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The West Plains Community Christmas Tree on the courthouse lawn will be lit tonight (11/27) and free photos with Santa will be offered.  For more information,

Stop by the Springfield Conservation Nature Center today (11/27) from 1 to 4 to learn about turkeys at the Discovery Table, “Let’s Talk Turkey.”  For details, 888-4237.

Dickerson Park Zoo’s Safari Trading Co. will hold its annual sale today (11/27) through December 24.  For more information,

Dr. Matt Pierson
Missouri State University

Dr. Matt Pierson is an assistant professor of Civil Engineering at Missouri State University.

Besides building things, he is passionate about educational opportunities for students. In that vein, he has submitted funding proposals to the National Science Foundation on several occasions and recently was awarded a substantial grant from the S-STEM initiative.

This grant will enable Pierson and his team to fund a scholarship-based retention enhancement program, designed to assist students in Computer Science, Math, Engineering and Physics.

Jack Amick

Mike Berners-Lee may not be an expert on the American Thanksgiving. A native of the UK, he’s never actually had the pleasure of experiencing one. But as one of the world’s leading researchers on the carbon footprint of—well—everything (he even wrote a book subtitled “The Carbon Footprint of Everything”), he’s plenty familiar with the impacts of the foods that star in the traditional Thanksgiving Day spread.

Multicultural Resource Center
Scott Harvey / KSMU

One week remains for Missouri State University administrators to respond to demands from a group of students seeking change to the school’s diversity policies.

The signed document calling for acknowledgement and action on a number of issues was delivered Nov. 17 to President Clif Smart, Dean of Students Thomas Lane, and Vice President of Student Affairs Dee Sisco.

Three of the seven students who signed the document spoke with KSMU about the list and what’s transpired since it became public.

Demanding Change

Michele Skalicky / KSMU

Two stories shared at the Missouri Highway Patrol Troop D Headquarters in Springfield highlight the need to pay attention on the road and not to drive after drinking.  And as the holidays approach, the roadways will be even more crowded than usual, raising the risk of more accidents.  KSMU's Michele Skalicky has more.