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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. 

As part of the Missouri Authors Series, in honor of National Poetry Month, and as presented by the creative writing program, the department of English and the College of Arts and Letters at Missouri State University, two distinguished writers will be visiting campus on the evening of April 8. Hadara Bar-Nadav, the author of “Fountain and Furnace” and a professor in the MFA program at University of Missouri Kansas City, will be joined by Sarah Freligh, who is a Moon City Poetry Award winner for her book “Sad Math.”


As part of ongoing efforts to offer unique historical accounts, Ozarks Public Television presents its newest documentary “The Beat Goes On – MSU’s Pride Marching Band” this week.

Tom Carter is programming and production manager for OPT.

“It is just the highlight filled and warmly human interest history of our marching band at the university,” says Carter.

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.