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The keynote speaker for the Missouri State University 2019 Public Affairs Conference will sound familiar to many.  He’s Bobby Bones, an on-air personality and host of “The Bobby Bones Show.”  He’ll speak at 7:30 p.m. October 1 at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.  The theme of the conference is “The 21st Century Digital World.”

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Monday, April 22, is Earth Day, but Missouri State University is celebrating all week long with events that are open to the public.

Ecopalooza is Monday from 1 to 3 p.m. on the MSU North Mall.  The event will include food, local vendors with sustainability missions, mindsets and practices and the unveiling of a public art piece.

MSU will receive a Tree Campus U.S.A. designation from the Missouri Department of Conservation at an event Wednesday, April 24, at 1:30 on the west side of the Foster Recreation Center.


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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At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Missouri State University staff and local basketball fans met Amaka Agugua-Hamilton, the new head coach for Lady Bears Basketball.


“Coach Mox,” as she’s known, brings her own approach to coaching, saying that her priorities are family first, then academics, and then basketball.


“You know, my job is not only to win games and make you guys the best basketball player you can be and help you that way, my job is also to prepare you for life after basketball, and I take pride in that," Agugua-Hamilton said.


Spring has made its return and for many, that means gardening will be in full swing.

How do you get your garden ready? What types of things should you plant? How do you ensure a beautiful garden? 

Dr. Clydette Alsup-Egbers, associate professor in the department of environmental plant science and natural resources at Missouri State University, answers these questions and more.