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Author Bios

  • July 12, 2011 04:05 PM

    The coordinator of the Greater Ozarks Leadership Development (GOLD), Missouri State University’s regional leadership development program, discusses the GOLD program.

  • July 5, 2011 02:25 PM

    Dr. Jennifer Krawec, assistant professor in the department of counseling, leadership and special education at Missouri State University, discusses her research and her future project to develop individualized learning plans for children with learning disabilities.

  • March 28, 2011 02:32 PM


  • March 7, 2011 04:27 PM

    Spring 2011 Convocation LectureProvost Convocation LectureSpeaker: Nancy Lublin

    Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2011Time: 7 p.m. Location: Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts

    This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are required.

    Questions concerning the event should be directed to Mary Ann Wood, Director of Public Affairs Support, (417) 836-5073.

    CEO of Do Something.Org, Nancy Lublin helped turn a struggling organization into one of the largest and most successful Internet youth volunteer groups in the world. Leveraging social media and pop culture to help teens and early 20s “rock causes they care about,” in 2010 Do Something allowed over one million youth to take action through their programs. Nancy Lublin, founder of Dress for Success, columnist for Fast Company, and author of Zilch: The Power of Zero in Business, is one of the not-for-profit industry's most connected and globally respected leaders.

    Lublin will share her insights of the power of volunteering, making a difference and Leading in a Global Society in this Spring 2011 Public Affairs Convocation Lecture.

    Selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, Nancy has been awarded various honors from Forbes Magazine, Ms. Magazine, and Fast Company Magazine. She has been featured on Oprah, 60 Minutes, The Today Show, CNN, and in People Magazine, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and The Economist.

    By drawing on personal experience as well as her interviews with other “rock star” leaders of flourishing not-for-profits, in her book, Zilch: The Power of Zero in Business (released June 2010), she shares what for-profit businesses can learn from not-for-profits by doing more with less. Her book, DO SOMETHING. CHANGE THE WORLD! A Handbook for Young Activists, was released in November 2010.

    More information is available on the public affairs website.

  • March 1, 2011 02:19 PM

    Gene therapy is the insertion, alteration, or removal of genes or gene particles within an individual’s cells and biological tissues to treat disease. It is an experimental technique that may eventually allow doctors to treat a disorder by inserting a gene into a patient’s cells instead of using drugs or surgery.

    Dr. Robert Delong, assistant professor of biomedical sciences, is the lead investigator of a Missouri State University study that is investigating ways that gene therapy could be used to treat cancer.

    Delong said gene therapy has two primary barriers – getting the gene particles into a cell and keeping the cell from attacking the gene.

    His research team at Missouri State includes Dr. Kartik Ghosh, Dr. Adam Wanekaya, and Dr. Richard Garrad and a group of undergraduate researchers. The team is investigating how nano-materials can be used to gain access to the cell and protect the gene segment.

    Delong said current cancer treatments rely on chemotherapy, which has a very nonspecific way that it attacks cancer cells, therefore, other cells are also damaged, which causes people to get very sick from the treatment.

    Missouri State’s specific area of inquiry is in how to use naturally occurring elements to deliver the treatment.

  • February 1, 2011 01:29 AM

    Missouri State University, in conjunction with community and corporate sponsors, is hosting a series of speakers and workshops designed to build partnerships, promote cultural competence and facilitate diversity-related planning in the community.

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  • January 18, 2011 12:12 PM

    On Jan. 13, 1981, a certificate of incorporation was issued by the Missouri State Secretary of State to the then-Southwest Missouri State University Foundation, Inc. Thirty years later and with a total of $220 million in gifts and commitments, the Foundation has launched its year-long anniversary celebration. The Foundation’s current $125 million campaign is well underway, and the Foundation today announced 30 new scholarships and several significant gifts totaling nearly $3 million.

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  • January 11, 2011 11:39 AM

    Veteran journalist Dante Chinni (PBS NewsHour) will speak on "Our Patchwork Nation: The Ozarks and the Road Ahead" at 7:30 PM, January 24 in Meyer Library Room 101.

    Chinni is project director of Patchwork Nation, an effort to get beyond the red/blue map of American politics by dividing the nation's 3,141 counties into 12 community types. Nixa, Missouri is the community the project chose to represent the country’s 468 or so Evangelical Epicenter counties. In the past, Chinni has worked for the Christian Science Monitor and Newsweek. Together with James Gimpel, he is the author of the newly released Our Patchwork Nation: The Surprising Truth About the "Real" America, The 12 Community Types That Make Up Our Nation (Gotham Books, 2010). The book includes an entire chapter on Nixa, Missouri.

    Veteran journalist Dante Chinni has worked for the Christian Science Monitor, Newsweek, and the Project for Excellence in Journalism. He is native of a Detroit, Michigan area. He is project director of Patchwork Nation.

    For more information on Chinni, see www.dantechinni.com

    For more information on the project, see www.patchworknation.org

  • January 4, 2011 11:58 AM

    As the new year begins, many people make resolutions about ways to improve their lives. And some of those resolutions will involve money. Dr. Sandra Byrd is a professor of accountancy at Missouri State University. She offers some tips about how to improve your financial situation.

  • November 30, 2010 02:14 PM

    In the full swing of the holiday season, take a few moments to stop by the lobby at Juanita K. Hammons Hall and experience WinterFest – combining the talents of the region’s best visual artists with the performing arts, central to the mission of the Hall. Festival-goers can enjoy live holiday music as they shop on four beautiful lobby levels.

    And new this year – the award-winning Musical Theatre program from the Missouri State University Department of Theatre and Dance will present three performances of the holiday classic White Christmas, on the main Hammons Hall stage. Shows are Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm, and Sunday at 2:00 pm.


    • Friday, December 3 – 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
    • Saturday, December 4 – 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
    • Sunday, December 5 – noon to 5:00 pm