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Dr. Duane Meyer, who spent 40 years teaching in the History Department and serving in leadership positions at Missouri State University, including as the university’s sixth President, died Sunday, November 22nd.  Survived by his wife Lyn, he was 89. Joining the History faculty in 1955, Dr. Meyer later served as Dean and then as President from 1971 until 1983. A fuller description of his career and impact on the university can be found at http://news.missouristate.edu/2015/11/23/duane-g-meyer/.

D Meyer Meyer

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History Student presents paper at Loyola University

Guillermo Camacho (Memo), Graduate Assistant for the History Department was invited to the Loyola University Chicago, History Graduate Student Conference to present his paper titled “The Drive for Expansionism: A Study of the Mexican-American War and the Fulfillment and Consequences of Manifest Destiny”   “The goal of this conference is to provide an opportunity for students to gain experience presenting original research projects and to receive feedback from their peers on their work,” and to be on a panel with both PhD level as well as Master level students is a testament to the quality of Memo’s work.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATo find out more about the conference you can go to:  https://loyolahistoryconference.wordpress.com

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Diane Leamy Recognized with Patriot Award

KTW_6376_resizedEmployer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an agency of the Department of Defense, will recognize Diane Leamy, Senior Instructor, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Missouri State University, with a Patriot Award in recognition of her extraordinary support of students and employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserves.

At 08:15 noon, on November 11, 2015, the Patriot Award presentation ceremony will be conducted during the Veteran’s Recognition Breakfast, in the Ballroom, Plaster Student Union, on the Missouri State University Campus, 901 S. National, Springfield, Mo.   Col. (Ret.) Steven Vanderhoof, Area 4 Chairman, ESGR, will officiate the ceremony, make opening remarks, and thank the university’s leaders for providing support to students and employees that are members of the Guard and Reserve. The “official” presentation will be conducted by LCDR James Griffin, Commanding Officer, Navy Operational Support Center, 1110 N. Fremont, Springfield, Mo., U.S. Navy Reserve. The media is invited to attend the presentation of this prestigious award.

Diane Leamy was nominated for being highly supportive of the military National Guard and Reserve Service students and their family members by Gregory Coopwood. Coopwood was a student when he nominated one of his instructors for the Patriot Award. He has since graduated. Coopwood is a Sergeant in the 935th Aviation Support Battalion, Missouri Army National Guard, 1400 N. Fremont, Springfield, Mo.

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Dennis Hickey lectures at State University of New York

cortland3Dr. Dennis Hickey, Distinguished Professor and Director of the Master’s in Global Studies, delivered a guest lecture to an overflow crowd at the State University of New York at Cortland on November 5.


He discussed why Taiwan occupies the best piece of real estate in the South China Sea and why both Washington and Beijing are pushing, in opposite directions, Taipei to change its policies.


He also covered late breaking developments including the summit meeting between President Ma of the Republic of China on Taiwan and President Xi of the People’s Republic of China.


Recently Dr. Hickey has been interviewed by The People’s Daily, China News Service and China Review News Agency of Hong Kong about this historic meeting.



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Faculty members attend SHARP training

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On November 4 Dr. Pam Sailors, LTC Scott Morris, and Dr. David Rohall participated in the Sexual Harassment Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) forum at Ft. Leavenworth, KS titled, “Achieving Cultural Change: Building Trust between an Institution and its Members.”  Here they pose by the Lamp of Learning.

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America from the Ground Up

Lemont DobsonDr. Monty Dobson, Adjunct Instructor of History, has a documentary series, America from the Ground Up, which will be airing on Ozark Public Television. The first episode will air Sunday, November 8, at 2:30 p.m. Archaeologist Monty Dobson digs into America’s history at dozens of sites in the U.S. and Canada, beginning at Cahokia, an ancient Native American city located near St. Louis.

The series received an Honorable Mention from the Midwestern History Association for their Alice Smith Public History Prize!

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Kathleen Kennedy Published in Peace and Change

Dr. Kathleen Kennedy, History Department Head, co-edited a forum with anthropologist, Kathleen Young, on the 30th anniversary of  Elaine Scarry’s, “The Body in Pain.” This is now published in Peace and Change.  Here is the link to the complete article.  Kathleen Kennedyhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/pech.2015.40.issue-4/issuetoc


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History Per Course Instructor Publishes New Textbook

Peter Tsahiridis
Peter Tsahiridis 

Peter D. Tsahiridis has a new history textbook coming out for Spring of 2016 entitled “United States History to 1877, Events that Motivated the American People.” This text book is designed to appeal to both history majors and other freshman students interested in history, anthropology, geo-spatial science, economics, politics, and sociology.  The proceeds from the sale of this book will go to the history department.  This is Peter’s way of giving back to Missouri State University.


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