Education

Education news and issues in the Ozarks.

KSMU

A new Missouri State University dormitory with space for 400 students and 280 vehicles is in the planning stages right now.  Land is being cleared at Holland and Madison for the building.

According to Missouri State University President Clif Smart, MSU is in the final negotiation stages with Bryan Properties concerning the design and the future purchase price.  The Board of Governors could decide that at the end of January in a specially called meeting.  If that happens, construction could start the following week, Smart said.

Michele Skalicky

Missouri State University has announced five affordability initiatives to save students money.  Two have already been approved by the MSU Board of Governors.  One reduces the number of credit hours needed to graduate from 125 to 120. 

"This has the potential to save in-state, undergraduate students more than $1,000 over the course of their studies.  Along with strong advising, this action will help students graduate on time in four years or less, said MSU President Clif Smart.

Helping to save someone’s life is as easy as donating blood.

You will have the opportunity to do this Jan. 23-25, 2018, when Missouri State University hosts a blood drive on campus in honor of National Blood Donor Month.

The event is jointly organized by Missouri State’s Gamma Sigma Sigma and Community Blood Center of the Ozarks.

MSU

Missouri State University’s assistant women’s basketball coach and former MSU basketball standout, Jackie Stiles, has announced she has cancer.

According to a statement from MSU, Stiles will undergo treatment for ocular melanoma.  She’ll be absent from the sideline for the next several games.

Stiles said she’s thankful the cancer was caught early and hasn’t spread. She’s optimistic she’ll make a full recovery. 

Sociologist, Dr. Alicia Walker likes to explore behaviors that deviate from cultural norms such as infidelity.

After reading several articles that challenged common sense understanding about infidelity, especially among women, Walker set out to research the topic of women and affairs for her doctoral dissertation.

The project took several years and involved in-depth interviews with women across the country who sought or participated in affairs through a dating site.

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