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Few spots left for Trans-Siberian study away trip

Media, journalism and film students will have the opportunity to travel to Russia this summer on a study away trip with Associate Professor Dr. Andy Cline.

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Cline will lead several media students on a 10-day train ride on the Trans-Siberian Railway. Dr. Paul Rollinson, from the department of geography, geology and planning, will join the trip with his students, as well.

“This trip is the last great rail adventure on earth and will offer media students the opportunity to produce a documentary film under challenging physical and cultural conditions,” Cline said.

Production component allows students to film experience

As of Feb. 5, there were four spots left in the program, which will take place over May 22-June 5. The program fee is $3,279, and the deadline to apply is March 1.

MJF students will work on three projects to complete their experience:

  • A short video for COAL and Study Away about the trip
  • A documentary (topic to be determined) about the TSRR
  • A personal project for publication on the Springfield Report website

Associated courses include: JRN 300 (3), MED 300 (3), GRY 470 (3), or RUS 297 (3).

Trip itinerary

  • Depart Springfield on May 22, arriving in Moscow on May 24
  • Board the train on the Trans-Siberian Railway on May 25 from Moscow, traveling to Vladivostok with a two-night stay in Lake Baikal
  • Depart Vladivostok on June 3, arriving in Springfield on June 5

Find out how to apply

Visit the study away website to apply, or contact Cline by email or at 417-836-4923.

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Alumni to screen film documenting dangers of common dental filling

Missouri State alumni Randall Moore (’02, media production) and Brandon Kerr (’03, electronic arts) will be on campus Feb. 6 to screen Moore’s documentary “Evidence of Harm,” exposing the dangers of mercury dental fillings. The screening will be held at 7 p.m. in the Plaster Student Union Theater with a talk-back session to follow.

Film highlights dangers of routine dental procedures

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Randall Moore

“Evidence of Harm” chronicles the lives of three ordinary people who became reluctant health advocates after suffering from the devastating effects of hazardous mercury vapors during routine dental procedures.

According to the film, 120 million Americans currently have amalgam, or “silver,” dental fillings that contain mercury, a potentially toxic heavy metal. Composite resin fillings are often used as an alternative to amalgam fillings.

More about the alums

Moore wanted to document the hazards of dental amalgam fillings after finding that mercury, a known neurotoxin, is causally connected to the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. His father had recently been diagnosed with the devastating illness, and Moore set out to show that these dental fillings produce the largest source of mercury in the general population, putting patients, staff and the global environment at risk.

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Brandon Kerr

Kerr was a producer on “Evidence of Harm” and its visual effects coordinator. He owns the video production company Syndicate Studios in Kansas City, Missouri.

Moore and Kerr have been working together since they were students at Missouri State, where they developed the short film “Pandora’s Box” with Chris Nagle, now employed with MSU’s photographic services department. “Pandora’s Box” won the Best of Festival/King Foundation Award at the 2004 Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts.

Film screening details

Date: Feb. 6
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: PSU Theater

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Week 4: Brett studies away in Scotland

This summer Broadcast Journalism student Brett Kaprelian studied away in Scotland. He blogged about his trip so he could share his experiences with us.

Scotland – Week Four

This is the last week that I am over here. It is sad to leave, but my wallet is thanking me. The exchange rate is £1 for 1.6 U.S. dollars, so a £10 meal would cost $16 — gets a little pricey after a while.

MSU-MJF-StudyAway-Scotland-Boat-Friends-BlogI went to a goodbye dance the school hosted for us. We did highland dancing. It consisted of a lot of line dances and spinning your partner around in circles. I got very dizzy sometimes. I also won best male dancer.

I will definitely miss Scotland and all my adventures in this amazing country. It was such a great experience, and I wouldn’t change it for the world. I wish everybody could visit a foreign country like I did. I met a lot of new friends, and I can appreciate things from a different perspective now.

— Brett Kaprelian
Senior, Broadcast Journalism
Media, Journalism and Film
Theta Chi Fraternity

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Week 3: Brett studies away in Scotland

This summer Broadcast Journalism student Brett Kaprelian studied away in Scotland. He blogged about his trip so he could share his experiences with us.

Scotland – Week Three

Our group went to the biggest city in Scotland, Glasgow. There is so much history here. They have multiple museums, restaurants older than our country, and historical landmarks, which are breathtaking.

Brett Kaprelian (right) with the rest of his International Study Away group in front of St. Giles' Cathedral with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (center).
Brett Kaprelian (right) with the rest of his International Study Away group in front of St. Giles’ Cathedral with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (center).

I went to a few art galleries, and it was really cool. Definitely different than America. The food was probably the best part of the trip. I had the best burger in Scotland while I was in Glasgow. It was called “bread meats bread.” Love the name, by the way.

The night life over here is amazing. Probably the best I have experienced in Scotland.

People are nice, they love to meet Americans, and drinks are cheap, which everybody enjoys. The best “city” area in Scotland by far.

— Brett Kaprelian
Senior, Broadcast Journalism
Media, Journalism and Film
Theta Chi Fraternity

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Audiences to get second helping of ‘Show-Me Chefs’

After a successful first season, students and faculty from across the University are coming together to begin production on season two of the media, journalism and film department-produced Web series, “Show-Me Chefs.”

This time, said show co-producer Ryan Gilyard, they will have more students, newer equipment and an invaluable knowledge base established from the first season.

“In season one, we had to figure out how to problem solve, so it was a learning experience. Season two is going to take the same format as the first, but we’ll make it a lot more structured and more focused.”

Themed episodes, diverse competition on tap

Show Me Chefs1The Web series features chefs going head-to-head in cooking challenges judged by local culinary experts and personalities. In the upcoming season, each episode will have a theme surrounding the food and ingredients used during that round.

The competition will also be opened up this time to lay-chefs — those who cook at home or, like caterers, those who don’t necessarily work in restaurants — as well as culinary students from area high schools and colleges, Gilyard said.

“There is so much talent here in the Ozarks and we want to showcase that. We also feel that as an educational institution, it’s our job to nurture and engage the community around us.”

A ‘Missouri State effort’

More MSU students from across disciplines will also be involved: “There’s so much that goes into a television show besides just media production. You don’t have to be a filmmaker to be a part of ‘Show-Me Chefs.’ So we’re trying to reach out to different departments and make it a Missouri State effort, rather than just a media effort,” Gilyard said.

Show Me Chefs hostsFor example, public relations and graphic design students are helping with marketing efforts. Hospitality and restaurant administration students will be invited to plan events and judge challenges. They will also be encouraged to try out as contestants. Other students from relevant departments will be recruited, as well.

Joining Gilyard will be returning producers Daan Jansen and Chelsea Eichholz, and Dr. Deb Larson, the professor at the helm of the operation.

“Dr. Larson is kind of like our spiritual leader,” Gilyard said. “She always is there for us and she pushes us in a good way. We don’t want to disappoint her, so it drives us to do better and constantly be on top of our game.”

Other goals for season two include:

  • Use special segments to educate the community about local food producers
  • Provide student insider perspective to offer cooking tips, recipes and more
  • Bring in more sponsors, including returning sponsors Mama Jeans, 319 Event Center and Care to Learn

New equipment to help boost quality

filming Show Me Chefs

The media, journalism and film department recently replaced its outdated TriCaster, the appliance which takes all of the video footage from every camera and puts it onto one screen, allowing producers to view and switch between every shot to better create the overall video package, Gilyard said.

“Show-Me Chefs” will use the TriCaster to produce season two, but it is available for all media, journalism and film students to use. To find out more about equipment or facility reservations, visit the MJF Production Center website or call the department at 417-836-5218.

show me chefs logoDonate to make the show even better

“Show-Me Chefs” is also raising money for a new handheld digital camera.

“With a handheld camera, we can zoom in and really get into the action. It’ll also open up a camera that can focus on the judges to hear their perspectives as food critics and actual chefs.  They have a lot of knowledge they can give to the show.”

To donate to the “Show-Me Chefs” fund, visit their crowdfunding page.

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Arts Council screens student films at fundraiser

SRACdinnerMovieblogThe community will have the chance to see short films made by Missouri State students on Nov. 14 at the Springfield Regional Arts Council’s Dinner & A Movie fundraiser.

The event will be held at Gilardi’s Ristorante on Walnut Street where guests will receive a four-course meal in a private room. The media, journalism and film department will present the four short films.

Dinner begins at 6 p.m., and tickets are $125. RSVP to SRAC at 417-862-2787.

Student films to be screened

“Ghoul School”
Written and directed by Brook Linder.
A comedy/horror story about a haunted high school and the efforts of two young students to reveal the truth behind the cover-up of events that led to the haunting.

“Apollo”
Written and directed by Bryan Manning.
A science fiction story about a young couple who struggle to cope with the dying sun.

“Dither: The DIY Story”
Sam Geneser, Bret Hoy, Kaitlyn Manlove and David Mudd
A documentary about the Do-It-Yourself independent music movement in the 1970’s.

“My Daughters Dragon”
Written and directed by Adam Wagner, produced by April Clore. 
An artist uses his imagination to persuade his young step-daughter to see him as her dad.

Event details

Date: Nov. 14
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Gilardi’s Ristorante, 820 E. Walnut
Admission: $125, RSVP to SRAC at 417-862-2787

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Documentary film shares veterans’ stories, screening and talk-back session Nov. 7

Filmmaker Paula Caplan will present her documentary film “Is Anybody Listening?” on Nov. 7 in Plaster Student Union Theater as part of the College of Arts and Letters MSU Film Series.

The film focuses on American veterans, allowing them a chance to speak openly about their experiences. Caplan, who produced and wrote the film, will participate in a talk-back session following the screening.

Film encourages connection, listening

Through the power of love and connection, Caplan attempts to break through the isolation many veterans feel.

She underscores the importance of listening wholeheartedly and respectfully to what our veterans have to say.

paulacaplanAward-winning writer, playwright has psychology training

Caplan, trained as a clinical and research psychologist, is an award-winning playwright, actor and filmmaker.

Her most recent book, “When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home: How All of Us Can Help Veterans,” has won three national nonfiction awards.

Event details

Date: Nov. 7
Time: 7 – 9:30 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union Theater
Admission: Free and open to the public

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Week 2: Brett studies away in Scotland

Brett surrounded by friends on boat to Loch Lomond.
Brett surrounded by friends on boat to Loch Lomond.

This summer Broadcast Journalism student Brett Kaprelian studied away in Scotland. He blogged about his trip so he could share his experiences with us.

 

Scotland – Week Two

This past week marked the half way point of my trip. So far, I am having an excellent time.

The hills, the people, and the culture make Scotland a treasure. My school work was a bit boring at first, but it is starting to get pretty interesting.

I am taking a marketing class in Scotland and a class in sports management. Sports Management is a lot different over here compared to the United States.

On the lake at Loch Lomond
On the lake at Loch Lomond

I also went over to Loch Lomond. It is in the northern part of Scotland, and it is beautiful! I went on a two-hour boat tour.

One of the hotels on the lake at Loch Lomond. Michael Jackson spent the night there.
One of the hotels on the lake at Loch Lomond. Michael Jackson spent the night there.

There are many cool things on the lake such as the boats, multiple castle-like hotels, and a country club with a golf course. To be a member at the club, it would cost 60,000£ (over 100 $2,000).

I still have a lot of adventures left, and I can’t wait to experience them.

— Brett Kaprelian
Senior, Broadcast Journalism
Media, Journalism and Film
Theta Chi Fraternity

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Former foreign correspondent to share worldview

MSU-COAL-Homecoming-MasterClass-JenniferMoore-EmailPicBefore the parade marches through town and the football team takes the field, College of Arts and Letters will host its annual master class series on Oct. 16 as part of its Homecoming event schedule.

Jennifer Moore will be among those presenters

Journalist, writer comes to MSU for degree in international relations

Moore, a Missouri State graduate student in international relations, is a journalist and writer based out of West Plains. She is the coordinator of theatre and events for MSU-West Plains, and she recently gave Missouri State’s 2015 summer commencement speech.

Life as a foreign correspondent

Moore graduated with honors from the University of Missouri School of Journalism before spending five years in the Persian Gulf region, where she worked as a freelance journalist for CNN-International, NPR, and the largest English daily newspaper in the region, “The Gulf News.”

Seven-time Murrow award winner

After returning to the U.S. in 2007, she worked as a reporter, anchor and assignment editor for the NPR station in Springfield, Missouri, KSMU Radio, where she filed local and national stories on the rural Ozarks. She has received seven Edward R. Murrow awards, the “Excellence in Legal Journalism” award from The Missouri Bar, and the 2014 Honorable Mention for the “Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Journalism” awarded by Syracuse University.

When will she present at Homecoming?

Date: Oct. 16
Time: 2:15 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union Theater
Admission: Free and open to public
Connect online: #BearsHomecoming

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Emmy-winning journalist to talk about life as broadcaster

MSU-COAL-Homecoming-MasterClass-SusanHiland-EmailPicBefore the parade marches through town and the football team takes the field, College of Arts and Letters will host its annual master class series on Oct. 16 as part of its Homecoming event schedule.

Susan Hiland (BS, 1981) will be among those presenters

On screen across the nation

Hiland, an Emmy award-winning journalist, graduated from Missouri State with a degree in speech and electronic media. She co-anchors FOX 4 News at 5 and 9 p.m., and has worked at WDAF-TV since 2000. Before that, she was the morning anchor at WTNH-TV in New Haven, Connecticut, and worked at news stations across the Midwest.

Well-traveled alumna takes volunteer vacations

A Kansas City native, Hiland graduated from Oak Park High School and was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame. Hiland travels in her spare time, especially for volunteer vacations. She has traveled to Nepal, Kenya and Brazil where she has worked with underprivileged women and children.

When will she present at Homecoming?

Date: Oct. 16
Time: 12:45 to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Plaster Student Union Theater
Admission: Free and open to public

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