Missouri State University

Citizen Scholar Statue
Missouri State University

For many college students across the country, last Tuesday’s election was the first in which they could cast a ballot for U.S. president. But it’s likely not the first time they’ve influenced decisions on leadership and policy.

On campuses across the country, students help drive these outcomes in a variety of ways.

At Missouri State University, engagement in the democratic process is encouraged through its Public Affairs Mission, according to President Clif Smart.

Dominic Goldman
Danisha Hogue

Donald Trump’s victory this week has spurred a lot of response from his supporters and opponents in the days since. And with each completed election, a new generation of voters analyze the effects of casting a ballot for the first time.   

Missouri State University freshmen Katherine Lenz, a Trump supporter, says her first voting experience was nerve-racking.

“I voted for him so it was really nerve racking looking at how close it was and the electoral college and how close those were too.”

Let’s face it: Infectious diseases are scary. On a personal level, we want to avoid them and want to protect our loved ones as well. If you’re in a health care profession, you’re much more likely to be exposed. Then, professionally, you run the risk of cross-contamination if you’re not taking all proper precautions.

MSU Religious Studies Department
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An 18-month term grant is enabling Missouri State University to develop course offerings focused on religion and health.

Funding is being provided by the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion. The idea of adding courses focused on religion and health came about since many students minoring in Religious Studies at MSU are majoring in health-related fields.

“So that got me to think, so what is it about our courses that are appealing to students in Health and Human Services?” asked Berkwitz.

After two years of work, a team of researchers at Missouri State University and Drury University recently released a report titled “Springfield Area Congregations Study: Profile and Community Engagement” that explored the dimensions and community impact of congregations in Greene and Christian counties.

The study focuses on congregations as part of the nonprofit sector and their engagement in social services, volunteer activity and other forms of civic activity.

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