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History Per Course Instructor receives Grants

   Congratulations to per course instructor and MSU alumni, Jessica Jordan who has won two grants for teaching social studies:

Jessica explains below:

I am attending a George Washington Teacher Institute at Mount Vernon and will stay on the property this June on full scholarship. The topic is Washington at War: From Soldier to Commander in Chief.

This July I will be attending the Belfur National Conference for Educators at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. I was awarded the Kreamer/Caplan Holocaust Fund grant from Community Foundation of the Ozarks to pay for this conference.

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Successful Spring Break Trip to Haiti

   Lora Hobbs, Religious Studies Senior Instructor, took a group of students to Haiti over spring break.  The students conducted several assessments including intelligence, memory, and spartial reasoning.  Eye tests were given and the Haitian students received glasses.  Madison Dick, a senior Global Studies major, wrote a poem and put it in a video with photos to highlight their trip.

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Victor Matthews Receives Commander’s Award for Public Service

Dr. Victor Matthews, Dean of the College of Humanities and Public Affairs received the Commander’s Award for Public Service. Col. Morgado presented him with the award at a short ceremony in Strong Hall. 

The Bear Battalion is part of CHPA.  As Dean of the College, Dr. Matthews provides regular guidance and mentorship to the Military Science Department.  He has gone out of his way to foster a positive environment and has set the conditions for the Battalion’s success here at MSU.

His continued support, mentorship and example are an inspiration to cadets and cadre alike.  His dedication and service has ensured the continued success of the program.  These efforts are in keeping with the highest traditions of public service, bringing great credit upon Missouri State University, the Black Hawk Brigade, and Cadet Command. 

Congratulations Dr. Matthews.

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Alpha Phi Sigma News

Congratulations to Ivy Yarckow-Brown and the Alpha Phi Sigma crew for their contributions to the recent Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences conference in Kansas City. As many of you know, our Sigma Mu Sigma representatives were up for the presidential slate and missed winning it by just one vote. This is the first time such a new chapter had placed so highly, which is a noteworthy achievement in itself.

Our MSU chapter received some very important recognitions in Kansas City. Kirsten Spangenberg received the $1500 Regina Schearn Scholarship, the most prestigious scholarship awarded by Alpha Phi Sigma (see picture). Ms Yarckow-Brown was named the Alpha Phi Sigma Chapter Advisor of the Year.

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Missouri College Students Meet with McCaskill

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill last week met with a number of Missouri college student groups as they visited Washington, D.C. to discuss their studies, the importance of getting young people involved in public service, and efforts to make college more affordable.

Click HERE for more photos from McCaskill’s meetings with Missouri students.

“Meeting such talented and passionate Missouri students gives me great hope for the future of our state and the country,” said McCaskill, a graduate of the University of Missouri. “Students like these are the perfect example of the importance of a quality, affordable education, and I’ll continue to fight for that opportunity for all Missouri students.”

McCaskill spoke to McDonnell Academy Scholars from Washington University in St. Louis, which was established in 2005 to bring together top scholars from across the globe to Washington University to pursue a world-class education and research while forging a strong network with one another. She also met with a group of students and faculty members from Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work to discuss the importance of youth involvement in public policy. Additionally, McCaskill, a former Jackson County prosecutor, met with a group of students studying criminology from Missouri State University who are in Washington to learn more about the criminal justice system.

McCaskill has been a longtime advocate for Missouri students and fighting to make college more affordable. After receiving input from constituents on her College Affordability Tour of Missouri last year, McCaskill backed the Year Round Pell Grant Restoration Act to restore year-round Pell Grant resources for low-income college students to use towards summer courses. After pressure by McCaskill, the Department of Education announced last year that it will begin a loan counseling experiment and has released a new college completion toolkit which would include programs to have student borrowers complete personalized debt calculators as part of their entrance counseling.

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