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Graduate College Update – April 2014

Graduate College Virtual Fair.  The Graduate College Virtual Fair on April 22 from 8am–8pm.  Faculty can participate in the live chat rooms from any computer with internet access.  (It is possible to access from your smart phone or a tablet, but it will be easier from a desktop or laptop.)  Please contact Misty Stewart (PH: 417-836-6079), Graduate Recruitment Coordinator, for more information. She has invited 4,358 prospective students to attend the virtual fair.

As of 4/7/14, the following programs have signed up to participate

Audiology

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Business Administration

Counseling

Counseling and Assessment

Criminology

Early Childhood & Family Development

Education of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing

Educational Administration

Educational Leadership

Educational Technology

Health Administration

Health Promotion & Wellness Management

History

Library Science

Nursing

Orientation & Mobility

Psychology (IO)

Public Administration

Public Health

Secondary Education (Physical Education)

Speech Language Pathology

Student Affairs in Higher Education

Special Education

Graduate Interdisciplinary Forum.  Saturday, May 3, 2014!  For pictures and information from the 2013 Forum, please see http://graduate.missouristate.edu/currentstudents/IDF.htm.

Graduate Scholarship for Enhancing Diversity.  Deadline has been extended to April 30.  See http://www.missouristate.edu/FinancialAid/scholarships/Graduate.htm for information.

Graduation Deadlines

  • Applications for Graduation  – - apply ASAP – students who apply now will not be in the program.
  • April 21, 2014 – - Deadline for submission of a Thesis to the Graduate College.
  • April 21, 2014 – - Deadline for submission of Seminar Report Form to Grad College.
  • May 8, 2014 – - Deadline for submission of Comprehensive Exam Result Form to the Grad. College.
  • May 16, 2014 – - Commencement (10:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 5:00 p.m.).

Surveys across campus.   The Office of Institutional Research is collecting information on surveys being done across campus.  These can be surveys of prospective students, current students or alumni.  Please send information and a copy of the survey to Michelle Olsen (MOlsen@missouristate.edu) with a cc to Ham881@live.missouristate.edu.

Graduate Student Study Break.  Study breaks are scheduled on Mondays from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. in PSU 400.  Refreshments will be available!!!  Please advertise this to all of you graduate students as a place to grab a bite to eat and have some quiet study time.

Graduate Student Senate.  The next Graduate Student Senate meeting is May 1, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. in PSU 308C.

Graduate Student Workshop:

  • Giving a Presentation.  3:30-5:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014.  PSU 308 A.  Speaker: Dr. Tom Tomasi, Associate Dean of the Graduate College and Biology Professor.  This session will include suggestions and examples of successful presentation techniques for both oral and poster presentations. This session is intended to assist students as they prepare for the Graduate Interdisciplinary Forum, which will be held on May 3, 2014, but this session is also open to any graduate student.
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Social Media Press Kit: Graduate College Virtual Fair

The Graduate College is excited to expand its showcase by taking the event online. At the Graduate College Virtual Fair, participants will enjoy real-time interaction with program coordinators and Graduate College staff– all with the convenience of the Web.

Key Details

What: Graduate College Virtual Fair

When: Tuesday, April 22, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Where: Online at http://www.careereco.com/events/msu 

Who: Anyone interested in one of Missouri State’s 70+ graduate options

Learn more or contact Misty Stewart (MistyStewart@MissouriState.edu) for further details.

Share the story

Help spread the word about the Graduate College Virtual Fair to prospective students. You might let the following people know about this event:

  • Current Missouri State undergraduates who are eligible for an accelerated master’s program
  • Any prospective students who are receiving regular email communications from your department
  • People who are following your program’s blog
  • People who are connected with you through your program’s social media platforms

Make your post social media savvy

Photos

The following photos are available for promoting the Virtual Showcase on your blog and social media.

Student performing research in lab

 

Students working in computer lab

Students working in classroom

View of the Missouri State campus

Sample social media posts

Sample Facebook posts

Pair these post ideas with any of the sample photos included above.

Customize a post by adding your program name to the following:

  • Interested in a graduate degree in [INSERT YOUR PROGRAM NAME HERE]? Attend the Graduate College Virtual Fair on 4/22 to learn more. http://bit.ly/1pZmoWp

Sample tweets

  • Learn about the 70+ programs @MSUGradCollege offers. Join the Virtual Fair on 4/22: http://bit.ly/1pZmoWp #FollowYourPassion

Customize a post by adding your program name to the following:

  • .@missouristate undergrads- considering an accelerated master’s in [INSERT YOUR PROGRAM NAME HERE]? Attend the Virtual Fair on 4/22: http://bit.ly/1pZmoWp
  • Expand your career options with a graduate degree in [INSERT YOUR PROGRAM NAME HERE]. Learn more on 4/22: http://bit.ly/1pZmoWp #FollowYourPassion
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Join the Graduate College Virtual Fair

The Graduate College is excited to expand its showcase by taking the event online. At the Graduate College Virtual Fair, participants will enjoy real-time interaction with program coordinators and Graduate College staff– all with the convenience of the Web.

Reaching prospective students with more convenience than ever before

The Virtual Fair can accomplish the exact goal of a traditional showcase– helping prospective students learn more about Missouri State’s graduate programs. By holding the event in a virtual space, however, the Graduate College is giving participants the same flexibility they enjoy when shopping online or engaging on social media.

Virtual Fair attendees will be able to access chat rooms with Graduate College faculty and staff. They can participate in multiple chats and can customize their experience by choosing chat rooms from a list of available options.

Participating programs

(Note: A social media press kit exists to help programs promote their participation in the Virtual Fair.)

As of April 7, the following programs have confirmed participation in the Virtual Fair:

This event is free, open to the public and ideal for:  Student reading documents at her computer

  • Current Missouri State undergraduates who are interested in expanding their career options through Missouri State’s accelerated master’s program
  • People outside the Springfield area who are interested in earning an advanced degree at Missouri State
  • Anyone who is interested in attending graduate school and needs the convenience on getting information online in real time

This event also offers benefits for program coordinators, including:

  • The ability to access the event from the convenience of your own office
  • The opportunity to interact with multiple prospective students during a set time
  • The option of loading relevant documents (such as application information) and linking useful urls (such as program information) into your own virtual conference space, where prospective students can easily access them

Key Details   Student reading at computer

What: Graduate College Virtual Fair- free and open to the public

When: Tuesday, April 22

Where: Online at www.careereco.com/events/msu – registration is required

Who: Anyone interested in an advanced degree

For more information, contact Misty Stewart (MistyStewart@MissouriState.edu).

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Graduate College Update: March 2014

Graduate College Virtual Fair.  CareerEco  has been chosen as the vendor for the Graduate College Virtual Fair on April 22 from 8am – ??.  Faculty can participate in the live chat rooms from any computer with internet access.  (It is possible to access from your smart phone or a tablet, but it will be easier from a desktop or laptop.)  CareerEco will provide a tutorial and testing of the site weeks before the live event

CareerEco specializes in virtual career and grad school fairs and was chosen because of cost, accessibility and user-friendliness (for faculty and prospective students).  To learn more you may visit their website at https://www.careereco.com/.  The Graduate College is exploring this new adventure by purchasing a one-day event.  If it proves to be successful, then we will look into buying a 1-year package with unlimited use for the Graduate College and all graduate programs. This package would allow the Graduate College to host at least 2 virtual fairs each year and each program to host their own virtual fairs.  Having a virtual event will allow real-time interaction with prospective students and will reach a much larger audience.

All Graduate Programs need to provide the following information to Misty Stewart via email no later than March 24:

  1. Will you be participating in the virtual fair?  Yes or No
  2. If you will be participating what time(s) will you be online chatting with students?  (A 2 hour minimum is required.  However you may break this up. For example, 9am-10am and again from 3pm-4pm.)
  3. Which faculty will be participating?  (We are hopeful that we can put your picture with a short bio up on the chat page, so prospective students can put a face with a name.)

Graduation Deadlines

  • Applications for Graduation  - – apply ASAP
  • April 21, 2014 – - Deadline for submission of a Thesis to the Graduate College.
  • April 21, 2014 – - Deadline for submission of Seminar Report Form to Grad College (for programs requiring form).
  • May 8, 2014 – - Deadline for submission of Comprehensive Exam Result Form to the Graduate College.
  • May 16, 2014 – - Commencement (10:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 5:00 p.m.). 10:00 a.m. Ceremony: COB/1:30 p.m. Ceremony:  COAL, COE, CHPA/5:00 p.m. Ceremony: CHHS, CNAS, Darr School of Agriculture

Graduate Interdisciplinary Forum.  Saturday, May 3, 2014!  Abstracts are due April 7.  For pictures and information from the 2013 Forum, please see http://graduate.missouristate.edu/currentstudents/IDF.htm.

Iraq Recruitment Trip.  Michael Edwards, Coordinator of Graduate Admissions, will be traveling to Iraq in mid-April to attend Education USA Iraq Graduate Fair and the American University Graduate Fair.  The Higher Commission for Education Development (HCED) has the task to send Iraqi students to study abroad through a very transparent and rigid selection process. They have been doing this since 2010 and have more than 1,500 students studying at US, UK and Australian universities.

Brazil Applied Master Program.  MSU may have the opportunity to have master’s student from Brazil beginning in the fall, 2014 semester.  These students will mainly be in STEM areas and Internship opportunities will be needed for each participant..  If faculty members have possible internship opportunities, please contact Michael Edwards.

Graduate Student Study Break.  Study breaks are scheduled on Mondays from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. in PSU 400.  Refreshments will be available!!!  Please advertise this to all of you graduate students as a place to grab a bite to eat and have some quiet study time.

Graduate Student Senate.  The GSS meetings for the spring semester will be as follows:  March 20, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.  PSU 315

Graduate Student Workshops:

Writing an Abstract.  3:30-5:00 p.m. Thursday, March 27, 2014.  PSU 308 ASpeaker: Dr. Tom Tomasi, Associate Dean of the Graduate College and Biology Professor.  This session will include suggestions on how to write an abstract. The session is intended to assist students as they prepare abstracts for their theses and for the Graduate Interdisciplinary Forum, which will be held May 3, 2014, but this session is also open to any graduate student.

Giving a Presentation.  3:30-5:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014.  PSU 308 ASpeaker: Dr. Tom Tomasi, Associate Dean of the Graduate College and Biology Professor.  This session will include suggestions and examples of successful presentation techniques for both oral and poster presentations. This session is intended to assist students as they prepare for the Graduate Interdisciplinary Forum, which will be held on May 3, 2014, but this session is also open to any graduate student.

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Graduate College Virtual Fair

The Graduate College will be hosting a Virtual Fair on Tuesday, April 22!  This event will be completely online and in real-time.  It will allow prospective grad students the opportunity to chat with faculty members and Graduate College staff to learn more about our graduate programs and ask any questions. The event is open and free to any MSU student and the public who wish to learn more about our Accelerated Master’s Programs, Graduate Certificate Programs, Master’s Programs, Specialist Programs and Doctoral Programs.  More information coming soon!

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Outstanding Administrative Graduate Assistant Awards

Many administrative and academic offices could not run effectively if it were not for the dedicated help of graduate assistants. The purpose of this annual award is to recognize one graduate student who has proven to be an assistant capable of taking on responsibilities beyond the job requirements.

Award recipients

Year Recipient Department
2013 Hunter Klie Administrative Studies
2012 Drew Rogers Social Work
2011 Lisa Wainwright Office of Student Financial Aid
2010 Jessica Clements University Communications
2009 Laura Clark Communication Sciences and Disorders
2008 Lindsay Goodwin Political Science
2007 Kazumi Holcomb English Language Institute (ELI)
2006 Meghan Lowery Office of the Provost
2005 Nicole Flowers College of Education
2004 Matt Frauenhoffer Office of Disability Services
2003 Heather Barbre Center for Dispute Resolution
2002 Ben Atwell Social Work
Year Recipient Department
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Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant Award

The Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant Award annually recognizes one research assistant who has proven to be capable of taking on responsibilities beyond the job requirements and delivering research in a timely manner.

Award recipients

Year Recipient Department
2013 Monica Hill Psychology
2012 Michael Carr Psychology
2011 Julianna Cameron Criminology
2010 No Award Given
2009 Andrea Crownhart Biology
2008 Craig Meyer English
2007 Angela Bandy Biology
2006 Todd Fobian Biology
2005 Sarissa McClure Counseling
2004 Jessica Thomas School of Teacher Education
2003 Johnna Pederson Agriculture
2003 Mark Bowen Geography, Geology and Planning
2002 Susan Licher Geography, Geology and Planning
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