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Our Homecoming honorees ROCKOur Homecoming honorees ROCK The Missouri State Alumni Association awards were presented as part of Rock This Town Homecoming activities — and the winners are solid gold.
Alumnus who works to end hunger exemplifies community engagementAlumnus who works to end hunger exemplifies community engagement Alumnus Bart Brown, now president and CEO of a nonprofit organization that fights hunger, discusses how he is using his education to meet a community need.
Foundation celebrates 30 years of supporting Missouri StateFoundation celebrates 30 years of supporting Missouri State The Missouri State University Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation that encourages and manages private financial support for Missouri State, turns 30 this year. A kick-off event was held in January to announce dozens of gifts that commemorate the anniversary.

Around the Quad

Campus news
President’s MessagePresident’s Message Alumni and friends invited to review Missouri State’s Long-Range Plan.
Five former faculty and staff members selected for induction into Wall of FameFive former faculty and staff members selected for induction into Wall of Fame New class of inductees honored during Homecoming.
Ferguson’s long-standing support recognized with Bronze Bear awardFerguson’s long-standing support recognized with Bronze Bear award Missouri State bestows highest honor during commencement ceremony.
Sociology department contributes to report about Missouri’s civic healthSociology department contributes to report about Missouri’s civic health Missourians out-perform trends for volunteering, community engagement and voter turnout.
Earliest editions of Ozarko yearbook, Standard newspaper now onlineEarliest editions of Ozarko yearbook, Standard newspaper now online Historic documents digitized for alumni and friends to view.
University begins process to offer doctorate in nursing practiceUniversity begins process to offer doctorate in nursing practice New degree to prepare family nurse practitioners.
Performances of “Taps” part of Veteran’s Day recognition eventsPerformances of “Taps” part of Veteran’s Day recognition events Cascading round involves 80 buglers and trumpeters on campus.
University to hold summit on diversityUniversity to hold summit on diversity Springfield community to develop solutions for diversity-related barriers.
System sets enrollment record, passes 23,000 markSystem sets enrollment record, passes 23,000 mark Incoming freshman class boasts ACT scores higher than state and national averages.

Connections

Alumni
MarooNationMarooNation Missouri State Alumni Association’s version of the ultimate roadtrip.
1981 spotlight: Susan Hiland1981 spotlight: Susan Hiland Kansas City news anchor recalls early shift at KSMU.
1975 spotlight: Barry Johnson1975 spotlight: Barry Johnson MSU grad leads one of the largest chambers of commerce in the southeastern United States.
2008 & 09 spotlight: Austyn Sanders2008 & 09 spotlight: Austyn Sanders Triple major built foundation for career in civil rights law.
Payton PlacePayton Place Take a stroll through yester-year with Don Payton.
2007 & 08 spotlight: Abby Kantner2007 & 08 spotlight: Abby Kantner Recent grad stars in mtvU career video.
Greenwood Alumni Association presents awards, shows renderings of new science lab at Homecoming ceremonyGreenwood Alumni Association presents awards, shows renderings of new science lab at Homecoming ceremony Annual celebration recognizes outstanding achievements by eight Bluejays.

Maroon and White

Athletics news
MSU retires jersey of former Baseball Bear Ryan HowardMSU retires jersey of former Baseball Bear Ryan Howard Missouri State retired the No. 6 jersey of former baseball player Ryan Howard during the Dec. 18 men’s basketball game.
Former Volleyball Bear leads international games efforts on U.S. Olympic CommitteeFormer Volleyball Bear leads international games efforts on U.S. Olympic Committee Rebecca Crawford, ’76, ensures USA teams have the best competitive environment with the fewest distractions.
Volleyball Bears hit 20 wins for 12th straight yearVolleyball Bears hit 20 wins for 12th straight year Team closes season in fourth in the MVC league.
Women’s soccer Bears end season just inches from a titleWomen’s soccer Bears end season just inches from a title Team earns second-consecutive MVC runner-up finish.
Faces in the CrowdFaces in the Crowd Student-athletes recognized for outstanding performances.
Bears, Lady Bears deliver thrilling games this winterBears, Lady Bears deliver thrilling games this winter Winning streak set by both teams gave fans something to cheer about.
Former Bears recognized with MSU top honorsFormer Bears recognized with MSU top honors Six teams represented during recognition ceremony.

Cornerstone

From the Foundation
Fashioning a brilliant futureFashioning a brilliant future Jose Orellana, ’09, is helping current students at Missouri State stitch together their future.

In Every Issue

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