Missouri State Alumni Association

Wall of Fame

Over its 108-year history, Missouri State has developed a rich heritage of outstanding faculty and staff who have contributed much to the success of our university.  The Wall of Fame, which is located outside the ballroom in the Plaster Student Union (3rd floor), is a designated location for the University to recognize and honor employees who have excelled at Missouri State and significantly contributed to the success and positive collegiate experience of students.  While Missouri State has had many outstanding employees during its long history, the intention of the Wall of Fame is to recognize those faculty and staff members who have had a positive impact on students that is considered truly noteworthy.  The inaugural group of inductees was honored at a reception in the ballroom on Friday, November 15, 2002. 

A selection committee composed of students, faculty, staff and administrators recommended recipients to the Missouri State Board of Governors at the Board's May 2014 meeting.

Individuals are selected for this honor based on the following criteria:

  • Full-time employment with the University for a minimum of 10 years at any time in university history. 
  • Service that has resulted in meaningful change at Missouri State.
  • Individuals known and respected by various segments of the community.
  • Continuous demonstration of character and integrity.
  • Significant positive impact on students.
  • At least five years must have passed since the individual was last employed full time at Missouri State.
  • Individuals who have been honored by naming of a facility (other than donors)  and Bronze Bear recipients will not be eligible for the Wall of Fame.
  • 13 individuals were selected for the honor in the 2002 inaugural year. 
  • In succeeding years selection will be limited to six individuals.
  • No more than four candidates shall be selected from either faculty or staff nominees.  

Please complete the Nominate a Wall of Fame Candidate Online or print out and mail or fax the Wall of Fame nomination form PDF  or Word.

Wall of Fame Honorees for 2014

Degree analyst Linda Johnson lived behind the scenes of every student’s success during her time at Missouri State. Her meticulous organization was crucial as she prepared the university’s undergraduate catalog, oversaw the degree audit system, and issued diplomas and certificates.

Part mentor, advocate and confidante, Marty Marty was a leader of change in each area she worked at Missouri State. She improved processes and built mutual respect among colleagues and students through her work in the Academic Advisement Center, Writing Center, Greek Life and First Year Programs.

John McAlear exemplified professionalism, patience and excellence as he held the university to the highest standards for proper procedures as internal auditor. Even after retirement, he showed his Bear pride serving as the Board of Governors secretary and unofficial university historian.

Challenging his students to take a second look was a specialty of Dr. Donal Stanton who created the socio-political communication major at Missouri State. He used his passion for rhetoric and the political process to improve the life of the campus and community at large, and led generations of Bears to become great debaters.

Dr. George Swales led by example. He was not only the department head of finance and general business, but he was a prolific published researcher, brilliant teacher and esteemed advisor while serving on the Executive Board of MBAA International and helping the College of Business gain AACSB reaccreditation.

Past Honorees
Dr. Alice Fleetwood Bartee Dr. Bill Cheek Clint Copeland
Retired Maj. Gen. Fred Marty
Greg Onstot Guy Thompson
Dr. James Giglio Dr. Richard Myers Dr. James O’Brien
Dr. Bruno Schmidt Carol Silvey  
J. H. “Speedy” Collins Irene Francka John Patton
Dr. Robert Wilkinson, Jr.    
Thomas Allen Dr. Robert Flanders Dr. Charles W. Hedrick
Dr. David Heinlein Reba Sims  
Linda Dollar Wensey Marsh John Schatz
Dr. Genevieve (Genny) Cramer Ralph Williams Milton Rafferty
Dr. Robert H. Bradley Dr. Russell Keeling John Province
Dr. Russell Rhodes Lois Tooley  
Dr. William Jack Bush Gene T. Ellis R. Todd Morriss
Olan Oatman Dr. Orin Robinson  
Dr. Kenneth Brown Ralph K. Manley Grace B. Palmer
Dr. J. N. Smith Dr. Robert "Bob" Trewatha Max A. Wood
Dr. Herbert J. Arkebauer Dr. Don Landon Edward Pierce
Dr. Vernon Renner Robert Scott Dr. Bernice Warren
Centennial Class
Florence Baker Bugg Dr. Walter O. Cralle Joseph Daniel Delp
Hiland D. Kelley Clayton P. Kinsey M.A. O'Rear
Margaret Julietta Putnam Deborah D. Weisel Dr. Harry Arthur Wise
Dr. James Bane Dr. John "Bill" Northrip Dr. Paul Redfearn
Dr. Thomas Stombaugh William Thomas Dr. Thomas Wyrick
Edgar Albin Dr. Vencil Bixler Maurice "Gene" Edwards Judy Ann Geisler
Dr. Roar Irgens Dr. Robert Martin Mildred Wilcox Dr. Mary Jo Wynn
Dr. Byrne Blackwood Arthur Briggs Margaret "Maggie" Crighton
Dr. Robert Gilmore Dr. George Gleason Wilda Looney
Dr. E. Howard Matthews Don Payton Aldo Sebben
Dr. Holt Spicer Dr. Gerrit tenZythoff Dr. Clifford Whipple
Dr. Richard Wilkinson