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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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History Student Receives Critical Language Scholarship

seeleyKeith Seeley, a senior majoring in History, has been awarded a Critical Language Scholarship from the Department of State. Keith will travel to Suzhou, China later this summer to complete an intensive program of linguistic and cultural study.

The CLS program is among the most competitive national scholarship programs with an applicant success rate of approximately 10%.

Missouri State University has won six Critical Language Scholarships since 2010.  Congratulations Keith!

You may find and download the press release here:


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DSS hosts NATO Parliamentary Assembly

NATO 1On April 11, 2016 a meeting was held at the Defense and Strategic Studies facilities, in Fairfax, with the 30-member NATO Parliamentary Assembly.  This meeting was requested by the NATO delegation; we were one of only three local WDC sites the NATO delegation visited during this trip.   The NATO group was chaired by Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale (British Labor MP). Dr. Keith Payne chaired the US delegation, which consisted of three DSS professors, Bob Joseph, John Rose, and Keith Payne, and two addition local US experts, Frank Miller and Rebeccah Heinrich.   Simultaneous translation was provided by the NATO delegation’s interpreters.  The NATO delegation included MPs from Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Estonia, Poland, Portugal, Turkey, Norway, Netherlands, Croatia, Greece, and Slovenia. Our subject was “Russia’s Nuclear Strategy and NATO Security.” Members of the US delegation gave testimony for approximately 10 minutes each followed by two hours of Q and A.  Baroness Ramsay said the meeting could have gone on all day given the MPs keen interest and many questions.  She also indicated that they would like to schedule a similar meeting with us in the future.


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FCTL Production Team 2016 EVA Recipients

This year the FCTL Production crew; Mike Fisher and Eric Taylor, worked with Dr. Eric Nelson, History, Dr. Lora Hobbs, Religion, and Jennifer Pursley, Mathematics who have had great success using Mediasite to improve learning outcomes and to transform both their online and blended classes. They produced a video to be submitted for Sonic Foundry’s Enterprise Video Award (EVA) for 2016. This is a video production competition hosted by Sonic Foundry to honor the best video production in one of a number of award categories. The FCTL’s video was competing in theLearning Environment category. A link to the video they produced is:


Dr. Eric Nelson
Dr. Eric Nelson
Lora Hobbs, Senior Instructor Religious Studies
Lora Hobbs,
Senior Instructor
Religious Studies

Yesterday, at Sonic Foundry’s Unleashed 2016 convention in Madison WI, Mike and Eric were honored with receiving the 2016 EVA award. This is an accomplishment among production professionals, especially those working with the Mediasite delivery platform. Please join us in congratulating both Mike and Eric as well as the faculty involved in receiving this award. Well done all! This is an honor for Missouri State University to bring home and you made it happen.

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STAR Awards given to Criminology Students

APS Star Awards 042516 2On Monday, April 25, 2016, Alpha Phi Sigma – Sigma Mu Sigma was awarded with three STAR (Student Talent and Recognition) Awards for their outstanding efforts through the 2015 – 2016 academic year at Missouri State University. 

Ivy Yarckow-Brown (left) Kirsten Spangenberg (right)
Ivy Yarckow-Brown (left) Kirsten Spangenberg (right)

Outstanding Sophomore – Kristen Spangenberg

Kirsten is a highly motivated young lady who has sophomore standing with her time spent at Missouri State University, but has excelled through classes at an astonishing speed, which has earned

her many college credits.  She serves as the Undergraduate Vice President for Alpha Phi Sigma – Sigma Mu Sigma, and also holds an officer position with Missouri State University’s Criminal Justice Society.  Upon the 2016 – 2017 academic year, she hopes to be enrolled in the Accelerated Master’s Program in Criminology and Criminal Justice, while she takes on the role of Undergraduate President with Alpha Phi Sigma – Sigma Mu Sigma.

Outstanding Faculty Advisor – Ms. Ivy Yarckow-Brown

Ms. Yarckow-Brown began in the role of faculty advisor for Alpha Phi Sigma – Sigma Mu Sigma in August of 2005.  Prior to her advising, only 75 students were members of Missouri State University’s Alpha Phi Sigma chapter, since her arrival over 200 more members have joined.  Eight years ago, Ms. Yarckow-Brown created the Annual Missouri State University Criminology and Criminal Justice conference, which Alpha Phi Sigma – Sigma Mu Sigma has hosted for eight consecutive years with attendance being over one thousand participants per year.  She is also serving from 2016-2018 as a National Advisor for Alpha Phi Sigma.

APS Star Awards 042516Accolades

For their collaboration with students from Missouri State University’s Media and Film Department, the Springfield Police Department, Greene County Sheriff’s Department, the Missouri State University Public Safety Office, and Greene County’s Medical Examiner’s Office, Alpha Phi Sigma – Sigma Mu Sigma, won accolades. Two students from the Media and Film Department, Josh Pfaff and Andrew Westmaas, were seeking assistance from the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice Department in assuring depicted accuracy and portrayals in crime scenes, behaviors of law enforcement officers, appropriate terminology, and more in their short film entitled “Counting to 1000.”  More than sixteen hours were spent on film sets and many, many hours were spent behind the scenes preparing for the development of this project, which has already won three other awards in addition to this newly received STAR.

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Bear Battalion Alum Receives Promotion

Gallowaycommandphoto  The Missouri State University Army ROTC Bear Battalion proudly congratulates COL (P) Troy D. Galloway on his promotion to Brigadier General.  COL (P) Galloway is a 1991 alum of MSU and was the 1,423 Second Lieutenant commissioned from the Military Science department’s program. The promotion of COL (P) Galloway will be thirteen Bear Battalion alums that have attained the rank of General officer. 

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The Journey Continues Project

Lyle Foster
Lyle Foster
Tim Knapp
Tim Knapp

The Journey Continues, a project from Missouri State University Sociology professors Dr. Lyle Foster and Dr. Tim Knapp examines Springfield’s race history.

Below is the link to a KSMU page with the three interviews that have been done so far.  Emily McTavish, who is the interviewer, is a sociology minor.


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