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

Table of Contents

A swing (tune) and a (radio) hitA swing (tune) and a (radio) hit Two Missouri State alumni share exclusive assignment with St. Louis Cardinals.
Rock This Town: Missouri State Homecoming 2010Rock This Town: Missouri State Homecoming 2010 Make plans to return to campus Oct. 22-23 for this high-energy celebration.
Beyond the bow tie: Meet President CoferBeyond the bow tie: Meet President Cofer Dr. James E. Cofer, Sr., is named the 10th president of Missouri State University.

Around the Quad

Campus news
Innovative programs begin this fallInnovative programs begin this fall New geotourism and facility management degrees address professional trends and community needs.
President’s MessagePresident’s Message Dr. James E. Cofer, Sr. shares his impression of Missouri State University after his first few months on campus.
Q&A with new First Lady Deborah CoferQ&A with new First Lady Deborah Cofer Deborah Cofer discusses her family, her role on campus and the projects she successfully championed at previous schools.
Have tailgate party, will travelHave tailgate party, will travel Missouri State holds BearFest Village tailgate party in Kansas City.
First black applicant, denied admission in 1950, receives honorary degreeFirst black applicant, denied admission in 1950, receives honorary degree Mary Jean (Price) Walls received the first honorary bachelor’s degree conferred by Missouri State.
Opening day enrollment sets new recordOpening day enrollment sets new record Students participate in celebratory atmosphere as fall semester gets under way.
Board issues bonds for construction projects, refinance debtBoard issues bonds for construction projects, refinance debt Springfield and West Plains campuses to gain facility improvements.

Connections

Alumni
1987 spotlight: Michael Chatman1987 spotlight: Michael Chatman Founder of the Association of Maverick Philanthropists is leading a new generation of philanthropists.
1994 spotlight: Aaron Rugh1994 spotlight: Aaron Rugh Classic teenage temperament leads to prominent law career with JAG.
1998 spotlight: Veronica Baker Hatton1998 spotlight: Veronica Baker Hatton Music teacher honored with Veterans of Foreign Wars’ National Citizenship Education Teachers’ Award.
2006 spotlight: Ashley Rush Wakefield2006 spotlight: Ashley Rush Wakefield Class assignment becomes business plan for young entrepreneur.
2008 spotlight: Jennifer Artman2008 spotlight: Jennifer Artman Law student credits undergrad experience for top of the class performance.
MarooNationMarooNation Missouri State Alumni Association’s version of the ultimate roadtrip.
Kappa Alpha members hold reunionKappa Alpha members hold reunion Fraternity members from the 1960s return to campus for a reunion weekend.
Class NotesClass Notes

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

Payton PlacePayton Place School spirit on today’s college campuses cannot compare to the days of Roy Ellis’ time.
R.E.A.L. Bears help students of today become involved alumni of tomorrowR.E.A.L. Bears help students of today become involved alumni of tomorrow A group of Missouri State students work to bridge the gap between the campus community and alumni.

Maroon and White

Athletics news
New light poles illuminate Plaster FieldNew light poles illuminate Plaster Field Replacements installed after pole fell last summer.
Faces in the CrowdFaces in the Crowd Chris Novak, Calli Norman, Waylon Richardet and Jessica Teahan headline athletics programs.
Basketball Bears have a lot to look forward to in 2010-11 seasonBasketball Bears have a lot to look forward to in 2010-11 season The Bears’ top six scorers return to the hardwoods with a goal to shake up the MVC standings this winter.
Lady Bears poised to build on significant accomplishments of last seasonLady Bears poised to build on significant accomplishments of last season Ten returning Lady Bears look for repeat of 20-win season.

Cornerstone

From the Foundation
More than 20 medallions awarded at annual Founders Club receptionMore than 20 medallions awarded at annual Founders Club reception Alumni, friends, businesses and organizations are recognized for significant contributions to the University.
Foundation sets new fundraising recordFoundation sets new fundraising record During the past three years, the Foundation has raised an average of more than $1 million per month.

In Every Issue

Alumni invited to shape conference on community leadershipAlumni invited to shape conference on community leadership This issue’s public affairs essay is by Dr. Gloria J. Galanes, the provost fellow for public affairs and chair of the next Public Affairs Conference.
10 things alumni can do to show Missouri State spirit10 things alumni can do to show Missouri State spirit Learn 10 fun ways you can show you are proud to be a Bear — including downloading free spirit items.