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ECO Major Uvis Kalnins Selected as MAC Swimmer of the Week

Uvis Kalnins
Uvis Kalnins
Jan. 12, 2016MAC Release | Follow @MoStateSwim

CLEVELAND – Missouri State senior Uvis Kalnins won both of his individual events at Texas A&M en route to earning the Mid-American Conference Men’s Swimmer of the Week award for the third time this season, the league announced Tuesday.

Kalnins was one of two Bears to win an event and served as the fastest anchor leg among all swimmers in the Bears’ top relay finish against Texas A&M Thursday, Jan. 7.

In the opening race of the day, the men’s swimmer helped lead the Bears’ 400-yard medley ‘A’ relay to a runner-up finish. Swimming as the anchor, Kalnins’s 44.69 split was the fastest among all seven relays that participated.

Kalnins completed the dual versus the Southeastern Conference member by winning both individual events he appeared in.

The Valmiera, Latvia, native took the 200 IM by almost three seconds, finishing ahead of fellow MSU swimmer Artur Osvath in a time of 1:49.33. Kalnins also placed first in the 100 free. His 45.05 finish was good for first place ahead of four Aggies swimmers that placed 2-3-4-5.

Kalnins previously earned the MAC Swimmer of the Week award following efforts on Oct. 2 in the Show-Me Showdown and the Kansas Double Dual which ran from Oct. 23-34. It’s his fifth time earning the award after being recognized with the conference nod twice as a junior. Four other Bears – Josie Pearson, Artur Osvath,Dora Kiss and Lauren Pavel – have been recognized as Swimmer of the Week in their respective conferences.

This story originally appeared on the website for Missouri State Athletics. Access the original post.

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Rockonomix Rocks the Economics Department

Students in Dr. Basu Roy’s Principles of Macroeconomics classes got the opportunity to participate in this year’s Rockonomix national competition.  Rockonomix is a group-based project where students are instructed to write new (economics theme based) lyrics to a popular song and produce their original music video. This pedagogical technique has been used in introductory economics courses by several undergraduate institutions across the nation over the last 4 years. In order to increase student interest and collaboration across institutions an intercollegiate Rockonomix competition is held every fall semester to choose the best overall video.

Here are links to some of the best videos produces this fall in Dr. Basu Roy’s classes:

Opportunity Cost – Aldon since U Been Gone Parody

The video covered the concept of opportunity cost. They described someone choosing one alcoholic beverage over the other and then regretting the decision and wishing they had chosen the other option and the benefits that it came along with.

Thrift shop Macklemore Parody

The video relates to several topics/concepts covered in Principles Macro class like aggregate demand, supply, inflation, social insurance, budget deficit and banking.

Unemployment- That’s How You Know Parody

The video relates to the problem of unemployment and how the labor market works during a recession in the economy.

The students had a fun time doing this project. They were able to better understand some concepts. While writing the lyrics they had to refer to lecture notes so that gave them opportunity for extra review.

Here is the feedback from one group of students; “Not only did we have a lot of fun making the video, it also helped us review the topics we covered in class.  Albert Einstein said, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”  This goes perfectly with the project because song lyrics can’t be lengthy explanations.  They are simple and to the point.  Writing the lyrics forced us to go back into our notes and make sure we understood everything well before we put into the song.  We also decided not to go into too much depth with any one topic, but rather mention a little bit of multiple topics.  That way we had a basic understanding of mostly everything covered in class.”

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Suggested Summer Reading for Economics Students

I know, I know, classes just ended and you’re already wondering how you’ll get your economics fix this summer.  No worries – the Suggested Summer Reading for Economics Students is now available!

By the way, if you read something not on the list that you think we should add to the list in the future, please let us know in the comments below.  Have a great summer!

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Dr. Self earns MSU Foundation Award for Excellence in Research

Sharmistha Self

Congratulations to Dr. Sharmistha Self, who was presented with an MSU Foundation Award for Excellence in Research at the 2015 MSU All-Faculty Recognition Reception.  Foundation Awards are presented annually to full-time faculty members in recognition of excellence in the areas of teaching, research, and/or creative activities and service.

Dr. Self has published 35 refereed journal articles, made more than 40 presentations of her research at academic conferences, has published two editions of her Economic Development textbook, and is working on a new textbook on the Economics of Social Issues.

Congratulations Dr. Self!

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Health Policy talk by Dr. Angela Snyder – April 16th at 3:30 PM




Dr. Angela Snyder

Assistant Professor

Dept. of Public Mgmt. and Policy

Georgia State University


Thursday, April 16th

3:30 PM- 4:30 PM

Strong Hall 304


Dr. Snyder’s research interests involve child health policy analysis, development, and evaluation, as well as the organization and financing of public health systems. She directs the research efforts of the Center of Excellence in Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health and works on several projects evaluating Georgia’s Children’s Health Insurance and Medicaid programs.


  • Listen to an overview of her health policy research
  • Ask questions about potential career opportunities


Open to all faculty, staff, and students.

For more information, contact: Per Norander, Dept. of Economics

417.836.5352 or pernorander@MissouriState.edu

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Economics Major Among Students Recognized with Citizen Scholar Award

14-15 Citizen Scholars

Six students were selected for the 2014 Citizen Scholar Award based on their dedication to the Public Affairs Mission of Missouri State University through coursework, activities, and service-learning opportunities.  One of this year’s winners is Jordan McGee, an Economics and Organizational Communication major, who was nominated by Professor Mitra.  Congratulations Jordan!

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MSU Student Pricing Index

The Economics Club of Missouri State University recently released its first annual summary of the newly created Student Pricing Index for Missouri State students. The purpose of this project is to estimate the change in prices for a group of goods that a typical MSU student would buy, much like headline CPI does for a typical consumer nationally. The Economics Club gathered prices in October of 2013 and 2014 and prices were compared annually. Key consumption categories include: grocery and food items, tuition, off-campus housing, entertainment, and gasoline costs. The total consumption bundle increased in price 1.27% annually. The price changes by consumption categories are as follows:

Category Percent Change
Groceries 5.39%
Gasoline 5.99%
Tuition 1.49%
Off-Campus Housing 0.97%
Pizza 7.67%
Movies Unchanged
Hygiene Items -0.81%
Beer 6.89%

This is the first release of price change data for the Economics Club at MSU. Price indexes need more than one set of observations to be meaningful. Last year’s club decided consumption bundles and collected prices, while this year’s club collected prices and calculated the percentage changes. Headline CPI on a national scale is 1.7% over the same time period, calculated from a different consumption bundle.

The Economics Club anticipates new releases to this index every Fall. For information about the club please contact Mr. Per Norander in the Economics Department at MSU. For information on the Student Pricing Index, please contact Dr. C. Patrick Scott in the Economics Department at MSU.

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