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2017 Faculty Recognition Reception

Three Political Science faculty members were individually recognized at the 2017 All Faculty Recognition Reception on May 2nd.

Assistant professor Indira Palacios-Valladares received the 2017 Director’s Award for Outstanding Faculty Research from the Honors College. Dr. Kevin Pybas was recognized for his service as the 2016-2017 Provost Fellow for Public Affairs. Dr. Joel Paddock was recognized for thirty years of service; an outstanding record of dedication.

The department’s assessment team was also recognized with a General Education Assessment Award. Special thanks to long-serving committee members, Nick Beatty and Patrick Scott, for developing and testing the initial instrument (pictured above).

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Rafiel Warfield Named 2017 Bear of Excellence

Congratulations to 2004 Political Science alumn, Capt. Rafiel Warfield, for being honored with a 2017 Bear of Excellence award. Capt. Warfield is the Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, Marine Corps Forces Command, USMC. He was the first African-American to be president of the MSU Student Government Association. He earned a Juris Doctorate in 2008 from Syracuse University College of Law, where he was the first African-American male to be president of the Syracuse University College of Law Senate. He commissioned in the U.S. Marine Corps in 2009. He is stationed in Norfolk, Virginia.

Sponsored by the MSU Alumni Association, Bears of Distinction Dinner Awards Ceremony will be held in the Plaster Student Union Ballroom on Saturday June, 24th with a reception at 6:00 PM followed by dinner at 6:30.

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Kudos to Dan Ponder and Drury’s Meador Center for Politics and Citizenship

Political Science alumni, Dr. Dan Ponder, is the L. E. Meador Professor of Political Science and Director of the Meador Center for Politics and Citizenship at Drury University.

On Thursday evening, the Meador Center brought together an exceptional panel of academic all-stars to assess President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office. This was the final event in this year’s “45 Series: Conversations on the 2016 Presidential Election and the New Administration.”

An excellent event. Great way to end the series. Congratulations to Dan and our neighbors to the North.

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Kendall Seal in Jefferson City

Political Science alumni and member of the Missouri State University Board of Governors/, Kendall Seal testified before the House General Law Committee yesterday in support of the Missouri Earned Family & Medical Leave Act. His full testimony can be read here – HB1059

Kendall is the Vice President of Research & Policy and general counsel for the Women’s Foundation in Kansas City.

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Keys to Law School Success

Join Missouri State’s pre-law fraternity, Phi Alpha Delta, as they welcome Dr. Joshua C. Tate, Associate Professor of Law at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law for a presentation entitled “Keys to Law School Success” on Monday, April 24 at 5:30-7:00pm in Strong Hall, Room 306.

For additional information, contact Department of Political Science professor, Dr. Kevin Pybas, or Cindy Umana, President, Phi Alpha Delta.

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SMBA Law Day

Congratulations to all of the participants in the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association Law Day. This year’s Law Day theme, The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy, garnered 300 student entries in the annual poster and essay contests.

Proud to be a sponsor and honored to represent the Political Science Department and Missouri State University as a celebrity judge for the essay contest. Big shout out to Mason Brown, the essay contest 1st place winner. Mason is an 8th grader at Jarrett Middle School. You can read Mason’s essay at SMBA Bar News.

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Explaining Middle East Politics – Three Easy Pieces

The Political Science department was pleased to welcome back Dr. Kamran Bokhari for a lecture entitled “Islamists, Jihadists, Autocratic Meltdown & Geosectarianism.” Dr. Bokhari is a 1999 Political Science and 2002 MIAA (Global Studies) alumnus.

Dr. Bokhari is a senior analyst with the U. S. intelligence firm, Geopolitical Futures. He is also a senior fellow at the Center for Global Policy and a fellow with the Program on Extremism at George Washington University’s Center for Cyber & Homeland Security. He teaches the geopolitics of the Middle East & South Asia to Canadian military, intelligence, law enforcement, foreign policy and national security officials at the Security & Policy Institute in the University of Ottawa. He is the author of Political Islam in the Age of Democratization.

This lecture was made possible, in large part, thanks to the establishment of the Thomas Strong Chair for Middle Eastern Politics and the generous support of the Strong family. The department would like to thank Drs. David Romano and Djene Bajalan for their work in organizing this event.

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