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

Slavery has existed in one form or another through much of recorded history. In the United States, the Emancipation Proclamation was issued in 1863, but many slaves' servitude didn't end until the Civil War ended in 1865, or even later in some cases. On June 19, 1865, the first African American Emancipation Day was observed, now called Juneteenth.

 

The public affairs mission of Missouri State University guides so much of what we do, and one of the ways this is displayed is in the leadership development of the students on campus. Dr. Marissa Leclaire Weaver from the Center for Leadership and Volunteerism discusses what they do and how this translates to helping the community.

The inaugural class of the Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame will be inducted in the Spring of 2014. Missouri State University, which has a statewide mission in public affairs, is creating the Hall of Fame to honor individuals who demonstrate active civic engagement to improve the lives of others. Nominations for the first member of the Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame will be accepted until Aug. 31, 2013.

As temperatures rise in the Ozarks, thoughts may turn toward grilling and having backyard get togethers. Health Programs Coordinator Heather Phillips, from the Southwest Missouri Area Health Education Center, offers suggestions for healthy grilling options and food substitutions.

Throughout history and especially in religious texts, the concept of the "heavenly book" has recurred. Dr. Leslie Baynes, associate professor of religious studies at Missouri State University, researched this theme and published "The Heavenly Book Motif in Judeo-Christian Apocalypses, 200 BCE-200 CE."

Missouri State University will host the ninth annual Public Affairs Conference, themed “Inclusive Excellence.” The event, which will be held April 9-12 and bring a variety of speakers with global perspectives to Springfield, is free and open to the public.

 

Missouri State University will host the Collaborative Diversity Conference: Engaging 21st Century Paradigms of Inclusion April 18-19 in the Plaster Student Union. Registration for the conference ends March 31, and leaders at Missouri State encourage managers, human resources professionals, program developers, outreach coordinators, community members and faculty, staff and students to attend this great opportunity. 

Dr. Tim Wise will be the keynote speaker on April 18, from 7:30-9 p.m. in the PSU Theater. This presentation is free and open to the public.

For more information or to register for this event, visit www.diversity.missouristate.edu/conference

Spring is the perfect season for outdoor activity, and studies show many physical and mental health benefits for taking walks and exploring nature. Dr. Janice Greene, professor of biology at Missouri State University and director of the Bull Shoals Field Station, gives tips for preserving nature.