Missouri State students and faculty attended Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri’s (STAM) 80th Annual Fall Conference in September. The conference provides the opportunity for members to learn from each other through workshops, guest speakers, and collaboration with colleagues.
MSU students contribute to new logo
After a long creative process, STAM approved new logo artwork just in time for the annual conference. The exciting news here is that Missouri State students had a hand in the design! Communication Professor Randy Dillon and a team of students — Lisa Travers, Katie Schmitt, Cody Vaughn, and Sarah Howard — contributed to the new design.
As outgoing president of STAM, Dillon found a creative way to help in the redesign of the logo and give students an opportunity for real world application. He introduced the STAM logo redesign project to his January 2011 Semiotics intersession class. During the one week course, students researched the organization and applied classroom knowledge to design new logos for submission.
Dillon presented the students’ proposed logos to the STAM board and organization last year, with approval coming after only minor changes.
STAM recognizes MSU alumni and students
Also at the past conference, several MSU alumni and a current student received the following recognition:
Andrea Martin (formerly Murphy) is the recipient of the STAM Board of Governors New Teacher Award. Martin is in her fourth year of teaching at Fort Zumwalt West High School.
Maureen Kelts (formerly O’Connell) was elected to the STAM Board of Governors. Kelts currently teaches at Delta Woods Middle School.
Brad Rackers was chosen to fill a vacancy on the STAM Board of Governors. Rackers had just finished serving an elected position on the Board; he teaches at Lee’s Summit West.
John O’Neil, BSE Speech and Theatre major received a STAM Scholarship.
STAM is an organization that promotes communication and cooperation among members of the speech communication and theatre professions in Missouri and works to increase professional stature and to improve teaching and scholarship in the communicative arts and sciences.