Provost Communiqué for April 10, 2013

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The MSU Libraries is redesigning its website and needs your help! We would like input from faculty, staff, and students.  You can help by participating in a quick, online survey to help organize the Libraries’ website.

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CNAS Public Lecture Series

Water, Land, and Social/Environmental Sustainability in the
Amazon Basin

Date:  Tuesday, April 16
Time:  7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Location:  Temple Hall 002
Speakers: Dr. Diann Thomas, Senior Instructor, Chemistry and Dr. Alexander Wait, Professor, Biology
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Our presentation will illustrate the great beauty of the Amazon, its role in global ecology, the social and political landscape of Ecuador, and issues related to social/environmental sustainability through the lens of a biologist and chemist from the United States.

The Amazon Basin is the largest basin on the planet and also one of the least understood.  Its drainage area covers more than one third of the South American continent, and its discharge contributes almost one fifth of the total discharge of all rivers of the world.  The human density in the Amazon Basin is very low and people are concentrated in urban centers.  However, despite the high proportion of the population living in urban areas, the economy of the region is still primarily dependent on the extraction of exportable minerals, oils and forest products, all of which have important implications for the quality of water in the Amazon Basin.  The importance of the Amazon forest in regulating the hydrological and carbon cycles has only very recently been recognized and the consequences of the large-scale deforestation, mining, and oil production are not well understood.  Within this landscape, people live their lives within a framework that necessitates some environmental sustainability, while in the United States, environmental sustainability is more of a conscious choice.  We will explore the impacts of human activities on water quality and land in the Amazon Basin, while exploring social/environmental sustainability.

Parking will be available in Lot 4, South of Temple Hall.


Workshop for New Faculty

Directing Student Research

Date:   Monday, April 22
Time:   3:30–5:00 p.m.
Location:  Strong Hall Basement Room 2
Presenters:  Tom Tomasi, Graduate College and Julie Masterson, Provost’s Office
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How do I make the research experiences of my students meaningful? How do I balance my own research agenda and the demands of directing students? What should I expect from the students? What should they expect from me?   What are the differences between a thesis and a research project/seminar paper? These questions and other issues surrounding student research will be covered in this workshop.

tax_compliance.fwIRS Tax Compliance Workshop for Small and Medium-Size Tax-Exempt Organizations

Date:  Thursday, May 2
Time:  9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Location:  Plaster Student Union, Grand Ballroom West

Presented by IRS Exempt Organizations Specialists, this one-day workshop will explain what 501(c)(3) organizations must do to keep their tax-exempt status and comply with tax obligations. This introductory workshop is designed for administrators or volunteers who are responsible for their organization’s tax compliance, and organization representatives who are interested in this subject.

However it can also be a chance:

For Faculty to allow their students to learn more and get hands on experience with this subject. The workshop can be an opportunity to add a practical application component to to their curriculum by allowing students to attend.

For Staff attendees to receive continuing education credit through professional programs (CPE and CLE). The event will also keep staff members up-to-date with current tax laws to help gain additional knowledge on the subject.

Fee: $45 per person, $25 for Educational Faculty and Staff, $20 for MSU Faculty and Staff, and $12 for students

Visit the GO LEAD website for complete course information and online registration.


Noncredit Programs

Fundamentals of Photography

Dates: Tuesday’s and Thursday’s, April 16, 18, 23, 25
Time:  6:00–8:00 p.m.
Location:  Morris Center, Room 318
Fee:  $50
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This course will help the student learn the functions of their cameras (film or digital) and how to make better use of composition, lenses, lighting, software, flash units, and other equipment including tips and techniques for capturing photographs that stand out from the everyday snapshot image.  In addition, this course is recommended to hobbyists, budding journalists that need to shoot their own stories, artists, and anyone else looking at improving their photographic imagery.

Visit the fundamentals of photography course page for complete course information and online registration.

Culture of the Ozarks Series

Take a journey through Ozarks culture with these noncredit courses.

Legends, Lore & Outlaws
Date: Saturday, May 18
Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Fee: $50

Gettin’ Our Kicks on Route 66
Date: Saturday, June 8
Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Fee: $50

Civil War Crossroads
Dates: Monday and Tuesday, July 29 and 30
Time: 5:30–8:30 p.m.
Fee: $50

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