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Name change for the Department of Hospitality and Restaurant Administration (HRA)

The newly completed Pummill Hall.The Department of Hospitality and Restaurant Administration is in the process of changing their name to the Department of Hospitality LeadershipPresident Clif Smart, Dean Dr. Tammy Jahnke and Dr. Frank Einhellig, Provost, have approved this name change.

A change in the name of a department touches many units across the University, and it is a transition process that cannot occur in a short time period. This will effect the University catalogs, multiple things in Banner, elements in the Registrar’s Office, many reports that are produced, and a host of relationships in historical records which is just a mention a few of the impacts.

We look forward to the many opportunities this name change provides and appreciate your patience as we work to make the necessary adjustments to records, webpages and other important documentation.

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Parking lot closures for football home opener Sept. 1

On Thursday, Sept. 1, Missouri State University football will open the 2016 season against Southwestern College. The kickoff is set for 6:04 p.m.

Two parking lots will be closed or partially closed due to the game (see map at bottom). Only vehicles with football parking permits will be allowed to park in these lots:

  • Lot 4 (west of Plaster Stadium) – Closed at 6 a.m.
  • Lot 22 (south of Plaster Stadium, across Grand) – North portion closed at 6 a.m. Remaining portion open for normal operations.

All other parking lots on campus will remain open for normal operations.

All Bear Line shuttle routes will run as scheduled throughout the day. Adjustments will be made at the Carrington shuttle stop as game time nears.

A map of the parking lot closures for the Sept. 1 football game.

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Faculty volunteers needed for library study

Call for volunteersA sunset beyond Meyer Library.

If you were one of the 124 MSU faculty members who participated in the recent online library survey conducted at the end of the 2016 spring semester, we sincerely thank you!

Whether you completed the survey or not, we have an opportunity for you. This is a call for faculty volunteers to give an individual, confidential interview about your research habits and information needs for our Meeting Researchers Where They Start study.

Interviews will be conducted between September 15, 2016 and November 15, 2016. The Libraries’ research group will be conducting in-depth interviews with MSU faculty members at their convenience. To arrange an interview, please call or email Jan Johnson (6-6318, JanelleJohnson@MissouriState.edu).

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TIAA – Cref will be on campus soon!

TIAA-CREF will be offering Individual Counseling Sessions, where you can discuss your personal financial situation with a TIAA-CREF consultant on a confidential basis. Melvin Ballenger will be available to discuss how to help you achieve your financial goals by investing in financial solutions such as mutual funds, brokerage, life insurance and annuities.

TIAA-CREF can help you simplify your retirement by:

Providing objective advice and asset allocation based on your individual needs: Showing you how you can obtain a personalized actionable plan; Recommending fund selections to keep you on track to and through retirement; and Reviewing your retirement income options.

Date                                                                      Time                                                                        Location

August 25, 2016                                                   8am – 5pm                                                           PSU 310

August 26, 2016                                                   8am – 5pm                                                           PSU 310

To schedule a counseling session please call 1-800-732-8353.

Please contact the Office of Human Resources at 417.836.6616 if you have any questions.

Additional Information

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PLMS Update – Interim Noncredit Fee Waiver Process during Implementation

ATTENTION: Benefit Eligible Employees

We have implemented an interim process by which Benefit Eligible employees can purchase classes with their FY17 Noncredit Fee Waiver Benefit as we complete the implementation process of the new PLMS.  This process is for employees to register for paid classes starting in August and September.  Employees who are interested in registering and paying for classes provided by departments such as Campus Recreation and Taylor Health can do so by contacting the department directly.  They will be able to assist you with both the registration and charge back process to your FY17 Noncredit Fee Waiver account for the class (es).  Please refer to this webpage  for contact information on these departments for utilizing this interim process.  We would like to thank everyone for their support and patience as we complete the implementation of this new workforce system.

Please contact the Office of Human Resources at 6-4592/5779 or hrtraining@missouristate.edu  if you have any questions.

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New bill improves access to education

Carrington without banners in the summer.On July 27, State Senator David Pearce, R-Warrensburg, visited Missouri State University to discuss the successful passage and signing of Senate Bill 997, which will enable the Coordinating Board for Higher Education to implement particular strategies to promote academic success and timely graduation.  The bill also authorizes multiple scholarship programs, assists students to enroll in dual credit courses, publicizes the availability of student loan forgiveness and enhances financial aid for veterans and their families, among other provisions.

According to Pearce, Senate Bill 997 builds on the framework established by the Missouri Department of Higher Education’s new plan, Preparing Missourians to Succeed: A Blueprint for Higher Education.

“We know that higher education is transformational – it changes lives,” said Pearce. “This bill is designed to help students complete college and graduate so they can achieve their full potential and contribute to the economic development of the state.”

Leroy Wade, deputy commissioner of the Missouri Department of Higher Education, stressed the collaborative nature of the Blueprint, and expressed gratitude to Pearce for championing SB 997.

Pearce and Wade were joined by officials from the State Coordinating Board for Higher Education, as well as administrators and representatives from Missouri State University, Missouri Southern State University, Ozarks Technical Community College and Crowder College.

About Preparing Missourians to Succeed: A Blueprint for Higher Education

The plan focuses on five goals:

  • Attainment:Missouri will increase the proportion of working-age adults with high-quality, affordable postsecondary credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
  • Affordability:Missouri will rank among the 10 most affordable states in which to obtain a postsecondary degree or certificate by 2025.
  • Quality: Missouri will produce graduates with high-quality postsecondary degrees and certificates that are valuable and relevant to individuals, employers, communities and the state.
  • Research & Innovation:Missouri will be a top 10 state for investment in academic research by 2025.
  • Investment, Advocacy & Partnerships:Missouri will promote greater investment in a culture of postsecondary education through increased advocacy and powerful partnerships with education, business, government and communities.

For more information on SB 997, visit the legislation website.

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Chrystal Irons named Missouri SBTDC State Star

ChrystalIronsChrystal Irons, director of the Missouri State University (MSU) Small Business Technology & Development Center (SBTDC), Springfield, has been named the 2016 Missouri State Star, or the state’s outstanding business counselor, for her contributions to local business growth. The award is conferred by America’s SBDC, the national association for all SBDC programs throughout the country.

“Chrystal is simply outstanding in every way,” said Greg Tucker, MO SBTDC interim state director. “She regularly exceeds all goals in helping new businesses get off the ground, boosting existing businesses’ profitability and ensuring all area economic stakeholders work together to achieve regional prosperity and stability. It’s no exaggeration to say she has been instrumental in southwest Missouri’s continued economic success, and I expect even greater things from her as director.”

The state star award follows Irons’ recent promotion from MO SBTDC business development specialist for Christian and Taney counties to MSU SBTDC director.

Irons will receive official state star recognition at the ASBDC national conference in Orlando, Fla., this September. The award is given annually to a small business and development counselor in Missouri who shows a strong commitment to business and makes a significant contribution to the economic health of the region and state.

Irons is regularly recognized for excellence. In 2015, she won the Associated Industries of Missouri Extension Industry Award, which recognizes faculty and staff whose educational programming supports the economic viability of Missouri businesses.

Over the past two fiscal years, Irons far exceeded all her economic goals. Her goal of increasing sales for area companies was $6.5 million, and she achieved $10.6 million. In the same period, she helped create or retain more than 200 jobs and start 16 new businesses.

She partnered with the city of Hollister, Taney County Partnership and Missouri Enterprise, among others, to obtain grant funding to start a farmers’ market in Hollister. She also partnered with the Branson Chamber of Commerce and Taney County Partnership to celebrate SBA’s National Small Business Week in the Taney County area in past years, as well as bringing new educational programs to area small businesses.

Irons is also a business owner and entrepreneur in a family business, A-1 Walls & Landscaping, Ozark, Mo. She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and an MBA from Drury University.

The Missouri State SBTDC is designed to deliver up-to-date consultation, training, and technical assistance in all aspects of small business management.  Assistance is available to owners interested in improving or expanding an existing small business and to prospective business owners.  The Management Development Institute is a collaborative effort between Missouri State University and Springfield Innovation, Inc. to support the successful development of small and growth-stage companies.


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New assistant vice president for student affairs appointed

A head shot of Dr. Smith.

Dr. Michele Smith has been appointed as assistant vice president for student affairs at Missouri State University.

Smith will assume responsibility for overseeing the units in the multicultural cluster within student affairs:  multicultural programming (including the two multicultural resource center locations and the LGBT Resource Center), TRiO and Access Programs. Smith will also sit on the VP Staff team and the Student Affairs Leadership Team.

Smith will continue her role as a tenure-track faculty member in the College of Education.

“Dr. Smith has a wealth of experience in the areas of student development and student success,” said Dr. Dee Siscoe, vice president for student affairs. “In addition to her faculty positions at Ohio University, Alliant International University and now Missouri State University, Dr. Smith has served as the director of Upward Bound and the director of student diversity, recruitment and special programs at Ohio University and the director of academic advising and retention at Delgado Community College, West Bank Campus in New Orleans.”

Effective July 1, Smith assumed Juan Meraz’s duties as he moved to the department of diversity and inclusion, focusing primarily on diversity training initiatives.

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The Personnel Action Form (PAF) is Changing!

The Personnel Action Form (PAF) is Changing!

While the automated BearPAF systems to appoint Graduate Assistants and Per Course are up and running, Human Resources continues to work with Computer Services to automate all types personnel actions currently completed on paper PAFs.  For those actions that currently require using paper PAFs, beginning July 1, 2016, PAF initiators no longer need to make color copies of the PAF!

If the department, college, or cost center wishes to have a copy for their records, they will need to make their own copy when creating or signing the PAF.  Color copies will not be returned to departments for PAFs created after August 1, 2016.

The PAF form itself has been revised to only accept BearPass numbers; social security numbers are never needed on the PAF.

Initiators are requested to begin using the revised form immediately by downloading it at http://www.missouristate.edu/human/PersonnelAction.htm

If you have any questions, please contact:

Lyn McKenzie

Assistant Director, Human Resources-Compensation and Information Management

Office of Human Resources

120 Carrington






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Assistant director honored for work with LLC

A head shot of Ross Hawkins.The department of residence life, housing and dining services recognizes the outstanding contributions of faculty and staff partners to the Living-Learning Communities (LLCs) with the inaugural Living-Learning Community Partner of the Year Award. This award is given to an LLC partner who has demonstrated commitment to enhancing learning outside the classroom. This individual provides quality experiences that promote growth and student success within their respective community. Nominees should be student-centered and engaged within the living-learning community.  This award was presented at the RHA Spring Awards Ceremony on May 1.

Nominations were written by students and staff members who work directly with partners in the LLCs and were evaluated by a committee. This committee unanimously chose Ross Hawkins, assistant director of the Academic Advisement Center, for his work with the Transitions Community.

Ross’s work with Transitions included creating two advising panels for transfer students, participating in Human Bingo as part of a welcome back social in January and helping to formulate the curriculum for a brand new Peer Mentor program for students living in Kentwood Hall. Ross was recognized by those who nominated him as “an extremely dedicated partner” and “a true definition of what it means to be a proud Missouri State University faculty member and, furthermore, a LLC partner.”

The department of residence life and the office of student success initiatives is excited to award Ross Hawkins with the inaugural Living-Learning Community Partner of the Year Award.

If you’re interested in becoming a partner with one of the 14 Living-Learning Communities, please fill out the partner interest form and you’ll be contacted by a staff member to discuss joining our team

For more information about Living-Learning Communities, visit us online.

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