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Nonprofits exist to feed, shelter and help; but also to boost economic growth. And, they’re making a tremendous impact. According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, approximately 1.41 million nonprofits were registered with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in 2013, the most recent numbers available.

Dr. Christina Ryder, coordinator of Go Lead: Professional Development for the Nonprofit Sector at Missouri State University, director of Community Based Research and instructor in the sociology department shares about Go Lead's programming.


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The culture of poverty: It’s a reality for people everywhere in the world. Where it is often the most heart-wrenching is when it is seen in the face of a child.Dr. David Hough, dean of the College of Education at Missouri State University, talks about this topic.

The job search has certainly changed over the past couple of decades. What once was a success tactic may now be seen as out of step and disqualifying. Vickie Hicks, corporate relations specialist for the College of Business at Missouri State University, says the College of Business is proud of its reputation and the quality of students they produce. To make them more market ready, Hicks says they require all students to attend a workshop before attending the business career fair, which she has grown from 130 to 180 employers during her tenure.

When an athlete is training in season, the regime is rigorous. It slows down considerably in off-season, though many athletes maintain frequent workouts. INatalie Allen, a clinical instructor in the biomedical sciences department and the dietician for all Missouri State University athletes, shares some tips for keeping your body in shape even in the off-season.

In season, an athlete burns many calories a day and has to hydrate constantly to not get depleted. One quick way to reduce calories during the off-season, though, is to evaluate your drinks, noted Allen.

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.