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Missouri State University President Clif Smart believes passage of a constitutional amendment limiting the governor’s budget powers could benefit higher education.

In November, voters approved Amendment 10 to the Missouri Constitution, which allows lawmakers to try to override the governor's decisions to freeze or slow spending.

In recent years, Gov. Jay Nixon has withheld money to balance the budget, including from education. Smart thinks there is now potential for the legislature to override any governor’s budget withhold just as they would override a veto.

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With the holidays come extended breaks from work for several education employees, including those at Missouri State University. It’s also a time when officials will make a concerted effort toward limited energy usage when so many facilities and operations are not in use.

Over the past year, some of MSU’s sustainability efforts have likely gone unnoticed. For instance, in the form of extending the school’s underground chilled water loop to new facilities and preparing the loop to connect to future buildings.

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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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Missouri State University President Clif Smart says a new policy this year is intended to “deal with every conceivable allegation of sexual assault, sexual violence and sexual harassment” for faculty, staff, and students.

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Large transformations to Missouri State University’s athletic fields, academic and residential buildings will be on display as students return to campus next week for the start of the fall semester.

Renovations to the school’s football stadium, as well as construction of a soccer/track complex, field hockey and lacrosse complex, and sand volleyball courts, are funded in large part by the BEAR fee. The student approved initiative runs $50 per student per semester, and kicks in this fall, according to MSU President Clif Smart.