Missouri State University

Sociology and Anthropology

The Public Affair - Spring 2010

The Electronic Newsletter of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology

Dr. Karl KunkelWelcome to the Spring 2010 edition of the Department electronic newsletter. This edition provides a summary of many activities from calendar year 2009 and, as you will see, the Department continues to make significant strides providing valuable experience for students and faculty. Some of the highlights of the past year include the first awarding of the Robin and Alka Amonker Scholarship, the transfer of the Al and Margaret Hemphill Scholarship award to our Sociology Program, the second year of the Master of Science in Applied Anthropology, and the third year of the Master of Science in Criminology including nine students completing this graduate degree, as well as various individual faculty accomplishments in teaching, scholarship, and service. We also highlight student accomplishments during the past year.

The Department also is developing more online resources to let people know what we are doing. Each of our programs now has a Facebook page that can be used to update students, alumni, and friends of the Department on coming events and news. These Facebook pages also allow alumni to reconnect with old friends and classmates. Please select among the icons on the left side of this opening page to join one of our Facebook groups. Also, the Criminology Program created a YouTube channel that provides brief videos on activities as well as faculty profiling their current research. You can link to this YouTube Channel using the icon on the left.  We plan to continue adding to the list of available videos in the future so please check back often!

The Department was saddened to hear the news that Dr. Lloyd Young, long-time faculty member and two-time Department Head, passed away in November 2009. Dr. Young touched many, many lives during his extensive time at Missouri State University and through his extensive involvement and leadership in the Springfield community. We will miss Lloyd. A memorial article appears in this newsletter.

As always, if you are an alum of one of our Department programs, please keep us updated on your activities and accomplishments by submitting the Alumni Information Form.

Once again, as you will see on the pages of the Spring 2010 issue of “The Public Affair,” this is an exciting time for the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology at Missouri State University.


Karl R. Kunkel, Ph.D.

Professor and Department Head