Missouri State University

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Athletic success is one way higher education institutions can raise their profile and offer a peek into the school’s other offerings.

For Missouri State University, a recent example of that was the success of and national attention paid to last year’s postseason run by the Bears’ baseball team. It’s one of 17 athletic programs at the school.

 Yoga is said to be an exercise of the body, mind and soul. It is clear that since the ancient days, there was an understanding that each of these areas influenced the others. Dr. Amber Abernathy, Mary-Charlotte Bayles Shealy Chair in Conscientious Psychology at Missouri State University, is testing this relationship through a collaborative research project with Dr. Stephen Berkwitz, head of the religious studies department.

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Before a crowd of about 1,000 Friday, Harvard professor Robert Putnam said Springfield has a more sophisticated understanding of the gap between poor kids and rich kids than other places.

“I came here today partly to share my ideas about how did this happen and what could we do about it,” Putnam told KSMU prior to his speech at Missouri State University’s Juanita K. Hammons Hall. “But partly to learn the experience from people right here in Springfield who are really doing important works to try to narrow the opportunity gap and to rebuild social capital right here.”

Gov. Jay Nixon
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College affordability was the topic of discussion during stops in southwest Missouri today by Gov. Jay Nixon.

Nixon met with faculty and students at Crowder College in Neosho this morning before traveling to the high school in Aurora.

The governor cited a recent report by The College Board that found Missouri leading all 50 states in holding down tuition increases at public universities over the last seven years.

Each year, Missouri State University hosts a Public Affairs Conference. These conferences open people up to new perspectives and challenge choices.

Dr. Elizabeth Dudash-Buskirk, associate professor of communication and provost fellow for public affairs, is tells us more about the conference, which will be held on Missouri State’s campus April 5-8.