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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 2013

The late Dr. Alice Fleetwood Bartee, political science professor for 38 years, was “everything that you could ask of a professor – challenging, engaging and involved,” said her nominator. Her soft-spoken manner yet dynamic nature inspired her students to reach for their goals and prepared them for the rigors of law school through her constitutional law and civil liberties courses. Through these courses, she showed the law as a living, breathing system – one that was to be respected. As an adviser, she showered her students with unfaltering faith in their abilities and passed down her belief that everyone has innate value.

During his 34 years on campus, Dr. Bill Cheek wore many hats, including geography professor, acting associate provost, and assistant and associate dean for the College of Natural and Applied Sciences. He skillfully and successfully served as the chair of the Higher Learning Commission Reaccreditation effort twice, and his can-do attitude allowed him to chair or serve on approximately 20 other university committees and community boards. “Bill’s commitment to the welfare of our students has been a consistent theme of his efforts,” noted one nomination letter.

Career Center Specialist Clint Copeland is remembered on campus for his broad smile and encouraging word for all. He served three years in safety and transportation before he moved to the Career Center, where he spent approximately 16 years giving professional, individualized career and interview advice to students and promoting awareness of the center. He eagerly sought opportunities to interact with students and develop collaborations and internships for them. Copeland developed the legislative internship program and handbook, which serves as a model for many peer institutions. “I don’t know when he slept, but I do know his energy was endless, his dedication unparalleled and his influence unmatched,” said one nominator.

Retired Maj. Gen. Fred Marty, who served as vice president for administrative and information services and later associate vice president for administrative services, used his U.S. Army experience to facilitate campus master planning for all three Missouri State campuses, improve facilities and resource management, increase security measures and implement great change. During his three years as West Plans chancellor, he initiated the development of a one-stop shop for student services. One nominator said, “Fred’s 10 years with the university are marked by 100 percent focus on doing the right things, completing his projects and looking for ways to improve the campus environment for students.”

Alumni and friends of the university know Greg Onstot well. For 25 years, he developed relationships, raised funds and established scholarships for Missouri State and ultimately became the first vice president of university advancement and executive director of the foundation. Under his leadership, the Founders Club and Bears Fund were created, and he initiated alumni travel programs, enhanced Homecoming activities and supervised many building projects. With great love for the school, he established standards for marketing and branding with the university logo and created many lifelong bonds with donors and alumni.

Students were the top priority for the late Guy Thompson, registrar and scheduling officer, who served the university from 1947-1969. With a twinkle in his eye, he gave guidance to overwhelmed students, advanced graduation requirements in Springfield and West Plains, prepared schedules and catalogs, sponsored Kappa Alpha and served as courtside announcer for Bears basketball. “From his example, each graduating student learned the accomplishments possible with disciplined effort, the rewards of personal integrity, the need for fairness and the value of a ready sense of humor,” said one nominator.

Past Honorees
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