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  • 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? 

  • Rachel Schober

    Rachel Schober

    From a young age, Rachel Schober wanted to see the world. 

  • Zane Clark

    Zane Clark

    Zane Clark jumps into whatever he does with both feet: “I love learning and experiencing new things!”

  • Dr. Erin Buchanan

    Dr. Erin Buchanan

    Dr. Erin Buchanan is known for helping students through some of the more daunting parts of academics, especially when it comes to addressing their fears of math. 

  • Mohamed Abdelhakiem

    Mohamed Abdelhakiem

    Mohamed Abdelhakiem is now a student at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

  • Nicole Noonan

    Nicole Noonan

    Nicole Noonan loves both her challenging courses and the extracurricular side of University life.

  • Jade Johnson

    Jade Johnson

    Missouri State's Honors College holds a special place in Jade Johnson’s heart. She was once the College’s graduate assistant, helping others navigate their higher education paths.

  • Dr. Joshua J. Smith

    Dr. Joshua J. Smith

    “We have been looking at some of the genes that are involved in helping to repair your DNA,” in the hopes of finding a way to fix damage from skin cancer.

  • LaWanda Darden

    LaWanda Darden

    LaWanda worked with internationally known designer Zac Posen.

  • Derrick Docket

    Derrick Docket

    He credits Missouri State’s art and design and advertising programs with giving him the skill sets needed to succeed.

  • Matt Raithel

    Matt Raithel

    Matt Raithel has found success in the niche market of early childhood games.

  • Zack Kaltenbach

    Zack Kaltenbach

    Kaltenbach, who has a bachelor’s in entrepreneurship, auditioned for season 14 in Kansas City.

  • 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 Organizational Effectiveness at Walgreens Boots Alliance.

  • 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." 

  • Caio de Castro Pereira

    Caio de Castro Pereira

    Caio de Castro Pereira didn’t come to America to get out of the family business. 

  • Ben Svoboda

    Ben Svoboda

    Spring 2015 graduate Ben Svoboda took an open-minded approach to college and landed a job in Chicago.

  • Debra Horn

    Debra Horn

    A non-traditional student, spring 2015 graduate Debra Horn realized that the possibility of education had not left her behind.

  • Chelsea West

    Chelsea West

    Spring 2015 graduate Chelsea West counts experiences outside of the classroom as the most memorable of her time at Missouri State.

  • Ashish Mohan

    Ashish Mohan

    It's never too late to follow your passion, and Ashish Mohan proved just that.

  • Shelby Husley

    Shelby Husley

    Honor, discipline and cultural competence blend together when Shelby Husley visits Bulgaria for a trip of a lifetime.

  • Kristy Coffin

    Kristy Coffin

    Kristy Coffin is no stranger to community involvement. She is now using her talents to network for her future endeavors.

  • Bailey Wiles

    Bailey Wiles

    Traveling can be a scary and exciting thing. Bailey Wiles discusses making the most out of study away programs that will challenge you mentally and physically.

  • Meghan Burkhart

    Meghan Burkhart

    Meghan Burkhart is giving the field of engineering a ground-breaking new look, feel.

  • Marissa Montalbano

    Marissa Montalbano

    Montalbano's sustainability efforts have not gone unnoticed in the community.

  • Layne Ivy

    Layne Ivy

    First generation college student heeds every opportunity—explores the world outside the U.S. boarders.

  • Amelia Chiles

    Amelia Chiles

    Amelia Chiles presents biology research alongside peers at Women in Physical Science conference in Lincoln, Nebraska.

  • Victor Mitchell

    Victor Mitchell

    Victor Mitchell is using his math skills to teach financial literacy to children and adults around Springfield.

  • Jessica Garcia

    Jessica Garcia

    Student finds inspiration in helping those in need.

  • Kevin Evans

    Kevin Evans

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

  • Aaron Kruse

    Aaron Kruse

    Political science major visits China to develop leadership skills

  • Spencer Martin

    Spencer Martin

    Computer science major becomes first Missouri State SMART winner 

  • 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.”

  • Liv Parks

    Liv Parks

    Liv Parks of the Student Affairs in Higher Education program said, "I hope we are able to create cultures that welcome and celebrate people.”

  • Shannon L. Ford

    Shannon L. Ford

    After serving our country in the US Navy, Shannon Ford wants to continue to help others through the nursing program at Missouri State University-West Plains.

  • William Hatcher

    William Hatcher

    William Hatcher is a U.S. Veteran who plans to learn effective ways to teach math, thanks to Missouri State University-West Plains.

  • Hannah Kelly

    Hannah Kelly

    The affordability and location of Missouri State University-West Plains’ allowed Hannah to run a steady business and work toward a bachelor’s degree.

  • Keegan Harper

    Keegan Harper

    Born and raised in West Plains, Keegan is on track to build a long-term nursing career.

  • Matthew Hoth

    Matthew Hoth

    Matthew Hoth learns something new every day at Missouri State University-West Plains.

  • Morgan Kinder

    Morgan Kinder

    Morgan expresses her love for Missouri State University-West Plains and the opportunities awaiting the college life.

  • Myriah Renee Mestas

    Myriah Renee Mestas

    Myriah is figuring her career goals out one at a time at Missouri State-West Plains.

  • Darrius Young

    Darrius Young

    Missouri State-West Plains ‘wants to see students like me succeed’

  • Micaela Wiehe

    Micaela Wiehe

    Micaela Wiehe is not sure what career path she wants to pursue, but Missouri State University-West Plains is helping her build an educational foundation for that career when she decides.

  • Zach Kaufman

    Zach Kaufman

    Zach Kaufman knows a good deal when he sees one. With Missouri State-West Plains, he saw everything he needed in a college close to home.

  • Samantha Nichols

    Samantha Nichols

    "Linked" looks to highlight student similarities, not differences

  • Andrea Pena

    Andrea Pena

    Andrea Pena imagined she would spend years working her way up the corporate ladder at a fashion giant like Nordstrom.

  • Allyssa Miget

    Allyssa Miget

    Master of Public Administration student Allyssa Miget found that “working with the Human Relations Commission was great, and it was such a real world experience.” 

  • 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."

  • Hilda Zhou

    Hilda Zhou

    International student looks at the intersection of two cultures

  • Stephanie French

    Stephanie French

    "Having this on my resume really sets me apart..." 

  • 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..." 

  • Joelle Griffiths

    Joelle Griffiths

    Psychology major Joelle Griffiths participated in an independent study away program. She lived and studied with international students, immersing her in different cultures and more.

  • Caleb Doyle

    Caleb Doyle

    Missouri State University's Caleb Doyle leads with comedic background to connect with students.

  • 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."

  • Bolormaa (Crystal) Mendbayar

    Bolormaa (Crystal) Mendbayar

    From Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, to Springfield, Missouri, to Barcelona, Spain, international business student Crystal Mendbayar is gaining a global education.

  • Kelsey Bagwill

    Kelsey Bagwill

    For senior Kelsey Bagwill, studying in China uncovered a love of travel and a plan to enjoy graduate school abroad.

  • Scott LaCombe

    Scott LaCombe

    From the warm comforts of home to lively discussions, Scott LaCombe’s host family contributed as much to his amazing experience in Latin America as did the country.

  • Dr. Chin-Feng Hwang

    Dr. Chin-Feng Hwang

    Dr. Chin-Feng Hwang and five of his students attended the 65th American Society of Enology and Viticulture National Conference in Austin, Texas. 

  • 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." 

  • Karen Vangyia

    Karen Vangyia

    Karen Vangyia, a 1993 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Missouri State, is also the first female managing partner at KPMG’s offices in St. Louis.

  • 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."  

  • Leland

    Leland "Lee" Gannaway

    Leland "Lee" Gannaway, a 1963 graduate, isn't done creating career highlights.

  • Danaya (Atkinson) Roller

    Danaya (Atkinson) Roller

    When the Kansas City Royals went on the postseason run that led to the Word Series, Danaya (Atkinson) Roller, '10, got to run right along with them.

  • Elizabeth Sivill

    Elizabeth Sivill

    Elizabeth Sivill is in many groups related to her academic field, and in leadership groups such as Student Government Association.

  • Lucas Gautier

    Lucas Gautier

    Lucas Gautier transferred to Missouri State because he wanted a blend of business and computer skills. Now, he's involved in a fraternity and other social and academic groups.

  • Ingrid Lara

    Ingrid Lara

    Ingrid Lara chose Missouri State because "it’s the perfect size, I received the Out-of-State Fee Waiver and the psychology program is really good. And it’s not too far from home."

  • Megan Culp

    Megan Culp

    Megan Culp blends academic endeavors, such as participating in Honors College, with social fun, such as playing on the Women's Ultimate Frisbee Team.

  • 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.” 

  • Emily Petty

    Emily Petty

    The Missouri State Outreach program on the West Plains campus helped Emily Petty connect with who she is and what she is doing with her life.

  • 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!

  • Caleb Holder

    Caleb Holder

    I started considering a career in medicine when I was playing hockey, and I had to start thinking about my hip.

  • Breyanna Mack

    Breyanna Mack

    Freshman Breyanna Mack describes her first year at MSU with three simple words: exciting, challenging and overwhelming.

  • Rhy Norton

    Rhy Norton

    Have you ever wondered what that tummy rumbling means?

  • Erica Gerweck

    Erica Gerweck

    On average, Americans spend two and half hours of each day in the car, but many don’t take the time to think about where the vehicle’s fuel comes from. 

  • Monika Ahluwalia

    Monika Ahluwalia

    Monika Ahluwalia, who is from India, came to the United States to earn both an MBA and Master of Accountancy at Missouri State. She now manages a team at the World Bank.

  • Richard Lazarus

    Richard Lazarus

    Thanks to Missouri State's flexible master's program, Richard Lazarus was able to work in his degree field while earning his degree in computer information systems.

  • Jennifer McClean

    Jennifer McClean

    The Master of Health Administration program at Missouri State helped fuel Jennifer McClean's desire to network early in her career.

  • Misty Freeman

    Misty Freeman

    Misty Freeman knew she wanted to be a Bear ever since she visited in the fourth grade, and she finally got the chance with Missouri State's project management program.

  • Jeff Barr

    Jeff Barr

    After serving in the Army, Jeff Barr knew he wanted to expand his accounting degree. MSU's affordable cost and exceptional faculty made the decision of where to attend graduate school easy.

  • Madison Harrison

    Madison Harrison

    Madison Harrison is working towards two separate master's degrees and has accepted a job offer from Mercy health systems' audit response program for after graduation.

  • William Boughton

    William Boughton

    Certified Project Manager Professional William Boughton knew he wanted to further his education, and MSU's nationally accredited project management program was just the place to do it.

  • Sarah Nuelle

    Sarah Nuelle

    Sarah Nuelle earned bachelor's and master's degrees in business at Missouri State, and says the programs fueled her determination to succeed.

  • Courtney Smith

    Courtney Smith

    "I really feel like a physician’s assistant is the best of both worlds!"

  • Iyshia Smith

    Iyshia Smith

    Iyshia Smith decided to focus her studies on educating others.

  • 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.

  • Donn Sorensen

    Donn Sorensen

    Donn Sorensen, a regional president for Mercy health system, uses the concepts he learned in his courses in his day-to-day work.

  • Ashtyn Evans

    Ashtyn Evans

    Springfield native Ashtyn Evans is able to maintain her professional relationships in the field thanks to the MBA program's focus on networking.

  • Josh Lewis

    Josh Lewis

    Josh Lewis received a quality education from MSU that focused on group projects. This "team" emphasis has helped him succeed in the business world and work with colleagues at home and abroad.

  • Rodney Leonard

    Rodney Leonard

    Rodney Leonard attended graduate school while working for a Fortune 500 company, giving him the skills to handle even larger responsibilities.

  • Elizabeth Bannister

    Elizabeth Bannister

    Once Elizabeth Bannister realized that having an MBA was pivotal to being successful in her career, there was only one college she knew she would attend: Missouri State University.

  • Ashley Stech

    Ashley Stech

    During her work with Groupon, Ashley Stech realized she needed to get a master's degree that was relevant and provided applicable experience.

  • Derek Parker

    Derek Parker

    Meet Derek – collaborator, innovator, tech-lover.

  • 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.

  • Amanda Bryant

    Amanda Bryant

    Have you been to a concert lately?  If so, you may have experienced the work of Entertainment Management alumna Amanda Bryant. 

  • Cody Mendenhall

    Cody Mendenhall

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

     

  • CJ Murphy

    CJ Murphy

    CJ Murphy is a 2007 graduate of the Computer Information Systems program and currently serves as the vice president of Product and Engineering at AdParlor.

  • Whitney Conner

    Whitney Conner

    Whitney Conner will have the tools to move into a management-level technology position after earning a master's degree from Missouri State.

  • Katy Valentine

    Katy Valentine

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

  • Chase Thompson

    Chase Thompson

    As Boomer the Bear, Chase Thompson found a way to connect with the crowd, and he followed that interest to a new career choice.  

  • Rachel Granatino

    Rachel Granatino

    Rachel Granatino believes her marketing education prepared her for team-oriented projects in a rapidly evolving field. 

  • Stephanie Muschall

    Stephanie Muschall

    Internships gave alumna the opportunity to pursue her love of marketing in real-world environments. 

  • Missy Shelton Belote

    Missy Shelton Belote

    She reported on Missouri's legislature, covered the state's delegations and traveled to Thailand to coach American writers.

  • Amber Cook

    Amber Cook

    Her career path led her to Hudiskvall, Sweden where she works as a drug and alcohol therapist.

  • Matt Marinec

    Matt Marinec

    Marinec is a key contributor to an array of project-specific public health endeavors.

  • Anna Marie Presutti

    Anna Marie Presutti

    Presutti is vice president and general manager of Hotel Nikko, Inc. and Hotel Nikko San Francisco, a Tokyo based company.

  • Robert Stange

    Robert Stange

    As a global sourcing manager, Robert Stange is responsible for negotiating and managing vendor relationships for Target's owned brands.

  • Corey Wielert

    Corey Wielert

    Captain Wielert was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps in 2008 after receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from MSU.

  • Steven Steele

    Steven Steele

    A college education wouldn't have been possible for Steven Steele if Missouri State University-West Plains had not been nearby.

  • Nii Kpakpo Abrahams

    Nii Kpakpo Abrahams

    “Nii is particularly passionate about broadening his understanding of ethical leadership through his scholarship and practical application.”

  • Chris Carpenter

    Chris Carpenter

    Anesthesia: cream of the crop!

  • Devin Duncan

    Devin Duncan

    Devin Duncan works in a New York City office of KPMG, one of the nation's "big four" public accounting firms.

  • Ed Del Conte

    Ed Del Conte

    Ed Del Conte now works for BKD CPAs & Advisors with an assortment of clients, from not-for-profit hospitals to high-net-worth individuals.

  • Kyle Goewert

    Kyle Goewert

    Kyle Goewert is earning an accelerated Master of Accountancy degree.

  • Olivia Kimminau

    Olivia Kimminau

    Olivia Kimminau is earning a master's degree, with a graduate certificate in tax accounting,  after earning her bachelor's from Missouri State in 2012.

  • Katelyn Bartlett

    Katelyn Bartlett

    Katelyn Bartlett chose Missouri State in part because of a teaching assistantship. Once here, she discovered dedicated professors and the building blocks for lifetime success.

  • Rachel Lhamon

    Rachel Lhamon

    Rachel Lhamon, who is from Illinois, likes the community atmosphere she found here: "You can really tell how much our students love Missouri State."

     

  • Dr. D. Keith Denton

    Dr. D. Keith Denton

    Dr. D. Keith Denton wants his business students to learn lessons that will stick with them for life.

  • Dr. Diana Piccolo

    Dr. Diana Piccolo

    If you are a future teacher who is anxious about leading math lessons, great news: Dr. Diana Piccolo is here to make math fun to learn for both you and your students.

  • Sherry Cook

    Sherry Cook

    When Sherry Cook and her partners recognized the need for more appealing science texts, they created an imaginative new product and marketed it worldwide.  

  • Kerry James Evans

    Kerry James Evans

    Standing on campus in the crisp Springfield fall weather brought back many fond memories for Kerry James Evans.

  • Austin Thompson

    Austin Thompson

    Almost from the moment he bagged his first deer at the age of seven, Austin Thompson knew he wanted to be a conservationist.

  • Rachel Edwards

    Rachel Edwards

    Criminology student Rachel Edwards has found her place in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at Missouri State.

  • Corey Hollander

    Corey Hollander

    The Giving Voice Theatre Troupe at Missouri State University is addressing hot button issues such as bullying, harassment and discrimination one set of leaders at a time.

  • Justin Reynolds

    Justin Reynolds

    Missouri State student Justin Reynolds learned about how vital international relations between military branches is on a recent trip to Moldova with ROTC. 

  • Dakota Bates

    Dakota Bates

    Student Spotlight on Dakota Bates

  • Casey Carlton

    Casey Carlton

    Student Spotlight on Casey Carlton

  • Jordan Gallant

    Jordan Gallant

    Jordan Gallant found his ideal major in the marketing department, and he enjoys applying his knowledge with the Inter-Fraternity Council and through his own small business.

  • Ashley Peery

    Ashley Peery

    Ashley Peery has a bright future in business fueled by her passion for accounting. 

  • Joshua Li and Greg Donnell

    Joshua Li and Greg Donnell

    Two students, Greg Donnell and Joshua Li, have developed a mobile app that has the potential to give prospective students tours and help current students find buildings/ 

  • Jessica Roberts

    Jessica Roberts

    Student athlete Jessica Roberts spent some time over the summer coaching kids in Uganda.

  • Katy Jessee

    Katy Jessee

    Student Katy Jessee has attended the Outdoor Retailers Summer Market and Winter Market.

  • Austin Elliott

    Austin Elliott

    Senior Austin Elliott has his own specialized major that caters to passion for non-profit organizations and media production. 

  • Jared McKinney

    Jared McKinney

    Graduate student Jared McKinney has been published in a national magazine.

  • Denise Thompson

    Denise Thompson

    Denise Thompson has been studying the population of the alligator snapping turtle and has found reduced or even stagnant growth. 

  • Tyler Galloway

    Tyler Galloway

    Tyler Galloway may not have seen himself coming back to his alma mater to present his artwork after establishing his career in the design world.

  • David Schneider

    David Schneider

    Great tuition value, an academic scholarship and a weekend tour; that was all it took for Rockford, Ill., native David Schneider to come to Missouri State University.

  • Gonzalo Vargas

    Gonzalo Vargas

    Gonzalo Vargas visited seven universities after he decided he wanted an education in the United States.

  • Fen Fu

    Fen Fu

    Fen Fu left a husband and daughter in her home of Guangzhou, China, for about a year to pursue a graduate degree in the United States.

  • Justine Otte

    Justine Otte

    When Justine (Schramke) Otte stands in front of her classroom, she looks into the bright young eyes of students from around the world. 

  • Stefanie Schmith

    Stefanie Schmith

    Stefanie Schmith remembers the first time she saw a handbag she designed being carried by a woman in the street.

  • Brad Patton

    Brad Patton

    In 2005, Brad Patton had a decision to make: His three roommates were planning study-away trips to cities in Europe and Australia.

  • Mathew Unger

    Mathew Unger

    Mathew Unger traded his business suit for a chef’s hat when he opened Mathew’s Kitchen in 2011.

  • Hollie Howard

    Hollie Howard

    It was a scene out of "Fame": About four dozen young men and women in leotards, tights, shorts and dance shoes stretched and bounced as the doors opened to the dance studio in McDonald Arena.

  • Julien Duxin

    Julien Duxin

    Every morning Julien Duxin wakes up curious, trying to find the answer to a scientific question — an answer that could help prevent diseases such as cancer.

  • Rebekah McLean

    Rebekah McLean

    Child of a Navy recruiter, Rebekah moved around and lived in numerous US locations, experiencing the vast array of cultures that make up the American experience.

  • Madalyn Foley

    Madalyn Foley

    The unique combination of Madalyn Foley’s love for dance and savvy science skills led to her winning the American Harlequin Scholarship for Support of Dance Science.

  • Andrew Garton

    Andrew Garton

    Since earning his MBA in 2010, Andrew Garton has used his education and skills to help others find financial aid opportunities.

  • Besim Huskic

    Besim Huskic

    Mutual experience with Missouri State's award-winning Ad Team helped Besim Huskic connect with his future employer.

  • Brittany Waugh

    Brittany Waugh

    Brittany Waugh continues to use what she learned about personal branding at Missouri State to build a satisfying and successful career.

  • Jason Doerge

    Jason Doerge

    Jason Doerge came to Missouri State hoping to work in the business areas of sports, events and music. He found the perfect fit in the entertainment management program.

  • Marco Kilongkilong

    Marco Kilongkilong

    He came to the United States with the hope of living the American dream and eventually becoming a citizen. He came to Missouri State wanting to serve and defend his adopted country.

  • Sonia Arora

    Sonia Arora

    Sonia Arora came to Missouri State knowing what she wanted to do: she wanted to work with the deaf or hard of hearing.

  • Danielle Reed, CCC-SLP

    Danielle Reed, CCC-SLP

    Danielle Reed, an alumnus of the undergraduate and graduate speech-language pathology programs at Missouri State University, has a heart for helping others. 

  • Sarah Davidson

    Sarah Davidson

    Trying to decide between law and education, Sarah Davidson came to Missouri State and discovered a way to do both: human resource management.

  • Sara Clark

    Sara Clark

    Sara Clark and her team have spearheaded efforts to make Missouri State’s websites accessible to all students, including those with disabilities.

  • Cindi Barnett

    Cindi Barnett

    Cindi Barnett had a goal as the Foster Family Recreation Center was being built: Make sure all students, including those with disabilities, could use the center.

  • Michael Frizell

    Michael Frizell

    When Michael Frizell was designing the Bear CLAW (Center for Learning and Writing), he wanted it to be inviting to all students — including those with disabilities.

  • Dr. Marc Cooper

    Dr. Marc Cooper

    When Dr. Marc Cooper saw that not all students were thriving with a traditional lecture format, he decided to switch up his teaching style by using universal design.

  • David Osborne

    David Osborne

    Thanks to the foundation in chemistry he received at Missouri State, Dr. David Osborne has made a successful career out of thinking like a research scientist in product development.

  • Eric Tague

    Eric Tague

    Chances are if you are in Temple Hall you might run into Eric Tague, a graduate student and teaching assistant in the department of chemistry.

  • Sam Zimmer

    Sam Zimmer

    Sam Zimmer, who wants to be a dentist or optometrist, is confident his professors and fellow dedicated students have helped him be ready for medical exams and professional training.

  • Bridget Tabora

    Bridget Tabora

    Tabora always knew she wanted a job where she would be able to help people every day. After shadowing different medical professionals, she found the right profession for her.

  • Christina Dempsey

    Christina Dempsey

    "I've never, ever been sorry I chose nursing for my career, I am fulfilled every day. There are an infinite number of wonderful things we can do as nurses professionally that enrich the lives of our patients, our community, each other and ourselves. MSU and a lot of hard work has made that possible for me."

  • Faye Felicilda-Reynaldo

    Faye Felicilda-Reynaldo

    “It was also a point in my life wherein I found myself seeking for greater professional development that I can't find in my country. I wanted a better experience as a professional nurse, nurse educator, with more substance.”

  • Lindsay Kittrell

    Lindsay Kittrell

    “When people come together they can make a huge difference and positively impact many individuals.”

  • Ryan Nicholls

    Ryan Nicholls

    “Patient assessment, diagnosis and treatment easily apply to community assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. Emergency management works a lot with mitigating bad things from happening, educating prevention measures and preparing for emergencies when the inevitable occurs.” “As a public servant, good community care is vital to success.” 

  • Dr. Janice Greene

    Dr. Janice Greene

    Dr. Janice Greene wants to link the community to the campus through environmental education.

  • Jen Kienstra

    Jen Kienstra

    The mechanics of the musculoskeletal system have always intrigued Jen Kienstra, a junior exercise and movement science major in the pre-physical therapy program at Missouri State University.

  • Erin Parrish

    Erin Parrish

    “Since every student’s goals are different, students do not have to settle for fitting their goals to a certain program. The program adjusts to them.”

  • Rosemary Sherwood

    Rosemary Sherwood

    Rosemary Sherwood wants to have a leg up on competition when she looks for her next position. “Having two areas of concentration compared to one can also make me more marketable to potential employers, as I will not just have the math knowledge, but also knowledge in the area of physics.”

  • Dr. Robert Pavlowsky

    Dr. Robert Pavlowsky

    According to Dr. Pavlowsky, “I had great professors that took the time to make me work hard, so I always try to give time to my students as well."

     

  • Alysha Grace

    Alysha Grace

    Alysha, who wants to help the homeless, said the public affairs mission of Missouri State means a lot to her.

  • Laura Peterson

    Laura Peterson

    Peterson selected Missouri State because of its great reputation in and out of the pool.

  • Kevin Pybas

    Kevin Pybas

    Dr. Kevin Pybas, pre-law advisor and associate professor in the political science department, managed to make a career out of interests and curiosities that were once just hobbies. 

  • Yitan Li

    Yitan Li

    Dr. Yitan Li’s love for East Asian politics and the Midwest led him to Missouri State.

  • Mike Welken

    Mike Welken

    "Strong interaction with faculty and opportunities to work alongside undergraduate students with counterparts from around the globe only increased the benefits I derived from study at MSU."

  • Stephen Bough

    Stephen Bough

    Stephen Bough, a Kansas City area personal injury lawyer, is dedicated to providing excellent service to his clients and the University.

  • Alexandria Killion

    Alexandria Killion

    Alexandria has lived in Springfield a few times — her military family was here when she was young, moved around, then came back. Now she’s enjoying the town as a college student.

  • Daniel Zender

    Daniel Zender

    Daniel Zender completed a dual major in Graphic Design and Illustration at MSU, and he's not stopping there.

  • Susan LaBarr

    Susan LaBarr

    Susan LaBarr credits her professors and experiences at Missouri State for preparing her to compose pieces for choirs around the state and nation.

  • Jake Lamkins

    Jake Lamkins

    Jake went from being unmotivated in high school to earning honors while obtaining an associate's degree. He chose MSU for his bachelor's and now says "being a student means everything to me."

  • Molly Stewart

    Molly Stewart

    Molly Stewart was surprised a big-time school with a compact campus, comfy residence halls and hundreds of chances to get involved.

  • Dr. Christopher Barnhart

    Dr. Christopher Barnhart

    If it lives in a river in the Ozarks, Dr. Christopher Barnhart has probably come across it. 

  • Malikah Marrus

    Malikah Marrus

    This is Malikah Marrus’ first job as a professor after years of experience working in her field — and she’s already being nominated as a great teacher.

  • Dr. Kelly S. Wood

    Dr. Kelly S. Wood

    Dr. Kelly Wood thinks a professor should be more than someone who lectures and gives tests. Instead, she wants to be a mentor.

  • Dr. Arbindra Rimal

    Dr. Arbindra Rimal

    Dr. Arbindra Rimal leads trips to major agribusinesses and invites agriculture professionals into his classroom.

  • Dr. Bethany Walker

    Dr. Bethany Walker

    Dr. Bethany Walker makes history come alive for students, whether they are assisting her at archaeology sites around the world or contributing opinions in class.

  • 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. 

  • Joshua Durham

    Joshua Durham

    Dusting for fingerprints, scouring phone records and hunting for clues are all typical of police investigative work. Joshua Durham, double major in computer science and applied mathematics, found out computer forensics and other techniques are key to cracking cases in this age of technology. “As an intern, I learned about the techniques and tools used in computer forensics and how to apply them to real world cases.”