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A new Missouri State tradition: MarooNation BallA new Missouri State tradition: MarooNation Ball MarooNation Ball galas, black-tie optional events with live entertainment, mingling, dining and dancing, are fast becoming a Missouri State tradition. These events have two purposes: promote Missouri State spirit and raise funds for a good cause.
The Faculty: Eye to eye, or eye for an eye?The Faculty: Eye to eye, or eye for an eye? Dr. Bukola Oyeniyi, assistant professor of history, uncovers the 'why' and 'how' of terrorist group Boko Harram's impact on social and political issues in West Africa.
Meet the 2016 Alumni Association awardeesMeet the 2016 Alumni Association awardees The association honored graduates and former staff members during the Bears of Distinction dinner and awards ceremony. New this year: the Bears of Excellence designation.

Around the Quad

Campus news
Ad Team wins another national competitionAd Team wins another national competition This is the fourth consecutive win for the Missouri State Ad Team in a national or international competition sponsored by EdVenture Partners.
School of Agriculture has new leaderSchool of Agriculture has new leader Dr. Ronald Del Vecchio is the new director of Missouri State University’s Darr School of Agriculture.
Medallions awarded at reception for Founders ClubMedallions awarded at reception for Founders Club The Founders Club, Missouri State University’s most prestigious organization for donors, held its annual medallion reception July 16 at the Davis-Harrington Welcome Center.
Glass Hall’s new look begins to take shapeGlass Hall’s new look begins to take shape The Glass Hall renovation and expansion project has been moving forward quickly.
Multicultural center named for MSU’s first-ever African-American applicantMulticultural center named for MSU’s first-ever African-American applicant A student resource center opened this spring has a new name: the Mary Jean Price Walls Multicultural Resource Center Annex.
Music professor’s work included on album recorded in CubaMusic professor’s work included on album recorded in Cuba A composition by Dr. Michael F. Murray, music professor, is featured on the album “Abrazo: The Havana Sessions,” a recording of works by living American composers performed with musicians and chorales in Cuba.
Join us for public affairs signature eventsJoin us for public affairs signature events These signature events help Missouri State put our public affairs mission into practice. There are seven events each school year, and these five will happen this fall and next spring.
Program helps migrants learn in southwest MissouriProgram helps migrants learn in southwest Missouri Missouri State University instructional specialist Claudia Franks received a grant continuation for a program called the Migrant Summer School project.
Five selected for faculty, staff Wall of FameFive selected for faculty, staff Wall of Fame Five former faculty and staff members will be inducted into the Missouri State University Wall of Fame.
Be“leaf” it: We’re a Tree Campus USABe“leaf” it: We’re a Tree Campus USA Missouri State has been acknowledged by the Arbor Day Foundation with a 2016 Tree Campus USA recognition.
Restructured Alumni Association expanding, enhancing programs and activitiesRestructured Alumni Association expanding, enhancing programs and activities Here's an update on expanded and enhanced alumni programs and activities.
Moments of triumphMoments of triumph Athletes converged on campus for the Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games.

Connections

Alumni
1978 spotlight: Presidential appointee helps regulate U.S. Postal Service1978 spotlight: Presidential appointee helps regulate U.S. Postal Service Tony Hammond serves as one of four members of the leadership team for the Postal Regulatory Commission. He was appointed to this role by two different presidents.
In MemoriamIn Memoriam Missouri State alumni and employees who have passed away.
2002 spotlight: Alumnus honored as School Counselor of the Year finalist2002 spotlight: Alumnus honored as School Counselor of the Year finalist On a cold January day, high school counselor Rob Lundien stood in the East Room of the White House and heard Michelle Obama recognize him by name.
MarooNationMarooNation MarooNation events spread the spirit of maroon and white around the state and nation.
Missouri State HomecomingMissouri State Homecoming Here are the events that will welcome you home!
Missouri State alumni are staging a strong presence on BroadwayMissouri State alumni are staging a strong presence on Broadway Our graduates are doing amazing things, from starting digital companies and raising money for nonprofits to staging new musical productions. Here are two recent stories.

Maroon and White

Athletics news
Alumna honored by Missouri Sports Hall of FameAlumna honored by Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Dora Quinn Arney Meikle, ’50, was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame this spring as part of the annual Women’s Sports Luncheon.
MSU partners with country club for golf facilityMSU partners with country club for golf facility Missouri State has signed a 15-year partnership with the Twin Oaks Country Club in Springfield.
Several Baseball Bears chosen in draft, selected for postseason honorsSeveral Baseball Bears chosen in draft, selected for postseason honors After another great Bears baseball season, several players were selected in the Major League Baseball draft or chosen for other honors.
Bears host first track meet at Allison South StadiumBears host first track meet at Allison South Stadium This spring, the track and field team hosted its first home meet on campus in eight years.
Pickens named new assistant basketball coachPickens named new assistant basketball coach Former Bears standout Keith Pickens, ’13 and ’16, was named to a full-time coaching position this summer.
Volleyball player selected for U.S. team playing in EuropeVolleyball player selected for U.S. team playing in Europe Volleyball player Lily Johnson, a junior outside hitter, represented the Bears and the United States in July as part of the U.S. Collegiate National Team Europe Tour.
Bears to watchBears to watch Meet some Missouri State athletes.

Cornerstone

From the Foundation
Consider leaving your legacy through the 1905 SocietyConsider leaving your legacy through the 1905 Society The 1905 Society encourages active interest in Missouri State. Members are part of a select group of individuals whose commitment represents a dedication to the future of the university.

In Every Issue

Fountain Day: A high-water mark on the social calendarFountain Day: A high-water mark on the social calendar This year’s Fountain Day Party was held April 15. It included free food, inflatables and the chance to take home your very own vial of fountain water.
President’s MessagePresident’s Message The foundation of our new brand is our public affairs mission, which makes a Missouri State education like no other and helps the university stand out in the crowded field of higher education.