Missouri State University

Some organizations and institutions embed their mission statement on every possible surface. At Missouri State University, public affairs – ethical leadership, community engagement and cultural competence – is who we are and what distinguishes us from all the rest. But how do you keep public affairs fresh all year? We contemplated this and knew that we didn’t ever want it to become stale. In order to engage the Missouri State community and local community, we developed seven signature events. These annual events share a common thread to be not only educational, but also aspirational.

Like in any business, there may come a time when organizational messaging needs a refresh. That time is now for Missouri State University, according to President Clif Smart.

For approximately eight years, the school’s slogan of “Follow your Passion, Find Your Place” has been used on university stationary, billboards and in speeches and marketing campaigns.

“So we wanted to take a look and see if there were ways that we can not discard that [old slogan] but to take some language, build on it and really showcase the university that we are now,” says Smart.

Missouri State University

Missouri State University says a modest increase in its tuition and fees for the 2016-2017 school year will be waived if the state legislature approves Gov. Jay Nixon’s proposed higher education budget.

Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project will be on exhibit at Brick City Gallery March 4-April 19, 2016. Robin Lowe of Brick City Gallery discusses what the project is, and why you should come and see it.

Claire Kidwell / KSMU

Local members of the Native American community are stressing that teachings about their culture should also focus on present and future practices, not just those of the past.

The panel discussion Tuesday at Missouri State University was the latest installment in the school’s Shattering the Silence series.

Dr. Sarah Nixon is a professor of Reading Foundations and Technology.

“It’s important for all of us to make sure that what we choose to teach in our classrooms is true and is authentic.”

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