Dr. Jamaine Abidogun was recently elected vice-president of the Mid-American Alliance for African Studies. Dr. Bukola Oyeniyi was elected as secretary-treasurer. Both Drs. Abidogun and Oyeniyi helped organize the organization’s conference at Missouri State University. Kyesha Wilson, a student worker in the History department, served on the panel.
Dr. Ashley Leinweber, Assistant Professor of Political Science, has used the public affairs mission as a guidepost for teaching, research and service on campus, in the Springfield community and beyond.
Stemming from her passion of African studies and international politics, she began serving as a Congo expert in human rights asylum cases in 2013. Her pro bono work includes reviewing legal documents, conducting research, writing expert affidavits and testifying via phone and in-person about country conditions, human rights abuses and the merits of the particular asylum request. Ashley says “This work is very time consuming and emotionally difficult, but I am grateful to serve in this capacity. My greatest reward so far was a Congolese university professor being granted asylum on my birthday.”
As a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, West Africa from 2002-2004, Ashley became actively engaged in reviving the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) group here in Springfield. As a group they meet monthly and volunteer time together within the community. Ashley coordinates local members and events, and serves as a liaison between other Missouri RPCV groups and the regional recruiter in St. Louis.
Public Affairs is honored to recognize Dr. Ashley Leinweber as October’s Faculty Public Affairs Spotlight!
Saturday, October 15, as part of the homecoming festivities, the Military Science Bear Battalion had an open house. Bill Moskoff, a 1965 alumni, provided funding for and presented the senior cadets with class rings.
Monday, October 10, the 13th Annual College of Humanities and Public Affairs banquet was held in the Crystal Room at Kentwood Hall. This event gives the scholarship recipients to the opportunity to meet and personally thank their donors for their gracious gift. Thank you to all of our donors for their generosity.
Thomas Limbrick ’13 is serving a two-year judicial clerkship with the Honorable Mary Rhodes Russell of the Supreme Court of Missouri. But he said it was earning a philosophy degree at Missouri State that helped prepare him for the rigors of law school and his burgeoning career. He credits mentors like Andrew Johnson and Jack Knight, whom he calls, “two of the smartest people I’ve ever met.”
“My course on ancient philosophy with Dr. Knight made me unafraid to tackle complex and voluminous readings. All of my philosophy classes, particularly Ethics and Contemporary Issues and Philosophy of Religion with Professor Johnson, familiarized me with the Socratic method of teaching and forced me to constantly come up with rational arguments,” Limbrick said.
Limbrick knew he wanted to attend law school before beginning his undergraduate studies. While in law school he took advantage of semester and summer breaks to immerse himself in many different legal fields. After his first year of law school he spent the summer working at Armstrong Teasdale, where he gained experience with employment litigation, construction, medical malpractice, real estate and intellectual property litigation. These experiences helped Limbrick pinpoint his interests in employment and labor law.
But the opportunity to clerk caught his attention as soon as he began law school. Limbrick said the application process includes gathering recommendation letters, writing samples, resumé and transcript. Limbrick said some judges begin accepting applications when students are in their second year of law school, so it’s best to begin the process early.
“Many lawyers consider clerking for a year or two to be one of the best jobs – if not the best job – to get straight out of law school. It is a unique opportunity to work closely with a judge and see how the other side of the courtroom thinks,” Limbrick said.
After completing his clerkship in 2018, Limbrick plans to return to his hometown of St. Louis and practice employment and labor law.
John Chuchiak recently presented at the Gotta have faith: A symposium on Crypto-Judaism in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He presented “Water and Fire: The Inquisition in New Spain and the Prosecution and Persecution of Accused Judaizers, 1570-1821.”
John Chuchiak recently returned from taking President Smart, the Provost and an official delegation of Deans and Administrators to an official site visit and meetings in Merida, Yucatan.
The Anahuac Mayab University and Missouri State University signed an agreement for academic exchange between the two communities.
Both institutions agreed to develop activities of mutual interest such as joint research and educational activities to Master’s and doctoral; development, organization and implementation of continuing education programs, such as training, workshops and other activities.
On September 27 Victor Matthews, dean of the College of Humanities and Public Affairs, presented at the University of Tennessee’s Religious Studies 50th Anniversary lecture series. The topic of his lecture was “Space, Memory, and Conversation: From the Biblical World to the Classrooms of Today”. Drawing on his extensive body of literature, which encompasses both scholarly analysis and several textbooks, Dr. Matthews highlighted the role these important themes play in the biblical text and how they remain significant for instructing students in the contemporary Religious Studies classroom.
Dr. Pam Sailors, Associate Dean, recently returned from Greece where she attended The International Association for the Philosophy of Sports conference at the International Olympic Academy in Ancient Olympia. Her presentation was “Women in Sports: Double Consciousness, False Consciousness, and Autonomy”.