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Empowering the Teaching of Writing

Teaching students how to write is a challenging task. That's why the Center for Writing in College, Career and Community (CWCCC) at Missouri State University developed the Writing and Thinking Conference to empower teachers to improve student writing. Held twice a year, the spring 2017 conference is scheduled for March 3. CWCCC director Dr. Keri Franklin sheds more light on the conference and what participants can expect. The conference fee is $100 for an individual and $360 for a team of four. It includes a choice of three sessions, all materials, lunch and a parking pass. For more information and to register, visit the conference website .

COM Week 2017 Features Distinguished Researchers and Alumni

Communication Week is a signature event for Missouri State University's Department of Communication . It focuses on highlighting communication teaching and research, as well as bringing together students, alumni and community members to network. This year, the week-long event themed "Make Your Missouri Statement" will take place on campus from Feb. 21-24. Dr. Shawn Wahl, Missouri State's department head and professor of communication, shares what's in store for Communication Week 2017 . All Communication Week 2017 activities are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Wahl .

Black History Month Takes the Spotlight

Historian and scholar Dr. Carter G. Woodson is credited for setting the foundation for what we now know as national Black History Month, observed each February. In 1926, he launched Negro History Week to bring national attention to the contributions of black Americans throughout history. Then in 1976, during the American bicentennial celebration, President Gerald Ford formally established Black History Month. Missouri State University's observance of Black History Month 2017 will fill February with a slate of educational and cultural events to highlight the contributions of Blacks to American society. Yvania Garcia-Pusateri, executive director of multicultural programs , and Nia Morgan, graduate assistant of multicultural programs at Missouri State University, share more about the celebration and why people should be part of it. Black History Month 2017 is presented by the office of multicultural programs in collaboration with several other organizations on campus. Events of note are

'The Journey Continues ' Shows Diverse Perspectives of Springfield throughout History

Springfield is a friendly city with an ugly past. However, it's more than they lynchings that took place on the square in 1906 that tarnish the reputation. To more fully understand the cultural climate that has been prevalent in the Ozarks for so long, three Missouri State faculty members have developed a living archive of testimonials and oral histories of the African American experience in the Ozarks.. Lyle Foster, an instructor in the sociology department, tells us about the project, The Journey Continues. Through interviews the team has conducted, Foster says they are learning more about historical Springfield – including neighborhoods and shopping districts that had been all but forgotten. This work, supported by a grant from the Missouri Humanities Council, will preserve the stories and reveal the landscape for generations. The project began as Foster and Dr. Tim Knapp, also a sociologist, collaborated on a series of KSMU interviews in spring 2016. They saw a potential in

'The Journey Continues ' Shows Diverse Perspectives of Springfield throughout History

Ozarks Mental Health Network Looks for Solutions to Community Struggles

Between 2013-15, the League of Women Voters conducted a study of the accessibility and affordability of mental healthcare services for adults in Greene county, and from there, established the Ozarks Mental Health Network to support such services. Drs. Paul Deal and Lisa Hall from the psychology department at Missouri State University talk about their research and this network. One finding from the study was that more than 17 percent of inmates in the Greene County jail suffer from mental illness. Deal, head of the psychology department at Missouri State, has for many years focused his research efforts on the evaluations of local problem solving courts, like the Mental Health Court. Hall is a gerontologist. In her research, she has seen that older individuals rarely identify that they have mental health issues and note that their doctors rarely address these issues with them. If it is noted that they are experiencing mental illness, medication is usually prescribed rather than

Ozarks Mental Health Network Looks for Solutions to Community Struggles

An introvert in the spotlight: Shrink or shine?

How does an introvert land on stage with a successful career in the spotlight? Lisa Brescia, assistant professor of theatre and dance at Missouri State University, says it is possible. Her expertise is in musical theatre acting, Brescia says, including smoothing the moments between script and lyrics and finding appropriate movements to act out the songs. However, that is not what she is teaching currently. Brescia only recently moved to Missouri after a rewarding career on Broadway – playing iconic roles like Elphaba in "Wicked," a lead in Elton John and Tim Rice's musical "Aida" and Donna in "Mamma Mia." She tells us a bit about her experience as another well-known Mama.

Reading Between the Lines of the Police Report

After the sirens are turned off and the emergencies are diffused, the police officer's work is not done. Reporting the event in detail is next, but what should it include? Dr. Leslie Seawright, assistant professor of English at Missouri State University., is interested in the creation of police reports. Seawright's husband was a police officer while she was pursuing her degree and she found the report writing process fascinating. This line of research has also forced her to take a critical eye to the creation: Are these carefully crafted documents a true representation of the facts? Or is there something hidden? Looking at the research, Seawright notes the need for a change. She says the system has demanded more from police officers – getting these reports done quickly and sometimes in a car while on patrol. As long as officers continue to fear every word and action will be scrutinized, reports will continue to be flawed.

Spreading the Green Dot Message

Everyone can do their part to make their communities safer – that's the core of Green Dot , a bystander intervention program founded by Dr. Dorothy Edwards in 2007. Green Dot relies on the power of cultural and peer influence to reduce or stop power-based personal violence, such as sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. Hundreds of schools and universities across the country have adopted the Green Dot strategy. Missouri State University launched the program on campus in August 2016. Jenay Lamy, Missouri State's Title 9 Green Dot coordinator, explains about the Green Dot movement and how it's motivating the campus community to engage in green dot actions to overcome acts of violence. To find out more about Green Dot at MSU, visit missouristate.edu/greendot .

MSU Helps to Implement Positive Parenting Program

Most everyone agrees parenting is a tough job. That's why several agencies in Greene County led by the Community Partnership of the Ozarks (CPO) have joined forces to implement the Positive Parenting Program, also known as Triple P . The program is made possible thanks to a $700,000 grant secured by CPO from the Missouri Foundation for Health . Developed by Professor Matt Sanders and his team at the University of Queensland in Australia, the multi-level, evidence-based parenting program is used in 25 countries. The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) at Missouri State University is one of the providers of the program's Level 2 seminar series. Diamond Netzer, the Greene County Triple P coordinator at CPO, and Jessica Maly, Missouri State's Triple P coordinator and CCE graduate assistant, provide more information about the program and the Level 2 seminars for both parents of children and teenagers. For more information about Triple P and upcoming seminars, visit triplep-parenting.net

Remembering the Life and Legacy of John T. Woodruff

One of Springfield's claim to fame is being the Birthplace of Route 66 – the most famous highway in the U.S. One man who was instrumental in developing not only Route 66 but also Springfield and the Ozarks was John T. Woodruff. Besides serving as the first president of the U.S. 66 Highway Association, Woodruff dedicated his life to creating civic and regional development projects throughout Springfield and surrounding areas for four decades. However, his contributions seem to be underappreciated or even forgotten. Thomas Peters, Missouri State University dean of library services, is hoping to change that with his new book, titled "John T. Woodruff of Springfield, Missouri, in the Ozarks: An Encyclopedic Biography." The book is more than just a narrative of Woodruff's life. It also includes a lot of facts, anecdotes and quotes. Peters explains more about it and why he chose to chronicle Woodruff's life. The book is $18 and is available at: PawPrints Bookstore in MSU's Plaster Student

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