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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

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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.


  • 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


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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Top 10 Student Services

Welcome to Missouri State!

We have compiled a Top 10 list of things to know about your new campus. These are just some of the services available.

Check out the complete Guide to Services

Students: see a doctor for free

Taylor Health Clinic

Did you know that you can receive medical care on campus? Visit the Health and Wellness Center  for basic medical needs, fill prescriptions, and get medical tests. Remember to bring your insurance card and ID. Contact the office at 417-836-4000. Here is a map. Note that beginning in fall 2016 the clinic will be housed at Monroe Apartments – across the street from the current building – while a new health center is built.

Need someone to listen?

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Starting school or work in a brand-new environment is exciting, but with any change comes stress. It’s normal to feel overwhelmed, and talking to a trained counselor can help you adjust. Change can also cause or worsen anxiety and depression, so if you need support, stop by the Counseling Office in Carrington 311. Services are free and confidential.

Stay in shape

The newly constructed Foster Recreation Center features a state-of-the-art pool and fitness center. Kevin White/ Missouri State

The Rec Center is here to help you stay healthy. Want to work out with others? Join a group class like yoga, Pilates, or Zumba. Want to do your own thing? Hit the weights and spin away to your heart’s content – literally. Use the pool and sign up for intramurals, too.

Meet cool people 

Photos from the August 18, 2014 New Student Convocation held at JQH Arena.

Did you know that Missouri State has 390 different student organizations? Joining one is a terrific way to meet friends and develop interests ranging from honor societies to water ski club.  Beekeeping Club, Volunteer Programs, Beartones, and Tennis Club are just a few of your options. Now is the time!

Know the news on campus

Geography Awareness Week

Stay up to date by reading the student newspaper. Follow your Bears, read up on events, and check out opinion pieces. Look for the special Back to School issue for tips on study skills and fun stuff to do on campus and in Springfield. The Standard is published on Tuesdays during the academic year and is available at newstands all over campus.

Hear live music

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The Springfield Symphony Orchestra plays monthly concerts at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. They are calling this season “Extreme,” and concert themes include Extreme Galactic Adventure and Extreme Silly. Students can purchase tickets for $10 with a valid college ID. Children age 4-17 also receive discounted seats.

Buy tickets for shows in Springfield

Did you know that KISS just performed at JQH Arena? Get tickets for concerts, theater, and athletic events at one of four Missouri State TIX box offices. Find one in Plaster Student Union on the second floor. It is between Commerce Bank and Chick-Fil-A. Other box offices are at JQH Arena, Juanita K. Hammons Hall, and Craig Hall. You can also buy tickets online.

Pay your bills

Naked Carrington without banners. Kevin White/MSU

Need to pay a bill or check on a scholarship? Make sure your finances are in order at the financial aid office, located in Carrington Hall 101. You can also visit the website to find answers to FAQs, apply for grants and loans, and check account balances.

Grab lunch in the middle of campus

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The PSU is a great place to meet up with classmates and friends. You can also find a UPS, post office, and a branch of Commerce Bank. Food vendors include Papa Johns, Panda Express, and Subway.  If you lose your BearPass, get a new one on the ground floor – right next to the bowling alley.

Make the school better

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If you want to involved in the political process on your campus, join SGA! You can represent your favorite organization or be a senator at-large. Senators work together to support student proposals, allocate fees, and improve campus relations. Meetings take place every Tuesday night in the PSU.

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Theta Chi Receives NIC Chapter Award of Distinction

The Missouri State chapter of Theta Chi (Iota Beta) has once again received the North-American Interfraternity Conference Chapter Award of Distinction.  This award, which is considered to be the most prestigious award in the interfraternal world, is given to “the undergraduate chapter which is highly functioning in compliance with NIC Standards, seeks to educate others about the benefits of a values based fraternity experience, and works to maintain a healthy relationship with their inter/national organization.” This chapter shows sustained success as a past NIC Award of Distinction honoree in 2008, 2012 and 2014, making them the first chapter in the NIC’s history to have received this award four times.

Further, the chapter has been honored by Theta Chi with the Howard R. Alter, Jr. Award for Chapter Excellence—the highest award for Theta Chi chapters—a record 12 times, most recently in 2015. It was also named Fraternity of the Year at MSU. The group boasts the top fraternity GPA on campus—3.18, and its “programming has amplified the individual excellence of its members, resulting in the election of the student body president, orientation leaders, IFC executive board members, and SGA cabinet members.” In a chapter leader’s own words, “We understand that as an organization we must live by the idea of never being satisfied and never settling for mediocrity. In doing so, we have established a chapter that produces better men, ultimately preparing them for the future.” The chapter will be receiving their new award at the fraternity’s 160th anniversary international convention in Atlanta, Georgia this weekend.

Iota Beta chapter of Theta Chi

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