Birthday Bears

Celebrating 112 years of being Bears, 1905-2017!

Missouri State University will celebrate its 112th birthday on March 17, 2017. Bears everywhere are encouraged to join in celebration of all things maroon and white!

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Birthday events

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  • Class of 1906-07

    The first class of students. In addition, maroon and white are chosen as the school’s colors. The Bear is chosen as its mascot.

  • Academic Hall, 1909

    Academic Hall (now Carrington Hall) is completed, making it the first building on the Springfield campus.

  • Men's basketball, 1909

    The men's basketball team was coached by W.A. Daggett.

  • Drum Corps, 1919

    Fourth District Normal School changes its name to Southwest Missouri State Teachers College.

  • Centennial, 2005

    The institution becomes Missouri State University, reflecting its enrollment of tens of thousands of students, as well as higher admissions standards and increased graduate programs.

  • Missouri State Foundation

    The Missouri State University Foundation’s endowment sets a record with $75 million in 2015.