December 11, 2014

V.P. Perspective 
      It is hard to believe that the fall semester is already over! Thank you to everyone in the Division of Student Affairs for all of your hard work and dedication! The work that you do with and for our students makes Missouri State University a GREAT place and I appreciate you!
This fall, we have accomplished so much...
  • We experienced an increase in enrollment of new first year and transfer students;
  • We implemented HAVEN, sexual assault education and awareness program for all new students;
  • We began plans for a new engagement camp, Ursa… the Maroon and White Overnight;
  • We began renovations of the Sunvilla Tower;
  • We hosted over 10,000 meetings on campus, renovated the third floor of the PSU, and are now working on improvements to the Ballroom;
  • We kicked off our CAS Standards Reviews with the Counseling & Testing Center, Foster Recreation Center, and Wellness Programs as our first departments to participate;
  • We had over 13,000 students attend events sponsored by the Student Activities Councils;
  • We employed over 150 students in the Bookstore, paying wages close to $555,000 this past year and:
So much more!
      You all are so wonderful! The Missouri State University students are so blessed to have such an incredible team of professionals working to ensure their success. I hope that each of you enjoys your holiday time with family and friends. Get some much needed rest and I will be excited to see you all next year!  Happy Holiday! 
~Dr. Dee Siscoe

Visit from a National President 
      Last month, the students in Fraternity/Sorority Life, specifically NPHC, worked with the Office of Student Affairs to bring a special guest to campus. Jennifer M. Jones, National President of the National PanHellenic Council, spoke in Library 101 regarding the traditions, structure, and views of NPHC chapters. Ms. Jones also discussed action steps the Missouri State community might take locally to build our NPHC community. This was a great opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and advisors to talk about the history of NPHC, engage in dialogue with each other, and express viewpoints and opinions regarding NPHC.  Olivia Parks, Graduate Assistant for Fraternity and Sorority Life at MSU, shared her opinions regarding the presentation, "depending on the type of student, his/her/their takeaway from the presentation from Jennifer Jones will vary. As a non-NPHC affiliated student, most likely the takeaway would include a better understanding of what it means to be a member of an NPHC fraternity or sorority.  It is my hope that our NPHC students left JJ's presentation with a feeling of respect and admiration for her leadership within an organization that is near and dear to their hearts." More information regarding Ms. Jones' presentation can be obtained by contacting either the Office of Student Affairs or the Office of Student Engagement. 

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 spring semester. For more information, please contact program advisor Travis D. Schilla at or 836-6591.

Staff Social Team 
 The Staff Social Team would like to thank everyone who participated in last month's holiday potluck. We had a great turnout with lots of delicious food and fun activities! The generosity of our division resulted in a donation of 491 pounds of food, which is 30 more pounds than last year. We also provided a monetary donation of $129.09. That's equivalent to 645 meals! The wining centerpiece was submitted by the bookstore, congrats!

Speaking to a National Audience 
Our very own Kevin Stevens, Director of Veteran Student Services, has been selected to present at the Spring 2015 NASPA (Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education) national conference in New Orleans in mid-March of 2015. NASPA has received more proposals than any other year, so this should be a great opportunity for Mr. Stevens. Kevin, along with two colleagues from New York City, will be presenting on LGBT Veterans and their transition into our college communities. Congratulations to Kevin! 

Upcoming Events

Fall Commencement
December 12, 2014  
Holiday Break 
Dec. 20- Jan. 4 
CC Resume Madness
January 26-28 
CC Mock Interview Day 
February 11 
Assessment Symposium
February 19th, 8:30-Noon  
Graduate Recruitment Weekend 
February 27-28, 2015

In this Issue:
Vice President Perspective 
Tunnel of Oppression 
Staff Social Team 
NASPA Presentation 

NPHC Presentation