Congratulations to Matthew Russell for being named to the Springfield Business Journal’s 2014 40 Under 40. Matt earned his BA degree in 2000 with a major in Political Science and a minor in Philosophy.
For more information about Matt, see the article at http://sbj.net/main.asp?SectionID=48&SubSectionID=108&ArticleID=96411.
Representing Syria and Croatia, undergraduate and graduate students from Missouri State participated in the 2014 Midwest Model UN conference. According to the organizers, “the conference designed to furnish a structure and forum for students to work with the most pressing international issues from a perspective outside of the classroom, and thus broaden their awareness of the world of politics. Representing the role of another nation’s delegation to the United Nations, students further realize the difficulties and complexities of international relations.” This venue provides Missouri State students an opportunity to truly experience the public affairs mission.
Special recognition goes out to two MSU Model UN Students who won awards in St. Louis. The delegate from Syria, Ian Tate, won Honorable Mention for Best Delegate in the General Assembly Second Committee. The delegate from Croatia, Emma Hackett, won Honorable Mention for Best Delegate in the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Plenary.
For more information about the Midwest Model UN, visit their website at http://mmun.org/.
The annual Jefferson City intern and intern alumni dinner was held at Madison’s on February 18th. Current Missouri State interns had a chance to mingle with former interns; many of whom work in and around the Capitol. Special guests included Springfield-area State representative Charlie Norr, MSU Board of Governor, Carrie Tergin, MSU Special Assistant to the President, Kent Thomas, MSU Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Dee Siscoe, MSU Legal Counsel Ryan DeBoef, and Candice Wolf from the MSU Alumni Association. Special thanks to the Director of the Career Center, Jack Hunter, for organizing the dinner and his Extra Special Assistant, Dominiece Hoelyfield, who livened up the evening with an awards ceremony.
2014 legislative interns, including PLS majors Charles Puyear, Harold Norman, Daniel Meany, and Zachary Griffith, are pictured with Dr. Siscoe.
Congratulations to Alex Jermeland and Camille Reid who have been named finalists for the 2014 Local Government Management Fellowship program that is sponsored by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).
Alex is a student the Master of Public Administration program. In addition to being a graduate assistant in the political science department, Alex represents political science students in the Graduate Student Senate where he is also the Vice President of Finance.
Camille is a graduate assistant in the MSU Graduate College office and has been a management intern with the City of Ellisville, MO and a Community Resilience Intern with the American Red Cross- Greater Ozarks Chapter.
For more information about the fellowship program, please go the ICMA webpage.
Dr. Brian Calfano, associate professor of political science, was cited in the New York Times on February 6th. The article, written by Kyle Spencer, discusses the founding of a Muslim fraternity, Alpha Lambda Mu, at the University of Texas-Dallas. “Researchers who study the ebb and flow of immigrant assimilation say that recent interest in a fraternal identity makes a kind of symmetrical sense.”
“I’m surprised it took this long,” said Brian Calfano, an associate professor of political science at Missouri State University who has conducted extensive research on Islamic and American identities. “The fraternity itself is a hallmark of the modern American college experience,” he said. “In other words, these students are saying: ‘We want to live out our identity. We want to be protected within our group. But we also want to exercise our capacity to enjoy our college life.’”
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The Political Science department is pleased to announce the establishment of the Lee and Wanda Holden Scholarship in Public Affairs. The scholarship has been endowed by a generous gift from alumni Governor Robert Holden, the Honorable Calvin Holden, Steven Holden, and Cynthia Holden Hartman.
The scholarship, named in honor of the donors parents and valued at $1,000, will be given annually to a student enrolled at Missouri State University in the College of Humanities and Public Affairs as a major in history or political science. Recipients must exhibit potential for a career in public service and recognize the responsibility to give back; qualities consistent with the legacy of Dr. David Heinlein, who was dedicated to public affairs long before it became the official mission of the University, and the legacy of Dr. Alice Bartee, who served as a model and mentor for students interested in serving the public good. Preference will be given to students with financial need who are from Birch Tree or Mountain View, MO. Application information can be found on the University’s scholarship page.
Governor Robert Holden and his wife Lori with Denny and Mary Pilant at the unveiling of Governor Holden’s official state portrait (right).
Moneyball is the Bureau of International Organization’s signature research and data analysis initiative. Seeking to augment USG understanding of multilateral voting behavior and diplomatic outcomes in multilateral venues, Moneyball brings together student researchers and Department of State officials for short-term focused data-driven research projects. The research team focuses on trends and anomalies in the voting behavior of blocs and individual countries at the United Nations and other multilateral institutions, assessing voting coincidence with the United States and diplomatic competitors.
With respect to the European Union and foreign policy convergence, the Lisbon Treaty created mechanisms for closer EU coordination. Paradoxically, EU voting at the United Nations shows increased divergence in the last 5 years. Margaret Petersen of Missouri State University explains this and earlier inflection points in EU bloc cohesion, examining past votes on economic issues and Middle East Peace.
“Economic and domestic factors continue to disrupt the EU’s best efforts to form a common foreign policy. By comparing changing EU voting patterns after the 2008 sovereign debt crisis with earlier similar inflection points such as the breakup of the Soviet Union, we’ll have a clearer picture of the long-term sustainability of these initiatives.”
Adjunct political science faculty, Dr. Gary Rader, expands the scope of his American government class with a unique experiment in virtual service learning.
Stephen R. Bough is a partner at the Law Offices of Stephen R. Bough, where his practice focuses on insurance coverage and personal injury litigation. Before he founded his current firm in 2006, he practiced law at Henning & Bough from 2002 to 2006 and at Shamberg, Johnson & Bergman from 1999 to 2002. Bough began his career as a law clerk for Judge Scott O. Wright of the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri from 1997 to 1999. He received his J.D. in 1997 from the University of Missouri—Kansas City School of Law, where he served as editor-in-chief of the UMKC Law Review, and his B.S. in 1993 from Missouri State University.