Provost Communiqué for October 17, 2013

 

In This Issue:

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Study Away Exploratory Travel Funds Deadline is October 21

In 2013–14, the Provost and Vice President of Research and Economic Development will provide $20,000 in funding for faculty exploratory travel. The aim of the exploratory travel funds is to increase the number of faculty-led short-term Study Away programs towards an end of increasing students’ cultural competence. Additionally, funded travel will help to ensure faculty preparedness in safety measures for future short-term Study Away programs. The deadline for the fall round of funding is Monday, October 21, 2013. Please review the request for proposals here. Contact Study Away Director Elizabeth Strong, 836-6368, if you have any questions.

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Faculty, Student & Staff Seminars

Should a Mathematics or Science Student get a Master’s Degree? PhD?

Date:  Wednesday, October 23
Time: 3:30–5:00 p.m.
Location: Cheek Hall 102

All are welcome!

Join our esteemed panel for this important topic. Students interested in mathematics and the sciences are particularly invited to attend!

  • Dr. Tammy Jahnke, Dean of CNAS
  • Dr. William Bray, Department Head of Mathematics
  • Dr. David Cornelison, Department Head of PAMS
  • Dr. Ken Vollmar, Department Head of CS

Download panel event flyer

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Dr. Adam Harbaugh
Dr. Adam Harbaugh

The Abacus: A Brief History and Workshop

Date: Monday, October 28
Time: 4:00–5:00 p.m
Location: Cheek Hall 102

All are welcome!

Join Dr. Adam Harbaugh, assistant professor of mathematics, as he presents a brief history of this ancient but still relevant mathematical tool. You will also learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide. You do not have to bring your own abacus. One will be loaned to you during the workshop. Just come on down!

Download abacus event flyer

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CNAS Public Lecture Series

Teaching Teachers Mathematics

Jim Lewis
Dr. Jim Lewis

Date: Tuesday, October 29
Time: 7:30–8:30 p.m.
Location: Temple Hall 002
Presenter: W. James “Jim” Lewis is an Aaron Douglas professor of mathematics and Director of the Center for Science, Mathematics, and Computer Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
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What mathematics should teachers know and how should they come to know these mathematics? The Mathematical Education of Teachers II argues that the mathematical knowledge needed for teaching differs from that of other professions and that teachers need mathematics courses that develop a solid understanding of the mathematics they will teach. The publication also urges greater involvement of mathematicians in teacher education. We will discuss the MET2 recommendations and report on efforts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to create mathematics courses for teachers and their work in partnership with mathematics educators to educate mathematics teachers to be able to educate K-12 students who graduate college- and career-ready.

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Advising Training and Development Activities

Competitive National & International Fellowship Opportunities

Date: Tuesday, October 22
Time: 12:30–1:30 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union 313
Presenter: Scott Handley
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This workshop provides an overview of what these programs are designed to accomplish, what students and advisors need to know about such opportunities, and what services and resources MSU offers to support them.

An Introduction to the New General Education Program

Date: Wednesday, October 23
Time: 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union 313
Presenter: Josh Smith
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Emerging Trends in Academic Advising—Annual Academic Advising Conference

Date: Friday, October 25
Time: 8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union
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Please register by Friday, October 18; see attached flyer for link and more information. This event is coordinated by Christina Bowles and Kathy Davis

Download advising conference flyer

Boots to Books: Advising and Teaching Veterans

Date: Tuesday, October 29
Time: 9 a.m.–12 Noon
Location: Plaster Student Union Ballroom East
Facilitators: Jenifer Kautzman and Audri Killian
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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.

Space is limited and registration is required through the academic advisement center website.

This event is co-sponsored by Veteran Student Services. Contact Kathy Davis at ext. 65258 with questions.

Engaging Students with Faculty and Staff: Breaking the Ice with Technology

Date: Wednesday, October 30
Time: 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union 313
Presenter: Tracie Burt
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What do you get when you cross an iPad, a practicum student, a collaborative faculty group, and an idea whose time has come? An effective means to connect students with programs and departments! Through this Advisor Forum, faculty, staff, and administrators may find useful ideas for engaging students through the use of technology. See how an initiative that was initially meant to enhance departmental advising is expanding to impact students in other ways. (Spoiler alert: Content will be similar to the Showcase “iAdvise” session).

Career Advising Workshop

Date: Thursday, October 31
Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union 312
Presenters: Susan Martindale, Jamie Schweiger, Margie Stewart, SuzAnn Ferguson, Tracy Dalton and Patrick Grayshaw
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This workshop is designed to equip advisors to help their students begin to see themselves as professionals. In addition to small group discussion and interactive activities, a panel of employers will discuss skills they are seeking and what they see lacking in many new applicants. Discover helpful campus resources to assist students in preparation for employment or the transition to graduate school.

Space is limited and registration is required through the academic advisement center website.

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Bb_LogoBlackboard Feature Spotlight: Blackboard Open Lab

Do you need some assistance or have a few questions about Blackboard? We have a great way to get your Blackboard questions answered and curiosity quenched! The Blackboard Open Lab is open every Friday from 1:30- 5:00 PM. You’ll find our Technical Trainer, Ryan Spilken, hanging out in Library 205 on Friday afternoons to help students and faculty with their varied Blackboard issues. Come to get help with a specific problem, or just to add a few useful tips to your Blackboard arsenal.

Blackboard Open Lab

Meyer Library 205, Technology Training Center, 1:30–5:00 pm

See the Blackboard Blog to learn more about other great improvements to Blackboard, and don’t forget about all the opportunities for Blackboard training at the Blackboard at Missouri State University website, and learn how you can become a Blackboard Black Belt while you’re there!

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Faculty Writing Retreat

Date: Friday, October 25
Time: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Location: Meyer Alumni Center, Hospitality Room

Monthly Faculty Writing Retreats provide a supportive and productive environment to work on writing projects. Faculty use this time to work on research articles, books, data analysis, grants, dissertations, etc. Feedback sessions are provided as needed. Retreats are free of charge to faculty members. A light breakfast and lunch are provided. This program is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs Office, and the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning. Please register through My Learning Connection and contact Stephanie Norander, Provost Fellow for Faculty Development—Writing, with questions.

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CarriesLogoCarrie’s Café Open on Tuesday, October 22

Time: Tuesday’s and Thursday’s, 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Location: Professional Building, Room 426

Carrie’s Café, a café run by Hospitality and Restaurant Administration students, is open to the public and located on the fourth floor of the Professional Building on the corner of Kimbrough and Cherry.  Parking is available in lots 35 and 37 during lunch time.

Call 836-4409 for reservations.

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Student Development and Public Affairs Newsletter

This issue looks back at a successful Family Weekend, introduces new employees in our unit, and encourages participation in the Stomp Out Hunger: All Collegiate Shoe Drive as well as the Relationship Violence Intervention Summit.

View SDPA newsletter

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Fall 2013 Noncredit Courses

Grant Writing from Good to Great

Date: Friday, October 18
Time: 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Location: Alumni Center 2nd Floor Board Room
Cost: $125
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This course will allow seasoned grant writers and newcomers the chance to understand and practice the essentials of writing grant proposals in an interactive and creative workshop! Learn how to research and locate funding sources, in addition to grant writing tips and tutorials that have taken years of our expertise to cultivate. Let our insight into the vast resources, grant search, and grant writing strategies benefit your organization. This is a course not to be missed.

Visit the grant writing course page for registration and more detailed course information.

Spinning and Dyeing Wool

Date: Saturday, October 19
Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Location: Alumni Center 4th Floor
Cost: $79
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The spinning wheel is an icon of days gone by, but artisans still use this fascinating tool to create beautiful yarns for home and creative purposes. Get an up-close look at a variety of spinning wheels, spindles, and other fiber tools. Enjoy learning the history of how differing countries have developed their own versions, and try your hand at spinning! Don’t stop there! Learn what “dyed in the wool” really means, and have fun playing with color as we dye our own fiber and learn the available options to bring life to your textiles.

Visit the spinning and dyeing wool course page for registration and more detailed course information.

Haints of the Ozarks & Things that go Bump in the Night

Date: Saturday, October 26
Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Location: Alumni Center 4th Floor
Cost: $50
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Do you want to take a look at the haunted history, lore and science behind some of the ghost stories of our region? This type of dialogue will not be for the faint of heart. From the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs to the Old Spanish Fort in Lawrence County, we’ll give you something to shiver about as you tell a few tales of your own. Let’s take a fun approach to the ghost stories that stick—just in time for Halloween.

Visit the Haints of the Ozarks course page for registration and more detailed course information.

Knitting and Crocheting

Date: Saturday, November 9
Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Location: Alumni Center 4th Floor
Cost: $79
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Discover the possibilities with some sticks and string! These ancient arts have gone from functional to just plain fun! Learn the basic techniques for both handcrafts, practice basic stitches and learn to read patterns, and get the secrets to fixing problem areas. Students will learn the skills to get started with these portable projects, and be inspired to create gifts for family and friends.

Visit the knitting and crocheting course page for registration and more detailed course information.

Fundamentals of Photography

Dates: November 11,13,18 and 20
Time: 6–8 p.m.
Location: Meyer Alumni Center
Cost: $49
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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 registration and more detailed course information.

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summmit_logoRelationship Violence Intervention Summit

Date: Monday, October 28
Time: 8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union
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The Office of Citizenship and Service-Learning at Missouri State University is partnering with Jana Campaign and various community partners to bring a Relationship Violence Intervention Summit to Missouri State University. This one day Summit will bring together community leaders, relationship violence survivors, and experts in the field to talk about topics related to partner and sexual violence.

The goal of the summit is to facilitate open dialogue and communication in an effort to create community wide support and intervention strategies for this important issue. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend.  Breakfast will be provided. The conference sessions are free but there is a cost for attending the Networking Lunch and / or requesting CEUs for your attendance.

Employees can participate in three ways:

  1.  No cost for  Conference Only
  2. $20  for Conference and Networking Lunch
  3. $30 for Conference, Networking Lunch, and CEUs.  There are CEU opportunities available for attendees.

Eligible employees can apply their available Noncredit fee waiver money to the cost.  Please register online through My Learning Connection by Friday, October 25.  Summit registrations can be located by searching under the CASL Conference Category.

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