Although the weather has been challenging at times during the spring 2008 semester, the faculty and students in the College of Humanities and Public Affairs have been very busy. As you will see in the accompanying Newsletter, we have provided many opportunities for community engagement with national speakers, international conferences, and a number of on-campus presentations. For example, students, community members, and faculty have had the opportunity to witness a session of the Missouri Court of Appeals-Southern District, explore the importance of the Dead Sea Scrolls with a member of the Scroll translation team, and learn more about other parts of the world at a “Symposium on South Asia: Issues and Trends in Research.” Our faculty continue to bring the world home to Springfield through their research and extensive international travel, and of course, students remain our central focus. All of the activities reported in this newsletter (and others) are intended to provide a quality learning experience for our students while fulfilling the University’s public affairs mission. Our efforts are also aimed at exploring and making public the importance of Ozark history and culture. I hope you enjoy reading through this issue of the CHPA Newsletter, and I look forward to hearing from you or seeing you at alumni events around the country.