Provost Communiqué for February 14, 2013


In This Issue:


Ad Hoc Committees Address Academic Affairs Issues

Committees have been formed to evaluate class scheduling and online education and alternative credit. Both of these committees will fulfill their charge by the end of the spring 2013 semester. Read more about these committees on the Provost website.


Advising International Students

flagsDate: Friday, March 1
Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union 317
Presenters: Heejung Cromley, Christopher Lynn, Susan Martindale and
Christina Bowles
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Registration required

This three-hour workshop will equip advisors to assist this unique population effectively by providing information on the nuts and bolts of immigration, as well
as enhancing cultural awareness through video vignettes and presentations.  Opportunity for group participation and discussion will be provided.

Register now!


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“Boots to Books: Advising and Teaching Veterans” Workshops

Only a few seats remaining – register today!

There is one more chance this semester to participate in the “Boots to Books: Advising and Teaching Veterans” workshop, on Tuesday, February 19 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Plaster Student Union Ballroom East.  Jenifer Kautzman will facilitate the workshop, which is co-sponsored by Veteran Student Services and the Academic Advisement Center. You may register on the Academic Advisement Center website. Registration is required.

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’ve 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.

Comments from past participants:

  • “On a personal and professional level the workshop helped me understand the veteran population.”
  • “This was a wonderful workshop! I appreciate all the information presented and especially the panel. I hope I can be an advocate for student veterans through the knowledge I gained!”
  • “I learned so much and have a new respect for student veterans.”
  • “Keep offering the workshops. All university employees should attend.”
  • “Very thorough review of various issues facing veterans in college. Excellent presentation.”
  • “I found it useful to discuss the challenges specific to veterans making the transition to university life.”

Register now!



Master Online Course Recognition Award Winner

CONGRATULATIONS! …and the winner is…

The selection panel met February 1, 2013 to review and vote on the annual Master Online Course Recognition Award nominees. Congratulations to the winner, Stan Leasure, Associate Professor in the Finance and General Business department, for best in all categories of Course Design.

Lora Hobbs is awarded best in Course Technology and Media Value and Shannon Wooden won in the category of Interaction and Collaboration.

Please join us for the award presentation in conjunction with the All-Faculty Recognition Reception in the PSU Ballroom on May 6, 2013.


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MS Online is Now Accepting Applications

Missouri State Online is currently accepting new online course stipend applications for Spring 2014 delivery (Fall 2013 development).  The deadline is now Sunday, March 31 instead of Friday, March 1.  Applications must be received by Missouri State Online by 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 31.  Please visit the Missouri State Online website for the application form and supporting information.


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Crime Victim Advocate Certificate Program—Workshop A

Dates and Times:  Friday, March 8, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (1 hour lunch);
Saturday, March 9, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (1 hour lunch)
Location:  MSU Campus (exact location to be determined)
Fee: $195

In this workshop, an overview of the historical treatment of crime victims and crime victims’ laws will be discussed. The criminal justice system will also be navigated and phases of the criminal justice process will be explored.

Visit the Crime Victim Advocate course page for complete course information and online registration.


Presented by the departments of Modern and Classical Languages and Religious Studies

Eva Mozes Kor: Forgiving Dr. Mengele

Date: Tuesday, February 26
Time:  7:00 p.m.
Location:  Carrington Auditorium
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CHPA_EvaMKMs. Kor will talk not only about her experiences in Auschwitz, but also about her recovery and her remarkable decision to publicly forgive the Nazis. Through her museum and her lectures, she has dedicated her life to giving testimony on the Holocaust, providing a message of hope for people who have suffered, and working for causes of human rights and peace.

For more information, please call (417) 836-5514 or email the religious studies department.



Faculty Writing Retreat

Date: Friday, February 22
Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Location: Meyer Alumni Center, Hospitality Room
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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 a.m.–4:00 p.m. 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

Visit the writing retreat website for more information.


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


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 Student Development and Public Affairs


Collaboration Station Construction Demonstration

Date: Monday, February 25
Time: 9:00–11:00 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 approximately two hours. Questions and discussion are encouraged.

If you are interested in attending this event, please RSVP to Tom Peters by Friday, February 15. 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.


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