Missouri State Journal

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The Missouri State Journal is a weekly program keeping you in touch with Missouri State University.

Heather Phillips, dietitian and health programs coordinator at the Southwest Missouri Area Health Education Center, provides tips for attending and hosting holiday gatherings.

People tend to gain 5-7 pounds during the holiday season. Phillips has some tips for keeping the weight off.

Tips for attending parties include:

  • Plan ahead (Don’t go hungry)
  • Eat small portions
  • Dress in fitted clothing
  • Decide on an easy way to say “no”

When hosting, try these tips:


High employee turnover is costly and detrimental to the success of a business, and feeling undervalued can urge employees to quit.

To address this problem, Jokima Hiller, an instructor in the hospitality and restaurant administration department at Missouri State University, published a booklet titled “7 EASY Ways to Show Your Employees YOU Care!”

The trouble with online forums is this: Participants are usually faceless and the opinions can be ruthless. That's what triggered Dr. LeAnn Brazeal, assistant professor of communication and the director of the public speaking program at Missouri State University, to research maintaining civility in online discussions. She and a co-author from Kansas State University, Dr. Soo-Hye Han published "Playing Nice: Modeling Civility in Online Political Discussions" in Communication Research Reports.

  Carrie's Café is the student-managed restaurant of the hospitality and restaurant administration department. Students enrolled in the restaurant management class design Carrie's menu, prepare and serve the food, and market the restaurant.

The current menu features fresh vegetables and fall flavors.

Carrie's Café is open to the public from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Dec. 1. The cafe is closed when classes are not in session.

Have you ever wondered what organic really means and why you are asked to pay so much for it? Dr. Samantha Mosier, assistant professor of political science at Missouri State University, studies how governmental policies are made – stretching from administrative rulemaking to the workings of legislature, general assembly and congress. Her particular area of interest has been on researching sustainable agriculture and environmental politics and policy.