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Publication and recognition for Stephen Spates

Dr. Stephen Spates, assistant professor in the department of communication, successfully defended his dissertation “Exploring Workplace Connections of Employees with Multiple Role Expectations: Accommodating Communication Behaviors of Hospital Chaplains” at the University of Tennessee.

Recent accomplishments

Publication

Spates has the following 2017 peer-reviewed publication:
  • Westerman, C. Y. K., Spates, S. A., Reno, K. M., Jenkins, E. W., & Lee, H. E. (2017). How Koreans and Americans use voice and silence to restore equity in workplace friendships. Ewha Journal of Social Sciences, 33, 181-223.

Abstract

Workplace friendships develop because of increased proximity at work, creating the potential for inequity across both work and personal roles. Using communication to manage inequity in workplace friendships contributes to positive organizational outcomes. An experimental survey was conducted to learn more about voice and silence responses to inequity in workplace friendships in both Korea and the United States. This study extends equity theory across two cultures in the context of workplace friendships and communication responses. Message access exclusivity was also tested as a potential precursor to voice and silence responses. Working adults from both the U.S. and Korea were surveyed to learn their responses. Findings of the study are reported and implications of the findings are discussed.

Recognition from alma mater

This spring, Spates also received recognition from Oakwood University (where he received his Bachelor of Arts). He was included in the Oakwood Magazine feature “120 Faces of Oakwood University,” which was created in honor of the university’s 120th anniversary.
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Show-Me Chefs is going to the College Emmys

Student operating camera

Student-produced series Show-Me Chefs has been nominated for the Television Academy Foundation’s 38th College Television Awards (also known as the “College Emmys.”)

Show-Me Chefs is nominated in the Series-Unscripted category; named producers are Chelsea Eichholz, Daan Jansen and Ryan Gilyard.

Nominees will be honored in an awards ceremony, which will take place in Los Angeles on May 24. A group of students who have contributed to the show will be in attendance.

About the College Emmys

From the Television Academy Foundation:

The College Television Awards is a nationwide competition recognizing excellence in student work and spotlighting an inclusive group of talented storytellers and content creators who aspire to careers in the entertainment industry. All nominees and pre-announced award winners attend a two-day television summit prior to the awards, featuring a hands-on professional development experience and access to many of the industry’s top executives and innovators. They also become Television Academy Foundation alumni and are able to network and benefit from ongoing programs and offerings.

Regional Emmy success

Show-Me Chefs recently brought home two “Regional Emmys” from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Student Awards (NATAS). NATAS recognized Show-Me Chefs in the Long Form-Non-Fiction category, where Chelsea Eichholz, Daan Jansen and Ryan Gilyard were named as producers. It also awarded the promotional video “Show-Me Chefs Works with Local Community” in the Public Service category, where Jade Thomas, Chelsea Eichholz and C. Brian Light were named as producers.

Deb Larson
Dr. Deb Larson

About Show-Me Chefs

Since its first season in 2015, Show-Me Chefs has entertained audiences with televised culinary showdowns between area chefs. It’s quickly become a local tradition — with an emphasis on local.

Show-Me Chefs advisor Deb Larson, associate professor in the department of media, journalism and film, shared, “It sort of came to me as we were developing the show that most Americans are very disconnected from our food sources and producers.”

Larson said, “I want people to know we have all kinds of food being grown right here in southwest Missouri. Even year round you can buy fresh produce at the farmers markets. It’s a celebration of who we are.”

An innovative take on public affairs

While the connection between a cooking show and Missouri State’s Public Affairs Mission may not be readily apparent, Larson sees a lot of overlap through community engagement. “We interface with so much of the Ozarks community to produce this show,” Larson said. “There are a lot of local food producers who are out there making a living or enhancing their income through their love of growing food, and we like helping people learn about and support them.”

Learn more about how Show-Me Chefs provides real-world experience and contributes to our community.

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Sarah Perkins featured in Missouri State’s research publication

Congratulations to Sarah Perkins! Her work is currently featured on the Missouri State research page.

Here’s a snippet:

Alchemy. The ancient desire to exchange the commonplace for the extraordinary — an impulse as understandable as it is unreachable.

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Carrisa Hoelscher’s 2017 publications

Carrisa Hoelscher
Dr. Carrisa Hoelscher

Dr. Carrisa Hoelscher, assistant professor of communication, recently published two national peer-reviewed articles and one peer-reviewed book chapter.

Dr. Hoelscher’s 2017 publications

  • Hoelscher, C. S., Kramer, M. W., Nguyen, C., Cooper, O. D. & Day, E. A. (2017). Decision making and communication in a statewide interagency task force: An investigation of planned versus utilized processes. Management Communication Quarterly. doi: 10.1177/0893318916661762 (Advanced online publication).
  • Cionea, I. A., Hoelscher, C. S., & Iles, I. A. (2017). Arguing goals: An initial assessment of a new measurement instrument. Communication Reports, 30, 51-65. doi: 10.1080/08934215.2016.1184695
  • Kramer, M. W., Hoelscher, C. S., Day, E. A., Nguyen, C., & Cooper, O. D. (2017). Collaborating while getting the job done on time. In R. Heath & M. Isbell (Eds). Interorganizational collaboration: Principled leadership and communication for the 21st Century. Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press.
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Lanya Lamouria recognized with Curtis P. Lawrence Master Teacher Award

Lanya Lamouria
Dr. Lanya Lamouria is the recipient of the 2017 Curtis P. Lawrence Master Teacher Award

Dr. Lanya Lamouria was selected for the 2017 Curtis P. Lawrence Master Teacher Award.

The Honors College recognizes one faculty member with this award. The recipient is exclusively nominated by Honors College Students and chosen by an Honors College student committee in collaboration with the Honors College administrative staff

The award was created in honor of the first Director of Missouri State University’s Honors College, Dr. Curtis P. Lawrence, and is offered to recognize excellence in Honors teaching and mentoring.

Dr. Lamouria received this award at the All-Faculty Recognition Reception on May 2.

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Stanton, Turner recognized with General Education Assessment Award

The Council on General Education and Interdisciplinary Programs (CGEIP) has selected Dr. Rhonda Stanton and John Turner for the 2017 General Education Assessment Award for their leadership in assessment for improvement and for employing effective and innovative practices to help students achieve success in general education.

John Turner
Rhonda Stanton

Stanton was recognized for the course English 321: Beginning Technical Writing (Writing II). Turner was recognized for the course ENG 222: Writing for Social Change.

In 2016-2017, CGEIP reviewed 99 annual reports and selected seven general education course coordinators for this honor. Stanton and Turner were recognized for this achievement at the All-Faculty Recognition Ceremony on May 2.

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Melanie Dreyer-Lude recognized with Award for Excellence in Study Away Programming

Melanie Dreyer-Lude
Melanie Dreyer-Lude is a recipient of the 2017 Excellence in Study Away Programming Award

Melanie Dreyer-Lude was recognized for excellence in Study Away programming, specifically within the category of community engagement. Dreyer-Lude drew upon her professional knowledge, academic focus and passion for cultural learning to develop Experiencing Uganda: Service Learning in Kampala and Gulu. Beginning in May 2016, Dreyer-Lude traveled with students on a three-week cultural immersion program in Uganda. Students were challenged to be open-minded as they explored the similarities and differences of Ugandan and North American culture. They engaged with residents of Kampala as they incorporated an African fable into a play with the Ndere Culture Troupe. Students volunteered at orphanages and a primary school, swapped stories and ideas with students at Kyambogo University, navigated marketplaces and visited historical landmarks.

The Study Away program was a catalyst for teaching students about Ugandan culture, their own cultures and how they interact with the world. Dreyer-Lude encouraged students to adopt a global perspective as they assimilated back to the Missouri State community.

About the award

The Study Away Advisory Committee created the AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN STUDY AWAY PROGRAMMING in 2012 to recognize Missouri State faculty members who demonstrate excellence in developing and leading short-term study away programs. The award categories are Cultural Competence and Community Engagement.

The Community Engagement category recognizes faculty members whose programs enable students to participate in an organized service activity that meets reciprocally identified community needs. Each recipient receives $1,500 in professional development funds and a trophy.

This text originally appeared in the program for the All-Faculty Recognition Reception.

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LeAnn Brazeal recognized with General Education Assessment Award

Dr. LeAnn Brazeal
Dr. LeAnn Brazeal is a recipient of a 2017 General Education Assessment Award

The Council on General Education and Interdisciplinary Programs (CGEIP) has selected Dr. LeAnn Brazeal for the 2017 General Education Assessment Award for her  leadership in assessment for improvement and for employing effective and innovative practices to help students achieve success in general education in COM 115: Fundamentals of Public Speaking.

In 2016-2017, CGEIP reviewed 99 annual reports and selected seven general education course coordinators for this honor. Dr. Brazeal was recognized for this achievement at the All-Faculty Recognition Ceremony on May 2.

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Mitzi Kirkland-Ives recognized with General Education Assessment Award

The Council on General Education and Interdisciplinary Programs (CGEIP) has selected Dr. Mitzi Kirkland-Ives for the 2017 General Education Assessment Award for her leadership in assessment for improvement and for employing effective and innovative practices to help students achieve success in general education in ART 274: Survey of Asian Art.

In 2016-2017, CGEIP reviewed 99 annual reports and selected seven general education course coordinators for this honor. Dr. Kirkland-Ives was recognized for this achievement at the All-Faculty Recognition Ceremony on May 2.

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Overcoming obstacles as a first-gen student

Shelby Morrison
Shelby Morrison

First-generation college students – those who are first in their family to go to college – face many hurdles in their quest for a higher education.

For Shelby Morrison, the biggest struggle was the financial burden.

“I’ve had to pay for college solely on my own, so I’ve taken out quite a bit of student loans for my degree,” said Morrison, a senior from Wood River, Illinois. “It hasn’t been easy, but it means making a better life for my family and myself, and making them proud.”

Morrison is pursuing a major in health communication, one of the newer programs at Missouri State University. This degree gives her the ability to work in the health care field and interact directly with physicians.

“My mentors and professors helped me to find the health communication major, and I ended up falling in love with it,” said Morrison. “I love the fact that I will be able to help people through health care.”

Challenges of being first-generation

Besides cost, another obstacle Morrison faced when she chose to go to college was not having anyone at home to help her plan for it. She had to discover many of the processes on her own.

“It was difficult getting prepared for college as my parents weren’t sure how to help me. It was quite an experience learning how to fill out a FAFSA, apply to college and get everything ready for the move,” said Morrison. “That was definitely challenging.”

But she never gave up because she always wanted a college education.

“I’ve never thought that college was a ‘question’ for me. I’ve always known I wanted to go,” said Morrison. “I want to make a good life for myself and my future family. My high school English teacher was the biggest inspiration to further my education. She helped me to believe I was totally capable of getting a college education.”

First-gen student at graduation

Advice from a soon-to-be alumna

Morrison had to find her own way and do the research on her own to succeed, but she does not want that to be the case for future first-generation college students. She seeks to inspire and help them.

Morrison is co-founder and current president of MSU: I’m First. Started in August 2015, the organization helps to ensure the success of first-generation students on campus. It provides resources such as faculty mentors and financial aid and scholarship workshops.

“My advice to future first-generation students is to definitely do your research. It’s always better to know too much than to not know about a form, deadline or event that could be very beneficial to you,” said Morrison, who will graduate this August. “Don’t be scared. This is a huge, brave step in your life and it will be worth it, even on the tough days.”

Despite having to overcome many different challenges compared to her peers, Morrison’s upbeat attitude has helped her achieve success. Her words of encouragement to any first-generation student is, “Never lose hope and always think positive!”

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