Provost Communiqué for March 15, 2012

Diversity & Inclusion Seminar

Friends, Let Us Meet & Talk About the Difference Between
Diversity & Affirmative Action

Dr. Ken Coopwood

Monday, March 26
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Cheek Hall 102

All are welcome!

Join Dr. Ken Coopwood, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, as he facilitates a discussion about distinguishing diversity from affirmative action.

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Suggestions for a Common Reader in GEP 101

Recommendations must be received by Friday, April 6.

The First-Year Programs office is currently accepting recommendations of books suitable to use as a common reader in GEP101, First-Year Foundations. All sections of GEP101 and some sections of UHC 110 will use the book.

We need your help in identifying books that relate to the 2013–2014 Public Affairs theme, “Global Perspective: Why it Matters.” The Office of the Provost’s announcement of the theme characterized it in this way:

In the 21st century, developing a global perspective is no longer merely an option; it is a cultural imperative that involves examining our experiences, our knowledge, and our learning in the light of the people and cultures of an increasingly interconnected world.

Why does global perspective matter? How can we best address social justice on a global level? What are the implications of continued economic internationalization? What have we learned from international collaboration, or the lack thereof, that informs the future? Are we prepared for a worldwide pandemic? How can we educate our children for citizenship in the global community? What are the consequences of ignoring global environmental concerns? To what extent can we better understand ourselves as we understand our global neighbors?

The purpose of the theme, “Global Perspective: Why It Matters,” will be to encourage members of the Missouri State University community to develop awareness, skills, and values that will equip them to work collaboratively, across nations and cultures, toward a more just and sustainable future.

An ideal common reader selection will explore the theme in ways that students coming from a variety of disciplines and interests can relate to. The books you recommend need to be written for a general audience, requiring little or no expertise with the topic in order to understand the book.

The selection committee will consider both fiction and nonfiction. The main evaluation of books will be based on the book’s relationship to the public affairs theme, the quality of the book itself, and the book’s suitability for first-year students.

Please send nominations to Include the following information: the title of the book, the author of the book, and a brief explanation about why you are recommending the book.

Faculty Excellence in Community Service Awards Nominations

Deadline this Friday, March 16

Students, faculty, staff, alumni, community friends and organizations are encouraged to nominate full-time Missouri State University faculty members for this year’s Excellence in Community Service Awards. The Excellence in Community Service Awards are presented annually in recognition of excellence in the area of volunteer work with charitable, nonprofit, church or similar organizations within the community. The Missouri State University Foundation has agreed to fund up to four $1000 cash awards, two designated for staff and two designated for faculty.

For more information and to access the nomination form, visit the Faculty Excellence in Community Service Awards webpage or contact Mary Ann Wood for more information.

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Call for Questions for Meghan McCain—
2012 Public Affairs Conference Plenary Speaker

Meghan McCain, daughter of Senator John McCain, will be the evening plenary speaker on Thursday, April 19, 2012, 8 pm. The format of this event will be a moderated question and answer interview. Dr. Gloria Galanes, professor of communication, will conduct the interview. If you would like to submit a question for consideration for the interview, please submit it no later than Wednesday, March 28 to the Office of Public Affairs Support at All questions will be reviewed and may be modified to fit the format of the program.

The Teaching Professor Brown Bag Lunch Discussions

Date: Tuesday, April 10
Time: 12:30–1:30 p.m.
Location: Meyer Library, 204

This series offers a unique opportunity to share experiences with colleagues and discuss topics from the monthly issue of “The Teaching Professor”; or bring a topic to discuss that directly relates to current classroom teaching experiences. Participants are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch and drink. Attend any or all sessions because each session covers a different topic.

Sessions are presented by Dr. James Moyer, professor in the department of Religious Studies, and Provost Fellow for Teaching and Learning 2009–2010.

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