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Life is Calling. How Far Will You Go?

Peace Corps recruiter, Joe Zucchini, will be in Springfield next week. Joe will be at the Career Expo on Tuesday, February 28th from 12:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Springfield Expo Center. Joe will also have an information table on campus from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Plaster Student Union on Thursday, March 2nd as well as an information session from 3:00 to 4:00 on Thursday, March 2nd in PSU 312 B/C.

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Elizabeth Frazier Presents Paper on Jordanian Identity

With some funding from the department, senior Political Science major, Elizabeth Frazier, presented a paper the Middle East Conference at the University of Arkansas. Her presentation was the result of research from a paper she wrote for an independent study on Nationalisms with Dr. David Romano. Her research covered the development of a Hashemite brand of nationalism in the construction of the Jordanian state. In her presentation, she covered the period leading up to the founding of the state as well as the initial identity construction under King Abdullah and King Hussein. She assessed that this initial founding resulted in the construction of a personal monarchy with an identity tied solely to the Hashemite regime.

She then addressed certain policies under the current King Abdullah II regime and their perpetuation of the personal monarchy and its implications on the stability of the state. After addressing the Palestinian-Jordanian demographic split and the 2011 Hirak movements in Jordan, she determined that Jordanian identity being tied to a personal monarchy is more dangerous to the stability of the regime and state than the traditional view of the demographic split.

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MSU Magazine Focus on Alumni Paul Anderson

2009 Alumni, Paul Anderson, reflects on advice given to him by Dr. Kevin Pybas in a recent MSU Magazine Spotlight. While his kind words are appreciated, it’s Anderson’s hard work, dedication, and skill that led to his being named by Forbes as “one of the nation’s leading experts on concussion law.”

To read the full story, see Paul Anderson.

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Department Saddened by the Passing of Professor Bert Helm

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After receiving his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Tulane University, Bert Helm came to Missouri State University in 1966. Although the Political Science and Philosophy departments separated in the late 1980s, Bert had a tremendous impact on our majors over the course of his forty-year career.

Reflecting on Emerson and education in 1992, Bert wrote that “we shall find nothing very much like the quiet and deliberate Sage of Concord.” A fitting epitaph for our long-time colleague, Professor Bertrand P. Helm.

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Alumni Joe Passanise Garners Awards

Congratulations to Dee Wampler and Political Science alumni, Joseph Passanise. Their law firm has been recognized as a “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News & World Report.


Pictured Above: Joe Passanise, Dee Wampler, and Political Science alumni, Scott Pierson

Joseph S. Passanise has been selected as a Best Lawyer in America for his tenth consecutive year. This outstanding achievement recognizes his work in the areas of white collar, non-white collar, and DUI defense. Mr. Passanise has also been given the 2016 Lawyer of the Year Award for his excellence in Criminal Defense: General Practice. This follows Mr. Passanise’s 2015 Lawyer of the Year Award in the area of White Collar Criminal Defense.

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David Roediger Presents “Shattering the Silences: Seizing Freedom”

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Dr. David Roediger will present “Shattering the Silences: Seizing Freedom” as part of the African American Studies Lecture Series on Thursday, February 16, in Meyer Library Room 101 from 4:30 – 6:00 PM. This lecture is cosponsored by the African & African American Studies Committee, the Division of Diversity and Inclusion, the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning/, the College of Humanities and Public Affairs, and the Political Science Department.

Since 2014, Dr. David Roediger has been the Foundation Professor of American Studies at University of Kansas where he teaches and writes on race and class in the United States.

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February Career Expo


Missouri State‘s Career Expo will be held on February 28th. While more obviously important for graduating seniors, the Career Expo has a lot to offer freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

Pre-Expo workshop include tips on employer expectations of students and alumni, how to talk to the employers, appropriate attire for the career fair, and what to bring with you to the career fair. For an in-depth look at the Expo, see Career Prep

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