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Alumni have much to be proud of.

Todd McCubbin, M Ed ’95

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

“Tell me some good news” is the request I received most frequently in the past six months. Alumni troubled by the events last fall want to know their alma mater is doing OK, and that’s understandable. As you peruse this issue, I draw your attention to evidence of Mizzou’s successes:

Read about Anne McKendry, aka the Queen of Wheat (Page 10), part of MU’s world-renowned Division of Plant Sciences. Study the Data story (Page 17), which includes a new study showing that every dollar the State of Missouri invests in Mizzou adds $38.43 to the state’s economy. That’s a return on investment we would all take. Meet alumna Andrea Woolverton (Page 14) who not only owns a coffee farm in Nicaragua but also helped provide business students with an unforgettable experience during winter break. And get the latest on J’den Cox and his recent journey to an NCAA National Championship and a place on the U.S. Olympic team (Page 18). All this appears in the magazine’s first section, Around the Columns!

There is plenty of good news at Mizzou. Always has been. Although it’s easy to get caught up in the challenges that Mizzou faces lately, I stop and smell the roses every day. Good news is plentiful, even if it seems to travel slowly.

Thanks for encouraging us to share the good news … and all news about Mizzou. Enjoy!

Todd McCubbin, M Ed ’95
Executive director, Mizzou Alumni Association
Email: mccubbint@missouri.edu
Twitter: @MizzouTodd