Public Affairs

What would you do if you had the chance to save someone’s life?

That was a decision A’dja Jones from Missouri State University had to make. In 2014, she registered as a bone marrow donor at a drive on campus. The drive was in aid of MSU softball player Allie Alvstad, who had leukemia.

In 2015, Jones got a message that would change her life forever. She was a match for a young child and chose to give him her marrow. 

The public affairs mission at Missouri State University sets it apart from other universities. It guides the way the university prepares students to become global citizens.

To spread awareness about this mission among students and the larger community, the office of public affairs support organizes several annual events.

The Drew Lewis Foundation was formed in the memory of Amy Blansit’s late husband. Before his passing, Blansit and Lewis had purchased a property – the Fairbanks. It now houses programming offered by the Drew Lewis Foundation, standing as a beacon to help connect the impoverished surrounding neighborhood with the resources and education to make the residents more self-sufficient and to get them out of poverty.

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. 

MSU Students Screen for Vision Problems

Feb 29, 2016

Eyes are the portals through which we see the world. While some are born with perfect vision, many have vision problems that can develop at a very early age and go unnoticed for years. Missouri State University’s office of citizenship and service-learning (CASL) sponsors a free program to screen infants, children and underserved adults for a range of vision problems.

Kathy Nordyke is the director of citizenship and service-learning at Missouri State.

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