Students and families receive packets of information about University units and services upon arrival at SOAR. These packets are included with two publications:
- Students receive the SOAR Handbook, containing information about University departments and resources, financial aid and services, University policies, opportunities for involvement and other tips for success while transitioning to MSU.
- Families receive the Family Guide, containing information about University departments and resources, University policies, the Family Association and advice for supporting their student through his or her transition to MSU.
Criteria for inclusion in the packet
Information provided in the student and/or family packets must meet the following criteria:
- Information provided to students must be included as paid SOAR Handbook advertisements (see the “SOAR Handbook advertisements” heading for details). Exceptions may be made for semester-specific information or information unavailable at press time; contact the Director of SOAR for exception requests.
- Information provided to family members can take the form of flyers, brochures, or advertisements in the Family Guide (see the “Family Guide advertisements” heading for details).
- Promotional items, such as branded pens, bags, give-away items, etc. are welcomed and encouraged. Before ordering items, contact the Director of SOAR to ensure that such items are not duplicated by others.
The following areas may request to include information in the SOAR packet:
- Missouri State University departments
- Businesses which have a contractual relationship with the University
- Associations which represent multiple recognized student organizations, such as Fraternity and Sorority Life, Student Activities Council, etc.
- Student Government Association
Requests for inclusion will be evaluated using the following criteria:
- Information/materials provided should clearly contribute to SOAR’s mission to assist students in making a successful transition to Missouri State University.
- Information/materials provided should clearly and directly apply to incoming freshmen. Information or materials more appropriate for upperclassmen will not be included in SOAR packets.
- Requests from businesses not affiliated with the University, individual student organizations and organizations that do not clearly and directly apply to incoming freshmen will not be provided inclusion.
For more information regarding inclusion of information in SOAR materials, please contact Joe Morris, director of SOAR, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (417) 836-7641.