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MSU Honors Sacrifice The Purple Heart

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The Missouri State University Alliance for Veterans will host a Veterans Day celebration, Tuesday, November 11.  The theme this year is:  Honor Sacrifice: The Purple Heart.  The day will start at 8 am with the Veterans Recognition Breakfast in the Plaster Student Union Ballroom.  All military veterans and their guests are invited to attend this free breakfast.  To make a reservation for the breakfast, please call 417-836-5636 (MSU Career Center) or at the Alliance website http://alliance.missouristate.edu by November 4.   This year’s speaker will be Randy Thomas, Military Order of the Purple Hear.  Mr. Thomas served in Vietnam from October 1968 to September 1969, as a helicopter crew chief and door gunner of a helicopter gunship.  At 9:45 am the Missouri State Canteen will feature the music of The Hibernotes in the PSU Food Court North.  The morning’s activities will wrap up with the Taps Project beginning at 10:30 am.  The Bear Pride Trumpet Section, MSU, and community trumpets will perform a concert, followed by the cascade of “Taps” at the south entrance of McDonald Arena. Campus and community members are asked to pause at the sound of “Taps” to reflect on those who sacrifice all in public service.

Help MSU honor all veterans this Veterans Day and especially those who have sacrificed and have been honored with the Purple Heart.

 

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Shoe Collection Trailer Closed Today

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Due to the prediction of continued rain, the Stomp Out Hunger Shoe Drive collection trailer will not be open today. The trailer will resume its normal collection hours this Wednesday and Thursday, weather permitting.  If you would like your office or organization to serve as a collection site, please contact the office of Public Affairs Support 6-5073 to learn more about this opportunity.

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Staff Excellence in Community Service Awards

Nominations now being accepted through October 24th!

The community is encouraged to nominate Missouri State University staff members for the Staff Excellence in Community Service Award.  Each year, up to two staff members are recognized for their excellence in the area of volunteer work with charitable, nonprofit, church or similar organizations either locally or globally and earn a $1,000 award.  Awardees will be acknowledged during the Staff Awards Recognition Luncheon, Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 11:30 am.   Information and nomination form can be found at  the Excellence in Community Service Awards webpage or contact Stacey Trewatha-Bach at 836-8832, staceytrewatha@missouristate.edu .

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October Faculty Spotlight: Dr. James Philpot

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Associate Professor, Director-Financial Planning Program, FGB Department

A love of soccer and teaching has brought about numerous opportunities for Dr. James Philpot to make an impact in his community.  Having played amateur soccer himself, James has been a licensed referee and referee trainer for nearly 17 years.  From 3 year olds to high school matches, maintaining ethical playing standards for the sport is sometimes a thankless position, but as James states, “you savor the moments when you get the job well done and especially when you get a nod of affirmation from a parent or a player.”

Close to Dr. Philpot’s heart is his creation of an independent soccer association.  While living in Arkadelphia, AR he saw an unmet need for children to experience the fun and resulting social and athleticism skills inherent in the game of soccer.  Having developed and organized the program, it is still going strong today serving over 350 children a year in the Arkadelphia area.

In addition, James and his wife are active in their church, where they volunteer and contribute their time and teaching talents to directing the Youth Sunday School Program.  As October’s Public Affairs Faculty Spotlight, we are pleased to recognize James Philpot both on and off the field for his dedication to ethical leadership and community engagement!

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October Staff Spotlight: Dennis Erfling

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Electrician, Facilities Management-Maintenance

Serving others and living the public affairs mission is simply a part of Dennis Efrling.  From local projects to international missions, Dennis works to make a positive impact – big or small.  An avid individual and tandem bicyclist with his wife Melissa, Dennis has dedicated 25 years with the local Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society as both a Bike-A-Thon participant and as a volunteer member of the Mid-America MS Chapter Planning Committee.  While many take vacation to relax, Dennis uses vacation time to wake at dawn and paint the route arrow markers for the approximate 150 miles of road used by Bike MS cyclists.  Dennis also supports many other causes through 5 K’s and other bike-a-thons and states his new goal is to annually run and bike at least three events each for different local causes.

In addition, Dennis has spent extensive time helping Hurricane Katrina victims with clean-up and reconstruction efforts as well as traveled to Ecuador and Nicaragua over ten times to assist with construction and educational projects through his church and the Project Hope organization.  Dennis states, “even though you don’t speak the same language, it’s the new friendships formed and the mutual learning from each other that is the most rewarding part of my international work.”

Dennis is a great example of living out the three pillars of public affairs both locally and abroad and we are proud to recognize Dennis Erfling as October’s Public Affairs Staff Spotlight!

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October Student Spotlight: Emma Sudholt

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Senior, Spanish and Global Studies 

Studying Spanish and global studies with an emphasis in politics and the environment, Emma is living out the Public Affairs mission through her involvement in numerous student organizations, campus projects, and helping others locally, regionally and globally.  Already a world traveler, Emma has twice studied abroad both in Spain and in Ecuador where in addition to her studies, she gave her free time to work with local school children of various ages. For over two years, she’s volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club of Springfield and helped lead this summer’s Public Affairs Academy for high school students.  Her passion for working with kids and teens led to an internship working public relations with the St. Louis nonprofit, The Covering House who provides refuge and restoration services for girls 13-17 years old who have experienced sexual exploitation and/or sexual trafficking.

For her role as a student leader and dedication to community engagement and cultural competence, we are honored to recognize Emma Sudholt as the October Public Affairs Student Spotlight!

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Shoe Collection Trailer Closed Today

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Due to the prediction of continued rain, the Stomp Out Hunger Shoe Drive collection trailer will not be open today. The trailer will resume its normal collection hours this Wednesday and Thursday, weather permitting.  If you would like your office or organization to serve as a collection site, please contact the office of Public Affairs Support 6-5073 to learn more about this opportunity.

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September Staff Spotlight: Stacey Trewatha-Bach

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Special Projects Coordinator, Office of Public Affairs Support

Stacey has a passion for all things public affairs.  Whether locally or abroad, personally or professionally, she is happiest when giving of herself to serve others.  She states, “As a young child my parents instilled the conviction that caring for and serving others is our responsibility as human beings, and exposed me to multiple cultures and experiences that impact my actions today.”  In addition to local projects and volunteer efforts, she was called to Central America in 2009.  Having been to Honduras twice, she recently co-led a construction team to rural Nicaragua through the Rainbow Network.  “I am inspired and hopeful when I can be a part of providing long-term solutions and not a band-aid approach, to helping some of the poorest people in the world. I love our public affairs mission because it gives structure and definition to what we do, and it’s difficult to be involved in one pillar without learning about and being immersed in the other two.”

For her contributions in living out the public affairs mission, we recognize Stacey Trewatha-Bach as our September Public Affairs Staff Spotlight!

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September Faculty Spotlight: Peggy S. Gilbert

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Faculty Emeritus,  Marketing Department

While recently retiring from a 30 year career with the Marketing Department, Peggy Gilbert continues a 40 plus year devotion to serving her community.  This length of service has seen many projects and volunteer activities, but her passion to impact academic excellence in impoverished rural areas of southeast Arkansas and standing up for other who cannot stand for themselves continues today.  Locally, Peggy is known for her involvement in assisting and defending the elderly against abuse and bullying.  For over forty years, Peggy has been “on call” responding to visitation and transportation needs as well as diffusing intense, confrontational situations involving a variety of  elder abuse circumstances.  Calls for help come from churches, local hospitals and from those around the community who know of Peggy’s fearless passion and devotion to assist elderly persons who are lonely, gravely ill, harassed, mistreated or suicidal.  She travels to those individual’s homes, nursing facilities and/or hospital rooms caring for their specific needs at all hour’s day and night.  Peggy’s efforts have benefited many organizations and individuals over the years both by her personal efforts and through her academic teaching.

Her passion and devotion to others and her mission to ‘stand for others when they cannot,’ has impacted countless lives in untold ways.  For all these reasons, we recognize Peggy Gilbert with the Public Affairs Faculty Spotlight!

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September Student Spotlight: Tyler McCullough

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Sophomore, Finance and General Business major

 

Tyler McCullough put the Public Affairs mission in action this summer as he spent 12 days in Uganda through the “Man Up and Go” project. The “Man Up and Go” movement has served nearly 2,000 orphans in Ethiopia and Uganda, providing needed supplies, equipment and love to young orphans often cast away by their own society. Tyler was able to provide much needed attention and affection to the children he met and states, “it is not uncommon to see a toddler holding an infant to make sure they get fed and cared for – they are literally raising each other, “babies holding babies.”   Tyler also had the opportunity to speak and minister to the next generation of young men about the responsibilities of being men and the importance of fatherhood.  He notes, “I was totally out of my comfort zone, but grew as a speaker and a leader and it became one of my favorite parts of the trip.”

We are proud to recognize Tyler McCullough as the September’s Public Affairs Student Spotlight for his compassion and growth in ethical leadership and cultural competence.

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