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Missouri S&T faculty are invited to the Grand Opening of the new Missouri S&T Faculty Center on Tuesday, March 8, in Room 104 Interdisciplinary Engineering Building (IDE Building – No. 9 on the campus map.) Faculty are welcome to drop by anytime between 2-4 p.m. and stay as long as schedules permit. Provost Kent Wray will perform the official ribbon-cutting at 2:30 p.m.
Establishment of the Faculty Center is an initiative by the Female and Underrepresented Minority Faculty Recruiting and Retention (FUMFRR) Task Force, chaired by Wray. The Faculty Center is intended to serve as a venue to foster professional development, encourage collegiality among faculty, and promote a culture of support and respect for all faculty members, regardless of race or gender. Faculty are encouraged to use the facility for professional or social activities, including, but not limited to, mentoring meetings, recruitment activities, guest lectures or invited talks for faculty, interdepartmental meetings, research collaboration meetings, or informal meetings on topics of interest to specific groups of faculty members.
The Faculty Center includes Room 104 and Room 104-A IDE Building, which accommodate up to 15 and 8 occupants, respectively. The facility’s phone number is 341-6619. The phone accommodates both local and 800 number access calls. The conference area in Room 104 includes a computer with Internet access, a projector and screen, a coffee station, and a microwave oven. Various printed and digital materials relevant to teaching, research and service are also available; the collection will be continually expanded.
The Faculty Center will be available during university operating hours, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays. Advance reservation for special events is encouraged and can be made through the provost’s office at 341-4138 or through Outlook Calendar, under S&T Faculty Center. Walk-in’s are welcome if the room is not in use. Faculty may obtain the key from staff in Room 107 IDE Building, as the room will be locked when not in use.