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You do what?!You do what?! There are some career titles that don’t just pop up every day on job search websites. The seven unique job titles profiled here just happen to be held by Bears.
Let the Good Times Roar: Missouri State Homecoming 2014Let the Good Times Roar: Missouri State Homecoming 2014 The Missouri State alumni community celebrated Homecoming with six events put on by the University.
Getting the juicy details: Researcher sequences grape virusesGetting the juicy details: Researcher sequences grape viruses The faculty: Dr. Wenping Qiu, a research professor in the William H. Darr School of Agriculture, discovered the first DNA virus ever reported in grapevines.

Around the Quad

Campus news
Second annual Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame inauguration set for springSecond annual Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame inauguration set for spring The second class of people inducted into the Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame will be inaugurated April 17.
News in briefNews in brief News from Missouri State University
Former volleyball coach’s jersey retiredFormer volleyball coach’s jersey retired Missouri State raised a banner to the Hammons Student Center rafters Sept. 5 to honor longtime volleyball coach Linda Dollar with a retired jersey.
New facilities officially openNew facilities officially open The landscape of the Missouri State University campus in Springfield changed dramatically in 2014, thanks to several new or renovated recreation and athletics facilities.
Cal Ripken Jr. to speak at Public Affairs ConferenceCal Ripken Jr. to speak at Public Affairs Conference Legendary former baseball shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. will be the keynote speaker at this year's Public Affairs Conference.
Missouri State, Dickerson Park Zoo partner on Bear CountryMissouri State, Dickerson Park Zoo partner on Bear Country Bear Country is the new name for the black bear area at Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield.
Two new buildings now have official namesTwo new buildings now have official names Missouri State University supporters have lent their names to the Welcome Center and Health Sciences Center.
Foster family recognized with Bronze Bear awardFoster family recognized with Bronze Bear award The Bill R. Foster family received the 2014 Bronze Bear award during the Dec. 12 commencement ceremony at JQH Arena.
Celebrate with us: We’re turning 110!Celebrate with us: We’re turning 110! Missouri State was founded in March 1905, so we're holding a campus-wide celebration this spring for our 110th birthday.
MSU’s first free, open online courses attract thousandsMSU’s first free, open online courses attract thousands More than 8,300 people around the world signed up for Missouri State's first-ever massive open online courses, known as MOOCs, in fall 2014.

Connections

Alumni
1964 class reunion1964 class reunion The class of 1964 gathered at Homecoming in October for a 50th reunion.
Class NotesClass Notes Notable professional and personal accomplishments by alumni.
In MemoriamIn Memoriam A list of alumni and faculty/staff who have passed away.
Alumna one of five women in Army with three-star rankAlumna one of five women in Army with three-star rank Lt. Gen. Karen E. Dyson, '80, made Army history in August when she became the first female finance officer to achieve the three-star rank.
MarooNationMarooNation MarooNation events spread the spirit of maroon and white around the state and nation. At these Alumni Association events, Bears can catch up with friends, network with new contacts, win Missouri State prizes and learn about what’s new at MSU. … Continue reading
2010 spotlight: Music alumna served as emcee for Royals during World Series2010 spotlight: Music alumna served as emcee for Royals during World Series Danaya (Atkinson) Roller, '10, has been the official in-game emcee for the Kansas City Royals for four seasons.
Bright Lights, Big City: St. Louis again hosts MarooNation BallBright Lights, Big City: St. Louis again hosts MarooNation Ball The Missouri State University Foundation held the second MarooNation Ball in St. Louis.
Continue the TraditionContinue the Tradition Continue the Tradition is an out-of-state fee waiver program for the children and grandchildren of Missouri State graduates.
1963 spotlight: Former mayor still goes to work every day1963 spotlight: Former mayor still goes to work every day Half a century after Leland "Lee" Gannaway, 74, graduated from Missouri State, he looks back on a career as a lawyer and elected official and thinks about the progress he was able to help facilitate, the battles he fought and the colorful stories he gathered along the way.
Travel with fellow Bears!Travel with fellow Bears! MSU is planning several alumni trips.

Maroon and White

Athletics news
See basketball teams in postseasonSee basketball teams in postseason Missouri State basketball fans are invited to cheer for the Bears and Lady Bears during postseason play.
Bill O’Neill, former coach, passes away; stadium area named for himBill O’Neill, former coach, passes away; stadium area named for him Bill O'Neill, who was a mainstay on Missouri State's campus in Springfield for nearly 40 years, passed away in late October after a bout with cancer.
Football standout earns national academic recognitionFootball standout earns national academic recognition Caleb Schaffitzel was among just 17 collegiate football players honored in fall 2014 by the National Football Foundation in its National Scholar-Athlete Class.
Faces in the CrowdFaces in the Crowd Meet some Missouri State athletes
A fantastic day for Bears football!A fantastic day for Bears football! A snapshot of traditions and student life at Missouri State
Campus gets #AllieStrong to support Bear with cancerCampus gets #AllieStrong to support Bear with cancer Allie Alvstad, a sophomore on the Bears softball team, was diagnosed in early September with acute myeloid leukemia, a cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow.
The Voice of the BearsThe Voice of the Bears In 2014, Art Hains shot past the 2,000 mark in total Missouri State broadcasts.

In Every Issue

President’s messagePresident’s message I'm writing today about one of the top challenges facing Missouri State University: state funding for higher education.