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25 – Rolla, Missouri
1 – Marshfield, Missouri
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19 – Family Day at the Saint Louis Zoo
21 – Evanston, Illinois
24 – Beijing, China
26 – Shenzhen, China
1 – Missouri State Night at Busch Stadium
6 – Mountain Grove, Missouri
6 – Cincinnati, Ohio
21 – Missouri State Night at Kauffman Stadium
24 – Lebanon, Missouri
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University seeks nominations for Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame
The inaugural class of the Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame will be inducted in the Spring of 2014. Missouri State University, which has a statewide mission in public affairs, is creating the Hall of Fame to honor individuals who demonstrate active civic engagement to improve the lives of others. Nominations for the first member of the Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame will be accepted from April 10, 2013, through August 31, 2013. Read more
MarooNation gathering in Rolla
Alumni and friends living in the Rolla, Missouri area are invited to a MarooNation evening, 6:00-8:00 p.m., on Thursday, April 25, at Benton Square in Rolla. Guests will enjoy a buffet dinner as well as a University update from President Clif Smart. A conversational interview of Athletics Director Kyle Moats and Lady Bears Coach Kellie Harper will be conducted by Art Hains, Voice of the Bears. All attendees will receive a Missouri State memento and be eligible for door prizes. Cost is $5 per person. Registration is requested.
Webster County MarooNation gathering on May 1
Postponed from March 21
Webster County alumni and friends are invited to meet fellow Bears at Sheila’s Place, 915 S. Marshall Street in Marshfield, Missouri, 6:00-8:00 p.m., on Wednesday, May 1. Enjoy a buffet dinner and hear a University update from President Clif Smart. Art Hains, Voice of the Bears, will host a conversational interview with Athletics Director Kyle Moats and Lady Bears Basketball Coach Kellie Harper. Door prizes will be awarded. Cost is $5 per person and registration is requested.
Annual alumni and friends picnic in West Plains
Alumni and friends living in the West Plains area are invited to join us for a special evening celebrating the 50-year anniversary of the Missouri State-West Plains Campus on Thursday, May 2, beginning at 6:00 p.m. This year’s event will take place under the big tent at the corner of West Main Street and Pennsylvania Avenue near the Smith-London Centennial Bell Tower. Guests will enjoy a fun-filled Louisiana-style celebration including a complimentary Crawfish Boil, Pulled Chicken and all the trimmings. The evening will feature remarks by President Clif Smart and Chancellor Drew Bennett as well as presentation of the Missouri State-West Plains Distinguished Alumni Award to Dr. Tom Todd, ’79 and the Distinguished Faculty/Staff Award to Rita Fugate. Register online or contact Debra Mosley at WPDevelopment@missouristate.edu or call 417-255-7240.
Missouri State Family Day at Saint Louis Zoo
Alumni, friends, current students, potential students and their families are invited to Missouri State Family Day at Saint Louis Zoo on Sunday, May 19! Begin the day by participating in the Saint Louis Zoo’s 28th Annual Walk/Run: Make Tracks for the Zoo 5K and 1-Mile races, plus a 1/2 mile Kids' Run (ages 7-12), a 1/4 mile Kids’ Run (ages 6 and under). Missouri State University is an official sponsor, so lace up your running shoes and run to make your alma mater proud! Races begin at 7:30 a.m. and will be followed by an awards ceremony at 10:00 a.m. Whether you run or not, make plans to visit the MarooNation Bear Booth next to the Conservation Carousel and connect with University representatives, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Come by, spin the wheel and win Missouri State mementos for the entire family.
Missouri State signs first international dual credit agreement
Eight high school students from The American School of Vietnam are the first international students to take dual credit courses from Missouri State University. Dual credit courses for high school students were previously only available in United States high schools. The partnership between Missouri State and The American School of Vietnam was developed by Steve Robinette, associate vice president of international programs at Missouri State, and Dr. Lee M. Yoder, head of school at The American School of Vietnam. "This is Missouri State’s first international dual credit and we look forward to a long relationship with this school and other international high school students," said Robinette.
Missouri State Enactus team wins at U.S. regional competition
The Missouri State University Enactus team (formerly SIFE) was named a regional champion for a second consecutive year at the Enactus United States Regional Competition held April 12 in Chicago, Illinois. The event is one of 10 regional competitions held across the United States in March and April. Chicago was the largest regional competition, with more than 60 teams in attendance. As a regional champion, the team now advances to the 2013 Enactus U.S. National Exposition in Kansas City, Missouri, May 21-23. Read more
Long-time hobby leads to college degree
A college degree wasn’t originally in the plans for Jason Hartgraves. The 2004 graduate of Ava High School had planned to spend his working years in construction. But in 2008, the recession hit, and the good-paying construction jobs he had been counting on dried up. It wasn’t until he was "tinkering" around with computers, a long-time hobby of his, that something clicked. "One day, it just made sense. If I wanted job security, I needed to start thinking about going to college," he said. Read more
Alumni receptions in Beijing and Shenzhen, China
The Missouri State Alumni Association will host receptions in China this May. Attendees will meet Dr. Dave Meinert, associate dean for the College of Business, Brent Dunn, vice president for University Advancement, and other University officials. Dinner will be served and a free gift will be provided. Guests will hear news about the MSU campus, have an opportunity to meet with other alumni and friends and participate in a door prize drawing. Please register to attend one of these events:
• Beijing Reception on May 24, 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Jianguo Hotel, No. 5 Jianguomenwai Da Jie
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• Shenzhen Reception on May 26, 1:30-4:30 p.m. at The Venice Hotel, No. 9026 Shennan Road
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MSU Nights at Busch and Kauffman Stadiums
Join fellow Bears for major league baseball games and hit a home run with these great base-stealing deals! Each offer includes a game ticket, a uniquely designed Missouri State t-shirt and pre-game gathering with ballpark food and the opportunity to meet Missouri State representatives. Organize your team of family and friends, and order tickets now!
• MSU Night at Busch Stadium
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Cardinals vs. Giants
First Pitch at 6:15 p.m.
Deadline to order tickets: May 15
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• MSU Night at Kauffman Stadium
Friday, June 21, 2013
Royals vs. White Sox
First Pitch at 7:10 p.m.
Deadline to order tickets: June 12
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Annual golf tournament and dinner in Lebanon
Save the date - Monday, June 24, for the 30th annual Missouri State Night at Lebanon. In addition to dinner and the opportunity to meet University representatives, attendees can bid on silent auction items to benefit the Lebanon Alumni Scholarship fund. Additionally, golfers are invited to an afternoon tournament that also benefits the scholarship fund. Watch for details coming soon.
Galanes named dean of the College of Arts and Letters
Dr. Gloria Galanes has been named dean of the College of Arts and Letters (COAL) at Missouri State University. Currently serving as interim dean of COAL, she will take the title of dean July 1. "In conclusion of our internal search, I am pleased to announce the July 1 appointment of Dr. Gloria Galanes as dean of the College of Arts and Letters. She is a proven leader who has served MSU well over the past 27 years through her faculty and administrative roles," said Provost Frank Einhellig. Read more
Missouri State announces travel package for 2014 Masters
Friends and alumni of Missouri State University will soon have an opportunity to experience "A tradition unlike any other" with an exclusive travel package to the 2014 Masters in Augusta, Georgia. Ever since MSU alumnus Horton Smith won the inaugural event in 1934 and earned his second green jacket in 1936, The Masters has held a special place within the Missouri State and Springfield golf communities. Be a part of the tradition, beauty and legacy of one of the most celebrated weekends in sports with an exclusive Missouri State trip to the 2014 Masters. Read more
City recognizes Missouri State’s sustainability efforts
Missouri State University’s commitment to sustainability was recognized during the 13th annual Springfield/Greene County Choose Environmental Excellence awards April 19. The Tree City USA Citizens Advisory Committee (TCUSACAC) selected two recipients for their efforts toward protecting and enhancing Springfield’s community forest: Missouri State and Dr. Janice Greene, professor of biology and director of the Bull Shoals Field Station. Read more
Kellie Harper named new Lady Bears head coach
One of the nation’s most-respected young coaches has been selected to lead the Missouri State University Lady Bears basketball team. Kellie Harper, the former head coach at North Carolina State and Western Carolina, was announced as the seventh Lady Bears head coach at a news conference on April 10 at JQH Arena. "I couldn’t be happier and more excited about this opportunity. This program has great tradition, fantastic facilities and a solid fan base," said Harper. "It’s a fresh start for Lady Bears Basketball. The future is very bright, and we’re going to have high expectations to do something really special here." Read more
MSU finalizes Women's Basketball season ticket plan
An overhaul to the season-ticket pricing structure for Missouri State University women's basketball was formally unveiled on April 20 by Director of Athletics Kyle Moats, who hinted at the changes during a recent news conference. Under the new pricing plan, season tickets will be $80 per seat for bleacher sections (H and I), and $120 for all other seats. Read more
Jon Harper, Jackie Stiles, Jennifer Sullivan make up Lady Bear coaching staff
Missouri State women's basketball coach Kellie Harper filled her two remaining assistant coaching vacancies Thursday, April 18, with former MSU great Jackie Stiles and Jennifer Sullivan set to join her husband Jon Harper on the sideline this fall. Thursday's hires leave only a Director of Basketball Operations position open on the Lady Bear staff, which will be filled in the coming weeks. Read more
Bears slide to fifth on final day of MVC Women's Golf Championship
After two days of ideal weather for the 2013 MVC Women's Golf Championship, the 10-team field braved adverse conditions at The Club at Porto Cima, which included steady rain and temperatures hovering around 40 degrees on Tuesday, April 23. Tied for third and only three strokes back entering Tuesday's final round, the Missouri State women's golf team was unable to make a move on the final day. Slipping to fifth in the team standings, the Bears carded a 54-hole total of 984. MSU finished seven strokes behind team champion Illinois State. Read more
Offensive outburst powers Bears to sweep at Wichita State
The Missouri State softball team (18-26, 9-10) rallied from behind in both games to sweep Wichita State (16-26, 7-11) in a doubleheader on April 24. The Bears scored 12 runs over the final four innings of game one to win, 12-9. In game two, the Bears trailed until the sixth inning, tying the game and pulling out the win in the eighth inning, 7-6. Read more
Hall in command as Bears topple Tigers, 4-2
Missouri State rode seven strong innings from starting pitcher Matt Hall and an 11-hit attack by its offense to knock off Missouri by a 4-2 score April 24 at Taylor Stadium. Read more
Bee Payne-Stewart Strut & 5K set for Saturday
The seventh annual Bee Payne-Stewart Strut & 5K is slated for Saturday, April 27 at Mediacom Ice Park. The timed 5K run and non-timed 1.5 mile "strut" begins at 8:00 a.m. with check-in at 7:00 a.m. Read more
2013 'Bowling With Bears' Tournament & Silent Auction
It's time to dust off the bowling shoes and polish the bowling ball. The Missouri State men's soccer program is set to host its 15th annual `Bowling With Bears' tournament and silent auction, Friday, April 26, at Enterprise Park Lanes, located at 1625 S. Enterprise Avenue in Springfield. Read more
Big plays highlight Bears Maroon and White Spring Game
A dramatic 71-yard touchdown pass from Ashton Glaser to Julian Burton on the final play of the afternoon put the wraps on the annual Missouri State Spring Game at Plaster Field with Glaser leading the second-team unit to a 14-10 come-from-behind victory. Read more
Broomfield sweeps up triple jump win at Ole Miss Open
A triple jump victory by freshman Robiann Broomfield led the charge for the Missouri State track and field squad on Saturday, April 20 at the Ole Miss Open. Broomfield demolished her personal best distance in the triple for the second week in a row. Read more
Freshmen boost Bears to fifth at ULM
The Missouri State men's golf team moved up three spots after firing its best round of the tournament on April 9 at the ULM/Wallace Jones Invitational in Calhoun, Louisiana. The Bears shot 302 in the final round to go along with 309-312 for a 923 total to improve from eighth to fifth in the 14-team field. Read more