Education

Education news and issues in the Ozarks.

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The Bear Battalion, Missouri State University’s Army ROTC program, was founded in 1952.

“But it’s grown over the years, so it’s not just composed of Missouri State University students,” said MSU president Clif Smart.

The ROTC battalion also includes students from Evangel University, Drury University, College of the Ozarks, Ozarks Technical Community College, and Southwest Baptist University.

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A former first daughter will headline Missouri State University’s 2018 Public Affairs Conference.  Jenna Bush Hager will serve as keynote speaker September 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. 

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Missouri State University-West Plains will have a new chancellor as of June 1.

The new chancellor is no stranger to higher education in the Ozarks. Dr. Shirley Lawler will take over the position following the retirement of outgoing chancellor, Dr. Drew Bennett.

Lawler will be the first woman to lead the Missouri State University-West Plains campus, according to a release from MSU.

In the Midtown neighborhood of Springfield, the Ujima literacy program is helping to improve children’s literacy.

Ujima, a Swahili word that means collective work and responsibility, is an effort made possible by several organizations. They include Missouri State University, Springfield Public Schools, Springfield NAACP, Springfield-Greene County Library, Parents as Teachers and the Bartley-Decatur Neighborhood Center.

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