Missouri State University
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Clif’s Notes for Feb. 9, 2016

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The Board of Governors met on Friday. They discussed a number of important topics and took action on several items.

Committee meeting updates18851-4220-Clif's-Notes-Board-of-Governors

In the Finance and Facilities Committee meeting, the Board discussed the 2016-2017 Fees Schedule.

If the State of Missouri increases operating appropriations for higher education institutions by 6 percent, Missouri State University will not increase in-state undergraduate tuition for 2016-2017.

Otherwise, the University will raise in-state undergraduate tuition from $205 to $206, which is consistent with the 0.7 percent CPI inflation rate for 2015. The Board will approve the new fee schedule in March.

In the Programs and Planning Committee meeting, the Board discussed globalization and funding, two topics that will be covered in the next Long-Range Plan. The Board will work on the Long-Range Plan at its March retreat, and the new plan will be in place before the start of the fall 2016 semester.

The University wants you to be involved in developing the path it will take to achieve its mission from 2016-2021. Your feedback is welcome and encouraged.

A new non-discrimination policyIMG_8066-Clifs-Notes-Seal

During the regular meeting, the Board updated the University’s Non-Discrimination Policy Statement. The new statement conforms with state and federal law.

It is a tighter statement that lists the discrimination bases currently protected by the law without extending beyond what is legally required. The University has consistently prohibited the types of discrimination set forth in the new policy statement, and the University will continue to do so in the future.

Meeting technology needs going forward

Finally, the Board discussed Missouri State’s information technology infrastructure and needs.

The Board learned about the University’s current information technology resources and discussed how to move the University forward with regard to classroom technology, online education and student technology demands.

Thanks for all you do for Missouri State!

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Clif’s Notes for Feb. 2, 2016

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Last month, I told you about several bills in the Missouri General Assembly that would allow individuals with concealed carry permits to carry firearms on campus. Last week, I testified in the state Senate in opposition to these bills. I was joined by other higher education leaders from southwest Missouri and from across the state.

Why MSU is opposed to this legislation

I recognize that the supporters of these bills have campus safety in mind. However, I testified that I had concerns that allowing anyone with a concealed carry permit to have a firearm on campus would make our campus less safe.18278_1593-Clif's-Notes-Capitol

I was proud to reference the many initiatives and programs we have at Missouri State designed to keep our students safe:

  • Table top emergency simulations
  • ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) Training, which informs all members of the University how to respond if there is an armed intruder
  • The Shots Fired video that is available for all members of the University community to watch at any time
  • The Safe Walk program that provides anyone on campus with a security officer to escort them when it’s dark outside
  • Our Missouri State Alert notification system that will send an emergency warning over speakers across campus as well as through text messages and phone calls to members of the University community
  • Over 500 security cameras on campus that are monitored by a safety officer 24 hours per day, seven days per week

With these (and many other) safety protocols in place, I believe the risks of broadly allowing firearms throughout campus outweighs the potential benefits.

Provide feedback on the bills

The bills that I testified on are Senate Bills 589 and 731.  The bills are currently pending before the Senate Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety Committee.  If you would like to share your views on these bills, I know the members of that committee would be glad to hear your opinion.

Contact information for each committee member can be found on each member’s individual website, which you can navigate to by clicking on the member’s name on the roster linked above.

Thanks for all you do for Missouri State!

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Clif’s Notes for Jan. 26, 2016

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The 2016 Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame Class

Last week we announced this year’s inductees into the Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame: Mark Arnoldy, Henry Bloch, Pat Danner, Jimmie Edwards and Laura Ingalls Wilder. I am excited about this class.
Mark Arnoldy

Mark Arnoldy

Arnoldy is CEO of Possible, a nonprofit healthcare company that delivers high-quality, low-cost healthcare for the world’s poor. Possible delivers healthcare at a hospital, network of clinics and via community health workers and served its 300,000th patient in December.

Henry-Bloch-news-release-225x300Henry W. Bloch

Bloch is the co-founder and honorary chairman of the board of H&R Block, Inc., which he and his brother, Richard, founded in 1955. Bloch is a businessman, civic leader and philanthropist who has worked to improve the quality of life in his hometown of Kansas City.

Pat-Danner-news-release-225x300Pat Danner

Danner served in the United States Congress from 1993-2001. While much of her legislative work focused on the needs of her district, she was actively involved in a number of important pieces of legislation. Most notably, she sponsored a bill that became law that addressed the needs of the hungry by protecting donors of usable, but not salable, food from liability.

Jimmie-Edwards-news-release-225x300Jimmie M. Edwards

Edwards has served as a circuit court judge for the 22nd Circuit Court in Missouri, serving St. Louis, since 1992. Edwards opened the Innovative Concept Academy in 2009, the first school in America supervised by a judge and dedicated to the education of juvenile delinquents.

Laura-Ingalls-Wilder-news-release-225x300Laura Ingalls Wilder

Wilder was an accomplished author, mother, teacher, journalist and businesswoman. Wilder was the author of the autobiographical “Little House” kids’ books series – the basis of the television show “Little House on the Prairie.” Her books and the television show allowed millions of readers and viewers to experience what it was like to live in the pioneer days.

You can find additional information about this year’s nominees in last week’s news release.

How to attend the induction ceremony

This year’s induction ceremony and banquet will occur at 6 p.m. April 14 at the White River Conference Room. Tickets are $40. I encourage all members of the University community to purchase tickets and attend this event.

Additionally, if you have suggestions for future inductees into the Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame, please submit a nomination.

Thanks for all you do for Missouri State!

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