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Provost Communiqué for October 30, 2014


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CNAS Public Lecture Series

Nanobiochemistry: Nanoparticles for Biological Applications

Date: Tuesday, November 11
Time: 7:30–8:30 p.m.
Location: Temple 002
Presenter: Katye Fichter, Assistant Professor, Chemistry
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This lecture will investigate some ways nanoparticles are being used in biological and biomedical applications.

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Applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program Information Session

Date: Friday, November 14
Time: 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Location: Carrington 203
Presenter: Dr. Rick Breault, MSU’s Campus Representative for the Fulbright Scholar Process

If being a Fulbright Scholar is among your short or long-term career goals, this session will explain the program itself, how the process works, provide helpful hints about where to apply and what to highlight in your applications. This workshop is especially important for anyone interested in applying for the next round of awards. The application process for 2016–17 will begin soon and applications are due August 1, 2015.

All interested faculty are encouraged to attend since the Fulbright Scholar process is open to university faculty of any rank and any level of experience.

Dr. Breault is a visiting professor in the Department of Reading, Foundations, and Technology and is a 3-time Fulbright Scholar. He is also currently a Peer Reviewer for Fulbright applicants to Central Europe and Eurasia.


The Workshop for Critical Inquiry presents

“A Secular Kierkegaard:
Confessional Readings of Heidegger Before 1945″

Date: Thursday, November 13
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Library Auditorium, Room 101
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The Workshop for Critical Inquiry will host Dr. Edward Baring, Assistant Professor of Modern European Intellectual and Cultural History at Drew University. His presentation entitled “A Secular Kierkegaard: Confessional Readings of Heidegger before 1945” examines, within the context of the reception of phenomenology around Europe, how people in the 1930’s and 1940’s understood the shift from a religious to an atheistic existentialism.



Computer Services presents

Blackboard Spotlight: October Black Belts!

Congratulations to the most recent recipients of the Blackboard Black Belt! These intrepid members of the Missouri State Faculty and Staff have attended all 13 hours of Blackboard training offered by Computer Services and have learned the ins and outs of our learning management system. Without further ado, the Blackboard Black belts of October 2014!

  • BbBlackbelt_logoComputers For Learning: Sue McCrory
  • Computer Services: Ari Carter
  • Criminology & Criminal Justice: Ethan Amidon and Michael Suttmoeller
  • Missouri State Outreach: Lacy Geiger
  • Theatre & Dance: Rachel Jamieson

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!


CHPA Research Forum

“It’s Not You, It’s Me:”—The Fed’s Problem with Commitment

Date: Wednesday, November 5
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Strong Hall 250
Presenter: Dr. C. Patrick Scott, Assistant Professor, Economics Department
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Dr. Scott will discuss how the Federal Reserve responds to changes in the economy when its target inflation rate changes over time. He will also talk about how to statistically estimate unobserved variables for which data is not available.

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Flipped Classroom

Date: Wednesday, November 5
Time: 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Location: FCTL, Library 204
Presenter: Eric Nelson, Professor, History

Where do you start in flipping the classroom? What can your course look like if you use technology to enhance your student’s out-of-class experience? How can adaptive assessment be used to garner valuable insight concerning what your students are understanding? History Professor Eric Nelson will pose these questions and show how he flipped his classroom and used publisher content integrated with Blackboard to aid in the flipping of that classroom. This session offers specific examples of how technology can help you to better prepare your students for class, give feedback before class about what your students are thinking, and create a dynamic classroom experience. The session will also outline how instructional designers and other support resources can help faculty effectively add more technology to their courses.


Monday-morning-mentor-cupMonday Morning Mentor

How Can I Enhance the Impact of Feedback in Online Classes?

A new program begins Monday, November 3

When it comes to helping students learn online, few practices pack the pedagogical punch of quality online feedback. Too many students think of feedback in terms of grading and miss out on the educational benefits of following up on their assignments. Jean Mandernach, Director of the Center for Innovation in Research and Teaching at Grand Canyon University, presents how different feedback strategies can benefit students and help you make online feedback a two-way street.


Shattering the Silence Series

“What do You Mean You Don’t Celebrate Christmas?”

Date: Monday, November 10
Times:  9:00–11:00 a.m., 12:30–2:30 p.m., 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Location: PSU 317
Presenter: Karen Aroesty is the Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League in St. Louis

This is an interactive discussion on religious pluralism” with Karen Aroestry. The presentation is through the activities of the ADL’s A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute. Participants will engage in personal reflection on how MSU’s campus has responded to changing demographics and the increasing variety of religious diversity that is reflected in the University community.


Spotlight on Student Success

Music Department

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, 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 Music department.


2015 FCTL Curriculum Innovation Research Funding

These awards provide support for faculty projects that lead to improvements in the quality of instruction and new or innovative teaching and learning practices. FCTL will award up to $5000 for selected projects. During 2015, priority will be given for projects that incorporate one or more of the following:

  • Instructional practices that promote deep learning
  • Collaborative projects that include multiple faculty and courses within and/or between departments
  • Support for quality of instruction offered by per-course faculty, including collaborative efforts between full-time and part-time faculty

Proposals are due by Friday, November 7. Additional details and application materials can be accessed at the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning website.


Department of Communication Colloquium

The Perils of Pearl White

Date: Monday, November 3
Time: 11:50–12:50 p.m.
Location: Craig Hall 337
Presenter: Randy Dillon

pearlDr. Randy Dillon will be our speaker for the November 3 Department of Communication Colloquium. Dr. Dillon will provide an overview of Intercultural Communication scholarship. He will then transition into talking about his recent project on the early silent screen actress Pearl White, who became an international film star exactly 100 years ago.

Why Pearl?

  • She is from Springfield, Missouri.
  • She was one of the first female stars in movies.
  • Her films were the movie’s first cliffhangers.
  • Her films were one of the first developed for a world-wide movie-going audience.


Calling All Faculty

The Call for CASL Research Stipend Applications for 2014–2015
is Now Open

Application deadline has been extended to Friday, October 31 at 5:00 p.m.

The Citizenship and Service-Learning office invites proposals for research stipends that will be of direct service to the community, including community-based research involving students. The stipend is a vehicle to accomplish the goals of a metropolitan university. For questions, please contact Kathy Nordyke at 836-5774.

Download CASL Research Stipend Guidelines and Proposal Form


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