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#COMWeek2017 Guest Scholar: Dr. Autumn Edwards

Tuesday, Feb. 21

About Dr. Edwards

Dr. Autumn P. Edwards is an associate professor in the School of Communication at Western Michigan University. Her scholarly interests include interpersonal communication and communication theory, in both face-to-face and computer-mediated contexts.

Her research focuses on the influence of individuals’ personal theories of communication on aspects of community life, relational health and personal wellbeing. In addition, her recent scholarship has examined the influence of online message behavior on interpersonal impressions.

Key details

  • When: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Feb. 21
  • Where: PSU Ballroom East
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COM Week 2017 features distinguished researchers and alumni

Communication Week is a signature event for Missouri State University’s Department of Communication. It focuses on highlighting communication teaching and research, as well as bringing together students, alumni and community members to network. This year, the week-long event themed “Make Your Missouri Statement” will take place on campus from Feb. 21-24. Dr. Shawn Wahl, Missouri […]

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#COMWeek2017 schedule

#COMWeek2017 will kick off on Feb. 21 with a theme centered around Missouri State’s new brand, Make Your Missouri Statement.

These events offer opportunities for students who are interested in communication to engage with important ideas and influential figures in the field.

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Megan Hayes, Tina Pham and Bryar Keyes hold marketing collateral they created for COMWeek.

During COMWeek, students get the chance to interact with leading scholars in the field, including ones who have written textbooks used in Missouri State communication courses. There will also be an interactive alumni panel and networking opportunities — events where you can build relationships with communication students, faculty and alumni.

Learn more about COMWeek from this interview with Dr. Shawn Wahl.

Megan Hayes, Kellen Yoey and Tina Pham prepping for COMWeek.

Schedule of events

Feb. 21

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., PSU Ballroom East
Guest Scholar: Dr. Autumn Edwards, Western Michigan University

Feb. 22

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM; PSU Ballroom East
Guest Scholar: Dr. Jeff Child, Kent State University

Feb. 23

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., PSU Ballroom East
Guest Scholar: Dr. Scott Myers, West Virginia University

5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Alumni and Student-Faculty Mixer at Springfield Brewing Company

Feb. 24

COM Alumni Panel

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m, PSU Ballroom East

  • Bethany Bell, PR and Social Media Manager at Marlin
  • Adria Baebler, Training and Development at Cerner
  • Doug Gaehle, Account Executive at We are Alexander
  • Sara McClendon, Public Relations Manager at Osborne Barr
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CDR’s free Conflict Workshop Series addresses common issues in workplace

Ms. Heather Blades
Ms. Heather Blades

Mark your calendar for the Center for Dispute Resolution’s fall and spring Campus Conflict Workshop series. These free workshops are offered for Missouri State faculty, staff, students and alumni. These also qualify for Master Advisor credit.

Giving and Receiving Feedback

Oct. 12

12-1 p.m.
PSU 317

Presented by Dr. Char Berquist and Ms. Heather Blades

This session will explore how to give and receive feedback in the best ways possible, and will offer tips on how to handle these tough conversations and turn an otherwise uncomfortable experience into an opportunity for growth.

Bullying in the Workplace

Dr. Carrisa Hoelscher
Dr. Carrisa Hoelscher

Nov. 15

12-1 p.m.
PSU 317

Presented by Dr. Carrisa Hoelscher and Dr. Stephen Spates

Bullying is a common phenomenon that impacts workplace and campus settings. It often goes unrecognized even though it can cause much personal stress and group conflict. This workshop will discuss workplace and campus bullying behaviors, techniques for dealing with bullying, and prevention strategies.

Personality Types in Conflict

Jan. 25

12-1 p.m.
PSU 317
Presented by Dr. Gloria Galanes

Dr. Gloria Galanes
Dr. Gloria Galanes

Although conflict is inevitable, resolving conflict is easier when you understand the impact that a person’s personality type has on their reactions and perceptions. The session investigates the implications of personality types on conflict situations.

Coaching: An Effective Tool in Conflict Management

Feb. 21

12-1 p.m.
PSU 317
Presented by Dr. Char Berquist and Ms. Heather Blades

This session will provide coaching strategies to help you assist others in conflict situations.

Using Circles to Encourage Dialogue

Dr. Char Berquist
Dr. Char Berquist

April 19

12-1 p.m.
PSU 317

Presented by Dr. Char Berquist and Ms. Heather Blades

The “circle process” is a unique format that can be used to encourage dialogue, deep listening, and connection. Learn how you can use circles in the classroom and within organizations and units to build relationships and enhance learning and collaboration.

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Five reasons to choose COAL as your college

They are the storytellers. The creators. The visualizers.

The students who make up Missouri State’s College of Arts and Letters take pride in standing out amongst the crowd and making their Missouri Statement a distinct one. How? Here are five ways COAL is making itself known at MSU.

Giving Voice will open your eyes to oppression

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Giving Voice, a theatre troupe housed in the theatre and dance department, puts on an interactive performance that is inspired by Augusto Boal’s Theatre. Their goal is to give a voice to those who are oppressed, underrepresented and marginalized.

The troupe helps many groups tackle topics like gender, racial, political and religious discrimination. This is done through a series of presentations and workshops. The Giving Voice facilitator and actors work with participants to explore how to approach taboo situations in a safe environment.

Student Exhibition Center gives you space to exhibit your creativity

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The Student Exhibition Center, or SEC, is a gallery festooned with student artwork and funded through the Student Activity Fee.

Think your art should be featured? All you have to do is fill out a proposal form and you have a chance to have your own artwork on display.

You can even hold a reception there (but it does cost an extra fee, so check out the SEC website for more details).

The SEC is located on Historic Walnut Street at the north end of the Missouri State University campus.

But wait — there’s more! The SEC isn’t the only Missouri State gallery looking to display student artwork. The Brick City Gallery features distinguished, as well as up-and-coming artists, in this urban oasis of creativity. Plus, admission is free and open to the public.

You can immerse yourself in TV industry with ‘Show-Me Chefs’

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Imagine a television show run by college students. That’s exactly what “Show-Me Chefs” is!

The show is produced by the department of media, journalism and film as part of a class. Students produce and film the whole series — a reality competitive cooking show that highlights local food producers and chefs.

The show’s second season is about to premier on KOZL-TV, and they are already in pre-production for Season 3. On Oct. 22, the show will host a fundraising gala at Springfield’s 319 Event Center.

Untamed Tongues will empower you to use your voice

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Untamed Tongues is a poetry collective dedicated to establishing a place on campus for poets and musicians to share their creative works with others, be active servants to the community and maintain high academic achievement.

The group was co-founded nearly a year ago by Taylor Vinson, an MSU junior in communication. To celebrate this organization’s first birthday, a poetry slam is being held at 7:30 Oct. 3 in Plaster Student Union, room 400. There will be three rounds with three different time limits: Free topic, no props. Everyone with an original poem is welcome to participate

Study Away will take you around the world

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We encourage our students to travel the world. There are several COAL faculty-led study away opportunities, including a few listed here:

  • In summer 2016, Dr. Andy Cline, a media, journalism and film associate professor, led a group of students on a 10-day train ride to the Trans-Siberian Railway. The goal was to create a documentary film as they travelled through Moscow, Vladivostok and Lake Baikal.
  • In another summer adventure, Dr. Cameron LaBarr, choral studies director, and the MSU Chorale took an 18-day tour of South Africa. Highlights included performing at the American Embassy, hiking in the mountains and attending a safari ride.
  • Center for Dispute Resolution took a 10-day study away trip to Ireland in June 2015. The program explored the country’s historical and cultural roots of conflict and the subsequent peacemaking processes and reconciliations. This cultural experience toured students around Dublin, Belfast and Derry/Londonderry.
  • For the last several summers, art professor Gwen Walstrand has led students on a trip to Florence, Italy. The courses offered abroad range from drawing, photography and general education options. For more information about the summer 2017 Italy trip, attend one of the info sessions on Oct. 5, Oct. 19, Nov. 14 or Nov. 23, each at 7 p.m. in Brick City, building 1, room 211.
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MSU Talks hosts debate on two-party system

On Tuesday, Sept. 13, the Missouri State debate team will host an open-forum MSU Talks debate on whether the U.S. should keep its two-party system or explore expanding into multiple parties.

The debate is part of MSU’s Public Affairs Week. Once the debaters present their arguments, attendees are encouraged to participate in the discussion by sharing their ideas and opinions.

Want to come?

Date: Sept. 13
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Meyer Library 101

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Political discussions can be civil, says professor

As a young child, Dr. Elizabeth Dudash-Buskirk learned about politics handing out fliers for family members running for office or joining her father at political rallies. Now an associate professor of socio-political communication at Missouri State University, she teaches about political messages, commentary, debates and so much more. She’s shares about the shifts in the […]

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Debate Bears win 3rd place at national tournament

Missouri State’s debate team won third place at the National Forensic Association’s National Championship Tournament last month.

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Students earn individual awards

Other awards included:

  • Joe Hamaker, 4th place in the nation, Lincoln-Douglas Debate
  • Brenden Brower Freeman, National speaker award, 5th place in the nation
  • David Rabbitt, Quarter finalist
  • Clayton Russo, Caitlyn Elizabeth Wicks and Brenden Brower Freeman, double octa-finalists

Join the Debate Bears

The debate team is made up of students from departments across the university. No experience is required. With a student to coach ratio of 4 to 1, each debater receives ample attention from the coaching staff. Debaters are expected to return to campus one week before classes begin in August to prepare for the season.

To sign up or for more information, contact Dr. Eric Morris by email.

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