Engaging the Community

Third Friday of each month at 7:45 a.m.

This monthly program features Missouri State University President Clif Smart discussing the implications of national and international events on the University and local community. Join us as we look at current events and public affairs through a local lens. You can also email topic suggestions for this program.

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In this episode of our monthly program, Engaging the Community, we look at the Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame.

Each  year, Missouri State University honors the handful of individuals who have dedicated their lives to improving the world around them through welcoming them into the Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame.

“This is not a 'Missouri State' Public Affairs Hall of Fame. It is a state of Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame that is housed at the university here," said MSU President Clif Smart. 

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In this episode of Engaging the Community, KSMU's Jennifer Moore speaks with MSU President Clif Smart and MSU Deputy Provost Dr. Chris Craig about opportunities for the visually impaired.

You can hear the interview by clicking the "Play" icon below.

In 2017, Missouri State University was designated as the number one college or university in the country for the visually impaired by the website Universities.com.

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In this episode of "Engaging the Community," Missouri State University President Clif Smart shares how the university communicates its message to lawmakers and policy makers in Jefferson City, and also talks about what MSU's 2019 legislative priorities will be.  Click the "Play" button to hear the interview.

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In this episode of Engaging the Community, MSU President Clif Smart talks about the university's relationship with China.  Missouri State University has long had several partner universities in China, and the Springfield campus hosts hundreds of Chinese students in the Ozarks each year. 

Listen to the conversation by clicking the "Play" button below.

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In this segment of Engaging the Community, Missouri State University President Clif Smart talks with KSMU's Jennifer Moore about the decision to use MSU's Davis-Harrington Welcome Center as a general polling place on Election Day.  That means all registered Greene County voters will be eligible to cast their ballots there.

As Smart explains, the facility will have special accomodations for voters with disabilities, including the visually impaired.

The facility is located at the intersection of National Avenue and E. Bear Boulevard on the MSU campus in central Springfield.

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In this monthly episode, MSU President Clif Smart discusses the different types of research happening at the university. 

"We think of ourselves as primarily a teaching institution: all of our faculty teach. We don't have anyone dedicated to just reserach, because we think our number one priority is educating our students who come to us," Smart said.

Still, reserach plays a major role in the role of faculty:  all of the tenure-track faculty at MSU are engaged in research, Smart said.  It's one of the expectations to obtain tenure and be promoted throughout their careers.

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In this episode of "Engaging the Community," MSU President Clif Smart talks about the landmark legislation that now opens the door for Missouri State University to begin offering a wide array of terminal degrees.  Click on the link above to hear the interview.

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The tent is up on the Missouri State University campus, which means one thing:  it's time for Tent Theatre.

In this month's episode of "Engaging the Community," MSU president Clif Smart talks with KSMU's Jennifer Moore about the significance of the Tent Theatre productions—on  both the local arts scene, and in terms of the local economy.

An introduction to 'Tent'

"It is really one of the signature programs where we’re engaged in the community here in the arts field," said Smart.

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The Bear Battalion, Missouri State University’s Army ROTC program, was founded in 1952.

“But it’s grown over the years, so it’s not just composed of Missouri State University students,” said MSU president Clif Smart.

The ROTC battalion also includes students from Evangel University, Drury University, College of the Ozarks, Ozarks Technical Community College, and Southwest Baptist University.

For this episode of Engaging the Community with MSU President Clif Smart, we’re talking about mental health on campus.

Mental health encompasses everything from anxiety and mild depression to Bipolar Disorder and schizophrenia. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, suicide was the leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 15 and 24 in 2015.

“I think it begins with the understanding that probably somewhere north of 10 percent of our students are dealing with, struggling with mental health issues,” Smart said.

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Under Governor Eric Greitens' proposed FY19 budget, public universities in Missouri would see a 10 percent decrease in funding.  Missouri State University President Clif Smart said that would mean a reduction of $8,668,000 for the university.  According to Smart, if that reduction is realized, MSU would be receiving $10 million less  than it received in 2001 when the university had 6000 fewer students.

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A new Missouri State University dormitory with space for 400 students and 280 vehicles is in the planning stages right now.  Land is being cleared at Holland and Madison for the building.

According to Missouri State University President Clif Smart, MSU is in the final negotiation stages with Bryan Properties concerning the design and the future purchase price.  The Board of Governors could decide that at the end of January in a specially called meeting.  If that happens, construction could start the following week, Smart said.

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Colleges and universities across the country are closely watching efforts in Congress to pass a major tax overhaul. Both the House and Senate have reportedly reached an agreement in conference committee, and could vote on a final bill next week.

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Missouri State University-West Plains will welcome a new chancellor next spring, as Dr. Drew Bennett is stepping down at the conclusion of the academic year.

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Missouri State University says it’s keeping in place policies and procedures for handling sexual misconduct cases under Title IX.

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