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Marketing Department

Current Student Spotlight

Get an inside track on what it's like to be a marketing student at Missouri State. Meet current students, and learn everything from where they came from, why they're here at Missouri State and what the future holds for them. Get to know them; they're just like you!

Chase ThompsonChase Thompson

Year: Senior, December 2014

Bachelor of Science, Marketing Sales and Sales Management


Chase Thompson came to Springfield from the small town of Walker, MO to begin his college career at Missouri State. Thompson wanted to do something adventurous and took on a unique role most students don’t get the opportunity to play—Boomer the Bear.

It all started when Thompson showed up to an MSU volleyball game for his audition. “I was told to suit up and that my audition was the game. I had never been a mascot before, so I didn’t even know how to put on the suit. I even wound up putting Boomer’s shirt on backwards at first,” said Thompson.

“Once the band struck up the fight song, I just started dancing. I wiggled, shook and goofed around for the crowd to enjoy. I fell in love with it right then. When I finished up the game, I was offered the spot as Boomer the Bear!”

Thompson performed as Boomer for four years, which allowed him to become comfortable with himself. “I would contribute ‘coming out of my shell’ to my work as Boomer. Something about being the sole focus of 8,000+ pairs of eyes on a regular basis will teach you to take some risks and burst out of your comfort zone to entertain,” said Thompson.

Even though he no longer plays the dancing bear, Thompson’s time as Boomer points to another interest of his—marketing. He’s a people person, and he wants the voices of others to be heard. “I know how to interact with people, and I know how to connect with people on a personal level. Much of marketing and sales is meeting the needs of others,” said Thompson.

Initially declaring history as his major, Thompson later decided he wanted to study marketing and business. “I had a change of heart and realized that, while history was certainly a passion of mine, I wasn’t ready to make a career out of teaching,” said Thompson.

“I want to try to make my way in the competitive business world, find a career where I can interact with people on a deeper level and have a vessel from which I could provide a service to people. So, I chose marketing.”

Thompson likes being a marketing student because he believes his degree has prepared him to transition from college into the work force. “My marketing classes gave me an excellent mixture of lecture-based information and performance-based exercises that have not only given me a knowledge base necessary to fend for myself in the professional world, but a confidence to know that I can adequately perform any duties or projects I find myself facing,” said Thompson.

In the next five years, Thompson hopes to have made major progress in his career, whatever that may be. As for now, he is working towards his December graduation. In his free time, Thompson likes being active, going to the Rec Center, hiking and training for a Tough Mudder competition coming up this May. He’s also a “die-hard” fan of Missouri sports and supports the Rams, Royals, Cardinals, and last but not least, the Missouri State Bears.