Provost Communiqué for October 11, 2012


In This Issue:


Director of Bookstore Candidate—Open Forum

Date: Monday, October 15
Time: 3:00–3:45 p.m
Location:  Hill Hall, Room 2

Sonda Ropp-Reinartz

The Vice President for Student Affairs would like to announce the selection of four candidates for the Baker Bookstore Director search. The first of four candidates, Ms. Sonda Ropp-Reinartz, will be visiting Missouri State University on October 15, 2012.

Ms. Sonda Ropp-Reinartz is currently employed at Augustana College in Rockwood, Illinois as the Bookstore Manager. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Business from Hiram College, and has been working within college/university bookstores for over 20 years.

If you are interested in learning more about Ms. Ropp-Reinartz, please plan to attend an open forum to engage in her presentation, and also ask any questions. The Open Forum for faculty and staff will be from 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. in Hill Hall, room 2. The Open Forum for students will follow from 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Hill Hall, room 2.

Questions or comments may be directed to the Office of Student Affairs in Carrington 200 (836-5526).

Ann Fuhrman

Faculty, Student & Staff Seminar

The United Nations at 67—Is it Still Relevant?

Date:  Wednesday, October 24
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Strong Hall, Room 1 (lower level)

All are welcome!

Join Ann Fuhrman, UN librarian in the Meyer Library, as she discusses the United Nations from her unique perspective.

Download event flyer


Sponsored by the Center for Learning and Writing

Study Skills Workshops

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: 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.

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Rebooting After Midterms

Dates and Times: Wednesday, October 24, 6:00–6:50 p.m.; Thursday, October 25, 2:00–2:50 p.m.
Location:  Meyer Library 101
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The Rebooting After Midterms presentation has several desired outcomes:

  • Students will have concrete learning strategies in order to retain information.
  • Students will be able to articulate a solid study plan.
  • Students will understand the source of their test anxiety.
  • Students will view the test taking process differently.
  • Students will seek opportunities to discuss test taking strategies with their teachers.

Download information on all workshops

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
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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.

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.

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Missouri State University’s First Academic Advising Conference

Positive Approaches to Academic Advising

Date:  Monday, October 22
Time:  8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union
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Registration is required

Missouri State University is offering our first on-campus academic advising conference. Dr. Jennifer Bloom will be the keynote speaker on appreciative advising. Various afternoon break-out sessions will be available. This professional development opportunity is open to faculty, staff, graduate students and guests from other Missouri colleges and universities with no charge.  You may register for the morning keynote, the afternoon break-out sessions, or both.

Register now!

Coordinated by Tracey Glaessgen and Kathy Davis

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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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.

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