Message from Chancellor Drew Bennett to Faculty and Staff
This edition of Bennett’s Bulletin includes a holiday message, a United Way Campaign update and information on a Faculty Teaching Load Budget Proposal, along with faculty recognitions for significant accomplishments.
This holiday season is a time of joy and hope for a better future. I encourage everyone to be a part of a special gift this year and tell someone about the opportunities at Missouri State University-West Plains and put them in touch with our campus. Appropriate for the season, this would be a great present and perhaps change someone’s life for the better.
With the end of the fall semester comes the holiday break and winter weather. As you travel to visit family and friends, remember to check weather conditions before you travel, always buckle up, and don’t drink and drive. Before you leave for a trip, plan to drive within the speed limit, reducing your speed when driving conditions deteriorate due to ice, snow, rain, or poor visibility. By taking a few precautions, you can ensure you have a safe and enjoyable holiday vacation.
Best wishes to you and your family this holiday season and in the coming year! I look forward to seeing you at the start of the spring semester.
United Way Campaign
Thanks to the generosity of faculty and staff, $6,305 was raised for the Heart of the Ozarks United Way this year, surpassing our $6,000 goal!
Faculty Teaching Load Budget Proposal
In accordance with the faculty handbook, a proposal has been forwarded to the Faculty Senate for consideration by the Faculty Handbook Committee to revise the handbook wording to move the faculty teaching load from the current load of 12 credit hours per semester to the norm of 15 credit hours per semester. If implemented, this would result in budget savings of approximately $240,000. Prior to briefing the Faculty Senate and the Staff Senate on the proposal, it was presented to the Administrative Council and the Executive Budget Committee. Both groups agreed that the initiative should move forward for review by the Faculty Handbook Committee. The handbook committee has started their review and is working on a response to the proposal.
Faculty and Staff Recognition
- Cindy Smith, director of respiratory care, and Aimee Green, director of clinical education for respiratory care/lecturer, were part of a four-person practitioner team that won the National Sputum Bowl at the 40th American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) International Congress in Indianapolis, Ind., on Oct. 6, 2017. The Sputum Bowl is an annual quiz bowl event open to practitioner and student teams at the AARC annual conference.
- Linda Wulff-Risner, assistant professor of agriculture, for her leadership efforts in taking eight members of the Agriculture Club to the 2017 Missouri Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization Conference. All eight students scored in the top five or more in the contests at the state competition earning them the right to compete at the national conference. In addition, two of the students were elected to state office.
Upcoming Events include the following:
- Jan. 4 – Campus offices reopen at 8 a.m.
- Jan. 5-6 – Grizzly basketball tournament featuring the Grizzlies, Nationwide Academy,
Sunrise Christian Academy and Motlow State Community College at the civic center arena. Game times are 5 and 7 p.m. Jan. 5 and 3 and 5 p.m. Jan. 6, with the Grizzlies playing in the 7 p.m. and 5 p.m. games.
- Jan. 8 – STudent Advising and Registration (STAR) Orientation
- Jan. 9 & 11 – Spring Faculty Workshop
Thank you for what you do!
Drew A. Bennett