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Missouri State University President Clif Smart says the school learned some things from an October case that prompted the lockdowns of some area schools and businesses.

That’s why during a vague threat on February 4, MSU made efforts to consistently update faculty, staff and students of the situation.

During public remarks Wednesday, Dr. Ruby Payne told a packed Hammons Hall audience that the Springfield community can be a model for assisting the less fortunate and minimizing the poverty level.  KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann attended the session and has this report.

Thirteen local organizations are coming together to bring Dr. Ruby Payne to Springfield to find new ways to overcome the growing issue of poverty in southwest Missouri. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has more on the series of events, which are less than two weeks away. 

The issue of poverty is not new to Springfield. But some recent new data is glaring, such as the fact that nearly 60 percent of Springfield Public School students participate in the free and reduced lunch program.  

When it comes to asking for money, it’s about matching the interest of a donor to that of a program or proposal, says Clif Smart, president of Missouri State University.

The Missouri State University Foundation says it’s received over $8 million in gifts in recent months to support various student life initiatives, academic programs and athletics. KSMU's Scott Harvey has details.

During a press conference Wednesday morning, Vice President for Advancement Brent Dunn said the Foundation has raised $2.25 million for a new welcome center, currently referred to as the Student Admissions and Success Center, which will undergo construction sometime next semester.

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Factoring in inflation, Missouri State University is $17 million behind in its operating budget since 2002, according to President Clif Smart.

Outlining the school’s priorities for the upcoming Missouri legislative session, Smart says that after years of declines in appropriations, MSU hopes to get a boost from the state for the second straight year.

Missouri State University President Clif Smart says passage of recent initiatives by both the Board of Governors and students show the institution’s inclusiveness and desire to support new school endeavors. 

With 80 percent of voters in favor of the measure, Missouri State University students have passed the Bear Experience and Recreation (B.E.A.R) fee. KSMU’s Scott Harvey has more.

For $50 per semester, the fee is designed to help provide new and renovated athletic and recreational facilities on the Springfield campus. A Friday afternoon news released says that more than 2,900 students said yes during an online vote from Oct. 14-18.

Missouri State University President Clif Smart will tell you that research is strong at the school, where undergraduate students are getting hands on experience in projects ranging from health to agriculture.

To better highlight those projects, MSU recently published Mind’s Eye. This 19-page compilation features, among others, work by Dr. Paul Durham, professor of cell biology and director of the Center for Biomedical and Life Sciences.

On Saturday morning, rather than sleeping in late, hundreds of college students were up and ready to hit the sidewalks of Springfield.  They were part of a research project that is looking at the “user-friendliness” of our neighborhoods.  KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has the story.

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During our monthly conversation with Missouri State University President Clif Smart, the President examines some key points from Thursday’s State of the University Speech.  

With the fall 2013 semester in full swing, Missouri State President Clif Smart presented his annual State of the University Address to faculty and staff. KSMU’s Scott Harvey was there and has this report.

A handful of speakers and dozens of spectators Tuesday joined in celebrating the completion of Missouri State University’s new art and design complex at Brick City. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann attended the event and has this report.

This year marks the fourth time that a local organization will provide new shoes to hundreds of Springfield elementary students in participating Title I schools. Next week, OneSolePurpose will also give away its 10,000th pair of Converse Chuck Taylor shoes. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has the story.

A resolution signing Monday in Springfield by officials at Missouri’s two largest universities also served as another call by Gov. Jay Nixon that legislators uphold his veto of HB 253, just two days before their annual veto session. KSMU’s Scott Harvey has more.

Nixon was joined by MSU President Clif Smart and University of Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton, who signed a resolution pledging that the schools will work together, and with health care providers Mercy Springfield and CoxHealth, to train more health care professionals.