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A monthly publication from the Missouri State Alumni Association December 2014

Missouri State welcomes 1,392 new graduates into the Alumni Association

Missouri State University awarded 1,392 degrees at its two fall commencement ceremonies Dec. 12 at JQH Arena. A total of 999 bachelor's degrees, 387 master's degrees, four specialist degrees and two doctorate degrees were conferred. President Clifton M. "Clif" Smart III delivered the keynote address at each ceremony.

The commencement exercises also featured the presentation of the 2014 Bronze Bear Award to the Foster family. The award recognized the family's long-standing involvement with and support of Missouri State University. Read more.

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Six students honored as 2014-15 Citizen Scholars

The Missouri State University Board of Governors has designated six students as 2014-15 Citizen Scholars. Recipients include: Jared Bajkowski, Brittany Donnellan, Jordan McGee, Samantha Nichols, Konnor Temple and Jared Cates.

The Citizen Scholar Award recognizes full-time students who have contributed to Missouri State University, advanced the University's public affairs mission and have been significantly engaged in extra-curricular accomplishments and/or in significant service activities in the community. Read more.

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Explore classes to fit your lifestyle and interests

This year, resolve to learn something new! There are a variety of credit and noncredit courses available through Missouri State Outreach to suit your interests and fit your busy schedule.

With Missouri State, you can take personal or professional development courses, earn a second degree online or listen to a lecture on-the-go via iTunes. Learn more about how you can enjoy freedom and flexibility with Missouri State Outreach programs and services.

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Steckel named head football coach

Missouri State University has named Dave Steckel, University of Missouri associate head coach and defensive coordinator, as its 20th head football coach.

Steckel has spent the last 14 seasons with the Tigers and was the only defensive coach among the five finalists for the 2014 Frank Broyles Award. He has helped produce a total of 15 all-conference linebacker selections at MU, including a number of players who have forged professional careers in the National Football League. Read more.

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Schaffitzel earns AFCA All-America honors

The one major national award that has eluded Missouri State's most-heralded football player has now been bestowed on Bears' senior safety Caleb Schaffitzel. The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) FCS Coaches' All-America Team was announced Monday, with Schaffitzel landing a spot on the exclusive 25-man team.

On Dec. 4, Schaffitzel was named a Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American for the third time and second year in a row as a first-team selection on the elite Division I academic team. He followed that with an appearance in New York on Dec. 9 as a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy and a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete. Read more.

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