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E-Newsletter - February

In this edition of the Parents Association E-Newsletter:

This semester at Missouri State has already had some exciting moments. Several students showed (and continue to show) enthusiasm for the Presidential Primary process. Our campus is currently covered in ice! Most of us enjoyed our two days off due to the recent weather. Today we are back in the swing of things. Gearing up for Valentine's Day, many students have taken advantage of being able to make teddy bears in the Plaster Student Union. We have also seen a new coffee vendor come to campus; Kaldi's Coffee now operates loations in the Plaster Student Union and the Meyer Library. Construction continues on campus for the repair of Hammons Fountain and the JQH Arena continues to rise into the Missouri State skyline. (If you would like to view a live feed of the arena construction, click here.) All of this (and more) is happening while normal classes and meetings continue. Needless to say, the campus is a flurry of activity that so many of us love to see.

  Missouri State Announces 2008 Community Caravan

Important Dates and Deadlines for February and March 2008

Student Services Spotlight - Taylor Health and Wellness Center

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Missouri State Announces 2008 Community Caravan


Date: January 17, 2008
Contact: Michael T. Nietzel
(417) 836-8500

SPRINGFIELD – Highlighting the interdependence and saying “thank you” for past support are the two major goals for the first Missouri State University Community Caravan, which will focus on eight locations in the first three weeks of April. The theme of the 2008 Caravan is “What the Public Affairs Mission Means to You.”

University officials will work with local planning committees to plan a day-long event that will include these elements: one or more civic/economic impact events; school visits; media contacts; visits with individual donors and alumni; and an evening event for prospective students and their parents.

“Missouri State has enjoyed a strong tradition of support from southwest Missouri,” said Missouri State President Michael T. Nietzel. “We appreciate this tradition, but we are not sure we have expressed our thanks as much as we should. And, we probably haven’t highlighted the many meaningful connections the university has with each of these communities. We have powerful stories to tell about how our public affairs mission is put into action in each of these communities.”

Nietzel said that the caravan will be an annual event and may be expanded in future years to include other areas. The caravan is intended to supplement, not replace, the regular alumni events and Bears Caravan stops that occur already.

University officials are organizing local planning committees, which will include a combination of alumni, parents, friends, donors and community leaders. The planning committees will help establish the schedule and program for each day. Those details will be announced as they are completed. The intent is that the locations will rotate and vary from year-to-year.

The 2008 dates and locations are listed below.

2008 Missouri State University Community Caravan

What the Public Affairs Mission Means to You

Week One
  • Monday, March 31 – Christian County (Ozark, Nixa, Others)
  • Tuesday, April 1 – Greene County (Republic, Strafford, Willard, Others)
  • Wednesday, April 2 – Cedar, Polk and Dade Counties (Stockton, Bolivar, Greenfield, Others)
  • Thursday, April 3 – Laclede County (Lebanon and Others)
Week Two
  • Monday, April 7 – Stone and Taney Counties (Branson, Reeds Spring, Kimberling City, Others)
  • Tuesday, April 8 – Webster County (Marshfield, Rogersville, Others) 

Week Three

  • Monday, April 14 – Lawrence and Barry Counties (Aurora, Mt. Vernon, Monett, Others)
  • Tuesday, April 15 – Newton and McDonald Counties (Neosho and Others)

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Important Dates and Deadlines for February and March

You and your student may want to be aware of the following list of dates and deadlines, which include holidays, registration deadlines, and more. For a complete list of Important Dates and Deadlines, please visit http://www.missouristate.edu/registrar/acad_cal.html.



Feb 12
Semester Audit (No drops, withdrawals, change of schedules, grade changes, etc. processed today; however, forms/requests will be accepted and processed at a later time.)
Feb 13 Grading Options Deadlines for First Block Classes: Last Day to Drop With Automatic N Grade, Put a Class on Pass/Not-Pass, and Change to or from Audit
Feb 15
Deferred Payment Plan Installment Due
Feb 18
Presidents’ Day Holiday (No Classes/Offices Closed)
Feb 20
Monday Evening (4:00 p.m. or later) Classes Meet; Wednesday Evening Classes Do Not Meet
Feb 29
Mid-Semester Grade Rosters Available on the Faculty/Advisor Resource Center; Must be Submitted by 10:00 a.m. on March 10
March 4
Last Day to Drop or Withdraw from First Block classes
March 6
First Block Classes End
March 7
Mid-Semester/First Block Final Exams Period
March 10
Second Block Classes Begin
March 10
Mid-Semester Grade Rosters must be submitted on the Faculty/Advisor Resource Center by 10:00 a.m.
March 11
Mid-Semester Grades Available on Web My Information System
March 11
Last Day to Register or Add Second Block Classes; Last day to Drop Second Block Classes at 100% (less $60 for Withdrawals)
March 17
Deferred Payment Plan Installment Due
March 18 Grading Options Deadlines for Full Semester Classes: Last Day to Drop With Automatic N Grade, Put a Class on Pass/Not-Pass, and Change to or from Audit
March 20-23
Spring Holiday (March 20 No Classes/Offices Open; March 21 No Classes/Offices Closed)
March 24-30
Spring Break (No Classes/Offices Open)


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Student Services Spotlight - Taylor Health and Wellness Center

 Conveniently located on campus near Plaster Student Union and the university bookstore, the Center holds national accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, which assures Missouri State students, faculty and staff that the quality of services and performance has been measured against nationally recognized standards.

 Our professional staff is comprised of six full-time, board-certified physicians; six part-time physicians; nurse practitioner; a wellness educator; and 14 medical support personnel, including RNs, LPNs, registered pharmacists, and lab and X-ray technicians.

 All Missouri State students, and spouses of students, are eligible to receive care after completing a medical history form (found at http://www.health.missouristate.edu/), which is then placed on file at the Center. A prepaid health fee covers the cost of basic office visits for students. There are reduced charges for other professional services such as extended office visits, physical examinations, laboratory tests, X-rays, prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, specialists’ appointments, etc.

Missouri State employees and their eligible dependents also may receive care at reduced rates.

Fees for services and prescriptions may be paid by cash, check or credit card, or charged to your university account.

Outpatient Services

Routine and preventive medical services provided by the Center include:

• Diagnosis and management of chronic medical problems

• Treatment of illnesses and injuries

• Vaccinations

• Travel medicine and planning

• Comprehensive physical examinations

• Minor surgery

• Preventive medical care

• Intravenous fluid and sick day care

• Allergy injections

Women’s Health

The clinic provides a wide range of medical services in the area of women’s health including yearly exams.


Specialist consultations available at the Center include internal medicine, psychiatry, radiology, orthopedics and gynecology. Although the Center can handle most of your health and wellness needs, some illnesses or injuries require additional or specialized services. We will help you obtain appropriate consultation or referral.

Nutrition and Dietetics

Students who have questions regarding diet, weight management, eating disorders or other nutrition issues can schedule consultations with registered dietitians by calling 417-836-4000.


Registered pharmacists staff the Center’s pharmacy and fill prescriptions written by the Center’s or your personal provider. The pharmacy also is well stocked with over-the-counter products, such as cold and allergy medications, bandages, pain relievers, contact lens solutions, etc.


The laboratory allows the Center’s staff to provide diagnostic testing on-site, performed by registered medical technologists. Tests may be performed in the laboratory, which have been ordered by physicians other than the Center’s staff. Our lab is fully accredited by COLA (Commission on Office Laboratory Accreditation).


The radiology department provides basic diagnostic X-rays ordered by the Center’s or your personal physician, and interpreted by consulting radiologists.

Treatment Clinic

The treatment clinic, staffed by registered nurses under the supervision of a physician, offers routine procedures such as immunizations, allergy injections, TB skin tests, blood-pressure checks, travel medicine, EKGs and day-bed care.

Health Education & Wellness

To help the campus community reach its optimum level of health, the Center offers many health education and wellness opportunities.

These include immunizations, smoking cessation, CPR and First Aid training, self-defense, weight management, nutrition, stress management, sexuality, alcohol and other drug awareness and prevention programs. The Natural High Club, co-sponsored by the Center’s Wellness Office, has been recognized by the John Templeton Foundation and is committed to helping develop a campus culture that supports healthy lifestyles for students, faculty, staff and their dependents.  The Natural High Club encourages students

to make a conscious commitment to healthier living and discover alternative activities/adventures to achieve a natural high. This is a

great opportunity to get involved with extreme programming, plus a fun way to meet new people.  For more information, call 417-836-4030.

Get Involved

The Student Health Advisory Committee advises the Taylor Health & Wellness Center administration on student-focused programs.

Student members become actively involved with the campus community and gain leadership experience. If you would like to serve on this committee, please call 417-836-4040.

Center Hours

Taylor Health & Wellness Center is open Monday–Friday and closed during university holidays. When the Center is not open, local hospital emergency rooms and urgent care centers are available. If you need assistance when the clinic is closed and it is not an emergency, you have an option of calling 888-8888 (Nurse Triage — off campus St. John’s Health Information Center).

Student Insurance

A national insurance company underwrites an insurance program for students of Missouri State University and their families. The insurance is designed for students and those who are not currently covered by a plan. All international students with an F-1 or J-1 visa are required to enroll in the plan. For information about the plan’s coverage and cost, contact the Center’s Business Office at 417-836-4010 or visit our website. All contractual agreements for those who participate in this plan shall be between the insured and the underwriter.

 Medical Records-Health Information

All health information is protected for confidentiality in accordance with HIPAA regulations and will not be released without a written request signed by the patient, or as otherwise authorized by law.

Important Phone Numbers

(For on-campus calls, dial only the last five digits.)

Administration: 417-836-4030

Appointments/general information: 417-836-4000

E-mail: health@missouristate.edu

Emergency: 911

Health Education and Wellness

Information: 417-836-4045

Insurance and Billing: 417-836-4010

Medical Records: 417-836-4004

Pharmacy: 417-836-4050

St. John’s Hospital Health Information

Center (Nurse Triage—off campus): 888-8888

For more information about making an appointment, transferring health information or wellness programming, log on to the Center’s website.

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