Provost Communiqué for March 22, 2012

Diversity & Inclusion Seminar

Colleagues, Come and Listen to “My Story”

Wes Pratt

Date: Monday, April 2
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Cheek Hall 102

All are welcome!

Come and listen to Wes Pratt, Equal Opportunity Officer, as he shares his story of living in Springfield during the 60’s and 70’s.

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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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Study Away Exploratory Travel Funds

The proposal deadline is Monday, April 9

The Office of the Provost will provide funding for faculty exploratory travel. The aim of the funds is to increase the number of faculty-led short-term programs, which is one component of Missouri State’s international education program. Faculty-led short-term programs help students gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally dependent and culturally diverse world. Additionally, the funds support travel to ensure faculty preparedness in safety measures for future short-term study away programs. Submit proposals to Study Away Director Elizabeth Strong.

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Academic Advisor Forum

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About an
Individualized Major

Date: Friday, March 30
Time: 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union 314

In this academic advisor forum, Lori Roessler will share guidelines for development of individualized majors. Then four students will share information about their individualized majors and the process they went through to develop their own academic programs.

Presented by Lori Roessler and a panel of students with individualized majors:

Thom Hutchison, Mathematical Aesthetics
Hunter Klie, Mandarin Chinese
Molly Hedgpeth, Digital Marketing Communication
Russell McLaughlin, Game Studies

Universal Design Seminar on Teaching Techniques

Date: Friday, March 30
Time: 12:00–1:15p.m.
Location: Meyer Library 204

Seating is limited to the first 25 persons (brown bag event)

As our student population becomes more diverse with different learning styles, languages, abilities, and cultural backgrounds; our teaching methods need to reflect this move toward a model of inclusive excellence.

Attend this panel discussion and hear how Missouri State University faculty are transforming their courses to create inclusive, equitable learning environments for all students.

Panel participants include:

  • Megan O’Rourke, Coordinator, Access Technology Center
  • Dr. Eric Nelson, History department
  • Dr. Marc Cooper, History department
  • Mike Frizell, Director of Student Learning Services
  • Ian Shadrick, Program Coordinator, VI & O&M programs

Please register through MyLearning Connection under the category “Professional Development—Teaching and Learning.”

If you have any questions, please contact the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) at (417) 836-3059.

Fried: Why We Burn Out and How to Revive

Date: Friday, March 30
Time: 7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. (book signing will follow)
Location: PSU Theater
Speaker: Dr. Joan Borysenko

Free admission and open to the public

Are you emotionally exhausted? Physically depleted? Snarky? Depressed? Working more, but getting less done? The Psychology Club, SOFAC, and the Psychology department at Missouri State University welcome Dr. Joan Borysenko, a world-renowned expert on mind-body health, to our campus. She will present information about the twelve stages of burnout and practical methods for climbing out of that rut to connect more deeply with the passion, purpose, and aliveness that inspire a creative and fulfilling life.

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