I hope you are as excited as I am about welcoming a robust class of new students to Missouri State University in August.
Welcome Weekend includes inspirational, fun, engaging activities
New Student Convocation will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16 at in JQH Arena. Please plan to wear your regalia and attend this celebration of our new students and a new school year at Missouri State.
This year’s Convocation speaker is Kyle Dean Massey. Mr. Massey is an actor best known for his starring roles on Broadway in “Pippin,” “Next to Normal,” “Wicked,” “Xanadu” and for his role as Kevin Bicks on ABC’s “Nashville.” He is a Missouri State alumnus, receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre in 2004.
Following Convocation, please join me on the Bear Path, where we show our support by applauding our new students as they leave JQH Arena and walk to Plaster Student Union for the New Student Festival.
Learn about Convocation, the Bear Path and other Welcome Weekend activities.
Last week Governor Nixon appointed Gregory Spears as the newest member of our Board of Governors.
Spears has strong ties to MSU
Governor Spears will represent the Fifth District, and his term will expire Jan. 1, 2019. We are excited about Mr. Spears’ appointment, and we are confident that his expertise will prove beneficial to Missouri State.
Mr. Spears is an alumnus of Missouri State University, having received a Bachelor of Science in Finance in 1981. Mr. Spears’ wife, Jennifer Spears, is also an alumnus and is the daughter of Arthur Lee Mallory, president of Southwest Missouri State College from 1964 to 1971. The Spears’ sons, James and Paul, also attended Missouri State.
Mr. Spears is the managing director and Kansas market manager for Wells Fargo Advisors in Kansas City. He has been employed in management positions for financial service institutions since 1983. Mr. Spears has served on boards for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kansas City, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Medical Mission Foundation and the Greater Kansas City YMCA.
Please join me in congratulating Mr. Spears on his appointment and thanking him for his willingness to serve.
In a prior Clif’s Note I noted that we have many points of pride at Missouri State University, and I highlighted the recent success of the Bears baseball program. In this note I want to highlight another Missouri State team that achieved significant success this summer.
Ad Team places first in international competition
The Missouri State Ad Team competed with 22 other universities in an international competition to develop a marketing campaign to counter violent extremism. The Ad Team’s campaign is called One95, and it is designed to unite people in 195 countries, one person at a time, to end violent extremism. Out of the 23 universities, our Ad Team was selected as one of three finalists. The other two schools were from Australia and Canada.
The Ad Team traveled to Washington D.C. to make their presentation at the U.S. State Department along with the other two finalists. Our Ad Team won the competition. I was present for the presentations, and our team’s presentation was head and shoulders above the other two. In addition to winning the competition, government and non-government groups from around the world have reached out to our Ad Team to utilize the One95 campaign.
Please join me in congratulating the Ad Team, and the team’s adviser Dr. Melissa Burnett, on a job well done. Not only did these students win an international competition, they developed a campaign that puts the public affairs mission into practice.