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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

Schedule

  • 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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Briana considers her Study Away in Chile a great personal investment

Missouri State student Briana Simmons visits the La Moneda Palace in the Republic of Chile.
Missouri State student Briana Simmons visits the La Moneda Palace in the Republic of Chile.

Three blog entries by Briana Simmons chronicle her Study Away experience in Chile (June – July 2014)

Get up! Right now, get up and leave.

Get out of your comfort zone. Escape the places you’ve become all too familiar with. Get out and learn about the world and all it encompasses and be open to all the things you will learn about yourself.

Study Away is much more than going away for a few weeks to discover new places. These discoveries you’ll encounter away from home will be life-changing. Put yourself in an unfamiliar place, with all these strange delicacies, a hard-to-understand language and see what you can accomplish.

Challenge yourself to make it through the day in this strange place. I can guarantee you’ll sleep with a prideful grin.

I spent two months in Santiago, Chile. Two months seems like a short time, but in complete solace you’ll discover rewarding realities about yourself. What seems like just a few weeks turns into an eternity.

Surely the time only begins to progress when you’ve begun to adjust to your new home. Then, you realize it must all come to an end at some point.

Within my first few weeks in Chile, I easily become a “yes woman.” I tried every traditional dish, went to every hot hangout spot and never turned down the opportunity to try something new.

Some things I enjoyed, others I’d rather keep as a one-time thing, but the ultimate lesson in that is that I did it. I have that experience to keep with me forever.

Study Away is a great personal investment.

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While I was in Chile, I was not only able to gain personally and socially from my experiences, but every day I went to work as an associate editor of an online newspaper and digital magazine.

I had the opportunity to edit the stories of journalists from all around the world before their work was published to the website. I also couldn’t resist the urge to write a few stories myself.

My work experiences were different from anything I’d done before at home.

Simmons waves Chilean flag near San José de Maipo
Simmons waves Chilean flag near San José de Maipo

I had to familiarize myself with Chile and learn about the stories that needed to be told in this place. This was the most challenging to do in such a short amount of time.

You’re bound to face challenges in a foreign country, but if you preserve you’ll overcome them as well.

I had to adjust to my new day-to-day lifestyle. I had to learn new currency so I wouldn’t overspend. I consistently used public transportation for the first time in my life.

I ate food I was unfamiliar with every day, and as a picky eater my taste buds didn’t always agree. I was forced to overcome language barriers with local Chileans who use a different dialect in Spanish and speak very fast.

I was out of place, frustrated and homesick at times, but it was worth every uncomfortable and embarrassing moment.

In our global world, Study Away will help you to accept the lifestyle of others and appreciate your own.

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Have you ever caught the glare of a complete stranger and wondered what their thoughts were as they stared at your clothes, skin or hair?

Perhaps they were judging you for being so different in their space. Have you ever considered maybe just maybe they were simply interested in you and your story?

Chilean fans celebrating a World Cup victory over Spain
Chilean fans celebrating a World Cup victory over Spain

Think about it. When you walk past a person in a wheelchair, a homeless person on the street or a person with the very opposite features than you, you can’t help but look and wonder. I wonder what their story is and what life is like for them.

One thing I learned from my time in Chile is people all around the world care about the same things. We express love, pain and joy in similar ways. I believe we’re all interested in one other whether we’ll openly admit it or not.

Embrace the differences you have with your neighbor. Invite them to get to know you and openly listen to what’ve they endured to make for such great stories.

I was told that traveling abroad would create moments of cultural shock. They were right.

Of course there are selfish reason we do the things we do, but always remember your choices will also affect someone else.

I’ve gained friends from all around the world. I’ve connected with new people from New Zealand, Germany, South Africa, Bermuda, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, France and other parts of the United States.

Undoubtedly, we’ve all impacted the lives of one other.

— Briana Simmons
Senior, Print and Internet Journalism

Simmons at the top of Santa Lucia
Simmons at the top of Santa Lucia
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COAL Homecoming: Master class series brings alumni back to campus to share their crafts

The College of Arts and Letters will be hosting a series of master classes Oct. 16 and 17 as part of its Homecoming event schedule. These classes, presented by COAL alumni in music, art and design, theatre and dance, and media, journalism and film, are open to the public. The schedule is as follows:

Susan LaBarr

Living the Dream – Composing and Publishing Music

Presented by COAL alumna Susan LaBarr, composer (BM 2004; MM 2007)

Susan LaBarr is an active, published composer, with works in print through Santa Barbara Music Company and Morningstar Music. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Music in and a Master of Music in Music Theory in at Missouri State University. In 2011, Susan won the Opus Award for her compositions Two Songs of Love Lost: Forever Gone and At Dawn of Day. This award is selected by members of the Missouri Choral Directors Association. In 2012, Susan served as composer-in-residence for the Chattanooga Girls Choir (TN). More recently, Susan served as the Missouri Composer Laureate, 2012 and 2013, a position selected by the organization Verses and Voices, and chaired by Missouri First Lady, Georganne Nixon. She also works as editor of Walton Music.

Event details

Date: Oct. 16, 4 – 5 p.m.

Location: Plaster Student Union Theater

Matt_RaithelVideo Game Development 

Presented by COAL alumnus Matt Raithel, studio director (Electronic Arts, 2004)

Matt Raithel, studio director at Graphite Lab in St. Louis, helped produced the mobile game app, My Little Pony Party of One, which reached No. 1 ranking in 73 countries by selling over one million downloads in one week (August 3-10). The game was animated primarily by another MSU alum, Matt Stevens (BFA Animation ‘09), under Raithel’s direction. After graduating from Missouri State with a bachelor’s degree in electronic arts, Raithel joined Black Lantern Studios in Springfield, where he served as an art director, director of art and design, vice president of operations and studio president.

Immediately following the class, Raithel will be presenting in the COAL alumni panel, Preparing for that First Professional Job or How I Survived the Biggest Professional Mistake I ever Made!, Friday, Oct. 17 from 1:50 – 2:50 p.m. at Plaster Student Union Theater.

Event details

Date: Oct. 17, 12:20 – 1:40 p.m.

Location: Plaster Student Union Theater

hyche1Contemporary Dance

Presented by COAL alumnus Darrell Hyche II, dancer (BFA, 2013)

In his first year with the St. Louis company Modern American Dance Company, under company director Stacy West, Darrell Hyche II, received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance performance and Bachelor of Science in psychology from Missouri State in 2013 and was a member of the University’s Inertia Dance Company under the direction of Ruth Barnes and Darryl Clark. Hyche has performed with the Springfield Ballet and the Ashleyliane Dance Company. As a scholarship student at the American Dance Festival, he worked with Brenda Daniels, Elizabeth Corbett, Sherone Price and T. Lang. He has also been in repertory works by William Forsythe, Nicholas Leichter and Merce Cunningham. In 2007, MADCO was invited to become the Professional Dance Company in Residence at the prestigious Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center on the campus of University of Missouri St. Louis.

Immediately following the class, Hyche will be presenting in the COAL alumni panel, Preparing for that First Professional Job or How I Survived the Biggest Professional Mistake I ever Made!, Friday, Oct. 17 from 1:50 – 2:50 p.m. at Plaster Student Union Theater.

Event details

Date: Oct. 17, 12:20 – 1:40 p.m.

Location: Art Annex, Room #5, 1045 E Grand Street

coleclosserGraphic Novels and Modern Storytelling

Presented by COAL alumnus Cole Closser, artist, author and illustrator (BFA, 2011)

Cole Closser, a Missouri cartoonist and illustrator of comics and graphic novels, will discuss the creation and publication of his graphic novel “Little Tommy Lost” which was featured in Juxtapoz magazine (August 2013) and named one of the 10 best graphic novels of 2013 by A.V. Club (the Onion). He is a graduate of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in art printmaking and drawing programs at Missouri State University and a Master of Fine Arts from The Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont.

Closser also be attending the COAL Wine and Cheese Alumni Reception later Friday evening, from 5 to 6 p.m., at the Student Exhibition Center where his work is on display.

Event details

Date: Oct. 17, 3 – 4 p.m.

Location: Plaster Student Union Theater

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COAL Homecoming: Alumni will visit campus to give professional advice

In a panel titled, Preparing for that First Professional Job or How I Survived the Biggest Professional Mistake I ever Made!, alumni Matt Raithel, Darrell Hyche II and Monte Kuklenski will offer anecdotes and advice on their respective professions on Friday, Oct. 17, 1:50 – 2:50 p.m. at Plaster Student Union Theater.

 

MattRaithel-blogMatt Raithel

Studio director, Graphite Lab (Electronic Arts, 2004)

Matt Raithel, studio director at Graphite Lab in St. Louis, helped produced the mobile game app, My Little Pony Party of One, which reached No. 1 ranking in 73 countries by selling over one million downloads in one week (Aug. 3-10). The game was animated primarily by another MSU alum, Matt Stevens (BFA Animation ‘09), under Raithel’s direction. After graduating from Missouri State with a bachelor’s degree in electronic arts, Raithel joined Black Lantern Studios in Springfield, where he served as an art director, director of art and design, vice president of operations and studio president.

Immediately preceding the panel, Raithel will be presenting a master class in the PSU Theater, from 12:20 – 1:40 p.m. on video game development.

 

DarrellHyche-blogDarrell Hyche II

Dancer, Modern American Dance Company (BFA, BS 2013)

Darrell Hyche II is in his first year with the St. Louis company MADCO, under company director Stacy West. H received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance performance and Bachelor of Science in psychology from Missouri State in 2013 and was a member of the University’s Inertia Dance Company under the direction of Ruth Barnes and Darryl Clark. Hyche has performed with the Springfield Ballet and the Ashleyliane Dance Company. As a scholarship student at the American Dance Festival, he worked with Brenda Daniels, Elizabeth Corbett, Sherone Price and T. Lang. He has also been in repertory works by William Forsythe, Nicholas Leichter and Merce Cunningham. In 2007, MADCO was invited to become the Professional Dance Company in Residence at the prestigious Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center on the campus of University of Missouri St. Louis.

Immediately preceding the panel, Hyche will be presenting a master class from 12:20 – 1:40 p.m. in the Art Annex, room 5, on contemporary dance.

 

Monte_2161resizedMonte Kuklenski

Senior vice president of facilities and construction, Fox Networks Engineering and Operations (BFA, 1975)

Now a Los Angeles resident, Monte Kuklenski came up during the storied era of Missouri State theatre, sharing the stage with friends John Goodman, Jack Laufer, Tess Harper and Kathleen Turner. After earning a bachelor’s degree in theatre from Missouri State in 1975, he went on to study directing and production at Southern Methodist University, graduating with a master’s degree in 1980 and beginning his career at Fox in 1988.

Later Friday night, Kuklenski will be recognized among the 2014 Bears of Distinction at the Alumni Association awards banquet at the University Plaza Convention Center.

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Film production professional to present training seminar, film screening in November

chaplinDirectors Guild of America member, Ken Chaplin, will be back on campus in November to screen the film he worked on, Ticket Out, and hold a two-day training seminar on film production.

Film screening

The film screening of Ticket Out is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Plaster Student Union Theater on Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. and will include a talkback session afterward.

Training seminar

The training seminar, Beyond the Basics—Film Crew Essentials—hosted by Film Industry Training Seminars, LLC—will be Nov. 8 and 9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., offering the entire community an opportunity to see behind the scenes of working on a film crew. Registration will be $100 for MSU students and $150 for the general public.

Workshop topics will include: Pre-production, production, defining the director’s team, what is expected the first day, walkie-talkie protocol and etiquette, choreographing background performers, defining positions in other departments, script breakdown, production paperwork, set safety and protocol, resume presentation, interviewing strategies, job search techniques and much more.

FITSAbout Chaplin

Chaplin served as the assistant director on Body of Lies, and has worked hand-in-hand for more than 18 years with directors of the caliber of David Mamet, Terrence Malick, Ang Lee and Ridley Scott. He has wrangled Dustin Hoffman, John Cusack, Woody Harrelson, Sean Penn and Eva Longoria and has worked on the films such as End of Days, Runaway Jur, and The Thin Red Line.

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The Standard nominated for four college press awards

Missouri State’s student-run newspaper, The Standard, has been nominated for four college newspaper awards by the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) in the following categories:

  • Newsmagazine/Special Section Cover—Brent Rinehart’s Spring Welcome cover
  • General News Picture—Erin Snider’s “Urban-Warrior Challenge”
  • House Ad—Brent Rinehart’s ad, “Vote for Best of MSU”
  • Ad/Editorial Supplement—The Standard staff, Back to Campus 2013

Late last month, The Standard’s advertising department was named a finalist by the College Media Association (CMA) in three of its categories: Best Display Ad, Best Online Ad and Best Rate Card/Media Kit. Winners for both award series will be announced at the ACP/CMA Fall National College Media Convention Oct. 29-Nov. 2 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Standard’s advisor, Jack Dimond, will accompany six members of the newspaper staff to the conference where they will join about 2,000 others involved in college media programs, taking part in more than 350 practical and professional learning sessions, from high-profile keynotes to specific, problem-solving breakouts, hands-on workshops and discussion groups. Other convention activities include an exhibit hall with vendors who sell to student media, ACP’s Best of Show contest, receptions, awards convocations, critiques and a newspaper job fair.

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COAL alumna to be honored at Homecoming event

Deidre Goodwin College of Arts and Letters alumna Deidre Goodwin will be recognized among the 2014 Bears of Distinction at the Alumni Association awards banquet during Homecoming. Goodwin has bachelor’s degrees from the departments of theatre and dance and media, journalism and film.

About Goodwin

Since graduating from Missouri State in 1992, the New York City resident has worked in television, film and on Broadway. She has taught dance and musical theater workshops across the country and is among the musical theatre conservatory faculty at the New York Film Academy. In partnership with voice teacher Kim Stern, she created The Broadway Warm-Up, a completely synchronized vocal and dance warm-up for professional performers, and produced a soon-to-be-released accompanying video.

About the Distinguished Bears Dinner and Awards Ceremony

Missouri State University alumni and friends are invited to pay tribute to an exemplary group of Bears for their notable successes. Alumni and former faculty will be honored for their dedication, professional achievements and loyalty to Missouri State. The evening will include a social hour, dinner and entertainment by Missouri State musicians and performers. For further information please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 417-836-5654.

Date: Friday, Oct. 17, 2014

Time: Social time at 6 p.m.; Dinner at 6:45 p.m.

Location: University Plaza Convention Center, 333 S. John Q. Hammons Pkwy.

Cost: $30 per person. Reservations requested.

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The Standard named as finalist for three national advertising awards

Standard LogoThe advertising department for Missouri State’s student-run newspaper, The Standard, has been named a finalist in the College Media Association‘s Pinnacle Awards for work done during the 2013-2014 school year. The three categories in which they have placed include best display ad, best online ad and best rate card/media kit. Winners will be announced at the 2014 National College Media Convention, Oct. 29-Nov. 2 in Philadelphia.

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Springfield moviegoers to vote on international films in Manhattan Short Film Festival

The department of media, journalism and film will be screening  the 17th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival Sept. 27, from 6:30 to 10 p.m., at the Plaster Student Union Theater. The event offers the community a chance to join 100,000 viewers across the world to watch and vote on the festival’s 10 finalists, chosen from 589 short film entries across 47 countries.

How does it work?

Viewers will be given a ballot upon arrival that they will fill out at the end of the 10 films, participating in the instantaneous celebration occurring in over 300 cities around the globe during the span of a week. Votes are tallied by each cinema and sent to the festival headquarters. The winner will be announced Oct. 6.

Cost is $10 at the door.

Manhattan Short finalist Rhino Full Throttle, directed by Erik Schmitt, is about a man searching for the soul of a city who encounters an enigmatic young woman who unlocks his heart.
Manhattan Short finalist Rhino Full Throttle, directed by Erik Schmitt, is about a man who, while searching for the soul of a city, encounters an enigmatic young woman.
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