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The Missouri State University Vision Screening Program provides free vision screenings to the community. Since 2013, it has screened more than 35,000 children and adults across southwest Missouri.

This August, just in time for National Children’s Vision and Learning Month, the program will expand its impact into central Missouri – starting with Lebanon. 

Michele Skalicky

Students returned to class Monday at Missouri State University, and this year’s opening enrollment is the second highest in the school's history. 

According to MSU, 21,309 students were enrolled as of August 20, 2018 on the Springfield campus.  That’s just 42 fewer students than the record high set last year.  Graduate student enrollment set a new record, increasing by 5-and-a-half percent over last fall to 3,635.

Out of state enrollment is up by 5.7 percent, and returning student enrollment increased by 1.4 percent.

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As college students flock to Springfield to start another academic year, Missouri State University has several events lined up for those students and their parents. 

The official move in day for residence halls is Friday.  So is Playfair—that’s a high energy, team-building experience at the Allison Fields. While the students are out there having fun, the parents can relax at the President’s dessert reception.

In January this year, Dr. Steve Stapleton took over the helm of Missouri State University’s School of Nursing. He replaced longtime director, Dr. Kathryn Hope, who retired.

Stapleton moved to Missouri from Illinois. He has 28 years of experience in the nursing profession in Chicago, working in emergency rooms, operating rooms and intensive care units. He also has experience in academia as a professor and research specialist. 

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Missouri State University’s Board of Governors has extended the employment contract of President Clif Smart to June 30, 2026.  That’s a four-year extension of his existing contract.

"We are extremely pleased with the direction of Missouri State University under President Smart’s guidance,” said Board Chair Carrie Tergin. “His leadership has been invaluable in helping the university successfully navigate through a difficult year of budget reduction and uncertainty.”


The contract extension raises Smart’s salary to no less than $380,000 effective July 1, 2022.