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Clif’s Notes for Nov. 29, 2016

Clif's Notes

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a chance to rest and recharge over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Enjoy the festivitiesClif and Gail at Homecoming parade

I wanted to take a moment to invite you to the President’s Holiday Open House from 2-4 p.m. Dec. 6 in the PSU Grand Ballroom. Gail and I look forward to this event each year and hope you will join us.

You should have also received a coupon (via email) for a free cup of coffee from Starbuck’s in Plaster Student Union.

I would encourage each of you to take some time out during this busy month to use the coupon and enjoy a cup of coffee on us.

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As we head into the last few weeks of the semester, I want to encourage everyone to finish the year strong.

It is important that we remain mindful of students’ (and our fellow staff and faculty members’) stress levels as they complete their course work and take final exams – some for the first time.

A theme we see portrayed regularly this time of year is kindness. All of us should endeavor to be kind toward one another.

This is true regardless of our circumstances, our outlook on the state, nation and world around us, or our personal situation. It’s an opportunity to consider what connects us rather than what divides us.

The Missouri State community is united by our mission to educate students to be global citizen scholars committed to public affairs. Let’s continue to work together to put our mission into practice.

Update on FLSA19025_6175-clifs-notes-winter

As many of you may be aware, last week a federal judge issued an injunction halting the new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) rule that was scheduled to go into effect Dec. 1.

The university is currently evaluating this action. Our plan is to provide a response to this in next week’s Clif’s Notes.

Thanks for all you do for Missouri State!

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Clif’s Notes for Nov. 22, 2016

Clif's Notes

The Board of Governors Executive Committee had its November meeting last week. The committee voted on several important items.

Updates on board actionsTree by Siceluff in fall

The board approved a seven-year renewal for the Banner Enterprise Resource Planning system contract. We are very pleased with the terms of this contract, and I want to thank Jeff Morrissey and his team for working with the vendor to arrive at this agreement.

The board also approved a contract for repair of the floor in Hammons Student Center and a contract to replace a chiller in Kentwood Hall.

The board also updated the university’s possession of firearms policy. These updates ensure that the policy is consistent with applicable laws.

Go Bears!Men's basketball exhibition vs. Missouri Baptist on Saturday, November 5, 2016. Jesse Scheve/Missouri State University

The men’s basketball team is off to a fast start, handily winning their first three games. Please plan to tune in to the Bears next game tomorrow at 7 p.m. at DePaul University. Also plan to join us at JQH Arena for the Bears next home game at 3:05 p.m. on Nov. 27.

The women’s basketball team is also off to a great start beating the Kansas Jayhawks in Lawrence, Kansas! Please plan to follow the Lady Bears as they play the University of Southern California and Alaska-Anchorage/Portland in the Great Alaska Shootout on Nov. 22 and 23. Also plan to join us at JQH Arena for the Lady Bears next home game at 7:05 p.m. on Nov. 28.

Thanks for all you do for Missouri State!


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Clif’s Notes for Nov. 15, 2016

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The election is behind us, and our elected leaders will soon be sworn into office. I want to take a moment to congratulate our newly elected and re-elected leaders. We look forward to working with them.

Engaging the civic leaders19299-8969-Carrington-700x394

We interacted with representatives for all of the major candidates throughout the election cycle.

We have continued these interactions in the week since the election. For example, we are in communications with Governor-elect Greitens’ office to discuss budget development for the upcoming fiscal year.

We have strong relationships with each of our elected leaders, and I firmly believe we will have great success in joining together to move Missouri State University, our state and our nation forward in the coming years.

We live in a great country where the peaceful transfer of power is treated with respect and admired throughout the world. As we prepare for this transition, Missouri State will continue to move forward with our focus on diversity and inclusion not only as a part of our strategic plan, but also as an integral part of working and studying together in a respectful way each and every day.

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Community engagement is an important pillar of our public affairs mission.

Throughout this week, we will put that pillar into practice with our annual community engagement project, a signature public affairs event.

We are calling this year’s project Bear Blitz, and it will focus on a weeklong series of public service activities in northwest Springfield. You can find more information or sign up for a specific project on the Bear Blitz website.

Giving back

Last week marked the end of the United Way and Missouri State Way campaigns.

Through these campaigns, the university community raised $95,030 for the United Way and $206,429 for the Missouri State University Foundation.

The United Way serves the neediest of our neighbors in Springfield and in the Ozarks.

The Missouri State Way campaign provides an opportunity for all members of the campus community to support the areas of the University that are most important to them.

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I want to personally thank each of you who participated in the United Way campaign. Please join me in congratulating our employees who gave to the campaign at the Leadership Level.

  • James Baker
  • Drew Bennett
  • Charlene Berquist
  • Richard Biagioni
  • Bradley Bodenhausen
  • Matthew Bolger
  • Stephanie Bryant
  • Lanette Cadle
  • William Cheek
  • Donna Christian
  • Ethel Curbow
  • Ryan DeBoef
  • Steven Dodge
  • Janice Duncan
  • Frank Einhellig
  • Renee Fogle
  • Steve Foucart
  • Gloria Galanes
  • Terrel Gallaway
  • John Harms
  • Brian Heaton
  • Kathryn Hope
  • Karen Horny
  • Tammy Jahnke
  • Mary Jennings
  • Grant Jones
  • Allen Kunkel
  • Thomas Lane
  • Julie Masterson
  • Victor Matthews
  • John and Sally McAlear
  • Charles McClure
  • Tina McManus
  • David Meinert
  • Michael Merrigan
  • Kyle Moats
  • Matt Morris
  • Jeff Morrissey
  • James Moyer
  • Frederick Muegge
  • Sarah Nixon
  • Tom Peters
  • Wes Pratt
  • Tami Reed
  • Barbara Robinson
  • Jennifer Severson
  • Suzanne Shaw
  • Donald Simpson
  • Dee Siscoe
  • Priscilla Skeeters
  • Clif Smart
  • Rebecca Swearingen
  • Jeffrey Switzer
  • Robert Thurman
  • Thomas Tomasi
  • Paula Wilhelm
  • Ying Zhang

Missouri State University Foundation Founders ClubNaked Carrington without banners. Kevin White/MSU

I also want to personally thank each of you who participated in the Missouri State Way campaign. Please join me in congratulating our current employees who are members of the Founders Club.

  • Jodie Adams
  • Gib Adkins
  • Rickey Albaugh
  • Nancy Allen
  • James Baker
  • Randy Bass
  • Samuel Bass
  • Tracy Beckham
  • Drew Bennett
  • Stephen Berkwitz
  • Charlene Berquist
  • Theresa Bettmann
  • Tara Boehne
  • John Bourhis
  • Stephanie Bryant
  • Steven Bullard
  • Chuck Busby
  • Cindy Busby
  • Sandra Byrd
  • Lisa Casey
  • John Chuchiak
  • Lisa Clark
  • Lynn Cline
  • Angela Cockrum
  • Julie Combs
  • David Cornelison
  • Melissa Dallas
  • Sandy D’Angelo
  • Ryan DeBoef
  • Rachael Dockery
  • Toby Dogwiler
  • Roger Dowdy
  • Janice Duncan
  • Brent Dunn
  • Frank Einhellig
  • Susan Essman
  • Lori Fan
  • Monika Feeney
  • Wendy Ferguson
  • Steve Foucart
  • Gloria Galanes
  • Julie Gallaway
  • Terrel Gallaway
  • Melanie Grand
  • Brian Greene
  • Janice Greene
  • Shellee Haik
  • Stephanie Hein
  • Madeleine Hooper
  • Kathryn Hope
  • Tammy Jahnke
  • Cheryl Jones
  • Robert Jones
  • John Killion
  • Allen Kunkel
  • Diane Leamy
  • Jon Leamy
  • Cynthia Green Libby
  • Day Ligon
  • John Llewellyn
  • Jill Martin
  • Robert Martin
  • Gerald Masterson
  • Julie Masterson
  • Victor Matthews
  • Belinda McCarthy
  • Bernard McCarthy
  • Keri McKee
  • Jonna Montileone
  • Eric Morris
  • Sue Morris
  • Matt Morris
  • Jeff Morrissey
  • Dave Muegge
  • Donald Wendell Northrip
  • Tom Peters
  • Sophie Pierpoint
  • Angela Pinegar
  • John Prescott
  • Kathy Pulley
  • Gay Ragan
  • Kent Ragan
  • Helen Reid
  • Philip Rothschild
  • Michele Rowe
  • Elizabeth Rozell
  • Christina Ryder
  • Alan Schick
  • Karl Schmidt
  • Kishor Shah
  • Suzanne Shaw
  • Dee Siscoe
  • Jeanie Skibiski
  • Clif Smart
  • Karen Smith
  • Gary Stewart
  • John Strong
  • Rebecca Swearingen
  • Mark Templeton
  • Kenneth Vollmar
  • Annette Wardell
  • Tammy Wiley
  • John Williams

Thanks for all you do for Missouri State!

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