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Dr. Brian Calfano Invited to Discuss Racial Identity

Taylor University, Upland, IN, brought the contentious issue of racial identity to students and the public on Monday as Dr. Brian Calfano lectured about beliefs and race identities and suggested what solutions are best to build community.

Dr. Calfano is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Missouri State University and he is also a Policy Advisor for the City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission. One of Calfano’s lectures addressed the racial debates brought up by the Ferguson, MO protests. The lecture was entitled “Put Your Hands Down: Building Trust and Community Capacity After Ferguson.”

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Post excerpted from the Chronicle-Tribune of Marion, IN

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Chess Explains the World: A Theory of Globalization

Join our colleagues in the Philosophy Department for “Chess Explains the World: A Theory of Globalization,” a public lecture by Truman State Associate Professor of History, Dr. Torbjorn Wandel.

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Trace the wondrous path of the game of chess from the ancient to the modern world to reveal not only the historically contingent quality of the game and the human minds that play it, but also new paths in the origins and dynamics of globalization.

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM, March 26, 2015 in Meyer Library Room 101.

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MSU-ICMA Tours Emergency Management Center

Ten students attended the 3/20/15 ICMA meeting, which was held at the Greene County Emergency Management Office at 330 West Scott Street. Chet Hunter, director of the office, gave those in attendance a tour of the $19.7 million facility that is capable of withstanding an EF-5 tornado. The facility is run jointly by the City of Springfield and Greene County and is home to the 911 Emergency Call Center.

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After the tour, Scott Marrs, who lobbies for Springfield and Missouri State University, took questions from those in attendance. Marrs has been a lobbyist for 30 years and started in politics by working for Senator Jack Danforth, but Marrs said that it was Dick Webster, former Missouri House Speaker and long-time Missouri Senator, who showed him the ins-and-outs of political lobbying. Marrs also lobbies for 33 other clients including various hospitals and medical facilities.

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Honorary PLS Major, Antonio Carlock.

“Honorary” because he was too busy for PLS with his other two majors, Tony Carlock is a great example of a student combining campus involvement, undergraduate research, an internship, with broad training in the social sciences. Read below how this has translated into success in the world of business.

2008 graduate double majoring in Criminology and Sociology. After leaving Missouri State, I moved back to Kansas City and spent most of my time working with children and adults in the Autism field with different behavioral agencies eventually finding my way with the Department of Mental Health for the State of Missouri. In 2013, I made a career change to the insurance industry starting with Farmer’s Insurance and currently with AIG Insurance in Olathe, KS.

My time at Missouri State, was filled with many great experiences. I served in SGA, Chief Justice of the Campus Judicial Board, and a member of the Faculty-Senate Student Hearing panel. I also had the opportunity to travel to Canada in 2006 with Dr. Prosono to the American Sociological Conference. My senior year I interned with the US Marshals while working with the Greene County Juvenile Office. I have to thank the entire Crim and Soc department, Dr. Connor, Charlotte Hardin, Dean Jungers, Dean Doman, Juan Meraz, Diane Leamy, Dr. Aripoli, Dr. Kunkel a ton of fellow alumni, and too many others to name on here!

I live in Raymore, MO with my wife Leana and our two daughters, Cruz and Chaz.

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A Shout Out From Alum Jarica (Hudspeth) Oeltjen – Right Back Atcha, Jarica

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Jarica (Hudspeth) Oeltjen

I am a 2009 graduate of Missouri State University’s political science program. Following my time at MSU, I attended law school at the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and obtained my law degree in 2012. I currently practice with the law firm of Lathrop & Gage LLP, in Springfield.

I can’t really say enough about the education I received at MSU. Many thanks go out to people like Dr. Pybas, Dr. Paddock, Dr. Connor, and Dr. Dutton (also Jack Knight in the philosophy department) who were invaluable. These professors helped me refine my writing skills, and I developed strengthened analytical abilities thanks to their efforts. And the support from the political-science department didn’t end upon graduation. To this day, I look to Dr. Pybas as a mentor in my profession. He counseled me through the woes of job placement and helped me land a really great gig.

In my law practice, I focus on business-litigation matters including professional-liability and product-liability claims, and I also handle estate and probate litigation matters. I’ve second chaired two jury trials, taken numerous depositions, and argued several substantive motions in Christian, Dade, Greene, Laclede, Pulaski, and Stone counties in Missouri. I live in Mount Vernon with my husband Phil and our dog Nikki. A shout out to Phil, mom (Valerie), dad (Troy), Andrew (brother), Jason (brother), Brooke (sister), Grandma Linda, Grandpa Dwaine, Grandma Boots, and Doris for your love and support.

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Springfield Mayor Speaks to MSU Students

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Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens was the featured guest at the February 27 meeting of the MSU Chapter of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). Mayor Stephens answered many questions on a wide range of topics; including crime, aging infrastructure, retaining college graduates, and hiring more police officers. The engaging and interesting meeting was attended by undergraduates, graduate students, and professors in the Political Science department.

ICMA President Jerry Kendall also discussed the benefits of joining the ICMA and upcoming events that the ICMA is organizing. It was an honor to have such a respected elected official take time out of his busy schedule to connect and engage students at the meeting and the ICMA hopes to continue hosting important members of the community.

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Model UN Students Learn and Earn Distinction

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Dr. Ashley Leinweber, her PLS 333 Model UN class, and the MSU Model UN Club attend the Midwest Model UN in St. Louis last week. The Honorable Delegates from Rwanda, Libya, and Ethiopia did an excellent job advocating for their countries and working with others to solve some of the world’s most difficult problems.

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Peyton Andrews (representing Rwanda) won the Best Delegate award for Security Council North and Dylan Patillo (representing Rwanda) won Best Position Paper for Security Council South. Megan Manes (representing Libya) won Honorable Mention for Best Delegation in the International Fund for Agricultural Development.

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Eric Weiler (representing Ethiopia) won the Best Position Paper Award for General Assembly Second Committee and Courtney Withrow (representing Ethiopia) won Best Position Paper award for the Peacebuilding Commission.

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