October 20, 2014

Case Study Success
      And the winner is! Recently, a group of students from the Student Affairs in Higher Education Master’s program here at Missouri State University attended the Annual MoCPA Fall Conference. The conference occurred between September 28-30th 2014 and was held at the Tan-Tar Family Resort. The conference, themed Ignite Leadership; Inspire Action, offered numerous networking and professional development opportunities for attendees. One of these such opportunities included a case study competition.  This competition, occurring over a two-day period, fostered a competitive, yet friendly, spirit in participants. Specifically, participants, who competed in pairs, were asked to apply student development theories to a particular case study. Pairs were judged base upon their clarity, explanation of the problem, effective application of the theory, and professionalism. While many pairs from across Missouri competed, one of Missouri State’s very own placed. Kelly James, Graduate Assistant within the Office of Admissions, and Emma Rapp, Graduate Assistant to the Dean of Students, placed third in the case study competition this year! Congrats to Kelly and Emma!

Assistant Registrar- Veteran Student Services
      Recently, Dr. Rob Hornberger hired Kevin Stevens as the new Assistant Register for Veteran Student Services.  Mr. Kevin J. Stevens comes to MSU by way of Queens, New York, New York, where he served as Director of Military and Veterans Services and Student Conduct Officer at Queensborough Community College. At Queensborough he created the Office of Military and Veterans Services, and recreated the Veterans Center. Mr. Stevens has eight years of combined active and Air National Guard experience as a Veteran of the United States Air Force. His background includes working at a variety of campuses to include Big Ten, Ivy, and Mid American conference schools. He has served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Veterans Program Administrators (NAVPA), to include other Veterans related sub-committees in the City University System of New York (CUNY). He has presented on the topic of creating military friendly campuses, and continues to be a strong national advocate for veterans, military members and their families. Mr. Stevens earned his Masters degree in Educational Leadership-Higher Education at Eastern Michigan University, Bachelors degree from Bowling Green State University, and Associates from the Community College of the Air Force.
      A native Clevelander, Mr. Stevens, enjoys playing ice hockey, and is looking forward to continuing his studies in pursuit of his doctoral degree. Welcome to Missouri State, Kevin!

FRC in the New York Times
      Missouri State’s Foster Recreation Center (FRC) was recently mentioned in an article in the New York Times! The article listed Missouri State University’s recreation center as one with state-of–the-art facilities, particularly its aquatic center.  The new pool, which opened in 2012, contains a zip line, a lazy river, and the ability to host dive-in movies with the recent addition of a projector screen. The NYT article compared the FRC to recreation centers at schools such as Clemson University, Auburn, Michigan State, Mizzou, and Texas Tech. The article, published on September 19, 2014, discusses new trends and topics within campus recreation. The article can be found here. Congratulations to Missouri State’s Campus Recreation department on this honored distinction!  

Jingle & Mingles
      Join us for a festive affair! The Student Affairs Holiday Party will occur on Saturday November 22 From 12:00 to 2:30 within the Crystal Ballroom, Kentwood Hall. This event is Potluck style & each department will be assigned a dish type. Ham, Turkey, & drinks will be furnished by Dining Services. In addition, help the Ozarks Food Harvest by making a holiday tabletop centerpiece out of non-perishable food items. Vote for your favorite with loose change- the department with the most votes/money gets bragging rights and ownership of the trophy for the following year. R.S.V.P. no later than November 14 at you don't want to miss out!

Free Flu Shots 
      Taylor Health and Wellness Center encourages students and employees to take advantage of the free flu vaccinations now available daily from 8:00-4:30. Please call the Center at (417) 836-4000 to schedule an appointment.

NASPA IV-West Awards 

      Spencer Orr has been selected to receive the Missouri Graduate Student Rising Star Award through the NASPA IV-West Association! This award is presented to a graduate student from each state in NASPA IV-West (10 awards total) who meets the following criteria: 


  • Currently pursuing masters or doctoral work in a Student Affairs-related degree program, with intention of pursuing a career within Student Affairs.
  • Involvement in campus activities and organizations 
  • Campus leadership
  • Graduate Assistantship, paraprofessional or internship employment within a Student Affairs Division
      Spencer, a second-year graduate student in MSU’s Student Affairs and Higher Education (SAHE) Master’s program and the hall director for Wells House, was nominated by Dr. Thomas Lane. Dr. Lane had this to say about Spencer  "I have been greatly impressed by Spencer’s performance during his tenure as a Resident Assistant, a student leader within the Residence Hall Association, a Residence Life Assistant Hall Director, and successful graduate student. From my vantage point, he has done a terrific job throughout all of his organizational roles. He consistently has represented the organizations he has been involved with well and has conveyed a sense of enthusiasm and passion for being a Missouri State Bear. Accordingly, I know he is highly regarded by his residents, fellow graduate student colleagues, Residence Life staff, SAHE faculty, and other MSU faculty and staff."
      Spencer will be presented this distinguished award at the upcoming NASP IV-West conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, November 11-13. Congratulations, Spencer!

Campus Recreation

Foster Recreation Center Haunted House

  •  Back by popular demand, the Foster Recreation Center will be hosting a haunted house again this year!  Co-sponsored by SAC, students are invited to visit the FRC patio for s’mores and scare.  Campus Recreation and SAC will provide music, games, s’mores and a haunted trial through the lower level of the FRC from 9PM-mindnight on October 30th.  Zombie, monsters, and chainsaws fill this trail so say goodbye to your loved ones before you enter.  We hope to see everyone at this year’s Haunted House – if you can handle it.
Upcoming Events 
  • Power Yoga dates are set for this fall!  Open to faculty and staff, eligible for non-credit fee waiver, $35 for members, $45 for non-members.  Here is a list of all your Power Yoga options:  Session 2: Tuesdays, 12:10-12:50PM, 10/21-11/11, Register by 10/17- Session 2: Thursdays, 12:10-12:50, 10/23-11/20, Register by 10/17
  • Mark your calendar for October 27th, it’s Yoga by Jack-O-Lantern!  Get in the Halloween spirit by taking Yoga in a studio lit by jack-o-lanterns.  This special event will be at 7PM and cost only $2.



Upcoming Events

Yoga by Jack-O-Lantern
Monday, October 27th @7pm. FRC 
FRC Haunted House
Wednesday, October 30th 9pm-Midnight
USA Student Affairs Day
Thursday, November 6th
Holiday Party
Saturday, November 22nd Noon-12:30 

Fall Commencement
December 12, 2014

In this Issue:
Case Study Success
Veteran Student Services
Foster Recreation Center
Social Committee
Free Flu Shots
NASPA IV-West Awards
Campus Recreation