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COAL dean’s journal article wins NCA award

GloriaGalanesThe National Communication Association has selected a paper co-authored by College of Arts and Letters Dean Dr. Gloria Galanes for the 2015 Article of the Year award in the Communication as Social Construction Division.

How are student identities constructed?

Written by Drs. Heather Carmack, of James Madison University, and Galanes, the article, “More than Just Good Grades: Dialectical Tensions in Students’ Construction of a ‘Good Student’ Identity,” was published in the spring 2013 issue of “Qualitative Communication Research.”

Their research explores the dialectical tensions students grapple with as they construct and enact the roles of good and bad students.

It examines three tensions that emerge from students’ focus group discussions of construction and enactment of their student identities: (a) structure and agency, (b) individuation and solidarity, and (c) good-bad student and good-bad person.

These tensions move beyond identifying successful good student strategies and focus on the contradictions negotiated by students as they (re)produce and share behaviors associated with good and bad student identities.

COMLogoAbout Galanes

Dean Galanes, also a communication professor, is particularly interested in teaching small group communication, intercultural communication, communication and leadership, research methods and applied research.

She has been able to involve her graduate and undergraduate students in a number of activities that have benefited community organizations.

She was the founding director of the Citizenship and Service-Learning program and served as both acting communication department head and acting dean.

 

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Brazeal nominated for NCA outstanding mentor award

BrazealCommunication department’s Dr. LeAnn Brazeal has been nominated for the National Communication Association’s Outstanding Mentor in Master’s Education award.

Nomination came from former students

Four former graduate students nominated Brazeal for the award. Brazeal said she mentored the group of former graduate assistants about 10 years ago as they were completing their master’s degrees at Kansas State University.

Brazeal, now an assistant professor at MSU, said the students have gone on to successful careers as faculty in the discipline, a couple of them also train graduate students themselves.

“Working with graduate students is my favorite part of being a basic course director, so to have this nomination come from a group of former graduate students is truly special. It’s an honor to be nominated,” she said.

The award will be presented at the National Communication Association convention, Nov. 19-22 in Las Vegas.

See Brazeal’s research

Brazeal’s recent research includes topics of civility in online discussions. She co-authored the paper Playing Nice: Modeling Civility in Online Political Discussions with Dr. Soo-Hye Han, assistant professor of communication studies at Kansas State University.

The research, published in the Communication Research Reports, explores why people can so easily say mean things to one another in online environments and ways to bring civility back to public discourse in those arenas.

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Calling all new arts and letters students!

COAL BearWear StudentsCOAL kicks off convocation day with New Student Lunch

The College of Arts and Letters will be welcoming its newest members to campus with a free lunch on the Craig Hall patio from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 16.

Who says there’s no such thing as a ‘free lunch’?

The luncheon will give new students the opportunity to mingle, find out about student organizations and engage with the college’s faculty and staff. In case of rain, the event will be moved inside Craig Hall.

COAL alumnus to give convocation speech

After grabbing a bite to eat, students can head over to the JQH Arena to hear from one of COAL’s successful alumni, actor Kyle Dean Massey, at the New Student Convocation starting at 2 p.m.

Massey, who plays Kevin Bicks on ABC’s “Nashville,” graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theatre. He is known for his starring roles on Broadway in “Pippin,” “Next to Normal,” “Wicked” and “Xanadu.”

Come out to the New Student Lunch!

Date: Aug. 16
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Location: Craig Hall patio
Contact: Associate Dean Mark Biggs by email or at 417-836-4984

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Wood nominated for student affairs award

KellyWoodCommunication Professor Dr. Kelly Wood has been nominated for the division of student affairs’ 2014-2015 Student Affairs Bridge Builder award. This will be the first year the award will be given.

What is the DOSA Awards?

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.

Who is Dr. Wood?

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.

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Study away trip explores dynamics of conflict, peacemaking in Ireland

CDR-StudyAway-Ireland-2015Several 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.

CDR-StudyAway-Ireland-2015-2They 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.

Find out about future CDR trips

If you’re interested in joining the CDR for future study away trips, contact Dr. Charlene Berquist by email or at 417-836-8831.

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Dual credit program a success for debate camp

The Missouri State Debate Institute wrapped up its 2015 summer debate camp in July, bringing more than 50 high school students to campus.

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’

EricMorrisOf 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

Craig 335 "before"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.

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Students to learn about conflict resolution in country with long history of conflict

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.

Contact: Dr. Charlene Berquist by email or at 417-836-8831

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High school debaters have until June 5 to register for debate camp

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:

June 29-30

  • Policy Debate (Lecture-Only Option)

July 12-13

  • Extemp
  • Interpretation

July 14-15 

  • Congressional Debate

July 16-17

  • Lincoln-Douglas Debate
  • 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.

About MSDI

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.

For more information

Contact MSDI’s director Dr. Eric Morris by email or call the communication department at 417-836-4423.

 

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Students receive Pepsi-Cola scholarship

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.

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Cox earns national advising award

NoraCoxThe National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) recently announced Nora Cox as its Outstanding Advising Award Winner in the faculty advising category.

Cox, a communication instructor and advisor, will be honored at the annual NACADA Conference in Las Vegas this fall.

About Cox

Cox earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Missouri State — 2003 and 2005, respectively. She has been teaching at Missouri State since 2009 and began advising students in 2010.

In March, she was also awarded Missouri State’s Curtis P. Lawrence Award for Excellence in Advising.

About NACADA

NACADA is an association of professional advisors, counselors, faculty, administrators, and students working to enhance the educational development of students.

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