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Brad Dixon Joins the DEA and Sends His Regards

Brad Dixon earned his MA in Global Studies, along with a certificate in Homeland Security and Defense. He recently updated Dr. Dennis Hickey, MGS Program Director, on his career.

“I accepted a position as a Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Agency and graduated from the DEA Academy at Quantico, VA. It’s been a dream of mine to work in this field and I feel my experience at MSU in the Masters of Global Studies program – especially having great professors – really helped along the way. So, thank you to you and all the professors in the program for working with us students to help us along life’s way. It really does make a difference.”

Thank you, Brad, and congratulations!

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Jacob Hannah’s Update from Beijing

Global Studies student, Jacob Hannah, is enrolled in our exchange program with Renmin (People’s) University in Beijing this semester. In addition to taking graduate classes at Renmin, Jacob is an intern for the American Chamber of Commerce in China where he works with MGS alum, Aaron Kruse. As part of his internship, Jacob is writing online articles for the Chamber; including this one on an upcoming Woman’s Summit – AmCham.

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Jarica Oeltjen Featured in SMBA Young Lawyers

The most recent issue of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association’s Bar News includes a featured article from the perspective of young lawyers by 2009 Political Science alumna, Jarica Oeltjen. To read Jarica’s perspective scroll down to page eight at, SMBA Bar News.

As for Jarica’s wine preferences, the Missouri State University Norton Reserve is “a medium-bodied dry red wine showing distinct Norton character mingled with aromas and flavors of blackberry, cherry and blueberry leading to a soft tannin finish.” Just a suggestion.

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Dr. Dennis Hickey Meets with Former President Ma Ying-Jeou

Dr. Dennis Hickey, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Director of the Graduate Program in Global Studies, met with President Ma Ying-Jeou, former President of the Republic of China on Taiwan (2008-2016) for much of the morning on March 16. During his 8 years in office, President Ma reduced tensions with mainland China to the lowest level since the two sides were split by the Chinese Civil War in 1949. Topics discussed ranged from President Ma’s historic summit with President Xi of the People’s Republic of China in 2015 to the current disputes in the East China Sea and South China Sea. And he even managed to get President Ma to pose with a MSU t-shirt presented to him as a gift. He promised to wear it when jogging!

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Dr. Dennis Hickey Presents Keynote at Ming Chuan University

On March 13, Dennis V. Hickey, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Director of the Graduate Program in Global Studies, delivered the keynote address at Ming Chuan University’s Graduate School of International Affairs and Diplomacy “2017 Conference on Forms and Dynamics of International Governance in Transition.” Ming Chuan University is a private university in the Republic of China (Taiwan). The first two images show Dr. Hickey with some of the faculty and students who attended the event. The second two images show Dr. Hickey with some of the international affairs graduate faculty and after the banquet with students and faculty.

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Voter ID Laws in the News and the Discipline

Even if Voter ID laws were not a hot topic in many individual states and across the nation, a forthcoming article in Political Research Quarterly would still be bloggable.

The article, by Chelsie L. M. Bright and Michael S. Lynch, considers “how the advertising of voter ID laws can affect voters’ perception of these laws and how these perceptions may affect individuals’ decisions to turnout.” To measure this effect, the authors compared several counties in Kansas, where “county clerks were given discretion in how to advertise new voter ID law.” One of the counties studied was Douglas; home of County Clerk and Political Sciencee 1994 alumnus, Jamie Shew.

You can read the article by following this link – Kansas_VoterID_Final

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Andrea Bough Recognized with 2017 Women’s Justice Award

Congratulations to Andrea Bough, a 1993 Political Science alumna and a member at the Kansas City office of Lewis Rice. Andrea is the recipient of the 2017 Business Practitioner Award.

The Lawyers Weekly Women’s Justice Awards are “given to female attorneys who fulfill the ideals of leadership, professionalism, and a passion for improving the quality of the justice system or contributing to the betterment of the legal profession.”

To read more about the award, see Lewis Rice.

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