The annual DOSA Awards recognize student affairs students and staff for exemplary performance. The Student Affairs Bridge Builder allows members from outside of student affairs to be acknowledged for their strong collaborative partnerships. Nominations are made by current Missouri State University employees who work outside of the division of student affairs.
Winners announced at all-staff meeting
All nominees will be recognized at the 2015 all-staff meeting on Sept. 2 at 8 a.m. in the PSU Ballroom. Winners from each category will be announced at that time, as well.
Wood has taught at Missouri State for nearly two decades. Her research and teaching interests are primarily in interpersonal communication and relationships with an emphasis on the health care context. She’s won numerous awards for teaching and research.
Several students and faculty participated in a short-term study away trip to Ireland in June. The 10-day trip was sponsored by the Center for Dispute Resolution. The program explore the country’s historical and cultural roots of conflict and the subsequent peacemaking processes and reconciliation.
About the trip
Students traveled to Dublin, Belfast and Derry/Londonderry, visiting landmarks such as the Ulster Museum, Carrickfergus Castle and the Walled City to learn about the dynamics of conflict and peacemaking at work in Northern Ireland.
They examined 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 three-hour credit course provided 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.
MSDI provides in-depth debate instruction, and graduates have consistently dominated local and national debate circuits. Many have qualified to NSDA (formerly NFL) Nationals and the Tournament of Champions, and have received sizable college debate scholarships.
‘More demanding than high school class’
Of those in attendance this year, 37 came for the two- or three-week session, 20 of which opted for the camp’s newest addition: a dual credit program. Students received three hours of college credit in COM 115 Public Speaking.
MSDI Director Dr. Eric Morris said offering college credit was a logical decision when assessing the amount of work students were doing at the camp
“Each debater will complete about 80 speeches in two weeks at MSDI. It would take more than a semester of high school debate to reach that level of experience on the topic. It is a little different from a typical COM 115 section because MSDI students are adapting to a more specialized audience, but they are getting a similar skill set for research, structure, audience analysis, and word choice.”
Program is about preparing future Bears
Dual credit rates are cheaper than regular tuition rates, Morris said, another advantage high school students can enjoy. Missouri State benefits from the dual credit offering, too. Having credit at MSU may give high school students the nudge they need to come to MSU as college students.
“Honestly, if we can increase the University’s enrollment by even a couple of students, that’s significant,” Morris said, adding that nearly 30 attendees requested and received a detailed recruiting meeting during MSDI.
Offering COM 115 at the dual credit price may also help MSDI bring more prospective students to our campus, as most other debate camps do not offer a similar program.
Thinking about offering dual enrollment?
Morris suggests similar camps considering a dual credit option should first examine their academic argument. “I only considered this for the two- or three-week camps because I knew could make a case for a three-hour academic equivalent.”
He also said it took months of preparation to fully realize the dual credit offering. Program directors looking at incorporating it into their next summer camp may need to start their inquiry soon.
Undergraduates can get involved, too!
Morris said the Holt V. Spicer Debate Forum needs more MSU undergraduate students with judging, on campus debates, and other duties. The program is seeking novice and experienced debaters, as well as students who might choose not to travel as competitors. For more information, contact Dr. Morris by email.
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.