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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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Orlando and MSU

Students and Campus Community,

By now most of us are aware of the senseless act of violence that targeted the LGBTQ+ community in Orlando, Florida that occurred this past weekend, resulting in the deaths of 49 individuals and the wounding of many more. It is far too familiar a feeling that we have come to know such tragedies by their shorthand names: Columbine, Fort Hood, San Bernardino, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, and now, Orlando. These are only a few.

At Missouri State University (MSU), we care deeply about all members of our campus community and stand in support with those of the LGBTQ+ community. We will continue to stand tall in the conviction that we, a nation of many identities, faiths, orientations, heritages, nationalities, and viewpoints; is a stronger nation because of our differences, and most importantly because of our similarities. All of us must continuously strive to be better than this and better than what such event(s) represent to our world community.

How to make a difference and get help

We all ask ourselves, “When will this stop?” and “What can we do?” We can start by loving and respecting one another in spite of, and because of our differences, and teaching the next generation to do the same. Diversity is our greatest strength as a nation and as a people!

Although this reprehensible act occurred in Florida, over 1,000 miles away from our campus, this tragic event has reverberated around the country, and may have impacted many of you. You may be feeling fear, anger, frustration, or anxiety after what occurred in Orlando. If you are experiencing such feelings, we encourage you to reach out for support from the LGBTQ Resource Center, Multicultural Resource Center, a trusted member of the university community, or the MSU Counseling Center.

Events have been planned for the Springfield community. They are detailed below.

Friday, June 17

A vigil at the GLO Community Center is set to begin at 8 p.m. The GLO Community Center is located at 518 E. Commercial Street in Springfield.

Saturday, June 18

The Greater Ozarks Pridefest will take place at Park Central Square. The event kicks off Saturday morning with the Equality March beginning at 10:30 a.m. Lineup will start at 9:30 a.m. The march will begin at the southwest corner of Benton Avenue and Chestnut Expressway (the Municipal Court Building parking lot), into the downtown Park Central Square. Pridefest ends at 9 p.m.

For more information, please visit GLOCenter.org.

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Multicultural Assistance Grant

The Multicultural Assistance Grant (MAG) is a one-time grant designed to assist students who are approaching graduation, but whose circumstances have resulted in an outstanding balance with the University that prevents them from registering for a future semester and/or graduating. The grant was originally facilitated by Multicultural Services, but has since fallen under the jurisdiction of the Office of Student Financial Aid. Grants may be awarded to students who:

  • Are enrolled full-time (or, students in their last semester, enrolled in all courses needed to graduate);
  • Are admitted to a degree program
  • Have a grade point average (MSU and combined) or 2.50 or higher
  • Plan to graduate either during the current semester or within a year of requesting the grant (must be documented with a degree audit);
  • Are meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress as required for federal student aid;
  • Have documented financial need; and,
  • Have utilized all available aid, including Pell, Direct Student Loans (subsidized and unsubsidized), Perkins and PLUS loans (if available to the student’s parents).

Students who meet these criteria must meet with a Financial Aid counselor who will review the student’s financial aid status and verify initial eligibility. Once initial eligibility is verified, students must submit a completed application, to include appropriate documentation of the exceptional circumstances that they believe justify their need for the grant, to the Office of Student Financial Aid. The application will be reviewed by the MAG Review Committee, which will be composed of no fewer than three financial aid professionals appointed by the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Assistant Vice President for Multicultural Services. This committee is responsible for reviewing grant applications and supporting documentation and making final eligibility and funding decisions.

All required documentation as specified on the application must be submitted with an application or it will be returned to the student. The Committee may require additional documentation to support a student’s request. Students must allow up to four weeks for their applications to be processed and reviewed by the Committee. The decision of the Committee is final and cannot be appealed.

Award amounts will be determined by the Committee based on a student’s eligibility and circumstances, but will not exceed $3,000. Grants must be used to pay existing or upcoming charges on a student’s University account. No student may receive more than one grant and the grant is not renewable. Funds are limited and once the available funds have been awarded for a given fiscal year, no additional students may be considered.

The Office of Student Financial Aid is responsible for developing the grant application form.

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Multicultural Programming

This post is to provide an update on the progress of some of the initiatives that the Division of Student Affairs has been working on as of late. Please feel free to reach out to Dr. Siscoe (Vice President for Student Affairs) or any of the Division’s staff, should you have questions or comments (studentaffairs@missouristate.edu).
·       The new Multicultural Resource Center Annex renovations are complete and the annex is open for student use. Naming of the annex was finalized on the student ballot this past week and I am thrilled to tell you that officially, the MRC Annex will be named in honor of Ms. Mary Jean Price Walls. There will be an official Open House on Friday, April 22nd from 1:00-3:00 pm in the new space. Stop by and have some refreshments and tour the new student programming space. Dr. Lori Patton Davis, national expert cultural centers and Consultant to the University, will be present at the Open House to meet with students, faculty and staff as well.
·       Staffing of the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC)– Dr. TaJuan Wilson has been serving as the Interim Director of the MRC and Ms. Charlotte Hardin, Assistant Vice President for Multicultural Programs Emeritus, has rejoined our team during the transition of hiring a new director. A search is underway for the new Executive Director of Multicultural Programs. The search committee for the new director are working very hard to receive and review applications for the position. Once candidates have been identified for campus visits/interviews, we will post that information so all interested students can participate. We anticipate interviews in late April.
·       The Dean of Students Office has put together a team of students, faculty, and staff to respond to instances of perceived hate or bias, which includes a system for reporting such incidents on-line, phone, or in-person. When a bias-related incident occurs, a coordinated, and timely university response will be implemented. Through voluntary participation in bias incident response teaminterventions, the team intends to help foster a sense of civility, respect and understanding to support an inclusive and diverse campus community. For more information:http://www.missouristate.edu/dos/268885.htm.
As always, we are interested in student opinions so please participate in campus events and email us your thoughts. Your voice matters! Go Bears!
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MRC Annex Opens!

The MRC Annex, an extension of the Multicultural Resource Center, has officially opened in the basement of Freddy House. Pictures can be found below, but feel free to stop by any time between 8am-5pm Monday through Friday to check out the new space! Also keep watch for an upcoming grand opening date. Please direct any questions to StudentAffairs@MissouriState.edu.


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Award Winner!

Victoria Culver Rice, Assistant Director of Student Engagement for Programming, recently won the Chuck Morrell New Professional IPDS Scholarship at the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Annual Conference. The purpose of the Chuck Morrell New Professional IPDS Scholarship is to honor the legacy of Chuck Morrell, a longtime supporter of ACUI and college union director by providing a professional development opportunity for a new professional to attend IPDS: New Professionals Orientation. This scholarship is given annually to a new professional to support their leadership development within both the college union and student activities profession as well as the Association. The scholarship will cover the cost of registration to IPDS: New Professionals Orientation to help a new professional develop their skills as a community builder and develop relationships to last their professional career. By winning this award, Victoria is encouraged to “Be Like Chuck” by:
  • Living life to the fullest.
  • Working to create collaborative relationships on campus, within their department, and throughout their region.
  • Growing the profession through volunteerism in ACUI.
Congratulations Victoria!
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SAHE Visits Mexico!

The Study Away Mexico Pilot was developed to provide 12 Missouri State University Student Affairs in Higher Education graduate students the opportunity to visit the Universidad Autonma campus in Guadalajara and to interact with faculty and staff from the main UAG university campus. The pilot was a tremendous success with the students getting a better understanding of the Higher Education system in Mexico as well as new-found self awareness and appreciation of the local heritage and culture. The participants were able to participate in a Spanish course and exchange thoughts and ideas with a faculty member from the UAG main campus. The students were immersed in the culture by visiting several historic sites, including the UAG main campus, downtown Guadalajara, Zapopan, the University of Guadalarja campus, the Government Palace, the Office for Innovation, Science, and Technology and sister city of Tlaquepague.


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Association of Black Collegians attend BIG XII Conference

Recently, 7 Missouri State students attended the 38th Annual Big XII Conference on Black Student Government at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. These students represented Missouri State as representatives of the Association of Black Collegians. The purpose of the conference is to motivate student-leaders to strive and continue the work of reconstructing an even better future for the Black community than did forefathers themselves, starting within their respective campuses and local communities. Overall, the conference seeks to re-awake the same drive and determination within students to mirror that of the most influential and historical Black leaders in order to create positive, sustainable change.  This annual Conference rotates among the Big XII schools; this conference features nationally renowned speakers, educational workshops, career fair and social/cultural events.

Participants “had a tremendous time and grew as leaders, students, future career men and women, and overall individuals. We assure you that our attendance helped us grow into a new understanding of Missouri State’s public affairs mission.” – The Association of Black Collegians


ABC @ Big12

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