Missouri State University

Let’s face it: Infectious diseases are scary. On a personal level, we want to avoid them and want to protect our loved ones as well. If you’re in a health care profession, you’re much more likely to be exposed. Then, professionally, you run the risk of cross-contamination if you’re not taking all proper precautions.

MSU Religious Studies Department
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An 18-month term grant is enabling Missouri State University to develop course offerings focused on religion and health.

Funding is being provided by the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion. The idea of adding courses focused on religion and health came about since many students minoring in Religious Studies at MSU are majoring in health-related fields.

“So that got me to think, so what is it about our courses that are appealing to students in Health and Human Services?” asked Berkwitz.

After two years of work, a team of researchers at Missouri State University and Drury University recently released a report titled “Springfield Area Congregations Study: Profile and Community Engagement” that explored the dimensions and community impact of congregations in Greene and Christian counties.

The study focuses on congregations as part of the nonprofit sector and their engagement in social services, volunteer activity and other forms of civic activity.

Missouri State University

Nearly a year after renewing its accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, Missouri State University says it’s moving forward on various recommendations that came in the HLC’s final report.

The commission applauded the school for efforts relating to its public affairs mission, quality programs and a transparent budget, among other areas.

MSU Debate Watch Party
Han Zhao

The third and final presidential debate is over.  Dr. Eric Morris, Missouri State University debate coach and communications professor, offered his views on last night’s event.

"As a presidential debate scholar I'll say that tonight probably did not have a significant impact on the election.  The effect that debates have on the election tends to be very short-term.  It is like any number of things that can happen in a campaign.  It creates some impressions, some significant moments, but often the give and take of the next few days will cancel out that sort of an effect," he said.

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