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Center for Community Engagement

Ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, September 17

Missouri State University’s Board of Governor’s has approved our request to form a new Center for Community Engagement with the specific goals of strengthening and increasing the visibility of our Public Affairs mission on campus and in the surrounding region. The new Center, directed by Dr. Mike Stout, will be a readily visible point of contact for anyone on campus or in the community who wishes to conduct community engaged research and/or service opportunities. There will be a ribbon cutting on September 17, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. in Plaster Student Union Room 131 to officially open the Center and to begin the inaugural Missouri State University Civic Engagement Conference. More information about the Center for Community Engagement can be found on the Center’s website. Information about the Civic Engagement Conference can be found on the MSU online event calendar.

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

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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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Campus community asked to help conserve energy

Since we are experiencing the highest outdoor temperatures of the season, the campus annual electrical demand rates will likely be set for the entire year sometime today through Wednesday of next week. The combination of students back for the fall semester and the extreme high temperatures will cause the electrical consumption to peak and therefore determine what electrical capacity City Utilities must plan for our campus throughout the entire year. This establishes the minimum we must pay through the next 10 months for the demand portion of the electric bills, regardless of the actual electricity we consume. This is a cost the university must understandably pay, but if it is set with unnecessary consumption, we will have adversely impacted the utility expenses when it could have been avoided.

Therefore, it is most important that we do what we can to minimize our electrical peak for these next few days.

Please help with the following:

  • Turn off electrical equipment and appliances that are not in use.
  • When leaving your office or classroom, turn off lights and computers if you are not returning for some time.
  • Turn up the thermostats in those spaces where they are accessible.

Facilities Management is taking additional measures to conserve, including shutting down the fountains that are operated with large electrical motors.Please join the campus community to step up and make a difference!

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New Diversity Studies Minor

Missouri State has a new Diversity Studies minor. This is a notice that the Faculty Senate approved the diversity minor at the May meeting and we want to make sure that all faculty and advisors are aware of this option for our students. The minor in Diversity Studies takes a more holistic approach, seeking to provide a broad picture of the range of diversity in society.

Objectives include:

  • Introducing students to the main forms of diversity in society today; namely race and ethnicity, culture, gender, sexuality, religion, language, aging, and disability
  • Understanding how diversity affects society
  • Allows students the opportunity to engage personally through Study Away or service-learning experiences
  • Aims to prepare students to participate effectively in a diverse world

For more information on this new and exciting option for our students, please call Dr. Pam Sailors, Associate Dean CHPA at 836-5529 or refer to the catalog.

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

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Mercy/Med – Pay Onsite Support

As part of an ongoing effort in improving and enhancing your benefits package at Missouri State University, we are pleased to introduce a new service to all benefit eligible employees participating in the Medical Health insurance provided by the University.
Starting during the month of August through the end of the year 2014, we will have representatives from our preferred participating provider network Mercy Health Plans and, our third party claims administrator Med-Pay on campus to assist you with any questions or issues you have with your medical insurance. These include anything from a better understanding of your benefits to complex claim/billing issues.  The initial Onsite Support Session will be on Thursday, August 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Carrington Hall, Room 110.
Additional information and details will be posted on the “Employee Benefits” section of the Human Resources website. Please see below for a direct link to this page.

http://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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Glass Hall Renovation– Part Two

Welcome back for the Fall 2014 semester! We are thrilled to introduce to you the newly renovated Glass Hall Open-Access Lab. Take a look at these photos of the finished lab, or better yet, stop by and sit at one of the cozy booths:

Photo of new booths in Glass Hall Open-Access Lab

Don’t they look cozy?

Photo of the new Glass Hall Open-Access lab

Already off to a good start!

New lab from outside

Find us on the second floor of Glass Hall.

It even has a 3D printer:

3D printer in Glass Hall Open-Access Lab

Take your printing to a whole new dimension!

And a large format printer:

Large-format printer in Glass Hall Open Access Lab

Because big ideas need big paper.

Having computer issues? Don’t hesitate to talk to one of the Friendly Faces of your Computer Services Help Desk!

Photo of lab assistants at desk

Just look for the Handsome Maroon Vests™!

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Faculty and Staff Free Portrait Days

cameraDates: Monday and Tuesday, August 25–26
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 836-6495, if you have any questions.

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

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Changes to Wireless Networks at Missouri State University

On August 10th, the names of the wireless networks at Missouri State will change, and you may need to reconnect to the new wireless network name. Our previous names for wireless, Access 30 and Access 40 , will be going away, so if you connected to those in the past, you will now need to connect to the wireless network MSU.

Connecting is easy, just click on the wireless network named MSU and enter your BearPass Login credentials as you have in the past. You can find comprehensive guides for setting up wireless at https://experts.missouristate.edu/display/csvhelpdesk/Wireless+Client+Setup

If you need any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the Computer Services Help Desk at 417-836-5891 or helpdesk@missouristate.edu

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