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VP Welcome

The spring semester is in full force and there is certainly a lot going on! We are experiencing record enrollment, yet again… and, we are elevating the “experience” of being a BEAR here at MSU!
In addition to our normal programs and services, the Student Affairs strategic planning process is well underway. Thank you to PAT (the Planning and Assessment Team) for your leadership in this planning process. Town Hall discussions will be coming soon to further gather feedback on our new vision, mission and values.

The inaugural Assessment Symposium Showcase took place on January 30th. It was a wonderful collaboration with SAHE. Our graduate students set the bar high regarding assessment and evaluation with departments in Student Affairs. Thank you to Katelynn James and Jami Garner for coordinating this great new event. And, a special thank you to Drs. McCarthy and Brown for their support of these students in the classroom.
As we continue to create a culture of assessment here at MSU, we will bring Dr. John Schuh to campus on February 21st. Dr. Schuh will talk with student affairs professionals about incorporating assessment into their normal department operations! Please plan to join us for this important program.
And, the list goes on and on… Thank you all for your hard work and dedication to Missouri State. You make the experience of being a BEAR - “beary” exciting!

An Evening of Miracles- Sponsored by Dining Services

On Saturday February 1st Missouri State Dining Services hosted its second annual Evening of Miracles.  This event was created last year by Blair-Shannon Resident Dining Manager Nicole Young after a challenge was issued by Tony Hein to embrace the Public Affairs Mission of Missouri State and to create opportunities to give back to the community.Last year, the first year of the event we had 80 guests in attendance and with the ticket sales and silent auction proceeds over $6,200 was raised to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. 

This year we had ove
r 180 guests attend and we were able to raise $12,500 and 100% of all proceeds go directly to the charity as all the food and beverage are underwritten by Missouri State Dining Services.We weren’t able to do this alone though, we had some great partners. The Missouri State Dues band played big band dance music after dinner, Sigma Nu and Alphi Kappa Si volunteered to serve as the wait staff,   and 20 members of the dining service team volunteered their time to pull of the great event.  We were also able to secure Maria Neider, local news anchor, as our host for the second year and 417 magazine sent out a crew to take pictures for their local events section.  Our hope as now that the Children’s’ Miracle Network has tagged this as their premier event for the year, that it will continue to grow and the amount of money raised that all stays in our community will continue to grow as well.

The Externship Experience: Offered by the Career Center

A fairly new concept to Missouri State University’s Career Center, yet similar to job shadowing, The Externship Experience provides students practical on-the-job training in a career industry of their choice.  It’s a short but intense apprenticeship, gaining first-hand experience from professionals during spring break March 10th-16th of 2014. Working with the College of Humanities and Public Affairs, Career Resources Specialist, Dominiece Hoely­field seeks additional participants.  We are proud to announce current externs:  Jordan Taylor-Computer Science; Angie Phalajivin -Economics; Kaitlyn Grace-English Education; Matthew Dawson -Geospatial Sciences; and Zachary Porter -Anthropology/Spanish.
During the externship, students are introduced to the company’s culture.  Employers, who serve as externship sponsors support MSU students soon entering the job market and build rapport with Missouri State University.  At the end of the externship experience, students will showcase a reflection assignment and complete an evaluation of the program.   
From this experience, students will be able to determine whether their career path is a good fit. In turn, externship sponsors can spot qualified candidates before their competitors.  The Externship Experience builds mentoring relationships, connections to alumni, and possibilities for internships. Contact Dominiece Hoelyfield via email: 417.836.4469 -OR- Click Here for more details about The Externship Experience program. 


Winter Olympics Watch Party with International Services

Please consider joining International Student Services on Friday (2/7) for the Olympic Opening Ceremony Watch Party.  The watch party will begin at 6:30pm and wrap-up around 9pm.  This exciting event will be located downtown Springfield in the Jim D. Morris Center and be in conjunction with First Friday Art Walk.  Refreshments will be served and ALL students, faculty and staff are encouraged to join.  This event will be fun and exciting for all people from around the world who gather at Missouri State to build upon their education to come together and cheer on their country.


Tunnel of Oppression: February 12th and 13th

Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services in partnership with the Residence Hall Association is presenting the Tunnel of Oppression.  This is the fifth year the program has been at Missouri State University.  Tunnel of Oppression is an interactive, campus-wide diversity program in which actors put on scenarios for participants to experience.  It will challenge participants’ thoughts, perceptions, and inner feelings on issues dealing with oppression and hate.  Once the participants arrive, they will be guided through six passive and active scenarios.  Each active scenario will consist of a real-life situation scripted and performed by Missouri State students.  This year’s scenarios include: LGBTQ, Domestic Violence, Poverty/Low-Socioeconomic Status, Veterans, and English as a Second Language.  The last room of the series is a processing room staffed by Missouri State counselors.  Once participants have completed the tunnel, an empowerment room consisting of ways students can get engaged on campus and in their community will be provided.  The program is intended to make people aware of the harsh reality of hate words, images, stereotypes, and the impact they have on us.  Some of these hate words, statistics, and thought-provoking images will be displayed on the walls of the tunnel.

Statistics from 2013 show that 83% of students, faculty, and staff who attended the program agreed or strongly agreed that going through Tunnel made an impact on their lives, and 82% felt empowered to go out and make a positive change!  The Tunnel of Oppression is also a very well attended campus-wide program.  In its fourth year, over 600 students, faculty, and staff members attended Tunnel. We would like to see another amazing year for the Tunnel of Oppression!  The program will run for two days: Wednesday, February 12, and Thursday, February 13.  Tunnel of Oppression will run from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and will take place in Wells House, Ground Floor.

Step out of your comfort zone and into the Tunnel.

For more information, please contact program co-advisor Jacob Mendez at or 836-4389.

A New Addition to Our Staff –
Campus Recreation would like to announce a new addition to the FRC team!  Brian Westhues, our recently hired Assistant Director of Recreational Sports, has come back to his home state to work at Missouri State University.  The Mizzou and Oklahoma State Alum has experience with Intramural Sports and Sports Campus thanks to his previous position at Mexico State University.  Coming to Springfield may be a bit of a cooler adjustment for Brian, but this Liberty, MO native is ready for the change and adventure Missouri State has to offer.  Go Bears!
Upcoming Events –
American Red Cross CPR and First Aid Certification.  Register online or in person at the FRC.  Registration deadline is 2 days before each class.  Limited seats are available.  CPR/AED and First Aid are held in the Aquatics Classroom. CPR is $55 and First Aid is $40. 
CPR/AED Session 1: February 11, 8:30am-12:00pm
First Aid Session 1: February 11, 12:00pm-1:30pm
This certification does not fulfill the requirement for MSU nursing students.
Clear your schedule for February 17-23 because the FRC will be showcasing the 2014 Winter Games!  Campus Recreation will be hosting FRClympics week including events such as human curling, an outdoor movie, speed climbing and more! Get excited and check out or website for a full list of events and details!
Mark your calendars Zumba fans!  BearFit will be holding their special event Glo Zumba on February 18th!  Wear some neon to get the full effect because glow sticks will be used to illuminate your moves!  More info at
SHARP Sessions will be held in the FRC again this year!  Three sessions will be sponsored by the Missouri State University Department of Safety and Transportation as well as by Campus Recreation Wellness.  The classes are free so register for one of the following sessions!  All sessions are from 6:30-9p.m.
Session 1: February 24th-25th; Register by February 22nd
 Sign up for Student and Employee Swimming Lessons.  Tuesdays from February 25th to April 8th.  Register by February 21st.  Beginner levels from 7:30-8:15pm, intermediate levels from 8:30-9:15pm.  Lessons are $40 for members and $50 for non-members.
Other Campus Recreation News –
Campus Recreation has a variety of programs to keep you healthy and well during this winter season.  Focusing on physical fitness is a main concern of our fitness staff and personal trainers, but we encourage overall wellness as well.  Stay well this season with Massage Therapy.  We have flexible hours during the week and a wide variety of relaxing treatments used by our three certified Massage Therapists.  Keep your mind and body well this season by making an appointment with one of our Massage Therapists.
Campus Recreation now offers Gift Certificates!  Gift certificates can be used for our programs and services.  Finish your Valentine’s shopping early and get a gift they’ll love!
The Aquatic Center Hours have changed for the spring semester.  Check out a detailed account of our hours change at
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