Emily Yeap | KBIA

Emily Yeap

A native of Malaysia, Emily moved to Springfield in 2010 and started working at Missouri State University in 2014. She’s currently the public relations specialist in the office of university communications. She has a BA in Mass Communications from Colorado State University-Pueblo and a Master of Journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

#BearsHomecoming 2018 is around the corner and Missouri State University is ready to celebrate with alumni and friends.

The campus will be abuzz with activity and excitement Oct. 19-20. 

Lori Fan, MSU executive director of alumni relations, welcomes Bears everywhere to come home for Homecoming. 

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Over the years, the LGBTQ movement has made great strides in fighting for equality and acceptance. However, misconceptions about and injustices toward the LGBTQ community are still prevalent.

In light of LGBTQ History Month this October, members of Missouri State University’s LGBTQ community will come together to showcase LGBTQ pride. There will be several events on campus to create visibility around queer and transgender identity. They are free and open to the public. 

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. 

The Missouri State University Vision Screening Program provides free vision screenings to the community. Since 2013, it has screened more than 35,000 children and adults across southwest Missouri.

This August, just in time for National Children’s Vision and Learning Month, the program will expand its impact into central Missouri – starting with Lebanon. 

In January this year, Dr. Steve Stapleton took over the helm of Missouri State University’s School of Nursing. He replaced longtime director, Dr. Kathryn Hope, who retired.

Stapleton moved to Missouri from Illinois. He has 28 years of experience in the nursing profession in Chicago, working in emergency rooms, operating rooms and intensive care units. He also has experience in academia as a professor and research specialist. 

Missouri State University is home to more than 1,500 international students from around the globe. One program on campus that is helping them connect with American families and engage in cultural exchange is International Friends.  

Since 2012, the program has matched almost 1,000 international students with more than 690 local families. 

Race. Politics. Immigration. Gun control. These are some of the hot button issues in America today. They elicit strong emotions in people and often cause conflict in conversations.

However, tense discussions don’t have to be disrespectful or result in screaming matches. While it takes effort and practice, being civil in our conversations is possible.

Young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities will have a chance to experience college life thanks to a new program at Missouri State University called Bear POWER.

The first group of up to 10 students will begin their two-year, five-semester inclusive college education in January 2019.

Bear POWER Director Rachel Heinz offers more insights about the program.

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