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Picture yourself in a national park like Denali, the Everglades or Yellowstone.

What comes to mind?

Dr. Judith Meyer, a historical geographer at Missouri State University, wants to know how you experience that landscape and why. 

She has long been fascinated with Yellowstone, where she served as a tour guide for several summers. One of her research interests is what she calls the sense of place.

Underneath the big top, stars rise. It’s Tent Theatre time.

Sarah Wiggin, artistic director for Tent Theatre and associate professor at Missouri State University, shares about what to expect in the 56th season.

  • “Cry Baby” will run June 13-23
  • “Peter and the Star Catcher” will run June 28-July 6
  • “The Drowsy Chaperone” will run July 11-21

This summer, she hopes to please the loyal fans of Tent Theatre as well attract some new show goers with some innovative storytelling techniques and lively shows.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), more than 75 percent of all mental health conditions begin before age 24. That’s one reason why college is such a risky time for students’ mental health.

To shine a light on this issue, Missouri State University will host its first ever Impact Summit: College Student Mental Health Conference on campus this spring. It will take place from 7:50 a.m.-4:50 p.m. May 2 in the Plaster Student Union. 

The topic of racism will take center stage at Missouri State University’s Collaborative Diversity Conference this year.

Themed “Facing Racism in 2018 and Beyond: A Changing Dynamic,” the conference will take place from April 25-27 in the Plaster Student Union on campus. Wes Pratt, chief diversity officer and assistant to the president at MSU, offers more information about the event. 

Sustainability – that’s the focus of Missouri State University’s spring 2018 Public Affairs Conference.

Free and open to the public, the conference will take place April 10-12 on campus. Presenters will share their views on the theme of “Sustainability in Practice: Consensus and Consequences.” 

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