Missouri State University

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Two months after it released a climate study gauging diversity and inclusion issues on campus, officials at Missouri State University are pushing forward with ways to improve its culture.

The findings showed that, among other things, many students that associated with a minority group did not feel as accepted or connected to the university, and at times experienced verbal exclusion.

“So the first part was getting that material out,” said President Clif Smart.

Pregnancy and the birth of a child are two of the most precious times in life. One resource for expectant mothers and fathers is a doula: a trained caregiver and labor companion who assists in prenatal to postpartum care. Christina Ryder, instructor of sociology at Missouri State University and director of the undergraduate Sociology Research Assistant program (in the CSSPPR), and Dr.

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A bonding package approved by the Missouri Legislature this week means millions in funding for state buildings and higher education repair projects, including at Missouri State University.

“I think it’s the most excited I have been about anything that has happened in our legislature in the past four years,” MSU President Clif Smart said.

Office of Gov. Jay Nixon

Two area universities along with numerous state agencies and programs are getting a financial boost following Gov. Jay Nixon’s announcement to release millions in previously withheld funds.

Due to continued revenue grown, Nixon says he will make available more than $67 million that he had initially restricted from this year’s budget.

It includes $1.5 million in matching funds for renovation projects at Reynolds Hall and other budgetary priorities at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, which the governor visited on Wednesday.

  Sustainability is a major topic in many college campuses, governments and organizations. But what is sustainability and how is it reachable? Dr. Bob Jones, psychology department head at Missouri State University, has published a new book on the psychology of sustainability.

He found that the available texts on environmental psychology didn’t address that students want to know what to do about their environment.