Information for New Staff Members
Bear Connection is a 90-day welcome program for New Staff at Missouri State. Through
professional networking and special campus events, this program provides opportunities
for New Staff to increase their knowledge of campus and engage in our inclusive Bear
New Staff who participate will be able to learn more about Missouri State by networking
with experienced Ambassadors across the University.
How am I assigned an Ambassador?
New Staff members will be assigned Welcome Ambassadors whom they will meet following
New Staff orientation. These Ambassadors will host your orientation group for lunch
and exchange contact information to stay in touch during your first 90 days at Missouri
Participating Staff will receive access to knowledge about our systems and campus
resources. Plus, you’ll get the chance to connect with leaders across titles and departments.
Is participation in Bear Connection mandatory?
Bear Connection is a voluntary program. All New Staff are asked to join Ambassadors
for lunch and may opt into a walking tour following orientation. The decision to network
following orientation is voluntarily decided between New Staff and Bear Connection
Will I receive additional information about the program after orientation?
During orientation, you will receive a Welcome Basket containing contact information
and a brief introduction to the program. Throughout your first 90 days at Missouri
State, you will get guiding emails from our team and from your Ambassador(s).
Last but not least, you will receive a calendar invite and event reminders to attend
Clif's Connection, our special quarterly welcome event personally hosted by the University
Let Bear Connection help you Create a Career You Love at Missouri State.
We created the Bear Connection Program to welcome you to Missouri State and help you
learn about the campus culture, organizational structure, and all the university resources
available to you. As a new staff member, The Bear Connection team has curated learning
strategies for identifying your values, creating your personal vision, and connecting
it to what you do at MSU.
Who should I contact with questions?
If you have any questions about the Bear Connection program, please email BearConnection@MissouriState.edu.