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2017 Greek Week

Greek Week
Greek Week took place March 26-April 1, 2017. A committee of 23 students organized a week of events, including a Kickoff Block Party, intramural sports, a trivia night, an Educational Speaker, the VIP awards banquet, Greek God and Goddess, and Greek Jam. The week was a great opportunity for our 3,200+ students to come together and celebrate their community.
Throughout the week, teams also participated in a philanthropy drive supporting organizations such as The Kitchen, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Ozarks Foot Harvest, Rare Breed, and Development Center of the Ozarks. Through the Philanthropy Drive, the FSL community donated a total of 21,943 items to organizations in our community.
The Greek Week winners are as follows:
1st place – Team 9 (Xi Omicron Iota, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and Sigma Tau Gamma)
2nd place – Team 4 (Alpha Sigma Alpha, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Alpha Gamma Sigma)
3rd place – Team 2 (Alpha Delta Pi, Pi Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Phi)
 
Fraternity and Sorority Life Awards
During Greek Week, Fraternity and Sorority Life distributed the following awards:
 
Chapter Awards                                              
Outstanding Academic Achievement                                             Alpha Chi Omega
Outstanding Community Relations and Philanthropic Work          Sigma Phi Epsilon
Outstanding Chapter Leadership and Management                      Pi Kappa Phi
Outstanding Membership Development                                        Sigma Phi Epsilon
Outstanding Risk Management and Social Responsibility            Gamma Phi Beta
Outstanding University Relations                                                   Delta Zeta
Chapter of the Year                                                                        Sigma Phi Epsilon
Chapter of the Year                                                                        Alpha Delta Pi
 
Individual Awards                                           
Man of the Year                                                                             Andrew Whitney, Pi Kappa Alpha
Woman of the Year                                                                        Kelsey Lester, Sigma Sigma Sigma
Outstanding Interfraternity Council President                                Luke Wiesboeck, Sigma Nu      
Outstanding Panhellenic Association President                            Savannah Moore, Alpha Delta Pi   
Outstanding Campus Leadership                                                  Tylyn Anders, Alpha Sigma Alpha
Outstanding Fraternity Freshman                                                 Jacob West, Sigma Phi Epsilon
Outstanding Fraternity Sophomore                                               Zachary Cull, Pi Kappa Phi
Outstanding Fraternity Junior                                                        Connor Aller, Pi Kappa Phi
Outstanding Fraternity Senior                                                       Dan Altmann, Sigma Phi Epsilon                                   
Outstanding Sorority Freshman                                                    Courtney Monier, Alpha Sigma Alpha
Outstanding Sorority Sophomore                                                 Rachel Frisch, Gamma Phi Beta
Outstanding Sorority Junior                                                          Lily Cozad, Alpha Chi Omega
Outstanding Sorority Senior                                                         Alex Forquer, Xi Omicron Iota   
Outstanding Community Engagement                                         Katy Warfield, Alpha Sigma Alpha
Living Your Values                                                                        Zachary Riel, Sigma Pi             
Outstanding Advisor                                                                    Darren Wienberg, Sigma Chi
 
Congratulations to all of our award winners!
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Citizen Scholars Travel to Jefferson City

Citizen Scholars in Jefferson City

The 2016-2017 Citizen Scholars traveled to Jefferson City with Dr. Siscoe on Tuesday, April 11. The Scholars were presented on the floor of the House and the Senate. The current class of Citizen Scholars are: Jaggar Deeds, Kimberleigh Eng, Caroline Finnell, Alexis (Ali) Jemes, Michelle Pellegrino, and Victoria (Tori) York. More information about the Citizen Scholars award, and the current class of Scholars can be found on our website. 

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SAHE Program Recognized at National Conference

NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education The Student Affairs in Higher Education Assessment Symposium was a Gold Winner in the assessment category for NASPA’s Excellence Awards.

The Assessment Symposium at Missouri State University provides a multitude of opportunities for members and guests of the institution to participate in and benefit from assessment done by graduate students. It is a chance to learn and grow in the area of assessment for individuals as well as the institution in its entirety. The Assessment Symposium is a program made to better the institution and the education of its members, which makes it an integral portion of the Student Affairs in Higher Education program and Missouri State University.

The Student Affairs in Higher Education program at Missouri State was also a Grand Bronze Winner, meaning that the program ranked third overall, considering all categories and all programs.

These awards were given at a banquet at the NASPA Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas last week. More information about the award can be found on the NASPA website.

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SAHE Students Highlighted in NASPA Newsletter

Two students from the Student Affairs in Higher Education program at Missouri State were named NASPA IV West’s Students of the Month for January and February. This region encompasses the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming; and the Canadian provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan. One student from the region is selected based on nominations each month and highlighted in the monthly NASPA IV West newsletter.

The January Student of the Month was Kimmy Brake. She is a member of Cohort 9 and currently serves as a graduate assistant in the Career Center. Her full bio and interview can be found here.

The February Student of the Month was Danielle Linderman. She is a member of Cohort 10 and currently serves as the graduate assistant for the Office of Student Affairs. Her full bio and interview can be found here. 

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Leaders in Community Service Recruitment

Leaders in Community Service

Missouri State University Leaders in Community Service (LCS) is a registered student organization dedicated to serving the Springfield community. LCS was established in 1994 as a complement to the Federal Work Study program. LCS is a unique program that allows students to serve an average of 10-12 hours a week with an area non-profit agency for the fall and spring semesters of the academic year as their work study assignment. Through their participation, LCS members broaden their educational experience and awareness of community needs along with providing valuable services, insights, and energy to the Springfield community. In addition to serving a non-profit agency, the students also participate in at least one service project in the community each semester.

If you are knowledgeable of students who may be interested in becoming a member, please share this information. Your help in spreading the word about this amazing opportunity is greatly appreciated! Learn more about this program on the LCS website. 

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Director of Financial Aid, Vicki Mattocks, Receives Distinguished Award

Vicki Mattocks, the Director of Financial Aid at Missouri State University, was selected by the Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Professionals (MASFAP) this year to receive The Missouri Award.  The Missouri Award is the highest award bestowed upon a MASFAP member to recognize contributions made to the field of financial aid.   The award was presented to Vicki in a surprise reception for her on the MSU campus on Thursday, January 26.  Congratulations, Vicki!

Vicki Mattocks Missouri Award Ceremony
Pictured left to right: Janice Barnes, former MASFAP President and Associate Director in Student Financial Services for St. Louis University; Todd Morriss, former Director of Financial Aid at MSU and former recipient of the Missouri Award; Vicki Mattocks, current Director of Financial Aid at MSU and recipient of the Missouri Award; Ronn Ramey, former Missouri Award recipient; Kathy Morriss, former Missouri Award recipient.

 

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Construction of New Health and Wellness Center Begins

Demolition of the Taylor Health and Wellness Center Begins Demolition of the Taylor Health and Wellness Center is beginning to take place, and construction of the new 36,000 square foot University Health and Wellness Center is officially underway. The new center, opening January 2, 2018, will be a great legacy facility welcoming new Bears to campus for decades to come!

Features of the University Health and Wellness Center include:

  • Expanded Wellness Program
  • Women’s Center
  • Drive Through Pharmacy
  • Urgent Care
  • Expanded Clinic Space
  • Psychology Clinic On Site
  • More Medical Services
  • Free Travel Clinic for Students
  • Free Sports Medicine Clinic for Students
  • Four Most Common Labs Free for Students
  • Increased Privacy
  • State of the Art Facilities

Thanks to the support of the students, for allowing these improvements in the facility and services.

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MSU Campus Garden Receives New Sign

Campus Garden- New Sign
This past weekend the garden received a beautiful wooden sign to the garden from Larry Askren.

Mission of the Garden:

The mission of the campus garden will be to serve as an all-natural educational resource for the university; provide fresh, nutritional produce to fellow students and members of the campus and Springfield communities, and serve as an environmentally and socially sustainable resource for service learning and community service on campus.

Facts:

  • It was started in 2011 with administrative support and is student operated and maintained.
  • Volunteers from across the campus give their talents and time to help in the Garden. Volunteering at the garden can count toward community service requirements and other service learning needs for clubs, organizations, and some classes.

Want to learn more? 

If you are interested in learning more about all-natural gardening, environmentally friendly methods, sustainable urban farming or would just like more information on how to get involved please visit the website or contact the campus garden manager, Kara Powelson. 

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MSU Students Take Trip to Learn About NPHC Plots

 

NPHC Trip
MSU Students take a road trip to Langston University and Oklahoma University on Friday, Sept. 9th. The purpose of the trip was to learn about Plots and to discuss ways in which we could enhance the experience of the NPHC organizations here at MSU.

“Going on the trip was a great experience and a wonderful opportunity for our council and individual organizations to meet NPHC members from other universities. We gained valuable insight about their NPHC plots and their council and chapter structures. Providing this opportunity showed our members that the university recognizes NPHC’s role in the campus community and is committed to providing NPHC with a quality experience at Missouri State.”

-Derell DeRamus, NPHC President

 

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