Provost Communiqué for October 4, 2012


In This Issue:


Sponsored by the Center for Learning and Writing

Study Skills Workshop

The Bear CLAW (Center for Learning and Writing) at Missouri State University is proud to announce the Study Skills Workshop series presented by the prefects in the Absent Professor Program. These workshops are designed for students interested in learning new ways to navigate their study sessions. The workshops are free of charge. All workshops will be held in Meyer Library 101 unless noted.

Preparing for Tests

Dates and Times: Wednesday, October 10, 2:00–2:50 p.m.; Thursday, October 11, 6:00– 6:50 p.m.
Location: Siceluff Hall 222
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The purpose of the Preparing for Tests and Test Taking presentation is to assist students in developing an effective system to study for their classes. Many students state that they study, but few have developed a comprehensive plan.

Download information on all workshops

Learning Awards and Funding Opportunities

The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning is announcing funding opportunities for faculty. Visit the FCTL website for detailed information.

Curriculum Innovation Research Projects

  • Curriculum Innovation Research Projects—Faculty can apply for up to $5,000 to support activities which lead to improvements in the quality of instruction and new or innovative teaching and learning practices.
  • Diversity & Inclusion in the Curriculum—This $5,000 mini-grant is dedicated to the Cultural Competence pillar of our public affairs mission. The purpose of this project is to integrate diversity and inclusion into the daily classroom curriculum in order to focus on the goal, “Students will recognize and respect multiple perspectives and cultures.”

iPad Learning Initiatives

  • iPad Learning Initiatives—Faculty can apply and receive an iPad for their use to examine how it can be effectively used for student engagement and enhancing the classroom.

Conference Travel Requests

  • Conference Travel Requests—Faculty can apply for travel funds to attend or present at national conferences which support the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Additional faculty development opportunities can be found on the new faculty development website.

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iPad Basics—Explore the Possibilities

Dates and times:  Wednesday, October 10, 11:50 a.m.–12:40 p.m.; Thursday, October 11, 12:30–1:20pm
Location:  Meyer Library, Room 204
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All are welcome to attend!

Spend 50 minutes getting to know the iPad. Learn practical instructional tie-ins while experiencing hands-on training in navigating the many functions of this device. Bring your own device to the training or work with one provided by the FCTL for this opportunity. We can show you how iPad can offer personal organization strategies, educational applications, and opportunities to build connections with students.

Please RSVP to

Presented by Sarah McCallister, Department Head, and Kinesiology and coordinated by Angela Young, Graduate Assistant/Assistant Director, PASS Program – Peer Assisted Study Sessions

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Faculty Writing Retreat

Date: Friday, October 12
Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Location: Meyer Alumni Center Hospitality Room
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The Office of the Provost and the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning recognizes the importance of providing a time and space for faculty scholarship by sponsoring monthly faculty writing retreats. The retreats are open to all faculty and instructors at Missouri State University. Faculty are welcome to attend for a morning, afternoon, or register for an all-day session through My Learning Connection. Refreshments/lunch will be provided. Registration through My Learning Connection is required for the Monthly Faculty Writing Retreat sessions in order to provide lunch for participants. Participants having dietary concerns, should email 48-hours before each event.

See the faculty writing retreat website and the online calendar posting for complete details.

Study Away Program in Italy

Exhibition of Student Artworks

Dates: Now until Wednesday, October 31
Location: Meyer Library, First Floor
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An exhibition of student artwork from the 2012 summer Study Away Program in Florence, Italy is now on display.  Classes represented are ART 202 and DES 497. The ART 202 class encourages students to foster exploration of specific design principles with special emphasis on color theory.  The DES 497 course expands students’ design sense and capabilities of creative expression by combining paper collage with a variety of other mediums within a context of history, architecture, and art.

CNAS Public Lecture Series

Meeting our Future Energy Needs: Materials Under Extreme Environments

Dr. Robert Mayanovic

Date: Tuesday, October 16
Time: 7:30–8:30 p.m.
Location: Temple Hall 2

Our project is part of a major nation-wide initiative to generate the scientific breakthroughs needed to establish more efficient and cleaner energy applications. The Department of Energy has established 46 new Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) in this initiative, one of which is the center that we partner in, the Energy Frontier Research in Extreme Environments (EFree). Research in this area conducted by our group and by some of our partners in EFree will be discussed.

Parking will be available in Lot 4, South of Temple Hall.

Download the event flyer for detailed information about this lecture and future lectures.

Learn more about what is going on in the College of Natural and Applied Sciences by reading the CNAS Blog

Student Development and Public Affairs Newsletter

We are happy to introduce you to the Student Development and Public Affairs Newsletter. Our unit is focused on student success, and in that spirit, we wanted to publish a newsletter that would provide faculty with best education practices and also information about MSU happenings. This issue includes articles on the Living-Learning Community Faculty Fellows Program, the Jump START program, and Residence Life Academic Success Initiatives along with upcoming event notices. We hope you enjoy our inaugural issue!

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CHPA Research Forum

Do Women Save More than Men?

Date: Tuesday, October 23
Time: 12:30–1:30 p.m.
Location: Strong Hall 350
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There are varying reports on the differences in savings behaviors of men and women, but a large literature points to women in general saving more than men. In this presentation, Dr. Sharmistha Self will discuss some results relating to her research on this topic in regards to Asia, where we have seen a remarkable increase in savings rates in recent decades and a remarkable increase in female participation in the formal labor force.

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Academic Advisor Forum

Advising High-Achieving Students

Date: Friday, October 12
Time: 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union 313, Traywick Parliamentary room
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Scott Handley, Assistant Director of the Honors College, will facilitate this panel discussion on excellent academic advising for high achieving students.

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Academic Advisor Forum

How to Connect with Adult Learners through Student Support Services

Date:  Tuesday, October 16
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Location:  Plaster Student Union 313, Traywick Parliamentary room
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Jonathan Talley and George Radier will present this Academic Advisor Forum on “How to Connect with Adult Learners through Student Support Services.” All faculty and staff academic advisors and other interested persons are welcome.

Charles Duhigg

The David D. Glass Distinguished Lecture Series presents

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

Date: Friday, October 5
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: Carrington Hall 208

Best-selling author and New York Times reporter Charles Duhigg is coming to campus to speak to faculty, staff, and students. Seating is still available for the afternoon session. To secure a seat for yourself at this event, please RSVP on the College of Business website. Mr. Duhigg will be talking about his book, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business. Please know that seating availability is on a first come, first served basis. So don’t delay!

Hiring and the Law—What Employees and Employers Need to Know

In conjunction with the EEOC and the Missouri Human Rights Commission, the Mayors Commission on Human Rights and Community Relations is presenting two workshops—one for employers and one for employees.

Employer workshop (flyer): Bass Pro, White River Conference Room, Tuesday, October 30, 9 a.m.–Noon
Employee workshop (flyer): Missouri Career Center, 2900 E. Sunshine, October 29, 1–4 p.m.

Volunteers Needed for Research Study

The department of physical therapy is doing a research study as part of a grant and they need volunteers who are ages 50 to 75 who are experiencing knee pain.  Participants will receive up to $40 for attending one two-hour session.

Contact Marie at 836-3070 for more information.

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Now Accepting Suggestions for the 2014–2015 Annual
Public Affairs Theme

Proposals due by Friday, November 15

The Office of the Provost is accepting proposals for the 2014–2015 annual Public Affairs theme.  As is the case with this year’s theme of Inclusive Excellence and 2013-2014 theme of Global Perspective: Why it matters, the intent is to identify and adopt a theme that can permeate the campus community for the academic year.

While Public Affairs themes generally focus on challenges in public policy or issues confronting our world, you are encouraged to submit any and all ideas.  The ultimate theme will be developed in a collaborative manner involving representatives of the university community; these individuals will be looking for a concept that can engage and excite the campus and provide meaningful opportunities for learning.

The intent is for the annual Public Affairs theme to be selected two years in advance so the theme can be incorporated into SOAR materials for students as well as in the planning of the multitude of Public Affairs activities, including the selection of the common reader for first year students and others in the campus community.

In addition to serving as the focal point of the annual Public Affairs Conference, the theme should be broad enough to be used in a wide variety of both curricular and co-curricular activities, yet focused enough to be illustrative of our public affairs components: community engagement, cultural competency and ethical leadership.

Proposals should include a brief (1 page) description of the theme and how it would fulfill the above criteria (including specific examples of curricular and co-curricular activities that could take place).  Because the Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs will select a Provost Fellow to coordinate the year-long activities, and in particular, to serve as the coordinator of the 2015 Public Affairs Conference, proposals including the name(s) of potential Fellows are encouraged.

Questions?  Contact either Mary Ann Wood or Dr. Rachelle Darabi.  Send all proposals to Dr. Rachelle Darabi, Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs by Friday, November 15.  We plan to have the theme selected by December 15 .

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Outcasts United Author, Warren St. John, to be Fall Public Affairs Convocation Lecturer

Date: Tuesday, October 9
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Juanita K. Hammons Hall
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Warren St. John

The author of our common reader, Warren St. John, will be our Fall Public Affairs Convocation Lecture speaker, Tuesday, October 9, 7 p.m. at Juanita K. Hammons Hall. He will talk not only about the process of writing the book, but also how students can take the lessons from the book and apply them to their own lives. A question and answer period will be included as well as a book signing after the event.

This is a free event, but tickets are required. Free tickets may be picked up by MSU students, faculty and staff at Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, JQH or the Plaster Student Union ticket offices.

Seating will be general admission, first come first seated. For more information, contact Mary Ann Wood, Director, Public Affairs Support or view the convocation website.

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Public Affairs Grant Program Applications Now Being Accepted for Spring 2013

The Office of Public Affairs Support is now accepting grant applications from students, faculty and staff for events focused on the Public Affairs mission to be offered Spring 2013.  Information about grant requirements and the application process can be found on the Public Affairs Grant webpage.  For more information, please contact Mary Ann Wood, Director, Public Affairs Support.

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Staff Excellence in Community Service Awards Nominations Now Being Accepted

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to nominate Missouri State University staff members for the Excellence in Community Service Award, to be awarded in January at the Employee Recognition Luncheon.  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.  Two $1,000 awards will be given for recognition for outstanding service to the community.  For more information and to view the nomination procedures and form, visit the Excellence in Community Service Awards webpage or call Mary Ann Wood, Director of Public Affairs Support.

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