Nicki Donnelson

Co-host of "Missouri State Journal"

Nicki received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration from Missouri State in marketing, in 2002 and 2004 respectively. After gaining experience in writing, marketing, special event planning, fundraising and public relations, she returned to the university to work as the public relations specialist in the office of university communications. There she tells the university’s story by sharing the stories of individuals at Missouri State. 

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Ring the chimes – it’s time to celebrate the reopening of Ellis Hall on the Missouri State University campus. Ellis is home to the music department and has recently undergone a huge face lift that will make new students, faculty and staff sing with pride.

The $14 million project centered on improving the facility’s acoustic conditions, reconfiguring space and updating material finishes.

This summer, construction crews finished framing windows and installing glass, lighting and sheetrock. The building also has an upgraded roof, HVAC and other mechanical systems.

 

Missouri State University is a community within the community, and there is so much going on at any given time.

The university offers innumerable opportunities for Springfieldians to visit, but the Missouri State Foundation saw a need to showcase programs, volunteer opportunities and research to those both on and off campus.

Stephanie Smith, senior director of donor relations and special events, shares about Bears in the Know.

Visit Missouri State Foundation or call 417-836-4143 to purchase tickets.

Most are familiar with terms like Latino or Hispanic, but what does it mean to be Latinx? Yvania Garcia-Pusateri, executive director of multicultural programs at Missouri State University, is here to explain and to welcome everyone to celebrate September as Latinx Heritage Month.

Garcia-Pusateri, who was new to her position this time last year, notes that the programming will be amplified due to more time to plan and execute.

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For the last few decades, organizations in the United States have begun placing greater priority on globalization efforts, whether it is through establishing partnerships worldwide, increasing e-commerce or offering enrichment activities for employees. Missouri State University has certainly pushed forward in this area, as well.

Brad Bodenhausen, associate vice president of international education and training, and director of international programs at Missouri State, discusses how globalization fits into the mission of the university.

All types of art can represent life and emotion. It is also often said that this art can help process feelings and express the deepest set of sentiments.

Missouri State University student Jennifer Rose Wolken exhibited a piece of work in May 2017 that showcased her talent in book binding and inspirational architectural vision. It also exposed her grief and helped her heal.

"The book that was exhibited at the art museum the first two weeks of May, it is a sculptural form that is based in book binding," said Wolken.

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