Emily Yeap

Host, Missouri State Journal

A native of Malaysia, Emily moved to Springfield in 2010 and started working at Missouri State University in 2014. She’s currently the public relations specialist in the office of university communications. She has a BA in Mass Communications from Colorado State University-Pueblo and a Master of Journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

Honoring and celebrating the history, culture and contributions of citizens of Latin heritage – that’s the goal of Latinx Heritage Month in September.

Missouri State University will host several events to engage and educate the campus and larger community about Latinx heritage. 

There are many reasons to learn a foreign language, such as facilitating international travel, expanding your job skills, making friends from other countries and increasing global understanding.

While learning a new language is a lot of work, it is no doubt beneficial and rewarding.

If you want to learn a new language for personal or professional development, look no further than the Foreign Language Institute (FLI) at Missouri State University.

What species of ticks live in Missouri and in what quantities?

Dr. David Claborn, director of the Master of Public Health program at Missouri State University, is trying to answer these questions through his latest tick surveillance project. It’s made possible through a grant from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

Claborn highlights his research and shares some facts about ticks.

If you enjoy meeting people from other countries and learning about different cultures, consider being a host for the International Friends program at Missouri State University.

The program helps international students at Missouri State to develop quality friendships with American families in the area.

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After a one-year hiatus, the Missouri Fine Arts Academy (MFAA) made its return to Missouri State University this summer.  

The residential program for Missouri high school student artists took place June 2-15. Eighty-nine students from across the state participated. 

Thumbs Up for Bear POWER

Jun 18, 2019

This past January, the first batch of eight Bear POWER students began their education at Missouri State University.

Bear POWER is a two-year, five-semester inclusive college program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Kim Roam, MSU faculty advisor for Bear POWER ambassadors, Natalie Olson, MSU Bear POWER ambassador and Susie Dains, MSU Bear POWER student, talk about the program and how it’s going so far.

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June is Great Outdoors Month in America. It reminds us to connect with nature and explore fun outdoor activities, such as hiking, camping and paddling. 

Nowadays, many people practice intermittent fasting, also known as IF, to lose weight and get fit.

What exactly is IF? How do you do IF? How does this diet plan help with weight loss? 

Natalie Allen, registered dietitian and clinical instructor of biomedical sciences at Missouri State University, and Leah Brooke, a Missouri State dietetic intern, answer these questions and more.

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The keto diet has become one of the most popular diets today. However, this diet is not without controversy.

Researchers are studying whether this diet, which promotes eating high-fat foods, could cause harmful effects in the long run.

Natalie Allen, registered dietitian and clinical instructor of biomedical sciences at Missouri State University, and Leah Brooke, a Missouri State dietetic intern, explain more about the keto diet.

Step Up and Volunteer

Apr 23, 2019

From distributing food at a food pantry to manning the reception desk at a homeless shelter, research shows that volunteering has positive effects on a person’s mental and physical health.

April is National Volunteer Month in America. It's dedicated to honoring volunteers and encouraging volunteerism. 

Spring has made its return and for many, that means gardening will be in full swing.

How do you get your garden ready? What types of things should you plant? How do you ensure a beautiful garden? 

Dr. Clydette Alsup-Egbers, associate professor in the department of environmental plant science and natural resources at Missouri State University, answers these questions and more.

As our world becomes more diverse, it’s important to make diversity and inclusion part of everyday culture.

To this end, Missouri State University hosts the annual Collaborative Diversity Conference on campus to promote the inclusion of diversity in our community.  

The Asian population in the United States comprises many culturally and geographically diverse ethnic subgroups. Their achievements and contributions to the country are many.   

Missouri State University will celebrate Asian Heritage Month throughout April to highlight the history, culture and traditions of Asians and Pacific Islanders. 

Celebrating Dance

Feb 26, 2019

This March, dance will take center stage at Missouri State University. The university’s theatre and dance department will host the annual American College Dance Association Central Region Conference March 13-16.

This year’s theme is “Looking Back, Moving Forward” to honor the 100th anniversary of several dance artists and focus on the legacy and dance research that resulted from their work. 

The 2019 tax return filing season is here, and there are some major changes thanks to the Tax Cut and Jobs Act.

From updates to tax rates to deductions and more, filing your taxes this year can seem a bit more daunting than in years past. 

Dr. Kerri Tassin, assistant professor in the School of Accountancy at Missouri State University, highlights what taxpayers should look out for.

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