Jeff Corwin And Scaly Friends Delight Crowd

Apr 11, 2013
Southeast Missouri State University

Conservationist and popular TV personality Jeff Corwin delighted a Show Me Center audience with animal stories Wednesday night. And he brought along a few scaly friends to drive the point home.

Southeast Missouri State University's Academic Hall
Southeast Missouri State University

Southeast Missouri State University will keep its in-house textbook rental program, but will outsource operation of its bookstore.

The Board of Regents approved a plan for Follett to run the university’s bookstore at their meeting on Wednesday.

Vice President Kathy Mangels says print textbooks are still the majority of what students use now, though she anticipates that will change to e-books. Mangels says Follett will be able to incorporate more electronic learning materials into the university’s online learning management system.

Southern Illinois University

A disagreement over whether or not to elect a chair at Wednesday's SIU Board of Trustees meeting led to an abrupt adjournment when two Trustees walked out in protest.

Trustees David Hamilton and Marquita Wiley say they want a full Board to be in place before they'll vote for a chair. There remain three vacancies after the Illinois Senate rejected nominees from Gov. Pat Quinn.

But Trustee Don Lowery says this lack of action is in violation of Board policy - which requires an election of a chair in January.

DESE Moves Forward With Common Core Standards

Apr 2, 2013
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The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is moving forward with fully implementing new standards in Missouri’s K-12 schools for teaching math, English and language arts.

DESE spokeswoman Sarah Potter says the new standards are based on those crafted by the Common Core State Standards initiative.

“The standards say what students should know and be able to do by the end of each grade level to be on track for success in college and career,” Potter said.

Potter says Missouri adopted the new standards back in 2010.

Three Rivers College Continues to Expand

Mar 21, 2013

Three Rivers College will hold a groundbreaking ceremony in April for its Eastern Campus. It will replace the center currently rented in Sikeston.

This facility is expected to hold a capacity of 1,800 students versus the 500 the current facility holds.

Missy Marshall is the director of the current Three Rivers Sikeston Center. She says this new facility will expand current offerings like business and nursing, and reach out to more potential students.