Engaging the Community

Every third Friday at 7:30 a.m.

This monthly program features Missouri State University President Clif Smart discussing the implications of national and international events on the University and local community. Join us as we look at current events and public affairs through a local lens. You can also email topic suggestions for this program.

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In this monthly episode, MSU President Clif Smart discusses the different types of research happening at the university. 

"We think of ourselves as primarily a teaching institution: all of our faculty teach. We don't have anyone dedicated to just reserach, because we think our number one priority is educating our students who come to us," Smart said.

Still, reserach plays a major role in the role of faculty:  all of the tenure-track faculty at MSU are engaged in research, Smart said.  It's one of the expectations to obtain tenure and be promoted throughout their careers.

Missouri State University

In this episode of "Engaging the Community," MSU President Clif Smart talks about the landmark legislation that now opens the door for Missouri State University to begin offering a wide array of terminal degrees.  Click on the link above to hear the interview.

Tent Theatre Facebook Page

The tent is up on the Missouri State University campus, which means one thing:  it's time for Tent Theatre.

In this month's episode of "Engaging the Community," MSU president Clif Smart talks with KSMU's Jennifer Moore about the significance of the Tent Theatre productions—on  both the local arts scene, and in terms of the local economy.

An introduction to 'Tent'

"It is really one of the signature programs where we’re engaged in the community here in the arts field," said Smart.

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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.

For this episode of Engaging the Community with MSU President Clif Smart, we’re talking about mental health on campus.

Mental health encompasses everything from anxiety and mild depression to Bipolar Disorder and schizophrenia. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, suicide was the leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 15 and 24 in 2015.

“I think it begins with the understanding that probably somewhere north of 10 percent of our students are dealing with, struggling with mental health issues,” Smart said.

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