Donors’ gifts help Davis-Harrington Welcome Center expand

Davis-Harrington Welcome Center

Magers Courtyard dedication set for May 12.

Less than two years after it opened, the Davis-Harrington Welcome Center will get a new look.

New courtyard opens Friday

A gift from Chris and Bryan Magers funded a new courtyard that will be named in their honor on the building’s east exterior. The courtyard will host student gatherings and outdoor receptions.

The Magerses are longtime supporters of Missouri State. Bryan Magers is a member of the Missouri State Foundation Board of Trustees and was a chairman of the board.

Missouri State will host a dedication ceremony for the Magers Courtyard at 1:30 p.m. May 12 at the Welcome Center.

Lobby gets a new name

A gift from Mike and Barbara Ingram will also help fund the facility. The Welcome Center lobby will be named the Mike and Barbara Ingram Lobby. Mike Ingram is the current chairman of the Foundation Board of Trustees.

“We so much appreciate the private support for this facility,” said Brent Dunn, vice president for university advancement. “The Davis-Harrington Welcome Center has been a great addition to the university and is making a significant impact on the admissions process. It’s a tremendous first impression for the university.”

For more information, contact Dunn at 417-836-6666.

Helping students weather the storm

MSU Foundation seeks donations for Emergency Scholarship Fund

Grizzly Lofts on the Missouri State West Plains campus

Grizzly Lofts on the Missouri State West Plains campus

Neighbors helping neighbors: That’s a common theme in the wake of a natural disaster.

In late April, rain pummeled the area, causing historic flooding. It damaged homes, businesses, roads and bridges and caused deaths, while threatening harm to many others across the state.

To extend a hand of hope, the Missouri State University Foundation is seeking donations for the Emergency Scholarship Fund. The contributions will help Missouri State University students who are reeling from the tragedy.

“It is our hope that students can continue their education, even when the situation seems grim,” said Brent Dunn, vice president for university advancement and executive director of the Missouri State Foundation. “Through this scholarship, we hope to let students focus on school and not fear so much how they are going to pay for it.”

Give to the Emergency Scholarship Fund

The Emergency Scholarship Fund was established following the Joplin tornado. It was designed to provide assistance to students who face an unforeseen crisis that makes them unable to meet their educational financial obligations.

President Clif Smart’s update on the West Plains campus

MSU Foundation announces gifts for Darr College of Agriculture

Donations include endowment funds, land


Several Missouri State University alumni have made major gifts to the William H. Darr College of Agriculture.

The Darr Family gift

Continuing their support for MSU, William H. (class of 1957) and Virginia (class of 1954) Darr have created two new endowed funds:

  • The Darr Family Facilities Endowment to support the day-to-day operations of the college’s facilities
  • The Family Agriculture Graduate Student Support Endowment to assist graduate students with their research pursuits, including materials, stipends and travel expenses

The couple gave these gifts to recognize the recent name change from Darr School of Agriculture to Darr College of Agriculture.

The George and Paula Kindrick Hartsfield gift

George Hartsfield and Rev. Dr. Paula Kindrick Hartsfield (class of 1976) gave their 80-acre farm located near the Springfield-Branson National Airport to the college.

Named “The Kindrick Family Farm at Missouri State University,” about 65 acres of cultivated land will be used for crop production. Other uses include horticulture and plant science research and education.

“These gifts will allow us to continue moving forward in training new leaders in the field of agriculture who will be making a positive impact around the world,” said Dean Dr. Ronald Del Vecchio, of MSU’s Darr College of Agriculture.

Donate to the Darr College of Agriculture

For more information, contact Del Vecchio at 417-836-5638.

Bears in the Know Luncheon Series

Bears in the Know

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The Missouri State University Foundation hosts the Bears in the Know luncheon series which is designed to showcase unique areas at Missouri State University, and connect personally with our friends and supporters in the community.

Bears in the Know luncheons are designed to provide a variety of topics to the public ranging from space to veterans, the arts, technology, and even essential issues that Missourians and Missouri State University affiliates care deeply about. Each luncheon presents experts from different areas covering a new topic that provides interesting and important information, with no two luncheons covering the same topic.

Invitations for each Bears in the Know luncheon events are given to Founders Club members, supporters, alumni, friends and other MSU community members. The luncheons are held every month in the Turner Family Hospitality Room on the first floor of the Kenneth E. Meyer Alumni Center. Complimentary parking is available in the attached garage off of McDaniel Street. Lunch is served at approximately 11:30 a.m., followed by the program topic at noon. Tickets are $10 per person per luncheon.

Visit the Bears in the Know website for more information and to purchase your tickets.

Thank you to Arvest, Presenting Sponsor of this luncheon series.

MarooNation Ball St. Louis

MarooNation Ball

The MarooNation Ball galas have become signature Missouri State University events in St. Louis, Kansas City, and now Springfield. These galas help raise scholarship support for current Missouri State students from those respective areas who exemplify the university’s mission in Public Affairs.

The MarooNation Ball galas are all-inclusive comprised of a three course meal, an open bar and dancing all night long. Every guest receives one of a kind MarooNation Ball items to commemorate the night. Along with enjoying the captivating live entertainment, dining and dancing, and mingling with alumni, donors, and friends, you will also have the benefit of knowing that all sponsorship and ticket sale proceeds for MarooNation Ball galas go towards scholarship support for Missouri State students in need.

The 4th Annual Missouri State University MarooNation Ball will be held in St. Louis at the Palladium Saint Louis on January 21, 2017. Tickets are on sale, and sponsorship opportunities are also available. The MarooNation Ball will also be held in Kansas City (April 22nd) and in Springfield (June 2nd). To view photos from last year’s gala or to inquire about tickets and/or sponsorship information, please visit the MarooNation Ball St. Louis website.

St. Louis MarooNation Ball Scholarship Campaign

New this year, anyone can help raise money for the MarooNation St. Louis Student Scholarship and earn free tickets to the MarooNation Ball St. Louis! The scholarship is funded by all MarooNation Ball St. Louis events and gifts from Missouri State supporters. Visit the St. Louis MarooNation Ball Scholarship crowdfunding campaign to make a gift, become an advocate, or create a matching gift or challenge. Your support makes an impact!

Annual Report 2016

Foundation Annual Report 2016With the conclusion of every fiscal year at Missouri State University, following the Foundation Board of Trustees meeting, the Missouri State University Foundation releases its Annual Report to help inform the campus community about alumni, friends, students, and donors making a significant impact at Missouri State University through contributions to the Foundation.

The Foundation Annual Report includes stories about unique gifts, contributions and commitments made by donors, student stories of how donor contributions have impacted their education, information and examples on the multiple ways in which members of the campus community can give, highlights of benefits and events held for donors, and financial highlights from the Foundation.

View the 2016 Annual Report online.

Bears in the Know Luncheon Series

Bears in the Know

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ProfessorsThe Missouri State University Foundation is excited to host our continuing luncheon series, Bears in the Know. The series is designed to showcase unique areas at Missouri State University and connect personally with our friends and supporters in the community. Thank you to Arvest for supporting this series as the Presenting Sponsor.

The luncheons will be held in the Turner Family Hospitality Room on the first floor of the Kenneth E. Meyer Alumni Center. Complimentary parking is available in the attached garage off of McDaniel Street. Feel free to arrive any time after 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be served at approximately 11:30 a.m., followed by the program at noon.

Register for the entire year of sessions for $50 or individual sessions for $10 each.

2016-17 Series Sessions

September 22, 2016 – Exoplanets

Over 3,000 exoplanets, planets that orbit distant stars, have been discovered in the last 25 years. Dr. Peter Plavchan, Assistant Professor of Astronomy, will talk about the methods used to detect these planets and what we’ve learned and will learn about our Universe from these discoveries. Plavchan will also describe exoplanet research projects at Missouri State.

November 18, 2016 – Electronic Arts Program

The Electronic Arts program is an interdisciplinary program that brings together students from animation, video production, sound design, music composition, audio recording, and multimedia to collaborate on projects. Their work has been wildly successful, garnering hundreds of international and national awards. Mark Biggs, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, Electronic Arts Coordinator, and Associate Professor; Vonda Yarberry, Interim Department Head of Art and Design, Professor of Animation/Electronic Arts; and Colby Jennings, Assistant Professor of Digital Arts/Animation/Electronic Arts will talk about the program and show teasers of student work.

January 27, 2017 – Veterans in the Criminal Justice System

Veteran’s Treatment Courts (VTC) are the fastest growing specialty court in the United States. VTCs aim to target the underlying causes and correlates of criminal behavior in offenders with a history of military service in an effort to reduce recidivism and future contact with the criminal justice system. Dr. Julie Baldwin, Assistant Professor of Criminology, will give an overview of the development and dissemination of the VTC concept as well as the challenges both these courts and their participants face. Baldwin will include information and results from various original data collection efforts.

March 22, 2017 – “One Missouri”

“One Missouri” is a proposal by the College of Education to address disadvantaged communities in Missouri by reaching out to urban and rural areas throughout Missouri to create communities of support for children and families. Dr. Gilbert Brown, Associate Provost for Diversity and Associate Dean of the College of Education and Dr. Jon Turner, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, Department of Counseling, Leadership and Special Education will share this neighborhood school-based model along with specific data pertaining to rural southwest Missouri community and school needs as compared to other areas of the state.

May 25, 2017 – The eFactory

The eFactory is a technology-focused entrepreneurship center designed to assist startup and growth in new small businesses and continuing education and training in mature organizations.  Allen Kunkel, Associate Vice President, Economic Development and Director of JVIC and Brian Kincaid, Director of The eFactory, will talk about programs of The eFactory, progress of its clients and the impact on our community.

July 12, 2017 – Taylor Health and Wellness Center

For 94 years, Taylor Health and Wellness Center has served the University community. Dr. David Muegge, Director, will give a brief history of Taylor, discuss modern-day operations, as well as review the impact on Missouri State students, faculty and staff. There will also be pictures, floor plans and a construction update for the new 36,000 square foot University health and wellness facility opening January 2, 2018.

If you have any questions about the Bears In The Know luncheon series, email Stephanie Lashley or call 417-836-4143.

Foundation recognized for excellence in fundraising

Council for Advancement and Support of Education gives MSU Overall Performance award

Missouri State University Foundation

As governmental support for higher education continues a tenuous track, the Missouri State University Foundation’s role in garnering financial resources increases. In honor of the success the foundation has had in this vein, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) has awarded an Overall Performance award in educational fundraising.

Missouri State is one of five public comprehensive institutions in the country to win this award this year. Missouri State previously won national awards in fundraising in 2009, 2011 and 2013. In 2013, Missouri State also won the Sustained Excellence in Fundraising award.

“This is really a great honor that we didn’t apply for,” said Brent Dunn, vice president for university advancement. “Everyone at the university is involved in fundraising so this makes a great statement about our university compared to other schools like us.”

About the award

This award recognizes overall performance in educational fundraising programs for FY15 based on data submitted to the Council for Aid to Education’s Voluntary Support of Education survey. An expert panel of volunteer judges selects winners based on a number of factors, including:

  • Pattern of growth in total support (or adjusted total support if appropriate)
  • Evaluation of what contributed to the total support figure
  • Overall breadth in program areas
  • Pattern of growth in each program area
  • Pattern of donor growth among alumni donors and other individual donors
  • Impact of the 12 largest gifts on total support
  • Total support in relation to the alumni base
  • Type of institution

The other institutions receiving this recognition are Angelo State University (Texas), California State University-Long Beach, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo and Texas State University-San Marcos.

For more information, contact Dunn at 417-836-6666.

MSU Foundation tops $18 million third year in a row

FountainsThe Missouri State University Foundation raised a total of $18,010,206 in gifts during Fiscal Year 2016, which ended June 30. This was the third year running where the Foundation received in excess of $18 million.

“The generous support we receive from our alumni and friends astounds me,” said Missouri State President Clifton M. Smart III. “As we plan for how Missouri State can make a greater impact in the community and nation, this private support is more crucial to us than ever before.”

The funding, noted Brent Dunn, executive director of the Missouri State University Foundation, helps grow programs, purchase equipment, build and renovate facilities, meet student needs through scholarships and provide faculty support.

These gifts were given by 21,570 donors – an increase of 502 donors compared to the previous fiscal year.

On top of these gifts, the Foundation also received $1.2 million in planned gifts.

Endowed Scholarship Appreciation Dinner 2016

Rachael Davis

Rachael Davis

The annual Endowed Scholarship Appreciation Dinner brings together donors, scholarship recipients, and University staff.  This event recognizes our outstanding endowed scholarship recipients and the donors that have funded those awards.  Bringing the donors back to campus, especially the last few years, allows us to show the physical growth and changes that have happened here at Missouri State University.  Events like this one are sometimes our donors only opportunity to put a face and name to our student population and connect with them.

At this year’s dinner, we heard an update from scholarship recipient Rachael Davis.  She received two Foundation scholarships, the Grace Gardener Endowed Scholarship for Study Abroad and the V. A. Dobyns Scholarship Award for the 2015-2016 academic year.  Rachael had recently returned from studying abroad. During her time abroad, we spoke to her on Skype to see how it was going.

On the night of the scholarship dinner, Rachael was in traditional Korean dress.  She shared her experiences with President Smart on stage and explained the impact the trip had on her academic and future career.  Graduating in December with her degree in Criminology and Cybersecurity and a Korean minor, Rachael hopes to pursue a career in criminal justice.  The privately funded scholarships that Rachael received allowed her to follow her dream of traveling abroad to Korea.

Rachael’s story played out in a Skype video and on stage for the other attendees to see, but it also happened time and time again around the room. Each table had a mix of students and donors. The students talked about what their scholarship did for them. Donors talked about their love for the University and gave advice to students about the future. Both students and their donors have a story to tell about how private giving has impacted their lives. At this event, they get the opportunity to share it with one another.