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  • Mildred Cercea

    Mildred Cercea

    She always loved languages; she didn't know they'd become a career. 

  • Leonard Horton

    Leonard Horton

    Instructor Leonard Horton brings the fast pace of TV news into the classroom. 

  • Thomas Romainville

    Thomas Romainville

    From a European village, to small-town Ozarks life, he's found his passion and home at MSU. 

  • Bailey Hoffman

    Bailey Hoffman

    The moment(s) when Bailey Hoffman knew going to Graduate College was the right move. 

  • Dr. Andrew Cline

    Dr. Andrew Cline

    A casual conversation led journalism professor Dr. Andrew Cline to a new phase of his career -- and a new documentary about Syrian children. 

  • Dr. Deb Larson

    Dr. Deb Larson

    "It really makes you appreciate how many people it takes to make a show. Every single person's job is important to the whole."

  • Dr. Shouchuan Hu

    Dr. Shouchuan Hu

    Dr. Shouchuan Hu is changing the world for non-mathematicians and mathematicians alike. 

  • Ainura Ashirova

    Ainura Ashirova

    For Ainura Ashirova, pursuing her Master of Fine Arts is a new creative adventure. 

  • Dr. John Prescott

    Dr. John Prescott

    Do you consider yourself to be creative? 

  • Yuxin Zhao

    Yuxin Zhao

    Qingdao University transfer student Yuxin Zhao has displayed her love for music with the MSU and Springfield symphony orchestras.  

  • Brandi Burt

    Brandi Burt

    Life steered her away from school, but she returned to pursue her passion: special education. 

  • Jerri Lynn Dodson

    Jerri Lynn Dodson

    “I related a research problem to something I saw a need for and fell in love with it.”

  • Junyu Sun

    Junyu Sun

    Junyu Sun has been at the helm of the award-winning Chinese Students and Scholars Association. 

  • Robert Gibson

    Robert Gibson

    Graduate student Robert Gibson spreads his love of music on a broad scale. 

  • Sergio Lescano

    Sergio Lescano

    “It was a challenge, but a dream come true.”

  • Sarah Perkins

    Sarah Perkins

    Artist Sarah Perkins combines two seemingly different mediums to create unforgettable works of art. 

  • Kyesha Wilson

    Kyesha Wilson

    “My best was not quitting but finishing college and starting a new legacy in my family.” 

  • John Chuchiak

    John Chuchiak

    Dr. John F. Chuchiak IV won’t be surprised by the future.

  • Sean Thiessen

    Sean Thiessen

    "Coming here was never about the degree." 

  • Lauren Johnson

    Lauren Johnson

    Lauren Johnson had trouble getting involved in productions until she got the call she didn’t know she was waiting for.

  • Dr. Stephanie Hein

    Dr. Stephanie Hein

    When Dr. Stephanie Hein, head of the department of hospitality leadership, returned to Missouri State as professor, a fellow alum of the program had some essential advice for her.

  • Michael Davis

    Michael Davis

    Michael Davis did not always have the confidence he now has in his research capabilities.

  • Dr. Adena Young-Jones

    Dr. Adena Young-Jones

    I tell my students on the first day that everybody is an expert in their own shoes, so I want to hear everybody’s stories because we learn from that.

  • Dr. Eric Nelson

    Dr. Eric Nelson

    In the spring of 1562, France erupted into the first of many religious wars between Protestants and Catholics.

  • Angela Guido

    Angela Guido

    "Big things are possible if people are willing to cooperate." 

  • Alix Opfer

    Alix Opfer

    "Even if it's a small change, we can change the world."  

  • Zach Wilson

    Zach Wilson

    When Zach Wilson submitted his research abstract to give a 20-minute presentation, he didn’t know he’d be requested to also present something much shorter. 

  • Maya Sudduth

    Maya Sudduth

    "A university is only as good as its professors." 

  • Wes Short

    Wes Short

    "Nothing compares to working on the edge of known human understanding." 

  • Warren Lindley

    Warren Lindley

    '96 I-O Psychology graduate Warren Lindley helps people to learn, grow and change is his job as Vice President of HR at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Ill., Mont., NM, Okla. & Texas.

  • Dr. Day Ligon

    Dr. Day Ligon

    Few of us understand what is entailed in a species becoming listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act, though most believe conservation efforts are noble.

  • Andrew Shaughnessy

    Andrew Shaughnessy

    Philosophy provided the framework for building a career and confronting personal challenges. 

  • Bryan Taylor

    Bryan Taylor

    Little did he know that a bet made with his older brother would set him on a course to where he is today: training to be a CRNA.

  • Dr. Jim Miller

    Dr. Jim Miller

    Most people know about the major prehistoric eras, such as the Jurassic Period. But have you heard of others, such as the Cambrian or the Ordovician?

  • Thomas Limbrick

    Thomas Limbrick

    Philosophy alum Thomas Limbrick will spend two years clerking with the Missouri Supreme Court. 

  • Alexandria Garcia

    Alexandria Garcia

    "The specific moment I knew I wanted to be a nurse anesthetist ‘when I grew up’ was the time when we found out my mom’s cancer had spread to her brain."

  • Aly Gatwood

    Aly Gatwood

    A recent recipient of the scholarship is senior Aly Gatwood. Her family lost their home in the St. Louis floods on December 29, 2015.

  • Megan Burke

    Megan Burke

    A randomly assigned group brought six students together, and their project impressed the campus. 

  • Ryan Chaney

    Ryan Chaney

    A randomly assigned group brought six students together, and their project impressed the campus.

  • Collin O'Hara

    Collin O'Hara

    A randomly assigned group brought six students together, and their project impressed the campus.

  • Hill Zhang

    Hill Zhang

    A randomly assigned group brought six students together, and their project impressed the campus.

  • Carter Williams

    Carter Williams

    A randomly assigned group brought six students together, and their project impressed the campus.

  • Jennifer Saputo-Peterson

    Jennifer Saputo-Peterson

    From standing in the spotlight to setting the stage for a home, she's learned how to make herself (and others) happy.

  • Shilpa Mohite

    Shilpa Mohite

    Though Shilpa Mohite grew up in Karad, India, she knew early on that she would attend Missouri State.

  • Dr. Alicia Mathis

    Dr. Alicia Mathis

    Under rocks and logs, in burrows and underwater, Dr. Alicia Mathis finds fascinating creatures to study.

  • Dr. Adam Wanekaya

    Dr. Adam Wanekaya

    Silver, known for antibacterial and anti-odor properties, may be in everything from athletic wear to cutting boards.

  • Rich Amberg

    Rich Amberg

    As a young screenwriter, Richard Amberg had a great opportunity.

  • Dr. Victor Matthews

    Dr. Victor Matthews

    On May 22, 2011, a devastating E5 tornado ripped through Joplin, Missouri. A Joplin native, Matthews wanted to see what had become of his childhood home.

  • Dr. Erin Buchanan

    Dr. Erin Buchanan

    You’ve survived a major catastrophe. While the world you know has been washed away in this natural disaster, you remain. How do you cope?

  • Dr. Reesha Adamson

    Dr. Reesha Adamson

    From the beginning, Reesha Adamson could sense her calling. She wanted to improve the lives of young people who have behavioral disorders.

  • Hayden Sander

    Hayden Sander

    New Zealand native focused on capturing an NCAA championship and working toward a degree

  • Shannon Hock

    Shannon Hock

    “I’ve been making changes in the community and my job – not just going to school.”

  • Joey Saba

    Joey Saba

    "Don’t stay in your one friend zone. It’s good to have friends—old friends—but college is about making new friends."

  • Alonzo Perez

    Alonzo Perez

    "My parents were both born in Mexico, and I am fluent in Spanish, so it’s nice having a little piece of my culture here on campus.”

  • Chase Marable

    Chase Marable

    Chase discovered that time management and organization are crucial for success in college

  • Loretha Cain

    Loretha Cain

    She earned her degree with passion for her industries and some help along the way.

  • Breyanna Mack

    Breyanna Mack

    She used her independence to gain experiences and meet new people

  • Ashish Mohan

    Ashish Mohan

    He overcame the fear of returning to school to follow his true passion: jazz piano.

  • Dr. Alana R. Mantie-Kozlowski

    Dr. Alana R. Mantie-Kozlowski

    Imagine you have suffered a serious stroke. You are unable to speak or follow a conversation. 

  • Kirby Williams

    Kirby Williams

    Kirby Williams never thought she could love a career field so much.

  • Jordan Gaddie

    Jordan Gaddie

    Jordan is a creator who likes the idea of creating worlds that people can escape to.

  • Cam Deckett

    Cam Deckett

    Cam Deckett cheered on the Bears from the student section, and now he's helping student-athletes stay on the field.

  • Amanda Sarver

    Amanda Sarver

    With the experience of living abroad with her military family, Amanda Sarver saw Africa as the perfect place to study. 

  • Caitlin Polley

    Caitlin Polley

    After picking up added responsibility in her junior year, Caitlin Polley thrived under the pressure.

  • D.J. Zaruba

    D.J. Zaruba

    A life as a touring musician prepared him for higher education.

  • Dr. Keri Franklin

    Dr. Keri Franklin

    How does a person become a writer? How does a teacher teach writing rather than assign it? 

  • Dr. Bukola Oyeniyi

    Dr. Bukola Oyeniyi

    "No one thinks of himself as a terrorist. Not even members of Boko Haram," said Dr. Bukola Oyeniyi, assistant professor of history at Missouri State University.

  • Monica Horton

    Monica Horton

    "One of the most important things to do as a Missouri State student is to volunteer." 

  • Dr. Dennis Hickey

    Dr. Dennis Hickey

    What does it mean to be the real China?

  • Casey Flanigan

    Casey Flanigan

    Receiving a scholarship enabled St. Louis native Casey Flanigan to pursue a career in nursing.

  • Lu Hawkins

    Lu Hawkins

    “I would like to be dedicating my life to education.”  

  • Olivia Nwachukwu

    Olivia Nwachukwu

    “CRNA School for me is comparable to running though mountains and valleys. The fact is that life in general is that way.”

  • Dr. Mike Reed

    Dr. Mike Reed

    Dr. Michael Reed can distinctly remember when he became interested in the universe and its contents: the moon landings in the summer of 1969.

  • Adam Crawford

    Adam Crawford

    Sometimes history is recorded years or even decades after it has occurred. This is the challenge graduate Adam Crawford faced.

  • T-Asia Mays

    T-Asia Mays

    Financial support through scholarships enabled first-generation student T-Asia Mays to pursue her passion for animals at Missouri State.

  • Neal Lopinot

    Neal Lopinot

    In the 1800s, hundreds of steamboats sank on the Missouri River - wrecks litter the valley beneath corn and soybean fields and contain a treasure trove of history. 

  • Shaley Moore

    Shaley Moore

    Shaley Moore hadn't planned on attending Missouri State, but a campus visit during her senior year of high school changed her mind. 

  • Bruce West

    Bruce West

    Is there a more haunting question than ‘What if?’ 

  • Ralph Davis

    Ralph Davis

    Twenty-four year Air Force veteran Ralph Davis retired and moved to Missouri, where he found opportunities he'd never expected. 

  • Laura Ashley

    Laura Ashley

    For Laura Ashley, the future may hold a bright career at the top of the country music charts.

  • Rebecca & Megan Won

    Rebecca & Megan Won

    Rebecca chose Missouri State's athletic training program because of its reputation. Once here, she found memorable experiences, caring faculty — and convinced her sister to join her.

  • Katie Boydstun

    Katie Boydstun

    “I can care for my patients at a time when they are incredibly vulnerable and advocate for them in a way that is different than the way I advocate as a bedside nurse.”

  • Hillary Huong Vu

    Hillary Huong Vu

    Stephen Spielberg once said fantasy is an animator's friend. Hillary Huong Vu is living that vision at Missouri State.

  • Matthew Foster

    Matthew Foster

    “I chose to pursue a career as a CRNA because as a CRNA I would be able to advocate for my patient on a whole other level.”

  • Claire Geneser

    Claire Geneser

    Claire Geneser’s intrigue with stars began when she was 5 years old. 

  • Tyler Durham

    Tyler Durham

    Tyler Durham recently graduated, but he is already an accomplished composer who has received awards for his work.

  • Robert Adams

    Robert Adams

    It’s every artist’s dream to see their work displayed in front of the public’s eyes. This dream became a reality for graphic design senior Robert Adams. 

  • Dr. Nikolay Gerasimchuk

    Dr. Nikolay Gerasimchuk

    As a child growing up in Ukraine, Dr. Nikolay Gerasimchuk, professor of chemistry, learned about chemistry even sitting at the kitchen table.

  • Wayne Anderson

    Wayne Anderson

    If a significant life event was posted on Twitter but no one saw it, did it really happen? 

  • Sarah Williams

    Sarah Williams

    Police lights cut through the night sky, and Sarah Williams knows she looks suspicious. 

  • LaWanda Darden

    LaWanda Darden

    LaWanda worked with internationally known designer Zac Posen.

  • Kiva Donahue

    Kiva Donahue

    According to Kiva, "Having people who haven't met me invest in my education... it proves they have a tremendous amount of faith in me." 

  • Kevin Evans

    Kevin Evans

    According to Dr. Evans, science fiction only attempts to capture the true potential of the damage giant meteors can inflict. 

  • Desiree Mauppins

    Desiree Mauppins

    “A CRNA is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist who puts people to sleep, but it’s so much more challenging than just that.”

  • Sam Bromley

    Sam Bromley

    "Missouri State has set me on my path..." 

  • Constantin Vohs

    Constantin Vohs

    "Solving problems is fun. Anything that's a challenge is fun." 

  • Chandler Hoovens

    Chandler Hoovens

    "Being from one of the top business schools in the Midwest really helps..." 

  • Taylor Craig

    Taylor Craig

    "If you don't see a limit, I don't think there is a limit."

  • Chris Peak

    Chris Peak

    "I can say I tried something new..." 

  • Diem Nguyen

    Diem Nguyen

    MBA student Diem found her passion in large-scale, international logistics. She says, "I thought it was so cool - how people managed cargo..." 

  • Leslie Brinkman

    Leslie Brinkman

    Leslie Brinkman's biology research sent her into the rain forest. Among her discoveries: "One salamander... can reduce carbon emissions from leaf litter by 178 pounds per acre."

  • Daan Jansen

    Daan Jansen

    Filmmaker Daan Jansen says, "Seeing that story you spent months on and the effect it has on people? I just love that feeling."

  • Kim McGinn-Perryman

    Kim McGinn-Perryman

    Earning her DNP helped solidify the skills Kim McGinn-Perryman learned on-the-job. She says, "Nurses should strive to promote themselves and the value of the care they provide." 

  • Chin-Nan Chen

    Chin-Nan Chen

    Master of Science in Administrative Studies student Chin-Nan Chen believes that international experiences are vital because "no one can live by themselves... every country is linked together."

  • Marrie Ochieng

    Marrie Ochieng

    Master of Arts in Teaching student Marrie Ochieng knows from personal experience that "when you educate a girl, you educate a whole community."  

  • Amber Hensley

    Amber Hensley

    Amber Hensley has known she wanted to follow her love of theatre since she was a young girl. 

  • Ruth Barnes

    Ruth Barnes

    As an artist-in-residence in Edinburgh, Scotland during summer 2013, Ruth Barnes collaborated with five other choreographers to design “Here, There and Everywhere.” 

  • Julie Barnum

    Julie Barnum

    During a summer project, Julie worked on deciphering one of nature's scariest phenomena.

  • Mike Kromrey

    Mike Kromrey

    "I get to teach people about our water resources, the things that live in them and the ways we can keep those resources clean." 

  • Vonda Yarberry

    Vonda Yarberry

    Vonda Yarberry says her creative research is "alluding to how the human body works – the messiness of that and the tangledness of that."

  • Hayley Osman

    Hayley Osman

    'It was like a bunch of little kids who are just playing with very large, very expensive scientific toys.'

  • Grant Spoering

    Grant Spoering

    As I was driving by the Jordan River, I look – and it’s completely green!

  • Rhy Norton

    Rhy Norton

    Have you ever wondered what that tummy rumbling means?

  • Michael Jahnke

    Michael Jahnke

    Water is crucial to our body’s proper function, but it’s not just for drinking. Water is an essential part of agriculture and the landscape as a whole.

  • LeAnn Hubbert

    LeAnn Hubbert

    While many students are passionate about the inner workings of plants, few get to work side-by-side with a professor and participate in groundbreaking research.

  • Kenneth Rowey

    Kenneth Rowey

    Meet Kenneth Rowey, a junior Logistics and Supply Chain major who recently studied at the MSU Dalian, China, campus. 

  • Hillary Rice

    Hillary Rice

    Having a strong set of skills built on hands-on experience helped Rice stand-out in the classroom.

  • Colby and Collin Geringer

    Colby and Collin Geringer

    In the fall of 2013, both Collin and Colby started the process of applying to and interviewing for post-graduate positions.

  • Ashley Bennington

    Ashley Bennington

    Ashley Bennington, originally from St. Louis, Missouri, is a senior majoring in Sales Management. During the last two years she has participated in two unique internships.

  • Cody Mendenhall

    Cody Mendenhall

    Cody Mendenhall currently serves as the director of Investment & RetireAdvisers Services at Pension Consultants, Inc.

     

  • Katy Valentine

    Katy Valentine

    Katy Valentine had her pick of psychology PhD programs because of her Missouri State experience.

  • Drew Rogers

    Drew Rogers

    Drew Rogers found his vocation during his time as a graduate assistant for the Center for Dispute Resolution, where he began working in mediation.