Missouri State University

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More than $88 million in construction projects either approved or underway is transforming the look of the Missouri State University campus.

The most recent project to be green lit is Hill Hall, which the Board of Governors approved a contract for this week. It calls for major renovations for one of the school’s original buildings, and with it the College of Education and Psychology Department. It’s projected to be ready for by fall 2018.

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Missouri State University, the Springfield Business Development Corporation and the Vecino Group are looking to expand the IDEA Commons district downtown.

The potential 2-acre site is located at Boonville Ave. and Phelps St. and is partially owned by MSU and the Vecino Group.  The parties have agreed to conduct a study to determine what a new development could entail and the market feasibility. 

On Friday morning, University President Clif Smart told Springfield City Council members the expansion could bring continued success to IDEA Commons.

For one week each summer, a group of conservation-minded high school students from southwest Missouri gets a chance to be part of the Green Leadership Academy for Diverse Ecosystems or (GLADE) program.

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What makes someone a chronic victim of bullying? That’s what a Missouri State University professor is studying through the concept of victimization, or the victim’s point of view.

Dr. Leslie Echols, an assistant psychology professor, gathered first-hand accounts of aggression for her research in New York’s Harlem neighborhood and the cities of Los Angeles and Springfield. She found the likelihood of being bullied could depend on the characteristics of a person and those they associate with.

Peanut butter and jelly. Macaroni and cheese. Some things just go together. But geology and cooking? Cheryl McClease says they do, too. She is an instructor in the geology department at Missouri State who has published a cookbook combining her two loves, "Earth Changing Recipes."

 

The book, which is available at Amazon, is not a book of science experiments in the kitchen. The end result is always something edible, and a deeper understanding of the science lesson.

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