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One of the three tenets of Missouri State University's public affairs mission is community engagement. (The others are ethical leadership and cultural competence.)


Typically, people think about community engagement in terms of volunteer hours or involvement in civic projects. To be sure, volunteerism is alive and well at Missouri State, where last year alone, students, faculty and staff contributed more than 420,000 hours of community service.


But there are many ways to reach out and serve the community. For example, this fall, MSU will offer two Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): "Laura Ingalls Wilder: Exploring Her Work and Writing Life — The Early Years" and "Ozarks History: Examining an American Culture."