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Bears who broke barriersBears who broke barriers These are the stories of innovators. Maybe they broke racial or gender barriers. Maybe they looked at education or business in a new light. In all cases, they chose paths that had never been taken by anyone else.
Lady Bears return to NCAA tournamentLady Bears return to NCAA tournament The Missouri State women’s basketball team made its 14th NCAA tournament appearance in March 2016.
Metals move front and center to target cancerMetals move front and center to target cancer Dr. Nikolay Gerasimchuk, professor of chemistry, is developing an innovative set of compounds that could be used to properly set medical indwelling devices and prevent infections at those sites.

Around the Quad

Campus news
Hoover announces his retirementHoover announces his retirement In May 2016, Jerry Hoover retired as director of bands, a title he held since 1985.
Physician who serves homeless receives honorary doctoratePhysician who serves homeless receives honorary doctorate Dr. John Bentley was granted the university's 20th honorary doctorate.
Transformation, motivation and happiness: Tips from Jillian MichaelsTransformation, motivation and happiness: Tips from Jillian Michaels Jillian Michaels spoke on campus as part of this year’s Public Affairs Conference.
Alumnus has joined Board of GovernorsAlumnus has joined Board of Governors Gabriel E. Gore will serve as the Board of Governors representative from the First District from December 2015 to January 2021.
Assistant professor granted prestigious Fulbright awardAssistant professor granted prestigious Fulbright award Melanie Dreyer-Lude, assistant professor of theatre and dance at Missouri State University, is the recipient of a prestigious Fulbright scholarship award to Germany for an academic year.
Elliott announces his retirementElliott announces his retirement A long-time Missouri State University academic leaders in the Darr School of Agriculture announced his retirement.
Two alumni honored as Big Brothers/Big SistersTwo alumni honored as Big Brothers/Big Sisters Two Missouri State alumni were the recipients of the 2016 Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year Award from Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks.
Rock ‘n’ roll rebellion, rookie cop comedy and would-be socialite on tap for 2016 Tent TheatreRock ‘n’ roll rebellion, rookie cop comedy and would-be socialite on tap for 2016 Tent Theatre For its 54th season, Tent Theatre will present “All Shook Up,” “Unnecessary Farce” and “My Fair Lady.”
New members inducted into Missouri Public Affairs Hall of FameNew members inducted into Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame Five people were inducted into the Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame during a dinner and ceremony held April 14 in Springfield.
Missouri State remembers John H. KeiserMissouri State remembers John H. Keiser Dr. John H. Keiser, Missouri State's eighth president, passed away Jan. 19 at his home in Boise, Idaho, at age 79.
University granted reaccreditation from Higher Learning CommissionUniversity granted reaccreditation from Higher Learning Commission The Higher Learning Commission, or HLC, has granted Missouri State University full accreditation for another 10 years.
Six students honored as 2015-16 Citizen ScholarsSix students honored as 2015-16 Citizen Scholars Each year, the Missouri State Board of Governors recognizes students who model the concept of being a Citizen Scholar.

Connections

Alumni
2000 spotlight: Alumna recognized as business, community leader in Atlanta2000 spotlight: Alumna recognized as business, community leader in Atlanta Nicole Williams is the president of the National Sales Network’s Atlanta chapter, which organizes professional development opportunities for minority sales professionals and managers.
1988 spotlight: Lowe’s vice president still close to professors who said he ‘lit up the room’1988 spotlight: Lowe’s vice president still close to professors who said he ‘lit up the room’ Scott Purvis is vice president of human resources at Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
In MemoriamIn Memoriam Missouri State alumni and friends who have passed away.
MarooNationMarooNation MarooNation events spread the spirit of maroon and white around the state and nation.

Maroon and White

Athletics news
Jersey of former basketball coach Thomas retiredJersey of former basketball coach Thomas retired A ceremonial jersey was retired during halftime of the Dec. 10, 2015, men's basketball game to honor basketball coach Bill Thomas.
Stiles to be honored with statue at JQHStiles to be honored with statue at JQH A bronze likeness of Jackie Stiles — a Lady Bears legend, former National Player of the Year and current women's basketball assistant coach — will be unveiled in fall 2016 on the southeast side of JQH Arena.
Former director of athletics named Missouri sports legendFormer director of athletics named Missouri sports legend Bill Rowe joins an elite group of sports legends.
Three Bears honored by Missouri Sports Hall of FameThree Bears honored by Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Several people with ties to Missouri State University were honored in 2016 by the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.
Six inducted into Athletics Hall of FameSix inducted into Athletics Hall of Fame The Missouri State University Athletics Hall of Fame's 42nd annual induction took place the weekend of Feb. 12-13.
Citizen donor: Academic counselor for student-athletes gives bone marrowCitizen donor: Academic counselor for student-athletes gives bone marrow Softball player Allie Alvstad’s diagnosis prompted alumna A’dja Jones to sign up at a donor registration drive.
Faces in the crowdFaces in the crowd Meet some Missouri State athletes.

Cornerstone

From the Foundation
Foundation celebrates 35th anniversaryFoundation celebrates 35th anniversary The Missouri State University Foundation, the not-for-profit corporation that encourages and manages private financial support for Missouri State, turned 35 this year.
New federal law helps donors ‘do the most good with the money’New federal law helps donors ‘do the most good with the money’ A convenient way for donors age 70-plus to give to Missouri State is now permanent, thanks to a federal bill signed into law.
Your support sticks with us. Let us stick with you!Your support sticks with us. Let us stick with you! Alumni who make a gift of at least $25 by June 29 will receive Missouri State labels with their name and address in November as part of our end-of-year giving opportunity.

In Every Issue

President’s messagePresident’s message At Missouri State, we are evaluating our processes and addressing campus climate concerns in a meaningful way.
The campus is ready to SOARThe campus is ready to SOAR Share your favorite SOAR memory.