Congratulations to Ashley Leinweber, Assistant Professor in Political Science, who was among the recipients honored at the Board of Governors meeting with the Excellence in Public Affairs Award.
The Board of Governors’ Award for Excellence in Public Affairs was established at Missouri State University to recognize faculty and staff who excel at carrying out the public affairs mission.
Up to three faculty and three staff award winners are selected each year to receive a certificate, recognition by the Board of Governors and a $1,500 grant to be used for travel, research and/or projects related to their work with Public Affairs.
Keith Seeley, a senior majoring in History, has been awarded a Critical Language Scholarship from the Department of State. Keith will travel to Suzhou, China later this summer to complete an intensive program of linguistic and cultural study.
The CLS program is among the most competitive national scholarship programs with an applicant success rate of approximately 10%.
Missouri State University has won six Critical Language Scholarships since 2010. Congratulations Keith!
A reception was held for Dr. Lorene Stone, Sociology professor and Director of the Center for Social Science and Public Policy Research, to honor her retirement. Dr. Stone began working at Missouri State University in 2001 as dean and later moved to the Sociology and Anthropology department. Enjoy your retirement!
On April 11, 2016 a meeting was held at the Defense and Strategic Studies facilities, in Fairfax, with the 30-member NATO Parliamentary Assembly. This meeting was requested by the NATO delegation; we were one of only three local WDC sites the NATO delegation visited during this trip. The NATO group was chaired by Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale (British Labor MP). Dr. Keith Payne chaired the US delegation, which consisted of three DSS professors, Bob Joseph, John Rose, and Keith Payne, and two addition local US experts, Frank Miller and Rebeccah Heinrich. Simultaneous translation was provided by the NATO delegation’s interpreters. The NATO delegation included MPs from Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Estonia, Poland, Portugal, Turkey, Norway, Netherlands, Croatia, Greece, and Slovenia. Our subject was “Russia’s Nuclear Strategy and NATO Security.” Members of the US delegation gave testimony for approximately 10 minutes each followed by two hours of Q and A. Baroness Ramsay said the meeting could have gone on all day given the MPs keen interest and many questions. She also indicated that they would like to schedule a similar meeting with us in the future.
This year the FCTL Production crew; Mike Fisher and Eric Taylor, worked with Dr. Eric Nelson, History, Dr. Lora Hobbs, Religion, and Jennifer Pursley, Mathematics who have had great success using Mediasite to improve learning outcomes and to transform both their online and blended classes. They produced a video to be submitted for Sonic Foundry’s Enterprise Video Award (EVA) for 2016. This is a video production competition hosted by Sonic Foundry to honor the best video production in one of a number of award categories. The FCTL’s video was competing in theLearning Environment category. A link to the video they produced is:
Yesterday, at Sonic Foundry’s Unleashed 2016 convention in Madison WI, Mike and Eric were honored with receiving the 2016 EVA award. This is an accomplishment among production professionals, especially those working with the Mediasite delivery platform. Please join us in congratulating both Mike and Eric as well as the faculty involved in receiving this award. Well done all! This is an honor for Missouri State University to bring home and you made it happen.
On 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. 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.