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Go Hiking or Camping in the Beautiful Ozarks.
Springfield and the surrounding area features a number of national and state parks that are perfect for hiking and exploring. Take some time to go exploring and find your favorite peaceful spot in nature... especially now that the weather is getting much warmer! 
Hiking in the Ozarks
NASPA Awards
The Student Affairs in Higher Education Assessment Symposium was a Gold Winner in the assessment category for NASPA's Excellence Awards. 

The Assessment Symposium at Missouri State University provides a multitude of opportunities for members and guests of the institution to participate in and benefit from assessment done by graduate students. It is a chance to learn and grow in the area of assessment for individuals as well as the institution in its entirety. The Assessment Symposium is a program made to better the institution and the education of its members, which makes it an integral portion of the Student Affairs in Higher Education program and Missouri State University. 

The Student Affairs in Higher Education program at Missouri State was also a Grand Bronze Winner, meaning that the program ranked third overall, considering all categories and all programs. 

These awards were given at a banquet at the NASPA Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas last week. More information about the award can be found on the NASPA website.
Britt Spears, a member of Cohort 10 in the Student Affairs in Higher Education program, has been awarded a Jim Rhatigan Fellowship Scholarship. This scholarship provides funding for four graduate students to attend the NASPA Annual Conference. Britt and the three other fellows were recognized at the NASPA Foundation Pillar of the Profession Award Ceremony in San Antonio, Texas last week. 
4 Essential Steps for a Successful Departmental Review
Dr. Rob Hornberger is co-presenting at the American Association for Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) national conference in May. The presentation will be on the recent Student Affairs CAS/department reviews for the Office of the Registrar. Dr. Hornberger will be presenting along with three individuals that made up the external review team. AACRAO wrote a feature about this presentation in their recent newsletter.

Read the article here: "4 Essential Steps for a Successful Department Review." 
The Counseling Center's Collegiate Recovery Program
The MSU Counseling Center’s Collegiate Recover Program was featured in the Winter, 2017 edition of Recovery Campus Magazine. This magazine chronicles the impact of recovery programs across the nation on campuses, like MSU’s program, and highlights creative programming and research related to helping students stay sober, mentally well and successful in their academic endeavors.

Read the article here: "Missouri State University: The Power of Showing Up."
ACUI Magazine features Plaster Student Union
The Plaster Student Union was featured in the quarterly Association of College Unions International (ACUI) magazine. Read the feature here: "Union Spotlight: Missouri State University." 
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Student Organization Advisor Panel
Student Organization Advisor Panel
There are many exciting things happening in the Office of Student Engagement especially involving our student organizations. To date, we have 370 student organizations on the Missouri State campus and more continue to begin the process each month. Last month, we held our annual President’s Retreat in which 26 student organization presidents were in attendance. This retreat focused on leadership trainings involving the StrengthsQuest assessment and connecting with other presidents. As we continue to equip our students with the tools and resources they need, I am thankful for the support and encouragement of our advisors.
In efforts to build relationships and provide more resources to our student organization advisors, I would like to provide another training opportunity for our advisors as well as those interested in serving as an advisor. On Thursday, March 30th from 12pm-1pm, we have created a panel of current advisors to speak on behalf of their involvement with student organizations and best practices. This will be a great opportunity to hear what other organizations are doing as well as ask questions. Feel free to bring your lunch to the event.
University Hearing Panel
The Office of Student Conduct is still accepting applications for the University Hearing Panel, a volunteer service dedicated to the adjudication of student behavioral misconduct cases. To learn more information, and fill out the application, please visit the website. Applications are due on April 3. Selected participants will attend a mandatory training session on April 22 from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (lunch provide). 
If you have questions, contact Dr. Andrea Weber at or 417-836-5527.
The Office of Student Conduct Twitter Chats
The Office of Student Conduct is excited to announce the first of a monthly series of twitter chats for the Missouri State community. Participation is easy! The first Wednesday of each month between 10:00am and noon, the Office of Student Conduct will pose a few questions for the Missouri State Community, to discuss. We hope to generate conversation about issues on the Missouri State campus related to culture, behavior, and the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Here is how to participate:
  1. Follow the Office of Student Conduct on twitter MSU Student Conduct @MSUConduct
  2. Tune in on the first Wednesday of the month, at 10:00am, the first being Wednesday, April 5, 2017. We’ll be using the hashtag #ConductConvo
  3. Look for the tweet with a  question, such as “Q1: What does being a good citizen mean to you? What are examples you have seen on campus? #ConductConvo”
  4. Respond with the hashtag and your answer, such as “A1: Citizenship is small stuff. Saw a guy jump someone’s car yesterday. #ConductConvo” or “A1: Good citizens try to better the community like what the Bear Breakers do. @Mostateservices. #ConductConvo.”
  5. We’ll continue to interact with tweets, and for individuals who have great responses and conversation may be eligible for some small gifts from the Office of Student Conduct. We’ll also post some related content on our Facebook page.
We hope you’ll join us for our first Conduct chat in April! We also invite members of the Missouri State Community to follow us on Facebook at or @MSUConduct.
Year of The Captioned Video
The Disability Resource Center challenged every Student Affairs department to have their videos captioned by the end of April. The DRC declared it the “Year of the Captioned Video.” By captioning your videos, not only are you meeting vital federal government compliance requirements, you are also being proactive in creating an inclusive environment for students with disabilities. Captioning is not only used by people with hearing disabilities. Studies show that first-generation students, Pell eligible students, non-traditional students, and International students overwhelmingly use captioning as well. Not only are you being inclusive for a wide array of students, but you make your video easier to search by any major search engine when you caption it.
The Office of the Registrar as well as Taylor Health and Wellness have already completed the challenge. Who’s next?
Would you like more hands-on assistance in learning how to use YouTube to correctly caption your videos? Join DRC staff on April 12th from 1-2pm in Cheek 100 to work with you and answer any questions you may have. You can also refer to the PowerPoint slides provided to your Director through Student Affairs Council for a step-by-step guide.
If you have any questions, please email Justin Lozano at, or call 417-836-4192.
Staff Green Dot Training 
SA Staff, Green Dot Presentation
Tuesday, April 18, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
PSU Ballroom East
All student affairs staff members are encouraged to attend. This is the Student Affairs Staff Development Committee's last program of the academic year.
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Online and but not Anonymous: Alternative Considerations for Online Bullying

Online engagement has become more pervasive over the course of the last few decades or so, and some might consider engagement through online spaces necessary to maintain connection with others, awareness of the world around us, and relevance in an increasingly digitized world. An element of online engagement is centered on bullying and how it manifests for individuals participating in chat rooms, blog posts, Facebook, twitter, etc. Most research indicates that perceived anonymity of online engagement has led to increased bullying behavior. Individuals “hiding” behind a keyboard may engage with others with more vitriol and cruelty than they would if their names and faces were associated with their commentary. While it is true that in some situations, anonymity may indeed lead to additional bullying behavior, modern usage of social media may have altered the impetus by which individuals bully and/or harass others online. In fact, the use of actual identifying information may increase online harassment.

J. Nathan Matias discusses the “Real Name Fallacy,” in a blog post that discusses online engagement and the need for related social change. The blog provides a rich collection of existing data on the subject, counter points, as well as directions for professionals engaging with online exchanges. Of note, Matias articulates nine facts related to anonymity and social issues related to online use. For this blog post, I will identify three of these nine items, but strongly encourage additional reading in this area. The full blog from Matias can be found here.

  1. According to a 2014 study conducted by Pew’s Maeve Duggan, half of the adult victims know who their attacker is.
  2. The more social norms favor harassment and conflict, the more likely individuals are to engage with them. Such interactions are also reflected in online use.
  3. Identifying information can generate more opportunities for harassment, particularly harassment related to marginalized identities. Gender, race and even marital status can subject individuals to additional bullying behavior.

I agree with Matias regarding careful examination of our own social norms. How do we reinforce hostility and bullying in our own non-online spaces, even in subtle ways? How can we encourage students to view their own participation in these practices both online and not? When faced with the issues of online bullying, it becomes easy to dismiss online engagement entirely when we discuss the harmful, uncomfortable and even dangerous rhetoric often expressed in online spaces, but I do believe that online engagement is critical to continued social interaction. The internet and online spaces are useful in a variety of ways. As such, it is important that we recognize the method in which these problems manifest to appropriately handle it when students experience online bullying and harassment.

Written by: Tamarah Dixon
Assistant Director, Office of Student Conduct

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S.H.A.R.P - Sexual Harassment & Rape Prevention has been pushed back! Register for the 3/27-3/28 or the 4/25-4/26 session. S.H.A.R.P is a free course offered to both males and females. This class is meant to prepare you with the mental and physical skills you will need to help protect yourself when put into unexpected situations.
Bokwa Fitness
Since Bokwa® Fitness is fairly new to Missouri, we want to host a Smashdown for the Bokwa Level 1 certified instructors the following day. It will be a 4 hour fee based workshop. It will be a step by step breakdown in how to teach an effective Bokwa® Dance class. To register, go to
Therapeutic Yoga
Therapeutic Yoga by Rod Buckman will be on Thursdays from March 23-April 27. It is $35 for members and $40 for non-members. Register by March 22nd!
Hatha Yoga
Session 2 of Hatha Yoga by Kirsten Houston is approaching quickly! This class concentrates on physical health and mental well-being with the goal of bringing about a healthy body and clear, peaceful mind. This will take place on Tuesdays, 3/21-4/25 from 12:00-12:50PM. For members it is $35 and for non-members it is $40. The deadline to register is March 20th.
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Be a Bear T-Shirt

The Be a Bear T-shirt project was introduced on March 17, 2016 by R.E.A.L. Bears, the student alumni association on campus. To support the university’s public affairs mission, proceeds from the Be a Bear T-shirt will be donated to the MSU Student Emergency Scholarship Fund to support students who encounter unforeseen, life-altering experiences that inhibit them from continuing their education. A new design (created by an MSU student) was released on the university’s birthday (March 17) and will be retired at Homecoming. 

2017 Be a Bear T-Shirt
The 2017 Be a Bear T-shirt, designed by Spencer Whaley. Spencer is a senior in General Studies with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship, Graphic Design, and Religious Studies. Learn more Spencer, and how he came up for the idea of this year's shirt here.
Happy Birthday, Missouri State! 
Missouri State's 112th Birthday Party

Missouri State University celebrated its 112th birthday on March 17. 

In celebration of this milestone, the R.E.A.L. Bears student organization hosted a series of festive events at the PSU on March 21 including: 

  • Snapping a picture with Boomer and President Smart at the photo booth
  • Answering trivia and spinning the prize wheel
  • Purchasing a Be a Bear t-shirt to support the Emergency Scholarship Fund
  • Mastering the art of how to make a balloon animal in the shape of a Bear
  • Learning more about the history of Missouri State with Special Collections and University Archives
  • Enjoying games and activities with Athletics, Maroon Madness, and the Multicultural Resource Center
  • Signing the oversized birthday card and wish Missouri State a “Happy Birthday!”
  • Enjoying traditional Missouri State food provided by Traditions Council
  • Learning more about local non-profits and engage yourself in the community

Individuals who were not able to stop by the PSU were encouraged to join the celebration by:

  • Purchasing a Missouri State Birthday cupcake at The Urban Cup-- proceeds benefit the Emergency Scholarship Fund!
  • Sending birthday wishes to Missouri State on social media with the hashtag #BirthdayBears
  • Making a gift to a crowdfunding campaign
University Advancement Workshop Series 

"How to know when your alumni are ready to give and other fundraising basics."

Come learn some of the “cues” to listen for when having conversations with alumni to determine how and when they would like to get involved with the university, as well as defining the many ways they can participate and “give back.”

March 30

8:00-9:00 a.m. in PSU 313
3:30-4:30 p.m. in PSU 308

Call 836-6666 or email to register. All sessions are free!

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