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Phi Alpha Delta to Host Mock Law School Admission Program


Missouri State University’s pre-law society, Phi Alpha Delta (PAD), will host a mock law school admission program with representatives from the University of Richmond School of Law and Widener School of Law on Thursday, September 8th at 5:30-7:00pm in Strong Hall 304.

This discussion will be led, and files presented, as in an actual Admissions Committee Meeting, by seasoned admission professionals. You will act as a Committee member reviewing all aspects of actual applicant files (LSAT, GPA, letters of recommendation, personal statements, and other support documents included in an admissions file) that are considered by Admissions Committees when making an admission decision.

For more information, contact PAD President, Cindy Umana, or PAD faculty advisor, Dr. Kevin Pybas.

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Making Way with Lt. Commander Richard Jones

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Political Science alumni Lieutenant Commander Richard D. Jones, class of 2001, entered the U.S. Navy Officer Candidate School after graduating from Missouri State and received his commission in 2002. Since then, his assignments have included overseas tours in South Korea and Japan, and he has completed deployments to the middle-east, Afghanistan, and Asia. In 2011, his command was a first responder for humanitarian aid and disaster relief efforts during Operation Tomodachi in response to the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Rich was accepted to the Navy’s Civilian Institutions Program for graduate studies and completed his MBA from the University of Notre Dame in 2014. While at Notre Dame, he had the opportunity to study Latin American economics and international finance at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago. Additionally, he was a member of the Business on the Front Lines program, where his team traveled to Lesotho to work with the non-profit organization Touching Tiny Lives (TTL) on income generation and self-sustainment solutions. TTL’s mission is to mitigate the effects of HIV/AIDS on infants and children under the age of five. After completing his graduate studies, Rich married his wife Diane, who also serves as a Naval Officer. They enjoy international travel and continue to disagree on whether Star Wars or Star Trek is the superior series. Most recently, he moved from Virginia Beach, Virginia for an assignment with the Defense Logistics Agency in Columbus, Ohio.

While at Missouri State, Rich was a study abroad participant at Qingdao University in China, and was a member of the World Affairs Council and Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society.

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Homeland Security Professor on Zika Frontlines


Dr. David Claborn, Associate Professor of Public Health, was featured in the Springfield News LeaderMosquito.

Dr. Claborn teaches courses in the Homeland Security certificate program. The Homeland Security certificate can be a valuable career asset for students enrolled in the Global Studies and Public Administration graduate programs.

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Five Alumni Win August Primary Races

Congratulations to our alumni for their commitment to Public Affairs; winning races in Missouri’s August primary.

“Politics is still the noblest career that any man [or woman] can choose” – Frederick Scott Oliver, 1931.

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Curtis Trent and Crystal Quade

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Curtis Trent, PLS alum in the 133rd Republican primary, Crystal Quade, Jefferson City intern alum in the 132nd Democratic primary, David Carr, Jefferson City intern alumni in the 135th Libertarian primary, Daniel Bogle, PLS, MPA, and Jefferson City intern alumni in the 92nd Republican primary, and Lincoln Hough, PLS alum in the Greene County Commission District 2 Republican primary.

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Dr. Dennis Hickey Meets with Leader of Kuomintang

Professor of Political Science and Global Studies Program Director, Dr. Dennis Hickey, recently interviewed Ms. Hung Hsiu-chu, Chairperson of Kuomintang (KMT). The interview focused largely on the KMT’s loss in this year’s election and her observations will be incorporated into Dr. Hickey’s current research project.

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Although well prepared for BearWear Fridays, the latter picture could cause some trouble for Hung when she visits her alma mater, Truman State University.

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