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

Table of Contents

A Perfect VisitA Perfect Visit We gathered eight alumni from Springfield and asked them for suggestions when you’re planning a long weekend back on campus. Here are their recommendations. Hope to see you soon!
Holiday gift guideHoliday gift guide Here’s a guide to some of the best-selling, most interesting or brand-new items at the campus bookstore.
60 years later, champions have become legends60 years later, champions have become legends In the 100-plus year history of Missouri State athletics, the story that has transcended the decades and drawn more acclaim than anything else has been the accomplishments of two basketball teams more than half a century ago.

Around the Quad

Campus news
MSU, OTC sign two articulation agreementsMSU, OTC sign two articulation agreements Agreements provide a seamless pathway for OTC students to complete a bachelor’s degree entirely online with MSU.
Gov. Jay Nixon announces Missouri Innovation Campus grants; MSU receives $1 millionGov. Jay Nixon announces Missouri Innovation Campus grants; MSU receives $1 million Area high school students may get a head start on health care careers by participating in the Innovation Campus-Health Professional Academy.
Jordan Valley Innovation Center celebrates five years of growthJordan Valley Innovation Center celebrates five years of growth Senator Roy Blunt featured during celebration ceremony.
President’s messagePresident’s message Dear Alumni and Friends: We have just completed a very productive year at Missouri State.
New deans take office in COAL, COE and librariesNew deans take office in COAL, COE and libraries Three administrative posts were filled this summer.
New director sought for University bookstore after internal audit shows money missingNew director sought for University bookstore after internal audit shows money missing Missouri State is advertising for a new bookstore director following an internal audit that led to the resignation of the former director.

Connections

Alumni
Kappa Alpha alumni reunite on campusKappa Alpha alumni reunite on campus Forty Kappa Alpha fraternity brothers from the classes of 1959-68 attended a weekend reunion event held April 27-29 in Springfield.
Block party held to congratulate graduating international studentsBlock party held to congratulate graduating international students The block party was sponsored by International Programs and the Alumni Association.
2004 & 2007 Spotlight: Susan LaBarr2004 & 2007 Spotlight: Susan LaBarr Susan LaBarr was named Missouri Composer Laureate for 2012 and 2013.
2010 & 2011 Spotlight: Courtney Wendel2010 & 2011 Spotlight: Courtney Wendel Courtney Wendel is the Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s new marketing manager.
Continue the TraditionContinue the Tradition Meet a family that continued the Missouri State tradition!
Wall of Fame honors five for extraordinary serviceWall of Fame honors five for extraordinary service Five former Missouri State faculty and staff will be honored during the 2012 Wall of Fame induction ceremony in recognition of their work for the University.
MarooNationMarooNation Check out photos from Missouri State Alumni Association’s recent MarooNation events.
Alumni Association hosts first international gatheringsAlumni Association hosts first international gatherings This spring, Missouri State held three alumni events in China.
Class NotesClass Notes Notable professional and personal accomplishments by alumni.

Maroon and White

Athletics news
Bears and Lady Bears Basketball teams travel to Costa RicaBears and Lady Bears Basketball teams travel to Costa Rica The Bears and Lady Bears embarked on a tour of Costa Rica in mid-August that combined practice and a series of exhibition games with a unique cultural experience for the student-athletes, including community service activities.
Bears take home MVC All-Sports TrophyBears take home MVC All-Sports Trophy Missouri State’s five conference championships and four league runner-up finishes during the 2011-12 school year pushed the Bears to capture the Missouri Valley Conference All-Sports Trophy.
Bears back in the Big Dance; Guttin exceeds 1,000-win career markBears back in the Big Dance; Guttin exceeds 1,000-win career mark A slew of midseason injuries and the burden of heightened preseason expectations couldn’t stop the 2012 Missouri State baseball team from ending a nine-year NCAA Tournament drought.
Faces in the CrowdFaces in the Crowd Meet athletes from Missouri State teams.

Cornerstone

From the Foundation
Greenwood dedicates new Science Scholars’ LaboratoryGreenwood dedicates new Science Scholars’ Laboratory Greenwood Lab School dedicated its new Science Scholars’ Laboratory this spring.
2012 senior class gift beautifies Foster Recreation Center2012 senior class gift beautifies Foster Recreation Center The senior class decided to leave a tile mosaic of the Missouri State Bear head logo in the pool.
An ongoing ‘Promise’: Campaign meets goal, continuesAn ongoing ‘Promise’: Campaign meets goal, continues Our Promise: The Campaign for Missouri State University has met its initial goal thanks to supporters like you. But we’re not done yet.
More than 45 medallions awarded at Founders Club receptionMore than 45 medallions awarded at Founders Club reception The Founders Club, Missouri State’s most prestigious organization for donors, held its annual medallion reception May 19 at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.
MSU Foundation celebrates fifth consecutive record-breaking yearMSU Foundation celebrates fifth consecutive record-breaking year For the fifth year in a row, the Missouri State University Foundation set a new record for fundraising.

In Every Issue

Payton PlacePayton Place Don Payton, University historian, reflects on stories from the past.
10 things alumni need to know about the Foster Recreation Center10 things alumni need to know about the Foster Recreation Center It’s now open! The Foster Recreation Center had a grand-opening celebration in August, and a formal dedication will be Oct. 26.
Alumnus wants to preserve state’s natural resourcesAlumnus wants to preserve state’s natural resources Francis Skalicky graduated in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in electronic media communications. The Bolivar native is currently the southwest regional media specialist for the Missouri Department of Conservation.