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Tony Hammond: A Political Journey From Hickory County to Washington, DC

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1978 Political Science alumni, Tony Hammond, is featured in the Fall 2016 issue of the Missouri State Magazine. Starting his political career with Missouri Congressman Gene Taylor (R-Sarcoxie), Tony now serves on the U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission. He was appointed to the Commission by President George W. Bush in 2002 and reappointed by President Obama in 2013.

To read the full story, follow this link – Tony Hammond

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PLS Welcomes Scholar2Scholar Monica Villa Meza

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The Political Science department is pleased to welcome Sociology major, Monica Villa Meza, as an undergraduate research assistant for Dr. Samantha Mosier for her project “How Narratives Craft Challenges in Alternative Food Market Label Policies.”

The Missouri State University Scholar 2 Scholar Program (S2S) was established to encourage engagement in research and to match undergraduate students to faculty mentors while assisting with faculty research and other creative projects.

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Talking About Immigration


The Department of Political Science presents a talk by Barbara Hines entitled “U.S. Immigration Policy and the Crisis in Central America” on Thursday, October 6 from 6:30-8:00 pm in Karls Hall Room 101.

Barbara Hines is an Award-winning lawyer, retired clinical professor of law, and co-Director of the Immigration Clinic at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a current senior fellow at the Emerson Collective.

For more information, contact Dr. Indira Palacios or Dr. Gabriel Ondetti.

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Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Alice Bartee

We were privileged to host Vanderbilt Law Professor, Tracey George, for the 3rd Annual Alice Bartee Dinner event that was held on September 19th in the Crystal Ballroom at Kentwood Hall. Channeling Alice Bartee, Professor George presented “The Gavel Gap: Who Sits in Judgment on State Courts.”

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The list of distinguished guests encompasses nearly the entire guest list, but were honored by the presence of MSU Board of Governors, Joe Carmichael and Kendall Seal, former Board of Governor, Judge Stephen Bough, MSU President, Clif Smart, Co-Chair of the Springfield Impacting Poverty Committee, Gail Smart, and emeritus Modern and Classical Languages faculty member, Dr. Larry George.

Special thanks to President Smart and Crista Hogan, Executive Director of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, for helping to promote the event.

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Should You Listen to Your Parents When Choosing a Major?

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Two recent articles explore the market value of a liberal arts degree.

From the Washington Post Steven Pearlstein, examines the role for parents in major selection – Meet-the-Parents. While the article itself is worth reading, the comments below the story offer some interesting rejoinders. In a related piece from the Wall Street Journal, George Anders examines comparative career salary data in Earning Power.

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David Romano: News From the Front Lines of a Sabbatical


I took this pic today when I saw some of the few trees anywhere around. Robar150 (his Iranian bike) said not to turn right [because] I’m living in the desert about 30 miles north and west of the front line with ISIS in what looks like a landscape out of a Mad Max film — burning garbage everywhere, abandoned buildings, refugee camps, hot baked pothole roads, military vehicles interspersed with the traffic, Apache and Blackhawk helicopters periodically passing overhead. This place has really gone downhill since my last visit.

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But it’s not all doom and gloom…

1st pic — catching a ride from just north of Mosul back to Erbil, with some Iraqi Special Forces guys who are Arabs from Mosul, on leave for the end of Hajj holiday here, and looking forwards to liberating their city from ISIS. 2nd pic — mountains north of Dohuk (I was getting tired of the desert around where I’m living, so I went on an outing). The smoke you see above and to the right of the Kurdish flag is from Turkish air strikes on PKK positions. 3rd pic — Hiking with a Kurdish friend who works in the U.S. consulate in Erbil.

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Recruiting Jefferson City Interns for Spring 2017


Each Spring semester, the Missouri State University Legislative Internship provides students the opportunity to serve more than 40 challenging hours per week on the staff of a state legislator in Jefferson city. This year there are also executive branch opportunities. Students, graduate and undergraduate, from all majors and programs are encouraged to apply.

The application deadline is October 14th, 2016. Open information sessions will be held from 4:00-5:00 PM on September 20th in Strong 307, September 29th in Glass Hall 117, and October 6th in Craig Hall 334.

Some recent blog posts about Political Science major intern alums: Lincoln Hough, Kyle Aubuchon, Bridgette Edghill, Adam Crumbliss, Daniel Bogle, Jay Hahn, and Fredrick Doss

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Matthew Simpson Named Captain Springfield


Able to lift toddlers- Just who is Captain Springfield?

It’s Matt Simpson, Springfield native, co-founder of 5 Pound Apparel, a director at Ozarks Technical Community College, and a Political Science alumni. While we are, of course, disappointed in Missouri State University President’s Smart’s showing, I’m sure Clif takes solace in the fact that he was ultimately defeated by a fellow PLS major.

For the full story, see Captain Springfield. And if you really have nothing to do, get an in-depth, behind-the-scene look at the Captain Springfield phenomenon at Captain Chronicles.


But when all is said and done, Captain Springfield pales by comparison to the other Matt Simpson news that was reported earlier this week – Grants to Schools. $246,370 to Springfield schools from the Back to School grants program. Now that’s something to be proud of! Congratulations, Matt.

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PLS Honor Society Recruitment


Missouri State University’s ETA CHI chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honors society, is currently recruiting new members. Membership in Pi Sigma Alpha entitles students to wear honor regalia at graduation (medal and cord). Additional information about the national organization may be found here: Pi Sigma Alpha.

The eligibility criteria* for membership in MSU’s chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha are as follows:

1. The student must have completed at least half of the hours required for the baccalaureate degree, i.e., he or she must currently be classified as a junior or senior.
2. The student must have completed at least ten credit hours of PLS coursework, including one upper-division course (300-level or above).
3. The student’s GPA in PLS courses must be a 3.25 or higher.
4. The student’s overall GPA must be a 3.5 or higher.

*While one does not have to be a PLS major or minor to qualify for membership, all candidates (PLS majors, PLS minors, etc.) must meet all four eligibility criteria.

Interested students who believe they meet the eligibility criteria should contact Dr. Sara Henary no later than September 30.

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