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A monthly publication from the Missouri State Alumni Association February 2015
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Celebrate Missouri State's 110th birthday!

Missouri State University will celebrate its 110th birthday and the 10-year anniversary of its name change beginning March 17, 2015. Bears everywhere are encouraged to join in a 110-hour celebration of all things maroon and white!

From March 17-21, there will be opportunities for alumni, students, faculty, staff and community members to celebrate at special events, show how they make a difference in their communities and give back to the University.

In honor of the 110th birthday, we encourage Bears to celebrate the public affairs mission by sharing ways they make a difference in their communities on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #BirthdayBears.

In addition, alumni are encouraged to consider giving back to the University by donating $11, $110 or any amount that is comfortable to them.

Learn more about about the 110-hour celebration!

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Cheer for the Bears and Lady Bears at MVC tournaments

As the regular season draws to a close, the Bears and the Lady Bears are gearing up for tournament play.

The Bears will be heading to St. Louis March 5-8 for the MVC Men's Basketball Tournament at the Scottrade Center. MSU's fan hospitality area at Union Station, The Hangout, will be open 1-6 p.m. on March 5 and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on MSU game days, temporarily closing during each Bears game. There will also be pep rallies at Union Station two hours before each Bears game. Visit the Arch Madness website for detailed tournament information.

The Women's MVC Basketball Tournament runs March 12-15 at Family Arena in St. Charles, Missouri. Pep rallies will be held at the Sheraton Westport Plaza two and a half hours before each Lady Bears game. For complete tournament information, visit the MVC Women's Basketball Tournament website.

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MSU to host third annual statewide collaborative diversity conference

Missouri State University will host the third annual statewide collaborative diversity conference March 25-27.

The conference will showcase industry-specific best practices in diversity research, intervention, cultural competence and pedagogy and will help attendees expand their professional networks. Daryl G. Smith, senior research fellow and professor emerita of education and psychology at Claremont Graduate University, is the keynote speaker this year. Learn more.

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Cheryl Burnett, Final Four teams honored by Missouri Sports Hall of Fame

The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame has named former Missouri State women's basketball coach Cheryl Burnett its second female Missouri Sports Legend, and her 1992 and 2001 Final Four squads have been selected for induction into the organization's Hall of Fame. Burnett and her teams will be honored March 23 at the second annual Women in Sports Luncheon in Springfield.

Burnett is the 29th overall Missouri Sports Legend, while the Final Four teams will be the fourth and fifth Hall of Fame inductees from the MSU women's basketball program, joining Melody Howard, who was inducted in 1999, Burnett (2000) and Jackie Stiles (2002). Read more.

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Missouri State swimming and diving team captures eighth-straight MVC Championship

Missouri State had three individuals win gold medals as the Bears' women's swimming and diving team secured its eighth-consecutive Missouri Valley Conference Championship on Feb. 21 at the Dr. Edward J. Shea Natatorium on the campus of Southern Illinois.

The Bears earned 815 points over a four-day span, 95 more points than the runner-up and host Salukis (720). The conference title was MSU's 12th in the past 13 seasons, while its eight-straight seasons with a conference championship puts the Bears in a tie with the University of Virginia for the second-longest active streak in NCAA Division I women's swimming and diving. Read more.

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