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STAR Awards given to Criminology Students

APS Star Awards 042516 2On Monday, April 25, 2016, Alpha Phi Sigma – Sigma Mu Sigma was awarded with three STAR (Student Talent and Recognition) Awards for their outstanding efforts through the 2015 – 2016 academic year at Missouri State University. 

Ivy Yarckow-Brown (left) Kirsten Spangenberg (right)
Ivy Yarckow-Brown (left) Kirsten Spangenberg (right)

Outstanding Sophomore – Kristen Spangenberg

Kirsten is a highly motivated young lady who has sophomore standing with her time spent at Missouri State University, but has excelled through classes at an astonishing speed, which has earned

her many college credits.  She serves as the Undergraduate Vice President for Alpha Phi Sigma – Sigma Mu Sigma, and also holds an officer position with Missouri State University’s Criminal Justice Society.  Upon the 2016 – 2017 academic year, she hopes to be enrolled in the Accelerated Master’s Program in Criminology and Criminal Justice, while she takes on the role of Undergraduate President with Alpha Phi Sigma – Sigma Mu Sigma.

Outstanding Faculty Advisor – Ms. Ivy Yarckow-Brown

Ms. Yarckow-Brown began in the role of faculty advisor for Alpha Phi Sigma – Sigma Mu Sigma in August of 2005.  Prior to her advising, only 75 students were members of Missouri State University’s Alpha Phi Sigma chapter, since her arrival over 200 more members have joined.  Eight years ago, Ms. Yarckow-Brown created the Annual Missouri State University Criminology and Criminal Justice conference, which Alpha Phi Sigma – Sigma Mu Sigma has hosted for eight consecutive years with attendance being over one thousand participants per year.  She is also serving from 2016-2018 as a National Advisor for Alpha Phi Sigma.

APS Star Awards 042516Accolades

For their collaboration with students from Missouri State University’s Media and Film Department, the Springfield Police Department, Greene County Sheriff’s Department, the Missouri State University Public Safety Office, and Greene County’s Medical Examiner’s Office, Alpha Phi Sigma – Sigma Mu Sigma, won accolades. Two students from the Media and Film Department, Josh Pfaff and Andrew Westmaas, were seeking assistance from the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice Department in assuring depicted accuracy and portrayals in crime scenes, behaviors of law enforcement officers, appropriate terminology, and more in their short film entitled “Counting to 1000.”  More than sixteen hours were spent on film sets and many, many hours were spent behind the scenes preparing for the development of this project, which has already won three other awards in addition to this newly received STAR.

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Bear Battalion Alum Receives Promotion

Gallowaycommandphoto  The Missouri State University Army ROTC Bear Battalion proudly congratulates COL (P) Troy D. Galloway on his promotion to Brigadier General.  COL (P) Galloway is a 1991 alum of MSU and was the 1,423 Second Lieutenant commissioned from the Military Science department’s program. The promotion of COL (P) Galloway will be thirteen Bear Battalion alums that have attained the rank of General officer. 

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The Journey Continues Project

Lyle Foster
Lyle Foster
Tim Knapp
Tim Knapp

The Journey Continues, a project from Missouri State University Sociology professors Dr. Lyle Foster and Dr. Tim Knapp examines Springfield’s race history.

Below is the link to a KSMU page with the three interviews that have been done so far.  Emily McTavish, who is the interviewer, is a sociology minor.


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History Professors receive Awards

Jeremy Neely
Jeremy Neely
David Gutzke
David Gutzke

David Gutzke and Jeremy Neely have both won awards for their teaching and service in the honors college.  David has been awarded the 2016 Marcia Morriset Award for Outstanding Service to Honors Education  and Jeremy has been awarded the 2016 Curtis P. Lawrence Master Teacher Award.  It is rare that for two members in the same department to receive awards in the same year.

Jeremy has also received the Lawrence Christenson Prize awarded by the Missouri Historical Society for the journal’s top article on Missouri History for his 2015 publication “A Pure Son of Missouri.”

Congratulations to both David and Jeremy for their accomplishments.

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Dr. David Romano named a recipient of the 2015 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

RomanoDr. David Romano (second from the right), Political Science, was named a recipient of the 2015 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Gov. Jay Nixon and members of the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education will recognize Dr. Romano and others for their achievements.

The Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching is presented to an outstanding faculty member from each participating higher education institution in the state. The awards, which are not monetary, are based on effective teaching, effective advising, service to the university community, commitment to high standards of excellence and success in nurturing student achievement. View past winners of this award.

David Romano is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Missouri State University where he teaches courses on the Middle East and international relations, among others. His research and professional interests include nationalism, social movements, violent conflicts, the Middle-East (especially the Kurds, Turkey and Iraq) and terrorism.

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Professor and certified wine taster offers tips, tricks on wine

Vadim Putzu
Vadim Putzu

Tasting wine doesn’t just involve the flavor signals that your tongue sends to your brain. It actually involves all five of your senses, and you should work to use all of them when tasting a wine.  Dr. Vadim Putzu, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, provides information regarding wine tasting.  Please see: http://news.missouristate.edu/2016/04/05/how-to-taste-buy-wine/

WineWorld flyer

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Bear Battalion Alumni Leader Panel

160329 Bear Battalion Alumni Leader PanelThe Bear Battalion welcomed 8 Alumni back to Springfield for a leader panel Tuesday, March 29. The panel consisted of COL Willoughby & COL Soebbing from the class of ’88, COL Lombardo from the class of ’93, LTC Thompson from the class of ’95, LTC Hutchison from the class of ’96, and LTC Snodderly, LTC Sullinger & LTC Ward from the class of ’98. The panel answered questions across a wide variety of leader development topics during this great event!

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