Emily Couture already had a small headband-making business when she learned about a friend’s sister who had a brain tumor. After having to shave some of her hair the sister had taken to wearing headbands and wanted to order one from Emily, who promptly donated two headbands to her. Emily took this practice to a new level after reading Blake Mycoskie’s Start Something That Matters, MSU’s common reader. Inspired by the challenge to use her business to help others, Emily started Headbands for Hope.
“‘Headbands for Hope’ is a headband company where I custom design and make a headband for $20 and then for every headband I sell I will donate one to a cancer patient,” writes Emily, “Because every woman, every young girl deserves to feel beautiful even if they’ve lost their hair.” The morning after she launched her new business on Facebook, Emily had already wracked up over 130 “likes” on her page and more than 20 new orders. You can learn more about Headbands for Hope at her Facebook page, or at her Etsy shop by the same name.
Emily is living the public affairs mission through ethical leadership and her dedication to improving our community. We are proud to honor as December’s Public Affairs Student Spotlight.
Bear Service Team will be co-programming with SAC to provide several learning opportunities throughout the week for students.
Faces of Homelessness Panel
Monday, November 18 at 7:30 pm in the PSU Union Club (rm. 400)
Three people who are currently or previously homeless will come and talk about their daily lives and how they got to where they are now. The panel will then be opened to a question/answer section to better understand the lived experiences of those who have faced homelessness.
SNAP Challenge Panel
Tuesday, November 19 at 7:00 pm in the Center for Leadership and Volunteerism (bottom floor of PSU across from Starbucks)
Bear Service Team will be presenting a student panel who participated in the SNAP challenge. This challenge is where students only live on $4 a day for food, which is the average food stamp in Missouri. They will be sharing their experiences with the challenge and then there will be a Q&A section. You can keep up with the participants as they blog throughout the week of November 11-17 at http://msusnapchallenge.blogspot.com.
SAC’s Weekly Movie
9:00 pm in the PSU theater both Sunday, and Wednesday, November 20
A Place at the Table. This is a Documentary directed by Jeff Bridges which highlights the root causes of Hunger in America and different ways to combat this problem.
Sunday, November 17th, 6-8pm
Moxie Cinema, 431 S. Jefferson Ave. #108, Springfield, MO 65806 (in the Wilhoit Plaza)
In a special two-part series, acclaimed filmmaker David Sutherland (The Farmer’s Wife, Country Boys) creates an unforgettable portrait of Robin Charboneau, a 32-year-old divorced single mother and Oglala Sioux woman living on North Dakota’s Spirit Lake Reservation. Sutherland follows Robin over three years as she struggles to raise her two children, further her education, and heal herself from the wounds of sexual abuse she suffered as a child.
Robin’s battles in tribal court with her ex-husband for custody of the children, even after he is convicted of abusive sexual contact with his daughter, illuminate how serious this problem is on the reservation. Her quest to heal her family, find a man worthy of her love, build a career, and fulfill her goal of returning to her reservation to help prevent the abuse of women and children, takes her on an intimate and inspiring journey full of heartbreak, discovery, and redemption.
“As in my other films profiling rural poverty,” says Sutherland, “I was trying to reach out to another forgotten corner of the American landscape, this time to put a face on a Native family so that we could see them close up with all the detail that illuminates the rich reality of their lives.”
Senior, Media Promotion for Non Profit Organizations
Austin Elliott’s individualized major in Media Promotion for Non Profit Organizations – as well as his passion for the work - has resulted in a unique student experience for the MSU senior. Austin’s ultimate career goal is to help nonprofit organizations improve their media presence by utilizing his video, web, and photography skills, and his pursuit of this goal has already taken him around the world.
Over the summer Austin spent time in Kampala, Uganda, acting as photographer, videographer, and web designer for an organization that improves the lives of boys living in the slums there. He is currently working as an intern in the communications department of local nonprofit Convoy of Hope, and was able to travel with them to Haiti. Austin also recently assisted the office of Public Affairs Support with media work for the Stomp Out Hunger All-Collegiate Shoe Drive! Austin’s work has further been recognized in a story that was printed in the Springfield News-Leader.
When asked what drew him to this particular career, Austin responded, “Overall I enjoy helping people and putting myself last. I really enjoy sharing stories that would normally not get shared, and showing the hope and joy that can come out of the most broken of situations.” We are pleased to recognize Austin Elliott as the November Public Affairs Student Spotlight and a wonderful example of what living Missouri State’s public affairs mission is all about!
We are still collecting the last of the shoes that came in over the weekend and expect deliveries from MSU-WP, Drury and SBU still this week, but everyone should be very proud of what we accomplished the past three weeks with the Stomp Out Hunger All Collegiate Shoe Drive! While we did not break a world record, so far, we have collected over 7,500 pairs of shoes! Everyone should be commended for their efforts in this drive. Special thanks to our shoe drop off site coordinators including the University Staff Ambassadors as well as all the volunteers who worked the drop off trailer and ran around campus collecting shoes. With these shoes, we will be able to provide not only shoes to those in need, but fresh water and nutritious food to people around the world. So far, we will have provided for over 15,000 meals!
Plan to join us on Saturday, October 26 at Hammons Field (where the Cardinals play!) to celebrate our efforts. Volunteers are still needed to help with the design layout for the visual representation of the shoes collected (starting at 8 am). At 11 am, there will be a ceremony officially turning the shoes over to Sole Food/Friends Against Hunger. Everyone is welcome to watch and/or help. If you would like to volunteer to help, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to everyone who donated shoes or helped in any way!
Mary Ann Wood, Director
Public Affairs Support
Rachelle Darabi, Associate Provost
Student Development and Public Affairs
Celebrate our nation’s veterans with Missouri State! On Friday, November 8, MSU will host a Veterans Breakfast, a performance of patriotic music by a capella group The Hibernotes and the Musical Theatre Program, and the MSU Taps Project. For details see the Veterans Day flyer and visit http://alliance.missouristate.edu/.
What are you doing with all those shoes in your closet that you no longer wear? Why not donate them to the Stomp Out Hunger All Collegiate Shoe Drive!
All shoes (athletic shoes, dress shoes, work boot, flip flops, children’s shoes) as long as they do not have holes in the soles can be used to help needy people around the world. For more information, visit the community engagement website!
Student Group, College of Business
MSU’s Enactus student group is collectively being recognized as the April Public Affairs Student Spotlight for their campus involvement and dedication to the betterment of local businesses. (More information can be found at www.enactus.org, or via email at Enactus@MissouriState.edu.) The group has numerous programs, including Business Entrepreneurs Education Program (BEEP), in which local businesses receive help with the development of various aspects of marketing, such as merchandising, commercials, and websites; Entrepreneurs Reaching Citizens (ERC), an after-school program that teaches life skills to children at the Greene County Alternative Detention Center; and the Overseas Coupon Program, in which members clip coupons for food and other items and ship them to military personnel at a US Army base in Okinawa, Japan, where groceries cost 49% more than they do here.
One of their more recent campus programs was “Ice Your Debt”. This two-day project included information booths, at which Missouri State students could learn how to freeze their credit cards, a “Cash Cab”-like trivia game that tested students’ financial literacy as they rode across campus in a golf cart, and a presentation by motivational financial speaker Rachel Cruze. The design and impact of the program will be presented at a regional competition in Chicago on April 12th – where they are also the 2012 Regional Champions!
For their hard work, we recognize the members of Enactus as our April Public Affairs Student Spotlights! Individual members are:
- Clayton Shoemaker, President
- Lauren Lee, Vice President
- April Weiss, Treasurer
- Yen Nguyen, Secretary
- Jing Feng, Recruiter
- Mason Roller, Web Designer
- Yohan Lee, VP of Marketing
- Vanesha McGee, Historian
- Christopher Adams
- Derell DeRamus
- Charlene Kean
- Johnny Tran
- Joshua Dye
- Justin Morrison
- Erik Kean
- Ke Su
- Sequena Tate
- Victor Mitchell
- Xiao Qju
- Zachary Griffith
Senior Instructor, Computer Information Systems
In 1992 Shannon McMurtrey became a minister with Christian Campus House, where he discovered a passion for working with international students. During his time there, McMurtrey was introduced to International Friends (now International Friends of Missouri State), a program that matches international students with host families to facilitate friendships and cultural exchanges. In addition to his family’s involvement with the program, McMurtrey found another way to help. He writes, “We created a website (currently at www.ifmo.org) and developed software to pair families and students.”
The McMurtreys are involved in volunteer work through North Point Church, where they contribute their time to organizations such as Boys and Girls Town, Convoy of Hope, and others. Shannon and his son will also be taking a mission trip to Honduras over the summer, where they will help build a room for a school.
For his contributions to the local and international community as, we are pleased to recognize Shannon McMurtrey as our April Public Affairs Faculty Spotlight!
Electronic Arts- Multimedia Studies students Jody McFarlen and Mike Owens are living the MSU Public Affairs mission through their partnership with a much-loved local museum. Inspired by interactive media at museums overseas, McFarlen chose to use her senior thesis as an opportunity to bring new ways of learning about the world to Springfield’s Discovery Center.
McFarlen and Owens have used their knowledge and creativity to enhance the “World Wise” exhibit, which consists of six kiosks representing different countries. Now, in addition to the physical aspects of the exhibit McFarlen and Owens have added a high-tech touch. McFarlen writes, “We are using augmented reality to add interactive content to the exhibit. This means that a visitor will use a phone or tablet to scan an object in real space. In response, a digital asset such as an interactive web page, video, or animated 3D model will appear in the screen and will seem to be floating in the actual space of the exhibit.” McFarlen and Owens are also recording the voices of local students and faculty who are fluent in the exhibit’s languages to add to the visitor’s experience.
For their innovative work with the Discovery Center and their desire to engage with the community, we are excited to name Jody McFarlen and Mike Owens as February’s Public Affairs Spotlights!