McQueary family makes ‘transformational’ gift to Missouri State

McQueary Family

College of Health and Human Services renamed in honor of the family.

Healthcare is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States. And it is one of the industries in Missouri with the biggest gap between demand and qualified workers.

A significant gift from the McQueary family will help close this gap.

Missouri State University announced that the College of Health and Human Services is being renamed in honor of the McQueary Family.

“This transformational gift will allow the McQueary College of Health and Human Services to grow to better meet demand for skilled healthcare employees in southwest Missouri,” said Dean Helen Reid.

The McQueary family gift will fund:

Over the years, the McQueary family has made multiple gifts to different areas of the university, including scholarships, athletics, Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, Greenwood Laboratory School, the Child Development Center, Tent Theatre and the Pride Band. They have also made previous gifts to the colleges of Arts and Letters, Business, and Health and Human Services.

“Members of the McQueary family have been friends of Missouri State University for many years,” said President Clif Smart. “Many members of the family have also been members and leaders of university boards and committees.

“This family has touched many, many lives. We’re grateful for their long-term support of Missouri State.”

About the McQueary family

William M. McQueary started a family business in the early 1900s when he opened a drugstore on the corner of Madison and John Q. Hammons Parkway. William McQueary’s sons, William Les and Frederick Gordon McQueary, then founded McQueary Brothers Drug Company in 1924.

The McQueary family’s legacy of giving was inspired by Les and Jennie McQueary, who enjoyed Missouri State athletics. The couple’s children, Fred M. McQueary and the late William T. “Bill” McQueary, served as the first co-chairs of the Bears Fund in 1982.

Fred and Ramona McQueary and Bill and Shirley McQueary, and their families, have continued the long tradition of support of Missouri State University.

Mark McQueary is a current member of the Missouri State University Foundation Board of Trustees.

In 2007, the McQuearys were recognized for their multigenerational involvement with MSU when they were awarded the Bronze Bear award.

About the McQueary College of Health and Human Services

The McQueary College of Health and Human Services offers 17 undergraduate and 21 graduate and certificate programs. The academic units in the college include:

The college also houses the Learning Diagnostic Clinic; the Speech-Language, Hearing Clinic; the Physical Therapy Clinic; MSU Care; and the Center for Research and Service.

Foundation raises record-breaking $21.5 million

Carrington Hall

Funds provide scholarships, improve facilities and enhance research.


Record-breaking: It’s the only way to describe the Missouri State University Foundation’s year.

Alumni and friends of Missouri State University donated $21,534,074 to the Foundation in Fiscal Year 2018, which ended June 30.

This is the greatest fundraising total in the Foundation’s history. The previous record was $20.3 million in FY 2012.

More than 20,000 donors contributed to various campaigns. These gifts support student scholarships and programs, faculty research and facilities enhancements.

“Missouri State’s community of supporters rallied around us this year,” said President Clif Smart. “Through their generosity, they’ve shown us what they value.”

As state appropriations have continued to decline, these funds are even more important to the success and growth of the university.

“While we celebrate a record-breaking year, we are really celebrating the impact these gifts have on our students, faculty and staff,” said Brent Dunn, executive director of the Missouri State Foundation. “We always look forward to seeing the great things our Bears will do for the world.”

Make a gift to Missouri State

Five ways to show your support for the #BearCrowd


MSU Crowdfunding is an online crowdfunding platform for Missouri State students, faculty and staff to raise money and generate support for their great ideas. The power of the crowd can bring together many small gifts through a far-reaching network of Missouri State alumni, students, faculty and staff, and their family, friends and colleagues.

We are excited to be able to provide this opportunity for the Missouri State campus community! We encourage you to be a part of the Bear Crowd and assist the unique ideas and goals of our students, faculty and staff.

Please visit MSU Crowdfunding and help make a campaign a success by doing any/all of things listed below!

hornBecome an advocate

With just a few clicks, create a GiveCampus account and gain the ability to track your impact. See how many clicks, gifts, and dollars your outreach generates! The site is mobile-optimized and works great on a smartphone or computer!

How: Go to the very top right of the campaign page to sign up.

giftMake a gift

Big or small, every gift counts. Demonstrate to your friends and classmates that you lead by example and make a gift yourself. Projects need donors to gain momentum early in the project life cycle.

How: Go to the campaign page and click the Give Now button.

shareShare the campaign

Spread the word and show your support!

How: Every campaign page has buttons to share via email, Facebook, and Twitter. You can also use the link below the video to use with any social media! Personal emails and Facebook messages are very effective. You can earn incentives through “generating” donations and your progress is tracked as an advocate! When the campaign creator posts an update, be sure to share that too! Apple phone users with IOS 10.2.1 or higher can copy the campaign link and paste into messenger to text the link with image to their personal contacts.

heart with $ signCreate a matching gift or challenge

Put your money where your mouth is and encourage your network to join you in making a gift. You can match gifts dollar for dollar up to a fixed amount and even structure your challenge to be based on donor participation. This can be done at any point in a campaign and works well when donations are slow.

How: Look right below the video on the left side of the campaign page.

button with arrowUpload a personal plea

Create a short video in which you explain why you’re supporting a campaign and why others should do the same and upload directly to the project. ‘Selfie’s’ work great!

How: Go to the advocates tab just below the “Give Now” button.

Interested in creating a campaign on MSU Crowdfunding?

Faculty, staff, and student organizations can create campaigns on MSU Crowdfunding. We provide campaign owners with tools and templates. There are also hands-on workshops available to further assist you in building and managing your campaigns.

Please email if you’re interested in creating a campaign or if you have any questions regarding MSU Crowdfunding.

Jenna Bush Hager to headline 2018 Public Affairs Conference

Jenna Bush Hager

Jenna Bush Hager

NBC’s Today correspondent and best-selling author will visit MSU.

Since leaving the White House, former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager has found her own voice and her own mission.

Bush Hager will serve as the keynote speaker at Missouri State University’s fall 2018 Public Affairs Conference. She will speak at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.

She is a best-selling author, correspondent for NBC’s Today show, chair of the United Nations Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) Next Generation and editor-at-large of Southern Living Magazine.

“If you’ve seen her reports, you know the compassion with which she tells people’s stories,” said Mary Ann Wood, director of public affairs support. “She shares personal accounts of everyday people improving their communities.”

The event kicks off MSU’s Public Affairs Conference, scheduled from Sept. 25-27. The theme is “Unity in Community.”

Thanks to the Missouri State University Foundation and presenting sponsor Northern Trust, Bush Hager’s keynote is free and open to the public.


Enjoy a VIP reception with Bush Hager

The Foundation will host a private reception and dinner with Bush Hager at 5:15 p.m. Sept. 25. Tickets are available online or by calling Stephanie Smith, senior director of donor relations and special events, at 417-836-4143.

More about Bush Hager

Bush Hager is the author of The New York Times best seller “Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope.” She wrote it after traveling to Latin America with UNICEF in 2006. “Ana’s Story” tells the story of a 17-year-old single mother with HIV who struggled to shield her child from her life of abuse and neglect.

Bush Hager holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin. She is also co-author of the children’s books “Read All About It!” and “Our Great Big Backyard.” Hager also co-authored “Sisters First,” a New York Times best seller.

She is the daughter of former U.S. President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush. In 2008, she married Henry Hager. They are parents of two daughters, Margaret Laura “Mila” and Poppy Louise Hager.

For more information, contact Mary Ann Wood at 417-836-5073.

Greg Onstot Outstanding Achievement Award

Greg Onstot

Greg Onstot

Nominations are now being accepted for the Greg Onstot Outstanding Achievement Award. The recipient of the 2018 Onstot Award will be presented at the Missouri State Alumni Association Bears of Distinction Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Saturday, June 23. The recipient will receive a plaque and a cash award of $1,200. The nomination deadline is 5:00 p.m., Friday, June 8.

Nominations should be sent to: Greg Onstot Outstanding Achievement Award, c/o Brent Dunn,
Vice President for University Advancement, Meyer Alumni Center, Suite 505 or via email to

Any full-time faculty or staff member may be nominated for the award by colleagues, students, alumni, donors, or the community. Letters of recommendation and supporting materials are encouraged.

Selection Criteria

The criteria for selection will include, but not be limited to, the following: work ethic, attitude, and significant achievements during the year. Examples of exceptional achievements might include: having a lead role in securing a major gift, initiating or having a lead role in a new project, finding a new donor through new and/or persistent data mining, having a lead role in a major successful event, increasing the contact with alumni and donors of a particular unit, completing extraordinary travel to meet alumni and donors, receiving consistent and significant positive feedback from donors as a result of work completed, etc.


The selection committee will consist of members of the Missouri State University Foundation Board of Trustees and the Missouri State University Alumni Association Board of Directors.


This award is named for Greg Onstot, who served Missouri State University for 25 years and retired in 2007 as Vice President for University Advancement. He demonstrated a great work ethic and worked tirelessly in making Missouri State University a better place. This annual award allows Missouri State to recognize a faculty or staff member who has made significant contributions to its development and alumni relations programs.

Again, the deadline to nominate is 5:00 p.m., Friday, June 8.

Feel free to call 417-836-6666 if you have any questions.

Bill and Lucille Magers Family Health and Wellness Center

The Bill and Lucille Magers Family Health and Wellness Center is the new medical home for Missouri State University.

This three-story facility is 39,000-square-foot facility and includes services that were not previously offered to the campus community, including a women’s health center, sports medicine clinic, drive-through pharmacy, mental health counseling services and more.

A Strong Legacy

Taylor Health and Wellness Center was completed in 1971 and was the campus medical home for 45 years.

In 2014, a study showed the former center was running at about 97 percent occupancy. It was on a fast track to outgrow its facility. In October 2015, students voted for a fee of $29 per semester, per student to pay for more space and additional services.

In October 2016, medical services were relocated to the Monroe Apartments on campus as construction started.

On April 9, 2018, a dedication ceremony named the new facility the Bill and Lucille Magers Family Health and Wellness Center.

New Services

The Bill and Lucille Magers Family Health and Wellness Center offers services not previously available, including:

  • A women’s health center
  • Sports medicine clinic
  • Drive-through pharmacy
  • An acute care clinic
  • Mental health counseling services
  • Expanded hours

Continued Services

  • Primary care, including routine checkups and preventive services
  • Full-service pharmacy
  • Treatment clinic for vaccinations, allergy shots and many other services and screenings
  • On-site laboratory that can draw blood, take throat cultures and perform many other functions
  • Mental health care
  • Radiology, including on-site X-rays
  • Specialist care in areas including athletic training, diabetes education, dietetics and nutrition, gynecology, orthopedics, psychiatry, travel medicine, tobacco cessation and more
  • Student and employee wellness programs
  • Physicals for jobs and Peace Corps

Dr. Lisa Drabinowicz Center

Dr. Richard Biagioni, who has been a chemistry professor at MSU since 1989, named the Dr. Lisa Drabinowicz Women’s Center in honor of his late wife. Dr. Drabinowicz served at the MSU health center from 1990 until October 15, 1994, when she died in a motor vehicle accident. Dr. Drabinowicz initiated the first women’s clinic at the MSU health center.

Bee Payne-Stewart Foundation Wellness Suite

The wellness suite is named in honor of the Bee Payne-Stewart Foundation, which supports organizations in Missouri, with an emphasis on the Springfield community. Several members of the Stewart family are proud Missouri State Bears.

Sunderland Foundation Grand Lobby

The grand lobby on the first floor is named in honor of the Sunderland Foundation in Overland Park, Kansas. A long-time supporter of higher education and health care, the Sunderland Foundation focuses on brick and mortar projects.

Points of Pride

  • Accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care
  • Accredited by the Commission on Office Laboratory Accreditation (awarded the commission’s highest commendation)

Who May Use These Services?

  • Students and their dependents: All currently enrolled students who pay a health fee, and their household members age 6 and older, are eligible
  • Employees and family members: MSU faculty, staff, retirees and household members age 6 and older
  • Other people: Visitors to campus who become ill or injured

“The health and wellness center is already a leader among national university health centers. This new building will allow the clinic staff to build this excellence, even more so, for the next generation of Bears,” said Dr. Frederick D. Muegge, Missouri State University director of health and wellness services.

First Floor

Second Floor Health Center

Third Floor Health Center

Having a ball making a difference!

The MarooNation Ball events in St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield are black-tie optional galas that have become signature events for Missouri State University.  Proceeds from the MarooNation Ball galas go toward student scholarships.  By supporting the galas, Missouri State and its students, you’re not just part of an event, you’re part of the future of the next generation of Bears. Meet the students whose paths have changed because of these events and the scholarship support gained from it. Your support of the MarooNation Ball has become part of their Missouri State journey. Thank you!

MarooNation St. Louis Student Scholarship

Brianna Moore and Grace Murray

The MarooNation St. Louis Student Scholarship is awarded to students from the St. Louis metropolitan area who embody what it means to be a Bear and exemplify the University’s mission in Public Affairs. Brianna Moore and Grace Murray are this academic year’s scholarship recipients. These young women are outstanding Missouri State students on their way to do great things. Proceeds from the MarooNation Ball St. Louis go toward the scholarship.

Buy your tickets for the MarooNation Ball St. Louis on January 13

MarooNation Kansas City Student Scholarship

Darian Bengston

Proceeds from the MarooNation Ball Kansas City support the MarooNation Kansas City Student Scholarship. Darian Bengston is the 2017-18 scholarship recipient. Darian is not only making his Missouri Statement, he’s making a difference and making the most of his Missouri State experience. This scholarship is awarded to students from the Kansas City metropolitan area who have done well academically, have college potential, shown leadership qualities and a commitment to the Public Affairs mission of Missouri State University.

Buy your tickets for the MarooNation Ball Kansas City on February 10

MarooNation Springfield Student Scholarship

Emma Saake

Emma Saake is the recipient of the MarooNation Springfield Student Scholarship for this academic year. This scholarship was established with the intention of helping a student attending the Springfield campus, who is facing an unplanned life altering situation or unexpected hardship at no fault of their own, pursue their college education with a lessened financial hardship. Proceeds from the MarooNation Ball Springfield go toward the scholarship.

Buy your tickets for the MarooNation Ball Springfield on June 8


Major renovations planned for Greenwood Lab School

Greenwood groundbreaking ceremony

Phase I of expansion kicked off December 8 with a groundbreaking ceremony.


Greenwood Laboratory School will be celebrating its 110-year anniversary in 2018. The building, which turned 50 years old this year, is undergoing a multi-million dollar expansion project to upgrade its facilities.

Despite some outdated facilities, Greenwood has provided an excellent educational experience to thousands of students over the years, said Dr. Janice Duncan, director of Greenwood Laboratory School.

“Facilities do matter and we now have an opportunity to make them better,” she added.

About the project

The project will take place in three phases and cost more than $6 million.

Phase I – $1.4 million

This phase involves renovating locker rooms. It should be completed by July 2018. Missouri State University has committed $850,000 for this phase.

Phase II – $3 million

This phase includes building a new multi-function gymnasium.

Phase III – $2 million

This phase features a state-of-the-art performance stage, new atrium event entry and welcome center to serve both Greenwood and MSU interests.

Fundraising for phases II and III

Bobby Allison has pledged a seven-figure challenge gift to help make phases II and III a reality.

“We’re grateful to Mr. Allison for stepping up to support this effort,” said Brent Dunn, vice president for university advancement at MSU. “We hope other Greenwood supporters, parents, alumni and friends will give to this campaign so we can ensure our school is ready to educate young minds for the next 50 years.”

Donate online to the project

For more information about this project and making a pledge, contact Dunn at 417-836-4143.

Annual Report 2017


As our state support decreases, you – our alumni and friends – have stepped up. Fiscal year 2017 had the second-largest fundraising total in the history of the Missouri State University Foundation, ending with over $19 million raised. Your commitment to an accessible and affordable education is unparalleled. Your gifts continue to support student scholarships and experiences, programs and activities, faculty teaching and research as well as facility enhancements. Because of you, Missouri State University thrives as it grows to meet the needs of current and future Bears.

Take a look at the 2017 Annual Report and see what Missouri State has done this year because of you!

Annual Board of Trustees Meeting October 26, 2017

Board of Trustees Annual Meeting 2017

At the Missouri State University Foundation’s 2017 Board of Trustees Annual Meeting today, we welcomed new Trustees and recognized outgoing members. We thank Michael H. Ingram, outgoing Chair, for his service and leadership.

New Executive Committee Leadership and Members

Executive Committee

Gordon Kinne, Chair
Springfield, MO

L. Joseph Carmichael, Vice Chair
Springfield, MO

New Executive Committee Members

Mark L. McQueary
Springfield, MO

James H. Wilson
Springfield, MO

New Trustees

James K. Bass
Tulsa, OK

Margaret A. Burd
Denver, CO

Kevin E. Elliott
Frisco, TX

Marla J. Elliott
Frisco, TX

J. Ryan Gamble
Lenexa, KS

Rev. Dr. Paula Hartsfield
Jefferson City, MO

Kyle L. Moles
Chicago, IL

Michael L. Oldham
Golden, CO

Toni L. Riccardi
Chicago, IL

A volunteer board of trustees governs the Missouri State University Foundation. Alumni and friends of Missouri State University with a demonstrated record of dedication and/or contribution to the well-being and development of the University are eligible to become trustees of the Missouri State University Foundation.

Serving as a member of the Missouri State University Foundation Board of Trustees is more than honorary. It encourages active participation in a variety of activities contributing to the educational and financial success of the University and the Foundation.

For more information, visit the MSU Foundation.