Several students and faculty will be leaving for Ireland June 16 for a short-term study away trip sponsored by the Center for Dispute Resolution. The 10-day program will explore the country’s historical and cultural roots of conflict and the subsequent peacemaking processes and reconciliation.
About the trip
Course Overview: This course is designed to allow students to explore the dynamics of conflict and peacemaking at work in Northern Ireland. The course will examine conflict from a multidisciplinary approach by reading and exploring histories, cultural studies, narratives and film, as well as research and writings on conflict, peacemaking and reconciliation. This will provide students with a foundation for understanding the background and evolution of conflict in Ireland and gain insights into the knowledge, skills and processes necessary to bring about reconciliation and conflict transformation.
Dates: June 16-26, 2015
Itinerary: Students will travel to Dublin, Belfast and Derry/Londonderry, visiting landmarks such as the Ulster Museum, Carrickfergus Castle and the Walled City.
Credit: They will receive three hours of credit for COM 597 or COM 698.
The Missouri State Debate Institute will host its 2015 debate camp this summer, inviting high school students in a series of policy camps to be held June 28—July 18. Registration for the 2015 MSDI ends June 5.
Event camp programs
Students may live on or off campus during the camp. They can enroll in one-, two- or three-week camps. Each runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with evening computer lab hours available to dorm residents. The camp schedule is as follows:
Policy Debate (Lecture-Only Option)
Public Forum Debate
College credit option
Participants may choose to receive three hours of college credit equivalent to COM 115 Public Speaking upon completion of the camp. Dual credit rates will apply at $200 for all three hours.
The MSDI provides in-depth instruction at an incredible value. Graduates have consistently dominated the local debate circuit, as well as several other circuits. Many have qualified to NFL Nationals, the Tournament of Champions, and received sizeable college debate scholarships.
With a camp size of about 50, the staff/student ratio is 8/1 or better. Many on MSDI the staff are current college coaches that have coached at the top levels of college debate.
Six undergraduate students at Missouri State University recently received recognition for their commitment to the university’s public affairs mission. Each student was awarded a Pepsi-Cola Public Affairs Scholarship in the amount of $1,250. The students were selected based on their involvement in public affairs activities and voluntary service both on and off campus.
Seven Missouri State University communication students presented research at the Central States Communication Association President’s Undergraduate Honors Research Conference in Madison, Wisconsin April 16-19.
About 60 students have been chosen from the Fundamentals of Communication classes to compete in this semester’s showcase.
Participants will 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.
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.
CCE scheduled the event after recent municipal elections punctuated the need to explore civility on campus— what it is, how to use it when talking about politics and how it fits into MSU’s public affairs mission.
Other topics will include message construction, engaging with others, diverse viewpoints and how to effectively communicate disagreements without being disagreeable.
While it will be an open platform for students to pose questions and converse, organizers warn it will not be an issues discussion, but rather a discussion on how to talk about issues. It will be moderated to ensure a safe environment for all attendees.
Date: April 28 Time: 7-9 p.m. Location: Temple Hall, Rm 002 Admission: Free and open to campus Online: #CivilityTalk, #CitizenBear
“Our Center for Dispute Resolution (CDR), the MSU debate program, our commitment to general education (COM 115) and the department’s involvement in disciplinary leadership were several factors that impressed the selection committee.
“The committee was also impressed with the overall breadth of our curriculum, the partnerships we have developed with other organizations, the student organizations and activities available, and the quality of our faculty.”