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December 20 Upgrade Day – Systems Unavailable

On Saturday, December 20th, Computer Services will be performing system software upgrades to a number of mission critical information systems between the hours of 8:00a.m. and noon.

During this time many University computer resources, to include but not limited to, the My Missouri State portal, various web servers, Banner, etc., will have interruptions of service. Please note that from 7:00a.m. until 7:00p.m., Blackboard Learn will be unavailable as it will be undergoing a major software upgrade.

These interruptions of services are necessary because network and computer infrastructures, operating systems, and software applications must be updated periodically to provide optimal services and improve information security capabilities. Departments and users are encouraged to plan accordingly and to not depend on uninterrupted services during this time period.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Pat Day at PatDay@MissouriState.edu or 417-836-6555.

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Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Thanksgiving holiday is finally here! See below for our hours this week.

Call, email, or chat with us:

  • Tuesday: 24 hours – Midnight
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 10 am – Midnight
  • Sunday: 12 pm – 24 hours

Our Open-Access Labs are open during the following hours:

Tuesday, November 25

  • Cheek Hall: 24 hours – Midnight
  • Meyer Library: 7 am – 10 pm
  • Glass Hall: 8 am – 5 pm

Wednesday, November 26: All Labs Closed

Thursday, November 27: All Labs Closed

Friday, November 28: All Labs Closed Saturday, November 29

  • Cheek Hall: 10 am – Midnight
  • Meyer Library:  12 pm – 6 pm
  • Glass Hall:  12 pm – 6 pm

Sunday, November 30

  • Cheek Hall: 12 pm – 24 hours
  • Meyer Library:  12 pm – 2 am
  • Glass Hall:  3 pm – 11 pm
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Finals Week Hours – Fall 2014

Finals week is quickly approaching, and we’d love to have you come study with us! See our finals week hours below.

Call, email, or chat with us:

  • Friday, December 5: Midnight – 11 pm
  • Saturday, December 6 thru Friday, December 12: 24 hours

Our Open-Access Labs are open during the following hours:

Friday, December 5

  • Cheek Hall: Midnight – 11 pm
  • Meyer Library:  7 am – 24 hours
  • Glass Hall: 8 am – 5 pm

Saturday, December 6

  • Cheek Hall:  10 am – 11 pm
  • Meyer Library:  24 hours
  • Glass Hall:  12 pm – 6 pm

Sunday, December 7

  • Cheek Hall: 12 pm – 11 pm
  • Meyer Library:  24 hours
  • Glass Hall:  3 pm – 11 pm

Monday, December 8

  • Cheek Hall: 7 am – Midnight
  • Meyer Library:  24 hours
  • Glass Hall:  8 am – 11 pm

Tuesday, December 9

  • Cheek Hall: 7 am – Midnight
  • Meyer Library:  24 hours
  • Glass Hall:  8 am – 11 pm

Wednesday, December 10

  • Cheek Hall: 7 am – Midnight
  • Meyer Library:  24 hours
  • Glass Hall:  8 am – 11 pm

Thursday, December 11

  • Cheek Hall: 7 am – 24 hours
  • Meyer Library:  Midnight – 10 pm
  • Glass Hall:  8 am – 11 pm

Friday, December 12

  • Cheek Hall: Midnight – 24 hours
  • Meyer Library:  7 am – 6 pm
  • Glass Hall:  8 am – 6 pm
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BENEFITS FAIR TODAY

ATTENTION: ALL Benefit Eligible Employees

As part of Open Enrollment, we are pleased to present our second annual Benefits Fair. The fair presents employees with an additional opportunity to meet with our benefit providers in an informal setting to find out more about the benefits offered here at Missouri State University. No registration required, just show up!

  • When – Today, November 19, 2014
  • Where – PSU Ballroom West
  • Time – 2pm – 6pm

Additional Information

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National Geography Awareness Week 2014

Dates: Monday through Friday, November 17–21

Join us for a week-long celebration of Geography by attending presentations on:

  • Geotourism / Sustainable travel and development
  • The use of unmanned aircraft (drones)
  • River dynamics
  • Hiking in Yellowstone National Park

All events are free and open to the public.

Download Geography Awareness Week schedule

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

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Blackboard Training Opportunities

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If you’re interested in earning your Blackboard Black Belt in 2014, you’ve still got a chance! Computer Services is offering several opportunities to receive training before winter break in both seated and online formats. Sign up for sessions through My Learning Connection, and prepare to make the most of Blackboard in spring 2015.

In-Person Sessions:

Green Belt Boot Camps:

  • Tuesday, November 11th from 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 12th from 2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Black Belt Boot Camps:

  • Tuesday, November 18th from 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 19th from 2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

It’s advised that Boot Camp participants be familiar with technology, Blackboard, and prepared for a fast-paced learning environment.

Online Sessions (all sessions start at 10:00am and last approximately 2 hours):

  • Friday, November 7th: Building Course Content
  • Friday, November 14th: Enhancing Communication
  • Friday, November 21st: Assessing Learners
  • Friday, December 5th: Designing Engaging Content
  • Friday, December 12th: Creating Individual and Group Learning Paths
  • Friday, December 19th: Monitoring Student Activity and Performance

See the Blackboard Blog to learn more about the great features in Blackboard, the Help Desk website for all of your computer support needs, and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter too!

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

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Applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program Information Session

Date: Friday, November 14
Time: 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Location: Carrington 203
Presenter: Dr. Rick Breault, MSU’s Campus Representative for the Fulbright Scholar Process

If being a Fulbright Scholar is among your short or long-term career goals, this session will explain the program itself, how the process works, provide helpful hints about where to apply and what to highlight in your applications. This workshop is especially important for anyone interested in applying for the next round of awards. The application process for 2016–17 will begin soon and applications are due August 1, 2015.

All interested faculty are encouraged to attend since the Fulbright Scholar process is open to university faculty of any rank and any level of experience.

Dr. Breault is a visiting professor in the Department of Reading, Foundations, and Technology and is a 3-time Fulbright Scholar. He is also currently a Peer Reviewer for Fulbright applicants to Central Europe and Eurasia.

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

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Reminder: Mercy/Med – Pay Onsite Support

Mercy/Med-Pay Onsite Support

  • Do you currently participate in the Medical health insurance provided by the University?
  • Do you or have you had issues with claims or the processing/billing of your claims?
  • Do you sometimes wish you had a better understanding of how your benefits work?

If so, come meet with a representative to help you with your needs. Representatives will be here today Thursday, October 30, 2014 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm in Carrington 110.

No appointment necessary, just show up!

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

 

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