Theresa received her undergraduate degree in sociology at MSU, and now continues her education at MSU pursuing a Master’s degree of Social Work. Theresa enjoys writing, drawing, reading, music, working with animals, and most of all spending time with her family. She wishes to use her experience, combined with her pursuit of education, to foster a sense of empowerment and social awareness in the community. Theresa says she loves working for KSMU and attributes her passion for NPR, and love of learning, to her father.
Every year, retailers across the country gear up for the holiday shopping season. Traditionally, efforts to entice shoppers with ‘Black Friday’ sales events are one way to draw in customers. This year’s holiday shopping season is especially important to retailers, who are trying to come back from a weak economy, including small stores in downtown Springfield. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann found out how independent businesses are trying to win shoppers this holiday season.
Although the weather has been unseasonably warm so far this fall, winter is just around the corner. For those who are homeless, the question of where to go for shelter becomes harder to answer. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann talks with local organizations to see where the homeless can go when the temperature begins to drop.
Former Missouri Congressman Mel Hancock died Sunday morning at his home in Springfield. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann spoke with a political science expert from Missouri State University to learn more about how he will be remembered.
Volunteers are a vital part of many community organizations, and most could not function without them. MU Extension specialists offer several tips for having a successful volunteer program. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has more.
On Monday, Missouri House Speaker Pro Tem Shane Schoeller announced he will run for Secretary in the 2012 elections. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann attended his press conference on the steps of the historic courthouse in Springfield, and has this report.
Over the weekend the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri celebrated its ‘Hound Dog Homecoming’ in honor of national Adopt a Shelter Dog month. Every October the local chapter participates in this nation-wide campaign to promote animal rescue and reduce the number of unwanted pets. Each year as many as 6 to 8 million homeless animals wind up in shelters. Of that number only half find new homes. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann went to the Humane Society to learn more.
Later this month, Ozarks Technical Community College will break ground to begin construction on a new campus in Hollister. While some universities, including MSU, are reporting a drop in student enrollment this year, community colleges like OTC report record breaking numbers. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann talked with a spokesperson for OTC to find out more.
As the city of Springfield continues to grow, so does the demand for a stronger police department. With the help of federal grant money, the Springfield Police Department is planning to increase its police force, and reestablish other programs previously cut. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann talked with a spokesperson for the SPD and files this report.
The visitor’s center at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield is getting a facelift.
KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has more.
On Sunday, the sale of K2, K3 and certain types of ‘baths salts’ became illegal in Missouri. This new law is meant to replace previous laws that were too specific and easy for people selling these drug substitutes to bypass. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has this report.