Pam Burrier Leaves the Center for Archaeological Research


Pam Burrier (CAR) has been an employee of the Missouri State University for over 30 years, serving as Administrative Secretary at the Center for Archaeological Research (CAR) since 1990. She has been a valuable employee of the University and continues to work at CAR on a part-time basis.

Professor Robin Amonker Retires from MSU

Dr. Robin Amonker

Robin Amonker (SOC) is retiring at the end of the Spring 2008 Semester after spending forty-one years at Missouri State University. Dr. Amonker earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from St. Louis University in 1973 after coming to Missouri State in 1968. Over these years he literally taught thousands of students “Introduction to Society,” “Research Methods,” “Demography,” the freshmen orientation course, along with a general education capstone course on population trends. Dr. Amonker was very popular among honors students and he received both an Excellence in Teaching Award from the Missouri State Foundation and the Outstanding IDS 110 Teacher of the Year Award. In addition, Amonker authored fifteen refereed journal articles and countless other publications, technical reports, and conference papers. He frequently engaged in research projects with other faculty, often mentoring newer scholars. Following retirement, Robin and his wife Alka will remain in Springfield, enjoying their grandchildren. Robin also plans to continue teaching a few courses in the Sociology Program.

Professor Gary Brock Also Retires from MSU in 2008

Dr. Gary Brock

Gary Brock (SOC) will also retire at the end of the Spring 2008 Semester. Dr. Brock received a Ph.D. in Sociology from St. Louis University in 1983, the same year he came to Missouri State as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies. In 1987, he moved to the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Dr. Brock regularly taught “Introduction to Society,” “Social Problems,” “Social Movements,” “Sociology of Religion,” as well as “Society and the Future.” He also was a popular teacher in IDS 110, “Introduction to University Life.” Brock is an accomplished and dedicated college instructor who dedicated most of his professional career to classroom teaching and influencing the lives, minds, and successes of various generations of students. The Department certainly will not be the same without Gary Brock! Gary and his wife Judy plan to stay in Springfield following retirement, enjoying time with their grandchildren.