I hope you are as excited as I am for the fall semester to start next week. We have a week full of activities before classes start on Monday.
Frank Einhellig and I will share some thoughts for the year at the All Faculty Lunch at 11:30 a.m. on Aug.16 in the PSU Ballroom. Plan to attend this event to meet new faculty members, reconnect with colleagues and participate in the conversation about the strategic plans for our university.
New students will be coming to campus this week and through the weekend. Please help us welcome them to Missouri State. Opportunities to do this include:
- The annual “See You Later” Brunch (where we say “hello” to new students and “goodbye” to their families and friends who have moved them to campus) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 18 in Blair Shannon and Garst Dining Centers.
- The transfer student ice cream social from 1-3 p.m. on Aug. 18 in the PSU Food Court.
- The Belong-B-Q at 5 p.m. on Aug. 19 in the Freudenberger Courtyard.
Throughout the weekend you can also help students move in to their residence halls as part of Bear Crew.
We will officially kickoff the new year with New Student Convocation Aug. 19 at 2 p.m. in JQH Arena. This year’s featured speaker is our very own Cameron LaBarr, a student-focused educator who led the Missouri State Chorale to a presidential inauguration and trips around the world. You don’t want to miss Cameron’s presentation.
My future is here
I couldn’t be more excited for this year and for the future of Missouri State. Last week, the Board of Governors graciously offered me a four-year extension on my contract, and I readily accepted. As I have always said, I plan to spend the rest of my career working with all of you to move Missouri State University forward. Together we can make Missouri State’s future bright.
Thanks for all you do for Missouri State!