Joplin, MO (SNS) – Two upcoming programs on KGCS-TV will highlight prairie restoration efforts on the campus of Missouri Southern State University, as well as a recent study abroad trip to Ireland.

The upcoming edition of “Newsmakers” will focus on efforts to restore the tallgrass prairie land on campus.

In February, the Board of Governors voted unanimously to permanently preserve the 14-acre tract of land for use as a natural laboratory for students.

Guests Dr. Kip Heth, Dr. Karen Plucinski and Dr. Jason Willard from the Biology Department will be joined by Randy Haas from the Missouri Department of Conservation. They will talk about how the university will utilize the land and some of its special features.

It will air at the following times on KGCS:

Sunday, June 14 – 5:30 p.m.
Monday, June 15 – 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 16 – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 17 – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 18 – 5:30 p.m.

It will also air at 5 a.m. Saturday, June 20, on KOAM-TV, and is posted on YouTube at

The upcoming “Window on the World” program focuses on a recent study abroad trip to Ireland by students in Missouri Southern’s honors program. The two-week trip served as a conclusion to the Literary Doublin course. Students visited literary and historic sites around Kilarney and Dublin.

Host Kristen Hanna will be joined by Dr. Michael Howarth and students Kendra Hamilton and Dana Stiles.

It will air the following times:

Wednesday, June 17 – 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 21 – 9 p.m.
Tuesday, June 23 – 7 p.m.
Wednesday, June 24 – 6 p.m.

The program can also be viewed on YouTube at

KGCS programming may be seen over the air on digital channel 22 and regional cable television systems.  The station operates as a service of the Department of Communication at Missouri Southern State University.