Dr. Jim Moyer, professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at Missouri State University and former Department Head of MSU’s Religious Studies, is retiring after 45 years at Missouri State!
Many of you know Jim from Missouri State University, area Biblical Studies conferences, campus ministries, or church.
We are hosting a reception for Jim on Wednesday, 29 April 2015 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in the Plaster Student Union Room 400 (on the Missouri State University campus). You and your faculty, staff, and congregation are invited to attend to wish Jim well on his retirement.
There will be coffee, tea, and snacks provided, and a guestbook for everyone to sign.
Riccardo C. Lucas, author of Programmed for Murder S.O.S., delivered a keynote presentation entitled “A Million Reasons for Reform” at “Inside the Criminal Justice System: Characteristics, Challenges and Opportunities on Thursday, April 9, 2015 in Plaster Student Union. Mr. Lucas’s story, a story of overcoming the odds that statistically should have left him in total despair, dead or thrown away with little to no redeeming value to our society. He chose not to accept the statistics or what society says about a young incarcerated African-American male from an inner-city urban environment. He turned his life around and sought to turn things around in his community while dishing out some truth telling along the way. Mr. Lucas is now highly sought out by those who want to be elected and those who have trouble navigating urban inner-city communities. As he helps these entities needing his advice, he reminds them of where you start in life is not indicative of where you will finish. Mr. Lucas’ point of view will not be for the faint of heart or for those who strive for political correctness. He simply tells it like it is.
Currently, Mr. Lucas is a certified Housing Development Finance Professional and President / CEO of N. Stride Development, LLC, where he utilizes economic development projects to promote wealth creation, elimination of blight and decay in urban areas. He is a graduate of Park University with a BA in Human Services, a Community Advocate in Kansas City, MO, and is a prominent among local politicians for grassroots consensus building. His work has taken him many places, including China, South Korea, Egypt and Cuba. Before his journey to the Great Wall, he sat behind “The Walls!”
On April 9, 2015, Sigma Mu Sigma, the Missouri State University chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, inducted 18 new members. In total, 282 members have been inducted at Missouri State University. Alpha Phi Sigma recognizes students of criminology and criminal justice who attain high grade point averages not in their majors or programs, but also across all of their educational curriculum. Officers for the 2014 – 2015 academic year were as follows: Molly Galen – Graduate President, Christine Hannis – Graduate Vice President, Warren Galligher – Parlimentarian, Logan Konopasek – Special Projects and Technology Coordinator, Mason Phillips – Undergraduate President, Maggie McCoy – Undergraduate Vice President, and Daniel Harvey – Public Relations. Sigma Mu Sigma received a total of ten nominations for the STAR Awards hosted by the Student Organizations Office in the spring 2015.
Stephen C. Berkwitz, Department Head of Religious Studies, recently presented two talks at the University of Edinburgh Divinity School. He gave a university lecture on Buddhism in modernity and then, on the following day, he gave a keynote lecture on vernacular religious culture in Sri Lanka at the 40th Annual Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions. The Spalding Symposium, which lasted three days, brought together scholars and a handful of graduate students from around the United Kingdom to present and discuss research being done on various aspects of Indian religions.
In a time where the importance of outsourced goods is the topic of most economic discussions, the night sky has not had its due as an economic resource. That’s an issue economics professors Dr. Terrel Gallaway and Dr. David Mitchell hope to address. You can learn more about this research project on the Mind’s Eye website.
Congratulations to Beth Carter and Joe Kuensting. Both were nominated for the 2015 MSU Student Employee of the Year award. There are over 2500 student employees on campus and only 24 were nominated for this award. We are proud to have two outstanding students working within our college.
Samantha Nichols, senior Religious Studies major, has been selected by the Office of Public Affairs as the April 2015 Public Affairs Student Spotlight. Ms. Nichols, who created the student organization Linked, an interfaith dialogue and service group, has been active on and off campus organizing events to increase interfaith understanding and build community. After graduation in May she will pursue ordination at Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, IL. Congratulations, Samantha!
Congratulations to Lora Hobbs, Religious Studies, and Paula Rector, Criminology, for being selected as recipients of this year’s Faculty Excellence in Community Service Award. This award is in recognition of long-standing achievements benefiting our community. Only two recipients are chosen each year and we are proud to have both from within our college.
Students enrolled in the Post-Conviction Justice Clinic course (CRM 316, taught by Jeanie Carver) present results of their case research to Tricia Bushnell, legal director of The Midwest Innocence Project, UMKC Law School, Thursday, March 19, 2015. In the course, students conduct a forensic science review of actual cases provided to them by the Midwest Innocence project. The Midwest Innocence Project reviews cases from currently incarcerated felons making claims of actual innocence.