Hunt Slonem paintings on display at Missouri State

Artwork sales will benefit university’s music program.

Hunt Slonem

Hunt Slonem

Neo-expressionist artist Hunt Slonem has had solo exhibitions on every continent except Antarctica. His artwork is now on display, and for sale, in Springfield, Missouri.

More than 20 of Hunt’s paintings are on exhibit until October 13 at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts on the Missouri State University campus. The Missouri State music department will receive 20 percent of any sales made during the exhibit’s visit in Springfield.

Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. October 7.

To inquire about purchasing a painting, call 417-836-6666. Prices range from $11,000 to $32,000.

This exhibition is a direct result of the commissioning of the June S. Hamra portrait by Missouri State University in conjunction with the dedication of the June S. Hamra Recital Hall in Ellis Hall.

The Harmon-Meek Gallery in Naples, Florida, provided this exhibition. The gallery has previously lent Slonem exhibitions to about a dozen museums nationwide.

About Hunt Slonem

Slonem is represented by 40 art galleries worldwide. His work is included in the permanent collections of more than 100 art museums, including Metropolitan Museum of Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Available Works

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MarooNation Ball Springfield 2017

The MarooNation Ball Springfield was held on Friday, June 2, 2017 at The Old Glass Place. The Presenting Sponsor for the evening was BKD Wealth Advisors. Guests enjoyed a three course meal, an open bar and danced all night long to the party band, Sequel Dose. Guests received 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, guests also had the benefit of knowing that all sponsorship and ticket sale proceeds go towards scholarship support for Missouri State students in need.

MarooNation Springfield Student Scholarship

Emma Saake is this year’s recipient of the MarooNation Springfield Student Scholarship. This scholarship was established with the intention to help 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.

“It feels really great to be recognized for what I’ve done, when I never really thought that I would be here,” said Emma.

 

Please consider making a gift to the MarooNation Springfield Student Scholarship.

MarooNation Ball 2018

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. The goal is to raise scholarship support for Missouri State University students while also strengthening the University’s profile and advancing the University’s mission in public affairs. Visit MarooNation Ball 2018 for more information.

Are you interested in becoming a sponsor? Please email Stephanie Smith, Senior Director of Donor Relations and Special Events or call the Foundation at 417-836-4143.

The Founders Club Medallion Reception 2017

C. Michel Minor receiving his Medallion from President Smart

C. Michel Minor is presented the Sterling Medallion by President Clif Smart

The Founders Club held its annual Medallion Reception Saturday, August 5, 2017 at the Davis-Harrington Welcome Center. Each year, medallions are awarded to Founders Club members whose cumulative giving has reached certain levels: Founders, Platinum, Sterling, Presidents, Silver and Bronze. Medallions are awarded to alumni, friends, businesses and organizations in recognition of their contributions to Missouri State University.

This year there were 24 Bronze medallions, 18 Silver medallions, seven Presidents medallions, three Sterling medallions, and one Founders medallion.

“I am pleased to tell you we have 53 new medallion honorees this year. This speaks volumes about the loyalty and commitment of those who support Missouri State,” said Brent Dunn, executive director of the Missouri State University Foundation.

2017 Medallion Recipients

FOUNDERS

Bryan Magers

STERLING

C. Michel Minor
Ozark Independent Living
Sunderland Foundation

PRESIDENTS

BKD Wealth Advisors
Dr. Marvin L. and Bettye Fowler
Michael L. Hanover and Karen L. Hanover
Randy and Johnelle Little
The Oldham Family
Jack and Stacey Thurman

SILVER

Baker Family Charitable Trust Hardy and Betty Baker
Sharon Kay Belt
Byrne and Margaret Blackwood
Dr. Steven G. and Nancy Lee Campbell
Dermatological Product Development Course
Harlin Family Foundation
Tonni Beth VanHook Hudson
Rex and Sharon Hunt
R. Bruce and Vicki L. Sterling Johnson
Ann M. Kampeter
Eddie and Jennifer Marmouget
Tom and Beth Marty
Clarence E. McElroy
Rich and Cindy Miller
Dr. David and Sarah H’Doubler Muegge
The Anne K. Raikos Charitable Supporting Foundation
Missouri Seedmen’s Association
Dorothy and Bob Thurman

BRONZE

Bass Pro Shops (John L. Morris)
Dr. Drew Bennett
Ray Burger
John and Janice Catau
Robert C. Cope Jr. and Norma L. Cope
Chris-Anne Crabtree
Frank Einhellig
Tim Foote
Art and Dianna Hurtado
Paul and Janet Kincaid
Robert E. and Barbara R. Kipfer
The Leamy Family
Marty Marty
Stan Melton
‘Lyn Meyer
Missouri Farm Bureau
Angela R. Morelock
Dr. Charles H. and Robin L. Morgan
Mrs. Robert L. Sanditz
Ben and Kristi Stringer
Bradley D. Thomas
Robert L. Trewatha
Barbara and Guy Webb
Judy Weekley

Meet Emma

Emma Saake is this year’s recipient of the MarooNation Springfield Student Scholarship. This scholarship was established with the intention to help 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. Your support of the MarooNation Ball has become part of Emma’s Missouri State journey.

Please consider making a gift to the MarooNation Springfield Student Scholarship.

 

Foundation gifts total more than $19 million

2017 was second largest fundraising year for Missouri State

Carrington Hall

Thanks to Missouri State University alumni and friends, the Foundation raised $19,515,898 in Fiscal Year 2017, which ended June 30, 2017.

This is the second largest fundraising total in the history of the Foundation. The highest was $20.3 million in FY 2012.

“This has been a great year and we are so very thankful to our alumni and friends,” said Brent Dunn, executive director of the Missouri State Foundation.

Gifts, received this year from 21,292 donors, continue to support student scholarships and programs, faculty research and facilities enhancements. As state appropriations have continued to decline, these funds are even more important to the success and growth of the university.

“While we are grateful for one of the best years in the history of the Foundation, we are really celebrating the impact these gifts have on students, faculty, staff and the entire region.”

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

Give to Missouri State

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

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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

Presented by

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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!