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Student group celebrates UN’s 70th birthday with week of events

Missouri State students will be celebrating the United Nations’ 70th birthday with U.N. Week starting Oct. 19.

Hosted by the MSU’s Model U.N. student organization, the week will feature several free events to highlight issues around the globe, including poverty, diplomacy and more.


Event schedule

World Hunger Panel

Professors from agriculture, economics, philosophy and political science will talk about the issue of world hunger and poverty. Stop by the table in the Strong Hall lobby to pick up information about the United Nations and U.N. Week events.

Date: Oct. 19
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Strong Hall, room 004 (basement level)
Admission: Free and open to the public.

Film screening of “The Interpreter”

This was the first movie to be filmed at the United Nations. Stop by the table in the Strong Hall lobby to pick up information about human rights, humanitarian aid, and the UN’s response to these issues.

Date: Oct. 21
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Strong Hall, room 200
Admission: Free and open to the public.

“Relevance of the United Nations at 70” presentation

Russian Diplomat Vadim Perfiliev will speak about his experience working at the U.N. His presentation is sponsored by Missouri’s United Nations Depository Library, MSU’s political science department and Drury University’s Meador Center for Politics and Citizenship. A reception will immediately follow the talk in Meyer Library, celebrating both the 70th anniversary of the UN and the 15th anniversary of the depository library.

Date: Oct. 22
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Meyer Library, room 101
Admission: Free and open to the public.

Foods of World Potluck

The Phi Sigma Pi fraternity will make foods from around the globe to bring to this potluck event. Bringing a dish is optional.

Date: Oct. 26
Time: 8:30 p.m.
Location: Glass Hall, room 226
Admission: Free and open to the public.

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Model U.N. teaches ‘crucial’ post-graduation skills

Missouri State’s Model United Nations will host its second meeting of the year at 7 p.m. on Sept. 1 in Strong Hall, room 204.

The student-led group will play United Nations trivia for prizes and to prepare for their assigned role as Russia in the 56th Annual Midwest Model United Nations conference Feb. 10-13 in St. Louis.

New members welcome

Current club president Jaren Newman said they hope to see some new faces at the event.

“It’s a lot of fun for those who enjoy debate, public speaking, parliamentary procedure, writing, and even acting. So our target audience is usually global studies or political science majors, but we welcome anybody who wants to join and have fun.”

Model U.N. offers perspective

Model U.N. meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Strong 204. In addition to the yearly regional conference, Newman said they hope to organize a world hunger panel and events surrounding the United Nations’ 70th birthday this October.

“We go to competition and try to win, but in order to do so we must walk in someone else’s shoes. We have to learn why other countries support certain ideas and approach it from their standpoint. Also we work on crucial skills that are almost necessary for anything you do after college — writing, public speaking, working with others (diplomacy), so on and so forth. And last but not least, we have a lot of fun doing it.”

More about MSU’s Model U.N.

Missouri State’s chapter began in 2013. It promotes the understanding of international diplomacy. At conferences, students take on the persona and positions of a particular country, and work with students from other universities to develop solutions to world problems.

Join this group

Visit the Model U.N. Facebook page for a commitment form or come to this week’s event to join.

Date: Sept. 1
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Strong Hall, 204
Admission: Free and open to the public

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Students finds passion for volunteerism, language through global studies program

glb1a copySenior Emma Sudholt says she would not be the person she is today if not for the classes she’s taken at Missouri State.

Courses shape world view

Sudholt, a double major in global studies and Spanish, said her opinions and world views were irrevocably changed after taking courses like comparative government and global ethics.

Professors and advisors have also inspired her to volunteer and study abroad.

gblb copyExperiences broaden cultural understanding

“I may not have been interested in an organization like The Covering House if I had not taken classes that taught me about the horrors of sex trafficking,” Sudholt said of her internship at the St. Louis nonprofit helping teens facing sexual exploitation.

And studying away to Ecuador and Spain “helped me learn the Spanish language and understand cultures different than my own.”

She also found a passion for working with the Stomp Out Hunger shoe drive, collecting shoes for those who continue to be affected by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

glbc copySudholt foresees success beyond graduation

As Sudholt looks to the uncertain future, beyond her expected spring 2015 graduation, she said: “I have no doubt that I will be successful because of the global studies department at Missouri State.”

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Students learn challenges, advantages to globalization

untitledMissouri State students are becoming aware that life is increasingly lived in a global context. The way we work and live, even in the U.S., depends on having global awareness and cultural competency.

The course “Introduction to Global Studies & Globalization,” or GBL 250, offers a general overview of what that means, exploring various trends and dimensions of globalization by focusing on geographic, cultural, political and economic aspects of the global community.

What is GBL 250?

This course provides an introduction to the ever-expanding field of global studies and international relationships. It is based on the seven global challenges proposed in the Global Engagement Initiative, sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities: population, resource management, technology, information, economic integration, conflict and security and governance.

Who can take this course?

The course is required for those majoring in global studies. Other students wanting to explore the major, preparing to study away or interested in broadening their horizons, should sign up for the course, as well.

What will students learn in the course?

The approach to this course is interdisciplinary, with particular attention to cultural, economic, political and social patterns across various global issues and institutions. The course explores a variety of topics and issues, including:

  • Nationalism and the Westphalian system of nation-state sovereignty
  • How international power structures are evolving through regional affiliations and powerful trans-national corporations
  • Conceptions and consequences of international “development” with regard to the Laissez faire rules of free trade and the global economy
  • Globalization of popular culture and consumerism
  • Issues such as multiculturalism, environment, population growth, global health and information and technology
  • Role of the international community in security and conflict resolution

How will students learn those things?

In this course we draw on contemporary films, multimedia resources and various articles and publications to discover and attempt to better understand the inter-connected world in which we — all 7 billion of us — live in and must learn to co-exist in as citizens of a global community.

How do I register for the course?

GBL250 is offered in the fall and spring semesters. Early registration for fall 2015 begins March 30 on MyMissouriState.

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The Global Studies Major

The global studies major at MSU is growing quickly, with over 87 currently declared Global Studies majors students. Global studies can be defined as the study of global issues and trends with the goal of developing an untitledunderstanding of the increasingly global nature of every aspect of life and how this shift affects local, national and international environments. The Global Studies major at Missouri State University is inherently linked to the statewide public affairs mission in that students will be educated as globally aware citizens. In an increasingly interdependent world, students must be aware of and educated in political, social, economic and cultural aspects and, combined with necessary language skills, be able to live and work as citizens in such a world.

Thomas Uthipratuma is graduating this spring with his bachelor’s degree in global studies talks about his experiences in the program.

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To find out more about the global studies major, major requirements and minor options, visit the global studies website.



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Super Typhoon Haiya Response

131109223233-01-typhoon-haiyan-jb-1109-horizontal-gallerySuper Typhoon Haiya Response
Relief in the Philippines 

The Philippines have been ravaged by a massive Typhoon, affecting many in the area. An early death toll is estimated to be at 10,000 by the United Nations and more than 600,000 are currently displaced. Volunteer Programs will be holding a collaboration meeting for a response effort on Thursday, November 14th at 5:00pm in the Center for Leadership & Volunteerism (Plaster Student Union 131) across from Starbucks. Any interested individuals or groups are welcome to attend to discuss ways to help create a unified and effective response effort for this horrific disaster.

Anyone (Faculty, Staff, Students, and Community) can come – please e-mail Patrick Grayshaw with any questions. If you cannot make it, but want to be involved please e-mail as well.

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Report Shows U.S. Universities Increasingly Enroll the World

11opendoorsThe United States remains the world’s top destination for international students. A record 819,644 studied at American colleges in 2012-13, an increase of 7.2 percent, according to new data from the Institute of International Education’s annual “Open Doors” report. Still, only 3.9 percent of students on American campuses are from overseas.

The graph to the left shows students from China dominate among  all other international countries in number of students who come to the U.S. for an education.

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Study Away in Colombia

Colombia Study AwayStudy Away in Colombia next summer 2014. For more information about this and many more study abroad opportunities, please visit the Study Away office.

On Campus Advising Office: Plaster Student Union, Room 209 

Downtown Administrative Office: Jim D. Morris Center, Suite 403

Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm Monday through Friday

Telephone: 417-836-6368


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Attend the upcoming career panels

Several career panels are scheduled for this Thursday and Friday, November 5 & 6. These panels consist of professionals who will describe their occupations and provide advice for getting started in similar careers. Students also will have an opportunity to speak with the panelists at the end of each session. Students may register for any of these free sessions and see the lists of participating professionals through the Career Center’s Website. The College of Arts and Letters panel will consist of Jack Henry & Associates, Inc., Journal Broadcast Group, Ozarks Public Television, and Springfield Music, Inc.

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