes about 10-15 minutes for each item.

Open Enrollment for Benefits is from October 13 through November 20, 2015.  Every employee must go through this so that you can confirm the benefits you want and deny the benefits you do not want!  Access is in “MY MISSOURI STATE”   Go to “Profile”, then “Employment Details” then “Online Benefits Enrollment”.

All employees must participate in the HRA by November 30 in order to save up to $30 on your monthly health insurance premium.  Access is in “MY MISSOURI STATE”   Go to “Profile”, then “Wellness”, the “Health Risk Assessment”.

 

 

Important Dates in November/December –

November 23-27  Thanksgiving Holiday (Offices open November 23-24)

November 30  CNAS Fall Speaker series at the Library Center, Jim O’Brien & Dean Jahnke, 7:00 pm

December 3     Fall classes end

December 11    CNAS Grad reception

December 11    CNAS commencement, 12:30 pm, JQH Arena

Dr. Tammy Jahnke

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CNAS NEWS – October 30, 2015

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is pleased to announce that the November 2-3 NSF Grants Conference will be webcast to the research community. IT IS FREE!!!!!  Conference plenary sessions will also be recorded for on-demand viewing once the conference has concluded.  (Sorry for the late notice – I just learned of this opportunity yesterday.)   Registration for this webcast is required. Please click here to register.  Or here http://www.tvworldwide.com/events/nsf/151102/

This two-day conference is a must, especially for new faculty, researchers and administrators who want to gain key insight into a wide range of current issues at NSF including the state of current funding; new and current policies and procedures; and pertinent administrative issues. NSF program officers representing each NSF directorate will be on hand to provide up-to-date information about specific funding opportunities.

Below is the webcast schedule:

Monday, November 2, 2015

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. EST – Welcoming Remarks

8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. EST – Introduction & NSF Overview

9:35 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. EST – Proposal Preparation

1:00 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. EST – Merit Review Process

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST – Post Award Monitoring & Compliance

4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST – Award Management 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. EST – NSF Policy Update

11:10 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. EST – Office of the Inspector General

11:40 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. EST – Funding Mechanism Overview

1:20 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. EST – Emerging Research Institution (ERI) Roundtable

2:40 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST – Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program

All of the presentations will be available on the conference website under the Conference Documents tab. Presentation files will be added to the website as they become available, so please check back frequently.  For general conference questions, please contact us at grants_conference@nsf.gov. This webcast will be provided by TV Worldwide. For webcast technical support, please call one of the TV Worldwide technical support numbers listed below or email technical support at info@tvworldwide.com.

Webcast Technical Phone Support:

(330) 629-8230 (814) 653-2760 (703) 961-9250 ext. 246

Sincerely,  National Science Foundation

 

National Distance Learning Week is just around the corner – November 9 – 13.  As we offer more and more distance learning options to students, it may help to take a small amount of time to think about the newer formats.  There are many more opportunities for professional development than any of us have time to do, but you might want to check out the following two sites.  To find out about local options, you can check out the program for the Innovations Showcase at: https://sites.google.com/site/nationaldistancelearningweek/events-schedule.  You can find more global options at the United States Distance Learning Association site at:  https://www.usdla.org/events/ndlw/see-who-is-celebrating-ndlw-around-the-globe/.  (Patti Blanton – Thank you for the heads up on this one!)

 

Geography Awareness Week – November 15-21  http://education.nationalgeographic.com/programs/geographyawarenessweek/?ar_a=1

Computer Science Education Week – December 7-13 https://csedweek.org/

Please help me identify the other important days/weeks that we should be celebrating within the college!

 

CNAS Public Lecture is Tuesday, November 10 in Temple 002 at 7:30 PM.  Paul Schweiger is presenting!

 

Eric Shaw will be on campus Friday, November 13.  Flyer: Eric Shaw Flyer   Here is a link to Eric’s professional biography: http://planning.dc.gov/biography/eric-d-shaw.

Other seminars/events are posted at http://science.missouristate.edu/

 

Mind’s Eye – http://blogs.missouristate.edu/mindseye/

 

Due Date

Timeline – http://www.missouristate.edu/assets/Provost/PSIP_Evaluation_Timeline_2016.pdf

 

Important Dates in November/December –

 

November 10 CNAS Public Lecture, Paul Schweiger, 7:30 pm, Temple 002

November 23-27  Thanksgiving Holiday (Offices open November 23-24)

November 30  CNAS Fall Speaker series at the Library Center, Jim O’Brien & Dean Jahnke, 7:00 pm

December 3   Fall classes end

December 11  CNAS Grad reception

December 11  CNAS commencement, 12:30 pm, JQH Arena

 

Tammy

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