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September E-Newsletter

This month in the E-Newsletter:


The Parents Association would like to welcome you and your students to Missouri State University. We are ready for a great year. Each month there will be an E-Newsletter that will be published on the Parent Association website, much like this one you are viewing now. On another note, Parents Weekend is fast approaching on October 3rd-4th and we hope to see a lot of you return to Springfield for this event. Please make sure you take the time to look at the Parents Weekend schedule. Again, thank you for all of your continued support for your Missouri State student.
Go BEARS!!!!

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Student Spotlight

By Hannah Boehm

Hi, my name is Hannah Boehm and I am a junior here at Missouri State University. I am pursuing a degree in social work with a minor in psychology. After I graduate from Missouri State, I hope to attend graduate school where I can specialize in international social work. I currently am involved in several organizations on campus including, being a Living Learning Community Resident Assistant in Hammons House, a SOAR Leader, and a Peer Leader. I am also a proud member of the Honors College, a social sorority, Maroon Madness and the Relay For Life Planning committee. I would definitely say that I have found my home at Missouri State University!

Over the past two years I have established connections with the faculty and staff, developed relationships with a great group of friends, involved myself in every organization that appealed to me, and succeeded in my academic achievements; but, all of this did not come over night. Just two years ago, I was exactly where each of your students is today. I was a scared freshman who wasn't sure if she would be able to handle the big bad college world. I was terrified that the first time I did laundry I would shrink all of my clothes or that I would completely bomb my first big test or that I wouldn't be able to find a place were I felt I belonged. About the second week of school, some of my fears turned to relief when I received a card in my mailbox. It was just a simple "We are thinking of you" card that my parents had sent to me, but it was exactly what I needed to realize that everything would be ok.

Although we would like to have you believe that coming to college means that we don't need you anymore, that is truly not the case. I would not be where I am today if it wasn't for the continual support of my parents. Although it took some adjustment, there are several ways that my parents and I worked out this support system; for example, my parents came to visit me in Springfield instead of always expecting me to come home. This gave me the opportunity to build my new life at school and still have my family be a part of it. Just a warning through, I also appreciated the fact that they didn't just randomly show up at my front door! At least a few hours are necessary to throw all of your dirty clothes into the closet and to clean the dishes in the sink! And remember, even though we won't ever tell you, the weekly phone call to catch up and the occasionally card or care package to say that you are thinking of us are exactly the things that let us know that we will make it through this exciting, but sometimes overwhelming time!

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Mary Beth Marklein is a reporter for USA Today. These are a couple of exerts from her blog. She reports on the higher education throughout the year and often offers some great advice. If you would like to read more please visit USA Today Staff.

10 things NOT to do when dropping your child off at college…

Posted 8/25/2008 10:46 AM EDT

As college students get ready for the fall semester, I'm getting lots of advice over the transom aimed at parents. This totally tongue-in-cheek list (I think!) comes from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., where fall semester classes will start next week.
Anybody have other suggestions?

  • Program his cell phone with a photo of yourself that will pop up on his screen when you call
  • Stop into the fraternity houses to let the boys know that your daughter is a nice girl and is looking for a nice boyfriend
  • Google her roommate and her roommate's parents
  • Join Facebook and ask your son's roommate to friend you
  • Purchase a Batman comforter for his bed because that's his favorite movie
  • Program his cell phone with your voice saying "I love you" as the ringtone for your number
  • Call her roommate's parents to make sure they understand your expectations of their daughter
  • Inform his coach that you'll be attending every game and that you want your son's playing time to be worth the trip
  • Beg his RA, his advisor, the provost and the president to enter your cell phone number into their cell phones, just in case
  • Stop by the president's house, unannounced, to introduce your son

On the other hand: Here's what parents CAN do for their new college student

Posted 8/26/2008 12:01 AM EDT

On Monday, I posted 10 things that parents should NOT do when dropping a kid off at college. Today, Jennifer Jones of the University of Alabama offers some thoughts on what parents of freshmen should do. Her suggestions, in brief:

  • Encourage self reliance. If they have a question or concern about their housing or schedule, have them make the call to the appropriate person. Empowering your child to speak for themselves builds confidence and fosters independence.
  • Create problem solvers. "What are YOU going to do about it?" Tape this phrase next to your phone.
  • Review basic management skills. Put the responsibility on them to manage their time and money. Paying a late fee and oversleeping for class are inexpensive lessons that teach responsibility.
  • Engage in intentional communication. Be clear with your child about expectations about home visits, phone calls, money matters, and academic performance. Also be clear about what will happen if those expectations are not met.
  • Have the tough conversations. Instead of saying "don't drink," ask, "how are you going to handle it if there is alcohol at a party?" Put the responsibility on your child to consider situations that may be difficult.
  • Expect drama. Cell phones, text and email messages have made it possible for parents to hear the immediate raw emotion of a situation. When the drama ensues consider the possibility that it may not be as bad as it sounds. Take a deep breath and say, "wow, that must really stink for you."
  • Recognize your transition. It's okay to be sad and miss your child. Prepare yourself for the transition by building up your support system, planning activities, or focusing on the other kids that live in your house.
  • Know your resources. Every campus has an office and resources to help parents. No one on a college campus is going to turn you away if you have a real concern.
  • Finally, remember the parent honor code: "On my honor, I will try, to allow my child to be an adult, even if it stinks for me. And I won't ever call the president or a faculty member."

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The Taylor Health & Wellness Center staff welcomes you to Missouri State University!

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 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. 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 students 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 your student would like to serve on this committee, please have them 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 your student needs assistance when the clinic is closed and it is not an emergency, they 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.

Taylor Health & Wellness Center
Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65897

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Important Dates and Deadlines for Missouri State Students

You and your student may want to be aware of the following dates and deadlines. For a complete list please visit the Office of the Registrar website.


September 24

Grading Options Deadlines for First Block Classes: Last Day to Drop With Automatic N Grade, Pass/Not-Pass Declaration, and Change to or from Audit

October 13 Mid-Semester Grade Rosters Available on the Faculty/Advisor Resource Center; Must be Submitted by 10:00 a.m. on October 20
October 13 Last Day to Drop or Withdraw from First Block classes
October 14 First Block Classes End
October 15 Mid-Semester/First Block Final Exams Period
October 15 Fall Deferred Payment Plan Installment Due
October 16 – 17 Fall Holiday (No Classes/Offices Open)
October 20 Second Block Classes Begin
October 20 Mid-Semester Grade Rosters must be submitted on the Faculty/Advisor Resource Center by 10:00 a.m.
October 21 Last Day to Register or Add Second Block Classes; Last day to Drop Second Block Classes at 100% (less $60 for Withdrawals)
October 21 Mid-Semester Grades Available on Web My Information System
October 29 Grading Options Deadlines for Full Semester Classes: Last Date to Drop With Automatic N Grade, Pass/Not-Pass Declaration, and Change to or from Audit
October 31 Last day for instructors to drop students who are not attending second block classes
November 17 Final Deferred Payment Plan Installment Due; Failure to Pay Will Result in Cancellation of Spring 2009 Classes
November 18 Grading Options Deadlines for Second Block Classes: Last Date to Drop With Automatic N Grade, Pass/Not-Pass Declaration, and Change to or from Audit
November 25 Thursday evening (4:00 p.m. or later) classes will meet; Tuesday evening classes will not meet
November 26 Thanksgiving Holiday (No Classes/Offices Open)
November 27 – 30 Thanksgiving Holiday (No Classes/Offices Closed)
December 5 Last Day to Drop or Withdraw from Full Semester or Second Block Classes
December 9 Final Grade Rosters Available on the Faculty/Advisor Resource Center; must be submitted by 12:00 noon on Saturday December 20
December 11 Last Day of Classes
December 12 Study Day (No Classes/Offices Open)
December 13 – 18 Final Exams Period


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Parents Association – E-Newsletter Ideas

Have ideas for future Parents Association E-Newsletter articles? We'd love to hear them! Please send your ideas to us at mailto:ParentsAssociation@missouristate.edu.

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