Provost Communiqué for February 7, 2013


In This Issue:


Multicultural Education for Teachers and School Leaders:
Getting the Ball Rolling

Date:  Friday, February 15
Time:  9:30 a.m.–Noon
Location:  Kentwood Crystal Room
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RSVP by Friday, February 8

On behalf of the Professional Education Unit (PEU), College of Education (COE), and the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL), we cordially invite you to the first in a series of panel discussions and workshops on integrating multicultural topics and activities into our coursework and programs to prepare teachers and school leaders. As you may know, cultural competence is one of the three pillars of the public affairs mission, and the Professional Education Unit (PEU) at MSU is taking the lead on our campus in some very important and measurable ways.

The first panel and interactive discussion will be held on Friday, February 15th from 9:30 a.m. to Noon at the Kentwood Crystal Room. The Kentwood is located at 700 East St. Louis. Beginning at 9:30 a.m., we will be offering a continental breakfast provided by the College of Education and an opportunity to have some conversation with colleagues. At 10:00 a.m., the panel discussion will begin with an overview of EDC 345 “Introduction to Multicultural Education and Diversity” provided by faculty in the COE who have been teaching this course for early childhood and elementary programs. Second, faculty with experience infusing multicultural perspectives in coursework or programs will share how they “got the ball rolling” in the modification of curriculum that could build on the EDC 345 course experience and include the proposed diversity proficiencies at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Presenters will include:

  • Dr. Sabrina Brinson, Associate Professor, Childhood Education and Family Studies
  • Mr. Lyle Foster, Instructor, Counseling Leadership and Special Education
  • Dr. Keri Franklin, Director of Assessment
  • Dr. Suzanne George, Associate Dean, College of Education
  • Ms. Judith Martinez, Instructor, Modern and Classical Languages
  • Dr. Rosa Maria Mejia, Associate Professor, Reading Foundations and Technology
  • Dr. Sara Nixon, Associate Professor, Reading Foundations and Technology
  • Dr. Steve Willis, Professor, Art and Design

The FCTL will provide information on the emerging resources tied to multicultural education available to faculty, along with up-dates on the next round of curricular grants offered to support the infusion of multicultural education into courses, programs, and clinical experiences. Please RSVP to Ms. Charlotte Hardin, Assistant to the Head of the PEU for Diversity and Strategic Planning at or call 836-8986 no later than Friday, February 8th if you plan to attend.

We appreciate all you do for professional education at MSU and your work in the community on behalf of children and youth. We are looking forward to seeing you at 9:30 for breakfast and a morning of important discussion on how the PEU can continue to be a leader in this aspect of our public affairs mission.


Dr. Christopher J. Craig, Head of the PEU
Dr. David L. Hough, Dean of COE



GEP 101 Instructor Applications Now Being Accepted!

The First-Year Programs department is now accepting applications for fall 2013 from faculty and staff who have a master’s degree or higher to teach GEP 101, First-Year Foundations. Detailed information regarding criteria for selection, course goals and objectives, and compensation is on the downloadable instructor application. Deadline for first consideration is Friday, March 1.  For more information, please contact Mike Wood or Tracey Glaessgen at 836-8343, or by email

Download GEP 101 instructor application



Board of Governors’ Award for Excellence in Public Affairs

The Board of Governors’ Award for Excellence in Public Affairs has been established at Missouri State University to recognize faculty and staff who excel at carrying out the public affairs mission.  Up to three faculty award winners and up to three staff award winners are selected each year to receive a certificate, recognition by the Board of Governors, and a $1500 grant to be used for travel and/or research related to their work with Public Affairs.

Please visit the excellence in public affairs awards website for faculty and staff award information.


CNAS February Events

The College of Natural and Applied Sciences invites you to attend these events in February.

The Scientific Sherlock Holmes: Cracking the Case with Science and Forensics

Date: Tuesday, February 12
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: PSU, Room 308
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CNAS Public Lecture Series—The Role of Endurance Running in the Evolutionary
History of Humans
by Dr. Brian Greene, Associate Professor, Biology

Date: Tuesday, February 12
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Temple Hall 002
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The Higgs Boson and Beyond with Dr. Michael Cooke, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

Date: Wednesday, February 13
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Temple Hall 001
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Missouri Modern Languages and Modern Technologies (MO3) Conference 2013—Call for Proposals

Faculty are encouraged to either present or attend, or both. The initial deadline for proposals is
Friday, February 15.

Modern and Classical Languages at Missouri State University will be hosting the Missouri Modern Languages and Modern Technologies (MO3) Conference on June 7–8, 2013.  The theme this year is “My Electronic Device and I: The Relevance of Technology in the Classroom.” We are particularly interested in showcasing the relationship between technology, teaching, and language-learning, including such topics as student engagement and reception, tools such as discussion boards, social networking sites, blogs and wikis, clickers, smartphones, video journals, BYOD implementation, proficiency development, and curricular innovation.

If you have any other questions, or would like to discuss the event with one of the Conference Chairs, please let one of them know by e-mail, and they will be happy to respond.  Please refer MO3 website for more information.

MSU MO3 Conference chairs:

Dr. Tonia Tinsley at
Dr. Eduardo Acuna-Zumbado at


Spring Commencement Faculty Regalia Order Deadline–
Friday, March 8

graduationThe University Commencement Committee asks all academic department heads to encourage their faculty to participate in Spring Commencement on May 17, 2013 at 10:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., JQH Arena.  Strong faculty participation makes for an impressive ceremony for our graduates and their families.  Please note that recently hired faculty may not yet be in the Banner system and therefore might not have been included in the Commencement email that was sent out on January 18.  Your assistance in ensuring all faculty are aware of the regalia order deadline is greatly appreciated.

Download regalia order form


African American Heritage Month

Events open to the public

February is African American Heritage month.  Read a description of the many events happening on campus.

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CHPA and the Workshop for Critical Inquiry present

“Theory and its Relation to the Map and Diagram”

Date: Thursday, February 14
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location:  Strong 303
Speaker: Tom Conley, Abbot Lawrence Lowell Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies and of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University

Professor Conley will address the relations of philosophical theory with maps and diagrams. He will discuss some of the great theoretical maps of the age of discovery as well as those with which we currently live, in the name of “diagrams” and “locational imaging.”


Collaboration Station Construction Demonstration

Date:  Monday, February 25
Time:  9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Location:  Meyer Library (specific location TBA)

RSVP by Friday, February 15

Doug Smith from Illinois State University will be at Meyer Library to build a collaboration station in an open-lab environment.  A collaboration station enables small groups (usually six or fewer) to work on a shared project in an environment where the information and images on their smaller-screen devices (e.g., laptops, tablets, netbooks, ultrabooks) can be shared at will on a larger monitor, thus facilitating group work, discussion, and idea sharing.  The construction demonstration will begin at 9 a.m. and last approx. 2 hours.  Questions and discussion are encouraged.

If you are interested in attending this event, please RSVP to Tom Peters by Friday, Feb. 15th.  Once we know how many people plan to attend, we will let you know the exact location in Meyer Library where the construction demonstration will be held.

More information about collaboration stations in academic libraries and higher education can be found at the following URLs:

Doug Smith is the Director of the Office of Classroom Technology Support Services at Illinois State University.  Over the past several years he has constructed dozens of collaboration stations for use in the Library, the College of Business, and other locations on the ISU campus.

Feel free to share this invitation with others who may be interested.

For those who cannot attend live, we plan to videotape the demonstration as well.


Retention and Student Learning

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


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


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



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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