Missouri State University

The Ozarks Writing Project (OWP), housed in the English department within the College of Arts and Letters, is a collaborative program between Missouri State University and the National Writing Project (NWP), the premier effort to improve writing in America. It’s about working with teachers in all disciplines, kindergarten through university, to improve writing skills and to empower teachers to share their expertise.

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Missouri State University is preparing to finalize its long-range plan that will guide the school from 2016-2021.

The Board of Governors will consider approval of the plan at its June meeting. President Clif Smart says as each unit sets their goals for next year they’ll “begin with this document.”

“Not a top-down approach… Centrally, we’ll say ‘here are three or four things we hope to emphasize.’ But everybody then gets to decide how they plug into that,” says Smart.

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The two traditional choices before students post high school are either college or enter the workforce. But these days a third option is getting more consideration. Common in Europe and the United Kingdom, the phenomenon of taking a “gap year” has reached the US and opened up a new horizon for young adults.

Although this experience happens most often between high school and college, Missouri State University Career Center Director Jill Wiggins notes that college students are starting to take advantage of the trend as well.

Dr. Ronald Del Vecchio
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Missouri State University has named Dr. Ronald Del Vecchio its new director of the Darr School of Agriculture.

Del Vecchio will assume the role on August 1. His appointment comes following a national search to replace longstanding director Dr. Anson Elliot, who retired last December.

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The newly completed annex for Missouri State University’s Multicultural Resource Center is now accessible to students. But behind the seemingly crowded open house ceremony last month inside Freudenberger House, some students have their reservations about this venue.

“The facility means good and bad things,” Ravyn Brooks, junior sociology student, told KSMU at the open house party. “The good part is there’s more space. We now actually have a safe zone for LGBT plus.”