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Electronic arts graduate explores the world of human computer interaction

For Derek Parker, it all began with his first cell phone.

“I was never satisfied with what came out of the box,” explained Derek. “I always wanted to make it better.”

That drive to improve technology led him to his passion: human computer interaction. For his senior project, Derek developed an interactive display, featuring programs in the College of Arts and Letters, to be installed in Craig Hall.

“That project is really the epitome of what I’m interested in. It’s touch-based. It’s interactive. It’s about the user and the experience they are having with that device,” said Derek.

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The Standard, Ozarks News Journal recognized for excellence

The Standard, Missouri State University’s student-run newspaper, and the Ozarks News Journal, a student-produced television news show, were honored with regional and national awards from College Newspaper Business and Advertising Managers Inc. (CNBAM), the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Region 7 and the Missouri Broadcast Educators Association.

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“I know the world has so much to offer” – Reflections on a semester abroad.

MSU-MJF-AtOxfordBrookesDuring my semester at Oxford, I spent 113 days away from home, traveled 13,625 miles by plane (32 hours and 25 minutes spent in the air), 5,456 miles by bus/car, 453 miles by train and 160 miles by ferry boat. I went to over 30 cities in Europe, saw 18 World Heritage Sites, went to 13 airports, 12 hostels, 9 countries, saw one wonder of the world, walked an uncountable number of miles, met hundreds of people and made so many friends from all over the world.

I have learned so much and don’t regret anything I did (even the amount of money I spent). I am so sad to go home but know it is time.

I loved my semester at Oxford Brookes University and would highly recommend it to anyone. I learned so much inside and outside of the classroom. I am going to miss all of my friends that I made and cherish the many, many memories that were made this past semester. I know this will not be the end of my travels and in fact they are only the beginning.

This experience has opened my eyes to different countries and cultures, pushed me outside of my comfort zone, and taught me how much I can do if I truly have the desire. I know the world has so much to offer, and I have so much to see. Oxford Brookes was like a second home to me, and I will never forget this amazing experience I was so lucky to have.


The top left is in Paris touching the top of the Louvre. Top right is in Barcelona, Spain, at Parc Guell. Left middle is a fellow Brookes student, Jill Rouse from Boston, Audrey Davis, student at MSU, and myself kayaking through sea caves in Lagos, Portugal. Bottom left is in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Bottom right is in Glencoe, Scotland.

Thank you for reading,

Andrea Welker

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”- Anonymous

Read more about Andrea’s time at Oxford Brookes University.

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Standard honored with national and regional awards

The Standard has been honored with four national awards from College Newspaper Business and Advertising Managers Inc. and five regional awards from the Society of ProThe Standardfessional Journalists Region 7 .

CNBAM awards

  • Best Newspaper Promotion Campaign, 4th place
  • Best Newspaper Promotion Multimedia Campaign, 1st place
  • Best Group Promotion, Free Standing Section, 3rd place
  • Best Back to School or Orientation Issue, 4th place

SPJ Region 7 awards

  • In-Depth Reporting (Large Schools), Finalist: “$1,163,237: Bookstore director admits to stealing for 10 years” by Megan Gates
  • Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper, Finalist
  • Feature Photography (Large Schools), Finalist: “Not quite ready” by Steph Anderson Chambers
  • Sports Photography (Large Schools), Winner: “My ball!” by Steph Anderson Chambers
  • Sports Photography (Large Schools), Finalist: “One last lap” by Steph Anderson Chambers
The MJF department would like to congratulate everyone for their hard work and making the Standard the success it is.


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View student works during the Electronic Arts Student Showcase

TogetherThe MJF department is excited to present the 2014 Electronic Arts Student Showcase from 7-9:30 p.m. Monday, May 12 in the PSU Theatre. This event is free and open to the public.
The showcase will feature
  • “MARA” – a dystopian tale of love set unfolds in this beautifully shot science fiction film
  • “Fido’s Wake” – a coming of age story and black comedy
  • “Pointe of Contact” – a young dancer brings new life and hope to a slowly dying dance company
  • Grim Weeper, an interactive comic book
  • “This City’s Got Talent, a computer animated short
  • An interactive touch-driven website
  • Experimental short animated films and music videos


Free parking is available in Lot 24 (enter off National Ave. just south of Grand) or in the North Bear Parking Garage (behind Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts).



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COAL faculty honored during recognition reception

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, CommunicationProvost Fellow for Faculty Development – Writing

Stephanie Norander, Communication


Steve Willis, Art and Design

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 DesignGwen 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 LanguagesMarcia Morriset Award for Outstanding Service to Honors Education

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 Film2013-2014 Research Stipend Award

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.



Additional Recognitions

Margaret Weaver, EnglishA 2014 Mentoring, Support and Partnerships Program Mentor

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.

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Journalism students win awards for campus paper production

Many Missouri State University students read The Standard, the university’s campus newspaper, on a regular basis. Few know the extent of the work that their fellow students put into the researching, writing and designing of the paper. The staff for The Standard recently had their hard work recognized at the annual Missouri College Media Association (MCMA) conference with many awards.

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What makes a movie classic versus just old?

Classic movies – you love them, or you hate them for their old-fashioned ways. Either way, they are part of America’s popular culture. As 2014 marks the 75th anniversary of the release of the films “Gone with the Wind” and “The Wizard of Oz,” Dr. Timothy White says few films of today will have such a lasting impact on the American cultural experience.

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Andrea talks more about her experience at OBU

MSU-MJF-AtOxfordBrookesAt Oxford Brookes University (OBU), I am currently enrolled in Issues in World Cinema, Independent American Cinema, and Preproduction for Independent Filmmaking. At first, I was really intimidated about coming to OBU, because IT IS OXFORD and has a very prestigious reputation. I have found that the course load is essentially the same as taking class at MSU and is something any MSU student is capable of doing.

In my class, Issues in World Cinema, we must watch a movie each week and read articles that are related to the movie of the week. My grade in this class is made up of a 1,500 word essay, one test, and attendance. For Independent American Cinema I have to give a presentation about an Independent American Film, take a test, and write a 1,400 word essay. In Preproduction for Independent Filmmaking I’ve been assigned to develop a story line and create a budget for a film and then present it to the class.

In Preproduction for Independent Filmmaking we have learned many skills that will be helpful in our careers. For example, we learned how to make fake blood and create a fake wound, how to handle stunts on set, and how to scout a location. I think this course is the most exciting and interactive class I am currently taking at OBU.AndreaWelkerWithOxfordFlatmates

Outside of classes I have met so many different people from all over the world. I live with five other people in a flat on campus. We all share a bathroom and a kitchen, but we all have our own rooms. I live with a girl from Norway, England, and Hong Kong. I also live with two boys from Australia and France. We all get along exceptionally well and enjoy talking to each other and learning about each others countries and cultures.

Until next time,
Andrea Welker

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” —Susan Sontag

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Master filmmaker series to be held in April

Andrea ArnoldMaster Filmmaker Andrea Arnold will be on campus April 4-5 to discuss her work on her acclaimed film Fish Tank. Arnold won an Oscar for her short Wasp, in 2003 and BAFTA and Cannes Jury Prizes for her first two feature films, Red Road (2006) and Fish Tank (2009).

Arnold will conduct her master class in directing on Friday, April 4 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the PSU, Room 200. Screening of Fish Tank will be on Saturday, April 5 from 7-9:30 p.m. in the PSU Theatre, Room 200. All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, download the event flyer.

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