New Living-Learning Communities (LLCs) for Fall 2016
In fall 2016, the Department of Residence Life, in partnership with a number of academic departments or colleges will introduce three new LLCs for Missouri State students to participate. The three new communities will join the already existing LLCs offered to MSU students living in the residence halls.
Whether you grew up on a farm or in the middle of a huge city, this LLC could be for you. This group is supported by the Darr School of Agriculture and is perfect for students who have a passion for animal science (including pre-veterinary medicine), agricultural communications, agricultural business, plant science, natural resources or wildlife conservation and management. Students will become leaders in the University and agriculture industry through social, educational and networking opportunities. Agriculture LLC is open to first-year students with a declared major in the Darr School of Agriculture.
Explore the world and prepare for the future right here at MSU! This community is a global village for students from all over the world, domestic and international. Make new friends, teach and learn about customs and cultures, and network for your future. Enjoy the diverse experiences of a multicultural home and build your resume all at the same time. Global Community is open to upper-class students, eligible to live in Sunvilla Apartments.
Teacher Education LLC:
Are you passionate about teaching and sharing your passion for learning with others? This community is designed for first-year students intending to be teachers. Live with other like-minded individuals, and explore all that MSU and Springfield have to offer future educators. Teacher Education LLC is open to first-year students with a declared major in the College of Education.
With So Many Options, Why LLC?
With a University the size of Missouri State, students are afforded the luxury of having a variety of living options from which to choose. Our students are also told to “follow your passion,” and “find your place,” while shaping their college experience. Fortunately, for the students we serve, our Living-Learning Communities (LLCs) provide the opportunity to choose a residential experience that can facilitate meeting the directive of our university motto, using LLC-specific learning outcomes.
Research in Student Affairs and on college campuses nation-wide have found some of the benefits of living in an LLC to be:
- LLC students are retained at a higher rate than non-LLC students
- LLC students earn higher GPAs
- LLC students feel more connected to their community and the university
According to MSU EBI Survey Fall 2015 data, LLC students reported at higher rates than non-LLC students that their on-campus housing experience helped them benefit from the interactions with residents who are different from themselves and provided them with a greater sense of belonging to the institution.
Students interested in signing up for a LLC must submit a housing contract with their LLC preferences indicated. For questions or instruction on how to submit a housing contact, please call the Residence Life office at 417-836-5536. The room assignment process will begin soon.
For more information about Living-Learning Communities at Missouri State University, please call 417-836-3234 or go to our website: http://reslife.missouristate.edu/livinglearning/
Student Group Attends Big XII Conference
Recently, 7 Missouri State students attended the 38th Annual Big XII Conference on Black Student Government at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. These students represented Missouri State as representatives of the Association of Black Collegians. The purpose of the conference is to motivate student-leaders to strive and continue the work of reconstructing an even better future for the Black community. Overall, the conference seeks to re-awaken the same drive and determination within students to mirror that of the most influential and historical Black leaders in order to create positive, substantial change. This annual conference features nationally renowned speakers, educational workshops, career fairs, and social events.
2016 SOAR Expo
Planning for SOAR 2016 is well underway and we are in the process of developing a participation list for the Campus Expo, a very popular and important component of the SOAR program. The SOAR Campus Expo consists of several table spaces in the Plaster Student Union during day 2 of SOAR. Incoming students and their families will be attending the Campus Expo as part of the SOAR program. The Expo will be on every Tuesday and Thursday between June 6 and July 28 (excluding July 5). Please note that each table is required to have a representative at the table, so that any inquiries from incoming students and their families may be addressed. You will not be able to participate in the Expo if you do not have a representative.
If you would like to participate in the Campus Expo for SOAR 2015, please fill out the Campus Expo Table Request form
by Wednesday, April 20. Please refer to the assignment criteria listed on the form, and note that due to the limited number of tables, filling out the form does not guarantee
your department a table in the Expo. Additionally, a limited amount of electrical outlets and Ethernet jacks are available for use by requesting organizations.
This year we will also offer a table to place handouts for offices that cannot have a representative or would prefer to not participate. This is to accommodate for the fact that this year we will not add additional resources to our packets for incoming students.
You are welcome to purchase an ad in our handbook, but we will not be stuffing packets. If you have a flyer or handout you would like incoming students to have the opportunity to see we would love for you to utilize this table. If you plan on utilizing the table please contact Devon Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spots are limited and always fill up quickly – be diligent to ensure your office has a space! If you have any additional questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at (417) 836-8868.
SAHE Visits Mexico!
The Study Away Mexico Pilot was developed to provide 12 Missouri State University Student Affairs in Higher Education graduate students the opportunity to visit the Universidad Autonma campus in Guadalajara and to interact with faculty and staff from the main UAG university campus. The pilot was a tremendous success with the students getting a better understanding of the Higher Education system in Mexico as well as new-found self awareness and appreciation of the local heritage and culture. The participants were able to participate in a Spanish course and exchange thoughts and ideas with a faculty member from the UAG main campus. The students were immersed in the culture by visiting several historic sites, including the UAG main campus, downtown Guadalajara, Zapopan, the University of Guadalarja campus, the Government Palace, the Office for Innovation, Science, and Technology and sister city of Tlaquepague.
Fraternity and Sorority Life
During the Fall 2015 semester, an Extension Exploratory Committee made up of collegians and alumnae from the Missouri State Panhellenic community researched the current state of the Panhellenic community and determined that Missouri State University could support an additional sorority chapter. The Panhellenic Association opened for applications, and an Extension Committee reviewed applications from National Panhellenic Conference chapters not currently represented at Missouri State University. The Extension Committee is made up of collegiate women, representatives from IFC and NPHC, alumnae, and chapter advisers. The Panhellenic Association has invited three NPC organizations to give campus presentations: Alpha Sigma Tau, Alpha Omicron Pi, and Alpha Gamma Delta. Following the final presentation, the Extension Committee met to choose an organization to recommend for an invitation to colonize. On March 2nd, the Panhellenic Association and extended an invitation to Alpha Omicron Pi.
Our Staff Members Are Published!
Two Division of Student Affairs (DOSA) staff members were recently published in the ACUI publication, The Bulletin. ACUI, the Association of College Union International, is a nonprofit educational organization that brings together college union and student activities professionals from hundreds of schools in seven countries. Victoria Culver Rice, Assistant Director for the Office of Student Engagement, and D.J. Fox, Assistant Director of Plaster Student Union, created a diagram about the many different career routes located within college unions. The publishing incorporated humor into a factual article designed to help one navigate the many pathways available to them within college unions.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April kicks off Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a month dedicated to educating the campus community about sexual assault and bystander intervention. Many events are planned for the month. Please the events below and/or email Emma Rapp at Rapp703@live.MissouriState.edu with any questions.
BearFit Unlimited Pass only $20
Spring Break is over and so is our motivation for getting that "Spring Break bod." Hopefully not, because remember that little thing called summer? Well, summer is just around the corner and that should be motivation enough to finally focus on getting in shape and staying in shape! Having trouble motivating yourself? Lucky for you, BearFit is a great motivator. These fun and high-energy classes are just what you need to get started. Our instructors tailor classes and work with participants to get the results they want. Not to mention, they you can now join BearFit with unlimited access to ALL the classes for only $20. PLUS, we added new classes.
Ok, so maybe I haven’t convinced you. That’s fine, but at least try to take advantage of our BearFit Special Events. Be on the lookout for free BearFit classes every month throughout the semester! This is the perfect opportunity for all faculty, staff, and students to experience BearFit without any commitment attached. If you want to find out when the next special event will be follow us on Twitter, Instagram, or like us on Facebook.
Facebook: MSU Campus Recreation
~New Zipline Hours//Fridays 6-8PM and Saturdays 1-5PM FREE
~Swimming Lessons: $40 for members
Session 2: Register by March 17th//Every Tuesday and Thursday from March 22nd-April7th
~Lifeguard Certification and Re-certification: $175
Session 2: Register by April 15th
~CPR/AED & First Aid: $55 for members
Session 3: April 9th. Register by April 7th
~S.H.A.R.P//Sexual Harassment & Rape Prevention
Session 2: 3/28 & 29, Free
Session 3: 4/25 & 26, Free
Golf Tournament- register by 4/6
Bubble Soccer Tournament- register by 4/20
Annual Claw Wars- register by 4/20