Education news and issues in the Ozarks.


Engaging the Community
7:46 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Allowing Avenues for Racial Dialogue in a Non-confrontational Manner

Credit Missouri State University

Missouri State University President Clif Smart calls the initial reactions stemming from a silent protest over homecoming “disappointing.” But what has emerged since then has been encouraging to the growth of the campus climate, he says.

The October 18 demonstration featured roughly 30 predominantly African American students carrying signs depicting racial issues on campus.  

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Eye on the Community
3:49 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

SPS Exercising Caution About Scheduling Student Events in St. Louis

Credit KSMU Archives

Growing concern over potential reaction to the grand jury decision in Ferguson has prompted Springfield officials to think twice about where to send its students. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann explains.

Clayton High School had planned to host a debate tournament this weekend before it was canceled Thursday morning. Clayton is the site of where a grand jury has been meeting to decide whether to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

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4:16 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

SPS Athletic Director Hired to Same Position at Drury

Mark Fisher
Credit Drury University

Springfield Public Schools Athletic Director Mark Fisher has been selected to the same position at Drury University.

The school made the announcement today. Fisher, who has been with SPS since 2003, will begin his duties at Drury on July 1, 2015.

In a statement, Drury President Dr. David Manuel credited Fisher’s leadership and management qualities and breadth of experience dealing with a wide array of sports and administrations.

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Ozarks Culture
4:44 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

“Dialogue and Decompress” Diversity Discussions Begin at MSU

Credit Scott Harvey / KSMU

Ahead of a grand jury’s decision on whether to charge Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, Missouri State University has scheduled a series of meetings to, as the school puts it, “express feelings, decompress and share self-reflections.”

These facilitated dialogues began Monday afternoon, with a second meeting Monday night and additional sessions Tuesday and Wednesday.

Presented by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the “Dialogue and Decompress” discussions will be based upon topics and questions from faculty, staff, and students that deal with diversity issues.

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