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Celebrating the passion and creativity of the College of Arts & Letters at Missouri State University


Vol. 1 Issue 1 2014 edition


The home of MSU’s art and design department buzzes with activity and ideas, no matter the hour.

The legendary Dr. Guy Webb’s final concert on campus Our global reach: See where students study away How COAL gives back to the community World-class guests: Recent notable visitors to campus 1


It is a joy for me to represent the College of Arts and Letters at Missouri State University. I am proud of our students and programs. I am equally proud of the faculty and staff who nurture those students and design and deliver those programs. Our seven departments — Art and Design; Communication; English; Media, Journalism, and Film; Modern and Classical Languages; Music; and Theatre and Dance — are each outstanding and quite different from one another. This vibrant mix of departments produces unexpected connections from which stem exciting activities and programs that never cease to inspire me.

Publisher: Missouri State University office of publications Editor: Michelle S. Rose Designers: Teri Poindexter, Megan Shiver Photographers: Jesse Scheve, Olyvia Behnke, Sara Moore Writers: Mandy Morgan, Kelsie Nalley, Shay Stowell, Michelle S. Rose

As a long-time faculty member in the department of communication, I thought I knew what was happening in our college. But my last two years as dean have opened my eyes to how much I didn’t know! That is why I am eager to share my college with you. I want you to know what we are up to — from our many study-away programs, to our community engagement activities, to our award-winning productions — because I want you to be as enthusiastic about the College of Arts and Letters as I am.

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND LETTERS Dr. Gloria J. Galanes, Dean Mark M. Biggs, Interim Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Media, Journalism and Film Angela J. Barker, Instructional Technology Support Specialist Raymond F. Castrey, Director of the Missouri Fine Arts Academy Barbara J. Jones, Director of Special Events David G. Pettus, Distributed User Support Specialist Karen J. Smith, Executive Assistant II Brooks L. Travis, Distributed User Support Specialist Darin S. Wallace, Budget Officer Dr. W.D. Blackmon, English Department Head Carolyn Cardenas, Art and Design Department Head Dr. Julie C. Combs, Music Department Head Dr. Christopher J. Herr, Theatre and Dance Interim Department Head Dr. Jason R. Jolley, Modern and Classical Languages Department Head Dr. Mary Jane Pardue, Media, Journalism and Film Interim Department Head Dr. Shawn T. Wahl, Communication Department Head

Students are at the center of our college. The first line of our mission statement represents the heart of who we are: The College of Arts and Letters is dedicated to the success of our students.

Web: Email: Phone: 417-836-5247 Fax: 417-836-6940

Gloria J. Galanes, Dean

The College of Arts & Letters publication is published by: Missouri State University 901 S. National Ave. Springfield, MO 65897


We live this mission, every day. We take a personal interest in all our students, helping them find the passion that motivates them to excel, and nurturing that passion into productive, creative work. That’s who we are, and we hope after reading this publication you are as proud of the college as we are!

A Day in the Life of Brick City pages 4-11

Arts & Letters is Engaged in the Community pages 12-13

Success Stories pages 14-15

College of Arts & Letters Visiting Guests pages 16-17

Arts & Letters is Global pages 18-19

Dr. Guy Webb: The Last Concert pages 20-21

New Academic Programs pages 22-23

Alumni Give Back to Arts & Letters pages 24-25

Calendar of Events pages 26-27



We call it an urban oasis of creativity.

Text by Michelle S. Rose Photos by Jesse Scheve, Olyvia Behnke, Sara Moore


In 2007, renovations began on a cluster of brick buildings in downtown Springfield. They were about 100 years old, and time had not been kind — they were worn-out and unused. But now, the 85,000-square-feet of space in these former industrial facilities is full of artistic expression and innovative ideas. This is Brick City, which since late 2013 has been the home of all of the programs in the art and design department at Missouri State University. Here you’ll find classrooms, studios, offices and galleries. There is something happening at just about every hour of the day. Come along with us on May 2, 2014, as we document a day in the life of this now-vibrant new area of campus.







About 25 cars are already in the Brick City parking lot. It’s a cool, sunny day as a Bear Line shuttle turns down the street, taking students from the main campus to Brick City and back again on the Gold Route. Students depart, carrying portfolios and backpacks.

Advanced ceramics student Sumi Casey is sanding a piece. She’s a nontraditional student, a single mother, following her passion for a bachelor’s in the arts while leaving jobs in customer service and tax collection. She has already started a business — 2 Studio Potters — with a fellow MSU student. “I am doing what I love. I get to play with fire and mud!”





Josh Jones displays his senior project in the computer Graphic design majors Kristin Sotir and Megan Shiver animation lab. He has created two games. “You select are in class. Today, they are learning to make promotional your quest,” he says. In one of them, he recreated the materials such as business cards. atmosphere of a grocery store; the player must complete a shopping list. This game shows his ability to digitally create a complicated atmosphere.





Student Quynh Nguyen is working on black-and-white portraits in the photography dark rooms. Students learn both analog and digital methods, associate professor Jimmie Allen says, because they are two different languages that help them master all the techniques associated with professional photography.

Julie Evenson works on a project for a metals course. She has a business degree and worked for large corporations, but returned to school to explore her love of the arts. “After all my kids graduated from college, now it’s my turn!” She has produced jewelry pieces that are on sale at a local gallery.






Illustration major Kat Miller is finishing up a graphic productions project in one of the many computer labs in Brick City.





Charles Andrew Corbett creates a piece in the painting studio. His career goal is to teach, so he’s planning to pursue a master’s degree that combines art and education. He is excited to teach different ages for different reasons: “Little kids are hilarious, but in high school I could cover more concepts and techniques.”


Janeshae Henderson and Marissa Blackburn put the final touches on their last etchings and reliefs for their Printmaking 1 class.

Rachel Brown is in the painting studio, inviting people to her senior show tonight. “I am so excited. I have been waiting for this for years.”





Members of Dr. Mitzi Kirkland-Ives’ museum studies course discuss the trip they are taking the next day to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. Museum studies is a relatively new minor that combines art restoration, art preservation, history, anthropology and other interdisciplinary concepts related to curating and conserving art objects.

Students in an intermediate color theory and interior design course create paintings based on a fragment of an illustration, which allows them to focus entirely on color and form.


2:00 p.m. Drawing 2 starts. Instructor Caleb Knodell walks around the quiet classroom, giving tips and critiques.






Student Michael Yates steps outside to spray a soft-pastel work with a fixing agent so the pastel won’t rub off.

Photographer Olyvia Behnke captures an image in the sculpture studio.





Megan Rhoden is digitizing a stop-motion project. First, she makes figures out of wire frames and sculpting clay. Next, she positions them and takes photos, putting those images together in a movie. Her final three-minute film, “Monster’s New Pet,” will require about 24 photos per second. “It’s time-consuming but worth it!”

4:05 p.m. Instructor Joshua Albers gives a demonstration of two different kinds of 3-D printers — one owned by the art and design department, and one he built himself. The printers put down layers of melted plastic to build models, jewelry and other objects.

Dong Li, a photography major, is conducting a shoot with two models in one of the Brick City photo studios.

6 to 10 p.m.


The Brick City Gallery is open to the public as part of Springfield’s First Friday Art Walk. The Art Walk, held once a month, features art, music, hands-on activities and live demonstrations in more than 20 downtown galleries. At Brick City, an opening reception is held for students who are holding a senior exhibition before graduating with Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees. Student work on display includes ceramics, metals, jewelry, prints, paintings, drawings, photography and computer animation projects.


ARTS & LETTERS IS ENGAGED IN THE COMMUNITY Our faculty, staff and students spend a lot of time in the community. We perform, we give back, we teach — all to build a better Ozarks and celebrate our shared culture. Here are a few examples of projects we are doing.


Missouri State’s theatre and dance department has teamed up with Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child, a national grant program conceived by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The initiative addresses the fact that students in some schools have less access to arts education. Any Given Child seeks to give all students, from kindergarten through eighth grade, full access to arts education and resources. In 2009, Springfield was the second partner city selected by the Any Given Child program. In 2013, all eighth graders in Springfield came to the MSU campus to see a live performance of either “Romeo and Juliet” or “Pirates of Penzance.”

The Foreign Language Institute is a Missouri State-led partnership with five Springfield-area institutions of higher learning (MSU, Drury University, Evangel University, Ozarks Technical Community College and Southwest Baptist University). The institute expands opportunities for students at all partner schools and in the broader community to learn languages, particularly those identified as critical or less commonly taught, such as Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Russian. Beginning in spring 2015, FLI will offer noncredit language courses to the public.


The MSU Giving Voice student troupe puts on workshops and presentations around the community. The troupe’s main goal is to represent the challenges of underrepresented, marginalized and oppressed people. The troupe’s workshops address issues such as bullying, diversity, harassment, aggression and discrimination. Students primarily perform for academic, civic and business leaders. The troupe presents participatory theatre, which means members act out different scenarios and then let the audience participate by asking questions and talking about what they would have done.



This is a three-week summer residential program, held on the campus of Missouri State, for teens about to begin their junior or senior year in high school. The Missouri Fine Arts Academy grew out of an interest to challenge, motivate and empower Missouri’s most talented arts students to become future state arts leaders. These students may take classes or perform activities in visual arts, theatre, dance, creative writing and/or music. MFAA is funded through program fees, grants, endowments, scholarships and private donations.



Missouri State’s Student Photographic Society conducts photographic workshops for the Boys and Girls Club in Springfield. Students take portraits for underprivileged families during the holiday season.


The Ozarks Celebration Festival, held on campus each year in early autumn, umn, is an entertaining and educational look at the region’s culture and heritage. eritage. The festival features artists and craftspeople, entertainment stages, s, music, storytelling, traditional dance, films, historical characters, exhibitss and more. An Ozarks Lecture Series is held a week after the festival.


Children’s authors and illustrators have come to the Ozarks as part of this festival for more than 30 years, promoting literacy and inspiring students tudents of all ages. This year, Missouri State’s department of English has arranged for 12 storytellers from around the country to speak with students in grades four through eight. There will also be an autograph party for the public.



Missouri State’s department of theatre and dance, including the MSU Opera Theater, has a close working relationship with the Springfield Regional Opera. Students often receive roles in the city’s opera productions. String Fling is an annual summer tradition that brings younger students to campus to study string instruments. At String Fling, Missouri State’s full-time string faculty — as well as impressive guest faculty members — coach selected students from middle school and high school. These students live and eat on campus for the duration of the program, introducing them to a college atmosphere. They practice varying types of music, rehearse with different coaches and perform a concert at the end of String Fling.


The Center for Dispute Resolution is a unique resource at Missouri State that is housed in the department of communication. It offers mediation services as well as presentations, workshops and lectures to the community. The center we as a research laboratory for Missouri State faculty and students, also serves s undergraduate or graduate students may enroll in a program to earn a and und certificate in Conflict and Dispute Resolution. certific



Success Stories COAL STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF HAVE WON AWARDS, BEEN RECOGNIZED BY THEIR PEERS AND MORE IN THE LAST FEW YEARS. Robert Little, theatre and dance professor, designed the scenery for an ice show at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida, which recently won several awards. The production, called “Iceploration,” has been running since 2012. “Iceploration” features ice skaters, acrobats, larger-than-life puppets and live animals. It won the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions’ Brass Ring Award for Live Entertainment Excellence for Best Sports Show. It also won the IAAPA Heartbeat Award. This award is presented to a show that demonstrates the most “heart” in the production, regardless of budget.

Missouri State University will be the new host of the Missouri State High School Activities Association Speech, Debate and Theatre Championships beginning in the 2014-15 school year. The 2014 championships featured 905 participants from 123 schools from across the state. The championships had been held on the campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia for the past 63 years.

Jeff Bess, a socio-political major and member of the Spicer Debate Forum at Missouri State, placed second in the Lincoln-Douglas division of the National Forensic Association’s National Tournament. The Lincoln-Douglas format is a one-on-one policy debate, based in evidence and centered on a specific yearlong public policy proposition. Bess qualified for the National Debate Tournament in 2012, 2013 and 2014, the Pittsburgh Round Robin in 2013 and competed in CEDA elimination rounds in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Richard Amberg, assistant professor of film, won Best of Competition for his project “The Last Semester” in the feature/TV hour category of the Faculty Screenwriting Competition at the 2014 Broadcast Education Association National Festival of Media Arts. The BEA judged the participants’ creative works based on professionalism, use of creative elements and production values.

Niki Kennedy, ’14 graduate with a bachelor’s in German and English literature with a minor in history, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to Germany. She will teach English at a German high school. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. It is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential. 14

Dr. Michael Murray, professor of music, received the 2014 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education. The Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education is presented to an outstanding faculty member from each participating higher education institution in the state. The awards are based on effective teaching and advising, service to the University community, commitment to high standards of excellence and success in nurturing student achievement. Murray teaches performance, music history, theory and music education. He also serves as a Graduate College and Honors College faculty member. He received the 2013 Missouri State University Foundation Award for Teaching.

How do you cure a worldwide plague? This is the question the cast and crew of “Epilogue” tackled in 2012-13 in a six-episode Web series, which went on to win awards in 2013-14. The science fiction show was written, produced and directed by communication, media, journalism and film students. “Epilogue” also starred theatre and dance students and alumni, used costumes created by students studying fashion design, and used original music by a music composition major. Approximately 100 students were involved in the show’s development and production. The series was conceived and executed primarily under the faculty guidance of assistant professors Diana Botsford, Dr. Deborah Larson and Colby Jennings. In 2013, “Epilogue” received multiple awards, including: É The Award of Excellence for Mixed Video from the Broadcast Education Association’s National Festival of Media Arts

É Best Special Program and Best Multi-Cam production from the Missouri Broadcast Educators Association

É Second place in the College Television Emmys

É Outstanding Composition for a Sci-fi, Outstanding Sound Design for a Sci-fi, Outstanding Theme Song for a Sci-fi and Outstanding Visual and Makeup FX for a Sci-fi from the LA Web Series Festival

É Two bronze Telly Awards É Nominations for best original music and best special effects makeup from the International Academy of Web Television Awards

Students created a follow-up program, “A Little Help.” The four-episode comedy launched online in July 2014.

Dr. James S. Baumlin of the English department was promoted in 2014 to the rank of Distinguished Professor. Promotion to this rank is the highest honor Missouri State University bestows on a faculty member. These faculty members are leaders in their respective fields, as attested by national and/or international reputation, and also have a sustained record of excellence in both teaching and service. Baumlin has written and co-edited a dozen books and more than 100 articles, book chapters, notes and reviews on subjects within 17th-century English literature, the history of rhetoric, critical theories, creative nonfiction and composition pedagogy.

Dr. Belva Worthen Prather, professor of music and director of the Missouri State University Wind Ensemble, University Wind Symphony and University Concert Band, was inducted in 2013 into the Missouri Bandmasters Hall of Fame. The Missouri Bandmasters Hall of Fame honors band directors, both past and present, who have had significant impact on high school or University bands in Missouri. In 2014, Prather was also inducted into the Missouri Music Educators Association Hall of Fame. The MMEA Hall of Fame recognizes Missouri music educators who have built outstanding programs, made an impact through teaching, dedicated their careers to developing students and are devoted to a lifetime of teaching music. Prather has been teaching band for 46 years, with 27 consecutive years of teaching at Missouri State. 15

COLLEGE OF ARTS & LETTERS COAL brings world-class speakers, many of whom are alumni, to enrich our students’ experience and add to the campus culture. Here are some of our most notable guests this year.

visiting guests

JOHN GOODMAN, ’75 / actor The acclaimed actor was on campus in August to speak to incoming freshmen at the New Student Convocation and receive an honorary doctorate. Goodman, a native of Affton, Missouri, came to Missouri State in the 1970s to play football. An injury cut his sports career short, and that’s when he discovered acting — “a passion that I didn’t know I had.” Goodman credits Tent Theatre and the late Howard R. Orms, longtime Missouri State faculty member, as feeding his passion for his future career. “My fellow Bears, faculty members, leaders — thank you. That’s what I came here for. I wanted to say thank you because I owe this school so very much.”

ANDREA ARNOLD / writer and director British actress, writer and director best known for the film “Fish Tank,” which won awards including the Jury Prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. Arnold gave a master filmmaker’s class on directing and held an open forum after a screening of “Fish Tank.”

BYRON SMITH, ’99 /writer and editor An editor of the Netflix series “House of Cards.” Smith gave a master filmmaker’s class on editing after screening an episode of the HBO series “Big Love.” Smith worked as an editor on more than 20 episodes of “Big Love.”


coordinator in the film industry; member of the Producers Guild of America She was part of the company that won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects in “Life of Pi,” and has worked on many other successful movies. Cohen Shomo gave a master filmmaker’s screening and conducted a discussion with students. She also participated in the COAL Homecoming celebration on an alumni panel. Media, Journalism and Film

KERRY JAMES EVANS, ’05 / poet Evans is best known for his collection of poetry titled “Bangalore.” He sat in on campus poetry classes to give advice to students. He also held a reading from “Bangalore.”



Saunders is a best-selling author and MacArthur Foundation Fellow. In 2013, Time magazine named him one of the top 100 most influential people in the world. Saunders participated in Missouri State’s Public Affairs Conference and held several readings from his most recent collection of short stories, “Tenth of December.”

DANIEL WOODRELL / author Woodrell, an Ozarks native, is the author of acclaimed fiction novels including “Winter’s Bone,” which was adapted into a movie that was nominated for four Academy Awards. His most recent work is “The Maid’s Version.” Woodrell gave a reading of his new novel and judged a student writing competition. English

TOM BLACK / owner, Tom Black Center for Excellence Communication

Black, who has been called “America’s Greatest Sales Trainer,” held a public lecture to share suggestions with students about how they can make the most of the few weeks in their first position after graduation.

KENT MELTON / model sculptor Character-animation model sculptor Kent Melton was the first staff sculptor employed by Hanna-Barbera Productions, where he created scale models of “The Flintstones” and “The Jetsons” characters. He has since worked with leading feature animation studios, including Disney. Melton held an exhibition at Brick City Gallery titled “From ‘Aladdin’ to ‘ParaNorman.’ ”

BIRNEY IMES / photographer Imes is best known for photographs of the South, especially his native Mississippi. He held an exhibition titled “Partial to Home and Juke Joint: Photographs” at Brick City Gallery. Imes also gave a master class and presented at the First Friday Art Walk. Art and Design

EVA MOZES KOR / Auschwitz survivor and public speaker Kor manages the C.A.N.D.L.E.S. (Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors) Museum. She is a “forgiveness advocate,” who spoke about her experiences in Auschwitz, her recovery and her decision to publicly forgive the Nazis. Her discussion attracted a crowd of thousands of students and community members. Modern and Classical Languages

GREGORY RADEN / principal clarinet of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Raden participated in Clarinet Day, giving a performance to students, faculty and staff. Raden also taught a master class on clarinet. Music

SEAN ROZANSKI / dancer Rozanski, a member of the Giordano Dance Chicago company, led an intermediate-level contemporary master class for dance students. Theatre and Dance


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GLOBAL! MISSOURI STATE’S COLLEGE OF ARTS AND LETTERS IS COMMITTED TO SENDING STUDENTS ABROAD AND BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS AROUND THE WORLD. HERE ARE A FEW EXAMPLES OF RECENT TRIPS OR PROGRAMS. DESIGNING TRIBUTES TO SARAJEVO Art and design professor Cedomir Kostovic (“It’s pronounced Cheddo-mir, like ‘Cheddar,’”) has received awards and recognitions around the world for his illustrations and posters focusing on social issues. Kostovic took a recent sabbatical to his former homeland of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He worked with international colleagues to organize, curate, direct and design an invitational multimedia project titled “Sarajevo100: 1914-2014.” Internationally known designers and emerging young designers from around the world provided more than 250 posters and new media projects that explore the war-torn past and modern future of Sarajevo. He also asked MSU students, and students of a Sarajevo university, to illustrate their views on Sarajevo for a corresponding student work exhibition. The Sarajevo100 project has been presented in Sarajevo, France, Mexico and Russia. It came to MSU’s Brick City gallery and Student Exhibition Center in November. See all of the designs in Sarajevo100: Students may take a short-term faculty-led study away program to Colombia. The Nonverbal Communication in a Global Context course allows MSU students to study at La Sabana, an MSU partner campus in Bogota, Colombia. Students from MSU and La Sabana are enrolled in the same course. Students learn about nonverbal communication, international business and the culture and performing arts of South America. As part of the class, they create and present nonverbal communication research. Last fall, the art and design department displayed works by MSU students and students at Far East University, an MSU partner institution in South Korea. The exhibit, entitled “Exchange,” was on display at Missouri State’s Student Exhibition Center downtown. Far East University debuted a similar show on their campus, and these exhibits coordinated with a Missouri State study-away trip to Far East University.






MAKING MUSIC IN CHINA Music faculty members Dr. Amy Muchnick and Dr. David Hays took the MSU Chamber Orchestra to China for fall break for a short-term study away program. The orchestra performed at Qingdao University and Qingdao Amerasia International School. The orchestra also performed a joint concert with the Qingdao University Orchestra. “I chose to come on this trip to gain experience and knowledge, to know what other cultures are like, and to play my instrument all the way across the world. We all have our differences, but playing music together really brought us closer than we ever could be,” said Adriana McKenzie, a music performance major from O’Fallon, Missouri.



MSU’s department of media, journalism and film has an exchange program with Oxford Brookes University in Oxford, England. The courses available at Oxford Brookes vary each semester, but generally students attending there will receive 12 hours of credit for three film “modules,” or classes. Students pay in-state Missouri State University tuition to take modules at OBU. MJF students can apply to study abroad at OBU for a semester or academic year.

Faculty members lead several short-term study away trips to Florence, Italy, to immerse students in the history and contemporary culture of the region. Students are housed in apartments in Florence, and use the academic and studio facilities of Santa Reparata International School of Art. Students may take courses on topics such as art appreciation, travel writing, photography, art history and literature. They also get to take excursions to cities such as Venice, Pisa and Ravenna.


Theatre and dance faculty members regularly take students to industry hot spots New York, L.A. and Chicago to gain exposure for current students and network with alumni and show-business professionals. This year, the acting program went to Manhattan for a New York Industry Showcase. Students performed at Joe’s Pub, attended master classes with Broadway composers, and networked with alumni. The acting program also made its way to Hollywood for the Los Angeles Industry Showcase. Students dined with alumni, toured The Studios at Paramount, attended workshops and performed at Hudson Theatre.

The Intensive Spanish Summer Program to Ecuador immerses students in Spanish language and culture with pre-travel orientation sessions at Missouri State, followed by four weeks of intensive study at Academia Latinoamericana in Quito, Ecuador. Students live with native families and experience Latin American culture first-hand, visit Ecuador’s most significant city as well as rural sites and monuments, and gain proficiency in written and conversational Spanish.









Dr. Guy B. Webb sat almost alone backstage, focused and composed.

Give to the Dr. Guy B. Webb Touring Scholarship This scholarship will provide funds for students in touring choirs. It was announced in November 2013, and organizers Melissa and

The soloists, the choral ensembles and the symphony orchestra members had taken the stage at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. He would be last out. Webb, the director of choral activities, was about to conduct his last concert on campus. Today was May 4, and the Juilliard-trained professor from Blue Springs, Missouri, was retiring May 31. It was time, he said, after 34 years of earning accolades at Missouri State and more than 50 years WRWDOLQKLVÂźHOG

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Webb’s last Missouri State University project would be directing Concert Chorale performances in England and Scotland from May 17-28. Come June 1, he would be celebrating the birthday of his wife, Barbara, instead of helping Bears delve into music. %XWÂźUVWKLVDWWHQWLRQZDVWXUQHGWRWKH3UHVLGHQWÂłV Concert, MSU’s annual free presentation of a choral and orchestral masterwork. He selected “A German Requiemâ€? by Johannes Brahms. Requiems can be dark; after all, they are performed as a memorial after a death. But this one, Webb said, is different. It’s one of his favorites because it has beautiful text about comforting the mourning and wonderful music that celebrates life. A few days later, he would call conducting this piece the crowning achievement of his career. Many former students and longtime collaborators joined him on stage for the concert. That’s not uncommon — community members are actively involved in MSU choirs, and Webb said he is JRLQJWRZRUNZLWKWKH6SULQJÂźHOG&KDPEHU&KRUXV LQWRLQÂźQLW\


Melissa Scott, ’86 & ’10, was among the contributing voices. When she lost her father in her early 20s, :HEEEHFDPHDIDWKHUŸJXUH6KHDQGKHUKXVEDQG Dan, were backstage, encouraging people to give to a fund they have started. The Dr. Guy B. Webb Touring Scholarship will help choir students see the world. Webb is loved, admired and respected, the Scotts said, and directly after the concert, the adoration was apparent. Students, peers and community members lined up in front of Webb backstage to shake his hand, whisper a fond memory, say sincere thanks. When Webb conducts, Melissa Scott said, he takes SHUIRUPHUVWRDQRWKHUSODFH'XULQJWKLVŸQDOFRQFHUW on campus, she wanted to soak up enough of his presence to last her a lifetime. It was clear some of the other performers felt the same; throughout the hour of the requiem, people on stage and in the audience became emotional. Some looked down; some wiped tears.

As the last notes hung in the air, Webb put down the baton. He blew a kiss to those on stage. He bowed. It was impossible to tell if the standing ovation was for this performance, or for all of the people he inspired in three decades at Missouri State.


State’s College of Arts & Letters began offering several { Missouri { new degrees and placement programs in fall 2014.

Undergraduate BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN MODERN LANGUAGE The department of modern and classical languages has restructured to replace nine existing degrees in French, German and Spanish with this single degree (though students may still specialize in one language). This new degree follows education trends by giving students a broad, coherent curriculum in which language, culture and literature are taught as a whole.

ONLINE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PROFESSIONAL WRITING Professional writers compose advertisements, brochures, manuals, proposals and websites, among other publications. This online degree option allows anyone, anywhere to participate in this MSU program. Graduates will be prepared for careers in business, law, education, health care and a variety of other fields.

ACCELERATED PATHWAY FOR A SPANISH MINOR Many students are already proficient in Spanish as a result of previous exposure to, and experience with, the language. The department of modern and classical languages has created an accelerated pathway for the completion of a Spanish minor. This pathway is not a new academic program. Rather, it is a placement mechanism that allows students with demonstrated language abilities to begin at a higher point in the regular sequence and to complete the minor by taking just three Spanish classes. 22

Graduate MASTER OF APPLIED SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION This degree will focus on cultivating language professionals who understand how people learn a second language, including grammar, vocabulary and the cultural perspectives that motivate the way in which ideas are communicated. It is a collaborative degree between the department of English and the department of modern and classical languages. It is awaiting confirmation at the state level.

ACCELERATED MASTER OF ARTS IN TECHNICAL AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING Junior and senior students who want to jump-start a master’s degree in professional writing may now apply for early admission to the Master of Arts in Writing in the technical and professional writing track. This allows undergraduate students to take 500-level courses for credit at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, allowing them to more quickly earn a master’s degree.

MASTER OF FINE ARTS IN VISUAL STUDIES This is a terminal degree for fine arts students. Students will conduct original studio research to find a personal artistic voice. The graduates of the MFA program will be skilled in producing visual images in a variety of milieus.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES This diverse, flexible degree is largely for people who are experienced in the workplace but may want to upgrade their credentials in order to grow professionally, prepare for leadership opportunities and otherwise advance their career. It is intended to serve those who might struggle to find a fit for their professional and creative needs from our existing programs. This program awaits final approval by the Coordinating Board for Higher Education. 23


Missouri State alumni, as well as friends of the University, give back to us in so many ways, and we


Endowments will support art, music, literature and more Alumnus Earl M. Brake Jr. established 15 new endowments in 2014, in areas ranging from public radio to agriculture, to help the next generation reach its full academic potential. Brake especially opted to support COAL departments, arts and culture at Missouri State. “What I like about art, music, theater and literature is that it gives us an opportunity to express ourselves, add to culture and interpret what we’re feeling,� Brake said. Brake, who is retired from teaching high school, just completed his 15th season as a volunteer at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. “I have always appreciated theater.� He performed a bit in high school, and was on the speech and debate team, but he has mostly been an audience member. In 1989, when Missouri State put on the controversial play “The Normal Heart,� about the AIDS epidemic, it made him so proud: “They were dealing with that big problem that everybody wanted to deny, while people I knew were dying.� That was when he knew he wanted to someday offer support to the University. One day early in 2014, Brake turned to Randy Blackwood, Missouri State’s executive director of athletics and entertainment facilities, and said: “I’d like to talk to someone about making some monetary gifts.� After realizing just how much support Brake intended to give, “I was awestruck,� Blackwood said. “His generosity and desire to support the arts did not surprise me, but certainly the magnitude of his gift did.�


Brake created 15 separate endowments for different areas of Missouri State — including one speciďŹ cally for Juanita K. Hammons Hall. “This will help us bring programs and events that otherwise wouldn’t be realized in SpringďŹ eld,â€? Blackwood said. Many of Brake’s endowments are named in honor of family members, favorite high school teachers, favorite Missouri State instructors and other mentors: “I wanted to honor people who had been a big inuence in my life.â€?


MENTOR a Bear by hiring an intern from Missouri State or allowing a student to job-shadow you.

TALK to a class, in person or on Skype. Share your valuable insights and experiences with students whose passion is to enter the same career.

TEACH a master class in dance, theatre, art and more. Share your gifts with students about to enter your profession.


are grateful for the support. Here are just two of the many stories of giving back from the last year.


Fund will bring world-renowned artists to campus Artist and entrepreneur Jesse Kuhn, ’04, said the artists he encountered at Missouri State altered his path in life in the best possible ways. “It was a gift, in my opinion, to have people of this quality all together,â€? Kuhn said. Kuhn now lives in Chicago. Through his business, Raw Toast Design, he creates illustrations and graphic design work. His clients have included McDonald’s, The Wall Street Journal and the Boston Globe, and he has produced covers for magazines and books. He credits Missouri State mentors Roman Duszek, Cedomir Kostovic, Maria M. Michalczyk and Eric Pervukhin for helping him build conďŹ dence and connections. Because they were such well-respected professionals, they were able to invite impressive visiting artists to campus. “They were bringing in international illustrators, painters, designers — award-winning people. These were the artists that we as students were looking at in magazines, aspiring

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to be like some day. We put them up on a pedestal — ‘How can I ever be that good? This person must have some super-human ability.’ These artists would stay with us for days. They would critique our work and sit in on lectures with us, and talk about their own work. They would go out to dinner with us. It helped us humanize these people. They’re really talented, and smart, and they work hard. And, they’re making it. They are drawing, printing, designing for a living. They do what they love, and that was super-inspiring.� ,VIOXPSLFEXJUIUIF.JTTPVSJ4UBUF6OJWFSTJUZ'PVOEBUJPO UPTUBSUB7JTJUJOH"SUJTUT'VOEJOUIFIPQFTUIFBSUBOE design department will have resources for future visits. He is excited to connect current students to working professionals, since those meetings often lead to jobs. “Those experiences were so, so powerful. I was just thinking: How do I make more of that happen? After all, these are the people that helped me get started,� Kuhn said. “I know the person that I want to be in this world is somebody that helps his community.�

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FIRST FRIDAY ART WALKS What: Galleries and businesses on campus, and in downtown Springfield, display original art and host performances each month Where: Downtown Springfield (map: When: The first Friday of every month Admission: Free for most venues

PRESIDENT’S CONCERT What: Missouri State University music department’s annual concert featuring the MSU Symphony Orchestra in combination with the MSU Grand Chorus. This year’s masterwork performance will be the Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi. Where: Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts When: 4 p.m. April 26, 2015 Admission: Free More info:



PUBLIC AFFAIRS SIGNATURE EVENTS These events help Missouri State put our public affairs mission into practice. There are seven events throughout the year. Learn more about any of these events: Statewide Collaborative Diversity Conference, March 25-27, 2015: This statewide conference helps develop and support diverse workplaces around the state of Missouri. All professionals are invited to attend. Public Affairs Conference, April 14-17, 2015: This annual conference features lectures, panel discussions and special events. All events are free and open to the public. This year’s theme is “The Ethical Citizen: Can You Make a Difference?” Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame, April 17, 2015: The Hall of Fame honors those who have improved the lives of others through their academic, personal or professional achievements. The event will be open to the public but requires the purchase of a ticket. New Student Convocation, Aug. 16, 2015: Welcome the freshman class to campus and kick off the new public affairs theme of what it means to build a health community: body, mind and spirit. Public Affairs Week, Sept. 14-18, 2015: Expand your understanding of the public affairs theme during this student-organized week of activities. Community Engagement Project, October 2015: A community-wide service project. Public Affairs Convocation, October 2015: A speech from a noteworthy expert on this year’s topic.

TENT THEATRE What: The longest continuously running outdoor theatre company in the Midwest; features three shows each summer Where: On the tent pad north of Craig Hall When: June and July 2015 Tickets: or 417-836-7678 or toll-free, 1-888-476-7849


OZARKS CELEBRATION FESTIVAL What: An entertaining and educational look at the region’s culture and heritage, with entertainment stages, craftspeople, exhibits, lectures and more Where: In front of McDonald Arena When: Sept. 11-13, 2015 Admission: Free

What: A three-week summer residential program for high school student artists with classes offered in visual arts, theatre, dance, creative writing and music

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Where: Missouri State campus When: June 7-27, 2015 Learn more or find out how a student can apply:

HOMECOMING 2015 THE JANE A. MEYER CARILLON SERIES What: Visiting artists, as well as MSU performers, present concerts on the Meyer Carillon Where: Lawn near Meyer Library; bring lawn chairs, blankets or a picnic When: 7 p.m. June 14, July 12, Aug. 9 and Sept. 13, 2015 Admission: Free

What: Signature events: a dinner with a ceremony honoring the Alumni Association award winners; a 5K walk/run; the Homecoming parade; BearFest Village tailgating; the football game; Bears on the Square event downtown. There will also be gatherings for alumni from arts and letters departments, organizations and more. Where: Locations around campus When: Oct. 16-17, 2015 Admission: Varies per event; many are free More info:

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COAL Report 2014: A Day in the Life of Brick City  

The COAL Report is an annual publication celebrating the passion and creativity of the College of Arts and Letters at Missouri State Univers...

COAL Report 2014: A Day in the Life of Brick City  

The COAL Report is an annual publication celebrating the passion and creativity of the College of Arts and Letters at Missouri State Univers...