The Alpha Ro Chapter of Sigma Pi is proud to host this essay contest that is open to all MSU full-time undergraduate students. The essay topic relates to MSU's 2016-17 public affairs theme, Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness: Perspectives on self-government. The winner will be announced at the noon plenary session on Wednesday, Apr. 5 and will receive a $500 award with an equal amount donated to the charity of his/her choice. For more information about this context and/or award, visit http://publicaffairs.missouristate.edu.