Engaging the Community

This monthly program features Missouri State University President Clif Smart discussing the implications of national and international events on the University and local community. Join us as we look at current events and public affairs through a local lens.


The Missouri legislature passed a budget before the end of the 2016-2017 session that included significant cuts to university budgets, including Missouri State University.

MSU President Clif Smart discusses how the university plans to handle the budget shortfall.


Last year, the presidents of Missouri State, Drury, OTC, Evangel and SBU gathered to collaborate on a way to make a difference locally and globally. The result? Stomp Out Hunger: The All Collegiate Shoe Drive. Shoes will be collected again this year at sites across the campuses from Oct. 1-25. Lora Hobbs, co-founder of Sole Food and instructor at Missouri State, and Mary Ann Wood, director of public affairs support at Missouri State University talk about Stomp Out Hunger and how it meets the needs of people.

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Over 2,300 students will graduate from Missouri State University during commencement ceremonies Friday. Two-thirds of those students, on average, will leave with $25,000 in debt.

MSU President Clif Smart says that’s a manageable number for most students going into a professional career.

“The horror stories of people graduating with $300,000 worth of debt – that doesn’t happen here,” Smart says.

But the jobs students obtain after college will determine how scary that debt may be, and how long they’ll be paying it down.

Citizen Scholar Statue
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The Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame is a vehicle in which to showcase the lives of those dedicated to public affairs, says Missouri State University President Clif Smart.

The inaugural induction ceremony, held last week, coincided with the conclusion of MSU’s annual Public Affairs Conference.

At various times throughout the year, colleges and universities across the nation invite guest speakers to campus to address students, faculty and community members.

On Thursday night, former Secretary of State General Colin Powell addressed a large crowd inside JQH arena as part of Missouri State University’s Spring Public Affairs Convocation.