Provost Communiqué for November 29, 2012


In This Issue:

MSU and OTC Joint Meeting

On November 13, President Smart hosted the second annual meeting with OTC Chancellor Hal Higdon and institutional representatives. The purpose of the meeting was to explore opportunities to better serve transfer students. Don Simpson shared data showing that MSU enrolled 723 new transfers from OTC in calendar year 2012. The total number of OTC transfers at MSU in fall 2012 is 1,823 and another 1,522 MSU students have transfer credit from OTC. The topics discussed were far-ranging including academics, student affairs, diversity, facilities, and future collaborations as illustrated by the points below.

  • OTC has 4,800 students taking at least one online course and 2,200 students enrolled totally online.
  • OTC online degree seeking students are highly motivated to complete their degrees and are often transferring to expensive four-year universities. Many would prefer to move to MSU when and if the programs are available.
  • Teacher education was mentioned as a program that is needed by OTC transfer students in the evening or online. The majority of today’s teachers begin at a community college.
  • OTC is creating a more cohesive Evening College that can complement our Evening College Plus.
  • As the new OTC Branson facility opens in fall 2013, there is interest in a culinary science completer program.
  • OTC is becoming increasingly diverse particularly with larger numbers of St. Louis students who plan to transfer to MSU.
  • Males are underrepresented in transfer programs.
  • Collaborative opportunities mentioned include service learning, common reader selection, study away, residence hall options for OTC students, and the honors program.

The next scheduled joint meeting with OTC for academic department discussions is Monday, December 3 at 3:00 p.m. at the Kit Bond Learning Center at the DARR Agriculture Center.

Special Graduate Recruitment Grants

The Graduate College and Provost’s office are pleased to announce mini-grants for program-specific recruitment events/activities this year designed to increase the number of well-qualified candidates for next year.  Graduate programs (degree or certificate) can apply for up to $2000; a 10% match is required.  Innovative recruitment plans/events should be described on the application form (2 page limit).  Priority will be given to proposals with the potential for long-term impacts.

Proposals for funding must be submitted electronically by Monday, December 17.  For assistance in development and/or implementation of a proposal, contact Misty Stewart, Coordinator of Graduate Recruitment, at 836-6079 or

For more information, and the required application form (Word), see the graduate recruitment grants webpage.

Call for Nominations for Excellence in Advising Award 2013

In recognition of outstanding academic advising, two Missouri State University Curtis P. Lawrence Excellence in Advising awards will be presented during the spring semester 2013. One will honor a faculty advisor, and one will honor an advisor who is a member of the professional staff. Each award winner will receive $1500, presented at the annual Master Advisor Reception.

To nominate an outstanding advisor, please submit the name by 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 6, to Kathy Davis, Director of the Academic Advisement Center. Candidates may be nominated by current students, alumni or colleagues.  Submit the name in an e-mail to  For more information, including qualifications and criteria for selection refer to the academic advisement website.

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Academic Advisor Forum

Prepare Pre-pharmacy Students for Pharmacy School While They Work Toward a Major at MSU

Date: Tuesday, December 4
Time: 12:30–1:30 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union 313, Traywick Parliamentary room
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Presented by Joshua Smith and Annette Gordon

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Academic Advisor Forum

Trending Now: Study Away Trends at Missouri State

Date: Wednesday, December 5
Time: 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union 313, Traywick Parliamentary room
Presenters: Elizabeth Strong and Miko McFarland
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Missouri State Study Away students have increased by 37% in the last two years, while faculty led programs have grown from 9 in 2009 to 35 for 2013. What departments send out the most students? Where are those students going? Which programs are students considering for certain regions of the world? Join Elizabeth Strong and Miko McFarland to learn interesting Study Away facts and figures, and how you can use them to maximize your advising sessions. We’ll also discuss ways to engage students in Study Away conversations during advisement, hear from former Study Away students, and provide the top ten Study Away advising tips.

Showcase on Assessment

Date:  Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Time:  1:00–5:00 p.m.
Location:  Plaster Student Union
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This conference will include a keynote speaker plus concurrent sessions featuring presentations by colleges on assessment activities and best practices in each area. Registration information will be available soon.

Any faculty member who is interested in presenting may contact an Assessment Council member from their college.

For more information contact the Assessment office at or (417) 836 – 6300.

47th Annual Elizabethan Christmas Dinners

Date: Thursday–Saturday, November 29, 30 and December 1
Time: Assemble at 6:15 p.m., show begins at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union Ballroom

Join the MSU choral ensembles as they transform the ballroom into a grand hall in the Renaissance style. Visit the Elizabethan Christmas Dinners website for event details and to order your tickets.

Missouri State’s Next Generation Network–What it Means to You!

Missouri State depends on its networking infrastructure as the foundation for the majority of services that support learning, research, and business processes. As the University’s requirements continue to expand and the existing infrastructure ages, it is important that the speed, breadth, and capacity be increased while also upgrading end-of-life components, in order to ensure reliable and secure delivery of services and technologies. To that end, Administrative and Information Services launched a multi-year project to develop the University’s Next Generation Network (NGN).

During this project, a multifaceted replacement, upgrade, and expansion plan for our networking infrastructure was developed. Three of the five components of the networking infrastructure have been upgraded thus far, which are Internet bandwidth capacity, distribution devices, and core routers. The two remaining components requiring upgrades are wireless access and edge devices.

Learn more about MSU’s next generation network

MSU Foundation Awards for Excellence in Teaching, Research,
and Service

Nominations for 2012–2013 are being accepted now

The Missouri State University Foundation Awards for Excellence in Teaching, Research, and Service are intended to provide incentives for continued performance to a select number of full-time faculty who evidence significant accomplishments in teaching, research and/or creative activities and service. The awards are funded by the MSU Foundation.

Six awards are presented annually at the All-Faculty Recognition Reception held in May of each year, and each recipient will receive a $3,600 award.

Faculty members do not need to be nominated to submit application material. Download the 2013 application form. Nominations are due to the Provost Office by Monday, December 10, 2012. Application materials will be due in Departmental Offices by Monday, January 28, 2013. Please view the 2013 Guidelines for additional information.

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