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CDR’s free Conflict Workshop Series addresses common issues in workplace

Ms. Heather Blades
Ms. Heather Blades

Mark your calendar for the Center for Dispute Resolution’s fall and spring Campus Conflict Workshop series. These free workshops are offered for Missouri State faculty, staff, students and alumni. These also qualify for Master Advisor credit.

Giving and Receiving Feedback

Oct. 12

12-1 p.m.
PSU 317

Presented by Dr. Char Berquist and Ms. Heather Blades

This session will explore how to give and receive feedback in the best ways possible, and will offer tips on how to handle these tough conversations and turn an otherwise uncomfortable experience into an opportunity for growth.

Bullying in the Workplace

Dr. Carrisa Hoelscher
Dr. Carrisa Hoelscher

Nov. 15

12-1 p.m.
PSU 317

Presented by Dr. Carrisa Hoelscher and Dr. Stephen Spates

Bullying is a common phenomenon that impacts workplace and campus settings. It often goes unrecognized even though it can cause much personal stress and group conflict. This workshop will discuss workplace and campus bullying behaviors, techniques for dealing with bullying, and prevention strategies.

Personality Types in Conflict

Jan. 25

12-1 p.m.
PSU 317
Presented by Dr. Gloria Galanes

Dr. Gloria Galanes
Dr. Gloria Galanes

Although conflict is inevitable, resolving conflict is easier when you understand the impact that a person’s personality type has on their reactions and perceptions. The session investigates the implications of personality types on conflict situations.

Coaching: An Effective Tool in Conflict Management

Feb. 21

12-1 p.m.
PSU 317
Presented by Dr. Char Berquist and Ms. Heather Blades

This session will provide coaching strategies to help you assist others in conflict situations.

Using Circles to Encourage Dialogue

Dr. Char Berquist
Dr. Char Berquist

April 19

12-1 p.m.
PSU 317

Presented by Dr. Char Berquist and Ms. Heather Blades

The “circle process” is a unique format that can be used to encourage dialogue, deep listening, and connection. Learn how you can use circles in the classroom and within organizations and units to build relationships and enhance learning and collaboration.

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Show-Me Chefs to co-host fundraising gala with Care to Learn

“Show-Me Chefs,” the successful media, journalism and film department-produced television series, will host a gala on Oct. 22 to raise money for a third season and the Care to Learn organization.

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More about the show

Show-Me Chefs” is a cooking competition where local chefs compete for a $3,000 prize. The show is produced by students in MSU’s advanced television production class. They work on every aspect of the show, such as producing, hosting, filming, directing and editing. Other students across campus help with marketing and other aspects of the show.

Season two premieres at 6 p.m. Oct. 9 on KOZL-TV. Pre-production for season three is already underway.

More about the gala

The gala will be held at 319 Event Center. Season two’s chefs will attend the event to compete in a small-plate competition for a Judge’s Choice Award and an Audience Choice awards. There will be a silent auction and many other prizes.

General admission tickets are $40, while reserved seating is $50. Tickets can be purchased online.

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MFA graduate student work chosen for international competition

An illustration by Maria Gerasimchuk-Djordjevic, a Master of Fine Arts in visual studies student, has been chosen among the winners of the international Latin American Fotografía and Ilustración competition.

The jury consisted of six international illustrators, designers and art directors gathered from around the world. Winners receive international exposure in print, digital media and through traveling exhibits.

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Maria Gerasimchuk-Djordjevic’s illustration “The Hungry Bird” was chosen among the winners of Latin American Illustracion 5 competition.

Great-grandmother inspired piece

Maria’s winning work, “The Hungry Bird,” is a digital mock-up for a four-color silkscreen, in which each layer requires meticulous preparation. It’s a time consuming process, Maria said, that takes a lot of focus.

“The idea of ‘The Hungry Bird’ came to me during one of the conversations I had with my mom,” she said. “She told me about my great-grandmother and her uneasy life in the Ukraine. It was interesting to me that we were talking about these secrets relating to a person who is long gone, yet I was the third generation who got to learn about them.”

Art faculty encourages competition submission

The MFA program encourages graduate students to submit work to competitions — which inspired her to reach out to Latin American Ilustración, she said. Missouri State has inspired her in other ways, as well.

“MSU has a big art department, with multiple disciplines and experienced art faculty. We also have a diverse graduate student body, which I think is a great way to experience different cultures.”

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Maria Gerasimchuk-Djordjevic works on her award-winning “Lai!/Bark!”

Maria has been part of MSU’s adjunct faculty since spring semester of 2009. In May, she won an international typography award for her piece, “Lai!/Bark!”

After she graduates in May 2017, Maria said plans to search for a teaching position in graphic design or illustration and continue teaching on a college/university level.

More about the MFA program

The MFA in visual studies offers advanced study in visual arts and design with an emphasis placed on the student’s individual research.  The curriculum is specifically designed to be flexible to meet the individual research needs within contemporary, traditional and interdisciplinary approaches and media.

Maria Gerasimchuk-Djordjevic's "Lai!/Bark!"
Maria Gerasimchuk-Djordjevic’s “Lai!/Bark!”

The department offers a wide range of facilities including animation, ceramics, design, digital arts, drawing, metals and jewelry, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

MFA students regularly showcase their work in on- and off-campus exhibitions.

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English department welcomes new faculty

Please help us welcome the following professors who joined us this fall.

Dr. Suneeta Thomas, TESOL


Dr. Thomas was born in India and raised in United Arab Emirates. She specializes in different styles of English spoken throughout world.

Dr. Jonathan Newman, English before the 1800s


Dr. Newman is currently working on a book project that focuses on the practical connections between literary competence, masculinity and professional identity from which humanistic authorship emerged in the Middle Ages.

Dr. Leslie Seawright, technical and professional writing


Dr. Seawright has been teaching at the Texas A&M University at Qatar. She specializes in police report analysis and how those reports affect the legal system.

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