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Interim President Smart believes in ‘honesty, openness, humility’Interim President Smart believes in ‘honesty, openness, humility’ Clif Smart was named the University’s interim president June 27 and will likely hold that role for 18 to 24 months. Learn about some of his first acts on the job and get insights into his personality and leadership style.
Coach. Clinician. BASEBALL LEGEND.Coach. Clinician. BASEBALL LEGEND. Alumnus Dick Birmingham has built an international reputation for teaching baseball fundamentals for 50 years, first as a coach and then an organizer of camps. He has led multiple teams to victory, been inducted into seven halls of fame and seen four past players go on to the major leagues.
HOW MSU ARE YOU? 10 experiences that let you know you’re a Bear!HOW MSU ARE YOU? 10 experiences that let you know you’re a Bear! We've come up with this list of 10 quintessential experiences that may be shared by all Bears.

Around the Quad

Campus news
Wall of Fame Class of 2011 to be recognized during HomecomingWall of Fame Class of 2011 to be recognized during Homecoming Four former Missouri State University faculty and staff members will be honored during the 2011 Wall of Fame induction ceremonies 2 p.m. Oct. 28 in Plaster Student Union.
Board of Governors elects new officersBoard of Governors elects new officers The Missouri State Board of Governors elected new officers for the 2011-12 academic year.
Missouri State again recognized by Princeton ReviewMissouri State again recognized by Princeton Review The Princeton Review’s 2012 online list of “Best Colleges: Region by Region” includes Missouri State University within the “Best in the Midwest” designation.
University hires first permanent vice president for diversity and inclusionUniversity hires first permanent vice president for diversity and inclusion Dr. Kenneth “Ken” Coopwood Sr. has been named Missouri State University’s first permanent vice president for diversity and inclusion.
Campus commemorates 10th anniversary of 9/11Campus commemorates 10th anniversary of 9/11 Missouri State recognized the 10th anniversary of the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, with visual displays, live performances and discussions spread over several days.

Connections

Alumni
Cast of USO show that toured Europe reunites on campus 50 years laterCast of USO show that toured Europe reunites on campus 50 years later The cast of “Finian’s Rainbow” gathered on campus this summer to celebrate the 50th reunion of their travels.
West Plains campus bestows awardsWest Plains campus bestows awards The Missouri State University-West Plains campus recently honored an alumnus and an emeritus dean.
Class NotesClass Notes Notable professional and personal accomplishments by alumni.
1958 spotlight: John Thomas1958 spotlight: John Thomas The John C. Thomas Elementary in Nixa is named for lifelong educator and principal John Thomas.
1992 spotlight: Paul Eiserman1992 spotlight: Paul Eiserman Paul Eiserman, ’92, a former member of the Missouri State golf team, is the director of golf at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Ark.
Missouri State Homecoming 2011: Maroon On. Game On!Missouri State Homecoming 2011: Maroon On. Game On! Get ready for a great Homecoming weekend Oct. 28-29 at these events and more!
1949 spotlight: Rosemary Bane1949 spotlight: Rosemary Bane A profound belief in the power of music, a passion for education and a spirit of generosity guide the life of Ozarks native Rosemary Bane.
1999 spotlight: Andrea Bogart1999 spotlight: Andrea Bogart Andrea Bogart, ’99, is currently portraying the character Abby Haver on ABC’s “General Hospital.”
2007 spotlight: Gopala Borchelt2007 spotlight: Gopala Borchelt Gopala Borchelt is the new executive director of Table Rock Lake Water Quality Inc., an action group working to improve water quality in the Table Rock Lake watershed.
MarooNationMarooNation Missouri State’s Alumni Association takes the tailgate party on the road.

Maroon and White

Athletics news
NCAA grants full certification to MSUNCAA grants full certification to MSU Missouri State has earned full certification from the NCAA Division I Committee on Athletics Certification.
Calling all Bears and Lady Bears fans: Get your season tickets today!Calling all Bears and Lady Bears fans: Get your season tickets today! Season tickets for the Bears and Lady Bears are on sale now.
Alick Musukuma named Bears’ cross country coachAlick Musukuma named Bears’ cross country coach The 2005 cross country coach of the year will also serve as the assistant coach for track and field.
Missouri State athletics launches revamped websiteMissouri State athletics launches revamped website Missouri State athletics and CBSSports.com College Network joined forces to create an enhanced Bears athletics website.
‘Beach Bummin’ with the Bears’ headlined annual auction benefiting athletics‘Beach Bummin’ with the Bears’ headlined annual auction benefiting athletics This was the 25th anniversary of the Missouri State Auction Benefiting Athletics.
Faces in the CrowdFaces in the Crowd Meet four of Missouri State's outstanding athletes.

Cornerstone

From the Foundation
Elizabeth Sivill has fond memories from her student days at Missouri StateElizabeth Sivill has fond memories from her student days at Missouri State Her memories and success as a young professional are reasons she gives back to Missouri State to make a difference.
Foundation sets fourth record-breaking year; recognized with national awardFoundation sets fourth record-breaking year; recognized with national award The Missouri State University Foundation announced July 6 that it set a new record for fundraising in Fiscal Year 2011.
A charitable IRA rollover gift: Simple, convenient, smartA charitable IRA rollover gift: Simple, convenient, smart Maximize your gift to Missouri State through the IRA rollover provision, available through Dec. 31.
Missouri State continues recovery efforts in Joplin, plans ongoing campaignMissouri State continues recovery efforts in Joplin, plans ongoing campaign Missouri State students, faculty and staff continue to respond to the May 22 tornado in Joplin that killed 160 people and destroyed a third of the town.

In Every Issue

Payton PlacePayton Place Take a stroll through the University’s past with Don Payton.
President’s MessagePresident’s Message It is with a combination of humility and enthusiasm that I write to you as your interim president.
Public affairs essay: Alumnus shares ‘a few things I know for certain’ about ethical leadersPublic affairs essay: Alumnus shares ‘a few things I know for certain’ about ethical leaders Alumnus shares his thoughts about ethical leadership in this issue's public affairs essay.
Missouri State Outreach offers students new and innovative ways to studyMissouri State Outreach offers students new and innovative ways to study Online, interactive video, evening or off-campus classes are among the convenient options Missouri State Outreach offers to earn a degree.