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.

David D. Glass Hall Grand Re-opening and Robert Gourley Student Success Center Dedication

Glass Hall Re-opening

Missouri State University officially unveiled the newly renovated Glass Hall – home of the College of Business – to the community during Homecoming week.

The David D. Glass Hall Grand Re-Opening and Robert Gourley Student Success Center Dedication was held at 10 a.m. Oct. 26 at the O’Reilly Auto Parts Grand Atrium and followed by self-guided tours of the building.

Dr. Stephanie Bryant, dean of MSU’s College of Business, said this marks a great day in the life of the university and college.

“The renovation of Glass Hall and addition of the Robert Gourley Student Success Center means our students and faculty will enjoy first-rate facilities with cutting-edge technology that will promote active and engaged student learning.

“Through a combination of classroom learning and the many collaboration spaces and laboratories in Glass Hall, students will be prepared not only to succeed, but also to excel in their professional careers.”

Grateful to donors

A mix of private, university and matching state funds paid for the $33.8 million project.

Gifts and pledges totaled more than $6 million for the building, as well as a significant gift from David D. Glass. Another significant gift from the Robert Gourley family made the 37,000-square-foot addition possible.

“We’re so thankful for all our alumni and friends who invested in this project,” said Brent Dunn, vice president for university advancement. “Their gifts ensure our students learn in an outstanding environment.”

Donate to the Glass Hall Fund

These are some of the major gifts.

David D. and Ruth Glass
Robert and Marlese Gourley
Jeffery E. and Lisa Allen
Nancy and Randy Allen
American National Insurance
Jon T. and Jo A. Baker
BDK, LLP and BKD Wealth Advisors, LLC
Richard L. Bullock
Carroll Business Systems, Inc. and the Carroll Family, including Mark Carroll, Teresa Carroll and Jan Carroll
Central Bank/Central Trust
Trevor Crist
Kevin and Marla Elliott
The Tim Foote Family
Hammons Black Walnuts, Brian and Kim Hammons, Dwain and Donna Hammons
Scott and Jennifer Huff
James K. and Patricia A. Jones
The Marlin Network
Dr. David and Mrs. Gail Meinert
The Mike Oldham Family
The Ollis Family
O’Reilly Auto Parts
Dr. Steve and Mrs. Jane Parker
William D. and Heather Perry
James and Robin Robeson
Dr. Elizabeth Rozell and The Honorable David Rush
Scott and Allison Salmon
The Sunderland Foundation
Bradley D. Thomas
Jack and Stacey Thurman
John E. and Lori K. Wanamaker
Jack E. Weimer & Family
James H. Wilson

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.

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