Education news and issues in the Ozarks.


8:23 pm
Sun December 14, 2014

Dave Steckel to Lead MSU Bears Football

Dave Steckel
Credit @MissouriStBears / Twitter

Missouri State University's new head football coach will bring a defensive minded approach to the Bears.

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Education Connection
12:27 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Cal Ripken Jr. to Headline MSU’s 2015 Public Affairs Conference

Cal Ripken, Jr.
Credit Submitted photo

Next Year’s Public Affairs Conference at Missouri State University will feature keynote speaker and Major League Baseball Hall-of-Famer Cal Ripken Jr.

Ripken’s presentation on April 14 is entitled Get in the Game.

“Mr. Ripken will address elements of ethical citizenship and perseverance – the strong will to succeed, to be consistent and to have conviction,” says Brent Dunn, executive director of the Missouri State University Foundation.

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5:23 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

3 With Local Ties Among Finalists For MO Education Commissioner

Dr. Norm Ridder
Credit KSMU archives

The five finalists for Missouri’s commissioner of education includes two area superintendents and former Springfield Public Schools head Dr. Norm Ridder.

Ridder, along with Branson superintendent Dr. Douglas D. Hayter and Joplin’s Dr. C.J. Huff join a two St. Louis area officials on the list.  

Current commissioner Chris Nicastro will retire at the end of the year.

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Ozarks Culture
7:17 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Springfield Community Rallies for Peace and Justice on Campus, Downtown

Participants of Friday night's vigil on the MSU campus light candles prior to their walk from the Meyer Library to Carrington Hall, where Tynisha Brown and President Clif Smart addressed the crowd.
Credit Scott Harvey / KSMU

Tynisha Brown says that as an advocate for children, “we have to teach peace for them to learn peace.” That was part of her message delivered Friday evening in front of Carrington Hall on the Missouri State University campus.

Brown’s speech, which was followed by remarks from President Clif Smart, concluded a candlelight vigil to promote peace and nonviolence, coordinated by the MSU Social Work Club. It came on the heels of grand jury decisions in Ferguson and New York not to indict white police officers in the deaths of black men.

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Eye on the Community
1:58 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Sit-In at MSU Student Union Protests Recent Grand Jury Decisions

Credit Trevor J. Mitchell / Twitter

Around 100 students protested inside the Missouri State University Plaster Student Union Thursday near the food court.

The demonstration, which lasted nearly two hours, included signs displaying words like "No Peace," “My color should not be a death sentence” and various chants like "Hey hey, ho ho, these killer cops have got to go.”

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