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Tara Benson Receives Recognition

Benson is deeply committed to students and the community.

Tara Benson, associate director of the PSU and director of student engagement, was recently recognized by the Association of College Unions International (ACUI).

Benson was the 2018 recipient of the ACUI Values Award.

To be considered for an award, candidates must show their commitment to student activities and the college, as well as volunteer service.

For Benson’s award, she had to show ACUI’s values like learning, innovation, commitment, unconditional human worth, joy and diversity.

Congratulations, Tara!

Inclusion Awareness Team


This month’s Inclusion Awareness Team event was focused on what it means to be interfaith-minded and inclusive of various religious backgrounds. The definition of the word interfaith is “relating to or between different religions or members of different religions.” Notice how this definition does not say “converting to another religion” or “suppressing one’s own religious beliefs in order to be ‘politically’ correct.” Interfaith simply means respecting, appreciating, and relating to other religions and the people who follow those religious practices. Religion encompasses a large part of a person’s identity and culture. In order to be culturally conscious and inclusive, we should make an effort to understand and relate to individuals from diverse religious backgrounds. If we are communicating (either intentionally or unintentionally) that certain religious views are not valued, we are not being respectful of diverse faith traditions. This hurtful message can be communicated through planning office parties on the same day as a religious observance someone in your office celebrates, or by failing to accommodate the food at office meetings and events for religious dietary laws of staff members. To be inclusive of all religious beliefs and customs, we must be intentional in our actions and make it known that all religious practices are respected and appreciated in our offices. This means being mindful of our coworkers’ religious preferences and including them in ways that honor those preferences. Additionally, we also need to respect our coworkers and students who do not identify with a religion. Respecting the sacred practices of another, or another’s choice to identify as non-religious does not have to take away from our own religious preferences. Below are the five mindsets of an inclusive leader, provided by the Diversity Council of Australia. Adopting these mindsets will help you to become more interfaith-minded in your workspace as well as your personal life:

1. Identity-aware: Believes diversity can significantly improve organizational performance and so learns about their own and others’ identities

2. Relational: Creates teams and networks in which a diversity of people feel they belong, are valued and respected

3. Open & curious: Is curious about and open to new and different perspectives from a diversity of people

4. Flexible & agile: Is flexible about and responsive to a diversity of people and perspectives

5. Growth-focused: Challenges accepted practices and incorporates different perspectives into how business is done Source:


Upcoming Events

       Transfer, Outreach and Recruiting

   1.)  May 4 – College of Agriculture Transfer VIP Day – Admissions and the Darr College of Agriculture are hosting a Transfer VIP Day to allow prospective transfer  students explore the many facets of the Missouri State Ag program. Students will have the opportunity to interact with faculty and current students as they learn more about the academic and organizational opportunities within the College of Ag. Participants will also go on campus tours and have lunch with Ag faculty and students.

2)      June 22 – Transfer Student Advisement & Registration Day – Admitted Fall 2018 Transfer students who have not registered for classes are invited to campus to meet with an advisor and register and register for their fall classes. Transfer students will also have the opportunity to tour campus and meet with campus representatives from:
·         Admissions for transfer credit
·         Transfer Programs
·         Residence Life, Housing, and Dining Services
·         Computer Services
·         Financial Aid
·         Registrar
·         Career Services
·         And more…

The goal is to have each student meet with an advisor and be registered for fall classes before leaving campus. We also want to provide access to many services and departments that can make for a smoother transition to Missouri State University.


Let’s get Social

The social committee's final events for the year!
Mark your calendars for the following events:
May 24th - Ronald McDonald House Dinner  
June 1st - Phelps Grove Park Family Picnic, in partnership with Staff Senate

June 6th - Ice Cream Social from 2pm-3:30pm, PSU Food Court 
June TBA - Becoming a Bear

More information on each event will be coming soon!!
The Alumni Association
Call for Action: Connecting with Young Alumni
The Alumni Association has had so much fun connecting students and Missouri State alumni this year! In 2017-2018 we worked alongside the Career Center to offer Speed Networking, improved our alumni speakers program BearTalks, and we officially launched Dinner with Eight Bears! All of these student engagement opportunities would not be possible without the help of our invaluable alumni volunteers! 
The Alumni Association needs YOUR help! We know the Department of Student Affairs has the opportunity to work with some incredible students. Do you know some graduates with a passion for Missouri State? Do you know young alumni who would be willing to share their time and talents to benefit future generations of Bears? We want to invite those individuals to the MarooNation Volunteer Engagement Forum 
June 22-23, 2018.

If you know students who might be interested, please pass this opportunity on to them. Alumni can learn more, or register here.

Admissions Upcoming Event

Summer Visit Day, held on Friday, July 27th, will be an excellent opportunity for prospective students and their families to get a head start on the college search process. Explore the Missouri State campus and residence halls, meet staff and faculty members in areas of interest, engage in real-world academic activities, and more.

Foster Recreation Center
April/May/Summer 2018
Upcoming events
Are you looking to get lifeguard certified? Check out our Lifeguard Course! We still have one session left that you can sign up for. This session will be from April 26-29. Registration fee for members is $175 and for non-members is $195. Sign up at
·      4/26 :: 8-10pm
·      4/27 :: 4-10pm
·      4/28 :: 9am-9pm
·      4/29 :: 9am-6pm

Join Outdoor Adventures on their upcoming trips by registering 6 days prior to the trip at or at the OA office in the FRC. Transportation, equipment and trip guides will be provided. For more information contact: or (417) 836-5904

·      April 28th – Paddle boarding at Finley Creek, MO // Cost: $15
·      April 29th  - Climbing at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, AR // Cost: $30
·      May 5th – 6th – Paddle boarding at Bull Shoals State Park, AR // Cost: $40

The last CPR/AED & First Aid session is approaching May 7th! This American Red Cross CPR/AED course helps participants recognize and respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies and the First Aid course helps recognize and respond to first aid emergencies. Register at http://recportal.missouristate.ed

·      CPR/AED: 4-7:30pm // Cost: $55
·      First Aid: 7:30-9pm // Cost: $40

Volunteer opportunity for the Special Olympics! If you enjoy volunteering and sports this could be for you! Volleyball is on Tuesdays April 24 and May 1,8,15 from 5-6pm in the MAC at the FRC. Soccer is on Sundays April 22,29 and May 6,13 from 4:30-5:30pm at the North BBA Field. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Megan Won at

Try out our Massage Therapy here at the FRC. You can choose the type of massage you want/need and schedule an appointment by stopping by the Welcome Desk at the FRC or online at Below are the times and reduced prices!
o   30 minute massage - $20
o   45 minute massage - $30
o   60 minute massage - $40

Are you wanting to workout and get in shape for summer, but don’t know where to start? Check out ourPersonal Training here at the FRC. Certified personal trainers will customize workouts tailored to your fitness. Types and rates vary along with member and nonmember fees. To get started or for more information, visit the Welcome Desk in the FRC or online at
Our hours will be reducing May 18th for the Summer!
·      Monday – Friday 6am – 8pm
·      Saturday 9am-5pm
·      Sunday 12-8pm

Come learn life-saving strategies at one of our FREE S.H.A.R.P sessions! Officers of University Public Safety and Transportation Department teach you how to defend yourself, manage harassment and neutralize assailants. All classes will be held in the FRC in Studio A from 6:30pm – 9:30pm. You can register online at or call 417-836-5334 for more information.
·      Session 2: 3/36 and 3/27
o   Register by 3/22
·      Session 3: 4/23 and 4/24
o   Register by 4/19

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