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Kristin Arnette Joins MERIC

2014 MPA alumna, Kristin Arnette, has accepted a position as a Planner II with the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC) housed within the Division of Business and Community Services, Department of Economic Development.

Kris’s principal duties will be the research, development, analysis, and outreach of workforce economics for the State of Missouri.

I can feel the economy growing.

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Andy had Barney; Darin has Tracy

As Deputy City Administrator of the City of Bolivar, Tracy Slagle oversees Human Resources, Planning and Zoning, and the Community/Economic Development staff.

Tracy earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration in 2010 (one of the last). Tracy had worked previously for Springfield Public Schools and the Associated Electric Cooperative. She brought over 15 years of experience in Public Administration, Human Resources and Benefits to the city.

Tracy is also a member of the Springfield Area Human Resources Association and the Missouri Economic Development Council.

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2017 Political Science Graduation Dinner

The annual Political Science department graduation dinner was held on Thursday, May 18th in the Meyer Alumni Center. We were pleased to welcome graduating seniors, MA candidates from the Global Studies and Public Administration graduate programs, their families and, Political Science faculty members.

We were especially honored to have two members of the Board of Governors, Political Science alumni Gabriel Gore (Class of 1991) and Kendall Seal (Class of 2004). Gabe and Kendal presented 2017 Senior Class President, Daniel Guerrini, with his Pi Sigma Alpha Honor cord and medallion.

We are looking forward to Daniel’s address at commencement today.

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April Stratman Loves Going to Work (no, really)

After graduating from the MGS program, I started by teaching Spanish at the University of Missouri Kansas City, then worked my way over to the Applied Language Institute where I started as an International Student Liaison and now work as the International Student advisor. I work with 100-200 students a semester from over 25 different countries, and absolutely love getting up every morning to go to work. It’s always something different.

My background studying multiple world regions in the MGS program gave me essential knowledge for effectively interacting with these students every day. The languages that I speak and deeper understanding of world relations I gained, has very quickly propelled me up to the position I am in now and is preparing me for my future goal of recruiting international students for the university.

The first picture is with a bunch of students and the second is April giving advice to new students

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Ashley Leinweber Appointed to Lamb Prize Advisory

Dr. Ashley Leinweber has accepted an appointment to the Advisory Consortium for the Bert and Phyllis Lamb Prize in Political Science. The Bert & Phyllis Lamb Prize in Political Science is presented to an outstanding Political Science undergraduate who best combines innovation, breadth of knowledge, and good writing.

The Prize was established by Berton Lee Lamb II, Ph.D.and Janis C. Lamb in 2013 in honor of their parents. As children of the Depression and members of The Greatest Generation, the Lambs were strong advocates of education, viewing it as the solution to most of challenges facing our country and other cultures around the world.

Congratulations to Ashley for helping to honor their commitment.

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Dr. Stacy Ulbig Nominated For Teacher of the Year

Big shout out to former Missouri State Political Science faculty member, Dr. Stacy Ulbig. Stacy has been nominated for the Texas State University System Regents’ Teaching award for outstanding performance.

Stacy is a Professor of Political Science at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX.

Before Missouri State / After Sam Houston State.
(I guess you let your hair down in Texas)

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An Update from Asher Allman

Congratulations to 2016 MGS alumnus Asher Allman on his employment in Missouri U.S. Senator Roy Blunt’s Washington, D.C. office. Asher’s focus as a graduate student was in international relations and security. His title in Senator Blunt’s office is Legislative Correspondent and he handles constituent communications for a portfolio containing defense, foreign relations, immigration, law enforcement, and judiciary issues; among others.

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Alumni Profile: Orlando Hodges

Orlando Hodges graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 2009 and earned his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2015. He is an Associate at Bryan Cave LLP in Kansas City, MO. He is a member of the firm’s Transactions; Corporate Finance and Securities; and Technology, Entrepreneurial and Commercial Practice Client Service Groups. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and other general corporate matters.

Making the connection between campus engagement and academic success, Orlando served two terms as the President of the Student Government Association, and was a Resident Assistant, President of the College Democrats, and a Student Orientation Advisement and Registration (SOAR) Leader. Prior to attending Vanderbilt, Orlando was an intern in the Springfield City Attorney’s office.

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