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

The department of theatre and dance at Missouri State will present "Miss Julie," "I Love You Because" and "Macbeth" this fall. Mark Templeton, managing director of theatre and dance, discusses the shows.


The Ozarks Celebration Festival is an entertaining and educational look at the region's culture and heritage. The University launched the festival in 1998 with the hope that it will foster a sense of place and understanding of place for both natives of the Ozarks and visitors as well. This year's festival will consist of over 50 traditional artists and craftspeople with three entertainment stages featuring music (which will include traditional, bluegrass, and gospel music), storytelling, traditional dance (including square, jig, contra and clogging), films, historical characters, exhibits, and much more. Many of the finest artists and craftspeople in the region will be on hand to demonstrate and display their creations, offering a number of items for sale.

September 7th marks the 115th annual observance of Labor Day in the United States. From the late 1800's to the mid-20th century, Springfield was considered the strongest labor town in the state of Missouri. Dr. Stephen McIntyre, associate professor of history at Missouri State University, discusses the history of organized labor in Springfield.

Astronomy is one of the world's oldest sciences; however, its longevity does not mean all has been discovered. Dr. Mike Reed, associate professor of astronomy at Missouri State University, discusses recent advances in this science.

As the school year draws nearer, back to school shopping begins to replenish and revitalize the wardrobe. For adults, it is also an opportunity to seek out new styles for the upcoming seasons. Studies predict that clothing expenditures during this season will be down 10% (depending on the age group) due to slower economic times. But there are ways to update for the fall season without breaking the bank. Jenifer Roberts discusses preparing a wardrobe while watching the wallet. Roberts is an instructor in the department of fashion and interior design at Missouri State University.

One on one assistance is at the heart of the new Bear CLAW, or the Center for Learning and Writing, at Missouri State University. Michael Frizzell, director of the Writing Center, discusses the services available and the impact of the technological era on learning and writing styles.

Despite a sluggish economy, Missouri State University received 196 grants in Fiscal Year 2009. The grants generated $20,901,035 in additional resources for the university, according to the office of sponsored research and programs. The 196 grants represent an increase of 18 percent over last year’s awards.

Jim Baker is the vice president for research and economic development at Missouri State and he discusses the university's grants.

The Missouri Public Affairs Academy brings together talented and aspiring students from throughout the state to develop their understanding of public affairs. The 9-day academy brought 28 students to the Missouri State University campus to learn about civic engagement through government and the private sector.

The Corporation for National and Community Service named Missouri State University to the 2008 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This honor from the highest levels of government recognizes leadership in helping to build a culture of service and civic engagement on college campuses throughout the nation.