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Web server maintenance scheduled after 9:00 PM Wednesday

A brief interruption of service for several websites is scheduled between 9:00 and 10:00 PM CDT Wednesday, April 16th.  This interruption of service is necessary in order to install operating system updates.  Some of the websites affected include:



















































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Social media kit: Graduate College Virtual Fair

Graduate College Virtual Fair is April 22

The Graduate College is excited to expand its showcase by taking the event online. At the Graduate College Virtual Fair, participants will enjoy real-time interaction with program coordinators and Graduate College staff– all with the convenience of the Web. Graduate students talking and laughing

Social media kit helps publicize event

The office of Web and new media has created a social media press kit to promote the Virtual Fair. It includes:

  • Sample tweets
  • Sample Facebook posts
  • Photos approved for promotion of the Virtual Fair
  • Tips for optimizing social media promotion of the Virtual Fair

Participating programs are encouraged to use this social media kit on their own social media channels.

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April blogging inspiration: Prepare your graduates for life after Missouri State

Career FairGraduation is a highlight of many a student’s college career. How does your program celebrate those achievements and support students in their transition into life after Missouri State? Consider writing a blog post about it.

Emphasize your career services

  • Focus on internship opportunities through your programs - Internships provide valuable job skills to students and often turn into full-time employment.
  • Highlight Career Center resources – The Career Center hosts job fairs, provides resume reviews and more. Share what resources may be of benefit and interest to your majors.
  • Share departmental workshops and resources – Does your department host workshops about the job search process or host networking events? Feature an upcoming session.
  • Emphasize your points of pride – Share the number of students graduating in your department, percentage of seniors already employed and the number of students participating in an internship.

Professor takes photo with graduateCelebrate your graduates

More than 2,300 students will be graduating in spring 2014. Feature your Bear grads by highlighting:

  • Their research projects
  • Unique internships they participated in
  • Where they’re headed after graduation
  • How they live the public affairs mission by being culturally competent, engaged communally and leading ethically

Upcoming dates

Students in computer labSocial media workshops to hone your skills

Is your area interested in starting a social media account? Are you already on social media and looking for ways to optimize your activity? Join the offices of Web and new media and University communications for two upcoming social media trainings:

  • Learn more about social media at Social Media 101 Thursday, April 17. This information session is ideal for programs that are considering adding a social media presence and want more information about getting started and instituting some best practices.
  • Attend the Social Media Boot Camp Tuesday, April 22, for tips about distributing digital content through specific social media platforms. It will feature training sessions on blogging, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Please bring appropriate log-in information with you as these sessions will focus on optimizing your existing social media activities.

All workshops are free, but registration is requested through My Learning Connection

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Explore your social media options during Social Media 101

Students in computer labEver wondered if social media would be a good choice for your organization? Not sure what platform would be the right fit? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then join the office of web and new media for Social Media 101 at 9 a.m. April 17 in Karls Hall 101.

Survey popular social media options

Social Media 101 is brief workshop designed to introduce you to the most popular social media platforms. The session will share best practices for starting a social media presence, and provide statistics and content considerations for a variety of social media platforms, including:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • YouTube
  • Instagram

Who is Social Media 101 for?

This workshop is perfect for those who have not established a social media presence for their area or are thinking about adding additional platforms.

Registration is requested (but not required) via My Learning Connection.

If you are interested in more advanced training for a specific platform, consider attending our Social Media Boot Camp on April 22.

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MSU New Student Community

The University recently purchased and initiated a new Facebook app through Uversity called the Schools App. We have branded our app the MSU New Student Community. The app is a private social network for admitted students that lives on Facebook and is accessible via the desktop or a mobile device. This app is administered through admissions, with assistance from web and new media.

Legacy WallGoals

There are three main goals for the University though the use of this Facebook app:

  • Build community among prospective students
  • Ease transition from high school to college
  • Improve enrollment

How it works

When prospective students are admitted to the University, they are invited to join the app through an email, as well as in writing with their admit letter.  The office of admissions is able to send follow-up invitations at any time. Additional printed materials are also currently in development that will be included in admitted students’ packet of information they receive once they are admitted, as well as signage to use at admission events such as Showcase.

Once students sign up for the app they can log in at any time to connect with their peers, ask questions of each other or student affairs staff, and learn more about the University including student organizations, housing information, and other key events.

Impact on enrollment

Since the app has only been live for the spring semester, it is too early to know any concrete results. At the time of this writing, over 1,700 admitted students had joined the app, and we have seen multiple positive comments and interactions among the students in the app.

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