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Native American art shows powerful women

Each November, Native American Heritage Month is recognized with the goal of affirming and celebrating the identities of individuals who are often erased from history. Dr. Billie Follensbee, museum studies program coordinator in the art and design department at Missouri State University, has had a lifelong fascination with Native American history, art and archaeology. Follensbee studies sculpture, remnants and artwork to illuminate more about the unwritten history of Native American culture. Her

Reverence, Gratitude Key to Veteran's Day

Every day we ought to be thankful for our freedom, but one day every year, we publicly say thank you to the men and women in the military that served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Veteran's Day is Nov. 11, but Missouri State University will be hosting several public events leading up to this special day. Brent Dunn, vice president for university advancement, serves on the Veteran's Day committee and shares the schedule of events . Dunn notes that MSU's public affairs mission really goes hand in hand

Getting to Know the Real Ozarks

Spreading across roughly 40,000-45,000 square miles, the Ozarks covers much of the southern half of Missouri and a large part of northern Arkansas. It also extends into northeast Oklahoma and southeast Kansas. There are many stereotypes about the Ozarks and Ozarkers. They range from frontiersmen to hillbillies to moonshiners and banjo players. With his research on Ozarks history, Dr. Brooks Blevins tries to dispel those misconceptions and present the most complete portrait of the region. Blevins

Clinic helps people communicate

Not being able to communicate effectively or understand people can be so discouraging and frustrating. It leaves you out – in the dark. Lauren Jones, director of the Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic at Missouri State University, says parents usually become concerned around age 2 that their toddler isn't talking as much as other children they know. Jones says that signs can be evident before that as well. The clarity or intelligibility of speech for a young child is another common concern, she

Public Affairs Conference Leads to Discussion of Unity

Missouri State is focused on developing educated citizens of the world – citizens who are engaged in the community, ready to lead with integrity and who are concerned with global issues and respect diverse perspectives. In order to get the campus invested in this mission, we host an annual Public Affairs Conference. Dr. Kevin Evans, professor of geology at Missouri State University, is the current provost fellow for public affairs. He is also chair of the 2018 Public Affairs Conference , which

Learning a Language? What You Really Need to Know

Over the past few decades, the global marketplace has evolved. More international business transactions take place. Team members may be spread throughout the globe. And with that, many companies now seek individuals who can demonstrate cultural competencies - like language skills - when hiring for positions. Dr. Jason Jolley, head of the modern and classical languages (MCL) department at Missouri State University, shares about the evolution of language education. Learning to communicate in a

Cradle to Kindergarten: Preparing for Education

From the very first moments, your child is learning. They are soaking in their environment and learning to interact with it. Dr. Sascha Mowrey, assistant professor of early childhood education at Missouri State University, gives tips for preparing your child for a lifetime of learning. To her, one of the most important characteristics that parents can instill in a child is curiosity. It can be challenging to always be "on" and engaged, but Mowrey says the best way to teach curiosity is to model

Making Sure Kids See Well

The Missouri State University Vision Screening Program provides free vision screenings to the community. Since 2013, it has screened more than 35,000 children and adults across southwest Missouri. This August, just in time for National Children's Vision and Learning Month, the program will expand its impact into central Missouri – starting with Lebanon. Dr. Kathy Nordyke , MSU academic service-learning director, and Dr. Sheila Moore, Lebanon R3 School District early childhood director, highlight

Promoting Cross-Cultural Relationships

Missouri State University is home to more than 1,500 international students from around the globe. One program on campus that is helping them connect with American families and engage in cultural exchange is International Friends . Since 2012, the program has matched almost 1,000 international students with more than 690 local families. Joyce Eddy , program coordinator, and Chun Lu, a Missouri State graduate student from Ningxia, China, share more about the program and its benefits for both

Elementary Education Continues to Evolve

Reading and writing serve as the foundation for so much of elementary school education and always has. While that remains unchanged, expectations of children and teachers evolve with the times. Dr. Chloe Bolyard, assistant professor of elementary education at Missouri State University, shares recent changes in elementary education. One of the biggest challenges for all teachers, noted Bolyard, is to meet the diverse and unique needs of all the children in a classroom. Technology is always a hot

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