Dr. Jim Moyer, Professor of Religious Studies and former Department Head, received the Governor’s Excellence in Teaching Award!
Dr. Moyer is well known for his love of teaching and love of students and his supplementary instruction (review sessions) outside of class. He is also known for rigorous classes, as well as his generous offer to go the extra mile to help each student succeed.
We have over $10,000 in scholarships available for our students, so it pays to apply!
Here’s the official word from our REL Department Head, Dr. Stephen Berkwitz:
SCHOLARSHIPS: You may begin applying for scholarships at any time. The deadline for submission of applications is March 1, 2014. We encourage you to complete the entire application, as you may qualify for scholarships that you do not even know exist. However, if you prefer to apply only for Religious Studies and College of Humanities scholarships, refer to the attached guide. It guides you through the essential parts of the application you should complete in order to be eligible for these scholarships in particular. Last year, the REL department alone awarded just under $14,000 in scholarships to 14 graduate and undergraduate students. Be sure to apply and become eligible to receive scholarship funds!
Congratulations to Missouri State University Religious Studies alumnus James Murphy (M.A., 2001) on the publication of his new book, Kids and Kingdom: The Precarious Presence of Children in the Synoptic Gospels (Pickwick Publications, 2013).
Dr. Murphy earned his Ph.D. at Iliff Seminary/University of Denver and is teaching in South Dakota. To learn more or order the book, visit Wipf & Stock Publishers.
MSU student Austin Elliott created an individualized major comprised of three academic departments, including Religious Studies, so he could pursue his passion for nonprofits and media production. As part of his coursework Austin is working for Sole Food, one of the partners in our Public Affairs project, Stomp Out Hunger.
(Remember – drop off your old shoes in one of the blue boxes on campus – we have one here in Strong 251!)
Here’s the link to the News-Leader story from Monday’s paper (October 14, 2013), written by MSU Communications GA Britney E. Brown:
Missouri State University, Drury, OTC, Evangel, SBU, and the Springfield community are hosting a Stomp Out Hunger shoe drive to benefit Sole Food, a program of Friends Against Hunger. Drop off your unwanted shoes into one of the BLUE BOXES in Strong Hall (there is one in the Religious Studies office, Strong 251) and provide food for needy families!
Hungry for more? You’re invited to join us for Meals-A-Million! November 15-17, 2013, at the Springfield Expo Center, and help us package a million meals! More than 3,000 people have already registered, but there’s always room for you: http://fahunger.org/howyoucanhelp/volunteer.html.
(“Stomp Out Hunger” logo by Hook Creative/HookCreative.co)
Wonder what it would be like to be an archaeologist? Now you can find out!
Everyone is invited to attend a Conversation with Dr. Gabriel Barkay, noted archaeologist and professor at Bar Ilan University and Jerusalem University College, on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 12:00-1;30 p.m. in Strong 004. Dr. Barkay will share his incredible journey as a lifelong archaeologist in the land of Israel.
This event is free and open to the public – bring your own lunch.
The conversation with Dr. Barkay is sponsored by the MSU Department of Religious Studies and the College of Humanities and Public Affairs, in cooperation with Central Assembly of God, Evangel University, and the Center for Holy Land Studies.
The Missouri State University’s Campus Ministers, their staff and interns, enjoyed lunch and conversation with the faculty and staff of the MSU Religious Studies Department on Monday, 23 September, in the Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) fellowship hall across from Strong Hall. This annual event was catered again by the amazing Brenda Castaldo, whose pumpkin cake and chocolate brownies quickly disappeared (yes, I brought some back to the office for our student workers and graduate assistants!).
Many thanks to the CCM for allowing us to use their facilities and for Bev’s organizational help, as well as to everyone who attended. We appreciate the good work you all do for our students and look forward to another year of cooperation and excellence at Missouri State!
Want to get involved with a Public Affairs activity that is free, easy to do, helps you get rid of the extra stuff in your closets, and helps feed people, all at the same time?
Then join the Stomp Out Hunger: All Collegiate Shoe Drive from now until October 19, 2013! Look for the blue boxes in Strong Hall (and elsewhere on campus) to donate your used shoes. Collect shoes from friends, families, strangers, and roommates to donate for a good cause.
Shoes that are usable will be given to those who need them, shoes that are no longer usable will be recycled and the money earned will go toward buying food for hungry people. It’s win-win!
Thanks to our Senior Instructor, Lora Hobbs, and her assistant, Religious Studies student Samantha Nichols, for their help in organizing this worthwhile event, along with the MSU Office of Public Affairs, Drury, Evangel, OTC, and SBU.