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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Dr.Alicia Mathis, head of the biology department at Missouri State University, studies swimming and scampering species, specifically the behaviors of tiny amphibians and fish. They’re abundant in Missouri, and she thinks they’re fabulous.

In the field of behavioral ecology, or the study of how animal behavior evolves due to ecological changes, she delves deeply into aggression and territorial behavior, predation responses and pheromones. She brings an interesting study to the surface.


As a young child, Dr. Elizabeth Dudash-Buskirk learned about politics handing out fliers for family members running for office or joining her father at political rallies.

Now an associate professor of socio-political communication at Missouri State University, she teaches about political messages, commentary, debates and so much more. She’s here to discuss the shifts in the political communication process and how to be civil even while disagreeing.

Planning for a vacation: You book the flights, car rental, accommodations and excursions in advance. Now, you need to figure out how you’re going to fuel all of that fun. Peek at some local restaurant websites to whet your appetite for some unique cuisine. Though it all sounds delicious, your beach body may be no more if you aren’t careful.

 Natalie Allen, clinical instructor in the biomedical sciences department and the dietician for all Missouri State University athletes, gives quick tips to make smart dietary choices on vacation.

When you read historical text, such as the Bible, you can get glimpses at the cultures of the time periods. You can infer how they lived and what it took to survive in rather harsh environments.

Dr. Victor Matthews, dean of the College of Humanities and Public Affairs at Missouri State University, has been a Biblical scholar for approximately 40 years and shares about his research and latest book, "The Cultural World of the Bible: An Illustrated Guide to Manners and Customs." It is one of 17 books he has authored, and he has published numerous articles on the subject as well.

As you head outdoors during the spring and summer, bask in the beauty of the Ozarks. In the local area we are surrounded by many opportunities to get in touch with nature, by hiking, canoeing, camping and a myriad of other activities.

This is the second in a two part series looking at animals that surround us here in southwest Missouri. Dr. Janice Greene, biologist at Missouri State University, explains her interest in environmental education and  birds.