Missouri State University aims to boost retention rates of first-time, full-time students moving forward. The goal was among several announced Monday by President Clif Smart during his annual State of the University address, under the theme “Raising the Profile of the University.”
Since 2009, student retention rates have hovered around 75 percent. The school is hoping to increase that figure to at least 80 percent, the rate of MSU’s three main public competitors, according to Smart.
In the health and athletics world, the word train means to practice in order to improve. But in the world of Special Olympics athletes, it means so much more, thanks to a group of students and faculty from Missouri State University. This interdisciplinary group from kinesiology, special education, dietetics, graphic design and computer science developed TRAIN, Testing Recreation Activities and Improving Nutrition, in 2009 and 2010.
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.
On a mild September morning Jeani Thomson recalls the landscape of what was formerly Southwest Missouri State College, which she briefly attended in the late 1960s before getting married.
While her then husband was serving in Vietnam, Thomson worked toward a degree in psychology from Drury University at Ft. Leonard Wood. She would later earn a law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, propelling her into a 25 year career as an attorney.