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Recreation center gets new name as construction enters home stretchRecreation center gets new name as construction enters home stretch The university recreation center moved one step closer to opening its doors when it was announced in October that the facility would be named the Bill R. Foster and Family Recreation Center.
Students who survived tornado benefit from Emergency Scholarship FundStudents who survived tornado benefit from Emergency Scholarship Fund Missouri State continues efforts to support the Joplin community after the deadly tornado.
Meet our Homecoming HonoreesMeet our Homecoming Honorees The Missouri State Alumni Association awards were presented as part of “Maroon on. Game on!” Homecoming activities. These are Bears we want on our team, no matter the game.

Around the Quad

Campus news
UMKC and MSU collaborate to provide Doctor of Pharmacy program in SpringfieldUMKC and MSU collaborate to provide Doctor of Pharmacy program in Springfield Cooperative agreement will allow students on the MSU campus to enroll in UMKC’s Doctor of Pharmacy degree program.
Rock band Kansas will play with Missouri State’s orchestra — but only for a moment, (then) the moment’s goneRock band Kansas will play with Missouri State’s orchestra — but only for a moment, (then) the moment’s gone The group will perform live with the MSU Symphony Orchestra as part of the band’s Collegiate Symphony Tour.
State appropriations for higher education unsure for 2012; reduction likelyState appropriations for higher education unsure for 2012; reduction likely State appropriations for higher education are uncertain during onset of the Missouri General Assembly.
Joplin-based faculty member meets with visiting White House Cabinet membersJoplin-based faculty member meets with visiting White House Cabinet members Renee White attends a private luncheon with Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan during their visit to Joplin.
Works by MSU professors, alumni among writing featured in ‘Storm Country: A Tribute to Joplin’Works by MSU professors, alumni among writing featured in ‘Storm Country: A Tribute to Joplin’ Stories and poems by Missouri State professors and alumni appear in “Storm Country: A Tribute to Joplin,” an anthology of works compiled by the Missouri Writers’ Guild.
New members named to six-year terms on Missouri State’s Board of GovernorsNew members named to six-year terms on Missouri State’s Board of Governors Governor Jay Nixon has appointed four new members to the Missouri State Board of Governors.
West Plains student rec center, shelter now openWest Plains student rec center, shelter now open New recreation facility doubles as community storm shelter.
Leaving their soles behindLeaving their soles behind Seniors honor tradition of leaving their shoes on Plaster Field after their last performance
Plaster family’s quarter-century of support honored with Bronze Bear AwardPlaster family’s quarter-century of support honored with Bronze Bear Award The University’s prestigious award recognizes the long-standing involvement of the Robert W. Plaster Foundation and the Plaster family with Missouri State.
Missouri State named a military friendly school by magazine for service members, veteransMissouri State named a military friendly school by magazine for service members, veterans Missouri State named among the 20 percent of schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s service members and veterans as students.

Connections

Alumni
1972 Spotlight: Charles E. Baldwin1972 Spotlight: Charles E. Baldwin Recently retired alumnus describes a career that’s out of this world — literally.
2006 Spotlight: Stephanie Schwartz2006 Spotlight: Stephanie Schwartz Alumna opened a home décor boutique in Ozark, Mo.
1951 Spotlight: Robert Foster1951 Spotlight: Robert Foster Former president of Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau is giving back during his retirement.
MarooNationMarooNation Missouri State’s Alumni Association takes the tailgate party on the road.
Continue the tradition, and get out-of-state fees waived!Continue the tradition, and get out-of-state fees waived! Continue the Tradition is an out-of-state fee waiver program for the children and grandchildren of Missouri State graduates.
Reconnect. Rekindle. Research.Reconnect. Rekindle. Research. Update your information to ensure alumni and friends find you in the Missouri State University Alumni Today 2012 Directory.

Maroon and White

Athletics news
Athletics Hall of Fame welcomes seven new inducteesAthletics Hall of Fame welcomes seven new inductees MSU Swimming Coach Jack Steck headlines the 2012 Hall of Fame Class.
Coaching legend mournedCoaching legend mourned Former coaching legend Charlie Spoonhour is remembered for the mark he made on Bears Basketball.
MVC tourney headed to Hammons FieldMVC tourney headed to Hammons Field Missouri State will host the 2012 State Farm MVC Baseball Championship May 22-26.
Bears and Lady Bears prepare for postseason March MadnessBears and Lady Bears prepare for postseason March Madness Cheer on the Bears and Lady Bears in MVC Tournament action during March Madness.
Faces in the crowdFaces in the crowd Meet four of Missouri State's outstanding athletes.
NCAA chief policy officer got his start in athletics communications at MSUNCAA chief policy officer got his start in athletics communications at MSU In four decades with the NCAA, Wally Renfro has seen significant changes in the world of college athletics.

Cornerstone

From the Foundation
‘Our Promise’ campaign achieves goal of $125 million, sets bar even higher‘Our Promise’ campaign achieves goal of $125 million, sets bar even higher The "Our Promise" campaign has achieved its original goal, and a new one has been set.
Make a difference by giving today!Make a difference by giving today! Become an active member of the Missouri State University Alumni Association.
Employee who left valuable estate to Missouri State ‘would be delighted in the surprise’ caused by her giftEmployee who left valuable estate to Missouri State ‘would be delighted in the surprise’ caused by her gift Mildred Wilcox, who worked on campus for decades, left Missouri State the bulk of her estate.
Broadcast center in Strong Hall named for retired professor Arlen DiamondBroadcast center in Strong Hall named for retired professor Arlen Diamond The C. W. Titus Foundation recognizes professor’s substantial career contributions to broadcasting.
Alumnus’ scholarship has helped 17 students from his high school alma materAlumnus’ scholarship has helped 17 students from his high school alma mater Bill Berry, ’70, established the William K. Berry Strafford High School Scholarship to assist students from his former school.
Gohn Hall renovation to create academic outreach programGohn Hall renovation to create academic outreach program Renovation of Gohn Hall on the West Plains campus is expected to begin this spring as a result of an additional gift commitment from David Gohn and his sister, Virginia Gohn Sapp.

In Every Issue

10 things for alumni to do this spring10 things for alumni to do this spring Whether you live close by or far away, we have options to keep you connected to Missouri State this spring.
Payton PlacePayton Place Don Payton, University historian, reflects on stories told about campus luminaries from the past.
Professor breaks down public affairs for new generation of BearsProfessor breaks down public affairs for new generation of Bears Read this edited and condensed version of Dr. Kurt Heinlein's keynote speech at the 2011 New Student Convocation.
President’s MessagePresident’s Message It has been a pleasure for Gail and me to visit with many of you this past fall at multiple alumni events around the country.