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Provost Communiqué for July 24, 2014

OCF_logoOzarks Celebration Festival Volunteer Information Luncheon

Date: Friday, August 1
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: PSU Union Club

Interested in volunteering for this year’s Ozarks Celebration Festival? This is your chance to learn more about the ways you can make this event a great success.

RSVP to Barb Jones at 836-6605 by Wednesday, July 30.

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FCTLLogoRegister Today for the 29th Showcase on Teaching and Learning!

Date: Wednesday, August 13
Time: 8:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union Level III
Website: Visit the 29th Showcase on Teaching and Learning website

The theme for this year’s conference is “Facilitating Student Engagement and Deep Learning.”

Plan to join peers and colleagues for an inspiring morning of speakers, panels and practical sessions which showcase the work of faculty and solutions they have found for facilitating student engagement and deep learning. The event will feature:

  • A continental breakfast and table-top displays of resources and academic services at MSU
  • Over 20 break-out sessions presented by faculty and staff
  • Luncheon featuring keynote speaker Dr. Deborah Allen, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Delaware

Dr. Allen is one of the founding institute leaders from the University of Delaware’s Institute for Transforming Undergraduate Education. For more than ten years, the University of Delaware has encouraged the adoption of student-centered and active classroom pedagogies, particularly in the area of problem-based learning in undergraduate studies. Dr. Allen will talk about the use of problem-based learning to achieve deeper learning and the pedagogies of student engagement.

Join your peers and colleagues for an engaging discussion on this topic. Breakfast and lunch are free but registration is requested to ensure we don’t run out of food!

Please register online through My Learning Connection and search under the “Showcase on Teaching and Learning” category or type “Showcase” in the search box at the upper right screen after selecting “Show All Classes.”

Contact Nancy Gordon at 836-8396 or fctl@missouristate.edu if you have any questions.


Computer Services Presents

Blackboard Feature Spotlight: Edit the Course Menu

The Course Menu is the instructors’ and students’ main navigation tool within a course. As you set up your course for the Fall 2014 semester, did you know you are able to edit it to suit your course’s specific needs? You can re-order, delete or edit any link already on the menu, as well as add more content areas or tools to fit your course. For instructions on editing your Course Menu, read this page in Experts. If you need assistance editing your Course Menu or anything else Blackboard related, please contact the Computer Services Help Desk.

Check out this short video from Blackboard to learn about editing your course menu:

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 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

Faculty Welcome Back Luncheon

Provost Frank Einhellig and the Office of the Provost invite faculty to attend a Welcome Back lunch on Thursday, August 14 at 11:30 a.m. in the Plaster Student Union Ballroom.

Conference on Civic Engagement

Building and Sustaining Partnerships for Stronger Communities

CtrCommEngagement_logoDate: Wednesday, September 17
Time: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union

Save the date for MSU’s inaugural conference on civic engagement! This conference will focus on the university’s involvement in partnership-based solutions to address pressing public issues in Springfield and the surrounding region. Register by contacting the Office of Public Affairs Support at 417-836-8832.

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Getting’ Our Kicks on Route 66

Date: Saturday, August 9
Time: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Location: Meyer Alumni Center Suite 400
Cost: $39

Do “you ever plan to motor west?” Stories abound about the Mother Road, otherwise known as Main Street of America and Will Rogers Highway. This famous boulevard ran from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California, and veers through the heart of the Ozarks. Commissioned in 1926, the 2,448 mile road wasn’t fully paved until 1937. Decommissioned in 1984, it is no longer in one full piece as the rise of the Interstate paved the way for its demise. It is full of romance, ghost stories and landmarks and spans three time zones. It has given birth to music, poems and movies and has become a popular part of American culture.

Visit the Route 66 course page for registration and more detailed course information.

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