Education news and issues in the Ozarks.

Multicultural Resource Center
Scott Harvey / KSMU

One week remains for Missouri State University administrators to respond to demands from a group of students seeking change to the school’s diversity policies.

The signed document calling for acknowledgement and action on a number of issues was delivered Nov. 17 to President Clif Smart, Dean of Students Thomas Lane, and Vice President of Student Affairs Dee Sisco.

Three of the seven students who signed the document spoke with KSMU about the list and what’s transpired since it became public.

Demanding Change

Duane G. Meyer
Missouri State University

Missouri State University today is remembering the school’s sixth president as an innovator and a visionary.

Dr. Duane G. Meyer died Sunday at the age of 89. Meyer led MSU from 1971-83, during which it was called Southwest Missouri State College and renamed Southwest Missouri State University.

Taylor Health and Wellness Center
Missouri State University

A largely student effort that led to passage of a referendum to expand Missouri State University’s Taylor Health and Wellness Center will offer more space and additional services for the school’s roughly 23,000 students, faculty and staff, retirees and their dependents.

President Clif Smart says the current facility, which has been the same size and in the same location for nearly 40 years, is woefully inadequate.

Springfield Public Schools

  The Springfield Board of Education has a new member.  The board announced Tuesday during a special meeting that Jean Twitty will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Francine Pratt.

The term held by Pratt expires in 2021, but Twitty will serve on the board until the next election on April 5th, 2016.  Voters will decide then who will fulfill the remaining five years of Pratt’s term.

(photo taken from now-defunct "VINTAGE BROADCAST MICROPHONES" website,, now on Internet Archive)

Ozarks Technical Community College Fine Arts Department will present Joe Landry's stage adaptation of the beloved Frank Capra holiday movie It's a Wonderful Life at the Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East, November 20-22.  It's an innovative and evocative time-capsule treatment of the story, depicting a live late 1940s radio broadcast of the Wonderful Life script.