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A monthly publication from the Missouri State Alumni Association March 2015
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Hear from Cal Ripken Jr., learn about ethical citizenship and more during the 2015 Public Affairs Conference

Missouri State University will host its annual Public Affairs Conference April 14-17. The conference will feature speakers, panel discussions and special events that explore the definition, practice and implications of ethical citizenship.

Baseball’s Iron Man Cal Ripken Jr. is the keynote speaker for the Public Affairs Conference. His presentation, "Get in the Game," will be held April 14 at 8 p.m. in JQH Arena. The keynote speech is free and open to the public, but tickets are required to attend. Tickets can be picked up at Hammons Hall, JQH Arena or Plaster Student Union ticket offices.

To conclude the week, Missouri State will host the second annual induction ceremony for the Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame, which honors individuals who demonstrate active civic engagement to improve the lives of others. George Washington Carver, Eric Greitens and Simone Bernstein will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on April 17. The event is open to the public, but requires the purchase of a ticket.

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Alumni Association names board of directors, calls for volunteers for alumni council

The Missouri State University Alumni Association is entering a new and exciting era!

Throughout 2014, dozens of alumni, students, faculty and staff provided suggestions for building a new alumni association. In reviewing the feedback, it was clear the first step should be the assembly of a formal governing body to guide the association's work.

An open call for applications resulted in the formation of a 23-member board of directors, which met for the first time Jan. 30. Learn more.

The next phase is to build a strong alumni council, a large body of volunteers that will represent the interests of key constituent groups and meet the volunteer needs of key program areas. All alumni are invited to apply for a council position.

Throughout the next year, the board of directors and council will be working to expand and enhance alumni programs to better serve alumni and the University.

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Missouri State celebrates 110th birthday

Missouri State University celebrated its 110th birthday and the 10-year anniversary of its name change March 17-21, 2015. Special events, a showcase of #CitizenBears and a fundraising campaign were held throughout the week.

The 110-hour celebration began with a party in Plaster Student Union led by the R.E.A.L. Bears. Guests were able to enjoy birthday cupcakes and french fries with Bear sauce, take photos in a photo booth and donate to the #BirthdayBears fundraising campaign.

Another highlight of the week was the Living History Luncheon. Those who attended enjoyed lunch and a Missouri State history lesson from actors portraying William Carrington and Virginia Craig.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this festive week. We look forward to the next 110 years!

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Bears top UALR to hand Guttin 1,100th career win

Missouri State answered a pair of early UALR runs by scoring six times over a three-inning stretch to give head coach Keith Guttin his 1,100th career victory with a 10-3 decision over the Trojans March 17 in the Bears' 2015 home opener at Hammons Field.

With the win, Guttin became the 33rd NCAA Division I head coach to reach the 1,100 win mark and just the second Missouri Valley Conference bench boss to accomplish the feat.

Missouri State's 10-run effort marked its sixth double-digit total of the season, already surpassing the Bears' 2014 season total of five games scoring 10 or more runs. Read more.

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MSU's season ends with 78-72 WNIT loss to Tulsa

Missouri State suffered its first home loss since early January on March 20, dropping a 78-72 decision to Tulsa in the first round of the WNIT at JQH Arena.

The Lady Bears ended their season with an 18-15 record, including an 18-9 mark since Dec. 1. Tulsa (18-13) advanced to play Eastern Michigan in the second round.

The Lady Bears led for nearly 30 minutes in the contest, and had a double-digit advantage early in the second half, but the Golden Hurricane shot 53.3 percent in the second period to earn the victory. Read more.

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