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Mind’s Eye features Keri Franklin’s research on writing instruction

Dr. Keri Franklin leads the newly formed Center for Writing in College, Career and Community at Missouri State. The organization houses the Ozarks Writing Project and College-Ready Writers Program.

Dr. Franklin and her team is dedicating to improving writing instruction across the region. Her research will be featured in the Missouri State’s next Mind’s Eye magazine.

Transforming student writing in the Ozarks

How does a person become a writer? How does a teacher teach writing rather than assign it? How can a school-university partnership make an impact on improving student writing in high schools?

Those are the research questions Dr. Franklin hopes to answer.

Over the last decade, Franklin has secured $1.3 million in grants to carry out the organization’s mission: to impact student writing outcomes as well as teachers’ beliefs and practices.

“I love getting community partners together and seeing people achieve and grow. To create a network that could go on without me — that’s bigger than me — I’m really proud of that.”

Read more about Franklin and her research in the 2016 Mind’s Eye magazine. 

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Music department moves out of Ellis Hall

Ellis Hall will be closed for construction during the 2016-17 school year, and will reopen in fall 2017. The equipment, classes and offices have been relocated to the Glen Isle Shopping Center on South Glenstone Avenue.


More about the relocation

Workers had to open up walls to removing some of the practice pianos and organs out of Ellis Hall.

Workers had to open up walls to move pianos and organs out of Ellis Hall’s practice rooms.

Classes, as well as music’s administrative and faculty offices, will temporarily move to the Glen Isle Shopping Center, located at 1514 S. Glenstone Avenue. The 35,000-square-foot space includes offices, practice rooms and a few classrooms.

Reach us by phone

Phone numbers for music’s faculty and staff will remain the same. You can find those in the music phone directory.

Location, parking and shuttle information

Map to Glen Isle Shopping Center

MSU’s Bear Line shuttle will provide transportation to and from the shopping center, with buses running every half hour. The location also has a large parking lot for commuters.

Ellis Hall renovation information

More information on the renovation and expansion of Ellis Hall can be found on the University Planning, Design, and Construction office website.

Glen Isle Shopping Center on South Glenstone Avenue

Glen Isle Shopping Center on South Glenstone Avenue
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University sends band director off with a bang


“B – E – A – R – S!”

If you’ve ever been to a football game — or been put on hold while on a Missouri State call — you’ve heard the university’s fight song.

Creating the tune that has inspired generations of Bears is just one of Jerry Hoover’s many achievements in his 31-year career as the MSU Pride Band’s director.

On May 10, 2016, the Foundation celebrated that legacy with a retirement reception.

Hoover’s lessons ‘too great to measure’

prideband-300x419Longtime colleagues, band alumni, family and friends affectionately shared stories about the 80-year-old at the reception.

Dr. Belva Prather, associate band director and emeritus music professor, met Hoover for the first time at her job interview in 1986: “He flew in on a golf cart wearing a Mickey Mouse tie.”

She offered a behind-the-scenes view of the ensuing 30 years, like the time Hoover lost the Dinner Bell Trophy.

Fearing it ended up in the Dumpster, they set out quickly to find it.

“He said, ‘I’ll explain this to you: one of us will get in the Dumpster; the other will stay on the golf cart to be the lookout,’” she said. “Let’s just say I was known as the Dumpster Diver ever since.”

Hoover’s son, Doug Hoover, spoke of a dedicated and passionate teacher and father who always remembers to write Thank You cards. And alumnus Brian Burlingame characterized the lessons he learned from Hoover as “too great to measure.”

‘What a ride!’

Hoover recounted his own amusing stories during the event, like the time he and other staff smuggled band uniforms across the U.S.-Mexico border, and when they became the first American band to play at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

“Touching people’s hearts with music is a tremendous opportunity and tremendous responsibility,” he said.

The night would not have been complete without the Pride Band themselves. The fight song filled Wehr Band Hall just before a large cake with sparklers was wheeled in and confetti burst out over the crowd.

Listen to “The Scotsman,” Missouri State’s fight song:

It was a fitting farewell to this intrepid leader whose ending remarks of the evening — a Hunter S. Thompson quote — will forever remind us of why he is so beloved by Missouri State:

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming ‘Wow! What a Ride!’”

Help fund the Jerry Hoover Band Endowment

The Missouri State University Foundation created the Jerry Hoover Band Endowment to support the needs of the MSU Pride Band. Pay tribute to the founding band director by contributing to the fund online.

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MJF professor’s film debuts at the Moxie on May 7

A downsized and sustainable lifestyle — it’s the new American Dream, one not without its challenges as cities struggle with twenty-first century problems. How can Springfield, Missouri, achieve this walkable urbanism Baby Boomers and Millennials are looking for?

Dr. Andy Cline, associate professor in media, journalism and film, highlights those issues in his new film “Downtown.”


‘Downtown’ premieres May 7

The feature-length film features work from many Missouri State students that Cline enlisted to help him. It premieres at 1 p.m. May 7 at the Moxie Cinema. Tickets can be purchased online or in person at the theatre.

‘Shared Spaces’ offered preview of new film

Before completing the feature-length version, Cline used some of the footage for a short film called “Shared Spaces,” which debuted at the Moxie in September 2015 to a sold-out crowd. The following month, it was screened at the New Urban Film Festival.

Turning this experience into an MSU course

Cline said his work on “Downtown” has inspired him to incorporate documentary filmmaking into his work as an educator. He’s developing two new film projects to work on with students as part of classes offered at Missouri State, including a a study away trip to film the Trans-Siberian Railway.

See ‘Downtown’ at the Moxie

Date: May 7
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Moxie Cinema, 305 S. Campbell Ave., Suite 101
Tickets: $7-$9

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Film, media and broadcast students’ work featured in MJF Showcase

Digital film, media production and broadcast journalism students will display their work at the 19th annual Media, Journalism and Film Student Showcase on May 10.


Students in MJF and electronic arts won eight awards at the national Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts this year. Some of that work will be shown at this showcase event.

Come to the event

19th Annual MJF Student Showcase

When: May 10, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: Plaster Student Union Theater
Admission: Free and open to the public

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Debate Bears win 3rd place at national tournament

Missouri State’s debate team won third place at the National Forensic Association’s National Championship Tournament last month.


Students earn individual awards

Other awards included:

  • Joe Hamaker, 4th place in the nation, Lincoln-Douglas Debate
  • Brenden Brower Freeman, National speaker award, 5th place in the nation
  • David Rabbitt, Quarter finalist
  • Clayton Russo, Caitlyn Elizabeth Wicks and Brenden Brower Freeman, double octa-finalists

Join the Debate Bears

The debate team is made up of students from departments across the university. No experience is required. With a student to coach ratio of 4 to 1, each debater receives ample attention from the coaching staff. Debaters are expected to return to campus one week before classes begin in August to prepare for the season.

To sign up or for more information, contact Dr. Eric Morris by email.

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Cultural differences: tips, tricks for visiting China and Japan

Missouri State offers several opportunities to study abroad, including Japan and China. Whether you are a student or a typical traveler, there some cultural differences you should know. Plan your study away experience. In Japan, don’t bow like in the movies When visiting Japan, there’s one mistake that most people make when greeting someone, said […]

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Reunion to bring current and former MSU debaters together

The fifth reunion for the Spicer Debate Forum will be celebrated with a series of events May 13 and 14. Participants will be able to visit with past and present coaches, meet current team members and mingle with former teammates.


Schedule of events

Friday, May 13

6 p.m.
Welcome reception with past and present debate coaches
Home of Don and Vicki Stanton in Nixa. Shuttles will be provided.

Saturday, May 14

12 p.m.
Lunch with the current MSU debate team
Meyer Alumni Center 5th Floor

4 p.m.
Optional wine tasting event (Additional cost)
Tower Club 21st Floor

6 p.m.
Reception and dinner
Tower Club 21st Floor

Register for the reunion

Register for the event with the Alumni Association. The registration fee includes all costs except the optional wine tasting.
Alumni and guests: $50 per person
Current MSU students: Free
Optional wine tasting: $50 per person

Give back to the program

You will have the option to donate to the MSU debate program when you register for the reunion. Please know there is no obligation to give, but we do appreciate the support of those who choose to do so.

Contact Information


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