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Department Inaugurates Alice Bartee Speaker Series

Inaugurating an annual speaker series to honor, extend, and enhance the legacy of Dr. Alice Bartee, the Department of Political Science welcomed UMKC Law Professor, Nancy Levit, on September 16th, 2014.

Professor Levit has been on the faculty of the Law School since 1988. She teaches Defamation & Privacy, Employment Discrimination, Gender & Justice, Jurisprudence, and Torts, and is the faculty advisor to the UMKC Law Review.In 2012, she received the Missouri Governor’s Award for Teaching Excellence. The University of Missouri awarded her a Curators’ Professorship in 2005. She is one of 26 law professors in the country who is profiled in the book by Dean Michael Hunter Schwartz et al., What the Best Law Teachers Do, recently published by Harvard University Press. Professor Levit’s scholarship is principally in the areas of legal pedagogy, constitutional law, jurisprudence, torts, and feminist legal theory. Her book with Doug Linder, The Happy Lawyer: Making a Good Life in the Law, was published by Oxford University Press in 2010. Their sequel, The Good Lawyer: Seeking Quality in the Practice of Law, was published by Oxford this year. She has also written books about feminist legal theory, Feminist Legal Theory: A Primer (NYU Press 2006) (co-authored with Rob Verchick), jurisprudence, Jurisprudence—Classical and Contemporary: From Natural Law to Postmodernism (West Group 2002) (co-authored with Robert L. Hayman, Jr., and Richard Delgado), and sex segregation, feminism, and masculinity, The Gender Line: Men, Women, and the Law (NYU Press 1998). She was the editor of the Kansas Criminal Defense Manual and is presently the editorial associate of the Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Her articles have appeared in the California Law Review, the Fordham Law Review, the George Washington University Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, the Hofstra Law Review, the Notre Dame Law Review, the Ohio State Law Journal, the UCLA Law Review, the University of Colorado Law Review, and the Wisconsin Law Review, among other places.

Although Professor Levit and Alice never met, it is clear that they are kindred spirits. Moreover, Nancy is to her students, what Alice was to hers. To find out more about our efforts to honor Alice, information can be found at http://politicalscience.missouristate.edu/alicebarteeendowment.htm

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MSU political science major, UMKC Law alumni, and member of the MSU Board of Governors, Stephen Bough, introduces our speaker, Professor Nancy Levit, from UMKC Law School.

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Professor Levit presents her research on happiness in the legal profession with a focus on what happy lawyers need in their “toolbox” – Mattering, Control, Downward Comparison, Relationships, Commitment, and Flow.

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Special guests included Dr. Wayne Bartee, MSU political science major, UMKC Law alumni, and member of the MSU Board of Governors, Kendall Seal, MSU President Clif Smart, his wife Gail, and Stephen Bough. Members of the Bartee family as well as many former students, colleagues, and friends were in attendance.

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Alumni Michael Chatman Honored for Philanthropy


Michael Chatman, senior vice president of philanthropy at the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, has been named one of the Top 50 Power & Influence philanthropists by The NonProfit Times, a leading business publication for nonprofit management. The group of 50, which includes philanthropists from a wide range of foundations and nonprofit organizations, were cited for ideas and innovative thinking that contribute to a more civil society. Chatman’s role at the CFO focuses on building generosity throughout the CFO’s network of 44 regional affiliate foundations across central and southern Missouri.

Michael earned his undergraduate degree in political science in 1987.

Source: Springfield News Leader, September 6th, 2014

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Faculty Research Garners Recognition

After offering a special topic course using games and simulations to teach international relations, Dr. David Romano reflects on the intersection of games and education in PAXsims.


The University of Florida welcomes Dr. Brian Cafano this week for a talk on the role that religion plays in political mobilization.


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Faculty Attend American Political Science Association Meeting in DC

Dr. Dennis Hickey presented a paper “Friend or Foe: Washington, Beijing and the Dispute over Arms Sales to Taiwan,” with co-author Lilly Kelan Lu, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of South Carolina and graduate of the MGS program. In addition to his paper presentation, Dr. Hickey and dozens of other conference participants learned a valuable lesson in fire safety when their hotel was evacuated.
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Dr. Ashley Leinweber presented a paper entitled “Mobilization of the Muslim Minority in Post-Conflict D.R. Congo: A Comparison of Social Service Provision and Democratic Participation.”

Dr. Sara Henary presented her paper, “Statesmanship in a Democratic Age: A Study of Trollope’s ‘Palliser’ Novels” (pictured below).

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Kristin Jackson: Chillicothe Native Applies Past Experience in new role as Director at a top Washington, DC based Public Affairs Firm

Kristin Jackson is currently a director at a public affairs firm in Washington, DC, the DCI Group. After speaking at Missouri State University’s 2013 Public Affairs Academy (pictured above), Kristin combined her education and experience in international democracy promotion and domestic legislative experience in the U.S. Congress to join a top DC public Affairs firm. At DCI group, she helps run grassroots and public policy campaigns on behalf of a variety of clients. Kristin is working mainly in energy policy but helps out when Latin America and Congressional issues arise.

Kristin previously held the post of majority staff director of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee for the U.S. Congress, House Foreign Affairs Committee, where she specialized in government administration. Prior to her work on the committee, she was the assistant program officer for the International Republican Institute (IRI). At IRI, she was responsible for programs in Venezuela, Colombia and Bolivia where she developed and executed proposals aimed at improving good governance, consulting on political party organization and platform.

Her past experience also includes working as an associate with the Washington, D.C.-based political consulting firm Scribe Strategies and Advisors, and with Congressman Dan Burton’s congressional office, where she covered a related legislative portfolio including energy, trade and international relations. And she spent six months in Madrid, Spain, studying the language and working with a political consulting firm – MAS Consulting.

Kristin is an active Missouri State Alumni and shared her personal and professional experiences at the 2013 Public Affairs Conference (Pictured with former Vice President for Student Affairs, Don Aripoli and Marilyn Chana).

Kristin graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science – minoring in Spanish and Psychology – from Missouri State University and earned a Master of Arts in International Law and Government from Georgetown University. The skills and experience she gained at Missouri State University laid the groundwork for a strong professional career.

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Miko McFarland Takes on Education Abroad at the University of Kentucky

Long time MSU staff member and MGS alumni, Miko McFarland, has accepted a postition at the University of Kentucky as Assistant Director of Education Abroad at the University of Kentucky. In her new post, she will be managing an education abroad office that sends approximately 1,100 University of Kentucky students abroad each year.

Congratulations Miko!

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Engaged in Public Service: Heather Lockard Fights Poverty in Missouri


MPA alumni, Heather Lockard, is the Executive Director of Missouri Association for Community Action, INC (MACA).

MACA is an association of community action agencies fighting poverty in Missouri. Their mission is to be an effective advocate in policy and program development which impacts low-income families and to strengthen the capacity of Missouri’s Community Action Agencies. Based in Jefferson City, they have nineteen Community Action Agency Areas across the state, including Springfield.

United in purpose, the Missouri Community Action Network will inspire and engage people to ensure that all families and communities thrive. For more information, see http://www.communityaction.org/

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Sara Kruse and City Year: Civic Engagement at Its Best

Sara Kruse

Sara Kruse earned her Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History at Missouri State University, graduating May of 2012. Sara currently serves as the Training and Evaluations Manager for City Year Tulsa (http://www.cityyear.org/tulsa), where she plans and implements a rigorous leadership development curriculum for a group of 50 young idealists, preparing them for their work full time in schools as tutors, mentors, and role models to youth at risk of dropping out. Sara also serves as the Site Literacy Lead, creating and implementing processes and procedures that enhance the quality of literacy tutoring at City Year.

City Year is a national non-profit that unites a diverse group of 17-24 year olds for a year of full time service in schools. Serving as tutors, mentors, and role models to students at risk of dropping out, City Year corps members are given the opportunity to truly change the world. City Year has locations in 25 cities in the U.S. and 3 international locations. For more information about City Year, click on the video links below. Civic engagement at its best.



Sara and her husband, Chase, live in Tulsa with their 7 month old daughter Caroline.

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