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  • Colton Lynn

    Colton Lynn

    Graduate student Colton Lynn wanted a research assistantship but got a teaching assistantship. Call it fate.

  • Anna Surrell

    Anna Surrell

    Participating in a worldwide theatre festival helped Anna develop as an actor, director and #CitizenBear. 

  • Macaylah Gant-Hodge

    Macaylah Gant-Hodge

    Macaylah Gant Hodge was one of several students whose work was displayed at Meyer Library as part of the exhibit Native Art of the Americas.

  • Kevin Agee

    Kevin Agee

    Kevin Agee followed “a big flashing sign in the road telling me ‘go this way.'”

  • Annie Allen

    Annie Allen

    As a returning student, Annie needed a program that would support her professional goals while fitting into the life she’d already established.

  • Amber Abernathy

    Amber Abernathy

    The CEO at the table is a Machiavellian personality. She flatters a subordinate to gain information and twists it to exploit him and use it for her gain
  • Dr. Pam Sailors

    Dr. Pam Sailors

    Would you allow your child to play football?

  • Katherine Sterling

    Katherine Sterling

    “My experience at MSU has prepared me to be successful for the rest of my life.”

  • Dalton Breeding

    Dalton Breeding

    When Dalton Breeding stepped into his freshman geology class, he never thought he would make a career out of it.

  • Juan Narvaez

    Juan Narvaez

    Juan Narvaez comes from a developing nation and is dedicated to helping it grow.

  • Josh Pfaff

    Josh Pfaff

    Electronic arts student Josh Pfaff discusses his senior project — the short film "Counting to 1,000" — and leading actor Cailee Spaeny, who has been cast in Pacific Rim 2.

  • Sara Silkwood

    Sara Silkwood

    Filmmaker Sara Silkwood was inspired by the album's narrative qualities. 

  • Kelsi Land

    Kelsi Land

    Home economics classes at Dora High School helped Kelsi Land, a MSU-West Plains elementary education major, discover her talents.

  • Charlotte Yoakum

    Charlotte Yoakum

    Charlotte Yoakum's path to becoming a speech language pathologist started with a babysitting job.

  • Karman Berkich

    Karman Berkich

    Karman Berkich is ready for some teachable moments.

  • Dana Fleming

    Dana Fleming

    Dana Fleming listened as a colleague shared a powerful moment.

  • Dr. Wayne Mitchell

    Dr. Wayne Mitchell

    Dr. Mitchell enjoys the life of an academic: teaching, researching and serving.

  • 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.

  • Rachel Happel

    Rachel Happel

    During her time at Missouri State, she helped develop a certificate program that would better prepare students for serving victims of child abuse.

  • Jerrid Morris

    Jerrid Morris

    2017 School of Anesthesia Talent Show winner - Magic Morris!

  • Erin Eckels

    Erin Eckels

    Erin Eckels knew about Missouri State: Her dad was an alumnus who also went into accounting. 

  • Caileb Newby

    Caileb Newby

    When Caileb Newby started his journey at Missouri State, he was a transfer student with an associate’s degree, working three jobs and going to school.

  • Derric Durham

    Derric Durham

    Derric Durham has big plans for the future — plans he was able to share with “Shark Tank” contestant Chris Gray.

  • Noah Hendel

    Noah Hendel

    To Noah Hendel, Missouri State is a major university with a unique quality: “Here, you can make your mark on campus.”

  • Taylor Wilson

    Taylor Wilson

    A unique aspect of MSU's fashion merchandising and design degree gives her a leg up on the field.

  • Lucas Hammer

    Lucas Hammer

    When it comes to his major, his name says it all.

  • Melida Gutierrez

    Melida Gutierrez

    Crystal clear water: It quenches thirst, cleanses and sustains life.

  • Dennis Wiggins

    Dennis Wiggins

    He needed a bachelor's degree in order to land a new job. He found the Bachelor of General Studies program. 

  • Alex Jefferson

    Alex Jefferson

    “I really think that going through Missouri State’s curriculum in my four years here has prepared me for the workplace and just for life in general.”

  • Alexis Wallace

    Alexis Wallace

    Alexis Wallace wants to be a broker, helping companies manage risks and insurance claims.

  • Andy Bennett

    Andy Bennett

    Andy Bennett planned to study computer science or marketing. 

  • Abigail Saintvalliere

    Abigail Saintvalliere

    Abigail Saintvalliere loves catching up on the hottest video games.

  • Hailey Whipp

    Hailey Whipp

    Hailey Whipp is a huge sports fan who hopes to have a career that combines her interest in business with rooting for her teams. 

  • Jordan Ford

    Jordan Ford

    Jordan Ford has wanted to be a homebuilder since she was young.

  • Kyoungtae Kim

    Kyoungtae Kim

    Dynamic, dynamo, dynamite: The root of these words means power. 

  • Marli Coonrod

    Marli Coonrod

    As a first-generation student, Marli Coonrod struggled her freshman year before learning a valuable lesson. 

  • Tyree Davis IV

    Tyree Davis IV

    Tyree Davis IV became a leading voice for students after investing himself in the MSU community. 

  • Caleb Marshall

    Caleb Marshall

    "It was like: ‘This is so refreshing, this is exciting.’"

  • Olivia Fernandez

    Olivia Fernandez

    Olivia Fernandez is on the path to her dream job in macroeconomics, thanks to her Missouri State experience and connections.

  • Deidre Ashley

    Deidre Ashley

    She looks forward to spending her years after graduation continuing to help other student veterans.

  • Kristina Wilmoth

    Kristina Wilmoth

    “The professors and curriculum kept in touch with the heartbeat of the field itself and what’s out there.”

  • Amy Qualls

    Amy Qualls

    Amy Qualls thought she had taken the wrong career path, until this happened. 

  • Tyler Durham

    Tyler Durham

    A dream come true.

  • Alex Beckman

    Alex Beckman

    “Anytime I can increase their independence, that's going to help them now and that's going to help them when they graduate.”

  • Mary Ortman

    Mary Ortman

    Mary Ortman wanted a less expensive option for school. MSU gave her that and much more. 

  • Cedomir Kostovic

    Cedomir Kostovic

    “If I design a sign which tell you, ‘Turn right,’ but actually you need to turn left, you can kill yourself!”


  • Brett Garland

    Brett Garland

    Developing programs to reduce recidivism helps former inmates successfully reintegrate into society, but also saves taxpayers huge amounts of money.

  • Jack Dimond

    Jack Dimond

    Well into its second century, The Standard is still innovating. 

  • 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. 

  • Sergio Lescano

    Sergio Lescano

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

  • Robert Gibson

    Robert Gibson

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

  • 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." 

  • 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. 

  • 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.”

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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." 

  • 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.'

  • 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.