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May 2015

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Building a music mecca

Building a music mecca

On April 10, Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield donated $10 million to help fund a new School of Music building. The Sinquefield’s gift is the largest ever to support the arts at MU. Above, a string quartet performed an original composition by student composer Erin Hoerchler at the announcement. View video of proposed construction.


Mizzou News
Stellar teachers Engineering renovations

Stellar teachers

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence program. The 2015 Kemper Fellows, including Associate Professor Elisa Glick, above, received the $10,000 award during surprise classroom visits. Read words of wisdom about teaching from previous winners.

Engineering renovations

University officials, legislators and alumnus Tom Lafferre, BS ME ’56, took part in a groundbreaking ceremony April 13 for the $38.5 million renovation of Lafferre Hall, home to the College of Engineering. Learn why students get lost in the building and check here for construction updates.

Fortifying opportunity Tap Day honorees

Fortifying opportunity

Henry Cornell, BS BA ’50, gave $6 million to the Trulaske College of Business to support the Cornell Leadership Program in perpetuity. The gift will help recruit and educate top business students.

Tap Day honorees

The newest inductees into MU’s secret honor societies were revealed at this year’s Tap Day. See which societies tapped Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin and other MU leaders. Above, senior Allison Fitts is revealed as a member of Mystical Seven.

Shaping perceptions SEC faculty winner

Shaping perceptions

Alumnus Tim Blair, BJ ’73, pledged $1 million to the School of Journalism to study the link between media coverage and the advancement of human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The school also announced David Kurpius as its new dean starting July 1.

SEC faculty winner

Professor Michael Smith, who researches ways to increase reproductive efficiency in beef and dairy cattle, won the Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award for 2015.

Alumni News
Race for the record Black alumni celebration

Race for the record

Mizzou Alumni Association memberships make the university stronger. Join today and help us set a new member record.

Black alumni celebration

The alumni association honored Mable Jones Grimes and Celestine Hayes for their contributions to MU at the Black Alumni Celebration and spring picnic.

Support scholars          Mizzou IQ:

Support scholars

Did you know the association is the largest campus provider of scholarships? This month, a total of $500,000 in scholarship funds will go to more than 500 students for the 2015-16 school year.

Mizzou IQ:

Can you guess where this photo was taken? Submit your answer by June 1 for a chance to win a $25 gift card from The Mizzou Store.

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Sports News
Spring preview Golden Girls

Spring preview

MU football hosted their annual Black and Gold spring game, which included a pregame FanFest on April 18. See photo story.

Golden Girls

MU’s Golden Girls placed second in the nation at this year’s National Dance Alliance Collegiate Championships. See slide show.


Tiger Achievements

Star-studded awards

Seven graduate journalism students were among 17 recipients of White House Correspondents’ Association scholarships. They attended the association’s annual dinner, affectionately known in Washington D.C. as “Nerd Prom.”


Goldwater Scholars

The Goldwater Scholarship Foundation recognized four MU students. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier national award for undergraduates who excel in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering.


RecCenter recognition

The MU student Recreation Complex and the University of Oregon’s fitness center are featured in the May cover story of Athletic Business magazine. One of the 10 largest facilities of its kind in the country, Mizzou’s center is a core component of student life.


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