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  • Michael Rexroad

    Michael Rexroad

    Like most transfer students, Michael Rexroad had questions and concerns.

  • Madelyn Cooper

    Madelyn Cooper

    BSN Senior, Madelyn Cooper, discusses how her experiences at Missouri State laid the foundation for her nursing career.

  • Matt Hancock

    Matt Hancock

    Matt Hancock has always been passionate about health.

  • Nicholas Stoll

    Nicholas Stoll

    From psychology to public health, Nicholas Stoll is driven to help.

  • Beth Persons

    Beth Persons

    Since Beth Persons was a child, she always wanted to teach.

  • Kirby Williams

    Kirby Williams

    Kirby Williams has a passion for helping Native Americans.

  • Karishma Agarwal

    Karishma Agarwal

    You don’t meet students like Karishma Agarwal every day.

  • Manny Elivo

    Manny Elivo

    Manny Elivo was one of many students who set foot on planes at the beginning of the spring 2020 semester, excited to participate in his first study abroad experience.

  • Rachel Fidino

    Rachel Fidino

    Rachel Fidino is furthering her education to make positive changes in Women’s Health.

  • Ben Hunt

    Ben Hunt

    Ben Hunt is employee wellness coordinator at MSU and helps improve the health of university employees and their families.

  • Kyle Meadows

    Kyle Meadows

    Kyle Meadows’ educational journey has come together like a puzzle.

  • Acacia Boerboom

    Acacia Boerboom

    Acacia Boerboom helps others follow their dreams of studying abroad.

  • Jaime Gnau

    Jaime Gnau

    In March 2020, when it became clear that COVID-19 was impacting lives in the Ozarks, Jaime Gnau placed a call to Ozarks Food Harvest.

  • Aaron Dimatulac

    Aaron Dimatulac

    Friday, March 13, 2020 was a bad day for Aaron Dimatulac.

  • Phil Heaver

    Phil Heaver

    A Google search changed the trajectory of Phil Heaver’s life.

  • Sarah Teague

    Sarah Teague

    Whether it’s radio, photography or pandemic coverage, Sarah Teague has a story to tell.

  • Nick Martinez

    Nick Martinez

    Capt. Nick Martinez comes from a family where defending and protecting is a tradition.

  • Sharon Yearty

    Sharon Yearty

    With a DNAP program not available in North Carolina, Sharon Yearty searched out-of-state and is thankful to have found Missouri State.

  • Mercy Akinwande

    Mercy Akinwande

    Eagerly waiting for year two to start in Missouri State’s CRNA program, Mercy Akinwande is accomplishing her dream.

  • Jacob Roseburrough

    Jacob Roseburrough

    Real-world experience in the College of Business helped Jacob Roseburrough develop his skills, stand out in the field and quickly land a job after graduation.

  • Kymberly Strange

    Kymberly Strange

    A first-gen college student, Kymberly Strange is determined to succeed.

  • Victoria Quintero

    Victoria Quintero

    Victoria Quintero’s experience at Super Bowl 54 exceeded her expectations.

  • Emily Fengel

    Emily Fengel

    Emily Fengel can’t remember a time she didn’t want to be a nurse.

  • Josh Lawler

    Josh Lawler

    A small stone started a rockslide into a career of nursing.

  • Lino Perez

    Lino Perez

    Computers have always fascinated Lino Perez. 

  • Aaliyah Williams

    Aaliyah Williams

    Aaliyah Williams loves to help others, especially kids.

  • Jennifer Baxter

    Jennifer Baxter

    Jennifer Baxter called it the best career decision she ever made.

  • Alexandria Dool

    Alexandria Dool

    Alexandria Dool thrives in MSU’s criminology program, taking in every opportunity along the way.

  • Vonetta Ivy-Medlock

    Vonetta Ivy-Medlock

    Missouri State is proud to be an award-winning supporter of adult students.

  • Jessica Ridder

    Jessica Ridder

    Jessica Ridder's 1st grade class is all about working together. 

  • Dr. Jason Hausback

    Dr. Jason Hausback

    Which would cause you less stage fright: Talking in front of a virtually empty auditorium or performing to a packed house?

  • Justice Davis

    Justice Davis

    Who’s got spirit? Justice Davis does. She’s the Lebanon High School cheer coach and an MSU-Lebanon elementary education student.

  • Dianna Chamberlain

    Dianna Chamberlain

    Dianna Chamberlain’s approach to teaching takes her to other classrooms, where she educates other educators about technology.

  • Nicole AllmondJoy

    Nicole AllmondJoy

    Nicole AllmondJoy hit the reset button. 

  • Eden Olena

    Eden Olena

    In an inclusive global society, translation is more than just moving from one language to the next

  • Kendall Vowels

    Kendall Vowels

    Kendall Vowels had an interesting project at the start of the school year.

  • Linda Chadwick-Wirth

    Linda Chadwick-Wirth

    MSU’s professional and technical writing program prepared Linda Chadwick-Wirth for a career creating user experiences.

  • Holden Bridges

    Holden Bridges

    Holden Bridges has had many accomplishments at Missouri State.

  • Bailey Wolf

    Bailey Wolf

    Bailey Wolf mixes science and technology with a background in agriculture.

  • Daniel Zender

    Daniel Zender

    Daniel Zender’s work ethic and signature creative style have gained him well-known commercial and media clients. He’s also winning awards in his industry.

  • Diana Maniace

    Diana Maniace

    Inspired by her parents, Diana Maniace returned to school to become a teacher and mentor for children.

  • Clarissa Hatley

    Clarissa Hatley

    Whether it’s teaching next to a spring-fed creek or leading a park hike, Clarissa Hatley gets to do what she loves. 

  • Tiffany Huggins

    Tiffany Huggins

    Tiffany Huggins is a teacher of the visually impaired (TVI).

  • Dr. Jokima Hiller

    Dr. Jokima Hiller

    She’s known for her personality and personal experience.

  • Brandon Jenson

    Brandon Jenson

    Call it problem solving on a large scale.

  • Hannah Granger

    Hannah Granger

    MSU-Neosho student relies on empathy as a key tool for education.

  • Sheena Speer

    Sheena Speer

    Sheena knew she wanted to be a part of the hospitality industry from a young age. 

  • Alexis Creamer

    Alexis Creamer

    Alexis Creamer is not only leading on campus. She’s leading around the nation.

  • Hannah Harrill

    Hannah Harrill

    There’s no place like home.

  • Julia Guffey

    Julia Guffey

    Creativity takes many forms.

  • Lauren Ashleigh Schoelen

    Lauren Ashleigh Schoelen

    Everyday is different for Lauren Ashleigh Schoelen, a hospitality leadership major.

  • Jason Orr

    Jason Orr

    Sometimes dreams are put on hold. Sometimes they just fade away completely.

  • Christine Hannis

    Christine Hannis

    Christine Hannis has always been fascinated by the way the human brain works.

  • Justin Layton

    Justin Layton

    “So many things have color that I had no idea had color."

  • April White

    April White

    Each semester, the Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society awards a scholarship to an exemplary nontraditional student.

  • Michael Rodrigues

    Michael Rodrigues

    Coming here brought him closer to his values. 

  • Josh Rodriguez

    Josh Rodriguez

    Nontraditional student Josh Rodriguez has this advice for adult students seeking success at Missouri State.

  • Todd Hussong

    Todd Hussong

    "It's never too late to accomplish your dreams and goals in life."

  • Jasper Gain

    Jasper Gain

    “Thank you for believing in me. It feels amazing that there are people who don’t even know me but want to support me and make my dreams a reality.”

  • Patricia Hilton

    Patricia Hilton

    There are a variety of reasons for why a student might be prevented from heading to college right after high school.

  • Shelby Adams

    Shelby Adams

    Equipped with an MSU Online finance degree, Shelby Adams helps make the dream of home ownership come true. 

  • Michaella McBride

    Michaella McBride

    For Michaella McBride, it's the personal touch that sets Missouri State apart.

  • Lodemia Wolken

    Lodemia Wolken

    Across all of our campuses, Missouri State excels at educating future educators.

  • Lauren Ziehmer

    Lauren Ziehmer

    Lauren Ziehmer took on a new program at Missouri State and hasn’t looked back.

  • Lyea Shine

    Lyea Shine

    “Even though I lost a year from school and lost money, I feel as if everything happened for a reason.”

  • Lauren Dow

    Lauren Dow

    Lauren M. Dow was named a U.S. presidential appointee in 2016.

  • Isaiah Villarreal

    Isaiah Villarreal

    Isaiah Villarreal is the first in his family to attend college. He found support at MSU.

  • Dr. Amy Hulme

    Dr. Amy Hulme

    In the 1980s and 1990s, an HIV diagnosis was a death sentence.

     

  • Dr. Billie Follensbee

    Dr. Billie Follensbee

    When we browse works of art, it's easy to forget many of the pieces depict real people from the past - people with specific experiences and identities.

  • Greg Illy

    Greg Illy

    How Greg Illy found his passion in chemistry.

  • Kenna Sheppard

    Kenna Sheppard

    Research work by day, beaches and koalas afterwards.

  • Dr. Susan Robinson

    Dr. Susan Robinson

    Imagine this: You have confidence in your ability to stand on a chair and reach into a cabinet without falling. Now, imagine being even a little bit too confident in that ability.

  • Kelly Alvarado

    Kelly Alvarado

    When she was in high school, honors student Kelly Alvarado didn’t think she was going to college.

  • Jackie Bradley

    Jackie Bradley

    Only 40 college students each year can say they’re a Paul Ambrose Scholar.

  • Sean Nevills

    Sean Nevills

    He promotes success traits for school, sports and life. 

  • Bryant Clerkley

    Bryant Clerkley

    Bryant Clerkley had to cut our first interview short: News was breaking.

  • Howard Scarborough

    Howard Scarborough

    Former student-athlete takes on new role. 

  • Lara Strong

    Lara Strong

    There's no place like (your second) home.

  • Brandon Hill

    Brandon Hill

    Brandon Hill has known he wanted to become a lawyer since taking a law and order course in high school.

  • Emily Hrpcha

    Emily Hrpcha

    She connects her passion for horses and her work with ex-cons in preparation for her new job with the FBI.

  • Kimberly Van Ornum

    Kimberly Van Ornum

    For Kimberly Van Ornum, helping students understand math requires re-thinking traditional math classes.

  • Melvi Cifuentes Ramirez

    Melvi Cifuentes Ramirez

    She's ready to help others after experiencing immigration issues firsthand. 

  • Mica Henry

    Mica Henry

    Mica Henry's main criteria when scouting pharmacy programs? Location and cost. 

  • Amber Donaldson

    Amber Donaldson

    Amber Donaldson sensed her opportunity.  

  • Taylor Christopher

    Taylor Christopher

    Taylor Christopher believes in serving the community, seeing the world and carrying on Missouri State traditions.

  • Emily McAdoo

    Emily McAdoo

    Motherhood and math coincide in Emily McAdoo's daily routine. 

  • Dr. Susan Dollar

    Dr. Susan Dollar

    Dr. Susan Dollar previously served in the armed forces. 

  • Madison Estabrook

    Madison Estabrook

    Madison Estabrook fell in love with learning at a young age. She’s consumed it ever since.  

  • Mikel Dashtipour

    Mikel Dashtipour

    "It's one of the most unique jobs in health care." 

  • Colton Lynn

    Colton Lynn

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

  • Dr. Pam Sailors

    Dr. Pam Sailors

    Would you allow your child to play football?

  • 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.

  • Marli Coonrod

    Marli Coonrod

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

  • Olivia Fernandez

    Olivia Fernandez

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

  • Kristina Wilmoth

    Kristina Wilmoth

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

  • 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!”

     

  • Thomas Romainville

    Thomas Romainville

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Annina Fremgen

    Annina Fremgen

    Down the road, you might have the product of Annina Fremgen's vision in your home. Perhaps the table on which you eat dinner with your family. Annina wants to design furniture.

  • Claire Geneser

    Claire Geneser

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