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Nominate exemplary students to become SOAR leaders

SOAR students walking across campus together.Student Orientation, Advisement & Registration (SOAR) is currently recruiting students to serve as SOAR leaders for summer 2017. Serving as a SOAR leader provides students with a number of benefits, such as:

  • Strengthening critical thinking, problem solving, communication and leadership skills
  • Learning from and networking with faculty and staff
  • Sharing positive experiences from their programs of study with new students and families

Academic departments also benefit. SOAR leaders from your majors or programs:

  • Serve as positive and engaging role models for your new students
  • Are better prepared to positively and accurately represent your department
  • Help recruit and retain new students in your department, as well as the University itself

We encourage you to nominate exemplary students from your programs to become a SOAR leader. Faculty and staff nominations frequently encourage students to pursue a leadership role in SOAR.

Visit http://www.missouristate.edu/newbears/becomeaSOARleader.htm to learn more about the SOAR leader position, including responsibilities, qualifications, benefits, compensation and more. For more information, contact Joe Morris, director of new student and family programs, at 417-836-7641.

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Open Enrollment!

October 3 – December 1, 2016

With Open Enrollment just around the corner, it is time to start considering all your options.

This will be a good time to review/elect/decline/or make changes to your benefits. These include; medical/health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, critical illness insurance, and accident insurance. It is also a time when employees can find out and learn more about any NEW benefits being offered. Here’s a sneak peak! 

Please expect to receive a subsequent announcement with additional information soon!

Contact the Office of Human Resources at 6-6616 if you have any questions.

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Save The Date!

New & Never Done Before!

Historically, the University has held two separate fairs during fall semester; a Health and Wellness fair organized by Taylor Health Center and the Foster Rec. Center, and a Benefits fair sponsored by the Office of Human Resources.

This year, thanks to your feedback, we are combining both fairs into a Bigger and Better event. That’s right, Taylor Health Center, Foster Rec. Center, and the Office of Human Resources are sponsoring your event this year.

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to come check it out.

Please contact Angela Porcelli at the Foster Rec. Center @ 417.836.5334 if you have any questions.

Additional Information!

See you at the fair!

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Missouri State RESPOND Program

A student stressing over books in Meyer Library.Want to learn more about how to effectively RESPOND to a student, staff or faculty member in need of help? The MSU Counseling Center and dean of students office is pleased to announce a free training opportunity for staff and faculty to learn how to better recognize, support and refer someone who needs assistance with mental health concerns Oct. 10-11.

About 1 in 5 of us will experience a diagnosable mental illness this year. All of us experience emotional pain or distress at times in our lives. Most of us want to help yet often feel uncertain about what to do or say. The program provides a basic overview of symptoms often associated with mental health problems and offers an action plan to help you RESPOND effectively. In addition, the course will address campus policies such as FERPA and will review campus and community mental health resources.

Simply being present can change a life

RESPOND is an eight-hour training  program (two days, four hours each day) offered at no cost to MSU faculty and staff thanks to generous support from the office of the vice president for student affairs.

RESPOND workshop details:

Date/Time:     Oct. 10 8 a.m. – noon, Oct. 11 1 – 5 p.m.

Location:        Plaster Student Union, ballroom east

Presenters:    Dr. Thomas Lane, dean of students, and Rhonda Lesley, director of the Counseling Center

Register by:   Sept. 29

Cancellation deadline: Sept. 30.

Further information

Beverages, pastries and snacks will be provided. Participants will receive a certificate of participation.

This training opportunity is open to MSU staff and faculty only at this time. Future courses will be available to other campus community members. Participants must be present both half-days to complete this training.

To register, copy and paste the information below into an e-mail, complete the required information and send to VickiSimons@MissouriState.edu. You will receive a confirmation email within the next business day after you register.

RESPOND Training Registration
Monday, October 10, 2016, 8 am—Noon, & Tuesday, October 11, 1—5 pm,
Plaster Student Union, Ballroom East
Position Title:
Brief description of why you’re enrolling in this training:
(Examples: To recognize mental health issues of students and others; learn the best way to help those who are in need; help in my role as an adviser; seeking general mental health information.



For more information, contact Vicki Simons, administrative assistant for the Counseling Center, at 417-836-5116.

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Flu shots now available

Flu vaccinesThe outside of Taylor Health and Wellness.

Flu shots are available at Taylor Health and Wellness Center through Sept. 30, then available in the Monroe Building (across the street from Taylor) starting Oct. 3. Appointments are not necessary, just come in Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

This flu shot covers four strains of the flu while most others only cover three. The flu vaccine cost varies:

  • MSU employees, full and part-time: No cost. Paid by MSU insurance.
  • Household members of employees: No cost. Paid by MSU insurance.
  • Retirees (on MSU insurance): No cost. Paid by MSU insurance, but stop by the Business Office before injection.
  • Retirees on Medicare (paid by Medicare): No cost. If on the Medicare Advantage Plan please check with your plan to see if Taylor Health is in your network. All Medicare patients need to check in with the Business Office before getting their vaccine.
  • Students: No cost. Paid by student fee.
  • Others: $30.50
    • Taylor does not vaccinate children under six years of age. If your child is under six, contact your pediatrician.
    • Children ages six, seven and eight need a copy of their immunization record to determine if the patient needs one or two flu vaccines.
    • Those on Coumadin (warfarin) must bring date and value of INR that has been drawn in the last three weeks equal to or less then 3.5.

For more information about the flu and the vaccine, visit www.cdc.gov/flu/ or call 417-836-4000.

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September 2016 Employee Wellness Update

The sun setting behind Foster Recreation Center.Weight Watchers at Missouri State University

Join Weight Watchers to access a wealth of resources and receive support in your weight loss efforts. When you sign up for Weight Watchers, you will also be given access to Weight Watchers e-tools. eTools allows you to keep track of how many points you use each day, as well as chart your progress and find recipe ideas. This program is conveniently located on campus every Tuesday at 7 a.m. or 12 p.m. Cost for the 17-week program is $186, and the session starts Sept. 20. Meetings will be held in the Telecommunications Center conference room, located in Blair-Shannon house.

Matt Pilates

The practice of Pilates focuses on alignment and functionality of the human body. Its goal is to create a strong core to help with balance, coordination, flexibility and strength. Offered on Mondays and Wednesdays 5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Foster Recreation Center, Studio C. Cost of the program is $50 per session.

Ageless Grace

This exercise will help you to remain strong as you age, flexible to reach those high shelves and sharp for dealing with those youngsters around you. These exercises are based on everyday movements that are natural and organic, focusing on healthy longevity of the body and mind.

Class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays noon-1 p.m. in the PSU 308. Check with the instructor for room changes. Cost of the semester-long program is $50.

Restorative Yoga

The class will employ gentle flows, yin and restorative poses to relax, strengthen and restore you. Class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays noon-1 p.m. in the PSU 315. Check with the instructor for location changes. Cost of the program is $50 per session.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi concentrates on strengthening the central nervous system and harmonizing muscles and blood flow to the heart which in turn allows a greater amount of oxygen to be available for consumption. Class meets on Wednesdays and Fridays 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Foster Recreation Center, Studio A. Cost of the semester long program is $50.

Mindfulness/Meditation I

Are you feeling overwhelmed? Stressed out? Do you need to unplug and unwind? Do you need to be more creative and centered?  Are you seeking serenity and peace of mind? Then this class is for you. Many doctors attribute up 80% of our illness to the effects of stress. This is called the Age of Anxiety. Why not learn how to disconnect from the world and control your own turbulent mind? In this class you will learn three different styles of meditation and be given a mindfulness practice to do each week. These techniques are universal and separate from any religion or sect. These techniques are universal and separate from any religion or sect. The cost of the 5-week session is $85 and includes a book and a light meal at each session. The session starts Sept. 22 at noon in PSU 317.

To register for the above classes and use your non-credit fee waiver, please contact Jerilyn Reed at 417-836-4045 or jerilynreed@missouristate.edu.

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Save for your Future – Deferred Compensation (457b)

The Office of Human Resources is sponsoring a visit by our ICMA-RC representative on:

Tuesday, September 20, 8:30 – 3:00 in Plaster Student Union Room 309.

Monday, September 26, 8:30 – 12:00 in Plaster Student Union Room 311.

ICMA-RC is the University’s Section 457 (Deferred Compensation) plan provider.

Ms. Deborah Taylor will be available to meet individually with employees who already have a 457 account as well as employees who have questions about such accounts or about starting an investment program with ICMA-RC under 457.  Employees currently in the program are asked to bring their new account access user id and password, if they have set up account via Deferred Comp. website:  www.modeferredcomp.org.  There will be a group presentation at 8:30, followed by thirty-minute pre-scheduled individual sessions.

Employees who want to meet with Ms. Taylor can use the hyperlink to sign up: State of Missouri Online Scheduling this is used for an appointment time or to confirm attendance at the presentation meeting due to limited seating.  (Remember to go ALL THE WAY through the registration to get to the CONFIRMATION #).

Supervisors please post for those without immediate access to a computer

Please contact the Office of Human Resources at 6-6616 if you have any questions.

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New director of CRPM named

Carrington without banners in the summer.Over the summer, Diane May retired from her position as director of the Center for Resource Planning and Management (CRPM) at Missouri State.

“She did an amazing job of building and sustaining an outstanding center that has provided help to southwest Missouri communities in need of planning help,” said Dr. Tamera Jahnke, dean of the College of Natural and Applied Sciences.

Jason Ray has been selected as the new director starting immediately. As director, Ray will work to assure that CRPM operates in accordance with its mission to expand the university’s capacity to address the region’s comprehensive planning and community development needs. He will also ensure the promotion of the academic planning program by raising awareness and facilitating experiential learning and professional development opportunities for students, faculty and staff.

Ray worked at the Harry S. Truman Coordinating Council (HSTCC) starting in 2010. His duties included comprehensive, land use and environmental planning as well as extensive management responsibilities. In May 2015, Ray began work at CRPM as a planner managing a transportation planning program for a 10-county region. He also scoped and managed new planning programs.

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Campus Conflict Workshops for 2016-17 announced

Individuals working together to resolve an issue.Mark your calendar for the Center for Dispute Resolution‘s fall and spring Campus Conflict Workshop series. These free workshops are offered to all Missouri State faculty, staff, students and
alumni, and also qualify for Master Advisor credit.

Political Discourse: Civility, Political Correctness, or Trumpeting Your Own Horn?

Sept. 13 | 12-1 p.m. | PSU 317
Presented by  Dr. Liz Dudash-Buskirk, Dr. Eric Morris and Ms. Nora Cox

This workshop will explore political discourse and its impact in our modern era. The focus of the session will be how to discuss sensitive topics like politics in the classroom and beyond without creating destructive conflicts.


Giving and Receiving Feedback

Oct. 12 | 12-1 p.m. | PSU 317

Presented by Dr. Char Berquist and Ms. Heather Blades

This session will explore how to give and receive feedback in the best ways possible, and will offer tips on how to handle these tough conversations and turn an otherwise uncomfortable experience into an opportunity for growth.


Bullying in the Workplace

Nov. 15 |12-1 p.m. | PSU 317

Presented by Dr. Carrisa Hoelscher and Dr. Stephen Spates

Bullying is a common phenomenon that impacts workplace and campus settings. It often goes unrecognized even though it can cause much personal stress and group conflict. This workshop will discuss workplace and campus bullying behaviors, techniques for dealing with bullying, and prevention strategies.


Personality Types in Conflict

Jan. 25 | 12-1 p.m. | PSU 317

Presented by Dr. Gloria Galanes

Although conflict is inevitable, resolving conflict is easier when you understand the impact that a person’s personality type has on their reactions and perceptions. The session investigates the implications of personality types on conflict situations.


Coaching: An Effective Tool in Conflict Management

Feb. 21 | 12-1 p.m. | PSU 317

Presented by Dr. Char Berquist and Ms. Heather Blades

This session will provide coaching strategies to help you assist others in conflict situations.


Using Circles to Encourage Dialogue

April 19 | 12-1 p.m. | PSU 317

Presented by Dr. Char Berquist and Ms. Heather Blades

The “circle process” is a unique format that can be used to encourage dialogue, deep listening, and connection. Learn how you can use circles in the classroom and within organizations and units to build relationships and enhance learning and collaboration.

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My Story, My Statement – Diversity Opportunity

A promotional poster for My Story, My Statement.The Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services Diversity Committee is sponsoring a poster campaign to showcase the diverse individuals within the Missouri State University community.

The committee aims to positively highlight the range of differences found within our community and provide an opportunity for members of the Missouri State community to connect and explore the diversity on our campus. The My Story, My Statement poster campaign is open to all students, faculty, staff and alumni of Missouri State University. We hope you will consider sharing your story and your statement along with highlighting this opportunity to others within our Missouri State community.

Share your story, your statement at https://forms.missouristate.edu/ResLife/MyStoryMyStatement.php.

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