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Tis the season to celebrate with fellow Bears!


Grab your BearWear and get ready for seasonal fun with your fellow alumni at MarooNation holiday parties in December. You can even bring your Bear cubs along! Where ever you are we’ve got you covered.

Kansas City MarooNation holiday party

D.C. MarooNation holiday party

  • Date: Dec. 4, 2016
  • Time: 6-8 p.m.
  • Location: The Loft at the Hamilton
  • Get registered today and make this event a holiday tradition with your fellow alumni; $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

St. Louis MarooNation holiday party

Chicago MarooNation holiday party

Happy Holidays!

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Missouri State University Foundation Holiday Party - Dec. 2015

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#BearGrads: Welcome to MarooNation!

Congratulations on your graduation, #BearGrads!

We’re excited to welcome you into the Alumni Association, which connects more than 110,000 alumni around the world with Missouri State University.

Graduation Giveaway

We invite #BearGrads to visit the Graduation Giveaway table during commencement week to receive a gift and to learn more about MarooNation. Graduation Giveaway will be available:

  • Dec. 12-15: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Maroon Nation store in the Plaster Student Union (PSU)
  • Dec. 16: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. across from the information desk in the PSU

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Celebrate commencement day with one of the most iconic Bears on campus.

Visit the Bear statue outside of Plaster Student Union to get your photo taken and to receive a free commemorative print. Photos will be available from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16.

Once a Bear, always a Bear

Wherever the future takes you, we encourage you to stay connected with Missouri State University.

Make sure you receive the monthly alumni newsletter, free copies of Missouri State magazine, invitations to alumni events and more by updating your contact information. You can also get the latest University news and connect with fellow graduates by following MarooNation on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Once again, we congratulate you on your graduation and wish you all the best.

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Live-stream the Bears all season long on WatchESPN

Bears player drives tries a layup


Bears fans can catch all their favorite teams with the click of a button. All Missouri State athletic events are live on ESPN3 (WatchESPN) providing free streaming for Bears’ games all year long. Even if you travel the WatchESPN app streams all the games right to your device. So, grab your BearWear and cheer the Bears to victory, no subscription required.

Miss the season openers for the men’s and women’s basketball team? You can access games on WatchESPN for up to 30 days by clicking on the “Replay” tab and selecting the sports team you want. Plus you can search for upcoming broadcasts by selecting the “Upcoming” tab, the date, and the sport. Keep tabs on Bears action all season long by bookmarking the Missouri State athletics calendar. Go Bears!

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Support Missouri State projects through crowdfunding

Have you ever wanted to support a favorite Missouri State cause directly? Now you can through crowdfunding, which provides current students, faculty and staff a chance to raise capital and market their campaign to Missouri State and beyond. Students, faculty, and staff create pages with descriptions of causes, funding requests and deadlines. They post these on the Missouri State crowdfunding site.

As they develop goals, deadlines and marketing strategies they can fill out the Missouri State Crowdfunding Campaign Application. The project must be approved before it will go live. For more information on making your campaign a success, visit the Missouri State Foundation.

The Foundation is also sponsoring crowdfunding workshops on campus where people can get the tools they need to make thier campaign a success. The next two seesions are on November 11 and November 15. Sign-up soon because space is limited.

Current projects you can support

Community Involvement & Services at Missouri State is looking for funding support for two upcoming Bear Immersion trips where alumni and students work side-by-side in their communities. Eleven students are spending time in St. Louis on November 4-6 to learn about root causes of homelessness and hunger in the city. They’ll work alongside organizations dedicated to eliminating these issues. Alumni can also volunteer alongside these students on an urban organic farm, EarthDance, on Friday, November 4 from 12:45 – 4 p.m.

Donate St. Louis

A second group of eleven students are spending November 4-6 in Kansas City working with the Ronald McDonald House and the Upper Room, which provides academic support and music classes for children in the city. Alumni have flocked to this opportunity to volunteer with current students and this event is now full.

Donate Kansas City

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Philosophy alum begins judicial clerkship in Supreme Court of Missouri

8414smallThomas Limbrick ’13 is serving a two-year judicial clerkship with the Honorable Mary Rhodes Russell of the Supreme Court of Missouri. But he said it was earning a philosophy degree at Missouri State that helped prepare him for the rigors of law school and his burgeoning career. He credits mentors like Andrew Johnson and Jack Knight, whom he calls, “two of the smartest people I’ve ever met.”

“My course on ancient philosophy with Dr. Knight made me unafraid to tackle complex and voluminous readings. All of my philosophy classes, particularly Ethics and Contemporary Issues and Philosophy of Religion with Professor Johnson, familiarized me with the Socratic method of teaching and forced me to constantly come up with rational arguments,” Limbrick said.

Limbrick knew he wanted to attend law school before beginning his undergraduate studies. While in law school he took advantage of semester and summer breaks to immerse himself in many different legal fields. After his first year of law school he spent the summer working at Armstrong Teasdale, where he gained experience with employment litigation, construction, medical malpractice, real estate and intellectual property litigation. These experiences helped Limbrick pinpoint his interests in employment and labor law.

But the opportunity to clerk caught his attention as soon as he began law school. Limbrick said the application process includes gathering recommendation letters, writing samples, resumé and transcript. Limbrick said some judges begin accepting applications when students are in their second year of law school, so it’s best to begin the process early.

“Many lawyers consider clerking for a year or two to be one of the best jobs – if not the best job – to get straight out of law school. It is a unique opportunity to work closely with a judge and see how the other side of the courtroom thinks,” Limbrick said.

After completing his clerkship in 2018, Limbrick plans to return to his hometown of St. Louis and practice employment and labor law.



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Guide to Veteran Student Services

img_1415_480x270Captain James T. Craig, who is retired from the U.S. Army, is the new Director of Veteran Student Services at Missouri State and he wants to make sure Veterans count.

He is encouraging current and former student veterans to get connected with the university in order to access special benefits. Captain Craig says there’s a real need to help student Veterans and alumni get all the resources available to them. The easiest way you can do that is by updating your information with the Alumni Association.

Update your information

Head over to the MarooNation Alumni Association site and update your contact to include Veteran status and your branch of service. This information will help keep you connected to Veteran Student Services and get you special information that pertains to Veterans.

Salute to Heroes

Veteran Student Services is also participating in the annual Salute to Heroes football game on October 29. Veterans can get discounted tickets, and there will be opportunities to mingle with current and former Missouri State Veteran students. During the game there will also be special recognition on the field.

Check out Missouri State Veteran Student Services for more benefits, including priority registration, free tutoring, and access to a Veteran student lounge.

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Encourage current students with BearTalks

Christy Dempsey headshot

Have you ever thought that you’d like to be in college again, but know what you know now? Now you can share that wisdom with current Bears.

The Alumni Association is searching for alumni who are available to speak with students for an hour during a group or organization meeting.

Christy Dempsey has done it. She recommends speaking for 30 minutes, leaving the second half of the hour open for questions, and says it’s easy to speak about your expertise, even to a group.

“It’s talking about yourself and what you do. You know it really well and can answer any questions students have for you – you’ve got it,” she said. “You can’t screw it up because it’s you. It’s not an exam.”

For Dempsey, chief nursing officer at Press Ganey, it’s a way to contribute to her alma mater in a more personal way.

“I wouldn’t be where I am without Missouri State University; my children wouldn’t be where they are without Missouri State University. It’s important to me to give back not just financially, but with time and talents,” Dempsey said.

Hearing alumni speak can provide encouragement to current students, which Student Body Vice President Brianna Duda calls “priceless.”

“Hearing alum talk about their successes empowers us and reminds us that someday we will have success of our own. It also shows that they care about the university, even post-graduation,” Duda said.

Dempsey says she has to stay open to learning in the health field. That is where giving BearTalks helps her as much as the students.

“I’m a firm believer that if you want to improve you have to ask the people doing the work, (and) university students have a perspective we need to hear,” Dempsey said.

Give here

Give your talents a place to shine and impact the future. You select the areas of expertise you’d like to discuss and share your contact information. Next you’ll be contacted to confirm the topic, organization you’ll speak to and dates available. If you don’t live in the area, you can still speak to students via Skype or other options.

Show future alumni what it means to be a Citizen Bear with BearTalks.

Volunteer to be a BearTalks speaker

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Go “Into the Streets” and help the Ozarks!

volunteer cleans up fairbanks school

Are you ready to give back to the people of Springfield? Alumni have a great chance to help Missouri State students contribute to the community during the Into the Streets service day on Saturday, September 17. This event is a part of Public Affairs Week, which is open to the public. Consider spending a few hours on a beautiful autumn afternoon with fellow Bears and show your support for Missouri State and the Ozarks!


Do you want to help with a bunch of friends? Great! Sign up as group! Don’t want to gather a group but still want to be a part of a team? Sign up as an individual volunteer and you will work with other alumni, students, faculty, staff or community members. Alumni may volunteer by themselves or with a group. All volunteers work 9 a.m-1 p.m. and have a short reflection afterward. Please provide your own transportation.


Are you comfortable taking charge? Would you like to lead a group? We need individuals to lead 5-20 people in a project. Leaders will also be responsible for facilitating an informal wrap-up discussion after the 9 a.m.-1 p.m. work session. Site Leaders must attend 30-minute training prior to the event.

students help neighbor clean up

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Watch the Bears at no risk


A quick Q/A about Bears basketball:

  1. When you think of the 1999 Sweet Sixteen game against Duke, do you remember the line “You know (Alford) didn’t get that suit in Springfield, Missouri?”
  2. Did you root for Saint Louis when Charlie Spoonhour became the Billikens coach?
  3. When announcers talk about all-time great free throw shooters, do you start repeating “Blake Ahearn” aloud?
  4. Can you hear the Bear Pride band playing the William Tell Overture Finale just before tipoff and the second half?


  1. Actually, Alford later said he did – at John’s Suit Shop!
  2. It’s ok. You probably went to high school there.
  3.  Why not? He has a 94.6% career percentage.
  4. No? Time to come back.

Missouri State University Athletics is offering a no-risk chance to enjoy Bears basketball. Simply select season tickets. If, by Dec. 29, you don’t want to keep attending games, you’ll receive a full refund. If you decide to keep your season tickets, simply pay in full by January 15, 2017.

“Bears basketball is one of the most prolific sporting events in our community, and we really believe in this team,” said MSU Director of Athletics Kyle Moats. “We are ready for an exciting season and getting our community back to JQH Arena. With 17 home games in store, we guarantee fans will see something they enjoy.”

Current season ticket holders are not eligible for this offer. Available seats include all seating areas at JQH Arena except for loge seats, courtside seats, and the first five rows of Sections B, C, D, K, L and M.

Call (417) 836-8899 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday to select seats today.

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Alum works third Olympics

By the time Brad Woodall entered Missouri State, he knew what he wanted. His dad worked at KY3 for more than 30 years, so Brad learned technical media skills at a young age. “I grew up in that environment and knew early on that’s what I was going to do,” Brad said.

He studied mass media and found his courses in organizational communications and marketing especially helpful for collaborating on deadline. “You could be meeting with a group of people you could be working with for the first time, with the common goal of getting the show on the air,” Woodall said.

As a student he began working as a technical director for Mediacom. He covered Bears men’s and women’s basketball games for six years. He graduated in 2007 and continued securing other freelance jobs.

Working at the Olympics

Now he primarily works for NBC, CBS and FOX and has worked at the past three Olympic Games: in London, Sochi and Rio. During the most recent Olympics, Woodall worked as a technical director for gymnastic events and the closing ceremony.

Woodall at Olympic Rings in Rio

“In laymen’s terms, anytime you’re watching a live sporting event and something changes on the screen, I’m doing that.” He follows directions from the director and producer, who’ve decided how to present events based on storylines. He implements the stories on the technical side.

Sometimes the story changes, like during the men’s gymnastics floor exercises in Rio. “Two Brazilians medaled — and they didn’t ever expect to be medaling. A person falls and all of a sudden you have two hometown Brazilians getting second and third.”

Woodall enjoyed his time working in Rio, even though the pressure was high for such widely-viewed events. “When producing a high profile event such as the Olympics, we make every effort to make sure we have told the story accurately with no production mistakes.”

Woodall at Rio coast

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