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Dr. Samantha Mosier on Climate Change

Public Administration Review (PAR), as part of its “Speak Your Mind” initiative, has published a blog commentary symposium on “Climate Change and Public Administration”.

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Dr. Samantha Mosier, and co-author Dr. Susan Opp, argue that “cities adopt policies that generate visible and immediate co-benefits. Climate mitigation policies, on their own merits, simply do not sell. Second, we find that most cities are not doing enough to evaluate the effectiveness of their climate policies.”

To read their commentary, see Climate Change.

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Amanda Good’s Career Path: From Campaigns to Nonprofits

2001 Political Science alumna, Amanda Good, is the Missouri State Director at The Humane Society of the United States. Below, Amanda reflects on her career path.

After my legislative internship through Missouri State in Jefferson City I immediately went to work as the Deputy Finance Director for Joe Maxwell’s successful bid for Lieutenant Governor. After graduation I joined a national political fundraising firm and moved to Connecticut to work on Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz’s re-election campaign. After that race I returned to Missouri and went on to serve as the Finance Director for the House Democratic Campaign Committee, the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee, and various statewide campaigns. In 2008 I earned my MBA from William Woods and went on to be an adjunct professor in their undergraduate and graduate business programs.

Around that time I decided I wanted to transition into the nonprofit sector and became the Director of Membership and Fundraising Development for the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys. After nearly five years in that position the position for State Director at the Humane Society of the United States opened up, and I’ve been here since 2012. My main role is lobbying on behalf of animals at the state level and I often coordinate grassroots activity with our federal affairs team on federal legislation. This role is perfect because it allows me to work for a nonprofit organization for an issue I care deeply about, but I also get to continue to utilize my political background working on legislation and ballot measures.

I definitely owe my success to the Missouri State Legislative Internship program. It opened up so many doors for me. I encourage every political science major to pursue an internship.

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Jacob Hannah Expanding His Horizons

Global Studies graduate student, Jacob Hannah, was profiled in the Springfield News Leader this weekend. Jacob had been studying “Chinese governance and foreign relations” in the School of International Studies” through an exchange program with Renmin (People’s) University.

To read the full story, see News Leader

Students interested in the Global Studies program should contact Dr. Dennis Hickey.

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Britton Jobe Advances His Career

Here’s an update from Britton Jobe; 2006 Political Science alumni.

Since graduating from Creighton University School of Law in 2009, I have been an attorney at Neale & Newman, one of Springfield’s oldest and largest law firms. I have developed my career in litigation, representing individuals, families, businesses, and banks in a wide range of cases. I have been fortunate to represent clients at every court level in Missouri, including the Missouri Supreme Court. In 2015 I was named chair of Neale and Newman’s litigation committee and became a partner at the firm in 2016.

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Alumni Offers Training in Legal Remedies for Trafficking Survivors

Always nice to see Political Science alum and MSU Board of Governor, Kendall Seal in Springfield.

Kendall is in town to offer a comprehensive, two-day training program entitled “Human Trafficking: Legal Remedies for Trafficking Survivors” at the eFactory. The program provides an in-depth overview of the legal issues faced by U.S. citizens and foreign national survivors, including criminal victim witness advocacy issues, criminal vacatur and sealing records, civil remedies, and immigration benefits.

This continuing legal education program is provided free of charge by the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) and co-sponsors Missouri State University, Springfield Metropolitan Bar Foundation, and the Women’s Foundation/.

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Angela Eden – My Journey Through the MPA Program at Missouri State

I can truly say that I wouldn’t be where I am today had it not been for the Master of Public Administration Program at Missouri State University. I just started my 20th year working for the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), a job I got because of the great faculty in the master’s program.

I started the MPA in August 1995 after leaving a full time job as a journalist in Springfield. As a reporter, I always enjoyed covering city, county and state government agencies. I admired the commitment of public employees to serving their communities. Their drive to make sure that every tax dollar was spent wisely and for the good of the citizens.

One of my mentors and MPA advisor was the late Mary Alice Cantrell, professor of political science. She was instrumental in pushing me to continue down the path of becoming a public information officer. It was her guidance that lead me to seek out an internship with the city of Springfield. I worked with the city’s public television station, City View. Because of my internship and relationships I built at the city, I was recommended for and was hired as a public information officer with MoDOT.

My MPA degree has served me well over the last twenty years. With my education and my past experience as a journalist, I’ve been able to share MoDOT’s story. I’ve developed many public involvement and communication plans for future and current highway projects. One of the largest highway projects I’ve been directly involved with is the upgrade of the Route 60/65 interchange in southeast Springfield. The $61 million project was built at a major crossroads in Southwest Missouri and it required a great deal of prior communication to help MoDOT customers understand the need and the expected traffic impacts associated with the project.

From the large projects like the 60/65 interchange to the smaller projects to improve Missouri’s roads, I’ve used my education to help Missouri’s drivers understand why MoDOT does what it does.

The MPA is the backbone of my professional experience and has helped me fulfill my goal to be the best public servant that I can be.

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An Update From Jessica Hamilton

2015 MPA alumnae, Jessica Hamilton

The Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council (LSEDC)is a public-private sector partnership devoted to improving the economic well-being of residents and businesses in Lee’s Summit through its mission: To attract and retain business investment and jobs by partnering with allies to create and market a high-quality-of-life, pro-business community.

As Director of Community and Investor Relations, Jessica is responsible for existing business retention and expansion efforts and for strategic planning and programming, of workforce development initiatives in coordination with various city, state, and regional partners on behalf of the LSEDC.

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Michael Jones Teaching ESL (and Cycling) in South Korea

2016 Political Science alumni, Michael Jones, is an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher currently working in Anyang, South Korea.

As an English Teacher at the Hanslang Foreign Language Institute I teach multiple ESL classes to elementary and middle school age students. I teach eight classes – five to kindergarten and elementary age kids on M, W, F and three to middle school students on T, Tr. I’ve been enjoying the work thus far and discovered I have somewhat of a passion for teaching.

In my lessons I cover everything from basic phonics, reading, and writing to more intermediate usages of vocabulary and grammar. I also teach the most advanced students topics such as essay writing, public speaking, and debate.

Being an ESL teacher is a great way for recent graduates who want to travel to work and earn some valuable experience while doing so. It’s also a good way to save money if someone is considering grad school. The requirements for every country are different, but most places in Asia simply require a Bachelor’s degree and that you be a native speaker from an English speaking country. If you have any students that would like to know more about this opportunity, feel free to send them my way.

I recently finished the 360 mile Four Rivers Bike Trail during spring vacation. I cycled all the way from Seoul to Busan over the course of five days.

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