First-Year Programs Advisory Council


To advise the Director of First-Year Programs and the Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs on initiatives involving the first-year experience (FYE) at Missouri State University. This includes, but is not limited to:
  1. Developing a first-year philosophy statement and over-arching goals for the program;

  2. Evaluating the effectiveness of GEP 101, and making recommendations to the Director concerning changes to the course designed to increase academic excellence, enhance student success, and integrate the public affairs mission;

  3. Providing assistance with the learning communities and common reader programs; and

  4. Serving as a liaison with other departments/colleges/student affairs as part of a larger effort to inform and address issues involving first-year students. (Members serve three-year terms. Student members will be appointed as needed to accommodate graduations.)

Current Advisory Council Spring 2021

Rotating Members

Dr. Minor Baker, COE (member through 2024)

Dr. Stephen Berkwitz, CHPA (member through 2024)

Ms. Alexis Butler, Student Representative, Hospitality Leadership major

Ms. Sierra Chitwood, Student Representative, SAHE masters program

Ms. Crystal Dicke, LIBR (member through 2022)

Dr. Toby Dogwiler, CNAS (member through 2024)

Mr. Scott Handley, Honors College (member through 2024)

Mr. Rob Moore, Financial Aid (member through 2024)

Dr. Linda Moser, COAL (member through 2022)

Ms. Sarah Murray, CHHS (member through 2022)

Ms. Carly Pierson, COB (member through 2022)

Dr. Christi Sudbrock, COA (member through 2022)

Ex-Officio Members

Dr. Kelly Wood, Associate Provost, Student Success (standing member)

Dr. Tracey Glaessgen, Associate Director, Center for Academic Success and Transition (standing member)