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With Tax Day approaching, Drury University will be lending a helping hand to those in need of a little assistance. KSMU’s Justin Lux has the details.

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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Two local organizations are competing with hundreds of other organizations across the country to get money for their projects, and they need your help. KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more…

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  • 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 22nd
  • Coger Theater in Craig Hall
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KSMU Public Radio welcomes Liane Hansen, host of NPR's award-winning Weekend Edition for the last 20 years. Hansen will speak at Coger Theater in Craig Hall on the Missouri State University campus on Tuesday, February 22nd at 7 pm. This is a free event, open to all members of the community, tickets are not required. Free parking is available in lot #24, just south of Grand.

Hansen has an extensive background in broadcast journalism, including work as a radio producer, reporter, and on-air host at both the local and national level. Weekend Edition has covered such breaking news stories as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the capture of Saddam Hussein, the deaths of Princess Diana and John F. Kennedy, Jr., and the Columbia shuttle tragedy. In 2004, Liane was granted an exclusive interview with former weapons inspector David Kay prior to his report on the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The show also won the James Beard award for best radio program on food for a report on SPAM.

As Liane prepares for her upcoming retirement this May, she is visiting as many public radio stations across the country as possible to thank her supporters. Join us on February 22 as Liane shares her experiences with NPR from the last 20 years, as well as her insights about the current state of journalism.

Learn more about Hansen's career.

For more information, contact Hannah Combs at 417-836-8894 or hcombs [at] ksmu [dot] org

The Jazz Educators Big Band and the Little Hoovers Big Band, both directed by Bob Holden, will perform Sunday Jan.23rd at 3:00pm in Clara Thompson Hall on the Drury University campus. The concert will feature big band music made popular by Basie, Kenton, Miles Davis and Buddy Rich. Featured soloist will be Tamra Holden-Tinoco, vocalist from the Magnificent Variety Show in Branson. Admission is free and open to the public. And special recognition to the Jazz Educators Big Band for being selected to perform at the Missouri Music Educators annual conference later this month.

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The Musical Offerings concert series at First and Calvary Presbyterian Church, corner of Cherry Street and Hammons Parkway, presents the C. William Young Keyboard Concert in collaboration with the Missouri State University Music Department. Organist Dr.David C. Pickering will perform on the First and Calvary sanctuary organ Sunday January 23rd at 2:30pm. Dr.Pickering is Assistant Professor of Music at Kansas State University and Organist at First Presbyterian Church of Manhattan, Kansas. He maintains an active recital career throughout the country. The concert will include music by Bach and Franck, along with contemporary organ works by Alice Jordan and Daniel Gawthrop. It's free and open to the public, with a reception following, sponsored by the Springfield chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Missouri State University's Inertia Dance Company will perform at the Vandivort Center Theatre, 305 E. Walnut 4th floor, Thursday through Saturday, January 20th-22nd, all at 7:30 pm. The performance will include choreography by Jana Anderson, Ruth Barnes, Elizabeth Brooks, Sara Brummel, Eva Carpenter, Darryl Kent Clark, Lauren Clark and Anna Ceperley. For tickets call the Vandivort box office, 831-8001 or visit www.vctheatre.com.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Southwest Missouri will soon provide mental health training to its volunteers. CASA volunteers advocate in court for abused and neglected children. The goal of this new training is tobetter equipadvocates to work with children who come from homes where parents suffer from mental illnesses. KSMU’s Missy Shelton reports.