November 17, 2015

New Degree Audit System Goes Live
      On October 5, the Office of the Registrar (in cooperation with Computer Services and the Graduate College) successfully launched Degree Works, which replaced DARS, the University's previous degree audit system. Degree Works has a number of upgrades and features which will better support the academic planning of our students. This 16 month implementation plan finished on-schedule and under budget. During September and October, the Office of the Registrar offered 24 hands-on training sessions to train more than 270 faculty and staff on how to use Degree Works.
      To learn more about Degree Works, visit the Office of the Registrar's Degree Works website, which includes a list of the upgrades/features, plans for future Degree Works modules, a FAQ, written user documentation, and YouTube training videos.

Bears Excel on the Lake
      Earlier this month, students and faculty from the Student Affairs in Higher Education master's program at Missouri State University traveled to Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri for the annual Missouri College Personnel Association (MoCPA) conference. Founded in 1971, the purpose of MoCPA is to promote the learning and development of students enrolled in institutions of post-secondary education through the on-going professional development of student affairs administrators and student development educators, in accordance with the purposes of the American College Personnel Association. The theme for this year's conference, Improve your Practice, Renew your Passion, encouraged graduate students and professionals to continually learn and grow in the field. In all, 13 students from the SAHE program attended the conference and represented Missouri State exceptionally well.
      Five second-year graduate students submitted and presented presentations during the conference. Michelle Madsen, Assistant Hall Director in Wells House, Kelly James, Graduate Assistant for the Office of Admissions, Emma Rapp, Graduate Assistant for the Dean of Students, Katie Brady, Graduate Assistant for Fraternity and Sorority Life/Leadership, and Dacoda Scarlett, Graduate Assistant for the Vice President for Students, all presented their knowledge to fellow graduate students and administrators from institutions all across the state. 
       In addition, many MSU students competed, in teams of two, in the Graduate Student Case Study Competition. The competition, occurring over a two-day period, fostered a competitive, yet friendly, spirit in participants.  While many pairs from across Missouri competed, two Missouri State teams placed. The team of Taylor Juenger, Graduate Assistant for Alumni Relations, and Kimmy Brake, Graduate Assistant within the Career Center, placed 2nd and the team of Katie Brady and Dacoda Scarlett placed 3rd. Congratulations to our winners and the other Missouri State teams!
      Lastly, two Missouri State graduate students were recognized as recipients of the Stephen H. Patterson Graduate Student Award. This honor is awarded for outstanding performance in a graduate program, contributions to the well-being of students and the student affairs profession through dedicated effort and commitment to learning. Both Kelly James and Michelle Madsen received this prestigious award. Congratulations to Kelly and Michelle.
      Lastly, Michelle Madsen, Kelly James, and Emma Rapp all served on the planning committee for the 2015 MoCPA Annual Conference. In addition, Dr. Michele Smith, Program Director, Student Affairs in Higher Education, served as the MoCPA president for the past year and had a significant part in the planning process of the annual conference.

Office Relocation 
    The office of the Disability Resource Center & Access Technology Center have moved into a new office suite located in Meyer Library (Suite 111). The moves occurred on separate dates to maintain as much customer service as possible to students, faculty, and staff. If you have questions or concerns about the move, please contact the offices directly: 
Disability Resource Center, 417-836-4192,
Access Technology Center, 417-836-4275, 

Homecoming 2015
      Homecoming holds a special place in the hearts of Missouri State Bears and we certainly saw its passion and spirit unfold in a fantastic week of October 11-17, 2015. Maroon and White cheer was put on display by student organizations, campus offices, and alumni alike. As you may already know, Homecoming Week features several competitions that encourage engagement from the entire community during this special time on campus. We would like to recognize the following groups and individuals for their achievements and support of the "Bears Breaking Barriers" theme.
Office Decorating

~ 1st Place- Payroll & Financial Services (Carrington 113 & 119)
~ 2nd Place- Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services (Hammons 104) 
~ 3rd Place- Office of Student Affairs (Carrington 200)
Check out this year's highlight video!
Overall Homecoming Winners 
Student Organizations
~ 1st Place- Phi Sigma Pi 
~ 2nd Place- Entertainment Management Association
~ 3rd Place- Association of International Students 
 Residence Halls
~ 1st Place- Scholars House
~ 2nd Place- Hutchens Housesd
~ 3rd Place- Freddy and Wells House
Fraternity and Sorority Life
~ 1st Place- Theta Chi
~ 2nd Place- Alpha Sigma Alpha
~ 3rd Place- Sigma Sigma Sigma
Homecoming Royalty 
King: Brandon Dick, Junior, Marketing- Advertising and Promotions 
~ Queen: Shelby Greninger, Senior, Marketing- Advertising and Promotions
Thanks everyone for a great Homecoming!

Holiday Potluck
      Please plan to join the Social Team at the Student Affairs Holiday Potluck on Saturday, November 21 from Noon-2:30pm. This great occasion will allow for festive cheer, socializing, and philanthropic opportunities.
      As was mentioned in the Holiday Potluck invite, we will have a centerpiece decorating contest. Centerpieces will be made from food items that will be donated to Ozarks Food Harvest. The centerpieces will be judged by your participation in a change contest, so bring all of your spare change to vote on your favorite centerpiece! The centerpiece with the most change by the end of the party will win the contest and their department will take the "Spirit of Giving" trophy! The money donated from the judging will also go to Ozarks Food Harvest to help those in need over the holidays. Departments are encouraged to submit as many centerpieces as they would like.
      The main thing is to bring food that you would want your own family to eat so that families in need can be provided nutritional meals. Also, we do not want to hurt the can or label in any way while building these centerpieces so that the food remains safe and can be distributed to families.  
      Our donations will help serve 260,000 individuals across 28 countries! Let's help Ozarks Food Harvest transform Hunger into Hope!

Staff Spotlight- Cindi Barnett
      Recently, Cindi Barnett, Director of Campus Recreation, was appointed to serve as a member on the NIRSA Review Task Force for the Council of the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS). NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation is a professional association that comprises and supports leaders in campus recreation.
NIRSA's CAS Standards Review Task Force will initiate the formal process to revise the Recreational Sports Programs Standards. The task force's charges include reviewing and revising the Recreational Sports Programs Standards to meet the current needs of the profession and identifying potential expert reviewers to validate the revised standards. The work performed by this taskforce will strengthen the overall quality of the collegiate recreation profession for years to come. Congratulations on this honor, Cindi!

      The Dean of Students Office is excited to share with the division a new initiative in partnership with the Springfield Bar Association and the Student Government Association. The "Bearisters" program is a free legal service offering legal consultation and referral for all Missouri State University students. This service is provided by volunteer members of the Springfield Bar Association. Clients must be current MSU students with their M#. Students interested in meeting with a "Bearister" can make an appointment by contacting the Dean of Students Office at (417) 836-5527. Bearisters are taking appointments on Mondays from 3-5pm, Wednesdays from 8-10am, and Thursdays from 3-5pm. Students are asked to call one weekday ahead to schedule an appointment for the next business day.

Campus Recreation 
Wise & Well Health Fair 
      The holidays are coming up and we all know what that means, overindulging in delicious food and fewer trips to the gym. Are you looking for a few tips and tricks to keep from gaining those extra ponds through the holidays? Join the Foster Recreation Center on November 17th from 11am-4pm for the MSU Wise & Well Health Fair! Come tell us your goals so we can help you get into the best shape of your life. We want everyone to walk away from this event feeling confident that they can have a healthy lifestyle no matter where they are at in their life. 
      Informational booths and health screenings are available for all attendants. The Health Fair also includes demos, prizes, giveaways, and student/employee information. You could win FRC gift cards, Bookstore Gift Cards, Silver Dollar City passes, and so much more! You do not have to pre-register, just come on over at any time in between 11am-4pm and join us. 
Upcoming Events 
      ~Now hiring BearFit Instructors! Apply online at
      ~Buy your BeaFit unlimited pass today for only $20 
      ~BearFit canned-good drive lasts from Nov. 16-20th 
      ~Guys NIght and Ladies Night occurs every Tuesday and Thursday at the climbing wall- free shoe & chalk bag rental 
      ~Lead Climbing Nights beginning every Monday, Wednesday, and Sunday 
      ~S.H.A.R.P.//Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention 
               Session 3: 11/16 & 11/17- Free 
      ~CPR/AED/First Aid Certification 
               Session 3 November 18th; 7-7:30pm & 7:30-9:30pm 
               Session 4: December 15th 9am-12:30pm & 7:30-9:30pm 
      ~Moonlight Swim every Wednesday from 8-10pm 
      ~Don't forget that the FRC offers Personal Training & Massage Therapy. 

Upcoming Events

Holiday Potluck 
November 21, 2015
Thanksgiving Holiday
November 25-27, 2015
President's Finals Breakfast
December 7, 2015
Citizen Scholar's Breakfast 
December 11, 2015
Fall Commencement
December 11, 2015 
All-Staff Meeting 
January 6, 2016

In this Issue:
Degree Works 
MoCPA Annual Conference 
Disability Resource Center
Homecoming 2015
Holiday Potluck 
Staff Spotlight- Cindi Barnett 
Legal Services 
Campus Recreation