Ancient Athens can be credited for so much of the foundation that is today’s society: drama, both tragedy and comedy, and democracy with laws made by the people.
The Dean of the College of Arts and Letters (COAL) is proud to list the following faculty honored at Missouri State’s All-Faculty Recognition Reception held April 21, 2014:
Faculty Recognition Awards
Stephanie Norander, Communication
Provost Fellow for Diversity
Steve Willis, Art and Design
Provost Fellows is a program designed to recognize outstanding faculty who have a special area of interest that is related to the mission, priorities and goals of the Office of the Provost. The position provides faculty with the opportunity and support to become engaged in an administrative, research or outreach activity. The term of the appointment varies with the type of assignment.
Excellence in Study Away Programming
Gwen Walstrand, Art and Design
In 2014 the Study Away Advisory Committee created the Excellence in Study Away Programming award to recognize Missouri State faculty members who demonstrate excellence in developing and leading short-term study away programs. The recipient will receive $1,500 in professional development funds and an award.
Honors College Awards for Teaching, Research and Service
Larry George, Modern and Classical Languages
The Marcia Morriset Award for Outstanding Service to Honors Education recognizes the exceptional service, mentoring and advising accomplishments of MSU’s Honors College faculty and affiliated staff. The award was created in recognition of Marcia Morriset’s many years of service to the Honors College. The award is presented to a faculty or staff member who had contributed broadly to the advancement of Honors education at Missouri State University and has excelled at undergraduate mentorship and advising of Honors College students.
Citizenship and Service-Learning (CASL) Faculty Awards
Emanuelle Wessels, Media, Journalism and Film
The Research Stipend Awards recognizes faculty who have been awarded CASL Research Stipend Funds for direct service to the community, including community-based research involving students. Faculty selected for the CASL Research Stipend Award will present their findings at the FCTL Showcase in August.
Margaret Weaver, English
The University-based Mentoring, Support and Partnerships Program was created to increase the recruitment and retention rates of junior faculty/staff. Overall objectives of the program are for exceptional mentors to provide on-going support for outstanding faculty/staff from historically underrepresented groups to advance their success in the trilogy of scholarship, heighten their professional development and help them establish a sound identity and amiable sense of well-being at Missouri State University and in the Springfield community. Dr. Sabrina Brinson is the program coordinator and Dr. Julie Masterson is the program administrator.
Faculty Service Awards
10 Years of Service
Andrew Cline, Media, Journalism and Film
Marcus Howell, Art and Design
Timothy White, Media, Journalism and Film
15 Years of Service
Tracy Dalton, English
David Hays, Music
Michael Stowe, English
Steve Willis, Art and Design
20 Years of Service
Randy Dillon, Communication
Mary Harges, Modern and Classical Languages
Sarah Perkins, Art and Design
Margaret Weaver, English
25 Years of Service
James Baumlin, English
Mary Baumlin, English
Joel Chaston, English
Randy Hamm, Music
Jane Hoogestraat, English
Vonda Yarberry, Art and Design
35 Years of Service
Kristene Sutliff, English
40 Years of Service
Jerry Hatch, Art and Design
Service Awards honor faculty members who have reached a five-year longevity milestone in their years of service to Missouri State University. To qualify for a service award, employees must have worked full-time at Missouri State and reached a five-year milestone (10, 15, 20, etc.) within the 2013-2014 academic year to be honored at the April 2014 reception.
- Information courtesy Missouri State University’s 2014 All-Faculty Recognition Reception program
Additional faculty/staff/student accomplishments are featured throughout the year in COAL and departmental blogs.
The department of modern and classical languages (MCL) has established an accelerated pathway for the completion of a Spanish minor. MCL recognizes that many students have acquired proficiency in Spanish as a result of previous exposure to and experience with the language.
Who is eligible?
Learners from the following groups may be eligible for the accelerated pathway, pending verification of their language proficiency:
- Heritage speakers — Students raised in Spanish-speaking households who completed secondary education in the United States.
- Native speakers — Students who completed secondary education in countries where Spanish is the primary language.
- Other speakers with advanced proficiency — Students who have developed high degrees of functional language ability because of intensive study or long-term residency in Spanish-speaking countries.
How to apply
Visit the accelerated pathway page to find out more information about the program. Students interested in pursuing the accelerated pathway should call the MCL office at (417) 836-5122 and request an appointment with the department head for an eligibility assessment.
In this study away course “Ancient Athens and Aigina: Cult Centers and Coastal Connections” students will study and visit three of the key sites in an ancient network of religious centers that shaped the culture of ancient Greece. In the 5th century BC, the new democracy at Athens led an alliance of Greek states against the Persian invasion and then translated that leadership into a broader hegemony, political and cultural. The religious centers in Athens, devoted to the titular goddess Athena and other local figures, exploited their relationship with Dionysos, Demeter, and the Mystery center at Eleusis, in partnership with financial interests of the empire.
Interested in going?
Additional program information is available online.
The Foreign Language Association of Missouri (FLAM) recognized Missouri State University’s commitment to world language teaching and learning with its 2013 Friend of Foreign Language award.
Events to celebrate Chinese culture
Featured events in this year’s celebration include:
- Chinese arts
- Painting exhibitions
- Talks on the Chinese culture related to the Chinese New Year celebration
Demonstrations will be given on the Chinese tea ceremony, how to make dumplings, Chinese Taiji and calligraphy. Performances will be given on Chinese music and dance, including the traditional Lion Dance. Symbolic snacks and Chinese tea and dumplings will be provided during most events.
Download the event flyer for the complete schedule of events. And to get an exclusive sneak peek of what the events will look like, check out the Chinese New Year video.
The Foreign Language Institute is currently offering an array of foreign language non-credit courses to students and the community. Introductory courses in Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, German and Korean will be held in the spring and fall of 2014.
Who can enroll?
Anyone may enroll in these courses on a non-credit basis through the Foreign Language Institute website. Classes will be held in the Jim D. Morris Center in downtown Springfield on the corner of McDaniel and Jefferson.
Why should I learn a new language?
The goal of these introductory language courses are to provide qualified education to prepare culturally competent individuals for life and work in the world where communication with people of other cultures and languages is becoming increasingly important.
The Department of Modern & Classical Languages has released its Fall 2013 newsletter. Highlights include news on the Foreign Language Institute, spotlight on Dr. Roger Dowdy who received the Award for Excellence in Study Away Programming, the summer’s successful MO3 Conference, Dia de lo Muertos, and more.
The Day of the Dead isn’t a holiday dedicated to worshiping the dead. El Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is dedicated to celebrating the lives of loved ones. Day of the Dead occurs on November 1 each year. The tradition has been happening on campus for years, but it has gained a lot of popularity recently due to the hard work of Dr. Robert Norton, Profesora Judith Martínez, and the Missouri State Spanish Club.
Throughout the day this year, the Spanish club gave educational tours of their traditional set-up and provide Pan de Muertos (the typical food for Day of the Dead) and Jarritos, a popular Mexican soda to guests.
Taylor Juenger, president of the Spanish club, says she always encourages students to attend events like Day of the Dead because it decreases the amount of ignorance and general assumptions made about other cultures.
The department of modern and classical languages at Missouri State University recently hosted the Missouri modern languages and modern technologies (Mo3) conference on June 7-8. This workshop was an opportunity for K-12 and university foreign language teachers to learn more about integrating technology into their language courses.