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Stomp Out Hunger Shoe Drive

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This October 1–25, Missouri State University, along with Drury University, Evangel University, Ozarks Technical College, and Southwest Baptist University, will once again join together for a cooperative community service project. This project, Stomp Out Hunger: All-Collegiate Shoe Drive, embodies the MSU public affairs mission as well as the 2014–15 public affairs theme, The Ethical Citizen: can you make a difference? This shoe drive is for students, faculty and staff—the whole MSU community. Learn more by visiting the Stomp Out Hunger website

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

StaceyKidsSpotlightPicStacey Trewatha-Bach

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

Peggy S. Gilbert

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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July Spotlight: MSU-West Plains Campus

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West Plains Campus

Operation 50K


This month’s Spotlight is dedicated to the students, faculty and staff of Missouri State-West Plains for their Operation 50K project!  This year-long initiative challenged the campus community to donate 50,000 hours of service to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the West Plains campus, celebrate its public affairs mission, and as a way to express their thanks to the area communities who have given their support to MSU-West Plains over the years.

“We knew this would be a big challenge,” Chancellor Drew Bennett stated, “but we thought out of the box and invited students, faculty, staff, their families, our advisory board members and their families, and others throughout the community with ties to the university to participate.”  With students providing the largest percentage of hours, the campus exceeded their goal by officially logging in 56,531 hours.  Calculated at minimum wage, this totaled $423,982 of volunteer labor to the community and its civic causes.  West Plains SGA President, Dakota Bates, who gave the initiative its name, thanked all the students for their hard work and dedication that made this dream a reality.

For their contribution, dedication and exemplifying all three pillars of the public affairs mission, we honor the entire West Plains campus as July’s Public Affairs Spotlight!

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June Student Spotlight: Nicole Noonan

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Junior, Cultural and Regional Geography major


“My inspiration for service comes from experiencing first-hand how your efforts really make a difference in people’s lives.” Working on her degree in Cultural and Regional Geography, Nicole says she enjoys studying the interconnectedness of the world and how it came to be in its present state. This interconnectedness lead to the discovery of one particular passion – gardening.

Outside her class work, working as a Computer Services Lab Assistant and being President of the Bear Service Team, Nicole also volunteers with the Springfield Urban Agriculture Coalition.  Recently she assisted in the planting of apple trees at the new Farmers’ Market Pavilion and this summer, is interning with the Coalition to help expand their curriculum with the DIRT’s schoolyard garden projects. “For several years now kids have been learning how to grow their gardens, but now they need to know how to use and eat what they grew!” Nicole is creating a curriculum on how kids can safely prepare, cook and eat foods from the garden.

As June’s Public Affairs Student Spotlight, we are proud to recognize Nicole’s leadership both on and off campus, her active community engagement and her dedication to environmental stewardship!

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June Staff Spotlight: Kimberly Callahan

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Administrative Assistant II, FGB Department


On any given evening or weekend, you might just spot Kimberly Callahan lending a hand around town! She is living out the public affairs mission through a multitude of interests and projects ranging from local fundraisers, writing and leading Bible studies, to volunteering her social media talents to help others generate cause awareness.

Moving to Springfield from Sacramento, it didn’t take long for Kimberly to get involved in community projects and start making an impact both locally and globally.  She participates annually for the Friends Against Hunger’s Meals-a-Million, Walk MS and Bass Pro’s Marathon Weekend.  A current goal is to participate in at least one 5K a month. Most recently in May, Kimberly worked the AIDS Project of the Ozark’s Red Ribbon Ride where she cheered on riders and put together hygiene and cleaning kits for their clients in need. She also chairs several committees for the Springfield Metro Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP).

Kimberly says, “The Friends of the Library book sale was the first event I got involved with in Springfield and that, along with projects through North Point Church and Convoy of Hope are my favorites, although I of course enjoy all the organizations I’m involved with!”   For providing a wonderful example of what living Missouri State’s public affairs mission is all about, we are proud to recognize Kimberly Callahan as the June Public Affairs Staff Spotlight!

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June Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Lorene Stone

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Professor, Sociology Department

Community service is an integral part of life for Lorene Stone. She credits her parents and Girl Scouts for instilling an early awareness and importance of being an engaged citizen. Her earliest service work included picking up litter along country roads, running errands for elderly neighbors and using her weekly allowance to buy gloves and hats for her hometown’s annual mitten tree.

Lorene endeavors to make a real difference in the lives of children and families. She has served on the Board of Directors for both the Victims Center and CASA and gives her time and expertise to The Rare Breed and the Good Community Committee. Last year, she gave nearly 100 volunteer hours to Help Give Hope fundraising events, preparing food baskets for 260 low-income families, and accompanying impoverished mothers on inspiring, yet emotional, shopping trips. If not through the efforts of Help Give Hope, the children of these families would not likely have gifts, clothing or a nice meal during the Christmas season.

Lorene has always encouraged students and others to get involved and become part of the solution. She states that while serving on agency boards and committees are important, it’s the direct hands-on work that is the most rewarding for her. For her contributions in ethical leadership and community engagement, we are pleased to honor Lorene Stone as the June Public Affairs Faculty Spotlight!

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May Student Spotlight: David Lind

Dave LindDavid Lind

Graduate Student, Student Affairs


David Lind’s passion? To live the public affairs mission to its fullest extent. His love for helping others and community outreach embodies the three pillars of ethical leadership, cultural competence, and community engagement.

David attributes his ‘ah-ha’ public affairs moment to his service-learning class with Dr. Tim Knapp.  Introduced to the Rare Breed, an outreach center for at-risk and homeless youth, it was apparent how interconnected the three pillars actually were when trying to address community issues. “I realized that you cannot be an ethical leader without being culturally competent and, being truly engaged with your community. I followed my passion for helping others and found my place advising other students, especially through service learning. I love the teaching moments I get to have with every student I work with.”

David’s active citizenship embodies community outreach to the Rare Breed, working with high school students at MSU’s Public Affairs Academy, advising MSU and OTC prospective and enrolled students, promoting community service learning partnerships and volunteering numerous hours to the annual Public Affairs Conference and other campus projects. For his time, contributions and impact to the University and the community, we are pleased to recognize David Lind as the May 2014 Public Affairs Student Spotlight.

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May Faculty Spotlight: Paula Rector

Paula RectorPaula Rector

Instructor, Criminology Department

“Harmony House”


Combining personal and professional passions has had unexpected but positive outcomes for Paula Rector. Passionate about helping victims of family and relationship violence, Paula says it’s a true privilege to be able to apply her academic knowledge to help impact a community issue and organization, such as Harmony House.  Harmony House plays a vital role in Springfield and surrounding area by providing shelter, advocacy and education to survivors of domestic violence.

She assists in a number of roles including chairing the Executive Committee, serving on the Board of Directors and leading the Programs/Shelter subcommittees. Whether she’s teaching or developing safety educational programs, creating new community partnerships or negotiating a $5 million capital campaign, Paula’s focus remains on ensuring the needs for the 110 women and children that seek nightly shelter at Harmony House.

Paula states that one of the unexpected, but most enjoyable outcomes of her community service is its impact on her teaching and her students. Many of her students are taking action to help address the domestic violence issues of the community through volunteerism, internships and service learning opportunities.

For Paula’s commitment of time and ethical leadership to Harmony House and for fostering the growth of a responsible community we are proud to recognize Paula Rector as our Public Affairs Faculty Spotlight!

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