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Reunion to bring current and former MSU debaters together

The fifth reunion for the Spicer Debate Forum will be celebrated with a series of events May 13 and 14. Participants will be able to visit with past and present coaches, meet current team members and mingle with former teammates.


Schedule of events

Friday, May 13

6 p.m.
Welcome reception with past and present debate coaches
Home of Don and Vicki Stanton in Nixa. Shuttles will be provided.

Saturday, May 14

12 p.m.
Lunch with the current MSU debate team
Meyer Alumni Center 5th Floor

4 p.m.
Optional wine tasting event (Additional cost)
Tower Club 21st Floor

6 p.m.
Reception and dinner
Tower Club 21st Floor

Register for the reunion

Register for the event with the Alumni Association. The registration fee includes all costs except the optional wine tasting.
Alumni and guests: $50 per person
Current MSU students: Free
Optional wine tasting: $50 per person

Give back to the program

You will have the option to donate to the MSU debate program when you register for the reunion. Please know there is no obligation to give, but we do appreciate the support of those who choose to do so.

Contact Information


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COAL invites graduates to lunch reception before commencement

The College of Arts and Letters will host a commencement reception to congratulate graduates. Students and their families are invited to attend the luncheon from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on May 13 at First & Calvary Presbyterian Church on East Cherry Street.



Date: May 13
Time: 3-4:30 p.m.
Location: First & Calvary Presbyterian Church, 820 E. Cherry St.
RSVP: Barb Jones by email or at 417-836-6605
Connect online: #BearGrads


Spring 2016 commencement will take place at JQH Arena that day, with COAL’s ceremony starting at 5 p.m.


10 a.m.

College of Health and Human Services
College of Natural and Applied Sciences
William H. Darr School of Agriculture

1:30 p.m.

College of Business

5 p.m.

College of Arts and Letters
College of Education
College of Humanities and Public Affairs
Global Studies majors

Graduates: Need to know where to get your cap and gown or tips to get through the ceremony? Go to the commencement website.

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Students learn about storytelling in media intersession course

Students who want to analyze contemporary movies and TV shows for credit this summer should check out the summer summer intersession course, MED 300: Storytelling Across All Media.

Rich Amberg, assistant professor in media, journalism and film, will teach the class, which runs from May 16 to June 3.


Learn how story models work across media

Rich-AmbergAmberg said students will learn to apply the fundamentals of storytelling to film, TV, web content, new media, and includes both scripted and unscripted content. To do that, they will watch many films and shows, from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” to “Kill Bill” to “The People v. O.J. Simpson.”

“We’ll pull them apart to see how they work in different story models. We’ll then be applying those storytelling skills to all forms of media — news stories, videogames, advertising, social media, documentaries, etc.”

Amberg noted that strong storytelling skills are in high demand in the workforce, but often difficult to find.

Sign up for the class

MED 300: Storytelling Across All Media

May 16 to June 3
Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m.

Interested students should contact Amberg by email.

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Students compete in Vicki Stanton showcase on May 2

Students in the Fundamentals of Communication classes will compete in this semester’s Vicki Stanton Public Speaking Showcase on May 2 at the Plaster Student Union Theater.

Finalists in the spring 2015 showcase included Lauren Clausen, Tabitha Carroll, Caitlyn Wicks, Emma Hackett and Kalissa Pitts.

Finalists in the spring 2015 showcase included Lauren Clausen, Tabitha Carroll, Caitlyn Wicks, Emma Hackett and Kalissa Pitts.

What is the Public Speaking Showcase?

Communication faculty choose about 60 participants each semester to present a persuasive speech in front of a panel of judges in two preliminary rounds, competing against up to five other students for the top rankings in the round. The overall top five speakers then compete in the final round, scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.

Winning speech criteria

Students are judged based on speech organization, creation of sound arguments, proving evidential support, creativity, delivery and connection with the audience.

Preliminary judges are communication department instructors and teaching assistants. The final judging panel is comprised of University faculty and community members.

For more information, contact Jerri Lynn Kyle by email or at 417-836-4423.

Want to attend?

Vicki Stanton Public Speaking Showcase

When: May 2, 5:30-7 p.m.
Where: Plaster Student Union Theater
Admission: Free and open to the public
Connect online: #VSPSS16 @VickiStantonPSS

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MFA students explore theme of consumption in exhibit

Students in the Master of Fine Arts, visual studies program is showcasing their work at the Drury on C-Street Gallery on April 29 in an exhibition titled “Consumption.” The reception will be from 6-9 p.m. on April 29.


Who are the artists?

The students include:

  • Judge Bockman
  • Emily Budd
  • Tawn Dickison
  • Maria Gerasimchuk-Djordjevic
  • Shen Hsieh
  • My Luu
  • Todd Reynolds
  • Carla Stine

What can you expect?

The Master of Fıne Arts Program in Visual Studies at Missouri State University currently has eight students, from different backgrounds, countries, and cultures.

As diverse as the students are in their backgrounds, so is their use of media. The vısual studies program encourages different types of approaches and media in the students’ practices and so there is a variety of media in the exhibition including drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking, photography, digital, and collage.

The creative process, and materials involved in each medium, interacts with the concept of “Consumption” in varied ways. The interplay between media processes and the idea of consumption also expands meaning in this exhibition.

Want to see it?

Springfield Exhibition

April 29
6-9 p.m.
Drury on C-Street Gallery
233 E. Commercial Street

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BFA seniors showcase work at Brick City Gallery

Nineteen seniors majoring in studio art will exhibit their work at Brick City Gallery April 27-May 10.


Whose work is in the exhibit?

Students include:

Renee Alston, Dylan Sands, Eleanor Melton, Jessica Ball and Jacob Derryberry

Rebekah Bliss and Seth Hair

Rachael Ramsey, Jennifer Richardson and James Derryberry

Emily Holly

Jessica Holt

Shae Henderson, Rachael Holcomb and Calvin Todd

Samantha Hostler, Shauna Smith, Corey Weiland and Ricky Briggenhorst

Want to see it?


April 27-May 10


May 6, 6 p.m.

Gallery hours

  • Monday – Friday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: Noon – 5 p.m.

Closed Sundays and University holidays

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COM faculty, alumna and student offer advice to first-generation students

A faculty member, an alumna and a student from the communication department will participate in a first-generation informational panel on April 28.


Panelists to share their experiences as first-generation students

The discussion is designed to help first-generation freshmen and sophomore college students have productive conversations with family and friends when they return home for the summer.

The panelists are also first-generation college students or graduates. They include:

  • Dr. Kelly Wood – Professor of communication and provost fellow for student success
  • Trysta Herzog – Alumna, MA in communication and strategic communications specialist for the College of Arts and Letters
  • Desmond Warren – Senior public relations major

First-generation student group organized event

The event is hosted by the newly formed student organization, MSU: I’m First, a group dedicated to helping first-generation college students succeed.

For more information about the group or to join, visit their website.

Want to attend?

Panel: Home for the Summer: Communicating Effectively with Family & Friends
When: April 28, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Where: Karls Hall Room 101
Host: MSU: I’m First
Admission: Free and open to the public

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