What began as a single act of kindness has now become a lifelong desire to help others. Bryan Simpson is Owner and Director of Awesomeness at 5 Pound Apparel, a retail clothing story founded in the spirit of social entrepreneurship.
Similar to the public-welfare aim of many universities, Missouri State University (MSU) was granted a specific statewide public affairs mission in 1995 comprising three pillars: community engagement, cultural competence, and ethical leadership. Since the implementation of this mission, the university has engaged in various efforts to promote and foster public-affairs awareness among students, including through its first-year seminar (FYS). This article details a study conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of the FYS in enhancing students’ public-affairs awareness.
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