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Provost Communiqué for July 17, 2014

New for 2014–2015: International Travel Awards

International Travel Awards are being made available to faculty who have been asked to share the findings of their research at venues overseas. This is a matching grant program with Departments/Colleges contributing to the total award. All full-time faculty who are actively involved in research are eligible to apply. The application deadline for fall is Monday, September 15.

The guidelines and application form can be found on the Graduate College website. Feel free to contact Tom Tomasi or Carla Coorts should you have any questions.

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.

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.


Computer Services presents

Blackboard Spotlight: Jumpstart Classes for Fall ’14

Been taking a break for the summer, but about ready to start planning again for the school year? Are you a new member of the Missouri State faculty? Just need a refresher on all the helpful things that Blackboard can do for you? Computer Services wants to help! We’re offering a bevy of Blackboard Learn Jumpstart classes in the upcoming weeks. Jumpstart classes walk you through all the basics of course navigation and setting up your classes for the new semester. If that sounds helpful for you, you can register for the course through My Learning Connection, or just drop in. Classes will be held:

  • Tuesday, July 29 (10 am.–Noon)
  • Wednesday, July 30 (2:00–4:00 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, August 5 (10 am.–Noon)
  • Wednesday, August 6 (2:00–4:00 p.m.)
  • Friday, August 8 (10 am.–Noon)
  • Monday, August 11 (10-noon)
  • Friday, August 15 (10-noon)

Jumpstart classes are designed to have plenty of time to ask questions, at the end of the session, and if you want to learn even more, just sign up for some of the more advanced classes and earn a Blackboard Black Belt!


Summer Noncredit Programs

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.

ACT Summer Institute

Dates: Monday–Thursday, July 21–24
Time: 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Location: Siceluff Room 222
Cost: $449 ($50 Staff Discount)

The ACT Summer Institute is ideal for students that need an intensive preparation program during the summer. This one-week institute is intensive and requires students to continue to practice their skills in the weeks and months leading up to the exam. Students are expected to actively participate in class and in the online review sessions.

Visit the ACT summer institute course page for registration and more detailed course information.

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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