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Section heading: What's new?
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Tradition of the Month: Visit the Bear Claw

The Bear CLAW or Center for Learning and Writing, is a space located on the first floor of Meyer library. It is an interactive space which offers tutoring, the Writing Center, the Absent Professor program and many more services. It is a great space to visit for assistance with many different classes. Another fun perk is that all of the furniture is movable which makes the Bear CLAW a great place to hold meetings for group projects. While it may be too late to improve final grades for the fall 2016 semester, the Bear Claw is a great resource to help students succeed in future semesters. 
Citizen Scholars
On Thursday, December 15th, six students were recognized at the Board of Governors meeting and at a special awards dinner as the new class of Citizen Scholars. The Citizen Scholar award is the most prestigious award a student can receive here at Missouri State, and is given based on outstanding accomplishment, strength of character, and dedication to the Public Affairs mission. 
2016-2017 Citizen Scholars
Pictured left to right, the 2016-2017 Citizen Scholar Award recipients are: Jaggar Deeds, Kimberleigh Eng, Caroline Finnell, Alexis Jemes, Michelle Pellegrino, and Victoria York. 
Plaster Student Union
The Plaster Student Union, in order to further unite our campus, has designated two restrooms as multi-stall gender neutral.  These restrooms, located on the fourth floor, allow anyone at anytime to use them.  This change was sought to increase inclusivity within the PSU.  It was based on a literature review and subsequent research project completed by Dusty Braddish and Markie Hopkins, two students in our SAHE program.  Support for this change continues to come from various aspects of campus, including a letter from several faculty and staff members.  Recognizing that not everyone may desire such an experience, the restrooms located throughout the other floors of the facility will remain assigned-gender. 
Section heading: Upcoming Events
The SAHE Assessment Symposium
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
1:00-4:30 p.m.
 
Join us on the 3rd floor of the Plaster Student Union to hear the latest research conducted by cohorts 9 and 10. A detailed presentation schedule will be released in the spring. 
Student Affairs All-Staff Meeting 
Friday, February 17, 2017
8:00-10:00 a.m. in PSU Ballroom West
 
The Student Affairs All-Staff meeting date has been changed to February 17. Please update your calendars and share with everyone in your area who may not have received the email announcement or newsletter. We apologize for any confusion that may occur. Refreshments will be served from 7:30-8:00 a.m.
Section heading: Campus Rec

Winter Break Hours

The facility will be closed from December 22, 2016-January 4, 2017. As we get ready for the semester to end, please look at our closed and reduced hours for the break available on the website.

Section heading: Across Campus
Recommend a R.E.A.L. Bear 
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R.E.A.L. Bears offers many great learning opportunities for students, such as networking in the skyboxes and at alumni events, the opportunity to collaborate on major projects like the Missouri State Birthday Party and plan educational programs, through programs like Giving Tuesday. We are seeking new members for this professional organization. Potential members should have a passion for Missouri State, are accountable and looking for leadership opportunities during their undergraduate experience and as they transition into alumni of the university. If you would like to recommend a student(s) for R.E.A.L. Bears, please fill out this quick Google form.
BearTalks

BearTalks speakers are alumni who volunteer to be guest speakers for Missouri State University student groups and organizations. Alumni self-identify their topic areas of expertise and serve as a resource for student groups on those subjects. If you would like a BearTalks speaker to come to your office or speak with a student organization you advise, email alumni@missouristate.edu. If you would like to become a BearTalks speaker, please visit the webpage for more information on how to apply.

Section heading: From the GA
Student Affairs Student Appreciation Lunch
I have definitely been enjoying our festive decorations in the office over the last couple of weeks. We wrapped up the semester by having an appreciation lunch for the student assistants in our office. They were great to work with this year and I look forward to another semester with them this spring. Thank you to everyone who helped make my first-semester here at Missouri State so wonderful! I hope you all have a safe and relaxing holiday break. See you soon!

-Danielle 
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