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Paris Terrorism Puts MSU Professor in the News

Dr. David Romano, Professor of Political Science and the Thomas Strong Chair of Middle East Politics, at Missouri State University, was interviewed on Chicago’s WGN TV and locally on Ozarks First News in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris.

For Dr. Romano’s insight into these events, watch the interviews here – WGN Romano, Ozarks First

And if you would like to brush up on your German language skills – auf Deutsch

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Department Mourns the Passing of Randy Gover


Former Political Science colleague, Randy Gover (seated second from the right), passed away on on October 5th in Evanston, IL.

A Southwest Missouri State alumni, Randy returned to Springfield to teach courses in American politics through the 1970s and early 1980s. He will also be remembered for a distinguished career in broadcast journalism.

A memorial Mass will be held at Saint Agnes Cathedral in Springfield, MO, at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 21st, 2015.

The New Leader obituary can be found here – Gover

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Congratulations Himan

Global Studies alumni, Himan Hosseini, recently said studying at MSU was a life-changer as he gained deep academic knowledge from such prominent professors as Dr. Romano, Dr. Hickey, Dr. Ondetti, and Dr. Leinweber. After graduation Himan moved to the Washington DC area and, as of now, is working as a freelance scholar on Middle East politics. His first article, co-authored with Leila Piran, can be found at LobeLog

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Food Waste Prevention Month Activities

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In honor of Food Waste Prevention Month at Missouri State University, held a screening of Just Eat It, a 74-minute documentary film about food waste and food rescue by Peg Leg Films in partnership with British Columbia’s Knowledge Network. This event was sponsored by the department of Political Science in collaboration with Missouri State University Sustainability.

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Margaret Holden Appointed to Greene County Circuit

Governor Jay Nixon today appointed the Honorable Margaret Holden as Associate Judge of the 31st Judicial Circuit. Judge Holden will be the first woman to serve in that role in Greene County. “Today Judge Nixon made history, appointing Judge Margaret Holden, delivering on the promise that the Missouri Plan, touted to increase diversity on the bench, is fulfilling that promise in our community,” said Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association Executive Director, Crista Hogan.

Prior to her service as Chief Administrative Law Judge, Margaret was an Associate Attorney with Schroff, Glass & Newberry and an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Greene County. Judge Holden was a 1984 graduate of (Southwest) Missouri State University, majoring in Political Science and History. She earned her law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1988.

The full text of Governor Nixon’s announcement can be found here – Holden

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Dr. Dennis Hickey Travels to New York for Lecture

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Dr. Dennis Hickey, Distinguished Professor and Director of the Master’s in Global Studies at Missouri State University, delivered a guest lecture focusing on Taiwan’s policy in the South China Sea dispute to an overflow crowed at the State University of New York at Cortland on November 5. He explained why Taiwan, arguably the most isolated state in the world, occupies the best piece of real estate in the South China Sea (Taiping Island) and why both Washington and Beijing are pushing Taipei to change its policies (in opposite directions). His lecture also covered late breaking developments including the summit meeting between President Ma of the Republic of China on Taiwan and President Xi of the People’s Republic of China. In recent days, he has been interviewed by The People’s Daily, China News Service and China Review News Agency of Hong Kong about the historic meeting.

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Department Welcomes Dr. Rex Brynen

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The Political Science Department was privileged to host Dr. Rex Brynen for two events last week (three if you count paintball). Dr. Brynen presented a public lecture entitled ” Beyond the Arbab Spring” and conducted a post-conflict simulation with graduate students from the Global Studies and Public Administration programs.

Dr. Brynen is Professor of Political Science at McGill University, and senior editor of the conflict simulation blog PAXsims (http://www.paxsims.org). He is author/coauthor of three books, including Beyond the Arab Spring: Authoritarianism and Democratization in the Arab World (2012). He is also editor/co-editor of eight other books and more than forty articles and book chapters on various aspects of Middle East politics, regional security, conflict resolution, and other topics. In addition to his academic work, he has served as as an intelligence analyst, policy planner, and as a consultant for various Canadian and other government departments, UN agencies, and the World Bank.

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Kelton Russell Interns With U.S. Consulate in China

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MGS student, Kelton Russell, with Missouri State University Global Studies undergraduate alumna, Madalyn Erickson.

This summer I interned with the State Department at the U.S. consulate in Chengdu, China. I was assigned to the Consular Affairs section, where I worked in biometric intake. I was responsible for fingerprinting and verifying the identity of every visa applicant, which meant I helped hundreds of local Chinese every day. I also worked with the Fraud Prevention Unit, where I helped research and investigate instances of visa fraud.

One of the consulate’s missions was local outreach, so I was able to participate in several programs that allowed me to give presentations to local Chinese students. For example, I gave a presentation on Missouri State to a group of students who were interested in studying in the U.S. I also created a series of informational videos for the consulate’s public website. The purpose of the videos was to explain the visa application and interview process so that applicants would know what to expect when they came to the consulate.

Overall, interning with the State Department in China was a fun and informative experience. I was able to improve my Mandarin speaking skills and get a taste of what life would be like in the Foreign Service. It definitely is an excellent opportunity for anyone considering a career in international relations.

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Emergency Management Students Host Campus Conference

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With presentations by Terra Jeffres, from the American Red Cross, Doug Cramer and Andy Boxell, from the National Weather Service, John Wall, from the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), David Claborn, from the Missouri State University’s department of Public Health, and David Johnson, from the Political Science department, the Emergency Management Student Association (EMSA) hosted a conference last week asking the question “Are Your Prepared?”

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The highlight of the days’ proceedings was the return of Tiny Town; our HO scale city simulation. Is that Fay Wray?

More information about the mission of the Emergency Management Student Association can be found at EMSA.

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