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Provost Communiqué for September 17, 2014

Spotlight on Student Success

Student Success is a primary goal of Missouri State University and particularly the Student Development and Public Affairs office. The SDPA will be providing a series of spotlights in the coming weeks, highlighting Student Success programs in the colleges and departments across campus. If you have a Student Success program or story and would like to be included in this series, please contact Dr. Rachelle Darabi so we can share your story with the campus community.

Read this issue featuring the College of Education.

Duane G. Meyer Library

Archives on the Road

libraryThe State Historical Society of Missouri (SHSMO)-Springfield Research Center is located in the Meyer Library’s Special Collections and Archives Department. The Center is now open on our campus. Local researchers now have easy access to collections stored in Columbia or other SHSMO research centers. Most materials, including manuscript collections, rare books, and microfilm, are included in this program.

View the SHSMO flyer to read complete details about how to use the archives.


Mercy/Med-Pay OnSite Support

As part of an ongoing effort to improve and enhance your benefits package at Missouri State University, there is a new service to all benefit eligible employees participating in the Medical Health insurance provided by the University.

You are invited to participate in meetings with representatives from our preferred participating provider network Mercy Health Plans and our third party claims administrator Med-Pay to assist you with any questions or issues you have with your medical insurance. These meetings are held on campus and are scheduled through the first part of October.

Additional information and the Onsite meeting schedule is posted on the “Employee Benefits” section of the Human Resources website.

Please contact the Office of Human Resources at 417-836-6616 if you have any questions.

Academic Integrity Days

Tuesday, September 30 – Thursday, October 2

Faculty can be involved by mentioning relevant events in classes to promote attendance. For example:

  • Three events are highlighting business ethics, including an ex-convict discussing his mistakes
  • The video and print contests will be attractive to those with these artistic/communication skills (works must be submitted ahead of time)
  • Since our AI tutorial is down this semester for upgrades, the mock hearings will give students a better understanding of how our policies and procedures work.
  • One event will be presented in Chinese

View event schedule

FCTLLogo Monday Morning Mentor

How Can I Structure a Flipped Lesson?

Monday-morning-mentor-cupA new program begins Monday, September 22

Everyone has heard about the benefits of student-centered learning and how ‘flipping’ is a perfect example of that pedagogical approach. But is there more to a flipped class than moving lectures online and telling students to complete work before class?

In this Magna 20 Minute Mentor, Barbi Honeycutt from NC State University outlines a four-part flipping structure that works across disciplines. It’s an effective and versatile approach that can easily be replicated and adapted to any discipline.

Also available until Sunday evening is the 20 Minute Mentor, How Can I Enhance Students’ Self-Regulated Learning Skills? with Linda Nilson.

Email the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning for information on how to access the Monday Morning Mentor program.



Computer Services Presents

Blackboard Feature Spotlight: Inline Grading

Inline Grading is an enhancement to how instructors can view and provide feedback to student assignment submissions. The new and improved method allows the instructor to provide this feedback directly in the browser window without needing to save a local copy first.

Feedback options include a commenting tool, highlighter, text selection tool, strikeout tool, even a drawing tool. Once you have saved your feedback, your options for downloading include the original submission attachment as well as the marked up version, saved in PDF format. (Students have these same download options.)

Inline grading does away with the need to download and open each student’s submission and then save and re-upload, making the workflow fast and convenient for everyone involved.

Check out this Blackboard Quick Hit video about inline grading!

See the Blackboard Blog to learn more about the great features in Blackboard. Don’t forget about all the opportunities for Blackboard training from Computer Services at the Help Desk website, and learn how you can become a Blackboard Black Belt while you’re there! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter too!

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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