Emily Yeap

Host, Missouri State Journal

A native of Malaysia, Emily moved to Springfield in 2010 and started working at Missouri State University in 2014. She’s currently the public relations specialist in the office of university communications. She has a BA in Mass Communications from Colorado State University-Pueblo and a Master of Journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

Race. Politics. Immigration. Gun control. These are some of the hot button issues in America today. They elicit strong emotions in people and often cause conflict in conversations.

However, tense discussions don’t have to be disrespectful or result in screaming matches. While it takes effort and practice, being civil in our conversations is possible.

Young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities will have a chance to experience college life thanks to a new program at Missouri State University called Bear POWER.

The first group of up to 10 students will begin their two-year, five-semester inclusive college education in January 2019.

Bear POWER Director Rachel Heinz offers more insights about the program.

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For many families, summer means taking vacations to relax, soak in the sun and spend quality time with loved ones.

Whether you take a short road trip or venture overseas to explore, the goal is to enjoy a fun, stress-free holiday. 

Dr. Stephanie Hein, department head of hospitality leadership at Missouri State University, offers some tips and advice on maximizing your summer vacation.

Summer is around the corner, and for many people, getting into summer-ready shape is a priority.

While maintaining weight and fitness level all-year-round is the best practice, things get in the way and it can be tough.

There are no quick fixes, but do not give up. There is still time to get fit for the summer if you put in the effort. 

In the Midtown neighborhood of Springfield, the Ujima literacy program is helping to improve children’s literacy.

Ujima, a Swahili word that means collective work and responsibility, is an effort made possible by several organizations. They include Missouri State University, Springfield Public Schools, Springfield NAACP, Springfield-Greene County Library, Parents as Teachers and the Bartley-Decatur Neighborhood Center.

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