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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Missouri State University

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.

The Lymphedema Garment Program

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Lymphedema Garment Program

Nadia Cavner studied business administration at Texas Wesleyan University. Based in Springfield, Missouri, she currently serves as the president of the Nadia Cavner Group and supports various charitable organizations, such as the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks.

The Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks provides breast cancer patients and their families with a number of services, including emotional support and financial assistance, as well as free mammogram screening programs to help women catch breast cancer in its earliest, most treatable stages. Uninsured or under-insured patients can also apply for the Lymphedema Garment Program, an initiative to provide clothing to women in need. To apply for this program, patients must have developed lymphedema, a condition that involves swelling in the arms or legs, as a result of breast cancer. After filling out a Lymphedema Garment application as well as a Medical Records Authorization, patients should specify what type of garments they need the most. The national Breast Cancer Foundation will contact qualifying patients thereafter for more information and to provide further instructions.

Early Signs of Breast Cancer

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Nadia Cavner, a resident of Springfield, Missouri, currently leads the Nadia Cavner Group, a financial services company. In an effort to give back to her community, she has supported local soup kitchens and foundations that advocate for breast cancer awareness and research.

As with most cancers, early detection is a crucial element of successful breast cancer treatment. Women of all ages should regularly check their breasts for changes that may indicate an illness, such as a lump or mass within the breast or under the arm. There are a variety of physical changes beyond lumps and knots that should be brought to the attention of a physician as well.

Any discoloration of the skin, including redness or darkening, may signal a health concern. Sensations of swelling or unusual warmth can be further evidence of a medical issue. The skin around the breasts is not the only area that should be carefully monitored. Any type of rash or pain in the nipples can serve as a warning sign for breast cancer, particularly if the pain does not subside after a few days. Any combination of these symptoms should be brought to the attention of a physician.

Missouri State University Scholarships Support Incoming Freshman

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Our Promise Campaign

In addition to serving as president of the Nadia Cavner Group in Springfield, Missouri, Nadia Cavner volunteers with a number of organizations in the community. As a board member of Missouri State University’s Our Promise Campaign, Ms. Cavner contributed to MSU’s efforts to support its incoming freshmen with a variety of scholarships.

MSU offers 16 scholarships to incoming freshmen, including the A+ Recognition Scholarship, the Missouri State Promise Scholarship, and the Missouri State Advantage Scholarship. Two of the most notable scholarships are the Presidential and University Scholarships.

Each freshman class is allotted 35 Presidential Scholarships, each of which has a total value of $50,000 over a four-year period. Awarded on the basis of exceptional academic performance during high school, the Presidential Scholarship is only available to students who finished in the top 10 percent of their class, or who accumulated at least a 3.9 grade point average. In order to continue receiving the scholarship, students must perform community service around the campus and maintain a 3.6 GPA.

Students who interview for the Presidential Scholarship are also considered for the University Scholarship, which provides up to 35 freshmen with $5,000 each year toward tuition and fees, plus $2,000 for on-campus housing in their freshman and sophomore years.