You are invited to our continuing luncheon series, Bears in the Know. The Missouri State University Foundation is excited to host this series of luncheons designed to showcase unique areas at Missouri State University and connect personally with our friends and supporters in the community. Thank you to Arvest for supporting this series as the Presenting Sponsor.
The luncheons will be held in the Turner Family Hospitality Room on the first floor of the Kenneth E. Meyer Alumni Center. Complimentary parking is available in the attached garage off of McDaniel Street. Feel free to arrive any time after 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be served at approximately 11:30 a.m., followed by the program at noon.
$10 per session
Please note: The Founders Club members will receive a separate e-mail and can continue to attend complimentary.
July 12, 2017 - The University Health Center: A Benefit for the Entire University Community
Taylor Health and Wellness Center is unique among university health centers. Dr. David Muegge, Taylor Health and Wellness Center Director, will give a brief synopsis of the 94 years of Taylor, discuss the modern day operations, and review the impact on students as well as faculty, staff and their families. Muegge will also give a construction update including pictures and floor plans of the new university health center, opening January 2, 2018.
Dr. David Muegge
September 22, 2016 - Exoplanets
Over 3,000 exoplanets have been confirmed to orbit other
stars over the past 25 years. Dr. Peter Plavchan, Assistant Professor of
Astronomy, will provide an overview of the several different methods
used to detect these distant exoplanets, and what we've learned and will
learn from our discoveries about our Universe. He will conclude with
describing exoplanet research projects at Missouri State University.
Plavchan earned his PhD from UCLA in 2006 and was previously a research
scientist at the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute at Caltech.
Dr. Peter Plavchan
November 18, 2016 - Animation, Sound Design and Music Recording, Film Scoring, Interactive Multimedia, and Narrative Film Making
The Electronic Arts program at Missouri State is a
collaborative, interdisciplinary program that brings together students
whose work has been wildly successful. Their work has garnered hundreds
of international and national awards, all because of their creative
excellence, technical mastery, and successful team-based skills. Mark
Biggs, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, Electronic
Arts Coordinator and Associate Professor, Vonda Yarberry, Interim
Department Head of Art and Design, Professor of Animation/Electronic
Arts, and Colby Jennings, Assistant Professor of Digital
Arts/Animation/Electronic Arts will talk about the program and show
teasers of student work.
January 27, 2017 - An Examination of Courts on the
Frontlines: Assessing the Criminal Justice System’s Response to
Offenders with a History of Military Service
Veterans Treatment Courts (VTC) are currently the fastest
growing specialty court in the United States. They aim to target the
underlying causes and correlates of criminal behavior in offenders with a
history of military service in effort to reduce recidivism and future
contact with the criminal justice system. This presentation provides an
overview of the development and dissemination of the VTC concept across
the United States, as well as the challenges both these courts and their
participants are facing. Additionally, the preliminary impact of VTCs
will be examined. The presentation will include information and results
from various original data collection efforts conducted by Dr. Julie
Baldwin, Assistant Professor of Criminology.
Dr. Julie Baldwin
March 22, 2017 - "One Missouri": A Proposal to Address Disadvantaged Communities Throughout Missouri
The College of Education has developed a proposal and
embarked on a mission to reach out to urban and rural areas throughout
Missouri to create communities of support for children and families.
This neighborhood school-based model will be shared, along with specific
data pertaining to rural southwest Missouri community and school needs
as compared to other areas throughout the state. Presenters are Dr.
Gilbert Brown, Associate Provost for Diversity and Associate Dean of the
College of Education and Dr. Jon Turner, Assistant Professor,
Educational Leadership, Department of Counseling, Leadership and Special
Education, College of Education.
Dr. Gilbert Brown
Dr. Jon Turner
May 25, 2017 - The eFactory: Fostering Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development
A program of Missouri State University, The eFactory is a technology-focused entrepreneurship center designed to assist startup and growth in new small businesses and continuing education and training in mature organizations. Serving as the front-door to entrepreneurship in Springfield, The eFactory helps to start, grow and accelerate companies. Join us to learn about the programs of The eFactory, progress of its clients, and impact on our community. Presenters are Allen Kunkel, Associate Vice President, Economic Development and Director of JVIC and Brian Kincaid, Director, The eFactory.
If you have any questions about the Bears In The Know luncheon series, email Stephanie Smith or call 417-836-4143. If you are having any problems submitting this form, please email the Foundation webmaster or call 417-836-4143.