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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Collaboration – this coming together of two individuals or multiple entities to create something greater – is all around us. At times we love it and other times we hate it – usually because it challenges us.

Dr. Carrisa Hoelscher, assistant professor of communication at Missouri State University, explains her primary focus of research: Collaboration and the tensions that come along with it.

There is a major misunderstanding of the concept of tension. More than that, she is surprised by the lack of self-awareness she has seen when studying this tension. She elaborates.

Are you sitting down? The Calorie Control Council has estimated that Americans consume nearly 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day each year. Approximately 3,000 will be on your dinner plate, while drinks, snacks and desserts will stuff you with the remaining 1,500.

Natalie Allen, clinical instructor of dietetics in the biomedical sciences department at Missouri State University, gives us a few tips for identifying hidden high calorie items.

November is American Diabetes Month. This disease affects more than 30 million Americans.

Natalie Allen, clinical instructor of dietetics in the biomedical sciences department at Missouri State University, helps to raise  awareness of the benefits of proper nutrition.

But first she explains some of the foods that are typically high in glucose. Although most vegetables don’t metabolize into glucose, she reminds us to beware of these starchy veggies.

Everybody goes through it – that awkward phase known as puberty. Unfortunately, the most dramatic changes become evident when you attempt to be your most melodic.  

Dr. Cameron LaBarr, director of choral studies at Missouri State University, knows the incredible value music adds to life. He wants to talk about sticking with music even when the voice doesn’t seem able to stick to a note. 

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.

 

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