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Missouri State
The Magazine Published For The Alumni And Friends of Missouri State University

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The Missouri State University decade: 10 years, 10 accomplishmentsThe Missouri State University decade: 10 years, 10 accomplishments Our historic name change happened in 2005. Here are some of our major successes and areas of emphasis since we officially became MSU.
Alumni Association restructuring; meet your new board of directorsAlumni Association restructuring; meet your new board of directors A message from Lori Fan, executive director of alumni relations.
The Faculty: Flying south to study the heat in a very cold spotThe Faculty: Flying south to study the heat in a very cold spot Cold and sunburned, Missouri State geology professor Dr. Kevin Mickus trudged with his fellow scientists through the snow and ice to study Mount Erebus, the southernmost active volcano in the world.

Around the Quad

Campus news
Actress speaks about transgender issuesActress speaks about transgender issues Emmy-nominated actress Laverne Cox, the first openly transgender woman of color to have a large role on a mainstream scripted television show, spoke Jan. 20 at Juanita K. Hammons Hall.
Missouri State gets into crowdfunding with new siteMissouri State gets into crowdfunding with new site MSU Crowdfunding, a privately branded crowdfunding portal just for MSU, was recently launched.
Second class inducted into Missouri Public Affairs Hall of FameSecond class inducted into Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame The honorees are a legendary scientist, an award-winning veteran who is a globally known humanitarian and a recent college graduate who started a national nonprofit.
Missouri State completes diversity climate study, plans next stepsMissouri State completes diversity climate study, plans next steps In March, the University announced the results of a 19-month campus and community climate study.
Bear couple shares their love on national TVBear couple shares their love on national TV Missouri State history student Marshall Phelan surprised his girlfriend, elementary education student Rebecca Pearcey, by proposing to her on NBC's "Today Show" on Valentine's Day.
A shyster, a Sherlock and a socially aware teen are coming to Tent TheatreA shyster, a Sherlock and a socially aware teen are coming to Tent Theatre For its 53rd season, Tent Theatre will present "Leap of Faith," "Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure" and "Hairspray."
New degrees focus on cybersecurity, teaching and moreNew degrees focus on cybersecurity, teaching and more Missouri State will offer new undergraduate and graduate degrees starting this fall.
Celebrating 110 years for 110 hoursCelebrating 110 years for 110 hours Missouri State University celebrated its 110th birthday, and the 10-year anniversary of the name change, for 110 hours from March 17-21.

Connections

Alumni
2002 spotlight: Alumnus builds the brand of the Missouri Valley Conference2002 spotlight: Alumnus builds the brand of the Missouri Valley Conference Derrick Docket credits Missouri State’s art and design and advertising programs with giving him the skill sets needed to succeed.
Class NotesClass Notes Notable professional and personal accomplishments by alumni.
In MemoriamIn Memoriam A list of alumni and faculty/staff who have passed away.
Let’s get it started: MarooNation Ball arrives in Kansas City!Let’s get it started: MarooNation Ball arrives in Kansas City! The Missouri State University Foundation held the MarooNation Ball, a black-tie optional event, April 25 in Kansas City.
Pride Marching Band and Color Guard to hold reunionPride Marching Band and Color Guard to hold reunion Reconnect with fellow alumni while meeting the Pride Band of today.
2004 spotlight: Electronic arts alumnus jumps to next level in video-game industry2004 spotlight: Electronic arts alumnus jumps to next level in video-game industry Matt Raithel was one of eight original employees at Black Lantern Studios, a Springfield-based game development company that has had continued success since 2004.
2009 spotlight: Owner of award-winning boutique credits MSU for business acumen2009 spotlight: Owner of award-winning boutique credits MSU for business acumen Andrea Pena's boutique, Modern Society, won the Downtown Springfield Association’s Downtown Business of the Year award in 2014.
2014 spotlight: Beartones vocalist makes it to top 48 on “American Idol”2014 spotlight: Beartones vocalist makes it to top 48 on “American Idol” Recent Missouri State Beartone Zack Kaltenbach earned a spot on the iconic singing show.
Travel with fellow Bears!Travel with fellow Bears! MSU is planning several alumni trips.
MarooNationMarooNation MarooNation events spread the spirit of maroon and white around the state and nation.

Maroon and White

Athletics news
Lady Bears win 10 in a row, then enter postseason for first time since 2012Lady Bears win 10 in a row, then enter postseason for first time since 2012 The Lady Bears went on a hot streak at the end of their season — they won 10 games in a row, finished third in the Missouri Valley Conference and advanced to the championship game of the league tournament.
Six inducted into Athletics Hall of FameSix inducted into Athletics Hall of Fame The 2015 class includes five student-athletes and one coach whose competitive careers were dotted with postseason honors and NCAA action.
Swimming and diving teams show the water who’s bossSwimming and diving teams show the water who’s boss Both the women's and men's teams end their 2015 seasons with a splash.
Faces in the CrowdFaces in the Crowd Meet some Missouri State athletes.

In Every Issue

Pancakes and the president, doughnuts and deansPancakes and the president, doughnuts and deans The President's Breakfast is held during finals week every fall and spring semester.
President’s messagePresident’s message This has been a spring of milestones and reflection: Missouri State University turned 110, and we celebrated 10 years since our name change. All of this looking back has us excited about the future and the direction in which the University is now headed.