The last meeting of the International Mission Advisory Board was on March 4, 2014. The next meeting will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 in Webster Hall 357.
By Dr. Chad Stebbins
Director, Institute of International Studies
Missouri Southern Athletics has the Lionbacker Booster Club, the George A. Spiva Library has the Friends of the Library, and the Alumni Association has a Board of Directors. Now, the Institute of International Studies has an International Mission Advisory Board.
There are at least 20 such advisory boards on campus, including ones for biology, communication, environmental health, marketing, dental hygiene, law enforcement, nursing, and radiology. Nearly all meet bi-annually or annually.
The International Mission Advisory Board (or IMAB) was established in May 2010 to assist in “the care and feeding” of MSSU’s international mission. Richard Walter, a member of the MSSU Board of Governors, was asked to serve as the board’s chair, and he graciously agreed to give even more of his time to the university.
Although we originally intended to hold quarterly meetings, the IMAB met monthly May through September 2010 in order to get up to speed on all the international programs and activities on campus. Faculty members who had led short-term study abroad trips gave reports, as did the international student advisor and the coordinator of international admissions. We spent a considerable amount of time discussing ways for sustaining MSSU’s Spanish Village with director Leslie Parker.
Fund-raising for the international mission also was a common thread of most meetings. The board debated whether to start a modest campaign − $25,000 or $50,000 – or something more substantial. Board members agreed it was essential to tell potential donors why MSSU needed the funds and to prioritize all the international functions on campus.
The board’s primary purpose is to support the Institute of International Studies and its endeavors both on campus and in the community.