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Missouri State students recognized as citizen scholars

Friday, December 14, 2012

Citizen Scholars 2012The Missouri State University Board of Governors designated six students as the 2012 Citizen Scholars at their meeting today (Dec. 14). These students were selected for their dedication to the public affairs mission of the university through course work, activities and service-learning opportunities.

“The selection process was very difficult for the Student Affairs Committee of the Board of Governors,” said Board member Cathy Smith, chair of the Student Affairs Committee. “All of the nominees had impressive accomplishments that reminded us of how very proud we are of all of our students.”

The Citizen Scholar Award, instituted by the Board of Governors and approved in 2007, recognizes full-time students who have made significant accomplishments while enrolled at one of the campuses at Missouri State University. The award is given to students who have contributed to the university, advanced the university’s public affairs mission, and have been significantly engaged in extra-curricular accomplishments and/or in significant service activities in the community.

“This group of students truly exemplifies the spirit of the public affairs mission at MSU. In fact they rose above and beyond in all three of the pillars—ethical leadership, cultural competence and community engagement—to be chosen for this prestigious honor,” said Smith.

The 2012 recipients of the Citizen Scholar Award are:

  • Lauren Bansbach, a senior biology major from St. Louis, Mo.
  • Amber Carr, a senior broadcast journalism major from West Plains, Mo.
  • Bethany Forrester, a senior civil engineering major from Springfield, Mo.
  • Anthony Hendrix, a junior biology major from Neosho, Mo.
  • Casteel Kirk, a senior agriculture education major from Urbana, Mo.
  • Scott Turk, a senior socio-political major from Springfield, Mo.

Each student received a crystal globe in recognition of the award and their names have been added to the Citizen Scholar wall in Plaster Student Union. In addition, the students will have numerous opportunities to represent Missouri State at the state and local levels.


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Missouri State University is a public, comprehensive metropolitan system with a statewide mission in public affairs, whose purpose is to develop educated persons. The university’s identity is distinguished by its public affairs mission, which entails a campus-wide commitment to foster expertise and responsibility in ethical leadership, cultural competence and community engagement.
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