Missouri State University

Spring 2014 Forums

You are invited to attend these meetings of the Academic Advisor Forum.  All interested advisors are welcome, so please encourage other advisors to participate.

Piercing the Fog: Understanding Accelerated Masters Programs and Senior Permission

Presented by Michael Edwards

Wednesday, February 26, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Plaster Student Union 313*

Explaining the graduate admissions’ process for Accelerated Masters Programs and Senior Permission with an emphasis on bringing to light common mistakes and challenging participants’ knowledge of the process.


Boots to Books: Advising and Teaching Veterans

Facilitated by Jenifer  Kautzman

Friday, March 7, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Plaster Student Union Ballroom East

The Department of Veterans Affairs indicates that enrollment of veterans in college has increased 16-fold and well over 500,000 veterans have traded in their uniforms for text books. With the development of the Post 9/11 GI Bill, and the wars in Iraq/Afghanistan coming to an end, colleges across the state see dramatic increases of veterans attending classes. At Missouri State University we've developed the Veteran Student Services office to meet the growing demands of this exceptional group of students. In this session, learn about unique needs of student-veterans, discuss ways we can engage, encourage and empower our student-veterans and hear from current student-veterans about their personal transition and experiences.

After the workshop, participants will have an opportunity to tour the Veteran Student Services office and student lounge.

Space is limited and registration is required at http://www.missouristate.edu/advising/42540.htm

Co-sponsored by Veteran Student Services

Contact Kathy Davis at ext. 65258 with questions.


Missouri Reverse Transfer

Presented by Dixie Williams

Tuesday, March 18, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the Transfer Advising Committee

Plaster Student Union 313*

In this forum we will discuss what reverse transfer means for our students and how we are implementing it at Missouri State. 

It will be important for advisors to learn about reverse transfer as it could affect any transfer students that come to Missouri State University from our partner community colleges.


Advising in the Transition of General Education

Presented by Josh Smith

Wednesday, March 19, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Plaster Student Union 313*


Advising International Students

Presented by Susan Martindale, Jamie Schweiger, Randy Dillon and Patrick Parnell

Wednesday, March 19 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Plaster Student Union 315

Space is limited and registration is required at www.missouristate.edu/advising/42540.htm

This workshop is designed to equip advisors to effectively assist international students by providing information on the nuts and bolts of immigration, as well as enhancing cultural awareness through video vignettes and presentations.  A panel of international students will discuss their experiences at Missouri State University.


Master Advisor Reception

Reception to honor all MSU Master Advisors

Awards will be presented:

Curtis P. Lawrence Excellence in Advising Awards:

Joshua J. Smith, Biomedical Sciences and Scott E. Handley, Honors College

Excellence in Advising Support: Jenifer Kautzman, Veteran Student Services

Excellence in Advising: Graduate Student Contribution: Kristie Reynolds

Thursday, March 27, 4 to 5 p.m.

Plaster Student Union 400, the Union Club

RSVP to 836-5258 by March 24


Advising First Generation College Students

Presented by Rachelle Darabi, Don Simpson and Keri Franklin

Tuesday, April 1, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Plaster Student Union 313*


*Please feel free to bring your lunch to these sessions.

We will also offer Academic Advisor Forum sessions on Tuesday, March 25 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 6 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and Wednesday, May 7 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. All will be in Plaster Student Union 313, the Parliamentary room.  Those topics and speakers will be announced soon. 

All sessions except the master advisor reception count toward Master Advisor re-certification. Three hours of training are required each academic year to maintain Master Advisor status.  Master Advisor Refresher, Advising International Students and Boots to Books workshops complete that requirement in one session. 

If you are unsure whether your master advisor certification is up-to-date, you may go to http://www.missouristate.edu/advising/8389.htm, choose “Advisor Certification Status,” sign in using your regular MSU information, and see your status. Contact Kathy Davis if you have questions.

*Feel free to bring your lunch.