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Faculty advisers needed for immersion trips

Students lying on the ground in a circle around an MSU flag.Join Missouri State students as we engage in meaningful service, immerse in different cultures, and explore new cities! Community Involvement and Service is looking for faculty members to serve as advisers for immersion trips. These student-led trips will be traveling to different cities in the U.S. to engage students with different social issues and community-based change. There are several trips offered throughout the year:

Fall Weekend Immersion | Nov. 4-6, 2016

  • Homelessness and Hunger: St. Louis, MO
  • Child Welfare: Kansas City, MO

Winter Break Immersion | Jan. 8-14, 2017

  • HIV/AIDS Prevention: Atlanta, GA

Spring Break Immersion | Mar. 12-18, 2017

  • Health and Wellness: Asheville, NC
  • Poverty: Atlanta, GA
  • Homelessness: Chicago, IL
  • Children and Education: Dallas, TX
  • Sustainability: Indianapolis, IN
  • Community Revitalization: New Orleans, LA

For more information about the trips, check out Immersion Programs.

For information about the role of advisers, check out the Faculty Advisors page.

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Open Enrollment Webinars

Benefit Eligible Employees – 

As part of Open Enrollment, free informational webinars are being offered. Feel free to join any one of the sessions listed below:

Tue, Oct 18, 2016 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CST 

Call In Number:
United States (408) 650-3123 
Access Code: 942-709-005

Thu, Oct 20, 2016 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CST 

Click: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/541281117 
Call In Number:
United States (872) 240-3212 
Access Code: 541-281-117


Tue, Nov 22, 2016 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM CST 

Click: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/488168621 
Call In Number:
United States (224) 501-3312 
Access Code: 488-168-621

Call the Office of Human Resources at 6-6616, 6-5102, or contact us via email at HumanResources@Missouristate.edu if you have any questions.

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Mercy/Med-Pay Onsite Support – October Session

Mercy/Med-Pay onsite support will be available again from 2pm – 4pm October 27 in Carrington 110.

This support may be helpful to you if you:

  • Currently participate in the medical health insurance provided by the University
  • Have had any issues with claims or the processing/billing of your claims
  • Wish you had a better understanding of how your benefits worked

No appointment necessary, just show up.

For a complete schedule, please visit the Human Resources site.

Please contact the office of human resources at 6.6616 if you have any questions.

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New Training Opportunities in My Learning Connection! 

We are excited to announce that the new My Learning Connection site is available for employees to access their professional and personal development opportunities.  Employees can access the site through My Missouri State under the Profile tab in their  Professional Development Channel.   Learn more about the  new system and  opportunities available for you!

New  training sessions for Microsoft Office Suite 2016 computer classes, Campus Conflict Workshop Series, Blackboard Learn sessions, ADP Review Course for Supervisors, Conversations with HR Series for Supervisors, and much more.

Please visit this site for  additional  information, end user guides, and updates on new features.   For questions or assistance, please contact HR Employee Development and Training at (417) 836-4592/5779 or  hrtraining@missouristate.edu .

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34 Days Left

Make a Plan for 2017

All employees are encouraged to go through the open enrollment process to select, decline and review the benefits that we offer at Missouri State. You might be surprised by what we offer for you and your dependents:

  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance (New Carrier)
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Group Universal Life Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Accident Insurance

Since Basic Life, Accidental Death and Dismemberment and Long Term Disability are 100 percent paid for by the University, they will not require action on your part.

It’s important to do it NOW – the deadline is 11:59 pm on December 1. Once elections or changes have been made, no changes can be made during the year unless they are due to a qualifying/life changing event, e.g. marriage, divorce, birth, etc.

Enrollment will be online using our Online Benefits Platform. Visit the open enrollment page to begin.

Your elections/changes will be effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Contact the Office of Human Resources at 417-836-6616 if you have any questions.

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MOSERS – Pre-Retirement Seminars

If you are within five years of retirement, you are invited to attend a session on campus on October 12 and 13. For your convenience, the October 12th session is scheduled for 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm and the October 13th is 9:00 am to 12:00.   (The same content will be covered in each session).

To register, use the simple online MOSERS seminar registration for this MOSERS educational program. By registering in advance, MOSERS will be able to prepare your individual retirement estimate, which will be reviewed during the session. Please register for this session by October 6.

You can read more about this seminar on the College and University PreRetirement Seminars page on MOSERS’ website. To enroll, please log in and choose the College & University PreRetirement Seminar at the beginning of the PreRetirement Seminar enrollment process. You will need your MOSERS password to register. If you do not have a password or have lost or forgotten it, the instructions are on the MOSERS homepage in the Secure Member Login section.

If you miss the October 6th registration deadline, you can still register by calling MOSERS at 800.827.1063, select option 1, then follow the prompts to speak with a representative about the seminars.

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

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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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