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.
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.
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.
Here is a glimpse of the construction taking place on the other side of the fence.
Lots of progress is being made!
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.
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!
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.
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.
“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