As we celebrated the 110th birthday week of Missouri State University, traditions seemed to be the huge focus on our campus. Not only are traditions a unique way to take a look back at how our school has thrived for the last century, it’s also a perfect avenue for us as students to take a break from our studies and connect with the rest of the student body.
A huge part of traditions is our alumni. They set the groundwork for these traditions we celebrate as well as being incorporated into the celebrations when possible. We don’t come to this university simply to get a college education, as I’ve said before, we’re here to be a BEAR. That comes with being engaged in different aspects of our culture and making a difference here at Missouri State.
Another avenue for us as students to become engaged in our traditions is our sports teams. Our sporting events allow for traditions to be ever-changing and alive and well on our campus. Most of these events are free to us as students which makes it that much easier for the student body to make an impact on continuing old traditions as well as laying the groundwork for new ones.
Justin Roberts, a junior year with a double major in Philosophy and Organizational Communication, is from Frisco, Texas. He is the Family Orientation Coordinator for SOAR 2015, the first to hold this student position in the office. Throughout his time at Missouri State, he has been a SOAR Leader, involved in the Missouri State Disc Golf Club, Student Government Association, and a social fraternity where he served as the chapter president.