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Dr. Dennis Hickey Meets with Leader of Kuomintang

Professor of Political Science and Global Studies Program Director, Dr. Dennis Hickey, recently interviewed Ms. Hung Hsiu-chu, Chairperson of Kuomintang (KMT). The interview focused largely on the KMT’s loss in this year’s election and her observations will be incorporated into Dr. Hickey’s current research project.

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Although well prepared for BearWear Fridays, the latter picture could cause some trouble for Hung when she visits her alma mater, Truman State University.

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Charles Hedrick Publishes New Parables Book



Charles W. Hedrick, Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies at Missouri State University, has recently published a book on the parables of Jesus. The title is Parabolic Figures or Narrative Fictions. Seminal Essays on the Stories of Jesus (Cascade, 2016).


Hedrick contends that parables do not teach moral and religious lessons; they are not, in whole or part, theological figures for the church. Rather parables are realistic narrative fictions that like all effective fiction literature are designed to draw readers into their story worlds where they make discoveries about themselves by finding their ideas challenged and subverted—or affirmed.

The parables have endings but not final resolutions, because the endings raise new complications for careful readers, which require further resolution.  The narrative contexts and interpretations supplied by the evangelists constitute an attempt by the early church to bring the secular narratives of Jesus under the control of the church’s later religious perspectives.  Each narrative represents a fragment of Jesus’ secular vision of reality.

Finding himself outside the mainstream of parables scholarship, both ecclesiastical and critical, Hedrick explored a literary approach to the parables in a series of essays that, among other things, set out the basic rationale for a literary approach to the parables of Jesus.  These early essays form the central section of the book, published in edited form along with previously unpublished critiques of a strictly literary approach to the parables and his response.

Dr. Hedrick will be at Barnes and Noble Springfield, Missouri on October 22 for the public to meet the author and book signing.


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Philosophy Instructor takes second place in essay contest

Congratulations to Dr. Patrick A. Beach, Philosophy Instructor, for finishing second in Teaching Ethics’ recent 1,000-word essay competition! The essay was in response to an ethical case study called “The Bus Puzzle”. Beach“The Foolhardy Do-Gooder” appears in Teaching Ethics1 (2016), pp. 135-136.

Here’s the link to the first page:  https://www.pdcnet.org/pdc/bvdb.nsf/purchase?openform&fp=tej&id=tej_2016_0016_0001_0135_0136

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Article Published by History Graduate

Erin Smither HeadshotErin Smither, a former history master’s student at MSU and currently an archivist at the State Historical Society of Missouri Research Center-Springfield (in the Meyer Library), has an article in the July 2016 issue of the Missouri Historical Review. The article is called “A Nice Cottage Where We Always Stop: The Branson Lodging Postcards Collection and Ozarks Tourism.”  It chronicles the history of modern Branson tourism and the many lodgings that developed to cater to the tourists.  In particular is discussed the history of the Anchor Travel Village, a resort in Branson from the 1930s-1960s.  The article is the “From the Stacks” feature in the Missouri Historical Review, which highlights one of the collections in the State Historical Society of Missouri’s holdings. Congratulations Erin.

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Religious Studies Per Course Instructor Wins Award

Mak Boyer

Per Course faculty member Mark Boyer just won second place in the Liturgical Press Catholic Press Awards for The Liturgical Environment, Third Edition .  Liturgical Press is honored to be the publisher of nineteen award winners in the Catholic Press Association 2016 Book Awards.

“We have the great privilege of working with so many extraordinary authors,” said Peter Dwyer, director at Liturgical Press. “It is gratifying to see their work and ours in service of the Gospel recognized with these awards.”

Mark teaches courses about the Bible and film, studying the biblical themes in movies such as The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, among others.

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CHPA Alumni receive Awards

Bears of Excellence


Leland Gannaway, class of 63, (third from left) and Cindy Wilson, class of 79, (center) were honored with the Bears of Excellence award.  The Bears of Excellence Award was created in 2016 on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Missouri State University Alumni Association’s Award program.  Recipients are selected at the discretion of the awards selection committee, recognizing uniquely accomplished alumni from diverse academic, professional and personal backgrounds.  Up to six honorees may be awarded each year.

Steven F. McDonald, class of 66, (center) was honored with the Award for Excellence in Public Affairs.  This award recognizes graduates who have exceptional achievements in their professional endeavors, while demonstrating outstanding commitment to the ideals of public service.

Ron Richard, class of 72, (right) was honored as Outstanding Alumni.  The recipients are recognized for extraordinary achievement in their personal and professional endeavors.  Among the qualities considered are notable success in a professional or business, loyalty to the university and outstanding contributions to society.

Lincoln Hough, class of 05, (not pictured) received the Outstanding Young Alumni.  This award recognizes graduates 35 years of age or younger who have demonstrated extraordinary achievement in their personal and professional endeavors, and have brought honor to Missouri State University.

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Ashley Leinweber receives Award



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.

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