Michele Skalicky

Morning Edition Host

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. Michele enjoys hiking, camping, taking an active role in her two girls’ activities and caring for her family’s two guinea pigs, two cats, two dogs and five fish.

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Springfield City Council has approved a $700,000 loan through the city’s Commercial Loan Program for proposed renovations at the Ward Branch YMCA on Jefferson downtown.

The project would provide 48 housing units, with six to ten units set aside for foster care kids aging out of the system.  Debbie Hart is with Housing Plus, LLP, one of the developers who’s working with the Y on the project.

Dickerson Park Zoo

There’s a new baby at Dickerson Park Zoo.  An Eastern bongo calf was born Saturday morning. The calf weighs 34 pounds, and zoo officials say both mother and baby are doing great.

The calf, named Gwen, is the first for her mother. With the birth of Gwen, the herd at the zoo has grown to five, and all are named after characters from Spider Man: Peter Parker (the father), Mae (the mother), Mary Jane, Harry and baby Gwen.

Eastern bongos are large, forest-dwelling antelope found in isolated areas of Africa.

Missouri State University

Missouri State University started fall classes today with its largest opening day enrollment ever.

According to the university, 21,107 students were enrolled through the Springfield campus as of this morning—an increase of 773 over the first day of the fall 2015 semester.

The total includes 4,889 new undergraduates—the most ever. 

Returning undergraduate students accounted for 12,306 of the total, up from 11,630 last year.

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Commercial Street, between Benton and Washington, closed Monday and will remain closed for about a month.  It’s part of the Commercial Street Streetscape Phase 5 Project.  Crews will make improvements to the street, storm sewer and sidewalks.  Area businesses will still be accessible via the sidewalk.

And the 400 block of N. Jefferson is closed through Friday.  That’s at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad crossing.

Starting Tuesday (8/23), you won’t be able to park at Nathanael Greene-Close Memorial Park for four days.

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Counselors will be on hand again today at Missouri State University to offer free help dealing with grief to those who knew retired history professor Dr. Marc Cooper. Representatives from the Mercy Employee Assistance Program will be available in Strong Hall  from 9:30 am to 4 pm to offer one-on-one meetings.