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Ozarks Culture
3:58 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

2014 Marks the 150th Birthday for Sunshine Elementary

Credit Springfield Public Schools - Sunshine Elementary

One of Springfield’s oldest schools celebrates a major milestone this week. KSMU’s Simone Cook has details.

Sunshine Elementary School was founded in 1864 as a country school on the corners of a then dirt Sunshine Lane and gravel Campbell Road.

David Martin, current principal of the school in Springfield, explains that the facility wasn’t even a part of the city in the mid-1860s.

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The Education Beat
11:03 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Missouri Teachers and Parents Call Attention to Gifted Education

The 33rd annual conference for the Gifted Education Association began this morning with an opening speaker.
Credit via Robin Lady

Gifted education is the topic of a two-day gathering in Springfield among Missouri teachers and parents. KSMU’s Anna Thomas has more about the conference at Drury University, which began this morning.

Conducted by the Gifted Association of Missouri, or GAM, the organization works with students who it refers to as having unusual potential.

Robin Lady is the executive vice president.

“Our purpose is to support gifted education programs, teachers, parents, stakeholders, community, but most of all, gifted kids,” Lady said.

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Engaging the Community
7:38 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Putting MSU Students in a Better Position to Identify as Bears

Credit Scott Harvey / KSMU

Students tend to stay in college if they can identify with the school. That’s one of the guiding principles in improving retention of first-time, full-time students at Missouri State University, according to President Clif Smart.

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Eye on Washington
6:25 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

MSU Welcomes Professor to Speak on Combating ISIS, Aiding Kurds

Dr. Michael Gunter
Credit Tennessee Technological University

A visiting professor to Springfield says a key to fighting back the Islamic State militant group will come by supplying aid to the Kurds. The ethnic group that inhabits adjacent parts of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey has been battling ISIS for months.

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4:42 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

OTC's Cliff Davis Named Table Rock Campus President

Cliff Davis
Credit OTC

Ozarks Technical Community College in Table Rock has a new president. The Springfield-based school on Monday announced that Vice Chancellor Cliff Davis will assume the role.

Davis will take over for Dr. Jeff Jochems, who has served as interim president since the campus opened in 2013.

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