Date: Wednesday, March 5
Location: Karls Hall, Room 101
Despite the ACA’s many reforms of the health insurance industry, fundamental problems remain. Professor Gerald Friedman will discuss the merits and limits of the ACA, the problems going forward, and how single-payer offers a way to control costs and provide affordable coverage for all Americans. He will present estimates of how a single-payer system could work in Missouri, the savings it would achieve, and possible financing methods.
Gerald Friedman, PhD, Professor of Economics at University of Massachusetts – Amherst. He focuses on economic history, labor history, labor economics, and the history of economic thought. He has been a regular media correspondent on the international financial crisis. Professor Friedman earned his Ph.D. in economics at Harvard.
This event is hosted by MSU’s Department of Economics and Physicians for a National Health Program.
Cultural Stereotypes: Perception or Reality?
Date: Monday, March 3
Time: 4:00–5:00 p.m.
Location: Carrington Hall 208 (Carrington Auditorium)
Presenter: Juan Meraz
This session seeks to help us better understand the changing demographics and how they will affect our cultural stereotypes.
Register for this session by going to My Learning Connection in My Missouri State and select “Professional Development-Diversity” form the Choose Category drop-down menu.
For complete event details, go to the Diversity and Inclusion blog posting.
Save the Date: August 13, 2014
The submission date for presentation proposals for the 29th Showcase on Teaching and Learning is open until Friday, March 7th. Proposals are being sought for concurrent sessions that will focus on effective instructional practices and student engagement in the classroom. This is an excellent opportunity for faculty to present to their peers and Showcase their own work and research.
There are two session tracks: Best Practices in Teaching Strategies and Teaching with Technology.
Proposals may be submitted online at 29th Showcase Call for Proposals.
Submission deadline is Friday, March 7th.
Backward design, in which you plan a course by defining your end goals before developing course content, is an extremely effective tool in supporting accessibility. Focusing on what you want students to get out of your course, through backward design, will help you develop creative and accessible assignments that help all students, whether or not they have a disability. Instructional Designers will be available for one hour after this workshop for discussion and assistance. All participants should register through My Learning Connection.
Making accommodations does not mean making concessions in academic rigor. In fact, designing exams with accessibility in mind can help you improve your assessment of student learning for all students, whether or not they have a disability. Instructional Designers will be available for one hour after this workshop for discussion and assistance. All participants should register through My Learning Connection.
This program will provide an introduction to conceptual models of disability and explore disability as a complex and valuable aspect of the human experience. The academic discipline of disability studies will also be introduced with examples of how disability is a valued identity group and intersects other academic disciplines. Participants will have a basic understanding of how disability is a social construct and how to apply this new paradigm. All participants should register through My Learning Connection.
Date: Thursday, March 6
Times: 11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. and 12:30–1:45 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union, Room 309
The Library is seeking a total of about thirty faculty members who would be interested in spending an hour discussing issues about services, spaces, and collections at Meyer Library. The Library will be conducting two focus groups for faculty. The purpose of these discussions will be to further explore some survey results and to seek input on various Library related issues. If anyone is interested in participating, please contact Lynn Cline at LynnCline@MissouriState.edu or 6-4658. A box lunch will be served and one participant in each session will win a gift certificate to the MSU Bookstore.
Department of Communication Scholarly Colloquium Series
Gender, Media and Religion
Date: Monday, March 3
Time: 11:50 a.m.
Location: Craig Hall 336
Speaker: Dr. Bren Ortega Murphy, the filmmaker of “A Question of Habit”
A Question of Habit
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.
Pearl White “The Peerless Fearless Girl” from Missouri: The Perils and Parallels of America’s Silent Action Film Star
One hundred years ago in 1914, Pearl White, a young woman from Springfield, Missouri, shot to international fame as the star of the silent film serial “The Perils of Pauline.” The film serial thrilled audiences with its “cliffhanger” story lines where the female star did her own take charge death defying stunts. Pearl White’s movies, her celebrity, her life, and the technological and social changes underway in the 19-teens hold many parallels and lessons for the perils and rapid changes that we face today in the 20-teens. This program explores these perils and parallels, and of course, we will get to enjoy a bit of silent movie film magic featuring this great actress from the Show Me State. Popcorn will be served.
Join Dr. Alice Dreger as she presents “When Research Meets Politics: Controversies over Fetal Hormonal Engineering Aimed at Female Sex ‘Normalization” as the keynote to this year’s Women’s History Month.
Visit the KSMU website for detailed event and speaker information.
Computer Services was excited to team up with Missouri State West Plains Campus and Greenwood Laboratory School to provide Blackboard Black Belt Boot Camps to their instructors. The West Plains boot camps were organized in collaboration with West Plains Instructional Design and Technology and Academic Affairs department with the efforts of Chulapol Thanomsing, who we thank greatly. We enjoyed visiting their campus and working with the staff and instructors. The sessions for Greenwood were spearheaded by Denise Vinton, and it’s always a pleasure to work with her.
These boot camps are intensive Blackboard training sessions for experienced users to earn their Blackboard Black Belts. We were thrilled to see how quickly everyone was willing to learn new facets of Blackboard, and how often discussions in the boot camps lead to instructors discovering new ways to use Blackboard features and tools. If you’re interested in organizing some Blackboard Black Belt Boot Camp events, or other training for your department or area, please contact Computer Services Training and Documentation at email@example.com
Congratulations to all of the Missouri State University’s Blackboard Black Belts so far for 2014!
The Office of Assessment is collecting student work that showcases students’ understanding of public affairs. In addition to student work, we are interested in learning more about the public affairs work in general that your students do. Please submit student work, examples of assignments that have worked well for you, and descriptions of projects that influence student learning related to community engagement, ethical leadership, and cultural competence. As a small token of appreciation, we will bring you a Starbucks gift card and a certificate of participation for university service.
How You Can Participate:
- Fill out the online Intent to Participate Form
- Collect student work as usual
- Submit copies electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org, or
- we can come to you, make copies, and return your originals within 1-2 days
- The work will be de-identified and faculty and staff review the student work.
- An individualized report will be sent to you based on the review.
- Office of Assessment will share findings from the review related to students’ overall understanding of public affairs.
To submit student work: complete the online Intent to Participate Form
To review student work in May 2014: fill out the online reviewer application
For additional information: visit the information page on the Office of Assessment website, or contact us at email@example.com or 836-6300.
Last chance to register!
As part of the Walkable Neighborhood Project—Springfield, we invite you join us for lunch with national public health, planning, and transportation consultant Mark Fenton. Mark will share his experience in Springfield and share ideas to keep us “moving” into the future!
There is no charge for the luncheon and the luncheon is open to all faculty, staff, students, administration and members of the community who wish to attend. Seating is limited so make your reservations by Monday, March 3 through My Learning Connection.
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