writingThe Missouri Southern State University Writing Program Committee selected four student winners for the Spring/Fall 2012 Writing Excellence Awards. 

Inaugurated in 2007, this award acknowledges outstanding papers written in upper division courses. This is the first year that the awards were open to students who were not in courses designated as writing intensive.  Winners of this award each received $250.

Student Winners of the Writing Excellence Awards:

Joey Boyd, Teacher Education graduate student from Carl Junction, for her paper “Life History of Elaphe obsoleta, the Black Rat Snake,” written for professor Dr. Karen Plucinski’s General Ecology, Biology class.

Kevin Bujarski, senior Finance/Economics major from Bella Vista, Ark., for his paper “Google: Continuing to Dominate,” written for professor Dr. Scott Cragin’s Strategic Management class.

Meghan Colvard, senior Biology major from Joplin, for her paper “Life History of Falco peregrinus, the Peregrine Falcon written for professor Dr. Karen Plucinski’s General Ecology/ Biology class.
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Beth Hammons, senior Teacher Education major from Smithville, for her paper written in Pedagogical Theories, Methods, and Practices.  The team instructors of this course were professors Lorinda Hackett and Dr. Susan Craig.

Faculty Winners of the Writing Excellence Awards:

The Writing Program Committee selected two faculty writing assignments as winners for the Spring/Fall 2012 Writing Excellence Awards.  Inaugurated in 2007, this award acknowledges excellent writing assignments used in upper division courses. 

This was the first year the awards were open to courses that were not designated as Writing Intensive. Winners of each faculty assignment award received $500. 

Lorinda Hackett, and Dr. Susan Craig, both assistant professors of Teacher Education, won the award for their assignment in an Education 329, Pedagogical Theories, Methods, and Practices class.  Professors Hackett and Craig shared the $500 award for their assignment.

Stephen Schiavo, associate professor of Computer Information Science, received the award for his assignment in a Computer Information System 410, Information Systems II class.

Members of the MSSU Writing Program Committee:
Dr. James F. Brown, Chair of the Writing Program Committee
Michelle Dawson, Representative of the School of Business
Peggy Day, Representative of the School of Education
Lauren Haggard, Representative of the School of Technology
Dr. Dale Simpson, Representative of the School of Arts and Science
Dr. Pat Lipira, Vice President for Academic Affairs (ex-officio)