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Student Affairs Focus, Sept. 2016 

Photo: Fall 2016 All-Staff Meeting
Welcome from
Dr. Siscoe
Welcome back! I am so proud of the great work that all of you do with and for our students here at Missouri State University! The Division of Student Affairs is so professional and proficient in providing services, programs and initiatives that support student success… after all, our motto is that we are Champions for Student Success!

Thank you all for your good work… and thank you in advance for all of your good work this upcoming year.

Total enrollment this fall is 24,116
(up 1,282 or 5.6% over fall 2015)…

While Admissions carries the water on building our incoming class, all of you play a critical role in making MSU a place that students want to live and learn. 

We have many challenges and opportunities that lay ahead for us this year… a new Health and Wellness Center will be built… we will decide if a new residence hall will be constructed on campus… we will focus on diversity issues and contribute to a graduation culture… we will plan programs and services that will support students in their growth and development… and we will continue to be Champions for Student Success.

If you have ideas of how we can improve the work environment for our valued staff members or suggestions regarding programs or services for students, please let me know. I value everyone’s input and count of you to be active participants on the Student Affairs Team.


Points of Pride

TRiO and the DRC have moved into a beautiful new space in the Library… and Veterans Student Services will soon join them in new space as well.

The Financial Aid office was inundated with students (and parents) wanting information, support and advice related to assistance with paying for college.

Over 900 women signed up for sorority recruitment. A new sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi, recruited 125 members in their new colony.

The PSU submitted a bid and MSU was been selected to host the ACUI (Association of College Unions International) Region II Conference in November 2017.

The Bookstore is converting to a new POS system, Ratex.

The Davis Harrington Welcome center is up and running… what a beautiful front door to the campus.

New Student and Family Programs hosted Ursa and helped 100+ new FYNIC students feel connected to the BEAR community.

Subheading: What's New?
Photo: Tradition of the Month- check out the Dickerson Park Zoo
Degree Works Phase 2
The Registrar’s Office went live this past fall with Degree Works, 
our new degree audit system.
The Office of the Registrar, in cooperation with the Graduate College and Computer Services, will go live with Degree Works Phase 2-Student Educational Planner (SEP) in mid-September. SEP is an electronic planning tool that advisors and students can use to build an academic plan. Features include on-track monitoring ability, the ability to leave planner notes about course choices, and multiple views include a side-by-side audit/planner view where an academic plan can be validated against the degree audit. There will be 28 training sessions offered for advisors and administrative staff beginning in mid-September and running through mid-November. Additional usage documentation including written documentation and a YouTube video will be added to the University’s Degree Works website.
SOAR Leader Applications
Photo: 2016 SOAR leaders
New Student & Family Programs will soon begin recruitment for new Student Orientation, Advisement & Registration (SOAR) leaders. SOAR leaders help new students and their families successful transition into the Missouri State community, greatly contributing to student success and retention. 

Student benefits
Students gain a number of benefits by serving as a SOAR leader. They:
  • Develop essential skills such as group facilitation, public speaking, problem solving, critical thinking, teamwork with diverse individuals, and conflict management. 
  • Build relationships with administrators, faculty, staff, and other students.
  • Learn to better utilize Missouri State resources.
  • Earn compensation, including wages, on-campus housing, a summer meal plan, SOAR uniforms, and other assorted gifts. 
Encourage student applications
Please encourage your students to attend our upcoming information sessions to learn more about the position, including duties, qualifications, and requirements. 

Information sessions
                                   October 18                                                                                 October 19
                                        5 PM                                                                                            6 PM
                             Meyer Library 101                                                                    Meyer Library 101
The Counseling Center
The Counseling Center is excited to welcome 3 new employees!
Photo: Counseling Center new employees: Hannah Harris, Susan Blades, Stacie Viele
The Counseling Center was in high demand this past fall with 537 more students seeking services, which represented a 24% increase in patients.
Subheading: Upcoming Events
Meals-a-Million Pack-a-Thon
Photo: Meals a Million logo
Pack-A-Thon Event Information
October 1 & 2, 2016

Springfield Exposition Center
635 E. St. Louis, Springfield, MO
Friends Against Hunger is a nonprofit organization focused on feeding the hungry in the United States and worldwide. Missouri State University had students, faculty, and staff fill over 4,000 volunteer spots to help package meals!

During this weekend, Missouri State University and the community will come together to package these meals. Volunteer opportunities start every half hour. This will take place in the Springfield Expo Center. Students, faculty, and staff, families, friends, ANYONE can register to participate by following the general registration link below.

Two-hour time slots have been reserved just for Missouri State Bears so that we can have large groups serve together! The buttons below will take you to these reserved spots - Password: bears

We thank you, your organization, group of friends, family, etc. for serving alongside fellow Bears and your community! Say posted for more opportunities to get involved!

Volunteer Saturday, Oct. 1

The Office of Student Conduct
The office will be sponsoring the following events this semester which are open to everyone:
Survey says! Conduct trivia
September 22, 2016, 6:00pm – PSU Ballroom East
Come join the office of Student Conduct for trivia and facts related to drug and alcohol use of college students, learn some important resources on campus, and win some fabulous prizes!

Trick or trivia
October 21 & 28, noon-2:00pm – Across campus
The Office of Student Conduct, Springfield Police Department, the Office of Public Safety, and Green Dot have teamed up to offer candy and safety facts to students who can identify some safe behaviors. Look out for our golf cart be-bopping across campus!
Photo: Former NCIS agent Heather Ryan
Safe in the City: #thatgirl w/ Former NCIS agent Heather Ryan
November 16, 6:00pm – PSU theater
Missouri State University Office of Student Conduct is proud to host Heather Ryan, a former NCIS agent and current public speaker to discuss taking control of your own rights, safety, and how to use your own intuition when in threat.
Fall Showcase
The 2016 Fall Showcase, a large scale visit opportunity focused on high school seniors and juniors, takes place Saturday, September 24. Prospective students and their guests will be able to go on walking or shuttle tours of campus, tour residence halls in addition to visiting with faculty and student life representatives in the Plaster Student Union and the Davis-Harrington Welcome Center. There will also be presentations on Admission, Financial Aid & Housing; Multicultural Programs; Honors College; Career Services and Study Away.
More info about Showcase
The Career Center
The Career Center is hosting a variety of events this fall including Resume Madness, the Community Engagement Fair, Mock Interview Day, an Etiquette Dinner, and more! Click button for more information.
Fall 2016 Events
Subheading: Campus Rec
Monthly Update
Campus Recreation realized over 156,939 visits to the FRC this past fall.
This past August was our annual RecFest event. This event is an opportunity for our department to welcome new students to campus and familiarize them with our facility and programs. We also welcome back returning students and try to show off some of the new events, programs and equipment we have brought to campus this fall. Thousands of students come through the rec weekly and we understand that coming into our building can be a bit overwhelming; therefore, RecFest is put into place to help better acquaint students.

Our theme this year was RecFest Go because of the popular app Pokemon Go, which was released earlier this summer. Student could venture to all of our different “Pokestops” which were located in the Foster Recreation Center. Each department had a Pokestop: Aquatics, Fitness & Wellness, Outdoor Adventures, Intramural Sports, and Facilities. Once at a Pokestop, members are then able to participate in different activities in order to earn “Pokeballs”. Prizes were given out to those who reached a specific amount of Pokeballs and our top participants had their names put in a drawing to win a Fitbit! At the party on Wednesday, August 31st we gave away 2 Fitbits and had a pizza party where everyone was welcome to grab a tshirt and play some games! 
Check out the pictures from this 3 day event!
Photo: Paddleboard class at Foster Recreation Center
Whether you are looking for a great workout or just want to improve your balance, you need to check out our paddleboard classes! Currently we have an Intro to Paddleboard class which is designated only for faculty and staff. This class happens every Friday at noon until 11/4/2016. The cost is $20 for members $25 for nonmembers. If you are interested in this class sign up online or at the welcome desk at the FRC This fall we are introducing classes such as; Intro to Paddle boarding, Couples Paddleboarding, Paddleboard Yoga & more! 
Upcoming Events 
Join us for a free celebration for Latinx Heritage Month! Help us celebrate culture and learn about Latin dances at our workshop with Uniendo Nuestros Origenes (UNO) on October 4th from 6:30-8:30pm in Studio B at the Foster Recreation Center. This Cultural Movement Series is a collaboration between the Campus Recreation BearFit and Multicultural Programs.

S.H.A.R.P Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention
  • Free to all MSU faculty, staff, and students.
  • Session 1 registration ends 9/25. Classes are from 6:30-9:00 on 9/26-9/27 in Studio A at the Foster Recreation Center
Subheading: Across Campus
Alumni Association Events
KC Fraternity/Sorority Reunion
November 1, 2016, 6-8pm

Put on your letters and connect with your fraternity brothers and sorority sisters at this unique MarooNation gathering! Spend the evening with fellow Greek alumni and enjoy:
  •  An hors d’oeuvres buffet and cash bar on the rooftop patio
  •  An update on fraternity and sorority life and its 30+ chapters at Missouri State from student affairs staff and student representatives
  • Networking with other NPC, IFC and NPHC alumni
For more information on upcoming MarooNation events, contact or ex. 65654
Photo: Be a Bear Shirt, 2016
Cost: $19.05 (representing the year our University was founded)

Sales for this year’s t-shirt will end Oct. 15.
A design contest will open on October 16 for the 2017 "Be a Bear" shirt. Please encourage your students to submit their designs and be a part of this generous project.
The Be a Bear T-shirt project was introduced on March 17, 2016 by R.E.A.L. Bears, the student alumni association on campus. To support the University’s public affairs mission, proceeds from the Be a Bear T-shirt will be donated to the MSU Student Emergency Scholarship Fund to support students who encounter unforeseen, life-altering experiences that inhibit them from continuing their education. 
State of the University Address
Join us for Clif Smart and Frank Einhellig presenting the State of the University address at 12:15 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in the Plaster Student Union theatre. During the speech, President Smart and Provost Einhellig will accept questions online: tweet with the hashtag #MSUChat.
Watch the live stream here
Subheading: From the GA
Photo: Danielle Linderman, Office of Student Affairs Graduate Assistant
Danielle Linderman 
The Office of Student Affairs 

I graduated with a degree in Graphic Design & Design Arts from Drury University in 2015.

I worked as a Leadership Development Consultant for Pi Beta Phi last year. I was on the road for 228 out of 260 days and traveled to 25 different universities across the country, all the way from Florida and Vermont to California and Washington....

....I loved it so much I decided to go back to school to pursue Student Affairs! 
I want to thank everyone for making my first official month in my GA position, and in the SAHE program, a wonderful experience. I'm already learning so much about this field and I know I'm fortunate to be surrounded by such kind, intelligent and driven mentors. 

In future months, my hope is to highlight other graduate assistants in the division so they can share their experiences with all of you. Have any other suggestions for the newsletter? I'd love to hear them! 

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