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Author Bios

  • December 25, 2012 09:00 AM

    In the Ozarks, when many people think of “the holidays” they think of Christmas. But there are many other holidays that are also celebrated during this time of year.

    Wes Pratt is Missouri State University’s equal opportunity officer. He discusses four other holidays — Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Eids Festival and Winter Solstice — that are celebrated in December and January.

  • December 18, 2012 11:33 AM

    Heather Phillips, dietician and health programs coordinator at the Southwest Missouri Area Health Education Center, provides tips for attending and hosting holiday gatherings without breaking the scale.

  • December 11, 2012 11:30 AM

    Dr. Julie Masterson, communication sciences and disorders professor at Missouri State University, is the author of “Beyond Baby Talk,” sponsored by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

    Masterson discusses how social media and texting can actually have a positive impact on language development.

  • December 4, 2012 11:27 AM

    Missouri State University’s department of sociology and anthropology recently released the report, “Social Capital and Civic Participation in the Ozarks.” Social capital is the extent to which members of a community have networks of trusting mutual relationships with others.

    The study’s authors are sociology professors Michael Stout, John Harms and Tim Knapp.

    According to Stout, the report shows an improvement in several areas of civic engagement, but also a trend toward inequality in participation.

  • November 18, 2012 11:44 AM

    Sociology professor Mike Stout discusses the Missouri Civic Health Index and why voter turnout is important in a health democracy.

    Preliminary indicators show that Missourians could do much better in voting, according to representatives from six Missouri universities and Missouri Campus Compact who have joined forces and partnered with the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) and the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) to produce the 2012 Missouri Civic Health Index.

  • July 17, 2012 10:36 AM

    For the fifth year in a row, the Missouri State University Foundation set a new record for fundraising in Fiscal Year 2012, which ended June 30. Brent Dunn, vice president for university advancement, discusses how private gifts help fund programs, scholarships, equipment, capital projects and other needs across campus.

  • July 10, 2012 10:55 AM

    Community engagement is one of the core values of Missouri State University’s mission in public affairs. Many faculty and staff members are involved in community organizations and programs that allow them to combine their professional expertise with leisure activities.

    Dr. Chris Barnhart is a professor of biology. He is also one of the volunteers who helps run Springfield’s Butterfly House.

    Barnhart discusses several upcoming events that relate to his love of insects.

  • May 15, 2012 01:15 PM

    The iconic tent has gone up behind Craig Hall on the Missouri State University campus, marking the start of the 50th season of Tent Theatre. Events scheduled through July will celebrate the 50th All-Star Season.

    Managing director Mark Templeton discusses what patrons have to look forward to this season.

  • March 13, 2012 04:53 PM

    Missouri State University's Center City Counseling Clinic offers counseling services to children, couples, individuals and families in the greater Springfield area at low or no cost.

    Clinic director Robin Farris discusses the services offered and their upcoming move.

    The clinic will move to the Park Central Office Building on March 26.

  • March 6, 2012 04:35 PM

    Travelers to far-away places are delighted to encounter flowers, butterflies, and birds that they have never seen before. This “biogeography” of life forms is a rich tapestry woven over millions of years. However, natural communities are threatened by highly mobile humankind moving animals and plants around the globe.  We risk creating a world of weeds, in which aggressive expatriates disrupt natural ecosystems and erase native biodiversity.