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Congratulations to Management majors, Eric Weiler and Vincent Mantia. Both were accepted for the 2017 Ambassador Scholarship Program sponsored by the Taiwan-United States Sister Relations Alliance (TUSA).

Kudos to Political Science Professor, Dr. Dennis Hickey, for assisting Eric and Vincent; both students in his Asian Politics class, PLS 545.

According to Dr. Hickey, “This is a great opportunity to improve Chinese language capabilities and learn more about Taiwan.”

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Alumni At Public Affairs Dinner

It is always nice to see alumni; even nicer to see them for campus events; nicer still during the Public Affairs Conference.

The Public Affairs Conference culminates with the Public Affairs Wall of Fame dinner. We were glad to be a table sponsor and happy to have alumni Curtis Trent, Kate Harris, and Jarica Oeltjen join us for dinner. All pictured here with Public affairs Fellow, Dr. Kevin Pybas.

Jarica, Class of 2009, is an attorney with Lathrop & Gage in Springfield. Curtis, Class of 2006, is an attorney with the Parmele Law Firm and a member of the Missouri House of Representatives. Kate, Class of 2013, is an attorney withe the firm of Cantwell, Smith, and Trokey.

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Alumni Co-Authored Book Chapter Now In Print

Congratulations to MGS alumni, Rikar Hussein and Stephen Rowe, on the publication of their chapter, “The United States and the Kurds of Iraq: Strange Allies,” co-authored with Dr. David Romano. The chapter appears in the 2017 Palgrave/Macmillan book, Between State and Non-State: Politics and Society in Kurdistan-Iraq and Palestine, edited by Gulistan Gurbey, Sabine Hofmann, and Ferhad Ibrahim Seyder.

Stephen Rowe is a Government Information Specialist with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Rikar Hussein is reporter for Voice of America.

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Award Winning Faculty: Indira Palacios-Valladares

Assistant professor of Political Science, Dr. Indira Palacios-Valladares, has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Director’s Award for Outstanding Faculty Research.

The Director’s Award for Outstanding Faculty Research recognizes the exceptional research accomplishments of Missouri State University‘s Honors College Faculty. This award recognizes a faculty member’s research excellence and is meant to acknowledge those Honors College professors who serve as the best example of the ideal scholar/teacher who has not only made a significant contribution to their own field of research, but who have also helped to expand the growth and development of honors education at Missouri State University.

Congratulations Indira!

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