June 16, 2014

New Student Governor
          A new Student Governor was recently appointed here at Missouri State University. The new student, Caleb Doyle, is a junior at Missouri State majoring in Secondary History Education. Throughout his time at MSU, Caleb has been heavily involved in many campus activities. Doyle co-founded Missouri State Improv and served as both the Campus Events Chair and the Vice President of Marketing for Student Activities Council. After graduating high school in St. Louis, Missouri, Doyle originally attended the University of Missouri before making the decision to transfer to Missouri State.  When asked about his excitement for the position, Doyle had this to say, "I am really excited about this position because I think Missouri State is entering into a Golden Era right now. The focus lately has been enhancing the Bear experience by way of improving facilities and promoting the Missouri State identity. I think this focus has put Missouri State into a position to become more excellent than ever before. It's like the key is in the ignition and over this next school year we'll be turning the key." Caleb Doyle can be followed on Twitter at his personal account @Doylethegreat or his professional account @StudentGov_MSU.

Conference Services name change
          Recently, the Conference Services Office changed its name to Event and Meeting Services. Below is a statement released explaining the change.
          "In 2012, the Conference Services office underwent a personnel change with the retirement of a long term employee, the process of hiring that person’s replacement, and the addition of a 1000 hour employee. There were also contract negotiations and the upcoming Plaster Student Union refresh, both which placed an emphasis on the future of the facility. Due to these changes, the staff saw an opportune time to research the focus of the Conference Services Office (CSO) at Missouri State University. In the fall of 2013 the CSO initiated a review of the office mission and vision. This process was led by Dr. Marissa Weaver, Associate Director of Student Engagement; with committee members Lori Pearce and Daniel Lukas, Event and Meeting Services Coordinators; Julie Hill, Assistant Director Building Services and Student Training; Debbie Letterman, Assistant Director of Event and Meeting Services; as well as direction and feedback from Tara Benson, Associate Director of the Plaster Student Union and Director of Student Engagement. 
          One suggestion that emerged from the review was to explore options for a new office name. The current name did not accurately reflect all of the services provided. This office should be the first step people take when planning a meeting, conference, or an event on campus. The CSO reserves over 20,000 events per year throughout the campus ranging from art shows, alumni dinners, concerts, vendor exhibits, meetings, outdoor activities, summer camps, theatrical performances, wedding ceremonies and receptions, and large conferences for both the campus and Springfield community. The office name currently suggests that the primary function of the office is conference planning, which is inaccurate. The committee also reviewed the Association of College Conference and Event Directors – International’s (ACCED-I) benchmark study to compare other office names and generated a list of six potential office names. This list of names was sent to both on campus and off campus clients to gather feedback on these names. CSO staff members also conducted a search of similar office names within Missouri State University as well and did not find any conflicting issues. Based on the feedback from the clients and the research with ACCED-I the suggested office name change would be “Event and Meeting Services”. This name change accurately reflects all of the services that the office provides to the campus community and Springfield."
          Shortly after this statement was released, the CSO was officially changed to Event and Meeting Services.     


Admissions Report 
          Currently, we are up 4% in SOAR reservations compared to the Fall 2013 class. If this percentage holds, we should expect 2,801 students in the Fall 2014 freshman class. It appears we will be up in both in-state (currently up 2%) and out-of-state (currently up 11%), with the largest sending states being Illinois, Arkansas, and Kansas (all seeing increases from last year). While our biggest areas of growth in-state (by percentage) are the southeast and northwest, our largest sending areas will continue to be the southwest and St. Louis area. Many times, when there is an increase in quantity, quality dips. However, it appears that we should expect the average high school GPA of this class to remain 3.60 and the average ACT to be about 24.0.
          The College of Health and Human Services is seeing the largest amount of interest of our freshman (currently 570 indicating an interest in a CHHS major), with the College of Business (451) next. However, due to the largest major being "Undeclared" (463 students) the most populous 'college' for the freshman class is actually the Undergraduate College/Provost (which also includes Global Studies and Pre-Health Professions, as well as other "Pre" programs). For perspective, the next largest majors are nursing (213), General Business (121) and Pre-Health Programs (97).


  •  Membership Rates- the Foster Recreation Center (FRC) has become a central location at Missouri State forfitness, wellness, and community. The facility not only promotes physical fitness but provides members with ways to achieve overall wellness. Not a member? You’re missing out! MSU full time-employees can purchase monthly memberships for only $18 and annual for $205. Not only that but, active alumni, MSU affiliates, and household members (18 and older) can use the FRC for $26/month and $280/year. So what do you have to lose? Check out the FRC and all of our amenities today.
  • Summer hours for the FRC are effective now until August 14th. Monday-Friday 6AM-8PM, Saturday 9AM-5PM, and Sunday 12PM-8PM. We will be closed on July 4th.
  • Summer BearFit Classes are underway and passes are being sold now! Check out our schedule online at and let BearFit help you get in shape this summer.
  • Happy new fiscal year!! A new fiscal year is just about here and why not start it off on the right foot? Use your non-credit fee waiver early for our services like personal training and massage therapy!
  • Upcoming Events-  The Golf Scramble is happening again this year! Join student affairs colleagues on Friday, July 11th for the summer golf scramble. Held at Horton Smith Golf Course, tee times will begin at 9am. Register by July 9th to secure your spot in the scramble!




Upcoming Events

Ongoing sessions 
The Golf Scramble

July 11, 2014 @ Horton Smith Golf Course

Summer Commencement

Friday, August 1, 2014 @ 10AM. JQH Arena

First Day of Classes- Fall Semester

August ­18, 2014

In this Issue:
New Student Governor
Conference Services
Admissions Report
Campus Recreation