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Study Away exploratory proposal deadline approaching

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Proposals are due Friday, March 31 at 5:00 pm.

Study Away Programs will provide funding for exploratory travel to be awarded in April 2017. The aim of exploratory travel is to increase the number of faculty-directed short-term programs towards an end of increasing students’ cultural competence. Additionally, funded travel will help to ensure faculty preparedness in safety measures for future short-term programs. Please review the exploratory travel fund guidelines.

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New Academic Advisor Forums

The Academic Advisor Forums will be included in the Provost Communiqué prior to each event date. If you want to view all of the forums for the Spring 2017 semester, visit the Academic Advisement Center website.

Master Advisor Refresher Workshops

Date: Friday, March 31
1:30–4:00 p.m.
Location: University Hall 200

Designed for master advisors whose certification has lapsed or those who wish to fulfill certification for year with one session, the focus of these workshops will be on changes at MSU as well as advanced advising practices. Possible topics include changes in the testing center, updates on advising international students, multicultural programs and services, interdisciplinary majors, and the new language certification program.

Registration is required and spaces are limited. Go to the Academic Advisement Center website to reserve a spot.

This session coordinated by Susan Martindale and facilitated by Amy Marie Aufdembrink.

Advising First-Generation Students: Information and Strategies to Improve Student Success

Date: Friday, March 31
Time: 12:15–1:15 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union 317
Presenters: Mark Biggs, Kelly Wood, Tracey Glaessgen, and Rachelle Darabi
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This session will provide an overview of first-generation student data, current and future initiatives to support first-generation students, and advising strategies.

Feel free to bring your lunch to this session.

Peer Assistance Leaders Share Their Program

Date: Monday, April 3
Time: 12:15–1:15 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union 314
Presenters: PAL leaders from Zayed University in Dubai
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The PALs Program was established in recognition of the fact that students like to help each other with their studies. Establishing a peer-mentoring program provides assistance to peers, usually beginning students, in a supportive and encouraging relationship. This type of relationship usually involves the characteristics of role modelling, encouragement and positive reinforcement of achievable academic goals. Come to meet five representatives from this program who are visiting Missouri State University and learn about their program.

Feel free to bring your lunch to this session.

Advising Students of Difference

Part One

Date: Tuesday, April 4
Time: 12:30–1:30 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union 315
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Part Two

Date: Tuesday, April 11
Time: 12:30–1:30 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union 314
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Campus Resource Panel Discussion Coordinated by Christopher Hill

Inclusivity and multiculturalism continue to constitute important and salient issues on campuses across the United States. This series is designed to bring together students, faculty, staff, and advisors, in hopes to connect with the greater campus conversation regarding how we can better serve our students of difference.

Feel free to bring your lunch to this session.


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FCTL Events


MSU Faculty Write Program Retreats–Spring 2017

Tuesday, April 4
Friday, April 28
Monday/Tuesday, May 22–23
Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Location: Meyer Library, Room 204
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The Faculty Write Program focuses on promoting faculty productivity and camaraderie through writing-based experiences such as interdisciplinary writing retreats held twice a month, workshops, and 15-day writing challenges. Writing retreats include breakfast and a light lunch, opportunities to develop a strong network of peer support and accountability, and voluntary feedback sessions. Sessions are facilitated by Dr. Mandy Benedict-Chambers.

Contact the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning or call 6-3059 to register.

Book Talk

Whistling Vivaldi

Whistling Vivaldi by Claude M. Steele focuses on the health impact of prejudice and discrimination. If you think you handle the stress of being the “other” or you think you interact with everyone “equitably”, this book helps you rethink the long-term impact of inequity on our campus and in our community. Steele speaks to the signs that appear emotionally and physically related to prejudice and discrimination. This book makes each of us more aware and vested in how to create and maintain equitable environments. Pick up a FREE copy of Whistling Vivaldi in the FCTL, Meyer Library Room 204, and join us for an in-depth and lively discussion of this engaging and challenging book. Sign up for any or all book talk dates.

Date and Time: Thursday, April 6, 5:00–6:15 p.m.
Location: Meyer Library, Room 204

For more information contact: Dr. Jamaine Abidogun, Diversity Fellow, (417) 836-5916.

The Book Talk Series is sponsored by the Division for Diversity and Inclusion and the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning.

Inclusive Instruction for Diversity Mini-Workshops

Do you want to reach all your students? Want to be culturally inclusive, but not certain how? Come try out a few strategies with us. Each mini-workshop will target different inclusion goals and strategies. Practice with us at all or any of the sessions. There is a 35-participant maximum per session.

Facilitator: Dr. Jamaine Abidogun, Diversity Fellow
Audience: All Faculty

We encourage you to register for all of the workshops or as many as you can attend.

Please contact the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning to register for the session(s) of your choice. Light refreshments will be provided.

Mini-Workshop 4: Developing Inclusive Content

Date: Tuesday, April 11
Time: 4:30–6:00 p.m.
Location: Meyer Library 204, FCTL Conference Room

This mini-workshop assists instructors in methods to increase substantive diverse representation in their content. Participants will discuss ways to avoid “token diversity” or “diversity at the margins” as they design inclusive content to optimize student participation and learning.

Sponsored by the Division for Diversity and Inclusion and the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning.

Those with disabilities who may not be able to fully participate due to the design of the program may request an accommodation by contacting in advance: Ashley Raines, Division for Diversity and Inclusion at (417) 836-8815 or Jamaine Abidogun, Diversity Fellow at (417) 836-5916.

Accessible Learning Institute

Date: July 18–20
Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m

Space is limited to 15 participants

The Accessible Learning Institute is an intensive four-day program designed to help participants identify and resolve accessibility concerns in their courses. In creating an awareness around physical and cognitive disabilities and the learning barriers often experienced by those students, the program hopes to increase the adoption of proactive approaches to course design that will reduce the need for students to request certain types of academic accommodations that could delay student access to information.

Are you interested in learning more about the Accessibility Institute? Contact the Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning at 836-3059.

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