MSU Receives $22 million in Grants for 2014 FY

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Nadia Cavner serves as president of investment services firm Nadia Cavner Group in Springfield, Missouri. Outside of her work as a financial services provider, she supports the Our Promise Campaign at Missouri State University.

The Our Promise Campaign began with the goal of raising $125 million on behalf of Missouri State University (MSU). To date, the campaign has surpassed that objective by more than $40 million. During the 2014 fiscal year, the university enjoyed a nine percent increase in total grants received by faculty and staff. Nearly 300 individual grants provided the school with a combined $22 million, according to the MSU Office of Research and Administration. About $8.6 million came from federal agencies, while an additional $4.9 million was provided by state agencies.

Grant money like the funds raised by the Our Promise Campaign is used to improve the university in a variety of ways. A number of faculty members use grant funding to participate in the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). The DESE frequently sends MSU faculty members to other schools in order to assist in teacher training programs.

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MSU to Offer Laura Ingalls Wilder Massive Open Online Course

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Nadia Cavner serves the Nadia Cavner Group in Springfield, Missouri, as president. As a member of the Our Promise Campaign at Missouri State University, she assists the university in raising funds in order to expand academic offerings and improve student services.

The English department at Missouri State University (MSU) has recently announced plans for an online course entitled Laura Ingalls Wilder: Her Work and Writing Life. Most Americans know of Wilder, or at least her stories, through the 1970s television program Little House on the Prairie. The show was loosely based on Wilder’s body of work, which includes nine Little House novels and several supplemental pieces. The course, which will cover the first four books in the Little House series and examine connections between the novels and the author’s life, will be led by English department faculty member Pamela Smith Hill.

The Wilder course represents an increasing trend in massive open online courses being offered by universities and colleges across the country. The course does not provide college credits and is open to anyone who is interested. Individuals do not need to be a student at MSU to take part in the course.

Reasons for Supporting Missouri State University

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Nadia Cavner presently serves the Nadia Cavner Group as president. When she is not overseeing business matters with the group, she works with the Our Promise campaign at Missouri State University.

Missouri State University’s Our Promise campaign was established with a goal of raising $125 million for the college. To date, more than 73,000 donors have accounted for nearly $170 million in contributions. Our Promise encourages individuals to support the university for a number of reasons, such as the enhancement of the school’s global reputation. When universities are ranked by national and international publications, charitable donation percentages are taken into account. By donating to Missouri State University, supporters improve the school’s ranking and attract new students.

By supporting the university, donors are also sponsoring the future generation of leaders. In the past, Missouri State University was responsible for almost 70% of its operating budget. Thanks to donations, the school is only responsible for 38%, allowing additional funds to go to education, art, and science programs. Students who graduate from these programs go on to improve the global community and influence the lives of younger individuals.