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Provost Series for Faculty Development

Dates: Thursday and Monday, April 24 and 28
Time: 3:30–5:00 p.m.
Location: Carrington Hall 203
Presenters: Tom Tomasi, Associate Dean, Graduate College; Julie Masterson, Provost Fellow for Faculty Development
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How do I make the research experiences of my students meaningful? How do I balance my own research agenda and the demands of directing student work? What should I expect from the students? What should they expect from me? What are the differences between a thesis and a research project/seminar paper? These questions and other issues surrounding student research will be covered in this workshop.

Register for session through My Learning Connection under the “Provost-Faculty Development” category.

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

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29th Showcase on Teaching and Learning

Save the Date

Date: Wednesday, August 13
Time: 8:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union Level III

The theme for the 29th Showcase on Teaching and Learning is “Facilitating Student Engagement and Deep Learning.”

This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Deborah Allen, Professor of Biological Sciences and one of the founding institute leaders from the University of Delaware’s Institute for Transforming Undergraduate Education. The motivation to learn begins with a problem. For more than ten years the University of Delaware has encouraged the adoption of student-centered and active classroom pedagogies, particularly in the area of problem-based learning in undergraduate studies. Dr. Allen will talk about the use of problem-based learning to achieve deeper learning and the pedagogies of student engagement.

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

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Faculty and Staff Free Portrait Days

 

Dcameraates: Monday and Tuesday, April 7–8
Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (both days)
Location: PSU 312
Who: Faculty, Staff, Administrators
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No appointment necessary

Need your photo updated or a new one taken? Photographic Services will be taking portrait pictures of faculty, staff, and administrators free of charge! These photos are perfect for your department’s website and print projects. This is a great opportunity for new faculty and staff members to have their pictures taken. Professional or business casual attire is preferred. Please contact Chuck Busby at 6-6495, if you have any questions.

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

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Shattering the Silences Series: Cultural Stereotypes: Perception or Reality?

Cultral Sterotypes 4-14

 

Shattering the Silences Series
Cultural Stereotypes: Perception or Reality?
April 7, 2014
Carrington Hall 208
4:00pm-5:00pm

Gain a better understanding of the changing demographics and how they will affect our cultural stereotypes.

Presented by Juan Meraz
Assistant Vice President, Multicultural Services

REGISTER FOR THIS SESSION
Go to My Learning Connection in My Missouri State and select “Professional Development-Diversity” form the Choose Category drop-down menu.

You can also sign in at the session if you are unable to register on My Learning Connection.

Those with disabilities who may not be able to fully participate because of the instructional format or design of the program may request accommodation by contacting the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at diversityandinclusion@missouristate.edu or 417-836-3736.

The Division for Diversity and Inclusion’s Shattering the Silences Series is a year-round effort to help educate and give a credence and voice to important topics for the campus and to departments and groups needing a form to discuss national, regional and local matters.

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All-Faculty Recognition Reception

Date: Monday, April 21
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: PSU Ballroom
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Our faculty members work diligently to make the university and our community a better place to live. Join the Office of the Provost and President Smart as we gather to honor this year’s award recipients and retirees at the All-Faculty Recognition Reception. The esteemed recipients of the Missouri State University Foundation Award in Teaching, Research and Service, Years of Service, Community Service Awards and others will be recognized. Hors D ’Oeuvres will be provided.

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

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Academic Advisor Forums

Missouri Reverse Transfer

Date: Tuesday, March 18
Time: 12:30–1:30 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union 313
Presenter: Dixie Williams
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Co-sponsored by the Transfer Advising Committee. No registration necessary.

Advising During the Transition of General Education

Date: Wednesday, March 19
Time: 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union 313
Presenter: Josh Smith
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No registration necessary.

Advising International Students

Date: Wednesday, March 19
Time: 1:30–4:30 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union 315
Presenters: Susan Martindale, Jamie Schweiger, Randy Dillon and Patrick Parnell
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Space is limited and registration is required through the Advisement Center website.

This workshop is designed to equip advisors to effectively assist international students by providing information on the nuts and bolts of immigration, as well as enhancing cultural awareness through video vignettes and presentations. A panel of international students will discuss their experiences at Missouri State University.

Master Advisor Refresher Workshop

Date: Thursday, March 20
Time: 9:00–11:30 a.m.
Location: University Hall 200
Presenter: Susan Martindale

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

This workshop is designed for those whose Master Advisor designation has lapsed or for those who wish to complete the year’s recertification requirements in one session. Topics will include reverse transfer, area studies and changes to general education.

Advising TRANSFER Students During the General Education Transition

Date: Tuesday, March 25
Time: 12:30–1:30 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union 313
Presenters: Ross Hawkins, Judy Pickering, Kim Stagner, Katie Tucker, George Connor and Hillary Mayes
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Co-sponsored by the Transfer Advising Committee. No registration necessary.

Master Advisor Reception

Date: Thursday, March 27
Time: 4:00–5:00 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union 400, the Union Club

RSVP to 836-5258 by Monday, March 24

The Master Advisor Reception is an event to honor all MSU Master Advisors. The awards to be presented include:

  • Curtis P. Lawrence Excellence in Advising Awards—Joshua J. Smith, Biomedical Sciences and Scott E. Handley, Honors College
  • Excellence in Advising Support—Jenifer Kautzman, Veteran Student Services
  • Excellence in Advising—Graduate Student Contribution, Kristie Reynolds

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

 

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TIAA-CREF Upcoming Visit

ATTENTION: 

MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY

FACULTY AND STAFF

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 18, 2014                      1pm – 5pm                               PSU 311

March 19, 2014                      8am – 5pm                               PSU 310

March 20, 2014                      8am – 5pm                               PSU 308C

March 21, 2014                       8am – noon                              PSU 311

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

 

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Save for your Future – Deferred Compensation (457b)

The Office of Human Resources is sponsoring a visit by our ICMA-RC representative on:

Wednesday, March 19    8:30-5:00 in Plaster Student Union Room 308C.

AND

Monday, March 24          8:30-5:00 in Plaster Student Union Room 308A

ICMA-RC is the University’s Section 457 (Deferred Compensation) plan provider.

Ms. Deborah Taylor will be available to meet individually with employees who already have a 457 account as well as employees who have questions about such accounts or about starting an investment program with ICMA-RC under 457.  Employees currently in the program are asked to bring their new account access user id and password, if they have set up account via Deferred Comp. website:  www.modeferredcomp.org.  Thirty-minute appointments are being scheduled for interested employees.

Ms. Taylor is also going to have a short presentation for anyone who is NOT currently enrolled in the 457 plan.  The presentation is to discuss the benefits and features of the deferred compensation plan and the process to enroll will start at 8:30 a.m. on both dates for interested employees.

Employees who want to meet with Ms. Taylor can use the hyperlink to sign up:  State of Missouri Online Scheduling  this is used for an appointment time or to confirm attendance at the presentation meeting due to limited seating.  (Remember to go ALL THE WAY through the registration to get to the CONFIRMATION #).

Supervisors please post for those without immediate access to a computer

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