January 20, 2015

Welcome Back
Happy New Year!
I trust that everyone had a wonderful holiday break and are now ready to have an incredible spring semester here at Missouri State University. Thank you to everyone who attended the All Staff Meeting on January 7th… it sure was great to see you all and to kick off another semester.
I know that you all are aware of additional units that have joined the Division of Student Affairs this spring:  Multicultural Student Services, Multicultural Programs, Disability Resource Center and TRIO Programs. I am thrilled that they are now part of our team and I hope that everyone will help them feel welcome. Afterall, these departments also share our vision of being Champions for Student Success!
If you have not had a chance to get involved in one of our Student Affairs Committees or Teams, I want to encourage you to do that. Involvement in these teams not only serves our students but is also a great way for you to network with your colleagues in other departments within the division. To join a team, just contact the chairperson listed below and I know that they will be thrilled to welcome you to their group.
Planning and Assessment Team (PAT) - Dr. Thomas Lane, chair (
Staff Development- Dr. Thomas Lane, chair (
Friendraising- Angie Strider, chair (
Bridge Building- Dr. Denise Baumann, chair (
Social Team- Rebecca Harbaugh, chair (
Multiculturalism Team- Kelli Farris, chair (
 I appreciate all of your hard work and dedication on behalf of our students. You all really do make a difference in the lives of our students and your work certainly promotes their growth and development as lifelong learners and citizens for the future. So, thank you for all that you do!
~Dee Siscoe
New Year, New Changes
      The start of the new semester and year here at Missouri State University began with an important announcement from President Smart. In an email to faculty, staff, and students, President Smart announced a change in the university’s administrative structure. This change moves additional student support functions within the realm of student affairs.  Specifically, the Disability Resource Center, Multicultural Resource Center, Multicultural Services, and TRIO Programs have moved from within the Division of Diversity and Inclusion into the Division of Student Affairs. The Division of Student Affairs currently rests under the leadership and supervision of Dr. Dee Siscoe, Vice President for Student Affairs.
      This transition allows for the merging of the University’s student programs and services under one division and results in better collaboration and communication amongst departments. This structural change better enables the ability to provide support to diverse students, from admission to graduation and beyond. This change also brings new ideas into the Division of Student Affairs, which aids in creating new programs and resources for all students.
The Division of Student Affairs would like to welcome all new staff and students into our team and welcome back those returning from holiday break. We are excited for this new era in student affairs and for the opportunity to collaborate with each other to better provide for our students. Any questions regarding the structural change can be directed toward the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs at (417) 836-5526.

Tunnel of Oppression 
      Tunnel of Oppression will be returning this year presented by Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services in partnership with the Residence Hall Association. Mark your calendars for Monday, March 30, and Tuesday, March 31, to come out to the Wells House ground floor between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm. More details will follow in the months ahead. For more information, please contact program advisor Travis D. Schilla at or 836-6591

Citizen Scholars
      The Division of Student Affairs is pleased to announce the newest recipients of the Citizen Scholar Award!
      The Citizen Scholar Award was initiated in 2007 as a special Board of Governors program to recognize outstanding citizen scholars at Missouri State University. 35 students since 2007 have been recognized for his/her stellar achievements with academics, community engagement, and leadership. Citizen Scholar nominations may be made by Missouri State University faculty and staff members each fall. The 2014-2015 recipients are:
  • Jared Bajkowski
  • Jared Cates
  • Brittany Donnellan
  • Jordan McGee
  • Samantha Nichols
  • Konnor Temple

Successful Student 
      Missouri State junior Allison Derks uses her love of writing to inspire thousands nationally. The USA TODAY recently created a program highlighting the talents and skills of college writers. This program encourages collegiate journalism professors to recommend and nominate journalism students to apply online for the program. The Collegiate Correspondent program selects a handful of college students from across the country to serve as journalists for the nationally-acclaimed newspaper. The stories written by Collegiate Correspondents are meant to appeal to college students on a national level. All correspondents are journalists at universities across the country, as well a group of study abroad correspondents who share their experiences while they live and study overseas. 
      Allison applied online for the position after being recommended by journalism professor Leonard Horton. The application process included submitting a professional resume, a cover letter, interviews, and a link to previous work. Allison had this to say about the application process, “When I heard I was asked to the second round of the interviews, I was completely shocked. To hear that USA TODAY was impressed by my resume, was such a huge honor. The USA TODAY College staff asked the second round of applicants to tell a story about diversity on our respective campuses. Since I am a visual correspondent, I turned in a broadcast news story about the diversity (or lack thereof) on our campus. When I turned in this assignment, I was completely satisfied, all I wanted to do was just complete it. Thankfully, my professors continued to believe in me and it all paid off. Receiving the e-mail that I was accepted into the program was the most exciting news, I literally screamed. My mom and I jumped around and I was just so thankful to be able to write for them.”
      Allison will write stories for USA TODAY every week until May 2015. Earlier this month, Allison wrote and published an article highlighting the courage of Missouri State softball player Allie Alvstad in her fight with acute myeloid leukemia.
      Outside the classroom, Allison is a reporter for the Ozarks News Journal, a Panhellenic Counselor, a member of Delta Zeta sorority, and a volunteer for Boys and Girls Club and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). The Office of Student Affairs would like to congratulate Allison on this huge honor and wish her the best of luck in her new role!

Campus Recreation
  Stay on top of your goals with WellFit-
  •        Live well and live fit with Campus Recreation’s WellFit program.  This program allows FRC members to partake in the numerous fitness and wellness activities offered by Foster Recreation Center!  The more you do, the more you win – participate in each of our program areas (fitness, wellness, aquatics, outdoor adventures, intramurals) to collect 10 points on your WellFit punch card.  It’s only $5 to get a punch card and with that your immediate gratification begins – free t-shirt! After that cards with 10 points continue to win immediate promos!  Furthermore, completed cards are entered into drawings for even more giveaways.  Living a well-balanced life is important to us over at Campus Recreation and we want to help you see the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.  Stop by the FRC and get your punch card at the FRC welcome desk (starting February 1st)!  More information can be found at 
Upcoming Events-
  •        Face your fears with this year’s Swim Lessons.  We will offer three levels of swim lessons this spring.  Fear of Water Lessons – Monday and Wednesday, 5:30-6PM.  Beginner Swimming Lessons – Monday and Wednesday, 6:15-6:45PM.  Intermediate Swimming Lessons – Monday and Wednesday, 7-7:30PM.  Classes run from February 2-March 4 (no class on 2/16).  $40 for members, $50 for nonmembers.
  •        Remember that the FRC offers the awesome services of Massage Therapy and Personal Training. More information can be found on our website at 

Upcoming Events

SAC Lecture- Laverne Cox
January 20, 2015
Resume Madness
January 27, 2015
Assessment Symposium
February 19, 2015
Women's Basketball Game
February 27, 2015
Graduate Recruitment Weekend
February 27-28, 2015
Spring Break
March 9-13, 2015

In this Issue:
V.P. Perspective
University Changes
Tunnel of Oppression
Citizen Scholars
Collegiate Correspondent
Campus Recreation