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Dr. Ashley Leinweber Recognized by Board of Governors

Dr. Ashley Leinweber has been selected as one of three faculty recipients to receive this year’s Board of Governors’ Faculty Excellence in Public Affairs award.

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With Dr. Leinweber’s vision and leadership, the Model UN organization has become the embodiment of the cultural competence pillar of the Public Affairs mission. The Model UN students have become more fully engaged in world affairs by sponsoring events such as the UN at 70 Celebration and the World Hunger panel. These events, and other sponsored by the group, offer the Model UN students a look at real world solutions to real world cultural, environmental, and economic development issues.

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Dr. Leinweber’s commitment to Public Affairs extends beyond campus with her pro bono efforts in asylum cases from the Democratic Republic of Congo. With the asylum cases, she takes the Public Affairs mission to a much larger stage. By her own admission, not all asylum seekers deserve asylum. But for those who do, Dr. Leinweber’s research and testimony is essential in the protection of human rights; both for those seeking asylum and for all of us. Like her very public statements regarding conflict minerals, Dr. Leinweber’s work in asylum cases exemplifies the highest standards of ethical leadership.

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Department Launches New Certificate and Minor in Fire Administration


The Political Science department at Missouri State University is pleased to announce the creation of a new certificate program and minor in Fire Administration which were approved recently by the Coordinating Board for Higher Education.

Increase your knowledge and skills as a fire service manager, leader, and administrator with a MSU Certificate in Fire Administration. This online pro-gram allows you to complete your course work without coming to campus. With this undergraduate certificate program you will learn the important concepts and skills required to successfully perform administrative and managerial roles in emergency service organizations. The program consists of three required courses and one elective course. All of the courses are at the undergraduate level and may be applied to the minor in Fire Administration.


This program was developed in conjunction with the US Fire Administration’s Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education project. It is not intended for novice firefighters and presumes that the students will have sufficient experience as a senior firefighter or junior company officer equivalent to at least 3 years of experience


To get permission to enroll in these online courses, all students must apply to Missouri State University. Potential students seeking more information about the certificate or minor coursework should contact Dr. David Johnson (417-836-6956).

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Sara Henary Presents at Oxford Roundtable

Dr. Sara Henary presented “Nature and Convention in Locke’s Political Philosophy” at the Hobbes and Locke roundtable sponsored by the Rothermere American Institute at University of Oxford on May 5, 2016. With Locke’s education at Christ Church and Hobbes’ study at Hertford, the colleges of Oxford represent a touchstone for modern political philosophy; similar to Dr. Heanry’s earlier trip to Plymouth, MA.

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Dr. Henary is pictured at the Locke memorial stone in Christ Church Cathedral. Also pictured are Locke statue in Christ Church Library, view from the tower of University Church of St. Mary the Virgin, and stained glass in University Church of St. Mary the Virgin.

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And until Peter Jackson makes a movie based on the Second Treatise or, more likely, Leviathan, Oxford may be better known as the home of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. Dr. Henary is pictured at their favorite Oxford gathering spot, the Eagle and Child. A touchstone of another sort.

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Law Day Celebration Features Alumni, Gabriel Gore

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The Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association’s 2016 Law Day theme — Miranda: More than Words — will explore the procedural protections afforded to all of us by the U.S. Constitution, how these rights are safeguarded by the courts, and why the preservation of these principles is essential to our liberty. As part of the Law Day celebration, there will be an address by Political Science alumni and member of the Missouri State University Board of Governors, Gabriel Gore, at 11:30 on May 11th, at the Hickory Hills Country Club. Mr. Gore is a Partner with Dowd Bennett, LLP in St. Louis, MO. The address and lunch is presented by Strong-Garner-Bauer.

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Pamela Hyde Reflects on Career in Public Health


Proud to see alumnae, Pamela Hyde, featured in the the Spring 2016 Missouri State Magazine. Ms. Hyde is retiring from her position as Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). “She said the passion for public affairs she found at Missouri State helped motivate and inspire her throughout her career,” adding, “I think I’ve used my political science degree well.” We couldn’t agree more.

To read the entire story, see Spotlight

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