Archives for March 9, 2017

myPerformance appraisal process opens March 15

Annual performance appraisals provide employees with feedback and ensure we better ourselves and our university community. The appraisal process opens Wednesday, March 15. Preparing for your appraisal now can help make it is a success. Access guides, tutorials, on-demand seminars, and more at

Nominate the 2017 Woman of the Year

Nominations are being accepted for the 2017 Woman of the Year as well as the inaugural Dr. Elizabeth Cummins Women’s Advocate Award. Nominations are due Friday, March 24.

  • The Woman of the Year Award recognizes female, full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty who serve as valuable role models for female students at Missouri S&T. Recipients contribute to the university through their research, scholarship, teaching and service. For more information and to submit a nomination, please visit
  • The Dr. Elizabeth Cummins Women’s Advocate Award has been created to honor an S&T employee, regardless of gender or job title, who demonstrates commitment to women on campus through mentorship and advocacy. The award was named in honor of Dr. Elizabeth Cummins, Missouri S&T’s first Woman of the Year and a professor emerita of English and technical communication. For more information and to submit a nomination, please visit

North entrance of Schrenk Hall to temporarily close

Due to new duct bank installation, the north entrance to Schrenk Hall will not be accessible for at least one week, beginning Monday, March 13. In the meantime, please use the building’s northeast, south or southwest entrances. For more information, please contact Ron Boggs, senior construction project manager, at 308-7066.

Pre-retirement seminar planned March 14

Get more information about retirement planning and upcoming retiree insurance eligibility changes at a seminar 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, March 14. The seminar will be broadcast via telepresence in Room 201A Curtis Laws Wilson Library. Get more information and register online. For additional information, please contact Lee Miller at 341-6105.

Psychology colloquium to address gender bias in STEM

Women continue to be underrepresented in the fields of physical sciences, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Multiple and complex factors contribute to the gender gap in STEM participation; one factor that has received considerable empirical support is the role of gender bias. Dr. Jessica Cundiff, assistant professor of psychology will review evidence of gender bias in STEM, as well as strategies to address gender bias during a presentation 1-1:50 p.m. Monday, March 13, in Room 254 Toomey Hall.

Survey: Business owners optimistic

Local business owners are optimistic about business opportunities, according to a survey conducted by Missouri S&T’s Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC). “Of those surveyed, more than 81 percent of businesses expect their business to improve somewhat or improve greatly over the next one to three years,” says Keith Strassner, director of technology transfer and economic development at Missouri S&T. “Although we expected most to have a positive outlook, it was surprising to see this number that high.”

Stay strong, stay healthy with strength training

Employees, retirees and community members are invited to participate in “Stay Strong, Stay Healthy,” an eight-week strength training program beginning Monday, April 3. A trained instructor will guide participants through a warm-up, eight muscle-strengthening exercises and a cool down.

Lost or stolen Miner ID card?

If your Miner card is missing, you can now deactivate it via the lost card application on the Miner Card ID Office website. Simply log in and change your card status from “active” to “deactive.” Please note that deactivating your Miner Card only affects access to buildings using Miner locks or residential life locks. If you find your card after marking it “deactive,” you may log into the application and mark it “active” again or purchase a replacement ID from the Miner Card ID office, Room 106 Centennial Hall. For more information, please contact the ID office at 341-4996.

Army ROTC scholarships available

Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) currently has two-year scholarships available. These full-tuition scholarships cover full in-state or out-of-state tuition plus provide $1,200 per year for books and a tax-free stipend of $450 to $500 per month. The Army ROTC scholarship can pay for the final two years of a bachelor’s degree or a two-year master’s degree program. To qualify, a student must be a U.S. citizen and have a 2.5 cumulative grade point average, pass a physical fitness test and meet medical qualifications. Please direct interested students to the Army ROTC at 341-6808.