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Provost Communiqué for April 16, 2014

All-Faculty Recognition Reception

Date: Monday, April 21
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: PSU Ballroom
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Our faculty members work diligently to make the university and our community a better place to live. Join the Office of the Provost and President Smart as we gather to honor this year’s award recipients and retirees at the All-Faculty Recognition Reception. The esteemed recipients of the Missouri State University Foundation Award in Teaching, Research and Service, Years of Service, Community Service Awards and others will be recognized. Hors D ’Oeuvres will be provided.

Bb_LogoComputer Services Presents the Blackboard Feature Spotlight: SafeAssign

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 rather than paraphrase without giving credit to the original source. So, 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 they add standard Blackboard assignments.

SafeAssign Originality Reports will be getting a new look soon! The general features and information presented will not change, but an update of the SafeAssign central services will display the new look and feel to users beginning on Saturday, April 26. (Click image for larger view.)


Computer Services provides step-by-step instructions on using SafeAssign in this article in Experts, as well as training on SafeAssign and the other methods of assessment offered through Blackboard. Look for the “Blackboard: Assessing Learners” classes in My Learning Connection. The next session is Monday, April 21 at 2 p.m. 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, and don’t forget about all the opportunities for Blackboard training from Computer Services at the Blackboard at Missouri State University 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!

Save the Date–2014 Summer Academic Writing Retreat

Dates: Monday–Friday, June 16–20
Time: 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Location: Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, Duane G. Meyer Library Room 204

This interdisciplinary academic writing retreat is designed to:

  • Create a motivated and positive environment that fosters excellent work
  • Encourage productivity through peer accountability and immediate feedback
  • Develop positive writing habits

The retreat includes five days of committed writing time, mini-sessions on removing productivity challenges and fostering good writing habits, as well as feedback on writing style, grammar, and more. The retreat is open to anyone working on a scholarly writing project. The goal is for each participant to arrive with a work in progress and leave with a completed manuscript.

Cost and Registration

The cost is $150 for Missouri State University employees and registration is non-credit fee waiver benefit eligible for Missouri State University employees. The cost is $300 for non-Missouri State University employees.

Registration is available via My Learning Connection. In the meantime, please contact Stephanie Norander, Provost Fellow for Faculty Development—Writing, for more information.

A Film Screening

A Question of Habit

Date: Monday, May 5
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Meyer Library, Room 101

Written, produced and edited by Dr. Bren Ortega Murphy, this film examines visual images of Catholic nuns and sisters used in contemporary U.S. pop culture in contrast to actual religious women. Discussion with the filmmaker will take place after the film.

Download film event flyer

Understanding Student Learning of Public Affairs—A Call for Reviewers

The Office of Assessment is collecting student work that showcases students’ understanding of public affairs. All interested faculty, staff, and graduate students are invited to apply to be reviewers of this student work during a workshop held the week of May 19, 2014. A small stipend will be provided for your time as a reviewer.

For more information, contact Dr. Keri Franklin, Director of Assessment, at 836-6300.

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