April 16, 2015

Sexual Assault Awareness Month
     Sexual Assault is a hard topic to discuss...but dialogue must start somewhere.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month occurs throughout the month of April and features numerous events to start and continue discussion and dialogue on sexual assault awareness and bystander intervention. The Dean of Students Office, the Office of Student Conduct, the Sexual Assault Student Workgroup, and various other campus constituents will be hosting these events all month long, so come out and lend support! A detailed description of all events an be found below:

Tuesday, April 21- “The Hunting Ground” Screening and Panel Presentation, 7:00 pm, PSU Theater. Sponsored by Office of Student Conduct and Plaster Student Union.
Wednesday, April 22-
“He Said, She Said” Event put on by Campus Outreach Services that has a couple of actors and actresses who act out different scenarios and pose questions to the audience members to encourage a discussion. This will supplement the movie that will be shown directly afterwards, 7:00 pm, PSU Theater, Sponsored by Student Activities Council and FSLSA.
“It Happened Here” Movie Screening, 9:00 pm, PSU Theater. Sponsored by Student Activities Council.
Sexual Assault Wellness Wednesday Table, Taylor Health and Wellness Center 2pm-4pm. Sponsored by Taylor Health and Wellness Center.
Thursday, April 23- Step UP! Bystander Intervention Program, Taylor Health and Wellness Center Conference Room 2-3pm. Sponsored by Taylor Health and Wellness Center.
Monday, April 27 and Tuesday, April 28- SHARP: Self Defense and Rape Prevention Training, at the FRC 6:30-9pm: This is a free training. Please register online through the Campus Recreation webpage.
Questions regarding these events can be directed to Emma Rapp, Graduate Assistant to the Dean of Students.

Student-Athletes Give Back
      Wake up. Hit the weight room. Grab breakfast. Head to class. Get in a few hours of study hall. Eat lunch. Class. Gear up for practice. Study. This is the life of a typical collegiate student-athlete. What sets Missouri State University athletes apart is their willingness to dedicate their time and give back to the community that has given them so much support.
      Through different forms of service and volunteer work, our athletes have contributed over 1,400 hours to the local community. One of the most common interactions is through our Bears Read program. Bears Read is an opportunity for athletes to meet local elementary school students, speak to them about the importance of academics, and read a few children's stories. Since February 2015, we have had 15 athletes visit 5 local schools. Athletes and students alike truly enjoy the program. Another program our student volunteer with is the Miracle League of Springfield. This is an organization dedicated to helping children with mental and physical disabilities play baseball. Our Women's Softball Team has participated in the Buddy Program since 2012 and logs numerous hours during the semester. Healthy Heroes, an afternoon exercise program created by Field Hockey alum Andrea Bain, continues to be a great way for athletes and students to interact in a fun, educational way.

      The joy of service and volunteerism does not end there. Every year, the Athletics Department  participates in the Meals a Million Pack-a-Thon, in an effort to pack a million meals alongside our athletes. MSU student-athletes are also involved with organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club, Ronald McDonald House, Adopt a Street, Salvation Army, Harmony House, Adopt a Family, Convoy of Hope, Habitat for Humanity, and numerous others. While the life of student athlete can be busy, those here at Missouri State University are determined to engage the community and offer support when and where they are needed.

Staff Social Team
   Come out and socialize with divisional staff members at these upcoming events:
  • April 28th- MSU Bears Baseball vs. Mizzou @ 6:35 PM
  • May 21st- Ice Cream Social from 2-4 PM in the Wells Courtyard
Staff Member to Lead SPS 
      Congratulations to Francine Pratt, Director of Multicultural Programs, who recently won a seat on the Springfield Public School Board. Francine, one of three new board members, was sworn in on April 14, 2015. The Division of Student Affairs is extremely proud of Francine and wishes her the best of luck in this new endeavor.

Friendraising Update 
       Last semester, our workgroup met with different departments within Student Affairs. One idea that came up in a couple different meetings was regarding a fund to support students in crisis. This semester you probably heard about the University's Emergency Scholarship Fund that raised money through a crowd funding campaign. In Student Affairs, we interact with students in crisis and are often seeking resources to help support them. If you know of students in need, you can send to them the Office of Student Financial Aid. You can learn more about the criteria for the scholarship on their website:
      Our work group has been busy this semester identifying where we can procure information about our current and former student leaders. We want to pool this information so that as opportunities, such as retirement parties and reunions come up, we know who to invite. Someone from our committee has probably reached out to collect information from your area. If you haven't submitted names and other information for student leaders/employees, please send any lists, in any format to Angela Strider. We know some of our leaders over the years were very involved and there is cross over between departments within our division. We will continue to put together one list of all students leaders who have left their legacy in Student Affairs. If your area doesn't have a list of leaders, we encourage you to start one! Just start keeping track of those wonderful students who have impacted your office, area, or department. Our Friendraising group is just beginning to build a foundation of information for years to come. 

      If you have any questions or ideas for our workgroup, please share your ideas. 

Staff Spotlight 
      Katheryne Staeger-Wilson has spent years giving back to the students of Missouri State University. Currently serving as the Director of the Disability Resource Center, Katheryne is now taking on responsibilities at the national level. Katheryne currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD). The upcoming AHEAD National Conference this summer will offer a Disability Studies topical track at the conference. Katheryne co-chaired the development this track with Dr. Tammy Berbery (past-President of SDS). The topical track will include a one day preconference session titled, "Crippin' the U: Doing' Disability Studies", two plenary speakers (Dr. Susan Burch & Kevin King), and eight concurrent sessions. More information regarding AHEAD can be obtained via their website:
      Katheryne also serves on the Board of Directors for the Society of Disability Studies (SDS). For SDS, Ms. Staeger-Wison serves as the Liaison to the AHEAD Board of Directors. Serving as the Liaison, Katheryne brings together the best both have to offer...the disability experience, disability history, equitable advocacy, policy development, and disability programming for higher education. More information regarding SPS can be obtained via their website:
      Katheryne hopes to utilize her new positions to maximize the services offered at Missouri State University. Specifically, Katheryne hopes to learn more from her professional experiences to work collaboratively with MSU faculty to help develop the new disability studies minor. Her new professional experiences will also help in creating faculty/staff development in regards to disability...not just how to incorporate more inclusive teaching practices, but also teaching about disability as a part of our valued diversity.
      Katheryne had this to say about her new positions, "I am excited that I am a part of this paradigm shift within my professional organizations. Rather than seeing disability as a student's medical problem that needs to be accommodated to meet legal compliance, we strive to get others to embrace disability as a valued identity group and create more welcoming inclusive environments for all. We all need to be more culturally competent in regards to disability history and culture." 

Campus RecreationPreparing for Stress-Free End of the Semester
      Plan to melt away that finals stress! If you're looking for something a little low-key, fitness and wellness are the departments for you. BearFit is offering a Yoga by Candlelight class on May 7th to help students slip into a state of full relaxation. Furthermore, our wellness department has massage therapy to help knead out all those knots from long study sessions. On the other hand, if going out and having a blas is your way to relax; two awesome events are lined up! Aquatics will be hosting their 2nd 'Finals Flop' tournament on May 5th. It's a belly flop contest where prizes are awarded and costumes are encouraged- what's not to love? Another way to relax in the water is Outdoor Adventures. OA will be hosting finals floats days on May 2nd and 8th at Springfield Lake. It's a paddling trip where everything is included and no experience is needed!
Upcoming Events
  • American Red Cross CPR and First Aid Certification is happening on April 16th! Register online or in person at the FRC by April 14th. CPR/AED and First Aid are held in the Aquatics classroom. CPR is $55 and First Aid is $40.
  • End April on an active note! Outdoor Adventures has two trips planned for the last weekend in April. Jackson Falls Climbing from April 24-26, or James River Kayaking from April 25-26. Either way, you're sure to have an adventurous time! Visit the Outdoor Adventures page of our website for more information on our April trips.
  • SHARP will be hosted on April 27th & 28th. This session is free for women and will take place in the Foster Recreation Center Studio A from 6:30-9PM.

Upcoming Events

Public Affairs Conference
April 14-17, 2015
The Hunting Ground
April 21, 2015 in PSU Theatre
2015 Star Awards
April 27, 2015
Spring Commencement
May 15, 2015
Ice Cream Social
May 21, 2015 in Wells Courtyard

In this Issue:
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Staff Social Team
Springfield Public Schools
Friendraising Team 
Staff Spotlight- Katheryne Staeger-Wilson 
Campus Recreation