New Care to Learn Chapter in Monett Focuses on Vulnerable Students


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Care to Learn

With a success-driven background as financial advisor behind her, Nadia Cavner is a respected Springfield, Missouri, community member, who is known for her work with Care to Learn, a 501(c)(3) foundation. Through Nadia Cavner’s leadership and financial support, which included a $100,000 contribution in 2016, the nonprofit has expanded in offering vital resources to children in need of health, hunger, and hygiene support.

Ms. Cavner’s 2016 contributions to Care to Learn also included $15,000 toward the launch of a new Monett chapter. This seed money honored Tristen, the son of Monett resident Gary Ferdig, and brought the total number of chapters to 27.

As the Monett School District superintendent described it, Mr. Ferdig had approached the community a couple months prior to the chapter launch announcement. The school district had been researching what Care to Learn had to offer and identified specific community needs that could be met through its assistance. In particular, there are times throughout the year when families tend to experience financial stress and have a hard time meeting basic needs. This is where Care to Learn can have a major impact in bettering lives throughout the community.


Missouri State University Our Promise Campaign Champions Education

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Our Promise Campaign

Nadia Cavner served as the president of Nadia Cavner Group Investment Services in Springfield, Missouri, for 23 years. Passionate about education and the arts, Nadia Cavner supported the Missouri State University Our Promise campaign through service on the board.

Founded in 1905, Missouri State University was established to prepare teachers for jobs in the local public school system. Today, it offers a wide variety of undergraduate concentrations, as well as graduate degrees.

The Missouri State University Foundation invites alumni and other interested parties to donate directly to the continuation of educational greatness, with funding going to areas in need. Initiatives have included the Our Promise campaign, which began with the ambitious goal of raising $125 million. In 2013, the university announced that $167 million had been raised through commitments and gifts. Over 73,000 donors contributed.

The Our Promise campaign also spread awareness of the other ways interested parties can donate, including through gifts of stocks, bonds, real estate, or securities.

Care to Learn Provides Basics to Missouri Students in Need


MSU Receives $22 million in Grants for 2014 FY

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Missouri State University

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.

MSU to Offer Laura Ingalls Wilder Massive Open Online Course

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Missouri State University

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.