Welcome to Missouri State University. If you are new to campus, I look forward to connecting with you. Feel free to tweet at me (my Twitter handle is @clifsmart) or stop me on the sidewalk and introduce yourself.
I hope you were able to enjoy some of our Welcome Weekend activities as students moved into residence halls and began forming lifelong relationships with one another. I was particularly impressed by this year’s New Student Convocation presentation by the “Fastest Woman Alive,” three-time Olympic medalist and MSU assistant track and field coach Carmelita Jeter (aka “the Jet”).
The next several weeks will provide many opportunities to be engaged on campus:
- We will host a Multicultural Networking Reception at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 27 in the Davis-Harrington Welcome Center.
- We will greet our new students with House Calls at 5:15 p.m. Aug. 28. You may sign up on the Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services webpage.
- We will cheer on our Bears at the first home football game on Sept. 21. Tailgating in Bearfest Village will start around noon. The game is scheduled for kickoff at 2 p.m.
- We will host the Carnaval: Latinx Heritage Month Banquet at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 21 in the PSU Ballroom.
Other campus events can be found on the calendar of events.
New secretary for the Board of Governors
Kristan Gochenauer, the secretary to the Board of Governors, will be relocating out of the state with her family. The board and I are grateful for Kristan’s many years of service to the university.
Following an internal search, the board interviewed candidates and hired Kristan’s replacement at their retreat earlier this month. I am pleased to report that the board selected Rowena Stone to serve as the new board secretary.
Rowena earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Missouri State. She has held a variety of administrative roles in the Springfield community, including her most recent job as the executive assistant in my office.
The board and I are excited for Rowena to join the university’s leadership team as we work to move Missouri State forward.
Thanks for all you do for Missouri State!