Provost Communiqué for January 31, 2013


In This Issue:


Offered by the Office of Assessment

General Education Course Proposal Open Labs

The goal of these open labs is to provide time and a place for faculty to prepare General Education course proposals. Whether you are working on a first-time submission or revising a proposal for resubmission, please join us!

Please contact Keri Franklin with questions at 836-6300 or

Download open lab schedule



Public Affairs Grant Program Applications Now Being Accepted
for Fall 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 Fall 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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Faculty Excellence in Community Service Awards Nominations Now Being Accepted

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to nominate Missouri State University faculty members for the Excellence in Community Service Award, to be awarded in May at the Faculty Awards Reception.  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 contact Mary Ann Wood, Director of Public Affairs Support.


Chinese New Year Celebration

ChineseNewYear_2013Dates: Monday through Friday, February 11–February 15

The Modern and Classical Languages department, the China Programs Office, College of Humanities and Public Affairs and the Association of Chinese Students and Scholars invite the campus community to become more knowledgeable about the Chinese New Year Festival and related Chinese culture. Enjoy dance, martial art demonstrations, a tea ceremony, and other cultural activities.  For more information, visit the Diversity and Inclusion blog.

Download a schedule of events


2012 Graduate Recruitment Mini-grant Recipients

The Graduate College and Office of the Provost are pleased to announce the recipients of Graduate Recruitment mini-grants for the Fall 2012 competition. These awards, for up to $2000 (90% Graduate College and 10% graduate program) support activities to increase the number and/or quality of applicants to the respective graduate programs.

Recipients of Grant Funding are:

Athletic Training Health Administration
Biology Health Promotion & Wellness Management
Business Administration Literacy
Communications Mathematics
Defense & Strategic Studies Nursing Practice
Early Child Development Religious Studies

This mini-grant opportunity will be repeated in the Spring 2013 semester, with a deadline of April 1.



Languages for Fun: German, French, Chinese and Spanish

Dates: Mid-February through May
Time: 5:30–6:30p.m.
Location: Siceluff Hall

These weekly, 10-session courses are designed for beginners or anyone else interested in learning or reviewing the basics of a conversational foreign language. The focus will be on learning phrases that are useful in everyday contexts, including travel situations. Participants will learn the basics of pronunciation and will also practice questions and phrases relating to topics such as family and home, studies and jobs, personal interests and hobbies, and food and travel. The lessons will also cover relevant cultural aspects and address tips for traveling abroad.

Specific dates of classes, cost, and online registration are available on the “Languages for Fun” course page.


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Quality Health and Physical Education Workshop

Date:  Wednesday, February 20
Location:  Meyer Alumni Center, 1st Floor Hospitality Room

This will be an activity-based workshop.  Dress to be active and plan to be engaged!  Bring your laptop, reader or tablet.  The workshop is designed to address “best practices” in integrative and creative activities developmentally appropriate for the PK-12 student.

Cost and online registration are available on the “Quality Health and Physical Education Workshop” course page.


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Annual Interpreters’ Roundtable Discussions

Date: Saturday, February 23
Time:  10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Location: Kentwood Hall Ballroom
CEUs: Board of Certified Interpreters (BCI) 5 Contact Hours

Join American Sign Language interpreters and students as we consider topics pertinent to our profession. We will engage in trouble-shooting, problem solving and relating to others of  “like mind.” So bring your own topics that you would like to address.

Cost and online registration are available on the “Interpreters’ Roundtable Discussions” course page.


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Nonprofit Workshop Series

Nonprofit Program Evaluation

Date:  Friday, February 22
Time:  9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Location:  Alumni Center, 2nd floor

Participants will be guided through the process of developing an evaluation plan or proposal for their own proposed or current program. This workshop’s focus includes defining the problem your program will address, developing program goals and objectives, creating evaluation questions and selecting data collection methods for assessing the effectiveness of your program. Participants are welcome to bring a current proposal or project plan to the workshop.

Cost and online registration are available on the “Nonprofit Program Evaluation” course page.


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Study Away and Diversity Abroad Workshop

Please RSVP by Friday, February 1 to the Study Away office

You are cordially invited to a Diversity Abroad Workshop on Wednesday, February 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in PSU 313. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. in PSU 308. Study Away Programs will join with Diversity Abroad to present this workshop on recruiting, advising, and serving the needs of diverse and underrepresented students in Study Away and other experiential learning programs. This interactive session will focus on engaging students who traditionally have been underrepresented, addressing barriers that discourage student participation, and enhancing each student’s learning experience. Presenters will share best practices and tools to increase access, diversity, and equity in international programming and other educational opportunities. Please RSVP by Friday, February 1 to Study Away at 836-6368 or For more information, review this flyer and/or contact Elizabeth Strong, Director, Study Away Programs, at


Community Service Fair

Date: Wednesday, February 6
11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Plaster Student Union (first and second floor)

Find out how you can make a difference in your community!  Over 40 local community organizations will be on campus to discuss current and upcoming volunteer and service-learning opportunities. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate to learn about opportunities to serve.  If Missouri State University is closed for inclement weather, the Fair will be rescheduled for Wednesday, February 13th.  This event is coordinated by the Center for Leadership & Volunteerism and the Office of Citizenship & Service-Learning and is sponsored by the Office of Public Affairs Support.

For more information contact Patrick Grayshaw at 417-836-7615 or Joanna Hubbard at 417-836-5774.

Download Community Service Fair flyer


Partners in Education (P.I.E.) Program

The PIE program was started in fall 1995 as a tool to assist incoming freshman adjust to college life with the help of Missouri State personnel and the student’s family. During the summer when the student attends SOAR, they are informed of the P.I.E. program. It is a voluntary program, and we usually have about 1,600 freshman participate.

The student signs a “Release of Confidential Information” form which includes the name and address of the person who is authorized to receive the information. Please refer to it and the handout for specifics about what information can and cannot be released.

Anytime a “partner” (usually a parent, but not always) requests a status report on their student, an email will be sent to the faculty members involved requesting grades and attendance records. The “partner” also has the right to talk to the student’s advisor.

Below is a link to a handout from the communication department. They have agreed to share this with all of you. A few changes have been made to make it generic for everyone to use.

Please inform ALL instructors about this program. Freshman courses are often taught by GA’s who probably have no idea this program exists. Please utilize the attached handout by providing it to advisors also.

Please contact Lori Roessler at 836-5034 for more information.

Download Release of Confidential Information form
Download faculty handout


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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