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.

In general, we all need to drink about eight glasses of fluid a day. Besides water, milk is a great drink choice for people of all ages.

Nowadays, there are many different types of milk available and choosing which one to buy can be a tad overwhelming.

Natalie Allen, registered dietitian and clinical instructor of biomedical sciences at Missouri State University, discusses the benefits of milk and the varieties available.

Maya Angelou said, “The more you know of your history, the more liberated you are.”

February is Black History Month in America. It’s an occasion to remember and celebrate the contributions of Black people to our country and the world. It’s also an occasion to shed light on history that’s not always mentioned or often overlooked. 

This year has been a busy one for the College of Arts and Letters (COAL) at Missouri State University. As 2018 ends, the college is looking forward to several exciting things in 2019. 

We all hope to enjoy holiday gatherings filled with good food, company and conversations. However, that’s not always possible because conflicts with loved ones can arise. 

Two individuals from Missouri State University’s Center for Dispute Resolution (CDR),  Director Dr. Charlene Berquist and Associate Director Heather Blades, address holiday conflict.

We’ve all heard the phrase, “It’s in my genes.” Can your diet affect how your genes behave?

Yes, it can, according to a field of science known as nutrigenomics. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016. Opioids now cause about three-fourths of all overdose deaths.

One solution to address this deadly crisis is reducing dependence on prescription painkillers through Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS). 

Bob Linder, Missouri State University

Whether it’s the hillbilly stereotype or the backwoods myth, it’s a fact that there’s plenty of misunderstandings about the Ozarks and Ozarkers.

Spreading across roughly 40,000-45,000 square miles, the Ozarks covers much of the southern half of Missouri and a large part of northern Arkansas. It also extends into northeast Oklahoma and southeast Kansas.

There are many stereotypes about the Ozarks and Ozarkers. They range from frontiersmen to hillbillies to moonshiners and banjo players.

With his research on Ozarks history, Dr. Brooks Blevins tries to dispel those misconceptions and present the most complete portrait of the region. 

#BearsHomecoming 2018 is around the corner and Missouri State University is ready to celebrate with alumni and friends.

The campus will be abuzz with activity and excitement Oct. 19-20. 

Lori Fan, MSU executive director of alumni relations, welcomes Bears everywhere to come home for Homecoming. 

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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. 

Kevin White, Missouri State University

The new academic year at Missouri State University has begun. The first major celebration of the fall semester will honor the history, culture and contributions of citizens of Latin heritage.

Latinx Heritage Month will take place in September, featuring several events that are free and open to the public. 

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. 

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. 

Missouri State University is home to more than 1,500 international students from around the globe. One program on campus that is helping them connect with American families and engage in cultural exchange is International Friends.  

Since 2012, the program has matched almost 1,000 international students with more than 690 local families. 

Race. Politics. Immigration. Gun control. These are some of the hot button issues in America today. They elicit strong emotions in people and often cause conflict in conversations.

However, tense discussions don’t have to be disrespectful or result in screaming matches. While it takes effort and practice, being civil in our conversations is possible.

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