Missouri State University

Submitted by Paul Kincaid

Paul Kincaid was one of five rough-rousing, baseball hurling boys raised by the man memorialized in the book, E. Leon: A Perfectly Imperfect Dad.

E. Leon Kincaid was a traveling salesman who had grown up dirt poor during the Great Depression and raised his boys while also caring for his wife after her debilitating car accident.

Leon raised five sons in a Kansas City suburb, determined to not make the same mistakes his own father had made.

June is Camping Month and there is no better time to enjoy the great outdoors with family and friends.

Research shows that leaving the hustle and bustle of daily life for camping in nature can improve one’s physical and mental well-being.

Dalton Breeding, a trip guide at Missouri State University’s Foster Recreation Center (FRC), offers his knowledge about camping and some helpful tips. 

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Rachael Cohoon / KSMU

The Roy Blunt Jordan Valley Innovation Center is celebrating its 10 year anniversary.  What used to be the Missouri Farmers Association milling facility in Downtown Springfield opened its doors on May 30, 2007. 

JVIC is now a seven story technology and research based facility that allows Missouri State students to have hands on experience working with faculty on new developments while also helping local businesses. 

The nights are getting warmer and longer – it’s time for the perennial summertime favorite, Tent Theatre. Bob Westenberg, coordinator of the musical theatre program at Missouri State University and director of one of this season’s shows, discusses the season.

Call 417-836-7678 for more information, or visit Missouri State Tix to reserve seats.

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Refugees of Congolese War Navigate Life After Trauma

May 30, 2017
KSMU

In the crowded lobby of Life 360 Church in Springfield, Esther Faida, a 28-year-old Congolese refugee, is keeping an eye on her young daughter.

Esther’s journey to the Ozarks started in a war zone. 

A former seamstress, she lived and worked in the capital city of South Kivu, where the conflict between ethnic and rebel groups has forced entire communities from their homes.

Esther, her husband and two small children had been living in war zone since 1998. Bloodshed, fear and instability became routine.

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