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PSU Giving Tree

Last year, Missouri State staff, faculty and students donated over $3,000 worth of items to three local charities: Isabel’s House, Rare Breed and The Diaper Bank of the Ozarks. This is just one way that Staff Senate practices the Public Affairs Mission. If you are interested in donating items, you can pull a tag from the Giving Tree in the Plaster Student Union lobby, or you can simply take items to one of the collection sites listed on the flier. You can also collaborate with others in your office! Thanks for all you do!

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Administrative Professionals Forum Committee Presents Office 365 Part 2

Please register in My Learning Connection to join us for Part 2 of the Office 365 Workshop for Administrative Professionals series. Office 365 offers so many features, apps and benefits, the workshops give us a chance to focus on a few at a time and delve a little deeper into how each feature works. In Part 2 we’ll be working with OneDrive, Skype, OneNote, and Tasks and Calendars. Space is limited so register today to join us for one of two available dates: Friday, December 2nd, or Monday, December 5th in Cheek 100.  The two-hour workshop is held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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2016 Denim Day Activities

Please join Staff Senate in raising money this week for breast cancer awareness and research!

We will have Pink Ribbon Tree all week in the PSU.  Please stop by and purchase a pink ribbon to adorn the tree. Or purchase a card in memory of or in honor of a loved one.  Both are $5.00.

“Make Your Missouri Statement for Hope” with our brand new t-shirt for $10.00.

The tree and the t-shirt sales will be on the 2nd floor of the PSU from 11 am – 1 pm all week, except on Wednesday, when it will be in front of the PSU Ballroom.

Join us for lunch on Wednesday in PSU Ballroom.  The cost is $7.75; half of the proceeds will be donated to Staff Senate.

Staff Senate will make a donation to Lee Denim Day, which supports the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer efforts.


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Office 365 Fall Forum Workshop

The Administrative Professional Forum Committee has planned an Office 365 Fall Forum Workshop with two dates available. Limited seating. To register for either October 11th or 12th, email StaffSenate@missouristate.edu with “Office 365 Workshop” in the subject line and then let us know your name and the date you would like to attend. The link to the flyer is http://www.missouristate.edu/assets/staffsenate/OFFICE_365_FORUM_OCT_2016.pdf.

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Summer Administrative Professional Forum

The MSU Staff Senate’s Administrative Professional Forum Committee is happy to announce our summer forum event, MSU Computer Services, presented by Mr. Kevin Piercy, Coordinator of User Support. This will be a brown bag lunch event held on June 15th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm in PSU 313.

This is a great opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the latest updates in our MSU computer systems including:admin forum image

  • Office 365 Updates
  • Computer Work Solutions
  • 3-D Printing Capabilities
  • Software Solutions
  • Peripheral support questions
  • How to find informational documentation, and more!

We hope to see you there!


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Summer Staff Appreciation Day

Pineapple WhipJoin Missouri State Staff on Wednesday, June 1st, 12:00 to 3:00 PM, for Summer Staff Appreciation with free Pineapple Whip! Just look for the Pineapple Whip truck on the north patio of the Plaster Student Union. This will be a great opportunity to mingle with fellow MSU staff while enjoying a delicious frozen treat. Hope to see you there!

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Job Family 4 Candidates

We have six (6) seats open in Job Family 4 for the term starting July 2016. Learn more about your candidates below:

Sue Camp
Director of Development and Sales, Juanita K. Hammons Hall

As a native of Springfield, I have felt a kinship with Missouri State University all my life.  It started when my father took a class for parents on how to help me with mathematics homework, continued through high school when many evenings were spent at Tent Theatre and with theatre students, on until I joined staff in 2008.  I started life as a Bear at Ozarks Public Television and KSMU, and am now happily a part of the staff at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.  Being a part of the University Staff Ambassadors program was significant for me, in that learning about all we have to offer on campus made me want to contribute more.  I am delighted to have been nominated for Staff Senate and would welcome the opportunity to serve as a Senator.


Priscilla Childress
Coordinator, Parent & Family Programs

I started at Missouri State in 2014 and fell in love with the campus and culture. I’m a full-fledge Bear!  As coordinator of Parent & Family Programs, I work with family members of our current students, partnering with them as champions for student success. Planning events for families such as Family Weekend has provided me the opportunity to meet and work with many staff members across the campus, offering me insights in to what each office provides to our family members. Together, we all provide an experience to our families that exceeds their expectations. It’s so encouraging to work at a school where families are valued by the staff.  Being a member of Staff Senate would offer me the opportunity to give back to the staff and community of Missouri State that have given me so much.


A’dja Jones
Academic Counselor

I have been employed full-time at Missouri State since June of 2014 as an Academic Counselor in the Athletics department after attending the university as both an undergraduate and graduate student. Some would agree that I bleed Maroon & White. I currently assist student-athletes with academic endeavors such as weekly course objectives, study skills, acquiring tutors, course scheduling, NCAA eligibility requirements and numerous other tasks. I also enjoy working with faculty and staff throughout the university whether through email communications, volunteer opportunities, athletic events, or committees. My desire to be a Staff Senator stems from appreciation for my alma mater, but also the opportunity to give back and take an active role in continuously improving the Missouri State experience for those attending and serving. I would be honored to serve on Staff Senate.


Shamika Kentish
Assistant Athletics Director for Compliance

 I am a new member to the Missouri State campus community but my desire to be a leader and a change state here is stronger than ever. I am currently the Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance and from experience, I have noticed that the Athletic Department and Campus community seem like they are separate entities. I want to be catalyst for change, I want to been seen on campus in different areas as much as possible and show that we are all working towards a common goal. It would be my honor to serve on the Missouri State University Staff Senate so I may help improve the campus life for our staff while hopefully becoming an inspiration to the athletes that with hard work, you can achieve all your goals. I have a great passion for mentorship and I believe my time on the Staff Senate will allow me to gain the platform I need to gain the trust of my co-workers and students on campus. I am very humbled that I was nominated for a seat and I would be honored to serve.


Galen Martin
Associate Director of Campus Recreation

 I am the Associate Director of Campus Recreation in the Student Affairs Division.  I have worked my entire life as a servant leader. I started my career as a high school science teacher, head wrestling coach, and Professional whitewater guide.  Then I moved to University recreation in which I have ten years’ experience. That passion for recreation has created a path to be a permanent Bear at Missouri State University. In my job, I help my staff create programs for faculty, staff, and students that teach lifelong wellness and leadership skills. I also help keep the Foster Recreation Center operating for the thousands of faculty, staff, and students that visit every day. Currently I am in committees that focus of students and Student Affairs, and would like the opportunity to serve all my fellow staff members on the Staff Senate.  I would be honored to serve you as the Job Family 4 Staff Senator.


Kate Roessler
Assistant Director of Student Engagement for Fraternity and Sorority Life

 I began working in the Office of Student Engagement at Missouri State University in July of 2015. In this role, I collaborate with various campus departments and work directly with a wide range of university staff that serve as Faculty/Staff Advisors for our chapters and other student organizations. Though I am relatively new to the Missouri State community, I recognize the importance of staff satisfaction and its significant impact on student experience, a system in which Staff Senate plays a major role. Through my work with various fraternity and sorority life councils on this campus and others, I have been involved with student governing bodies consistently for the past four years. My work with students in engaging with campus democracy has produced a similar passion for Staff Senate, and I would be honored to serve the Missouri State University community as a Staff Senator.


 Laura Whitmire
Associate Director of Student Engagement

I joined the Missouri State University community last summer as the Associate Director of Student Engagement implementing the university’s leadership programs and overseeing fraternity and sorority life. In these roles I am able to partner with staff, faculty, community agencies, volunteer advisors, and various campus departments. Over this year I have watched Staff Senate debate issues regarding staff policies, organize opportunities to bring staff together, and continue to find ways to make sure Missouri State remains a supportive and innovative place to work. Because of my involvement in Staff Senate’s Public Affairs and Staff Relations committees, the executive board appointed me to fulfill a vacant senator position for a term ending in June 2016. I would be honored to build upon this experience and continue to serve the Missouri State University community as a Staff Senator.


Mark Woolsey
Assessment & Learning Outcomes Consultant

My desire to serve on the Staff Senate is a natural extension of my profession and interests. Though I am a relatively new member of the campus community, I’ve spent most of the last decade in public policy, research, and organizational psychology working to find realistic solutions to everyday problems. My work as a Consultant in the Office of Assessment has a similar goal: helping MSU staff and faculty improve students’ experiences here by making their own work easier. I have already been involved with Staff Senate serving as an interim senator and assisting with the staff satisfaction survey. Working with Staff Senate would extend that service as I seek ways to improve staff satisfaction and further MSU’s role as a center of public affairs leadership in the community and the state.

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Accepting Nominations for New Senators

Staff Senate is now accepting nominations for terms beginning July 2016. Those elected will have the chance to serve Missouri State University, while representing their specific Job Family, for a three year term by advocating for continuous personal and professional development improvements by initiating or assisting in programs and changes that benefit staff.

Our responsibility to Missouri State University includes, but is not limited to: reviewing policies/procedures and offering recommendations regarding the interests of staff and non-faculty employees; assisting in the communication of issues and activities affecting staff members; serving as a liaison between the President and staff; promoting participation in the University community; and encouraging a sense of community among all University employees. The University encourages all employees to attend Senate meetings and participate in Senate activities.

Staff Senate is actively engaged in the University’s Public Affairs mission by our involvement in Lee National Denim Day for breast cancer awareness and campus community activities such as Student Move In day.

Would you like to get involved by lending your service and expertise to Staff Senate?

If you or someone you’d like to nominate are interested in filling a vacant senator seat and…

  • have been a full-time staff member for at least one year,
  • can commit to a three-year senate term,
  • are able to attend one meeting each month, and
  • are able to serve on at least one Staff Senate committee,

send your nominations to StaffSenate@MissouriState.edu by April 15, 2016. Elections will take place after May 1, 2016.

For more information about Staff Senate, please visit our web site or contact us at StaffSenate@MissouriState.edu.

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Research and Economic Development Area Candidate for 2015-2018 Senate Seat

Staff Senate has representation from Divisional Areas of Missouri State University. There is one (1) seat available for the Research and Economic Development Area for the term starting July 2015.  Learn more about your candidate below!

Phil Bridges
English Language Institute Academic Specialist
I am something of an MSU “lifer,” coming to campus as a student in 1999, serving as a member of the Pride band for several years before graduation, coming back as a graduate assistant in the English department, and finding my way to the English Language Institute, where I have been working since 2007 – full-time since 2009. It has been great to be a part of MSU’s partnership with downtown Springfield and its growing international presence. My time here has fostered an appreciation for the wide range of services, events, and opportunities university staff provides students and the community. I have continually witnessed the importance of our University’s staff – to students, to administrators, to faculty, and to each other. I’d be honored to represent my downtown colleagues as part of Staff Senate.

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University Advancement Area Candidate for 2015-2018 Senate Seat

Staff Senate has representation from Divisional Areas of Missouri State University. There is one (1) seat available for the University Advancement Area for the term starting July 2013.  Learn more about your candidate below!

Andrew Garton
Director of Development
I started my career at Missouri State in June 2010 as the first Foundation Scholarship Coordinator.  In March 2014 I became a Director of Development working with our alumni and friends in Southwest Missouri, Kansas City, and California.  I was elected to Staff Senate in 2012 and during that time I served as the Staff Senate Scholarship Committee Chair, leading an incredible team that increased fundraising more than 10-fold for scholarships benefitting staff and their dependents.  I would love the opportunity to serve my constituents in the University Advancement Division for a second term, representing their concerns, serving as their voice, and helping improve our campus community.

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