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Music department honors retiring faculty

Retirement-CelebrationThe Missouri State University music department will be hosting a retirement celebration for three of their faculty members at 4 p.m. May 1 at the Crystal Ballroom in Kentwood Hall. Honorees include:

  • Dr. Robert Quebbeman, music professor and director of orchestral activities
  • Dr. Belva Prather, music professor
  • Mr. Michael Casey, music professor and coordinator of the BFA Musical Theatre
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New Credit Fee Waiver System is Here

New Fee Waiver Credit Course System

We are pleased to offer you a new and enhanced Credit Fee Waiver system for all benefit eligible employees.

Effective March 30, 2015, benefit eligible employees will be able to submit their credit few waiver requests through this new enhanced system. One significant improvement will be the communication received throughout the process between the requester, student if other than the employee, Human Resources, and Financial Services. Customers can expect an open dialogue from the time they submit their request through the approval.

Another significant change is the timing of when the fee waiver is applied/processed. Requesters will now know in advance when their fee waiver will be processed. Not only will they receive email communication, they will know the fee waiver will be processed at the end of the first week of class.

In order to grant the benefit to a dependent, they must agree to the limited release of information about the classes being taken.

Supervisors/Department Heads/Approvers will receive an email that includes instructions on how to access the new “Workflow” tab within MyMissouristate to easily review the employees’ request and take the necessary action.

Employees can access the system simply by following the steps below;

  1. Log in to the MyMissouristate Portal
  2. Click the Profile tab
  3. Scroll down to the Employment Details window
  4. Under Benefits, click Fee Waiver.

The Office of Human Resources welcomes your feedback and is available to respond to any questions you may have about the new system. Please feel free to contact the Office of Human Resources at 417.836.6616.

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Shared Leave Pool

As we approach the end of the fiscal year, we would like to remind employees to check their leave balances and consider donating vacation leave to the Shared Leave Pool.  In the past, some employees end up losing leave at the end of the fiscal year and the shared leave pool provides another alternative.

Please note that employees accrue vacation monthly and may carry days forward from one month to the next. The maximum amount of vacation that can be carried forward from one fiscal year to the next cannot exceed two times the employee’s annual allowance. For example, if an employee earns vacation at the rate of 13.34 hours each pay period, or 160 hours per year (20 days), the employee may carry forward up to a maximum of 320 hours (40 days). Any amount of leave over the maximum accumulation of two times the annual allowance is lost at the end of the fiscal year (June 30).

Please visit http://www.missouristate.edu/human/staffhandbook/Chapter7.htm for detailed information on Leave Benefits.

Follow the instructions below to check your current vacation leave balance.

  1. Log in to the MyMissouristate Portal
  2. Click the Profile tab
  3. Scroll down to the Employment Details window
  4. Under Benefits, click Shared Leave Pool.

Please contact Denise Lofton in the Office of Human Resources with any questions.

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Open forums for candidates for director of public safety and transportation

Faculty, staff and students are invited to open forums for the candidates for the director of public safety and transportation.

March 25

Jay Huff

2-3 p.m.

Hill Hall Room 2

March 26

Lance Jones

2-3 p.m.

Hill Hall Room 2

March 31

Tom Johnson

2-3 p.m.

Hill Hall Room 2

Any questions regarding the forums/presentations should be directed to the office of administrative and information services at 836-5233.

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TIAA-CREF Upcoming Visit




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. Brian Buchmeier 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

March 17, 2015                       1pm – 5pm                           PSU 310

March 18, 2015                       8am – 5pm                           PSU 310

March 19, 2015                       8am – 5pm                           PSU 308C

March 20, 2015                       8am – noon                         PSU 310

To schedule a counseling session please call the scheduling group at 1-800-732-8353  



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Be a part of Missouri State’s 110th celebration

CarringtonnCraigMarch 17 marks the 110th  anniversary of the founding of our university. In addition, MSU celebrates ten years as Missouri State University. There will be a variety of events and activities on campus during the week.

Citizen Bears:
One of the projects involves featuring 110 or more students, faculty, staff or alumni who are living the public affairs mission. Participate by submitting yourself or a fellow Bear to be featured online during Missouri State’s birthday week.

How to participate:
Make a social post on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, Vine or Google+ including #birthdaybears in order to be included on the MSU TagBoard. A suggested post should look like:

_(name)_ is a #CitizenBear because _(reason)_ #birthdaybears

In the “reason” section we encourage you to tag the organizations you or the nominee volunteers. Including a photo or video wearing BearWear in your post is also suggested.

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Nechell Bonds named new director of admissions

BondsThe office of enrollment management and services has named Nechell Bonds the new director of admissions for Missouri State University. Bonds will be responsible for overseeing recruitment and admission of all undergraduate freshman and transfer students.

“Nechell brings experience in admissions from two public institutions similar to MSU in size,” said Don Simpson, associate vice president for enrollment management. “Nechell was especially attracted to the position and the university because of our Public Affairs mission.”

Previously, Bonds was the associate director of admissions at Grand Valley State University from 2001 to 2004 and the director of admissions at Old Dominion University from 2010 to 2012.

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Nominations being accepted for Woman Student of Distinction Award

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Missouri State University’s gender studies program will honor female students who are positively leading their peers with community involvement and support. Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate any student displaying the following attributes:


  • Minimum of a 3.0 Cumulative GPA
  • Current enrollment at MSU (undergraduate or graduate)
  • Significant on- and off-campus extracurricular involvement
  • Innovation and/or leadership in society, science, technology, culture or other areas
  • Demonstrated commitment to positively influencing the lives of others
  • Evidence of encouragement, mentoring, or support provided to other women

Nomination Guidelines:

  • Nomination is open to all female MSU students currently enrolled.
  • Awards will be given for graduate and undergraduate candidates.
  • The nominating professor is not required to provide a narrative; all nominees will be contacted and asked to provide some information about themselves.
  • Nominees may choose not to apply for the award.
  • Winners will receive a framed certificate. All applicants will be honored at the reception.


Email your nominations with the following information to Shannon Wooden at SRWooden@missouristate.edu by 5 p.m. Feb. 20:

Nominee Name
-Undergraduate or Graduate student

Nominated by


Winners, applicants and nominating professors will be recognized at a reception on March 27.

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