Dr. James N. Giglio, Distinguished Professor of History, has served the university since 1968. As he moves into retirement in December 2006, he notes that he "wishes to leave full-time teaching by thanking my colleagues for the opportunity to serve the university, the college, and the history department." In looking back he says, "I have fond memories and take particular pride for my service in the faculty senate as full-professor rank representative and as faculty senate chair." His plans for retirement include continuing his scholarly and professional activities, some teaching of upper-level courses for the history department, spending more time reconstructing a golf game "that needs work," and most importantly devoting more time to family. In farewell he says, "I leave the university after more than thirty-eight years of service with the belief that despite having given it my best I was given more than I gave."
Dr. Jeffrey Nash, Professor of Sociology, joined the faculty of the Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology Department in 1995 as its Department Head and he continued to serve in that capacity until 2003. He came to Missouri State from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. In the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, he was active in youth sport organizations, and his sometimes unusual research (e.g. social life at the Mall of America, or the social character of the English Bulldog) received the attention of local and national media. His recent and on-going research has focused on the animal rights movement, as well as the study of human activity in public places, the social meaning of everyday life, the lives of deaf people and others who live on the margins of society ("hypermarginality"), and racism.
Dr. Juris Zarins, Professor of Anthropology, joined the faculty of the Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology Department in 1978. While at Missouri State he has been involved in archaeological fieldwork in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Oman, and was chief archaeologist in the Transarabian Expedition that discovered the ancient city of Ubar. This famous expedition was featured in The New York Times, and made the list of the ten most important discoveries of 1992 by Discover, Time and Newsweek magazines. The expedition was also the subject of the NOVA program, Lost City of Arabia. Dr. Zarins has published articles on a variety of topics concerning the archaeology of the Near East, and is currently involved in projects in Yemen and Oman. After retirement, he plans to continue his work in Oman.
Donna Smith has worked since 1995 as the Administrative Secretary in the Philosophy Department. This includes some years when the Philosophy and Political Science Departments were combined and she shared duties with their secretary. Following her retirement, Donna plans to move to Placerville, California to help take care of her parents in their elder years. Most of her family lives in California so it will be good to be going “home.” Donna notes that Placerville is nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range near South Lake Tahoe. It has a colorful history that began with the discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma (only 10 miles from Placerville) in 1848. In her new situation, she has accepted a part-time secretarial position with a local accounting firm.