September 18, 2014

Family Weekend
    Fall Family Weekend '14 was very exciting for everyone at Missouri State. 685 families (2429 family members) came to campus for the weekend, excited to see their student. As families checked in for the weekend, you could see how happy the parents were to see their students. The students had that cool “I’m not going to let everyone see how excited I am to see my family again” look, but they couldn’t wait to share all the news about their first month of college.  Families were seen taking lots of photos; visiting the residence halls; enjoying the “7 Habits of a Successful College Student” presentation; hobnobbing with Boomer Bear; rappelling with the Bear Battalion; enjoying the talents of our students at the Student Showcase; watching the Dive-in movie at Campus Rec and visiting with Career Center staff at the Welcome Breakfast.  Saturday night, you found families cheering on the Bears with a record 18,000+ fans.  It was a great weekend to be a Bear!

     An event like Family Weekend cannot take place without the help of many, many people! A special thanks to all the volunteers who contributed to the success of Family Weekend ’14. From stuffing goodie bags to working the check-in table or taking photos on a chilly Friday night, the volunteers were friendly, helpful and happy to visit with the families of our students. We would like to take a moment to thank our Family Weekend sponsors for their support and involvement:

  • Campus Recreation                                                                  
  • Duane G. Meyer Library
  • MSU Alumni Association
  • MSU Bookstore
  • MSU Career Center
  • MSU Dining Services
  • Residence Life
  • Student Engagement
  • Student Activities Council
  • ROTC Bear Battalion
- Priscilla Childress, Coordinator for Parent & Family Programs
Bearfest Village
    With a new year and new athletic facilities, comes a NEW Bearfest Village.  For the first time in Missouri State history, football tailgating, known as Bearfest Village, has been moved onto the main campus.  Bearfest Village, now located just north of Plaster Stadium, is the official tailgate destination of all Bear fans!  Some of the changes from last year include:
  • The sale of alcohol at Bearfest Village
  • The presence of vendors from the PSU at Bearfest Village
  • The ability to use Boomer Meals to purchase food at Bearfest Village
  • An update alcohol policy
  • MO State Student Zone- a general tailgate tent open to all students
    Most of the tailgating changes were well-received for the first game, which was held September 13.  Bearfest Village offered a variety of activities for fans of all ages and over fifty groups hosted individual tailgates.  Additionally, the new location made it easier for fans to get into the game which helped contribute to a record-setting attendance of over 18,000 fans.  If you would like more information about Bearfest Village changes or how to reserve a space for your group, please visit .  If you have any questions, feel free to contact Victoria Culver (
- Victoria Culver, Asst. Director for the Office of Student Engagement

A Quick Overview of the New Fall 2014 Students
    We are expecting to see almost 500 more total students at MSU compared to last fall. Part of that is retention and part of that is recruitment of new students. Here are a few preliminary, pre-census facts about this fall’s new freshman and transfer students.
    Important Note: This is pre-census data. This means that this is not “official” and should not be used for “official” purposes. It is possible that a freshman could drop all classes between today (Friday the 12th) and the end of the day Monday (the 15th), which could result in a 0.0000056 drop in average GPA.
    As of right now, freshman enrollment is up 4.1% (2,804 versus 2,693). This increase comes on the heels of last year’s 8.1% increase, and at a time when the number of high school graduates in Missouri have been declining. Here’s a few facts about this year’s class:
  • Average GPA = 3.62 (Fall 2013 = 3.59)
  • Average ACT = 24.11 (Fall 2013 = 23.96)
    • The national average = 21.0 and the Missouri average is 21.
  • Of the students that come from high schools that rank their students, 85.8% finished in the top half of their graduating class. (Fall 2013 = 85.2%)
  • 59.5% of this year’s freshmen had some form of college credit earned prior to enrolling (dual credit, AP, IB). Fall 2013 = 56.2%)
    • Of those with credit, the average amount was 14.0 hours
    • There are 10 students that started with junior standing and an additional 111 that have sophomore standing.
    Also, as of right now, transfer enrollment will be about even with last year (1,753 versus 1,754). Unless we lose a significant number of transfer between now and the end of the day Monday, this will be the second largest transfer class in our history (behind last year, of course). Here’s a few facts about this year’s class:
  • The average GPA = 3.05 (Fall 2013 = 3.02)
  • The percentage of females increased to 58.1% (Fall 2013 = 53.8%)
    Here’s a FACT that won’t change between now and census, or after census:             
    Enrollment increases, through the recruitment of new students and the retention of current students, is a team effort. We all play a part. The things we do to champion student success make a difference to our current students, and are noticeable to our prospective students and their parents.
- Andy Wright,
Assistant V.P./Director of Admissions

Homecoming Office Decorating Competition
    If your office is interested in participating in the Homecoming Office Decorating competition, please register by e-mailing Kevin Sikes ( by October 6th.  Offices will be judged on originality, creativity, commitment to the university’s mission and goals, and sense of spirit.  Offices must be ready for judging at 11:30am on October 13th.
-Kevin Sikes, Graduate Assistant for Student Engagement

Social Committee Update 
    Recently, the Student Affairs Social Team held a Welcome-Back Luncheon for the entire division. The luncheon was a huge success with around fifty employees in attendance. A big thank-you to the Missouri State Bookstore for providing decorations for the event!A list of upcoming Social Team events can be found below:
  • ]Football Game- October 4th
  • Holiday Potluck- November 22, 2014
  • Cookie Decorating- December 10, 2014
  • Women's Basketball- February 27, 2015
  • Baseball Game- April 15, 2015
  • Ice Cream Social- May 21, 2015
-Terrill Harvey, Missouri State Bookstore

Registrar's Annual Meeting 

    The Office of the Registrar held it's first annual Registrar’s meeting on September 4th, 2014.  The office had 55 attendees at the 8:30 session and 52 attendees at the 3:30 session. The purpose of this meeting was to update departments with essential information related to the functions of the Office of the Registrar to help in serving students. The following topics were addressed:
  • Information on major processes/policies the office oversees
  • Major student system initiatives
  • Future system updates
  • Helpful resources
On behalf of the Office of the Registrar, we thank all who attended our Registrar Annual Meeting and/or forwarded the information to someone elseHelpful resources. Please direct any questions regarding the meeting to our office.
- Rebecca Harbaugh,
Associate Registrar

Campus RecreationA New Addition to Our Staff
  • Campus Recreation would like to announce a new addition to the FRC team!  Jarrad Chester, our recently hired Outdoor Adventures (OA) Coordinator, has joined Campus Recreation and is jumping in without hesitation.  Jarrad loves the outdoors and spends a lot of his time mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, XC skiing, and heading on random adventures – what a perfect fit for our OA team!  As he plans trips for our Missouri State students he says he can’t wait to take students all over the country on lots of adventures to some really awesome places.  Welcome, Jarrad!
Upcoming Events
  • A James River Kayaking trip has been planned for September 20th and September 27th!  Sign up for an adventure on the James River as OA paddles down one of Springfield’s scenic rivers.  Everything but food is included in the cost of $15.  The trip will be from 9AM-4PM.  Visit the Outdoor Adventures desk for more information.
  • Experience Springfield in a whole new way with Pedal Springfield!  Bring your bikes to the FRC at 6:00PM to travel the Springfield bikeways with Outdoor Adventures.  This will be held on September 17th and 24th from 6:00-8:00PM. 
  • Glow Zumba is back!  Take Zumba on September 24 @ 6:00pm in a blacked out studio with glow sticks to illuminate your moves.  It’s a whole new twist on Zumba!  It was a blast last year, so put on your neon and make this year’s a success! 
  • It’s time for an overnight trip to Horseshoe Canyon Ranch!  Join Outdoor Adventures for a climbing and camping trip to Horseshoe Canyon Ranch!  Everything but food will be included in the cost of this $70 trip which departs at 9AM on October 4th and returns at 8PM on October 5th.  Sign up now at the FRC so you don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity.
  • Outdoor Adventures just can’t stop planning trips! Head to the Current River for this year’s canoe trip!  Departing at 9AM on October 9th, and returning at 6PM on October 10th this trip is sure to get see it all!  Canoe 15 miles of the Current River with OA for just $60 (cost includes everything but food)!  Visit the Outdoor Adventures desk for more information.
  • American Red Cross
  • CPR and First Aid Certification is happening on October 8th!  CPRA/AED will be from 1:30-5PM and First Aid will be from 5-6:30PM.  Register online or in person at the FRC.  Registration deadline is 2 days before each class.  Limited seats are available.  CPR/AED and First Aid are held in the Aquatics Classroom.  CPR is $55 and First Aid is $40. 
  • The second session of Power Yoga is coming up fast!  Open to faculty and staff, eligible for non-credit fee waiver, $35 for members, $45 for non-members.  Here are your second session options:
    • Tuesdays, 12:10-12:50PM, 10/21-11/11, Register by 10/17
    • Thursdays, 12:10-12:50PM, 10/23-11/20, Register by 10/17
- Michelle Essmeyer, Graduate Assistant for Campus Recreation

Upcoming Events

Public Affairs Week
September 15-19
Kayaking Trip
September 20th & 27th
Title IX Forum
September 25th, 3-4:30PM- PSU Theatre
Bear Country Dedication
September 27th, Dickerson Park Zoo
Department Review
October 3rd Carrington Auditorium, 1-3PM
October 17-18, 2014 

In this Issue:
Family Weekend
Bearfest Village
Admissions Report
Homecoming Competition
Social Committee 
Office of the Registrar
Campus Recreation