The Lady Bears finished a successful season Saturday. The team finished with 25 wins and a Missouri Valley Conference Championship. Head Coach Kellie Harper was named the conference coach of the year and four players were selected to all-conference teams.
We have a proud tradition of women’s basketball at Missouri State — this was the 15th time the Lady Bears have played in the NCAA Tournament and the second time under Coach Harper.
The men’s basketball team also showed significant progress in Head Coach Dana Ford’s first season. The team had a winning conference record. Tulio Da Silva was named conference newcomer of the year, and two players were selected for the all-conference team. Ticket sales and attendance also improved significantly over prior years.
We have had success in recent months and years in other sports as well — basketball merely represents the most recent example. We should be proud of our successful athletic programs. Winning athletic programs generate local and national media coverage and enhance Missouri State’s profile with prospective students and the greater community.
Please join me in congratulating Coaches Harper and Ford and their teams on a job well done.
West Plains substation approved
The Board of Governors Executive Committee met earlier this month.
The committee approved an agreement with the City of West Plains to establish a police substation on the West Plains campus. This agreement is modeled on the arrangement we have with the City of Springfield for a police substation on the Springfield campus. We believe this is the most safe and efficient model for a campus police force. It allows officers to be trained, supervised and managed as police officers. It also facilitates closer collaboration between the university and local law enforcement.
The committee also approved two contracts for residence hall projects. These projects will reconfigure bathrooms in Woods House and install new finishes in Wells House and Woods House. The projects are funded with residence life reserve funds and auxiliary bonds approved by the board last year.
Get involved with the campus garden
The campus garden is a student-managed sustainability project that allows students to supplement their traditional education with hands on applications that benefit the community. The campus garden has a membership program through which members support the campus garden and receive produce each week during the summer months. Last year, the campus garden supplied members with more than 350 pounds of fresh produce and donated more than 900 pounds of produce to the Well of Life Food Pantry.
Exercise your right
Today is Election Day. Don’t forget to vote! You can find more information about the election in last week’s Clif’s Notes.
Thanks for all you do for Missouri State!