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MCL instructor nets award of excellence

LombillaLuis Lombilla, senior instructor in Spanish for the modern and classical languages department, has been selected for the 2015 Faculty Excellence in Service-Learning Award.

About the award

Each year, Missouri State’s citizenship and service-learning (CASL) office recognizes a faculty member for his or her hard work, devotion and commitment to excellence in fostering service-learning.

About the selection

CASL director Kathy Nordyke said Lombilla was chosen because he “goes above and beyond in working with students to provide exceptional, ‘high-impact’ learning opportunities for his students.”

Lombilla will be awarded at the Provost’s Faculty Award Ceremony in May.

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Planning to travel abroad? Get language basics at FLI

FLI-Languages-for-TravelersStudents, faculty and staff planning a trip out of the country should check out the Foreign Language Institute’s noncredit course offerings. The seven-week course teaches basic phrases and words to help navigate the specific country.

Springfield courses are held at FLI’s downtown office in the Jim D. Morris Center. MSU employees can use the non-credit fee waiver by signing up on MyLearningConnection. Others can enroll at the FLI website.

Upcoming Springfield Courses

March 19-May 7
Time: Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m.
Cost: $150

Dates: March 19-May 7
Time: Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m.
Cost: $150

Dates: March 19-May 7
Time: Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m.
Cost: $150

Dates: March 23-May 4
Time: Mondays, 6 to 8 p.m.
Cost: $150

MSU's Foreign Language Institute

Basic grammar/emergency response and domestic violence

March 20
1 to 5 p.m.

Commands/warnings, motor vehicles and arrests – course one
Date: April 10
1 to 5 p.m.

Commands/warnings, motor vehicles and arrests – course two
Date: April 17
1 to 5 p.m.

Dangerous situations and jail operations
Date: May 1
1 to 5 p.m.

Upcoming West Plains Courses

Dates: March 19-May 7
Time: Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m.
Cost: $150
Location: West Plains campus, Looney 102

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Students simulate ancient Greek, Roman wars

Students taking classes about Greek and Roman civilizations (LLT 325 and LLT 326) do more than just read from a textbook. They gear up for battle.

For several years, modern and classical languages professors have led students in strategic war simulations, inching model ships and figurines forward to face off in mock skirmishes similar to those that Greeks and Romans encountered. The games illustrate ancient combat in a hands-on format.

Orchestrating combat

The games are provided and designed by Laurence Bryan, a history professor at Crowder College and social studies teacher at Crane High School. Bryan is both a trained historian and experienced gamer.

RomanCivGames-2015-14Associate Professor Julie Johnson said the war games help students understand the equipment and tactics of ancient warfare.

“It’s one of the best didactic tools I’ve found for providing as realistic a combat experience as possible without the sweat and blood,” she said.

Greeks versus Persians

Last fall, students recreated the sea battles between the Greeks and Persians to complement the class’ readings of Herodotus’ account of the great Battle of Salamis. At the time, the feature film “300: Rise of an Empire” was popular, providing an unhistorical account of that battle.

RomanCivGamesSophomore Jiaying Zhou said the demonstration showed her that ancient war was “a game of chance.”

“Without modern technology of sonar and such, the commanders of the armies must rely on their knowledge of the land and soldiers to take the victory. One small mistake can turn the tide of the war. I also found that planning ahead is the best way to win. Observing the enemy and predicting their next move is also a key to victory.”

Let the games begin

Typically, Greek Civilization (LLT 325) conducts its games in the fall, and Roman Civilization (LLT 326) conducts its games in the spring. The next session will be held in the fall class of LLT 325. Fall registration begins March 30. For more information about the classes, contact Johnson by email or at 417-836-5179.

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MSU hosts March national Asian studies conference

Scholars and students to discuss Asian culture in college curricula

The University’s office of China programs and department of modern and classical languages have joined efforts to bring the 2015 Asian Studies Development Program’s (ASDP) National Conference to the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel, March 19-21. Students and faculty may register to attend the event. For faculty, early registration is $200 if registered by March 1, and late registration is $225. Students’ registration is $75. A round-trip shuttle service from Springfield to Branson will be offered for an additional $25.

What is the conference?

The ASDP National Conference is an annual event that provides an opportunity for ASDP alumni and other interested college and university faculty members to share research related to Asian cultures and societies, as well as strategies for effectively infusing Asian content into undergraduate humanities, social science, business and science curricula.

2015’s theme: Rethinking Asian Studies

The upcoming year’s theme will be “Rethinking Asian Studies: Taking Asia as Method,” focusing on how to enable Asian perspectives to take on a greater role in informing and shaping our critical engagement with both the historical and contemporary dynamics of Asia.

Keynote speaker Dr. Pheng Cheah will bring his expertise as a professor of rhetoric for the Institute of East Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, for his presentation titled, “Asia as Question: Rethinking Asian Studies in Contemporary Globalization.”

Event details

Date: March 19-21
Venue: Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel (Branson, Missouri)
Keynote: “Asia as Question: Rethinking Asian Studies in Contemporary Globalization”
Registration: Students: $75; Faculty: $200 before March 1, or $225

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Chinese New Year events announced

MSU_MCL_ChineseNewYear2013_3The modern and classical languages department is partnering with the office of China programs and the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) to host Missouri State’s 2015 Chinese New Year celebration, with hopes to promote awareness of the many Asian cultures represented at the University. The festivities will begin Tuesday, Feb. 17. All events will take place at Siceluff Hall, room 124.

For more information, please email Dr. Weirong Schaefer at WeirongYan@MissouriState.edu or Mr. Peng Zhang at PengZhang@MissouriState.edu.

Schedule of events

Feb. 17

  • 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: Opening
  • 10:30 a.m.-noon: Traditional Chinese music performed by music professor John Prescott
  • 12:30 p.m.- 2 p.m.: Chinese Tea Ceremony performed by College of Business China programs specialist Sean Xiao’o Gong; Chinese paper cutting with business student Chen Xing; and zodiac animals painting with local artist Hing Wah Hatch
  • 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.: Sweet dumpling workshop by English professor Yili Shi

Feb. 18

  • 10 a.m.-11 a.m.: Traditional Chinese music performed by CSSA
  • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Dragon and Lion Parade by Asian Studies students; zodiac animals painting with local artist Hing Wah Hatch; Beijing Opera face painting with CSSA; and Chinese paper cutting with student Zhao Rui
  • 1 p.m.-2 p.m.: Calligraphy demonstration by geography professor Dr. Xin Miao
  • 2 p.m.-4 p.m.: Chinese porcelain workshop by art professor Keith Ekstam

Feb. 19

  • 10 a.m.-11 a.m.: Martial arts demonstration by Dee Ogilvy
  • 11 a.m.-noon.: Traditional Chinese fashion show by CSSA; Chinese songs by CHI202  and CHI311 students
  • 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m.: Chinese dumpling workshop with students Cheng Zhang and Brendon Moore

Feb. 20

  • 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: Japanese Tea Ceremony by Foreign Language Institute instructor Hiromi Elliston
  • 10:40 a.m.-11 a.m.: Japanese kimono workshop by Mika Logan
  • 11:10 a.m.-11:40 a.m.: Traditional Japanese dance performance and Japanese Summer Time dance workshop by Kizuna, Springfield’s Japan-America Friendship Group
  • 12:15 p.m.-12:45 p.m.: Japanese Tea Ceremony by Foreign Language Institute instructor Hiromi Elliston
  • 12:55 p.m.-1:15 p.m.: Japanese kimono workshop by Mika Logan
  • 1:25 p.m.-2 p.m.: Traditional Japanese dance performance and Japanese Summer Time dance workshop by Kizuna, Springfield’s Japan-America Friendship Group
  • 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.: Traditional Chinese music performed by CSSA

Feb. 21

  • 1 p.m.-2 p.m.: Traditional Chinese music performed by CSSA
  • 2 p.m.-3 p.m.:  Chinese youth martial arts demonstration and modern Chinese dance by the Chinese Faculty and Staff Association
  • 3 p.m.-4 p.m.:  Calligraphy demonstration by geography professor Dr. Xin Miao; zodiac animals painting with local artist Hing Wah Hatch; Chinese paper cutting with the Chinese Faculty and Staff Association
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Instructor translates centuries-old book on dying

Dr. Stephen Trobisch, per course faculty in the modern and classical languages department, has published the first official English translation of the 1593 German book, “Manuale De Paeparatione Ad Mortem,” by Martin Moller. Together with religious studies associate professor Dr. Austra Reinis and the book’s owner, Suzanne George, the newest translation, titled “Dear Soul: The Manual for the Rightful Art of Dying,” has been published by Quiet Waters Publications and is now available for purchase.

About the book

Written during the Middle Ages when plague swept through cities, Moller, a theologian and Christian pastor, wrote the inspirational work to help ease fears about death, encouraging readers through prayer and meditation.

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COAL faculty hoping to gain ‘global perspective’ from Colombia trip

Several College of Arts and Letters faculty will be traveling to South America next week in an interdepartmental effort to increase the college’s “global perspectives” and “cultural competency,” said communication department head, Dr. Shawn Wahl.

Five professors representing four departments will depart for Colombia Oct. 25 to visit universities in Bogota and Cartagena, each with educational objectives to benefit both Missouri State and the Colombian institutions. They return Oct. 31.

Wahl said several opportunities are made available by organizing these kinds of trips, including recruitment of international students, building relationships with institutions that Missouri State students can study abroad to, and bringing a broader cultural perspective to COAL’s programs and facilities.

Faculty going to Colombia

Institutions they will visit


  • Drs. Morris, Pardue and Wahl will present on research panels the Universidad de La Sabana Communication Week.  Morris will present on debate formats during the 2012 presidential election, Pardue will present on journalism from a U.S. perspective and Wahl will present on Business and Professional Communication in a Global Context (the focus of his 2015 Short Term Study Away course he will teach at Universidad de La Sabana).
  • Dr. Hausback will be perform an international recital at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and teach master classes in trombone at several universities in Bogota.
  • Dr. Jolley will be networking with department head and faculty at all of the Colombian universities to explore study away program and language training programs.



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