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Web server maintenance scheduled after 9:00 PM Monday

A brief interruption of service for several websites is scheduled between 9:00 and 10:00 PM CDT Monday, October 20th.  This interruption of service is necessary in order to install operating system updates.  Some of the websites affected include:

 

accreditation.missouristate.edu

apps.missouristate.edu

architect.missouristate.edu

associations.missouristate.edu

blogs.missouristate.edu

coal.missouristate.edu

computerservices.missouristate.edu

courses.missouristate.edu

csii.missouristate.edu

delawaretown.missouristate.edu

design.missouristate.edu

dss.missouristate.edu

eat4health.missouristate.edu

economicresarch.missouristate.edu

ejournal.missouristate.edu

golead.missouristate.edu

jvic.missouristate.edu

ksmu.missouristate.edu

live.missouristate.edu

magazine.missouristate.edu

mapdrivemanager.missouristate.edu

maxhunter.missouristate.edu

mmp.missouristate.edu

mru.missouristate.edu

mtngrv.missouristate.edu

news.missouristate.edu

optv.missouristate.edu

organizations.missouristate.edu

ozarksstudies.missouristate.edu

ozarkswatch.missouristate.edu

people.missouristate.edu

plans.missouristate.edu

privacy.missouristate.edu

rha.missouristate.edu

rhsoc-d.missouristate.edu

search.missouristate.edu

services.missouristate.edu

sga.missouristate.edu

smcog.missouristate.edu

summer.missouristate.edu

template.missouristate.edu

tenttheatre.missouristate.edu

theatreanddance.missouristate.edu

voicemail.missouristate.edu

webdav.missouristate.edu

webpress.missouristate.edu

wordnorms.missouristate.edu

wsdev.missouristate.edu

www.missouristatetix.com

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Social Media Kit: Public Affairs Convocation

Compassion + courage

As a kid growing up in Missouri, Eric Greitens loved “choose your own adventure” style stories. When he went to college, he resolved to make his life an adventure of his own choosing.

His passport stamps comprise a list of geopolitical hotspots: China, Bosnia, Rwanda, Iraq, Bolivia, Afghanistan. His roles in these places have been diverse: teacher, aid worker, Navy SEAL, documentarian. And through his experiences, he realized “that it is within our power, and that the world requires of us — of every one of us — that we be both good and strong in order to love and protect,” an understanding he details in this year’s Common Reader, The Heart and the Fist.

Eric Greitens will share his journey during this semester’s Public Affairs Convocation.

Key details

  • What: Public Affairs Convocation
  • When: 7 p.m., Oct. 28, 2014
  • Where: Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts 
  • Who: Eric Greitens — author, humanitarian, veteran and founder of nonprofit The Mission Continues
  • Tickets: This event is free and open to the public; tickets are required. Tickets are available at the box offices of Hammons Hall, JQH Arena and Plaster Student Union
  • Sponsor: Public Affairs

Share the story

Help us spread the word about this event to the Missouri State and local communities by sharing it on social media. If you attend this event, we want to hear about your experience!

We encourage you to join the online conversation during the Public Affairs Convocation by posting about it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tagging your posts with the official Missouri State Public Affairs hashtag: #CitizenBear

Make your post social media savvy

Photos

Detail of Eric Greitens' book reads: "I focused on changing one life at a time."

 Eric Greitens book, The Heart and the Fist

Eric Greitens

 

Sample tweets

  • Author, humanitarian, former Navy SEAL @EricGreitens speaks on courage and caring at the Public Affairs Convocation, 10/28 bit.ly/1v4szwi
  • “Without courage compassion falters, and without compassion courage has no direction.” Hear more from @EricGreitens on 10/28: bit.ly/1v4szwi
  • “If we really care about people, we have to be willing to protect them.” Veteran, humanitarian @EricGreitens speaks on 10/28: bit.ly/1v4szwi
  • Public Affairs Convocation on 10/28 explores the intersection of strength and compassion bit.ly/1v4szwi #CitizenBear
  • Eric Greitens on courage and compassion in a complicated world- Free Public Affairs lecture Oct. 28 bit.ly/1v4szwi #CitizenBear #SGF

Review our steps for turning a link into a tweet.

Sample Facebook posts

These sample posts provide content recommendations based on our best practice tips for making the most of Facebook’s sharing features.

Example 1

  • Post: Author Eric Greitens shares what he’s learned about having courage and compassion in a complicated world, Oct. 28.
  • URL: bit.ly/11fHk4a
  • URL custom text: Free Public Affairs Convocation

Example 2

(Share with photo)

 Eric Greitens book, The Heart and the Fist

  • Post: Hear author Eric Greitens speak on his experiences in Iraq, Bosnia, Rwanda and more, Oct. 28.
  • URL: bit.ly/11fHk4a

 

 

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Maximize the potential of websites, blogs and social media

Writing for the Web

If you’re in charge of a website, blog, social media platform — or all three — you’ve likely asked the following questions:

  • What do users want my website, blog or social media to provide?
  • How do I organize content on my website so that users can find the information they want?
  • What should I be communicating on a website vs. a blog? How do the two relate?
  • How do I repurpose my website and blog content and distribute it on social media?
  • What can I do immediately to make my digital communications more strategic?

The office of Web and new media is offering a free, interactive training session that will address each of these questions. The workshop will also provide tips and techniques that can be implemented right away in order to make your digital communications more efficient and effective.

A session of Short and Snappy: Writing for the Digital World will be held on Oct. 28Workshop details

Who should attend

This session is open to University faculty, staff and student employees who are responsible for University websites, blogs or social media accounts.

Free registration

For faculty and staff, registration is required via My Learning Connection (on the Profile tab of My Missouri State). Student employees who wish to attend should email Lucie Amberg.

 

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Social Media Kit: Stomp Out Hunger

Stomp Out Hunger collection binJoin Missouri State, Drury, OTC, Evangel and SBU in making a difference both locally and globally through Stomp Out Hunger, an all-collegiate shoe drive benefiting Sole Food.

Donating just one pair of shoes to Sole Food:

  • Helps feed approximately four people through Friends Against Hunger
  • Aids in building water purification systems for villages in Kenya and Haiti through Shoeman Water Projects
  • Provides footwear for a small-business vendor in a developing country to resell, or goes directly to someone in a developing country who is in need of shoes

Key details

  • What: Stomp Out Hunger, a shoe drive for Sole Food
  • When: Oct. 1-24, 2014
  • Where: Missouri State University, Drury University, Ozarks Technical Community College, Evangel University and Southwest Baptist University
  • Who: Students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members
  • Sponsors: Public Affairs, Sole Food

Main events:

  • All-collegiate shoe drive
  • All-collegiate shoe drive finale
    • When: Oct. 24, 2014 at 1 p.m.
    • Where: Country Girls Espresso, 2671 East Sunshine Street, Springfield
    • What: A wrap-up event for the shoe drive where the Golden Boot (an award for the participating school that collects the highest percentage of shoes based on student enrollment) will be awarded
  • Stomp Out Hunger T-shirt sale
    • When: Available until supplies run out
    • Where: Missouri State Bookstore
    • Cost: $17.99 per T-shirt, and each shirt provides 50 meals for Friends Against Hunger

Share your story

Help us spread the word about Stomp Out Hunger to the Missouri State and local communities by sharing it on social media.

We encourage you to join the online conversation about Stomp Out Hunger by posting about it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tagging your posts with the official hashtag: #CitizenBear

Make your post social media savvy

Tagging tips

Other tips:

  • When you post to Facebook, boost your status update by sharing it with a photo. or video.
  • Nothing beats a first-hand perspective! If you participate in Stomp Out Hunger, consider sharing a photo from or quote about your experience.

Visual assets

Photos

Video

Sample social media posts

Sample tweets

  • Feed four people through @FAHunger by donating a pair of shoes to Stomp Out Hunger with @MoStatePA: http://bit.ly/1xik8wO #CitizenBear #SGF
  • 1 pair of shoes: Feeds four w/ @FAHunger, gives clean water w/ @ShoemanWaterOrg, provides someone shoes http://bit.ly/1xik8wO #CitizenBear
  • Join @missouristate, @DruryUniversity, @OTCedu, @EvangelUniv and @SBUniv in Stomping Out Hunger: http://bit.ly/1xik8wO #CitizenBear #SGF
  • Provide 50 meals to @FAHunger by purchasing a @MoStatePA Stomp Out Hunger T-shirt at the @MSUbkstore: http://www.missouristatebookstore.com/ #CitizenBear

Review our steps for turning a link into a tweet.

Facebook events

Sample Facebook posts

Sharing about Stomp Out Hunger on Facebook allows for some additional customization. These sample posts provide content recommendations based on our best practice tips for optimizing link sharing on Facebook.

Example 1

  • Post: Donate one pair of shoes to feed four people, help provide clean water to villages in Kenya and Haiti and give a pair of shoes to someone in a developing country. #CitizenBear
  • URL: http://bit.ly/1s5iyy7
  • URL custom text: Join Missouri State, Drury, OTC, Evangel and SBU in making a difference both locally and globally through the all-collegiate shoe drive.

Example 2

Example 3

Stomp Out Hunger shoes

  • Post: Join fellow Bears in making a difference locally and globally by donating shoes to Stomp Out Hunger. #CitizenBear
  • URL: http://bit.ly/1s5iyy7
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Social Media Kit: Homecoming 2014

Missouri State University alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends are invited to let the good times roar and celebrate all things maroon and white at Homecoming 2014!

Key details

  • What: Homecoming 2014 – Let the Good Times Roar
  • When: Oct. 12-18, 2014
  • Where: Across campus and in downtown Springfield
  • Who: Missouri State students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members
  • Sponsors: The Alumni Association and student Homecoming committee

Main events:

Share your story

Help us spread the word about Homecoming to the Missouri State and local communities by sharing it on social media.

We encourage you to join the online conversation during Homecoming by posting about it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tagging your posts with the official hashtag: #BearsHomecoming

Make your post social media savvy

Tagging tips

Other tips:

  • When you post to Facebook, boost your status update by sharing it with a photo.
  • Nothing beats a first-hand perspective! If you attend a Homecoming event, consider sharing a photo from or quote about your experience.

Visual assets

Photos

Sample social media posts

Sample tweets

  • Join @MarooNation and @MoStateHC2014 in letting the good times roar at Homecoming 2014! http://bit.ly/BearsHomecoming #BearsHomecoming #SGF
  • Lace up your running shoes and race fellow Bears to the finish line during the Bear Tracks 5K: http://bit.ly/19C4ijU #BearsHomecoming
  • Soak in some maroon-and-white spirit at the Homecoming Parade on Oct. 18 at 9 a.m. on JQH Pkwy! http://bit.ly/1rSQxcP #BearsHomecoming #SGF
  • Cheer the @MOStateFootball Bears on against the Coyotes on Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. in Plaster Stadium! http://bit.ly/17BIExT #BearsHomecoming

Review our steps for turning a link into a tweet.

Facebook events

Homecoming 2014 has an associated Facebook event; please link to the Facebook event page where appropriate: Homecoming 2014

Sample Facebook posts

Sharing about Homecoming on Facebook allows for some additional customization. The sample posts provide content recommendations based on our best practice tips for optimizing link sharing on Facebook.

Example 1

Example 2

BearFest Village

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How-to: Use photos ethically and effectively

Using a cell phoneIt’s important to include visual content (such as photos and videos) in your blog posts, and doing so is the fastest way to amp up your blog’s engagement.

But there are stumbling blocks on the road to visual content bliss; a few of them are addressed below.

Where can I get good photos?

There are many sources where you can obtain photos and videos legally.

Free sources

Paid sources

Not a source

Never use an image you find through a basic Google image search or any other photo, video or song you don’t have written permission to use. (Someone somewhere owns that content.)

Which photos are the appropriate quality for my blog?

Professional photos aren’t necessary for your blog or social media accounts. Feel free to use images you took on your phone or tablet. Blog readers appreciate immediacy and authenticity, so it doesn’t have to be perfect.

One tip: Photos that feature engaged people or unusual details tend to be the most appealing for blog or social media distribution.

What about privacy? Do I need people’s permission to share pictures of them?

In most cases, yes. Obtain written permission to use the following:

  • Any image, voice, video or likeness containing identifiable human subjects (including students, University employees or non-University people)
  • Audio or video recordings of lectures or other presentations require written permission from the speakers
  • Images or video of someone else’s intellectual property such as artwork, writing, music, etc. require permission from the owner (more on intellectual property and copyright guidelines)

You don’t need written permission for someone’s likeness in a situation where that person wouldn’t have an expectation of privacy, such as:

  • When the photo or video is of a large group or crowd at an event or game
  • When the photo or video’s focal point is a building or non-human subject

When in doubt, obtain written permission. For convenience, the office of photographic services supplies a likeness release form.

For more on these guidelines, see the office of Web and new media’s policy.

 

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