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

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Let’s hear it for our homecoming honoreesLet’s hear it for our homecoming honorees

The honorees from this year have proven that life is the Ultimate Adventure — the theme of Homecoming 2009 activities.

Choosing the path of a humanitarianChoosing the path of a humanitarian

Scott Waddle loves to lend a helping hand, whether it’s in Africa, Afghanistan or on the job.

Public affairs essayPublic affairs essay

Missouri State University is proud to be the state’s only public affairs university. This mission influences almost everything we do, from curriculum choices to extracurricular events.

Around the Quad

Campus news
Artist’s exhibit draws governor’s encouragementArtist’s exhibit draws governor’s encouragement

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon toured the Art and Design Gallery with exhibit artist and Missouri State alumnus Billyo O’Donnell, ’80.

Pinegars’ long-standing support recognized with Bronze Bear AwardPinegars’ long-standing support recognized with Bronze Bear Award

T. Edward Pinegar Jr. and Carol Pinegar receive award during the Dec. 18 commencement ceremony.

Public Affairs Conference to focus on economyPublic Affairs Conference to focus on economy

“The New Economy: Peril and Promise” will address many of the questions surrounding new economic realities.

Former employees inducted to Wall of FameFormer employees inducted to Wall of Fame

Six former employees were recognized for more than 170 years of combined service to Missouri State.

Michael T. Nietzel to step down as Missouri State presidentMichael T. Nietzel to step down as Missouri State president

University's 9th president to step down by Dec. 31.

President’s MessagePresident’s Message

Michael T. Nietzel provides perspective on decision to step down as president.

Board member honored in 40 Under 40 listBoard member honored in 40 Under 40 list

Orvin Kimbrough named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40.

Robotics team wins national competitionRobotics team wins national competition

Students take home first place in design and innovation at the Robotics Manipulator Competition.

Andy’s Frozen Custard, MSU announce winning Boomer Bear Concrete flavorAndy’s Frozen Custard, MSU announce winning Boomer Bear Concrete flavor

Mascot inspired new frozen dessert full of fruit and nuts.

Students lead Haitian relief effortsStudents lead Haitian relief efforts

Students attempt to raise $50,000 in 50 hours to aid Springfield-based Convoy of Hope.



MarooNation is Missouri State Alumni Association’s version of the ultimate roadtrip.

1956 Spotlight1956 Spotlight

James L. “Pete” Morgan vividly remembers the last final he took at then-Southwest Missouri State College.

Payton PlacePayton Place

Without a doubt, Professor James T. Shannon would have been a big fan of Boomer Bear, Missouri State’s lovable athletic mascot.

Class NotesClass Notes

Highlighting the personal and professional accomplishments of Missouri State University alumni.

1968 Spotlight1968 Spotlight

For Elaine Campbell, attending Missouri State University is a family tradition. Her family holds 18 degrees from the University.

2002 / 2003 Spotlight2002 / 2003 Spotlight

Rachel and JoJo Pacubas, who both work at the Kansas City headquarters of DST Systems, met at Missouri State in 2000.

2007 Spotlight2007 Spotlight

David Vinyard, originally from Stockton, Mo., is pursuing his Ph.D. in biophysical chemistry at Princeton University.

Students get acting advice from famous alumnaStudents get acting advice from famous alumna

Kathleen Turner, a Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee, led a question-and-answer session with theatre and dance students.

Maroon and White

Athletics news
Howard sets 2009 MLB recordHoward sets 2009 MLB record

Baseball standout Ryan Howard led the Philadelphia Phillies to a second consecutive National League pennant.

Hard work, drive and novel idea fuels entrepreneur’s successHard work, drive and novel idea fuels entrepreneur’s success

Former Bears’ football star Jonah White returned to campus for Homecoming 2009.

Faces In The CrowdFaces In The Crowd

Alex Riggs, Jay McBride, Cara Hackman and Antoine Wilkinson


From the Foundation
Campaign surpasses $100 million milestoneCampaign surpasses $100 million milestone

Three major gifts push campaign past $100 million milestone.

Jeans and Jewels aids special projectsJeans and Jewels aids special projects

Third annual event held at Mountain Grove campus.

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