Education

Education news and issues in the Ozarks.

Courtesy of Missouri State University

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Debbie Good speaks Dr. Kathy Pulley, professor of religious studies at Missouri State University.

Today’s discussion talks about the relationship between religion and politics, exploring the line between the two entities particularly with regard to elections.

George W Bush Presidential Center

As the opening speaker MSU's Public Affairs Conference, Jenna Bush Hager encouraged people in the Ozarks to find their voice and seek ways to serve their community.

Bush Hager is working to make a difference on a global scale.  The daughter of former President George W. Bush is chair of the board for UNICEF.  She took the stage at Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts Tuesday night hoping to inspire the crowd to make a difference in their communities.

Not being able to communicate effectively or understand people can be so discouraging and frustrating. It leaves you out – in the dark. Lauren Jones, director of the Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic at Missouri State University, says parents usually become concerned around age 2 that their toddler isn’t talking as much as other children they know. Jones says that signs can be evident before that as well. The clarity or intelligibility of speech for a young child is another common concern, she noted. 

Over the years, the LGBTQ movement has made great strides in fighting for equality and acceptance. However, misconceptions about and injustices toward the LGBTQ community are still prevalent.

In light of LGBTQ History Month this October, members of Missouri State University’s LGBTQ community will come together to showcase LGBTQ pride. There will be several events on campus to create visibility around queer and transgender identity. They are free and open to the public. 

Michele Skalicky

There are more students than ever before this fall semester at Missouri State University.  According to a news release from MSU, the university has set a new fall enrollment record for the seventh year in a row.

Enrollment on the Springfield campus increased by 40 students to 24,390.

The Springfield campus also set a new record for graduate student enrolloment, whihc increased by 5.8 percent to 3,709.

There are 26,182 students enrolled in the MSU system.  Fall 2018 is the second highest fall enrollment, down 34 students from last year's record enrollment.

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