Missouri State University

It’s tough for an author to get published by one of the Big Five publishers, but Ozarks native Nancy Allen has done it.

Allen, who practiced law in Missouri for 15 years, is not only the author of the Ozarks Mystery Series published by HarperCollins, but she’s also teaming up with best-selling author James Patterson on a new book.

For the last few decades, organizations in the United States have begun placing greater priority on globalization efforts, whether it is through establishing partnerships worldwide, increasing e-commerce or offering enrichment activities for employees. Missouri State University has certainly pushed forward in this area, as well.

Brad Bodenhausen, associate vice president of international education and training, and director of international programs at Missouri State, discusses how globalization fits into the mission of the 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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