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Electronic arts featured in next Bears in the Know lunch

The electronic arts program will be showcased at the Nov. 18 Bears in the Know luncheon.

This luncheon will go in-depth about the creativeness and diligence of this award-winning department, with presentations from the following speakers:

  • Mark Biggs, associate professor and associate dean of the College of Arts and Letters
  • Vonda Yarberry, interim department head of art and design, professor of animation and electronic arts
  • Colby Jennings, assistant professor of digital arts, animation and electronic arts

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What is electronic arts?

Electronic arts is a collaborative, interdisciplinary program. Its students have garnered hundreds of international and national awards due to creative excellence, technical mastery and successful team-based skills.

More about the lunch

Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., followed by the program at noon in the Turner Family Hospitality Room on the first floor of the Kenneth E. Meyer Alumni Center. Complimentary parking is available in the attached garage of McDaniel Street.


Tickets are $10 per session or $50 for the year.

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Show-Me Chefs to co-host fundraising gala with Care to Learn

“Show-Me Chefs,” the successful media, journalism and film department-produced television series, will host a gala on Oct. 22 to raise money for a third season and the Care to Learn organization.

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More about the show

Show-Me Chefs” is a cooking competition where local chefs compete for a $3,000 prize. The show is produced by students in MSU’s advanced television production class. They work on every aspect of the show, such as producing, hosting, filming, directing and editing. Other students across campus help with marketing and other aspects of the show.

Season two premieres at 6 p.m. Oct. 9 on KOZL-TV. Pre-production for season three is already underway.

More about the gala

The gala will be held at 319 Event Center. Season two’s chefs will attend the event to compete in a small-plate competition for a Judge’s Choice Award and an Audience Choice awards. There will be a silent auction and many other prizes.

General admission tickets are $40, while reserved seating is $50. Tickets can be purchased online.

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Five reasons to choose COAL as your college

They are the storytellers. The creators. The visualizers.

The students who make up Missouri State’s College of Arts and Letters take pride in standing out amongst the crowd and making their Missouri Statement a distinct one. How? Here are five ways COAL is making itself known at MSU.

Giving Voice will open your eyes to oppression


Giving Voice, a theatre troupe housed in the theatre and dance department, puts on an interactive performance that is inspired by Augusto Boal’s Theatre. Their goal is to give a voice to those who are oppressed, underrepresented and marginalized.

The troupe helps many groups tackle topics like gender, racial, political and religious discrimination. This is done through a series of presentations and workshops. The Giving Voice facilitator and actors work with participants to explore how to approach taboo situations in a safe environment.

Student Exhibition Center gives you space to exhibit your creativity


The Student Exhibition Center, or SEC, is a gallery festooned with student artwork and funded through the Student Activity Fee.

Think your art should be featured? All you have to do is fill out a proposal form and you have a chance to have your own artwork on display.

You can even hold a reception there (but it does cost an extra fee, so check out the SEC website for more details).

The SEC is located on Historic Walnut Street at the north end of the Missouri State University campus.

But wait — there’s more! The SEC isn’t the only Missouri State gallery looking to display student artwork. The Brick City Gallery features distinguished, as well as up-and-coming artists, in this urban oasis of creativity. Plus, admission is free and open to the public.

You can immerse yourself in TV industry with ‘Show-Me Chefs’


Imagine a television show run by college students. That’s exactly what “Show-Me Chefs” is!

The show is produced by the department of media, journalism and film as part of a class. Students produce and film the whole series — a reality competitive cooking show that highlights local food producers and chefs.

The show’s second season is about to premier on KOZL-TV, and they are already in pre-production for Season 3. On Oct. 22, the show will host a fundraising gala at Springfield’s 319 Event Center.

Untamed Tongues will empower you to use your voice


Untamed Tongues is a poetry collective dedicated to establishing a place on campus for poets and musicians to share their creative works with others, be active servants to the community and maintain high academic achievement.

The group was co-founded nearly a year ago by Taylor Vinson, an MSU junior in communication. To celebrate this organization’s first birthday, a poetry slam is being held at 7:30 Oct. 3 in Plaster Student Union, room 400. There will be three rounds with three different time limits: Free topic, no props. Everyone with an original poem is welcome to participate

Study Away will take you around the world


We encourage our students to travel the world. There are several COAL faculty-led study away opportunities, including a few listed here:

  • In summer 2016, Dr. Andy Cline, a media, journalism and film associate professor, led a group of students on a 10-day train ride to the Trans-Siberian Railway. The goal was to create a documentary film as they travelled through Moscow, Vladivostok and Lake Baikal.
  • In another summer adventure, Dr. Cameron LaBarr, choral studies director, and the MSU Chorale took an 18-day tour of South Africa. Highlights included performing at the American Embassy, hiking in the mountains and attending a safari ride.
  • Center for Dispute Resolution took a 10-day study away trip to Ireland in June 2015. The program explored the country’s historical and cultural roots of conflict and the subsequent peacemaking processes and reconciliations. This cultural experience toured students around Dublin, Belfast and Derry/Londonderry.
  • For the last several summers, art professor Gwen Walstrand has led students on a trip to Florence, Italy. The courses offered abroad range from drawing, photography and general education options. For more information about the summer 2017 Italy trip, attend one of the info sessions on Oct. 5, Oct. 19, Nov. 14 or Nov. 23, each at 7 p.m. in Brick City, building 1, room 211.
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Cast your vote at the Manhattan Short Film Festival

The Manhattan Short Film Festival is coming back to Missouri State at 7 p.m. on Sept. 24 in Plaster Student Union Theatre. 

People from all over the world gather in over 250 cities come together for this global film festival where they vote on their favorite film.

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.

Directed by Romain Quirot, "The Last Journey of the Enigmatic Paul W.R." is a French film that follows astronaut Paul WR, mankind's only hope of salvation, as he prepares to go to space. Mysteriously, a few hours before the mission launch, Paul has disappeared.
Manhattan Film Festival finalist: “The Last Journey of the Enigmatic Paul W.R.,” directed by Romain Quirot


Cost is $10 at the door. Proceeds benefit the media, journalism and film department‘s Digital Film Production Scholarship.

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MJF alumnus works third Olympics

By the time Brad Woodall entered Missouri State, he knew what he wanted. His dad worked at KY3 for more than 30 years, so he learned technical media skills at a young age.

“I grew up in that environment and knew early on that’s what I was going to do,” Woodall said.


He studied mass media and found his courses in organizational communications and marketing especially helpful for collaborating on deadline.

“You could be meeting with a group of people you could be working with for the first time, with the common goal of getting the show on the air,” Woodall said.

As a student, he began working as a technical director for Mediacom. He covered Bears men’s and women’s basketball games for six years. He graduated in 2007 and continued securing other freelance jobs.

Working at the Olympics

Now he primarily works for NBC, CBS and FOX and has worked at the past three Olympic Games: in London, Sochi and Rio. During the most recent Olympics, Woodall worked as a technical director for gymnastic events and the closing ceremony.

“In laymen’s terms, anytime you’re watching a live sporting event and something changes on the screen, I’m doing that.”

He follows directions from the director and producer, who’ve decided how to present events based on storylines. He implements the stories on the technical side.


Sometimes the story changes, like during the men’s gymnastics floor exercises in Rio: “Two Brazilians medaled — and they didn’t ever expect to be medaling. A person falls and all of a sudden you have two hometown Brazilians getting second and third.”

Woodall enjoyed his time working in Rio, even though the pressure was high for such widely-viewed events.

“When producing a high profile event such as the Olympics, we make every effort to make sure we have told the story accurately with no production mistakes.”

This post was shared from the MSU Alumni Association blog

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MJF professor: Screenwriting success comes with compassion, flexibility and hard work

Rich Amberg is the coordinator of the screenwriting programs in the department of media, journalism and film. He is also an award-winning working professional.

Photo by Bob Linder, MSU Photo Services
Photo by Bob Linder, MSU Photo Services

A working writer

Since joining Missouri State in 2013, Amberg has used his industry knowledge to help emerging writers develop their skills and learn to navigate the industry.

He encourages humility and perspective. “Everyone in this business is working hard, and no one came to Los Angeles with the goal of making someone else’s dream come true. It’s important to be kind to other people and assume that everyone’s doing their best. And when the planets align and a project works, it’s great.”

In addition to teaching, Amberg continues to work.

He has completed contracts with Disney Channel and Cartoon Network. He makes regular trips to Los Angeles, where he meets with contacts at film, TV and Web entertainment companies, including Nickelodeon, Amazon and Awesomeness TV. His work has been recognized with a number of awards, including Best of Competition in Faculty Scriptwriting at the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts.

Read Amberg’s full story — written by Lucie Amberg — in the upcoming issue of Mind’s Eye, MSU’s faculty research publication. 

MSU’s screenwriting options

Missouri State has options to minor in screenwriting, get a screenwriting graduate certificate or earn a master’s degree in producing and screenwriting.

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The Standard’s new editor-in-chief expects to shake things up this year

The printing presses for Missouri State’s The Standard will be back in action soon as the student-run newspaper heads into the fall semester with incoming Editor-in-Chief Nicole Roberts at the helm.

Nicole Roberts edits her first issue as The Standard's new editor-in-chief.
Nicole Roberts edits her first issue as The Standard’s new editor-in-chief.

Roberts hopes her experience will guide positive change

Roberts, a senior print and Internet journalism major, is from Rolla, Missouri. She graduated high school from nearby Vienna, Missouri.

After an extensive application process last April, Roberts was appointed to the editor-in-chief position by MSU’s Advisory Board for Student Publications.

She has been on staff at The Standard since May 2014, first as a reporter and then as a news editor. She says she’ll use that experience to make a few changes to the paper this year.

In this Q&A, Roberts talks about those changes, what she looks forward to as editor-in-chief, or EIC, and more.

What are you most excited for as EIC this year?

I’m really excited to watch everyone on staff develop their skills and go out of their comfort zones. I always feel proud when someone on staff learns something new, whether it be an unique way to write an article, a different way to shoot photos, or a cool way to design a page for the newspaper.

Has anyone given you advice yet for how to do the job?

I received advice from Jack Dimond (The Standard’s faculty advisor), editors at The Standard, professors, friends and my parents. I guess the best advice was from my mom … She told me to act like how I would want an editor-in-chief to act. This advice forces me to ask myself, “If I were a reporter or content editor, would I want my editor-in-chief to do this?”

Are you planning any changes to the paper this year?

There are two things I really want to focus on this year.

The first thing is improving interaction with students, faculty, staff and The Standard’s readers in general.

I don’t want people to view The Standard as this mystical paper that suddenly appears on Tuesdays and that’s it. I want readers to see that people at The Standard are working throughout the week — not just Monday nights — to create a good paper.

These interactions will also help The Standard staff hear more from students, faculty and staff on their thoughts about things going on around campus and Springfield.

The second thing is I’m putting an emphasis on multimedia this year. The editors have been throwing around ideas on how to improve our social media presence and how to incorporate other media into The Standard articles.

We live in a world of media, so why not take advantage of that?

Why should the campus community care about The Standard?

The Standard is a great way for the Missouri State community to learn about what’s going on around campus. I know that is a pretty stereotypical answer, but it really is true.

There are four sections in the newspaper: news, life, sports and opinion. That means there is a lot of information in all four of those sections that students might be interested in or benefit from.

The Standard is also a great way to build connections with other people at Missouri State.

For example, last semester, I wrote an article about a new radio station that may be coming to campus. Afterward, I had someone ask me for the contact information of the four students I talked to in the article because she wanted to figure out a way to join the radio station they were working on.

That connection might not have happened if I hadn’t pursued that story.

Nicole-Roberts-TheStandard-620x620What do you want to do after graduation?

That’s the million-­dollar question. Like almost all college students, I’m not 100 percent sure, honestly.

Part of me wants to write about psychology or world news since I’m very interested in those two things. The other part of me wants to do something where I write articles while traveling abroad.

Part of me wants to write for a magazine. Another part of me wants to write for a newspaper.

I guess the best answer I can give is that I would really like to write for a news magazine like The Week, but I know that the chances of doing something like that right out of college are slim, so I’ll probably try to write for a local newspaper and work my way up the ladder.

There are so many options, and I want to try almost all of them.

What advice do you have for students interested in working for The Standard?

I would say to throw away any of their fears about joining The Standard and just do it.

I had never written for a newspaper or even taken a journalism class until I joined The Standard, and to be honest, I was absolutely terrified when I first started working here because I had very little experience. I thought for sure that I had gotten myself into something that was way over my head. Now, two years later, I’m so glad that little freshman Nicole decided to take a leap of faith and join The Standard. 

If students want to join The Standard, they can contact Jack Dimond, the advisor for The Standard. When students join, they will go through this training process where they will learn how to write articles, interview people, use correct AP style, and so on. Once they get done with the training, they become part of The Standard staff and will start writing articles for the newspaper on a weekly basis.

*Editor’s note: This interview has been edited for length or clarity.

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MSU students net awards at MBEA competition

Missouri State students won numerous awards at the 2016 Missouri Broadcast Education Association Student Competition. Here is the complete list of MSU winners.

1st place


“Paradox,” Josh Pfaff, Samantha Rohde, Andrew Westmaas, Logan Sparlin and Kong Thao

Dramatic Script

“Ice Cream Truck,” Walker Smith

Intermediate Film

“What Makes Us Human,” Brian Schwabauer, Graham Haerther, Jordan Ousley and Zach Eastin

Honorable mention


“Show-Me Chefs,” Jared Long, Elijah Kleinsmith

Video Commercial

“Show-Me Chefs” Trailer, Dan Feldsian, Solita Day, Brian Light and Victor Brown

Multi-Camera Live Event 

“Show-Me Chefs,” Daan Jansen, Alexandra Perez Diaz, Chelsea Eichholz, Meghan Socha, Courtney Youssef, Lauren Johnson, Patrick Bandy, Megan Morris

Video Documentary/Public Affairs

“High Hoax: DIYing to Exist,” Austin Baker, Lief Derrickson, Max Walling, Taye Taye

Dramatic Script

“Counting to 1000,” Josh Pfaff, Becca Thompson

Intermediate Film

“Dead on Time,” Sara Silkwood, Jacob Martin, Alex Scott, Logan Fritts, Josh Pfaff, Becca Thompson, Daan Jansen

Special Programs

“TAR – Making the Video Game,” Dalton Robbins, Micheal Eckelkamp, Chris Buynak, Curtis Henderson, Sara Mantooth, Britney Frerking

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The Standard wraps up year with numerous awards

Missouri State’s student-run newspaper, The Standard, won several awards this year. Here is a preview of those awards.

The Standard

Missouri College Media Association

Newspaper Division I

1st place

  • Feature photography, Ryan Welch
  • Special section/supplemental, The Standard staff

2nd place

  • Sports photography, Ryan Welch
  • Special section/supplemental, The Standard staff

3rd place

  • Best overall newspaper, The Standard
  • News photography, Emily McTavish
  • Sports photography, Maddy Cushman
  • Story illustration, Nic Deckard
  • Page one design, The Standard staff
  • Sports page, The Standard staff
  • Info graphic, Nicole Roberts and Rebecca Biundo

Honorable mention

  • Website, The Standard
  • Video, Eli Wohlenhaus and Bart Anders

Society of Professional Journalists college contest

Region 7 (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska)


  • Best all-around nondaily student newspaper, The Standard
  • General news reporting (large schools, 10,000+ students), Han Zhao and Nicole Roberts

College Media Business and Advertising Managers national contest

2nd place

  • Best display ad – color, The Standard
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