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Virtual Participation for the 2015 Graduate Interdisciplinary Forum

The Graduate Interdisciplinary Forum (Saturday, April 25) is offering a new opportunity this year for students to present their research virtually. Virtual presenters will be presenting their research to the IDF attendees through Blackboard Collaborate. Students selected for participation will be given instructions on how to download Bb Collaborate and provided resources to learn and practice using the tool. Prior preparation is crucial for the success of this pilot year, so students interesting in presenting virtually must notify the Graduate College by Monday, March 16th .

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Academic Advisor Forums

All interested advisors are welcome, so please encourage other advisors to participate. Unless noted, no registration is required.

Transfer Advising Workshop

Date: Tuesday, March 17
Time: 9:00 a.m.–12 Noon
Location: Plaster Student Union 308

Presented by Ross Hawkins and the Transfer Advising Committee. Send an email to Rose Hawkins to reserve a spot.

Master Advisor Reception

Date: Wednesday, March 18
Time: 4:00–5:00 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union Ballroom East

This event is a reception to honor all MSU Master Advisors.

Awards to be presented:

  • Curtis P. Lawrence Excellence in Advising Awards: Nora Cox, Communication, and Juli Panza, Professional Education Advisement Center
  • Excellence in Advising Support: Christy Graham
  • Excellence in Advising: Graduate Student Contribution, Vanessa Jones

Please RSVP to 836-5258 by Wednesday, March 11.

Advising International Students

Date: Friday, March 20
Time: 1:30–4:30 p.m.
Location: Morris Center 500
Presenters: Jamie Schweiger, Susan Martindale, Patrick Parnell, Randy Dillon, and a panel of international students

Learn the nuts and bolts of immigration, and enhance cultural competence by hearing from international students about their experiences at Missouri State University.

Registration is required and spaces are limited. To register, visit the Academic Advisement Center website.

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FCTL Events



Monday Morning Mentor Series

Are Group Exams a Viable Testing Option?

A new program begins Monday, March 16

So imagine the reaction you’ll get when you put students into groups not for an activity but for an exam. And for all the criticism you get from students, you can expect just as much – if not more – from your colleagues. Like many things inside academia and out, group exams are not bad. They’re just misunderstood. When used correctly, group exams can be incredibly powerful tools that minimize testing anxiety for students, promote peer learning, and model real-world problem solving. As the editor of The Teaching Professor newsletter and blog, Dr. Maryellen Weimer regularly and enthusiastically pursues strategies that keep students and instructors engaged and successful. She will share what she has learned about why group exams can work and how to incorporate them into your courses.

To access the Monday Morning Mentor programs, email the FCTL or call 836-3059.

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Computer Services Presents the Blackboard Feature Spotlight: The Retention Center


Blackboard’s built in performance monitoring tool, the Retention Center, provides an easy way for you to discover which students in your course are at risk. You can communicate with struggling students and help them take immediate action for improvement. You can also keep track of patterns over time. For more information about the Retention Center, check out this article in Experts.

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