MarooNation Very Important Bears

All Missouri State University graduates are Very Important Bears (V.I.B.). But did you know that you could become an official V.I.B. and receive a variety of benefits available exclusively to qualifying MSU alumni?

Your support is a crucial part of our positive momentum.

Your Missouri State University Alumni Association is committed to engaging alumni in activities that support and benefit MSU students today and in the future, from volunteering on and off campus to providing financial support for the programs that are important to them.

You know the power of Missouri State University to change lives and help the community grow.
You've seen how Bears learn, grow and succeed. You know we are here to foster purpose, build integrity and inspire current and future alumni.

When you give back, whether you give time, talent or treasure, it means we keep moving forward.

You can make a difference.

Becoming a V.I.B. means that you don’t just believe in a cause, you take action. You choose to support your alma mater by making a gift to the fund of your choice. You support current and future Bears. You support the faculty and staff who strive to provide the best educational opportunities and campus experience possible. You support the entire Missouri State community and everything maroon and white!

You can do it all with a minimum qualifying* gift of just $50 and you decide where your gift goes — to a specific college, department, scholarship or other. When you choose to give so much to your alma mater, we want to do something for you.

Missouri State University Very Important Bear MSU Alumni Association Proudly recognizes Boomer Bear as a V.I.B. for their contribution to the MSU Annual Fund Date

V.I.B. benefits

  • A 20% discount** at the Missouri State Bookstore, the Great Southern Bank Arena Team Store, and a discount code for online purchases at the bookstore.
  • V.I.B. special pricing on selected alumni events nationwide.
  • Exclusive discounts on select MSU online professional development courses offered by MindEdge.
  • The January issue of Missouri State magazine, produced just for donors, key volunteers and V.I.B. cardholders.
  • Use of the Duane G. Meyer Library. Access your library privileges for alumni.
  • The opportunity to purchase a Foster Family Recreation Center membership.
  • Access to the Hammons Student Center (with payment of daily usage fee).

How to become a V.I.B.

Make a qualifying* annual gift of $50 or more to the Missouri State University Foundation. You may make your gift online, in person at the Meyer Alumni Center, or by calling 417-836-4143.

Make a donation and get your V.I.B. card

There are several giving options available. Your gift can be a one-time annual gift or you can schedule a recurring gift that renews automatically. For example, you might schedule a recurring gift of $10/month for 12 months. As soon as your total reaches $50, your V.I.B. card will be processed and you may begin enjoying your benefits. Your V.I.B. benefits are good for one year after the date printed on your card.

In order to access some exclusive benefits, you must register for the MarooNation Alumni Online Community. This is a free resource for alumni, and allows you to search for fellow Bears, track your event participation and keep your contact information updated.

Learn more about giving online

*A qualifying gift is a gift to a Missouri State University Foundation fund that does not receive any other recognition or benefits. The majority of designations and funds qualify. Examples of gifts that do not qualify are gifts to The Bears Fund and gifts to the Performance Society.

**Discount applies to regularly priced BearWear apparel and souvenir items only (excludes electronics, books and gift cards). The discount cannot be combined with any other discount or offer. The in-store discount can be obtained by presenting a valid (dates are printed on card) V.I.B. card at the Missouri State Bookstore or Great Southern Bank Arena Team Store on the campus of Missouri State University. The coupon code on the front of the card provides the same discount online.