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Religious Studies Major Wins Citizen Scholar Award!

by Jane Terry

Samantha Nichols with her Citizen Scholar award
Samantha Nichols with her Citizen Scholar award

Congratulations to Religious Studies major and Ozark Studies minor, Samantha Nichols, on being one of the six winners of the MSU Board of Governors Citizen Scholar Award, 2014-2015 Recipients! Attending the award breakfast on December 12, 2014, were the nominators of the winners, including Samantha’s nominator, Dr. Stephen Berkwitz, REL Department Head, as well as MSU President Clif Smart, the Board of Governors, Citizen Scholars’ guests, and others.

Samantha Nichols, right, with Dr. Stephen Berkwitz, Religious Studies department head and the professor who nominated Samantha for the award
Samantha Nichols, right, with Dr. Stephen Berkwitz, Religious Studies department head and the professor who nominated Samantha for the award
Samantha Nichols, center, with her parents, Joel and Jessica Nichols
Samantha Nichols, center, with her parents, Joel and Jessica Nichols

In the  nomination, Dr. Berkwitz wrote, “I believe her contributions to the Department of Religious Studies and Missouri State University as a whole will still be felt long after she graduates. The projects and organizations that she has launched address important issues and challenges that face our community. She is an outstanding young woman whose tremendous stores of intellect, energy, and compassion enable her to make a positive difference on our campus and throughout the Springfield region.”

The Citizen Scholar Award was initiated in 2007 as a special Board of Governors program to recognize outstanding citizen scholars at Missouri State University for their stellar achievements with academics, community engagement, and leadership.

For more information on the award and how to nominate students for the next cohort, please see http://studentaffairs.missouristate.edu/citizenscholaraward.htm.

All photos by Kevin White, MSU Photographic Services.

 

 

 

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New Internship Opportunity for Spring 2015

by Jane Terry

Religious Studies majors and minors are encouraged to apply for a spring 2015 internship with Ambassadors for Children, a service agency of the Council of Churches of the Ozarks, dedicated to supporting abused and neglected children and youth in our community.

For more details about the internship and how to apply, see www.missouristate.edu/relst/AmbassadorsforChildren.htm.

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MSU Alumna Creates Online Forum for Ancient Judaism Studies

by Jane Terry

ajr pic

Krista Dalton, a Religious Studies M.A. alumna and currently a Teaching Assistant and doctoral student at Columbia University, New York, NY, has  just created an online academic web forum for the study of Ancient Judaism, www.AncientJewReview.com, with Nate Schumer (Columbia), and Simcha Gross (Yale).

Besides articles and resources, the site invites other scholars to collaborate with them. Check out their webpage, subscribe, and enjoy!

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College of Humanities and Public Affairs Scholarship Banquet

by Jane Terry

 

From left, MSU Religious Studies Professor Emeritus Dr. LaMoine DeVries; Religious Studies major and scholarship recipient, Ms. Emma Donovan; and Mrs. Mary Ann DeVries.
From left, MSU Religious Studies Professor Emeritus Dr. LaMoine DeVries; Religious Studies major and scholarship recipient, Ms. Emma Donovan; and Mrs. Mary Ann DeVries.

 

At left, former Missouri Governor Bob Holden chats with MSU Religious Studies Professor Dr. Jim Moyer.
At left, former Missouri Governor Bob Holden chats with MSU Religious Studies Professor Dr. Jim Moyer.

The College of Humanities and Public Affairs Scholarship Banquet, held on Tuesday, 14 October, was well-attended and a wonderful way to thank our scholarship donors and congratulate our scholarship winners.

Of note, a former student of Dr. Jim Moyer’s, former Missouri Governor Bob Holden, and Professor Emeritus Dr. LaMoine DeVries, attended the banquet.  So great to see these friends again!

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Is There a Jewish Philosophy?

by Jane Terry

Religious Studies Assistant Professor Vadim Putzu will visit the MSU Philosophy Club this Thursday, 30 October, at 4:30 p.m. in Strong 003, to talk about “Is There a Jewish Philosophy?”  Mr. Putzu’s research interests include Judaism, Jewish Philosophy, and Medieval and Early Modern Judaism.  He teaches REL 101, World and Literature of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible; REL 201, World Religions; and in the spring will teach a new course, REL 397, Jewish Philosophy.  (So, I guess there really *is* a Jewish Philosophy!)

Everyone is invited to this free event!

putzu talk

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Only one more week for Stomp Out Hunger!

by Jane Terry

Stomp Out Hunger All-Collegiate Shoe Drive through October!

We have only one more week for the Missouri State University Public Affairs Stomp Out Hunger Shoe Drive on the MSU and area campuses!

Are old shoes cluttering your closets? Drop them off in Strong Hall atrium or Strong Hall 251! All shoes accepted, usable or otherwise, bring ‘em in to help feed and shoe people locally and around the globe!

See MSU’s Public Affairs website for more info. Thanks for caring!  #MoStatePA

 

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Homecoming This Week!

by Jane Terry

Some great events coming this weekend!  

Homecoming is Saturday, 18 October, for all current, former, and future MSU students, faculty, and staff!  Check out their MSU Homecoming Facebook page for more info. #BearsHomecoming

Be sure to join us Saturday night for our 9th Annual Religious Studies Student and Alumni Homecoming Potluck Dinner!

During Homecoming at Bearfest Village, join with the Students for a Sustainable Future to win the National Game Day Recycling Challenge!  #MSUEnergyMonster

Following Game Day, join the Religious Studies Club at Sequiota Park (3500 S. Lone Pine Ave., Springfield) on Sunday, 19 October, at 3:00 p.m. for hiking, games, and smores!  Contact Trent if you need more info.

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LOGOS Accepting Student Papers for Publication

LOGOS: A Journal of Undergraduate Research

Now Accepting Submissions from Undergraduate Students in all Academic Disciplines

logoscoverLOGOS is an annual publication developed and edited by students in Missouri State University’s Honors College. Each volume features academic scholarship and artistry produced by undergraduate students and selected in a double-blind, peer reviewed process.

LOGOS is directed by a student Editorial Board that includes a chief editor, a lead associate editor, and associate editors selected from the Honors College. The Editorial Board is led by a managing editor who oversees the administrative production of the journal. The editors are also mentored and supported by a Faculty Advisory Board, which currently includes:

  • Dr. John Chuchiak, Director of the Honors College and Professor of Colonial Latin American History
  • Tracy Dalton, Senior Instructor of English
  • Dr. Joshua Smith, Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences.

LOGOS was established and first published in 2008. There are now over 2,000 copies in public circulation.

Visit the LOGOS website for more information.

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Upcoming Visit to the Passages Exhibit!

by Jane Terry

Codex Climaci Rescriptus, 6th – 9th century AD. The Codex Climaci Rescriptus is a palimpsest—a manuscript from which  the text has been scraped away or washed off, and the pages used again. Underneath the top layer of writing, which contains a 9th-century monastic text in Syriac, are portions of ancient Biblical manuscripts written in 6th-7th century Greek and  6th-century Christian Palestinian Aramaic. This manuscript, based on an original text which may date from the 4th century,  is the world’s largest corpus of Christian Palestinian Aramaic, the dialect that would have been closest to Jesus’  household language.
Codex Climaci Rescriptus, 6th – 9th century AD.

We are planning another visit to the Passages Exhibit!  All MSU Religious Studies majors, minors, and graduate students are invited to attend on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 3:30-6:00 p.m., and GET IN FREE!  The department will pay your entrance fee.

Please RSVP to: Jane Terry, 836-5514, if you plan to attend.  Click here for the flyer.

 

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