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Dr. Dennis Hickey Meets with Leader of Kuomintang

Professor of Political Science and Global Studies Program Director, Dr. Dennis Hickey, recently interviewed Ms. Hung Hsiu-chu, Chairperson of Kuomintang (KMT). The interview focused largely on the KMT’s loss in this year’s election and her observations will be incorporated into Dr. Hickey’s current research project.

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Although well prepared for BearWear Fridays, the latter picture could cause some trouble for Hung when she visits her alma mater, Truman State University.

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Bears of Distinction Part III: Steven McDonald

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The Alumni Award for Excellence in Public Affairs recognizes graduates who have exceptional achievements in their professional endeavors, while demonstrating outstanding commitment to the ideals of public service.

This recipient of this year’s Award of Excellence in Public Affairs is Steven F. McDonald, a 1966 Political Science alumni. Steve spent four decades focused on peace building, conflict resolution, democracy and governance in Africa, Northern Ireland, Timor Leste and Brazil. He worked with South Africans, including Nelson Mandela, to bring about the change from Apartheid to majority rule in 1994.

At the award ceremony, Steve fondly recalled the influence of the late Frank Dinka who “opened the eyes of this country-born and wide-eyed youth to world politics and possibilities.”

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Bears of Distinction Part II: Lincoln Hough

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The Outstanding Young Alumni Award recognizes graduates 35 years of age or younger who have demonstrated extraordinary achievement in their personal and professional endeavors and have brought honor to Missouri State University.

This year’s Outstanding Young Alumnus is Lincoln Hough. A Political Science major who graduated in 2005, Lincoln is a three-term Missouri representative. In 2011, he was named a Distinguished Legislator by the Missouri Community Colleges Association for his work advocating for community colleges across the state.

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Bears of Distinction Part I: Lee Gannaway

The Political Science department had a pretty good night at the first annual Bears of Distinction Alumni Awards Ceremony on Friday, June 10th. Honored to be present with the award winners and special guests; including former honorees, Denny Pilant and Adam Crumbliss.


Starting off the night, Lee Gannaway, was honored with a Bears of Excellence Award. From the Class of 1963, Gannaway is a retired attorney. He served as Mayor of Springfield from 1995-2001 and helped lead the revitalization of downtown by securing more than $50 million in private investments during a three-year period. He is credited with the development of Jordan Valley Park, the Exhibition Center, Hammons Field and the renovation of the Landers Theater, Gillioz Theater, Discovery Center and more.

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