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Congratulations to Aida Hass on the publication of “Criminology Connecting Theory, Research and Practice”


14233232_1839920482696964_2641538398763127837_nConnections among theory, research, and practice are the heart and soul of criminology. This book offers a comprehensive and balanced introduction to criminology, demonstrating the value of understanding the relationships between criminological theory, research, and practice in the study of crime and criminal behavior. Utilizing a range of case studies and thought-provoking features, it encourages students to think critically and provides a foundation for understanding criminology as a systematic, theoretically grounded science.

This is the second Edition and is available from Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.

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Students Participate in Unique Study Away Opportunity

Melvi, Alana and juanPolitical science majors Macon Allen, Melvi Cifuentes, Alana Collins, and political science minor Juan Narvaez, spent a couple of weeks at the beginning of January of this year volunteering at Raíces, and NGO in San Antonio Texas. Raíces provides legal assistance and political advocacy to women, children and family fleeing gang and political violence from El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua (https://www.raicestexas.org/). Macon, Melvi, Alana and Juan observed and assisted the Ngo’s work with refugees at the Karnes Detention Center. They performed interviews, observed court proceedings, and helped gather and organize evidence for legal procedures.

Juan Narvaez and Alana Collins
Juan Narvaez and Alana Collins
Macon Allen and Melvi Cifuentes
Macon Allen and Melvi Cifuentes


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Recent Publication

defining-sports0001Dr. Pam Sailors, Associate Dean, recently had a chapter published in Defining Sport (The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group). The “Borderline Cases” looks at the popular “fitness” trends of CrossFit, Tough Mudder, and Spartan Race to determine whether these borderline cases should be classified as sports.1558

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Religious Studies Student receives Citizen Scholarship

Congratulations to Jagger Deed, Kimberleigh Eng, Caroline Finnell, Alexis “Ali” Jemes, Michelle Pellegrino and Victoria “Tori” York!
Congratulations to Jagger Deed, Kimberleigh Eng, Caroline Finnell, Alexis “Ali” Jemes, Michelle Pellegrino and Victoria “Tori” York!

The Missouri State University Board of Governors designated six students as the 2016-17 Citizen Scholars at its meeting today (Dec. 15). But what makes a good citizen scholar? These students were selected for their dedication to the public affairs mission of the university through course work, activities and service-learning opportunities.

“The drive that these students demonstrate is incredible,” said Carrie Tergin, Board of Governors member who served on the selection committee. “I am impressed by their academic rigor as well as the many ways that they find to give back to the community and to the world. It makes me really excited to see what they will do in the future.”

The 2016-17 Citizen Scholars

The recipients of the Citizen Scholar Award are:

  • Jaggar Deed, a graduate student from Republic, Missouri, pursuing a bachelor’s in finance and a master’s in health promotion and wellness management
  • Kimberleigh Eng, a graduate student from Woodbridge, Virginia, pursuing a master’s in business administration
  • Caroline Finnell, a junior from Chesterfield, Missouri, majoring in dietetics
  • Alexis “Ali” Jemes, a senior religious studies major from Independence, Missouri
  • Michelle Pellegrino, a senior from Saint Peters, Missouri, triple-majoring in economics, mathematics and modern language
  • Victoria “Tori” York, a senior from Highlandville, Missouri, majoring in English education

“Boundless – that’s a word I’d use to describe the Citizen Scholar,” added Tergin. “I don’t think these students see the hurdles the rest of us see. They’re living and leading with purpose.”

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Economics: Application of the “Dismal” Science

ken_brown_pr_photo_150x150Dr. Ken Brown, who is the head of the Department of Economics at Missouri State University, spends a good deal of time helping students see where economics can make a difference in our lives.  He stops by Stem Spots to chat about the origins of the “dismal science” phrase and some of the ways that economics is a science, from modeling the world to the use of data.  He also talks about the field of experimental economics, where simple “games” can be used to gain insight into the way decisions are made by typical people who, of course, make up the system that he and his colleagues wish to understand. 

To listen to his interview go to: 



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Bear Battalion takes first place in annual Ranger Challenge

636159415800103185-msu-ranger-challengeCongratulations to The Bear Battalion, Missouri State Army ROTC on a great performance in the annual Ranger Challenge. The battalion competed against eight regional schools at the annual Taskforce Leonard Wood ROTC “Ranger Challenge” on October 28-29. http://news.missouristate.edu/2016/11/28/bear-battalion-ranger-challenge/
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Paula Rector interviewed by KOLR10

Paula Rector Senior Instructor Criminology
Paula Rector
Senior Instructor

Paula Rector, senior instructor in Criminology and Criminal Justice, was recently interviewed by KOLR10.  This was part of the television stations series about domestic violence in the Ozarks.  Paula is also is a board member for Harmony House.  For the full interview please go to:



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Alumni Win November Elections


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Curtis Trent, Crystal Quade, and Lincoln Hough

Congratulations to Missouri State University alumni for their commitment to Public Affairs; winning local races in Missouri’s November general election.

Curtis Trent, PLS alum in the 133rd House district, Crystal Quade, Jefferson City intern alum in the 132nd House district, and Lincoln Hough, PLS alum in Greene County Commission District 2.

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