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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 tomorrow Thursday, October 16, 2014 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 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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REMINDER – MOSERS Pre Retirement Seminar October 15th and 16th


For those who have already registered, we want to remind you of the pre-retirement seminars on October 15 and 16. For your convenience, the October 15th session is scheduled for 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm and the October 16th is 8:00 am to 12:00.  (The same content will be covered in each session). The first session will be in the Plaster Student Union, Ballroom East. The second session on the morning of the 16 will be held in the Traywick Parliamentary Room.

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Academic Advisor Forums

General Education or General Confusion?

Date: Friday, October 24
Time: 12:15–1:15 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union 313
Presenter: Amy Marie Aufdembrink
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Case studies will be presented to clarify the potential pitfalls of transitioning between the two general education programs. If you have experienced confusion as you worked with a student trying to figure out:

  • …whether switching general education programs is a good idea,
  • …how old transfer work fits into the new general education program,
  • …how new transfer work fits into the old general education program,
  • …whether old general education science courses will work in the new general education program,
  • …how military credit works into the new or old general education programs,
  • …and many other issues,

then please attend this Academic Advisor Forum for answers and guidelines.

A Panel Discussion: Academic Advisors and the Office of Admissions Working Together for Student Success

Date: Thursday, October 30
Time: 12:30–1:30 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union 313
Panelists: Dixie Williams, Ben Metzger, Amy Keene, Judy Pickering, and Kim Stagner.
Moderator: Ross Hawkins
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Career Advising Workshop

Date: Thursday, October 30
Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union 315
Presenters: Susan Martindale, Jamie Schweiger, Margie Stewart, SuzAnn Ferguson, Tracy Dalton, and Alex Johnson

This workshop is designed to equip advisors to help their students begin to see themselves as professionals. In addition to small group discussion and interactive activities, a panel of employers will discuss skills they are seeking and what they see lacking in many new applicants. Discover helpful campus resources to assist students in preparation for employment or the transition to graduate school.

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


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

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Fall 2014 Faculty Research Grants

The Fall 2014 deadline for Faculty Research Grant applications is Monday, October 13, 2014. The aim of the Missouri State University faculty grant program is to enhance research and creative activities. Faculty Research Grants will be awarded to support new research, creative or scholarly activities or for high quality projects not likely to receive external funding. Refer to the Graduate College website for eligibility and application guidelines. For additional information, contact Tom Tomasi or Carla Coorts in the Graduate College.

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

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Reminder: Mercy/Med – Pay Onsite Support


We have had a great response to Mercy Health Plans and Med-Pay being onsite since the introduction of this new service to discuss medical billing. Please make a note of the next session below and visit with a representative if you have any questions or concerns. Remember, the representatives have been and will continue to address anything from general/simple to complex claim issues. The next Onsite Support Session will be on Thursday, October 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Carrington Hall, Room 110.

Additional information and dates are posted on the “Employee Benefits” section of the Human Resources website.


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



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BCSSE Reports Are Available: See the Data, Schedule a Meeting

BCSSE collects data about entering college students’ high school academic and co-curricular experiences, as well as their expectations for participating in educationally purposeful activities during the first college year. It can aid the design of pre-college orientation programs, student service initiatives, and other programmatic efforts aimed at improving student learning during the first year of college.

The 2014 BCSSE Report is available to all interested faculty and staff on the Office of Assessment website. If you would like for us to attend your next meeting to demonstrate how BCSSE could be useful to your college, department, or unit, please send an email to the Assessment office to schedule an appointment.

We would also like to invite you to attend an upcoming BCSSE Coffee Break, a time to look at the data, ask questions, and leave with actionable information.

Dates:  Thursday, October 16 and Tuesday, October 28
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Carrington Hall 422

Please RSVP for the October 16 or October 28 session by emailing the Assessment office.

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


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Faculty/staff encouraged to participate in Lee National Denim Day

Please consider participating in the Staff Senate’s fundraising to support breast cancer research. The week-long drive culminates with the Lee National Denim Day, one of the largest single-day fundraisers for breast cancer, a disease that impacts countless lives every year. There are at least 18 known survivors on our campus.

Attend luncheon on Oct. 2

Among the week’s events is a University-wide luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Plaster Student Union Ballroom.

Donate then wear denim on Oct. 3

All employees are invited to donate $5 to the cause and wear denim and their BearWear on Friday, Oct. 3. Collection coordinators are in different buildings and are available to accept your donation. A list of collection coordinators is at the bottom of this message. Or, if you prefer, you may contact Andrea Weber, Denim Day Committee chair, at andreaweber@missouristate.edu.

Working together, we can make a difference. Thank you.

Clifton M. Smart III

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Microsoft DreamSpark Software Now Available Through Kivuto

On June 15th, our webstore for Microsoft DreamSpark stopped working. Our webstore is provided through Kivuto, which means we have very little access or control over the service, and we often have to go to them for support when things don’t work. In this case, however, they couldn’t tell us much. Something had expired on the 15th, but I couldn’t find out what had expired or how to renew it. We had not been notified of an upcoming expiration, and there was apparently no way to fix it.

After a series of emails and phone calls of increasing urgency due to the approach of the fall semester, Kivuto decided to wipe our old webstore and setup a new one. This isn’t something we asked for, and they couldn’t (or wouldn’t) explain why they had decided to take this course of action. This change resulted in both the loss of all previously accessed license keys and also broke all authentication and trust relationships between our login system and Kivuto.

Since then, Computer Services has been working on rebuilding the authentication integration to the Kivuto webstore. Our old store was grandfathered in under a different configuration method, but due to licensing changes over the last few years by Microsoft, we needed to handle the authentication differently, and this required some work of both our MIS and Enterprise Systems units.

As of today, all students and faculty at Missouri State University have access to DreamSpark Standard, which provides a limited amount of DreamSpark-licensed software for academic use. Students enrolled in at least one class during the current semester in the colleges of Business, Health and Human Services, or Natural and Applied Sciences will have access to DreamSpark Premium, as will faculty. DreamSpark Premium provides a much wider range of Microsoft software for academic use. Please note that this is different from Microsoft’s Work-at-Home licensing for Missouri State University staff and faculty. That is also accessed through Kivuto, but through a different webstore.

To access Microsoft DreamSpark, please login here: https://cams.missouristate.edu/kivuto/DreamSpark.aspx

If you run into any problems, don’t hesitate to contact the Computer Services Help Desk.

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