Whether you live near campus or a world away, we have plenty of ways for you to get involved with events that focus on community engagement, cultural competence and ethical leadership — the three tenets of the University-wide public affairs mission.
Missouri State, Drury University, Ozarks Technical Community College, Evangel University and Southwest Baptist University will join together on a Community Engagement Project. This collaborative service project is called “Stomp Out Hunger: All Collegiate Shoe Drive.” The schools will work together to collect used shoes to donate to Sole Food.
Sole Food is a local project that accepts donated shoes, then partners with Shoeman Water Projects to sell those shoes to distributors in needy countries. A portion of the proceeds goes to Friends Against Hunger. The remainder of the proceeds purchases supplies to bring clean, fresh water to those who need it. In addition, the shoes are sent to countries that need affordable footwear, such as Tanzania and Haiti. Together, the schools hope to collect enough shoes from Sept. 28-Oct. 19 to qualify for a record-breaking entry.
To donate shoes or learn how you may otherwise contribute, contact Director of Public Affairs Support Mary Ann Wood.
The Common Reader is the book read by all first-year students. This year, it’s “Start Something That Matters” by Blake Mycoskie, founder of Toms Shoes. Mycoskie will deliver the 2013 Public Affairs Convocation lecture at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.
The lecture is open to the community. Free tickets will be available to Missouri State students, faculty and staff first, and will later be available to the general public. More information about ticket pick-up will be announced at a later date.
The 2013-14 Public Affairs Conference will be held April 8-11, 2014. This year’s theme is “Global Perspective: Why It Matters.” The purpose of the theme is to encourage attendees to develop awareness, skills and values that will equip them to work collaboratively, across nations and cultures, toward a more just and sustainable future. The conference features presentations, panel discussions and events that touch on business, family, international issues, the arts and education.
All events are free and open to the public. No registration is necessary.
If you don’t live near campus, you can still check out some speeches. We stream many plenary speakers live, and those videos will also be available on our YouTube channel.
Missouri State announced the creation of the Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame in spring 2013, and nominations were taken for the first class until late August.
The Hall of Fame honors those who improve the lives of others through their academic, personal or professional achievements. Honorees must have a connection to the state of Missouri, and serve as examples of global citizens who act consistently for the benefit of others.
The first-ever recipients will be inducted during a banquet and ceremony from 5 to 8 p.m. April 11, 2014, in a ballroom at the Oasis Convention Center, 2546 N. Glenstone Ave.
The event will be open to the public but will require the purchase of a ticket.