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Reminder: Mercy/Med – Pay Onsite Support

ATTENTION:

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.

http://www.missouristate.edu/human/benefits.html

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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Shattering the Silences Series

Shattering Silences: Nigerian Cultural Connections

Date: Friday, September 26
Time: 4:00–6:30 p.m.
Location: PSU, Parliamentary Room 313

This presentation is part of the Nigeria Public Affairs Program sponsored by the U.S. Embassy, Public Affairs Section, Abuja, Nigeria, and Missouri State University Provost Office and Division for Diversity and Inclusion. “Shattering Silences: Nigerian Cultural Connections” is a presentation by a Nigeria Scholars Delegation from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, designed to share Nigeria’s cultural diversity with Missouri State University campus and the greater community. Come participate in cultural exchange and learn about Nigeria’s rich culturally diverse heritage. Food will be served at this event, so register through My Learning Connection to ensure adequate food service. Call the FCTL at 836-3059 if you have any questions.

Shattering Silences: International Disability Studies: Building Community

Date: Monday, September 29
Time: 1:30–3:00 p.m.
Location: PSU, Parliamentary Room 313
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This panel is part of the Nigeria Public Affairs Program sponsored by the U.S. Embassy, Public Affairs Section, Abuja, Nigeria, and Missouri State University Provost Office and Division for Diversity and Inclusion. “Shattering Silences: International Disability Studies: Building Community” focuses on the experiences of Nigerian students with disabilities and their backgrounds, expectations, and challenges. This panel discussion is a peek into some international faculty and student perspectives and issues related to disability studies. It is also listed on the Academic Advisor Forum calendar and will count toward master advisor recertification. Even if you are not attending this event for Master Advisor credit, please register through My Learning Connection to attend. Food will be served at this event. Call the FCTL at 836-3059 if you have any questions.

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MSU – Discovery Center “Free Day”

The Smithsonian Traveling exhibit “Green Revolution” is sponsored and developed by the Missouri State University College of Natural & Applied Science, City Utilities of Springfield, City of Springfield Environmental Services, SMC Packaging and The Print Group. Discovery Center is proud to debut the eco-friendly, minimal carbon footprint exhibit. Springfield partners have contributed in building this “eco-zibit” and brought local information to inform and engage visitors of all ages with the critical issues concerning the future health of our planet.

Missouri State wanted to give the opportunity for everyone in the Springfield region to enjoy this exhibit and what Discovery Center has to offer. On Oct. 1, the university is sponsoring free admission to the Discovery Center from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

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Citizen Scholar Award nominations due Sept. 18

The Board of Governors are once again soliciting nominations for the annual Citizen Scholar Award. Since the award was created in 2007, 41 exceptional students have been chosen to receive this prestigious honor, and the Missouri State University Board of Governors is expecting to recognize six more outstanding students this fall.

If you are a faculty or staff member who knows of a student who excels academically and exemplifies the Public Affairs mission, please download the nomination packet from the Citizen Scholar homepage and submit it to the office of student affairs. Please be sure to read the “Criteria for Consideration and Selection” sheet, and provide sufficient details in your submission.

Recipients will receive an engraved memento and recognition on a plaque in Plaster Student Union, Room 313. In addition, the Citizen Scholars are recognized at a breakfast before the December Board of Governors meeting and at various times throughout the academic year.

Questions or comments may be directed to the office of student affairs in Carrington 200 (417-836-5526).

 

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Academic Advisor Forums—Fall 2014

What’s New with Transfer Advising?

Date: Friday, September 26
Time: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union 308
Presented by the Transfer Advising Committee: George Connor, Hillary Mayes, Judy Pickering, Kim Stagner, Katie Tucker, and Ross Hawkins

Space is limited and registration is required. Email Ross Hawkins to register for this special transfer advising workshop.

BCSSE Student Snapshot: Your Advisees’ Needs and Expectations at a Glance

Date: Tuesday, September 30
Time: 12:30–1:30 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union 313, Traywick Parliamentary Room
Presenters: Keri Franklin, Kelly Wood, Amy Bowen, and Beth Mincey

This summer almost 2,000 incoming students completed the Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE) detailing expectations for college: academic engagement, learning, and academic success. For the first time, advisors will have access to each advisee’s report. Come learn how this new information can save time and jump start conversations.

Master Advisor Refresher Workshop

Date: Tuesday, September 30
Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Location: PSU 315
Facilitator: Susan Martindale

This refresher workshop is designed for those whose Master Advisor designation has lapsed or for those who wish to complete the year’s re-certification requirements in one session.

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

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

 

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Join the 100 Missouri Miles Challenge — Campus Challenge

Missouri State University is participating as a group in the 100 Missouri Miles Challenge – Campus Challenge and we want YOU to join us in this wellness initiative. The Campus Challenge has been launched by Gov. Jay Nixon under the umbrella of the 100 Missouri Miles Challenge to encourage wellness on college campuses.

Missouri State University has been challenged to complete 100,000 miles of physical activity by Sept. 30.

School pride is on the line as we compete against other Missouri universities for the 2014 Missouri Miles Cup! It’s easy to participate. Whether it’s a stroll outside between classes or a bike ride on a trail with roommates and friends, you can register and log your miles by going to 100MissouriMiles.com. Be sure to share your experiences on Facebook and Twitter using #100MoMiles.

Steps to join our group

Join us as we pursue better health and fitness this year while taking on our state school rivals.

  1. Visit 100MissouriMiles.com and register
  2. Select Missouri State University on registration page
  3. Join the group and get outside!
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Stomp Out Hunger Shoe Drive

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This October 1–25, Missouri State University, along with Drury University, Evangel University, Ozarks Technical College, and Southwest Baptist University, will once again join together for a cooperative community service project. This project, Stomp Out Hunger: All-Collegiate Shoe Drive, embodies the MSU public affairs mission as well as the 2014–15 public affairs theme, The Ethical Citizen: can you make a difference? This shoe drive is for students, faculty and staff—the whole MSU community. Learn more by visiting the Stomp Out Hunger website.

If you would like your office or organization to serve as a collection site, please contact the office of Public Affairs Support at 6-5073 to learn more about this opportunity.

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

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