Theresa Bettman

News Producer, Announcer, Host

Theresa received her undergraduate degree in sociology at Missouri State University, as well as her  Master's degree in Social Work at MSU. Theresa enjoys writing, drawing, reading, music, working with animals, and most of all spending time with her family. She wishes to continue to use her experiences, combined with her pursuit of education, to foster a sense of empowerment and social awareness in the community. Theresa loves working with KSMU and attributes her passion for NPR, and love of learning, to her father.

Missouri Sun Solar

Construction on Sherwood Elementary School in Springfield is on track to be completed in time for the fall semester.  It will be the first school within Springfield Public Schools to run on solar energy and one of few like it around the country.  KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has the details.   

Kathryn Eutsler / KSMU

The next chance for area parents to sign their kids up for the MoCHIP program is this Saturday in West Plains.

This is the 10th year for the Missouri Child Identification and Protection Program, which to date has provided safety kits and served over 210,000 of the state’s children. 

These comprehensive safety kits are designed to help parents and law enforcement in the event a child goes missing or is abducted.

Mercy Safe Kids Springfield via Flickr

As schools prepare to let out for summer, experts remind us that we’re approaching the busiest time of year for hospital emergency room visits.  On Friday, Mercy Springfield will unveil a new interactive mobile safety education unit with the goal of accident prevention.  KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has the details.  

Drury University

Trees not only contribute to the aesthetics of a community, they provide so much more.  And area cities and organizations know this:  Drury University received a first time recognition as a Tree Campus, while Springfield and West Plains have continued to maintain Tree City USA titles.  KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann talks with local arborists to learn more about what it takes to achieve this type of recognition and why this is so important.

Theresa Bettmann / KSMU

Fueled by similar projects in cities like Detroit and Chicago, a Springfield organization is striving to create a central neighborhood resource out of an abandoned school building. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann tells us how it impacts the neighborhood and what’s in store for Saturday’s awareness event.