Nicki Donnelson

Co-host of "Missouri State Journal"

Nicki received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration from Missouri State in marketing, in 2002 and 2004 respectively. After gaining experience in writing, marketing, special event planning, fundraising and public relations, she returned to the university to work as the public relations specialist in the office of university communications. There she tells the university’s story by sharing the stories of individuals at Missouri State. 

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An egg brings forth a caterpillar, the caterpillar changes into a chrysalis, and from a chrysalis comes a butterfly. It’s truly an amazing sight. These changes in a butterfly reveal so much about the life cycle and are fascinating for the young and old. Dr. Chris Barnhart, professor of biology at Missouri State University, discusses native butterflies and the Dr. Bill Roston Native Butterfly House in The Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center and Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park.

The mission of the Green Leadership Academy for Diverse Ecosystems (GLADE) is to care for Ozarks ecosystems, to develop youth into community conservation leaders, and to improve the quality of life through conservation and education throughout the Ozarks. Two Missouri State University students who will serve as counselors at GLADE for the second time speak about their experience working with these high school juniors and seniors. They are joined by Dr. Janice Greene, biology professor and director of the Bull Shoals Field Station.

Slavery has existed in one form or another through much of recorded history. In the United States, the Emancipation Proclamation was issued in 1863, but many slaves' servitude didn't end until the Civil War ended in 1865, or even later in some cases. On June 19, 1865, the first African American Emancipation Day was observed, now called Juneteenth.

Francine Pratt, assistant to the vice president of the division for diversity and inclusion at Missouri State University, discusses Juneteenth, the significance and the local commemoration.

The public affairs mission of Missouri State University guides so much of what we do, and one of the ways this is displayed is in the leadership development of the students on campus. Dr. Marissa Leclaire Weaver from the Center for Leadership and Volunteerism discusses what they do and how this translates to helping the community.