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

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10 things alumni need to know about new coach Paul Lusk10 things alumni need to know about new coach Paul Lusk You may already know that Paul Lusk, formerly of Purdue University, is the Bears’ 17th head basketball coach. But how much do you know about his personality and life off the court? Meet the man who is ready to lead the Bears to victory.
University volunteer trip to Joplin inspires heartbreak, hopeUniversity volunteer trip to Joplin inspires heartbreak, hope A team of about 60 Missouri State students, faculty and staff members volunteered to help in Joplin, Mo., after the May 22 deadly tornado that obliterated a third of the city.
Bears who mean BUSINESS!Bears who mean BUSINESS! These 10 alumni, who have found success in a range of areas, share their expertise — everything from how to start a company or invest like a pro to how to choose luggage or tip during a hotel stay.

Around the Quad

Campus news
New center will develop, recruit rural teachersNew center will develop, recruit rural teachers The Rural Education Center will begin providing professional development for rural teachers this fall.
Sir Elton John wows JQH ArenaSir Elton John wows JQH Arena A sold-out crowd packed JQH Arena for Sir Elton John’s “Greatest Hits Live” concert.
Going “green” earns a bronze for Missouri StateGoing “green” earns a bronze for Missouri State Missouri State received a bronze rating from STARS, ranking among top 50 universities in the nation.
Tuition, fees for 2011-12 approved; new credit-card policy announcedTuition, fees for 2011-12 approved; new credit-card policy announced Missouri State fees remain below the national average.
Learning Center at Darr Agricultural Center named to honor Senator BondLearning Center at Darr Agricultural Center named to honor Senator Bond The Christopher S. Bond Learning Center honor's the former Senator’s advocacy for agriculture.
New administrators take on key roles in provost’s office, COBA and Graduate CollegeNew administrators take on key roles in provost’s office, COBA and Graduate College A number of administrators are preparing for new leadership positions at the University this fall.
President Cofer announces plan to return to faculty; Clifton Smart, general counsel, named interim presidentPresident Cofer announces plan to return to faculty; Clifton Smart, general counsel, named interim president Dr. James E. Cofer Sr., announced that he will relinquish his duties as president and return to the faculty.
Legislature does best to protect University budget, approves funding for pharmacy programLegislature does best to protect University budget, approves funding for pharmacy program Missouri State’s total state appropriation is down 7 percent than one year ago.
Summit held on campus aims to help Springfield develop a more diverse workforceSummit held on campus aims to help Springfield develop a more diverse workforce Inaugural Diversity and Economic Development Summit presented tools of inclusion for business, education, civic and faith-based organizations.
Neurosurgeon who helps poor receives MSU honorary doctorateNeurosurgeon who helps poor receives MSU honorary doctorate Dr. Bert Park, a Lee’s Summit neurosurgeon, was awarded the Doctor of Public Affairs.

Connections

Alumni
R.E.A.L. Bears alumni and students raise money to fight cancerR.E.A.L. Bears alumni and students raise money to fight cancer Members of the R.E.A.L. Bears raised more than $900 to benefit the American Cancer Society.
Class NotesClass Notes Notable professional and personal accomplishments by alumni.
Alumni Association co-sponsors speed networking eventAlumni Association co-sponsors speed networking event Alumni, staff members and community leaders held mini-interviews with students to help develop networking skills.
2011 spotlight: Bryan Simpson2011 spotlight: Bryan Simpson Simpson is the co-founder and CEO of a T-shirt shop in downtown Springfield named 5 Pound Apparel.
Bears headline show at one of New York’s iconic stagesBears headline show at one of New York’s iconic stages Missouri State musical theatre alumni and students headlined a spring break performance in New York City.
1990 spotlight: Beth (Macy) Boone1990 spotlight: Beth (Macy) Boone Beth (Macy) Boone, ’90, is a successful marketing professional.
1986 spotlight: Gary Tompkins1986 spotlight: Gary Tompkins Gary Tompkins, ’86, is a successful businessman, entrepreneur, community leader, farmer and more.
Missouri State’s scrapbook of successful alumni in the St. Louis areaMissouri State’s scrapbook of successful alumni in the St. Louis area St. Louis area alumni and friends enjoy monthly gatherings with Missouri State.
Missouri State’s scrapbook of successful alumni in the Kansas City areaMissouri State’s scrapbook of successful alumni in the Kansas City area Kansas City area alumni and friends enjoy monthly gatherings with Missouri State.
Former Chicken of the Sea president now dipping his toe into retirementFormer Chicken of the Sea president now dipping his toe into retirement Dennis Mussell, a 1964 graduate, is the former president and CEO of Chicken of the Sea.
Payton PlacePayton Place Take a stroll through the University’s past with Don Payton.
Enjoy photos from the event in your areaEnjoy photos from the event in your area Missouri State’s Alumni Association takes the tailgate party on the road.

Maroon and White

Athletics news
Volleyball Bears to open promising season with MVC performers on teamVolleyball Bears to open promising season with MVC performers on team First-team all-Missouri Valley Conference performers and 2010 MVC Freshman of the Year bring experience to Volleyball Bears.
MVC title, NIT trip cap thrilling seasonMVC title, NIT trip cap thrilling season The trip to the National Invitation Tournament in March, marked the Bears’ second straight postseason tournament appearance.
Lady Bears’ run ends in WNIT bidLady Bears’ run ends in WNIT bid Second-place Missouri Valley Conference regular-season and tournament finishes highlight season that ended at the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.
Two Bears picked in pro baseball draftTwo Bears picked in pro baseball draft The St. Louis Cardinals took junior second baseman Kevin Medrano, while the Detroit Tigers picked junior right-handed pitcher Dan Kickham.
Bears set record while donating 12 consecutive hours to area food bankBears set record while donating 12 consecutive hours to area food bank Team of volunteers sorted more than 28,700 pounds of food donations, the equivalent of more than 22,000 meals.
Former MSU field hockey star Gabby Gomez Sosa named team’s new head coachFormer MSU field hockey star Gabby Gomez Sosa named team’s new head coach The native of Uruguay takes over the post after serving as an assistant on the Bears staff for the past two seasons.
Dallas Cowboys take Bear David Arkin in NFL draftDallas Cowboys take Bear David Arkin in NFL draft Arkin became the 17th Bear ever drafted by an NFL team.
Saffold, Douglas return to lead football’s offensive attackSaffold, Douglas return to lead football’s offensive attack Get your season tickets now for the next hot season.
Grizzlies post best-ever season record; ranked one of nation’s best NJCAA teamsGrizzlies post best-ever season record; ranked one of nation’s best NJCAA teams The Grizzlies finished the regular season as the No. 1 NJCAA team in the country, a ranking they held for five consecutive weeks.
Recognizing student-athletes for outstanding performancesRecognizing student-athletes for outstanding performances Student-athletes recognized for outstanding performances.
Missouri State names Paul Lusk to lead Bears BasketballMissouri State names Paul Lusk to lead Bears Basketball Former Purdue associate head basketball coach takes the reins of the Bears hardwood program.

Cornerstone

From the Foundation
More than 25 medallions awarded at Founders Club receptionMore than 25 medallions awarded at Founders Club reception The Founders Club, Missouri State’s most prestigious organization for donors, held its annual medallion reception April 30 at Plaster Student Union.
University history on display at Meyer Alumni Center thanks to alumni familyUniversity history on display at Meyer Alumni Center thanks to alumni family The Missouri State Gallery of Memories opened this year in the Kenneth E. Meyer Alumni Center in downtown Springfield.

In Every Issue

President’s MessagePresident’s Message Dr. James E. Cofer, Sr., shares University’s newly developed Long-Range Plan.