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The COVID-19 coronavirus has spread to nearly every continent, prompting Missouri State University to perform health screenings and reviews of people returning from affected areas.

In a campus-wide email sent Wednesday, Smart said university staff are working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to stay updated, and that the university is developing contingency plans.

He said the university is also working closely with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department—and if needed, the health department would take leadership of local preparations.

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Statistics show that solid, higher paying jobs in the United States tend to require some kind of certification or degree — and also that rural students face some unique disadvantages. With that in mind, Ozarks Technical Community College is using grant money help rural high school students plan for life after graduation.

Four new academic advisors have been embedded in high schools in Branson, Forsyth, Hollister, and Reeds Spring as part of the project, which received grant funding from the rootEd Alliance.

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Former Missouri State University President Dr. Marshall Gordon has died.  Gordon, who served as president at what was then Southwest Missouri State University from 1983-1992, died May 17 at the age of 81.

During his time at the university, enrollment exceeded 20,000 for the first time.

Current MSU President Clif Smart said Gordon “had an aspirational vision for the university.”  According to Smart, Gordon was the first president to seek a name change to Missouri State University.


Tuition and fees could go up next year at Missouri State University.  MSU President Clif Smart said, though, that the five percent increase, approved Wednesday by the MSU Board of Governors Executive Committee, could be reduced or waived. 

According to Smart, they’ve requested an adjustment to the university’s state appropriation, which would allow them to consider waiving a portion of the increase or phasing it in over several years.

A final decision on how much of that raise in tuition and fees will actually be charged won’t be made until June.

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In this month’s episode of Engaging the Community, our monthly program with Missouri State University President Clif Smart, we talk about the MSU Care clinic, a health care facility for uninsured low income adult patients.


“This is one of the projects, or achievements, that I am really most proud of since I’ve been in this position,” Smart said.


The clinic, which opened in 2015, is a partnership with Mercy to serve the working poor.


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Free tax services will be provided by student volunteers from the School of Accountancy at Missouri State University.  Appointments are currently being taken for February 2 through April 14.

Individuals who make $54,000 or less can qualify to receive the free services.  It’s part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program or VITA, which trains and certifies community volunteers to provide free basic income tax return preparation to qualified individuals in local communities.


Historic documents that have not been seen in over a century are finding renewed life as part of a restoration program at Missouri State University. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann tells us more about Thursday presentation on campus that highlighted the collaborative preservation project and what it means for the region.

MSU President Cliff Smart welcomed Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, who received details on the Southwest Missouri Records Preservation Program. The internship program includes the preservation of numerous 19th century court documents.

Missouri State University says it won't renew head football coach Terry Allen's contract.  

According to a news release from MSU, Allen, who has been the Bears' head coach since 2006, compiled a 37-64 record in his nine seasons in Springfield. His current contract is set to expire at the end of January.

MSU Students Get Pharmacy Career Option

Oct 30, 2014
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Students going on to college  now have another career option in Springfield.

The UMKC School of Pharmacy held its grand opening Wednesday for a branch of the school at Missouri State University.

Governor Jay Nixon spoke at the event.

“UMKC’s PharmD at MSU is a prime example of a goal that we have had for higher education from day one.  Giving more Missouri students access to quality, affordable college education that prepares them to step directly into good jobs and lasting careers,” he said.