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Reminder: Mercy/Med – Pay Onsite Support

ATTENTION:

Representatives will be on campus from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm today, September 18, 2014. Please see below for details.

As part of an ongoing effort in improving and enhancing your benefits package at Missouri State University, we are pleased to introduce a new service to all benefit eligible employees participating in the Medical Health insurance provided by the University.

Starting during the month of August through the end of the year 2014, we will have representatives from our preferred participating provider network Mercy Health Plans and, our third party claims administrator Med-Pay on campus to assist you with any questions or issues you have with your medical insurance. These include anything from a better understanding of your benefits to complex claim/billing issues.  The next support session will be held on Thursday, September 4, from 2:00 pm. to 4:00 pm. in Carrington Hall, Room 110.

Additional information and details will be posted on the “Employee Benefits” section of the Human Resources website. Please see below for a direct link to this page.

http://missouristate.edu/human/benefits.html
Please contact the Office of Human Resources at 417.836.6616 if you have any questions.

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Shattering the Silences Series

Shattering Silences: Nigerian Cultural Connections

Date: Friday, September 26
Time: 4:00–6:30 p.m.
Location: PSU, Parliamentary Room 313

This presentation is part of the Nigeria Public Affairs Program sponsored by the U.S. Embassy, Public Affairs Section, Abuja, Nigeria, and Missouri State University Provost Office and Division for Diversity and Inclusion. “Shattering Silences: Nigerian Cultural Connections” is a presentation by a Nigeria Scholars Delegation from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, designed to share Nigeria’s cultural diversity with Missouri State University campus and the greater community. Come participate in cultural exchange and learn about Nigeria’s rich culturally diverse heritage. Food will be served at this event, so register through My Learning Connection to ensure adequate food service. Call the FCTL at 836-3059 if you have any questions.

Shattering Silences: International Disability Studies: Building Community

Date: Monday, September 29
Time: 1:30–3:00 p.m.
Location: PSU, Parliamentary Room 313
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This panel is part of the Nigeria Public Affairs Program sponsored by the U.S. Embassy, Public Affairs Section, Abuja, Nigeria, and Missouri State University Provost Office and Division for Diversity and Inclusion. “Shattering Silences: International Disability Studies: Building Community” focuses on the experiences of Nigerian students with disabilities and their backgrounds, expectations, and challenges. This panel discussion is a peek into some international faculty and student perspectives and issues related to disability studies. It is also listed on the Academic Advisor Forum calendar and will count toward master advisor recertification. Even if you are not attending this event for Master Advisor credit, please register through My Learning Connection to attend. Food will be served at this event. Call the FCTL at 836-3059 if you have any questions.

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MSU – Discovery Center “Free Day”

The Smithsonian Traveling exhibit “Green Revolution” is sponsored and developed by the Missouri State University College of Natural & Applied Science, City Utilities of Springfield, City of Springfield Environmental Services, SMC Packaging and The Print Group. Discovery Center is proud to debut the eco-friendly, minimal carbon footprint exhibit. Springfield partners have contributed in building this “eco-zibit” and brought local information to inform and engage visitors of all ages with the critical issues concerning the future health of our planet.

Missouri State wanted to give the opportunity for everyone in the Springfield region to enjoy this exhibit and what Discovery Center has to offer. On Oct. 1, the university is sponsoring free admission to the Discovery Center from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

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Citizen Scholar Award nominations due Sept. 18

The Board of Governors are once again soliciting nominations for the annual Citizen Scholar Award. Since the award was created in 2007, 41 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 Plaster Student Union, Room 313. In addition, the Citizen Scholars are recognized at a breakfast before the December Board of Governors meeting and at various times throughout the academic year.

Questions or comments may be directed to the office of student affairs in Carrington 200 (417-836-5526).

 

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Academic Advisor Forums—Fall 2014

What’s New with Transfer Advising?

Date: Friday, September 26
Time: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union 308
Presented by the Transfer Advising Committee: George Connor, Hillary Mayes, Judy Pickering, Kim Stagner, Katie Tucker, and Ross Hawkins

Space is limited and registration is required. Email Ross Hawkins to register for this special transfer advising workshop.

BCSSE Student Snapshot: Your Advisees’ Needs and Expectations at a Glance

Date: Tuesday, September 30
Time: 12:30–1:30 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union 313, Traywick Parliamentary Room
Presenters: Keri Franklin, Kelly Wood, Amy Bowen, and Beth Mincey

This summer almost 2,000 incoming students completed the Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE) detailing expectations for college: academic engagement, learning, and academic success. For the first time, advisors will have access to each advisee’s report. Come learn how this new information can save time and jump start conversations.

Master Advisor Refresher Workshop

Date: Tuesday, September 30
Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Location: PSU 315
Facilitator: Susan Martindale

This refresher workshop is designed for those whose Master Advisor designation has lapsed or for those who wish to complete the year’s re-certification requirements in one session.

Space is limited and registration is required. Register on the Academic Advisement Center website.

Find more information about other events in this week’s Provost Communiqué.

 

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Join the 100 Missouri Miles Challenge — Campus Challenge

Missouri State University is participating as a group in the 100 Missouri Miles Challenge – Campus Challenge and we want YOU to join us in this wellness initiative. The Campus Challenge has been launched by Gov. Jay Nixon under the umbrella of the 100 Missouri Miles Challenge to encourage wellness on college campuses.

Missouri State University has been challenged to complete 100,000 miles of physical activity by Sept. 30.

School pride is on the line as we compete against other Missouri universities for the 2014 Missouri Miles Cup! It’s easy to participate. Whether it’s a stroll outside between classes or a bike ride on a trail with roommates and friends, you can register and log your miles by going to 100MissouriMiles.com. Be sure to share your experiences on Facebook and Twitter using #100MoMiles.

Steps to join our group

Join us as we pursue better health and fitness this year while taking on our state school rivals.

  1. Visit 100MissouriMiles.com and register
  2. Select Missouri State University on registration page
  3. Join the group and get outside!
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Stomp Out Hunger Shoe Drive

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This October 1–25, Missouri State University, along with Drury University, Evangel University, Ozarks Technical College, and Southwest Baptist University, will once again join together for a cooperative community service project. This project, Stomp Out Hunger: All-Collegiate Shoe Drive, embodies the MSU public affairs mission as well as the 2014–15 public affairs theme, The Ethical Citizen: can you make a difference? This shoe drive is for students, faculty and staff—the whole MSU community. Learn more by visiting the Stomp Out Hunger website.

If you would like your office or organization to serve as a collection site, please contact the office of Public Affairs Support at 6-5073 to learn more about this opportunity.

Find more information about other events in this week’s Provost Communiqué.

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Center for Community Engagement

Ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, September 17

Missouri State University’s Board of Governor’s has approved our request to form a new Center for Community Engagement with the specific goals of strengthening and increasing the visibility of our Public Affairs mission on campus and in the surrounding region. The new Center, directed by Dr. Mike Stout, will be a readily visible point of contact for anyone on campus or in the community who wishes to conduct community engaged research and/or service opportunities. There will be a ribbon cutting on September 17, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. in Plaster Student Union Room 131 to officially open the Center and to begin the inaugural Missouri State University Civic Engagement Conference. More information about the Center for Community Engagement can be found on the Center’s website. Information about the Civic Engagement Conference can be found on the MSU online event calendar.

Find more information about other events in this week’s Provost Communiqué.

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