Education news and issues in the Ozarks.

Bailey Vassalli / KSMU News

Universities across the country are struggling to combat sexual violence on campus, but Missouri State University and Ozarks Technical Community College are taking new steps towards addressing this issue with Project HEAL. 

HEAL stands for Help, Educate, Advocate, Listen, and the project received grant funding of over half a million dollars from the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women. 

The grant provides funding for a community centered approach to combating sexual assault. MSU and OTC are teaming up on the project.

From the very first moments, your child is learning. They are soaking in their environment and learning to interact with it.

Dr. Sascha Mowrey, assistant professor of early childhood education at Missouri State University, gives tips for preparing your child for a lifetime of learning.

To her, one of the most important characteristics that parents can instill in a child is curiosity. It can be challenging to always be “on” and engaged, but Mowrey says the best way to teach curiosity is to model it.

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A tweet on August 3 sent out by the Canadian Global Affairs Ministry caused an uproar across the Atlantic Ocean.  The tweet called for the immediate release of two jailed female bloggers in Saudi Arabia.  The spat between the two countries has since escalated. And now, some Saudi students going to college in Canada are set to transfer to American universities—including Missouri State University.

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. 

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Muslims in the Ozarks are celebrating the Eid el-Adha holiday this week. The holiday is a time to come together in remembrance of Abraham’s faith. Eid el-Adha is one of two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide. 

The first day of Eid el-Adha is an important moment for Muslim communities. They gather at local mosques to pray and celebrate.