Provost Communiqué for January 24, 2013


In This Issue:



Faculty Writing Retreat

Date:  Friday, January 25
Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Location:  Meyer Alumni Center, Kenneth E. Family Hospitality Room

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. These monthly writing retreats provide faculty with the following:

  • Focused time to write without interruption
  • Support from faculty across disciplines at Missouri State
  • A monthly scheduled opportunity to write for a day
  • New and veteran faculty can find a supportive ally to encourage and assist with writing, editing, and publishing.

The retreats are open to all faculty and instructors at Missouri State University. Parking is available on the third floor of the Alumni Center parking garage. Faculty participants are welcome to attend for a morning, afternoon, or register for an all-day session. Registration on My Learning Connection.

Full Day Sessions from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Refreshments and lunch are free and provided by the sponsor.

Please RSVP to if you have not registered and plan to be at the retreat during lunchtime!

Dietary Concerns: Participants having dietary concerns should email 48-hours before each event.

Presenter: Dr. Keri Franklin, Provost Fellow, Writing
Voice: 836-3732 or

Event Website:


Hispanic Initiatives at the University of Arkansas

Date:  Friday, February 8
Time:  10 a.m.–Noon
Location:  Hill Hall 314

There will be an exciting opportunity for faculty and staff to meet Mr. Rey Hernandez, who will be visiting our campus on February 8. Mr. Hernandez is a community leader in Northwest Arkansas, a Specialist in The Office of Latino Academic Advancement and Community Relations at the University of Arkansas. He will be in Springfield to expand his network and share Hispanic initiatives that are happening at the University of Arkansas. Mr. Hernandez will be available to discuss questions about building partnerships with the Hispanic community and providing Latino students access to academic advancement. This is a unique occasion to shake hands with a highly respected community leader and to further our public affairs mission, specifically, our outreach to diverse students and their families.

Please RSVP to Cynthia Caddy.


graduation_capRetention & Student Learning

Date: Tuesday, February 19
Time: 3:30–5:00 p.m.
Location:  Carrington Auditorium

Opening remarks by President Clif Smart

How can we retain students at MSU?  By attending this event you will learn about the conditions for student success, about our partnerships with student success units and about our campus retention practices and much more.

Presented by the Student Development and Public Affairs


Tunnel of Oppression

Dates:  Thursday and Friday, January 31 and February 1
Time: 6–9:00 p.m.
Location:  Wells House, Ground Floor

Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services in partnership with the Residence Hall Association is presenting the Tunnel of Oppression. This is the fourth year the program has been at Missouri State University. Tunnel of Oppression is an interactive, campus-wide diversity program in which actors put on scenarios for participants to experience. It will challenge participants’ thoughts, perceptions, and inner feelings on issues dealing with oppression and hate. Once the participants arrive, they will be guided through six scenarios. Each scenario will consist of a real-life situation scripted and performed by Missouri State students. This year’s scenarios include: Race, LGBTQ, Stereotypes, Accessibility, and Privilege. The last room of the series is a processing room staffed by Missouri State counselors. Once participants have completed the tunnel, an empowerment room consisting of ways students can get engaged on campus and in their community will be provided. The program is intended to make people aware of the harsh reality of hate words, images, stereotypes, and the impact they have on us. Some of these hate words, statistics, and thought-provoking images will be displayed on the walls of the tunnel.

Statistics from 2012 show that 91% of students, faculty, and staff who attended the program agreed or strongly agreed that going through Tunnel made an impact on their lives, and 93% felt empowered to go out and make a positive change! The Tunnel of Oppression is also a very well attended campus-wide program. In its third year, over 600 students, faculty, and staff members attended the Tunnel. We would like to see another amazing year for the Tunnel of Oppression. The program will run for two days: Thursday, January 31, and Friday, February 1. Tunnel of Oppression will run from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm and will take place in Wells House, Ground Floor.

Step out of your comfort zone and into the Tunnel.

For more information, please contact program co-advisor Dan Barker by email or at 836-4961.


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Short-term Faculty-led Study Away Fair

Date: Thursday, January 31
Time: 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Location:  PSU Atrium
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At the Fair, you’ll be able to get an overview of the types of programs being offered, meet fellow faculty members who are leading short-term programs, and explore the possibility of leading your own program. Study Away Programs Director Elizabeth Strong and Accounting Specialist Denise Medforth will be on hand for faculty who wish to learn more about the process of developing and directing a short-term program. Check out the 2013 Short-term Faculty-led program list here. Please encourage your students to attend as well. For more information, contact Elizabeth Strong at or call 836-6368.


“So, What is Religion?”

Date: Thursday, February 7
Time:  4 p.m.
Location:  Library Auditorium

We are pleased to announce that as a part of the Missouri State Workshop for Critical Inquiry in the Humanities and Social Sciences Colloquium Series, Gil Anidjar, Associate Professor in MESAAS and in the Department of Religion at Columbia University, will give a talk titled “So, What is Religion?” The talk is free and open to public.

For more information, please feel free to contact Ralph Shain ( or Cigdem Cidam (


Woman Student of Distinction Award Nominations

Please nominate outstanding students for the annual Woman Student of Distinction award, to be awarded in conjunction with events celebrating Women’s History Month in March 2013.  Nominations are open to all MSU female students; evaluation criteria include GPA, extracurricular involvement, leadership behaviors, and positive influence on others, including mentoring or support of other women.  Faculty need only provide the nominee’s name and email address (on the nomination form), and nominees will be contacted and asked to provide supporting material.

Nomination information should be sent to Shannon Wooden at, by Friday, February 15.  Nominees will be asked to supply documentation by Friday, March 1.  All nominees will be recognized at a reception in March.

Download nomination form



Academic Life Skills Lecture Series

The Absent Professor Program at Missouri State University and the marketing and presentation arm of the Bear CLAW (Center for Learning and Writing) will hold a lecture series titled “Academic Life Skills.” These lecture/workshops are presented by students for students! Please encourage all who are interested to attend. If faculty wish to send their students to the workshops, we will provide handouts as proof of their attendance.

View academic life skills schedule


Provost’s Series for Faculty Development

Digital Measures

Date: Monday, January 28
Time: 3:30–5:00 p.m.
Location: Strong Hall Basement, Room 2
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Digital Measures is intended to be the repository for faculty accomplishments in teaching, research, and service. Most of the teaching data is automatically uploaded into the system. However, faculty must enter their intellectual contributions and service activities. It is important to keep entries up-to-date because they serve as the data source for various reports made by the department, college, and university. This workshop will provide an overview of procedures for entering performance data.

For more information on other faculty development activities, please visit the faculty development website.


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 the 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.


Attend the Ribbon Cutting and Reception

Date: Wednesday, January 30
Time: 3:00–5:30 p.m.
Location: PSU 131
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The Office of Citizenship and Service-Learning and the Center for Leadership and 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

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 Friday, March 1. 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.


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