Provost Communiqué for January 10, 2013


In This Issue:



Public Affairs Conference

April 9–12, 2013

The Office of Public Affairs Support is pleased to announce that the program for the 2013 Public Affairs Conference is now complete!  The conference will convene April 9–12 (Tuesday–Friday).  The program includes 20 panels, 5 plenary sessions, and 3 special events, all addressing the 2012–13 public affairs theme of Inclusive Excellence.

The conference website is now live!  On the website you will find the entire schedule of events, along with photographs and biographies of all speakers.

We hope you will peruse the website as you prepare your syllabi and course materials for the spring semester.  The conference program, planned by faculty and students, includes sessions addressing disciplines across all six MSU colleges.

In addition to the conference website, please watch for the conference brochure in January, and the full conference program in March.  Also, a mobile app will be available in the weeks prior to the conference.

The 9th annual Public Affairs Conference will be rich with opportunities to engage the campus and the community in discussions as we explore Inclusive Excellence.


Academic Advisement Center presents

 “Boots to Books: Advising and Teaching Veterans” Workshops

The Department of Veterans Affairs indicates that enrollment of veterans in college has increased 16-fold and well over 500,000 veterans have traded in their uniforms for text books. With the development of the Post 9/11 GI Bill, and the wars in Iraq/Afghanistan coming to an end, colleges across the state see dramatic increases of veterans attending classes. At Missouri State University, we have developed the Veteran Student Services office to meet the growing demands of this exceptional group of students. In this session, learn about unique needs of student-veterans, discuss ways we can engage, encourage and empower our student-veterans and hear from current student-veterans about their personal transition and experiences.  Jenifer Kautzman from Veteran Student Services will facilitate.

Faculty and staff members are invited to attend one of two identical workshops:

Friday, February 8 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon in PSU Ballroom East calendar icon
Tuesday, February 19 from 2 to 5 p.m. in PSU Ballroom East calendar icon

We have room for up to 50 participants in each workshop and registration is required.  You may register on the Academic Advisement Center website.

The “Boots to Books” workshop is co-sponsored by Veteran Student Services and the Academic Advisement Center. For Master Advisors, participation in one of these workshops would complete recertification requirements for a full academic year.

Please contact Kathy Davis at ext. 65258 if you have questions.


blackboardBecome a Blackboard Black Belt!

New Blackboard training opportunities are now open for registration for faculty members and graduate teaching assistants. Computer Services Training and Documentation has developed a new series of courses to guide you through the features of this important instructional tool. Courses can be taken individually, or as part of the Blackboard Black Belt Series. Master all levels and become a Blackboard Black Belt! Start your journey at the Blackboard help desk website to learn more about Blackboard at Missouri State and available resources. Registration for this training is through the My Learning Connection system.


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Blackboard Open Lab

Date: Friday’s
Time: 1:30–5:00 p.m.
Location: Meyer Library 205 Technology Training Center

Want one-on-one help with Blackboard, or have a specific question? Stop by a Blackboard Open Lab!  These sessions provide unstructured time for one-on-one training. Registration is not required; simply stop by whenever it is convenient for you. Blackboard Open Lab is available year-round every Friday the University is open, even if classes are not in session.

Visit the Blackboard help desk website to learn more about Blackboard at Missouri State and available resources.


Attend the Ribbon Cutting and Reception

Date: Wednesday, January 30
Time: 3:00–5:30 p.m.
Location: PSU 131

The Office of Citizenship and Service-Learning and the Center for Leadership & Volunteerism are pleased to announce their new shared office space in the Plaster Student Union Suite 131.  You are cordially invited you to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony & reception.  The program will begin at 3:30 p.m. with the reception to follow.


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Annual Service-Learning Faculty & Staff Development Conference

Save the Date!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

CASL_conferenceThe Office of Citizenship and Service-Learning (CASL) invites you to attend their annual Service-Learning Faculty & Staff Development Conference, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. For those of you who attended the Beyond the Borders: The Future of Service-Learning conference in 2012, this year’s conference promises to be even more inspiring and motivational.

This year’s conference, Innovate…Impact: Changing Learning, Changing Communities, Changing Lives will provide attendees with valuable information from scholars in the field of service-learning. Sessions and presentations will focus on innovative strategies for implementing service-learning into curriculum and showcase opportunities that can truly impact communities and the lives of others.

Keynote presenters include: Dr. Byron P. White, Vice President for University Engagement and Chief Diversity Officer at Cleveland State University; Stephen Black, Director—Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility at University of Alabama; and Vincent Ilustre, Founding and Current Director of Tulane University’s Center for Public Service. Breakout Sessions include presentations and hands-on course development from Stephen Black; Dr. Paul Matthews, Assistant Director—Office of Service-Learning at the University of Georgia; Dr. Susan Reed, Associate Professor at DePaul University’s Adult Program, School for New Learning; and Dr. Howard Rosing, Director of DePaul’s Steans Center for Community Service Learning.

The conference will also include a breakfast and lunch. Registration for the conference will begin March 1, 2013. Watch for more details. Master advisors who participate in this workshop will receive six hours of recertification credit.

Co-sponsors for the conference include the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL), the Office of Public Affairs Support, the Office of Student Development and Public Affairs, the Office of Student Affairs, MS Online, MSU Adult Student Services, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.


Showcase on Assessment

Date: Wednesday, January 23
Time: 1:00–5:00 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union

The Assessment Council, Office of Assessment, and the Office of Student Success and Public Affairs are proud to present the Showcase on Assessment to be held in Plaster Student Union on Wednesday, January 23, from 1:00–5:00 p.m. The Showcase schedule and more detailed information is posted on the Office of Assessment website and the Calendar of Events.

The Showcase on Assessment highlights faculty assessment projects related to teaching, research, and service. Faculty in each college are represented, and the breakout sessions will offer opportunities for the audience to share, respond, and ask questions.

The keynote speaker, Dr. Jean Henscheid, is an associate professor from Portland State University and current Executive Editor of About Campus.  She will also be available to consult with assessment teams from colleges and co-curricular programs.

Any faculty and staff who have an interest in assessment, work with program review, accreditation, or general education proposals should find this conference helpful. Send a team from your department to begin a dialogue and find ideas to modify your own programs. Attendees can register through My Learning Connection.

For more information contact Dr. Keri Franklin, Director of Assessment, at or 417-836-6300.


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


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