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Provost Communiqué for September 25, 2014


In This Issue:


Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate College Candidate to Visit Campus

Join the Office of the Provost in welcoming the first candidate interviewing for the position of Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate College. Each candidate will be presenting an open forum followed by a question and answer session. Visit the Provost website for candidate information and open forum schedules.


Spotlight on Student Success—CNAS

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 Natural and Applied Sciences.


CNAS Public Lecture Series

A Review of Major Environmentally-based Lawsuits in the United States from 2004–Present: One Measure of Corporate Social Responsibility

Melissa Dallas

Date: Tuesday, October 7
Time: 7:30–8:30 p.m.
Location: Temple Hall 002
Presenter: Melissa Dallas, Professor, Hospitality and Restaurant Administration
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This relevant and lively presentation will provide an overview of major lawsuits settled or decided during the past decade in which the well-being of an environmental asset was in dispute. The environmental assets were compromised due to a variety of causes including greenhouse gas emissions, chemical leaks, waste disposal, air pollution, and wetlands development. The outcomes of these suits are one indication of the lack of adoption of, and adherence to, sound corporate responsibility practices as first discussed in a seminal paper by Archie Carroll in 1991.


BCSSE Reports Are Available: See the Data, Schedule a Meeting

BCSSE collects data about entering college students’ high school academic and co-curricular experiences, as well as their expectations for participating in educationally purposeful activities during the first college year. It can aid the design of pre-college orientation programs, student service initiatives, and other programmatic efforts aimed at improving student learning during the first year of college.

The 2014 BCSSE Report is available to all interested faculty and staff on the Office of Assessment website. If you would like for us to attend your next meeting to demonstrate how BCSSE could be useful to your college, department, or unit, please send an email to the Assessment office to schedule an appointment.

We would also like to invite you to attend an upcoming BCSSE Coffee Break, a time to look at the data, ask questions, and leave with actionable information.

Dates:  Thursday, October 16 and Tuesday, October 28
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Carrington Hall 422

Please RSVP for the October 16 or October 28 session by emailing the Assessment office.


FCTLLogoMonday Morning Mentor

What do Students Want in Online Courses?

Monday-morning-mentor-cup A new program begins Monday, September 29

As an educator, you know asking the right questions can be just as important as getting the right answers. This is particularly important when it comes to designing for the online student. In this Magna 20 Minute Mentor, Jill Schiefelbein from Arizona State University focuses on how developing a course with the online student profile in mind can enhance student engagement and promote development of self-motivated learning.

Also available until Sunday evening is the 20 Minute Mentor, How Can I Structure a Flipped Lesson? with Barbi Honecutt.

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



Fall Noncredit Programs

How to Live on a Budget

Dates: Thursdays, October 16 and 23
Times: 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Location: Meyer Alumni Center 4th Floor
Cost: $49
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The specific goal of this course is to help ANYONE at ANY financial threshold achieve IMPROVED financial well-being. It is a known fact people spend more time on planning their vacations these days than their personal finances. The better you plan your finances, the better and longer vacations you can have.

  • Day 1 – Getting started on a budget, How to budget
  • Day 2 – Credit Cards and what to do with new found money, Resetting a budget due to a new job, raise, etc.

Visit the How to live on a budget website for registration and more detailed course information.

Introduction to Photography

Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 21 and 23; October 28 and 30
Times: 6:30–8:30pm
Location: Meyer Alumni Center 2nd Floor
Cost: $49
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This course will help the student learn the functions of their cameras (film or digital) and how to make better use of composition, lenses, lighting, software, flash units, and other equipment including tips and techniques for capturing photographs that stand out from the everyday snapshot image. In addition, this course is recommended to hobbyists, budding journalists that need to shoot their own stories, artists, and anyone else looking at improving their photographic imagery.

  • Day 1 – Fundamentals of Photography
  • Day 2 – Fundamentals of Photography Continued
  • Day 3 – Studio Visit & Studio Techniques
  • Day 4 – Critique of Photographs

Visit the Introduction to photography website for registration and more detailed course information.

Grant Writing from Good to Great

Date: Friday, October 24
Location: Alumni 2nd Floor Board Room
Time: 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Cost: $125
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This course will allow seasoned grant writers and newcomers the chance to understand and practice the essentials of writing grant proposals in an interactive and creative workshop! This course will help you with researching, learning how to locate funding sources, and provide grant writing tips and tutorials that have taken years of our expertise to cultivate. In addition, you will learn how to pursue grant funds. This is a course not to be missed.

Visit the Grant writing website for registration and more detailed course information.

Advanced Grant Writing

Date: Friday, November 14
Location: Alumni 2nd Floor Board Room
Time: 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Cost: $125
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The advanced grant writing workshop is perfectly suited for those that have a basic understanding of the grant writing process and format. The workshop will cover establishing a grant strategy for an organization or project, cover in depth various federal grant writing concepts and strategies, and discuss advanced program development and evaluation techniques. Participants are encouraged to bring a copy of a proposal constructed to obtain feedback from the speaker as well as others in the course.

Visit the Advanced grant writing website for registration and more detailed course information.


soar_logoSOAR Leader Recruitment

Do you know students interested in strengthening skills employers demand like critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills?  What about networking with faculty, staff, and student leaders?  How about having fun while shaping the future student body of Missouri State? Then they might be interested in becoming a SOAR leader.

During Student Orientation, Advisement & Registration (SOAR) sessions, SOAR leaders assist new Missouri State students in making a comfortable and informed transition from high school to university life by discussing campus life, helping students build their first class schedule, and working with faculty and staff to help students foster relationships with others on campus.  As you know, the vital role they play in the University’s recruitment and retention efforts demands that we select only the most talented, engaging, and responsible students for the SOAR team.

Please encourage your students to apply, both through your direct communications with them and by completing our online nomination form. If they are interested in the position, you may direct them to the SOAR website to learn more about responsibilities, qualifications, benefits, compensation and more. We also encourage them to attend one of our two upcoming SOAR leader information sessions:

  • 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 20 in Meyer Library 101
  • 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 21 in Meyer Library 101

Thank you in advance for passing this information on to your students and, by doing so, supporting the SOAR program. For more information contact us at Orientation@MissouriState.edu or (417) 836-7641.


Information Meetings for the MU-MSU Doctorate in Education

Date: Tuesday, October 7
Time: 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Location: PSU 400

If you are interested in learning about the possibility of earning a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Missouri please join us. This presentation will feature:

  • Information about the program,
  • The application process,
  • A panel discussion with recent graduates.

For more information, call 417-836-6046 or visit the MU-MSU doctorate in education website.

Download event flyer



Computer Services presents

Blackboard Feature Spotlight: SafeAssign

Academic Integrity Days are next week! Academic Integrity is extremely important at Missouri State University, and one of the ways that you can ensure your students are practicing it is by using SafeAssign to review papers submitted through Blackboard. SafeAssign can also be used to help students identify how to properly attribute sources and creates an opportunity to discuss academic integrity. The SafeAssign feature is effective as both a deterrent and an educational tool. SafeAssign is fully integrated into Blackboard, so Instructors can create SafeAssignments in their Blackboard courses in the same way that they add standard Blackboard assignments.

Computer Services provides step-by-step instructions on using SafeAssign in this article in Experts. As always, if you have questions about using SafeAssign or any other issues with Blackboard, please contact the Computer Services Help Desk.

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!


pa_statueSuggest a Public Affairs Theme for 2016–2017

Public Affairs theme suggestions for the 2016–2017 academic year are now being accepted. As is the case with this year’s theme of The Ethical Citizen: Can you make a difference? and the 2015–2016 theme of Building Healthy Communities: Body, mind and spirit, the intent is to identify and adopt a theme that can permeate the campus community for the academic year. While public affairs themes generally focus on challenges in public policy or issues confronting our world, you are encouraged to submit any and all ideas. Ultimately, the theme will be developed in a collaborative manner involving representatives of the university and Springfield communities; these individuals will look for a concept that can engage and excite the campus through a broad topic and provide meaningful opportunities for learning. Deadline for theme submissions is 5 pm, Friday, October 17.

Download detailed information for suggesting a theme.


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
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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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