Missouri State University

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In an effort to expand opportunities and allow students to stay close to home, Ozarks Technical Community College and Missouri State University announced a partnership Thursday at OTC’s Table Rock Campus.  This partnership will allow students to be able to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in communications  or English with an emphasis on professional writing at the Hollister campus.

How can we become more inclusive in our communities? Dr. Stephanie Norander and Dr. Gloria Galanes, researchers and professors of communication at Missouri State University, studied efforts in Springfield, Missouri, to become a more diverse and inclusive community to answer this question. They found that engaging and embracing racial differences through ongoing dialogue are central to creating and maintaining a strong sense of community.

Missouri State University, Carrington Hall
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The Missouri State University Board of Governors is expected this week to approve tuition and fee increases at its Springfield and West Plains campuses.

If approved at its Thursday meeting, undergraduate resident tuition for a Springfield student this fall will increase by $1 to $205 per credit hour. Out-of-state undergrads at the flagship campus will experience a 2 percent tuition hike, and regular internet-based tuition will increase by $10 per credit hour to $285 per credit hour.

Route 66 – the name itself is almost synonymous with mid-century nostalgia. Two Missouri State University researchers - Thomas Peters, dean of the libraries at MSU, and David Richards, associate professor of library science – are trying to preserve those memories for generations to come.

This is the second in a two part series featuring their current work.

  Driving around Springfield, it’s undeniable that there’s Route 66 pride – but how does a city become the “birthplace” of such an icon? Peters explains.

From Chicago to Santa Monica, historic Route 66 stretched across the country becoming synonymous with an idyllic 1950s world full of neon signs and Chevrolet Corvette convertibles. Missouri State University (which is conveniently located in the birthplace of Route 66) now serves as one of the repositories for Route 66 archives in order to make it more accessible to researchers and scholars. David Richards, associate professor of library science, and Thomas Peters, dean of the libraries at MSU, recently were awarded several grants to study this highway in a new light.

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