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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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Career Center Director, Jill Wiggins, Wins LEAD Award


Jill Wiggins, Career Center DirectorJill Wiggins, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, was presented with the 2016 LEAD Award by the Missouri State Council of SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) on August 3 at the SHRM Missouri State Conference at Tan-Tar-A Resort. This prestigious award is given to recognize and honor a Missouri Human Resources professional who has achieved the highest level of Leadership, Excellence, Achievement and Dedication in the field of Human Resources. All nominees must be a current member of SHRM, the Missouri State Council of SHRM or a SHRM Affiliated Local Missouri Chapter.  Each candidate is evaluated based upon their individual contribution(s) to one or both of the following:

-Holds an outstanding record of contributions to the Human Resources profession as an innovator, advocate and/or thought leader.
-Holds an outstanding record of volunteer service to the profession through leadership in a SHRM Affiliated Local Missouri Chapter, the Missouri State Council of SHRM and/or SHRM.

Wiggins has served the human resources profession in a variety of capacities for more than 18 years.  She has held numerous leadership roles within the Springfield Area Human Resources Association (SAHRA) including Past President, President, President-Elect, Secretary and Membership Committee.  She also served on the Missouri State Council of SHRM both as a District Director and Director, President SAHRA.  Wiggins has been the Director of the Missouri State University Career Center since September 2014.  Prior to that she spent 13 years as the Director of Career Planning & Development at Drury University and 3 ½ years as a Human Resources Generalist for Hiland Dairy Foods Company. She has been active on numerous committees both at work and throughout the Springfield community and is a graduate of Leadership Springfield Class 27.

Her nomination stated, “Jill is fully focused on employees – developing them, preparing them for future endeavors, listening to them, serving them and providing the best working environment possible.  Jill leads with a servant’s heart – asking questions, seeking opinions, listening, supporting, encouraging, motivating and authentically caring for all who have the opportunity to know her.” Wiggins has a Master of Business Administration from Missouri State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Spanish from Drury University.  She earned the professional certifications SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) and the SHRM-SCP (Senior Certified Professional). Wiggins was recently named the 2016 Springfield Business Journal Top Local Human Resources Professional in May.
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