CHPA Dean's Corner

Spotlight on 2007

Dr. Lorene Stone

Greetings from Missouri State’s College of Humanities and Public Affairs!

My goodness, where has the semester gone? It seems like only last week that the start of the semester was delayed due to the historic ice storm. As you will see in this newsletter, we have been incredibly busy and productive. It has been a challenging time as we work to maintain quality academic programs for our students, partner with organizations and businesses in the community and state, implement a new pay-for-performance evaluation system for faculty and staff, and institute a number of new and exciting College initiatives. The faculty has been active in organizing conferences and other scholarly activities for both our campus and local community. Highlights include the many interdisciplinary activities developed for African American Heritage Month and Women’s History Month, as well as the Political Science Department’s international conference on the Middle East. The History Department once again hosted the History Day competition for local middle school and high school students, and the Religious Studies Department organized a photo exhibit on “Religious America in Government Photography: 1935-1943” in the Duane G. Meyer Library, in addition to a presentation by religion and public policy expert Heidi Rolland Unruh. The College will also be well represented during the upcoming Public Affairs Conference on campus.You can learn more about the College by checking out the links on the CHPA Home Page. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about any of the activities in the College (or for more information, see our on-line activity calendar). We are always pleased to hear from alumni and friends of the University.

As the Dean of the College, my schedule over the past few months has been enriched by travel to several out-of-state alumni events, as well as two international trips. In December I led a delegation of MSU students and Dr. Muhamad Olimat to Kuwait as part of a cultural exchange experience. In April I travel to China where I will visit with MSU students participating in our study abroad programs and sign an agreement designed to increase educational opportunities for both our students and those from China.

With all the changes taking place on campus this year, it has been our intention to make the operations of the College as transparent as possible to faculty, staff, and the public. You can learn more about the College by checking out the links on the CHPA Home Page. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about any of the activities in the College (or for more information, see our on-line activity calendar: see our on-line activity calendar). We are always pleased to hear from alumni and friends of the University.