Provost Communiqué for May 9, 2013


MSU Summer 2013 Registration

Summer Academic Writing Retreat—Jumpstart Your Summer Research!

Date: Monday, June 17 through Friday, June 21
Time:  8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Location: Alumni Center, Hospitality Room
Faculty Facilitator:  Stephanie Norander, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Communication
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This interdisciplinary academic writing retreat is designed to:

  • Create a motivated and positive environment that fosters excellent work
  • Encourage productivity through peer accountability and immediate feedback
  • Help you start off your summer by completing a writing project

The retreat includes five days of committed writing time, mini-sessions on removing productivity challenges and fostering good writing habits, and feedback on writing style, grammar, and more. The retreat is open to anyone working on a scholarly writing project. The goal is for each participant to arrive with a work in progress and leave with a manuscript prepared for submission.

Writing Retreat Session Agenda:

8:00–8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30–9:15 a.m. Discussion Session
9:15–9:30 a.m. Settle In
9:30–12:00 p.m. Writing Time
12:00–1:00 p.m. Luncheon
1:00–3:30 p.m. Writing Time
3:30–4:30 p.m. Debriefing Session

The cost of the retreat is $150.  The Summer Writing Retreat is noncredit fee waiver benefit eligible and payment is completed online through the registration process.

Please register in My Learning Connection.  Click Course Catalog, Show All Classes and search the dropdown Category, Professional Development – Teaching and Learning. Online registration is open until June 12th with limited seating.  For registration assistance, contact HR Employee Development & Performance at 6-5779. Cancellation Policy: Fees are non-refundable after June 12, 2013.

For more information, contact the FCTL or visit the event website or calendar page.

New Student Convocation

You are invited to participate in the New Student Convocation to be held in JQH Arena on Sunday, August 18, 2:00–3:00 p.m.  It is important that everyone in our University be actively involved in welcoming our new students into our academic community.  The New Student Convocation promises to provide a memorable beginning to an exciting year.  I sincerely hope you will be able to participate!

The Convocation will include a formal procession of faculty.  If you plan to march with the faculty, please complete the form and return it to the PSU Admin. Office, PSU 401.  The Dean of Students Office is financially supporting this event and will provide your regalia at no cost to you.  Please complete the form and drop it in campus mail or email no later than Friday, June 7th. You will receive written confirmation within a week. If you do not receive confirmation within a week, or if any of the information that appears on the confirmation slip is incorrect, please notify our office immediately. Instructions will be mailed to you in mid-July concerning where to report to pick up your regalia and line up for the procession.  If you have questions, please call Karen Foster at the PSU Admin office (Ext. 6-5886).

Download the new student convocation order form (Note: Form does not function correctly in Firefox browser.)

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Noncredit Programs

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 & Tuesday, July 29 & 30
Time: 5:30–8:30 p.m.
Fee: $50

Missouri State Test Prep Classes

Refer your students to this workshop. With preparation courses for the GRE®, GMAT®, LSAT, we are Springfield’s leading test prep solution.  Scores on standardized tests like the GRE, GMAT, and LSAT play an important role in the graduate school application process.  In addition to helping to determine admissions status, standardized tests are often used in merit-based scholarships, grants, fellowships, and assistantships.  Let Missouri State University’s Test Prep program help your students prepare for, and succeed on, these important exams.  A team of test prep professionals and former standardized exam item writers design and teach each test preparation course. Our experienced and professional instructors are highly trained and care about your success. We look forward to helping you achieve your goals.

Visit the test prep website to find out about dates of upcoming GRE and LSAT classes, costs, and online registration.

Student Development and Public Affairs Newsletter

The next issue of the Student Development and Public Affairs Newsletter is available. This issue provides readers more information about the departments and activities our unit provides to the university community. It also offers readers an inside look at our programs and conferences through interviews and surveys of participants.

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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 Spring 2013 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:

  • Cell & Molecular Biology
  • Education of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing
  • Elementary Education
  • History
  • Nurse Anesthesia
  • Project Management

This mini-grant opportunity will be repeated in the Fall 2013 semester, with a deadline of October 31.

28th Showcase on Teaching and Learning–Passion. Inspiration. Innovation.

Date:  Wednesday, August 14
Times:  8:00 a.m. Breakfast and Networking; 9:00 a.m. Faculty Presentations; 12:00 p.m. Lunch and Keynote Speaker
Location: PSU Ballroom and 3rd Floor conference rooms
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showcase_fall2013Registration is now open for the 28th Showcase on Teaching and Learning, which will be held on Wednesday, August 14, 2013. The theme for this year’s Showcase is Passion. Inspiration. Innovation. Sessions will focus on instructional strategies and best practices for motivating and engaging students.

Ken Bain, author of the best-selling books, “What the Best College Teachers Do” (2004) and “What the Best College Students Do” (2012), will be the keynote speaker at the Showcase luncheon. Bain is recognized around the world for his research in deep and sustained learning and the creation of natural critical learning environments. He combines academic research on learning and motivation with insights drawn from interviews with faculty and highly successful individuals. His most recent work identifies the key attitudes that distinguish the best college students from their peers and has been awarded the 2012 Virginia and Warren Stone prize as an outstanding book on education and society.

To register for the conference, go to My Learning Connection, click on Course Catalog and select Show All Classes; under Choose Category, highlight “Showcase on Teaching & Learning.”  Next you will select “Conference Registration” to attend the morning Faculty presentations, and “Luncheon Registration” to attend the lunch and Keynote presentation.  Once selected click on Add to Cart; then Check Out and Finalize.

If you have difficulty in registering, please contact the FCTL at 417-836-3059.

We look forward to seeing you at the 28th Showcase on Teaching and Learning.

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New and Exciting Updates Coming to Blackboard!

Bb_Promo_ButtonSome exciting new changes are coming soon for Blackboard!  Service Pack 11 will be rolled out on Friday, May 24. The enhancements include new, simpler navigation, a cleaner user interface, and some dynamic tools for instructors and students.

Included in these enhancements is the new Retention Center, a powerful tool which allows instructors to easily view and quickly respond to risk factors to help at-risk students succeed in their courses. Check out the Blackboard New Enhancements site to get a sneak peek of the Retention Center and all of the other new features, or view and download step-by-step guides from the Experts wiki.

Want to see a demo? Come to one of the many Blackboard New Features and Coming Attractions information sessions scheduled from May through September. These are listed on the University Calendar and can be registered for through My Learning Connection. While you’re there, peruse all of the other Blackboard training opportunities, and register so you can become a Blackboard Black Belt!

If you’re looking for additional help, the Blackboard Open Lab is your place for one-on-one assistance. We’re here for you year-round every Friday from 1:30 to 5:00 pm in the Meyer Library 205 Technology Training Center.

For Blackboard support, you can contact the Computer Services Help Desk by phone, email, through live chat, or come see us in person.

By phone: 417-836-5891

By email:

By web and Live Chat:

In person: Visit any of our Open Access Computer Labs in Cheek 150, Library 200, and Glass 229

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