One more week

August 15, 2016

Welcome back to the start of the 2016-2017 academic year.   Here are some dates for your calendar:

Aug 19    STEM LLC Welcome Event (3-5 PM) – All department heads and faculty involved in STEM LLC should attend to be introduced to students!  Temple Hall Courtyard (east side of building)

Aug 21   New Student Convocation

Aug 22   Fall 2016 Classes Begin

Aug 25   CNAS Student Expo, 3:30-6:30, Temple 002

Citizen Scholar Award NominationsNominations due by 5:00 p.m. on Thu, Sep 15

The Board of Governors is once again soliciting nominations for the annual Citizen Scholar Award. Since the award was created in 2007, fifty-three exceptional students have been chosen to receive this prestigious honor, and the Missouri State University Board of Governors is expecting to recognize six more outstanding students this fall.  If you are a faculty or staff member who knows of a student who excels academically and exemplifies the Public Affairs mission, please download the nomination packet from the Citizen Scholar homepage  and submit it to the Office of Student Affairs. Please be sure to read the “Criteria for Consideration and Selection” sheet, and provide sufficient details in your submission.  Recipients will receive an engraved memento and recognition on a plaque in the Plaster Student Union Parliamentary Room (PSU 313). In addition, the Citizen Scholars are recognized at the Board of Governor’s meeting on December 15, at a Board of Governors breakfast on December 16, and at various times throughout the academic year.  Questions or comments may be directed to the Office of Student Affairs in Carrington 200 or call 417-836-5526.


  • Student Resources page on our website is being updated to get ready for the fall. Check it out for important information.
  • Paul Durham – Distinguish Professor Paul Durham and his colleagues P. L. Hawkins and Loren Cornelison (MS grad and research staff in Paul’s lab) received a poster award at a national meeting.  Below is the university news item about the award. In addition, click to see a video of Paul and some of his students talking about their research on TMJ pain.
  • Dan Beckman, Associate Dean, took a Study Away group to explore the Snake River Ecosystem. Here they are in Yellowstone:

Beckman and students Aug2016 (l to r) Amy McKee, Natalie Venette, Amber John, Miranda Keller, Kyle Ess, Jordan Shalla, Kayla Gunn

 ICYMI (in case you missed it) …


Aug 15           All Faculty and Graduate Students Report to Work

Aug 15-16      New Faculty Orientation and Graduate Student Orientation

Aug 17           Showcase on Teaching and Learning

Aug 18           All Faculty Luncheon – 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, PSU Ballroom

Aug 21           New Student Convocation

Aug 22           Fall 2016 Classes Begin

Aug 24         All-College Meeting at 3:30 PM, Temple 003 – President Smart and Provost Einhellig will be joining us.

Aug 25           CNAS Student Expo, 3:30-6:30, Temple 002

Aug 25            CNAS Leadership Team Meeting, 2:00 PM

Aug 30            CNAS/STEM Mentor Night, 7:00-8:00, Temple 001

Sep 7              MTH/KME picnic, 5:00, Phelps Grove park

Sep 10            Ozarks Mini Maker Faire

Sep 12-19       Public Affairs Week

Sep 15             CNAS Leadership Team Meeting, 2-3:30 PM

Sep 18             BIO Picnic & Scholarship reception, 12:00-4:00, Springfield Lake

Sep 24             Fall Showcase

Sep 26             State of the University Address, 12:15 PM, PSU Theatre

Sep 27-29       Fall Academic Integrity Days

Sep 28             Majors Fair

Sep 28             STEM Lecture at Library Center – Dr. Paul Schweiger, 7:00-8:00

Sep 29             CNAS Leadership Team Meeting, 2:00-3:30 PM

Oct 15            Homecoming 2016!

Oct 27-28     Tri-State Water Coalition meeting, Darr Ag Center – Missouri State Outreach Water Conference 2016

Nov 7            CNAS STEM Career Discovery Expo (4-6 PM)

Dec 16          Fall Commencement


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