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Celebrating Mizzou’s 175th

MU’s statewide role benefits all Missourians.

Todd McCubbin, M Ed ’95

Todd McCubbin, M Ed ’95. Photo by Rob Hill.

As MU celebrates its 175th anniversary in 2014, one of the items that strikes me is the profound influence the university has across our state. It starts with our beautiful campus where nearly 35,000 students learn from a world-class faculty. Students from every county in the state come to MU to pursue an education. More than 275,000 Mizzou graduates contribute to commerce and culture in Missouri, the United States and abroad every day. About half of them reside in the Show-Me State where they help drive our economy.

When considering MU’s impact, think about MU Extension, which celebrates 100 years of service this year, and how it assists 1 million Missourians with their business or personal lives. As a former 4-H Club member, I know firsthand how extension’s programs can shape young people.

Let’s not forget MU Health Care and the difference it makes in the lives of our citizens by educating Missouri’s  doctors, nurses, veterinarians and allied health care providers.

And finally, a fall Saturday afternoon wouldn’t be the same without our Tigers. Missourians rally to support Mizzou Athletics, and the official state colors seem to be black and gold most of the year. For Mizzou’s next 175 years, let’s continue to think of ways to make Missouri a better place to live. Just think what we can accomplish together!