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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When a new viral outbreak like Zika occurs, panic ensues. People fear the unknown: transmission method, symptoms, prognosis and how widespread it might already be. This fear can paralyze an economy that usually thrives on tourism, according to Melanie Grand, assistant professor in the hospitality leadership department at Missouri State University. Recently, Grand developed a formula to predict the decrease in tourism in the cases of viral outbreak. She modeled her study around the first noted...

When a loved one experiences a traumatic event that results in hospitalization, it’s a scary time on many levels. In addition to your loved one’s welfare and health, it can be overwhelming to meet with all of the specialized health professionals. While each provide care to your loved one, breaking through their jargon or differentiating between their individual roles and goals can be challenging. Natalie Allen, clinical instructor of dietetics within the biomedical sciences department at...

You’ve survived a major catastrophe. While the world you know - including your home, familiar places and potentially your loved ones - have been washed away in this natural disaster, you remain. How do you cope? How do you look at the world? What actions do you take to get your shattered life back together? This ability to bounce back is your resiliency. Dr. Erin Buchanan, associate professor of psychology at Missouri State University, collaborates with undergraduate and graduate students in...

Let’s face it: Infectious diseases are scary. On a personal level, we want to avoid them and want to protect our loved ones as well. If you’re in a health care profession, you’re much more likely to be exposed. Then, professionally, you run the risk of cross-contamination if you’re not taking all proper precautions. Natalie Allen, clinical instructor in the biomedical sciences department at Missouri State University, says that each year, the College of Health and Human Services at Missouri...

During the last decade, the sustainability movement has changed from conservation efforts and recycling programs to initiating daily individual and organizational changes that will create a more sustainable future in terms of environmental conservation, economic prosperity and a just society for present and future generations. Jordan Schanda, sustainability coordinator at Missouri State University, has seen many improvements in the way sustainability is incorporated at every level of the...

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