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Fall 2014 Issue

Homecoming 2014

Whether you are cheering on the Tigers, donating blood or bone marrow, watching the parade, or planning the whole shebang, Homecoming is a time for Celebrating Our Stripes.

Web Extras

Carol Leigh Brack-Kaiser

Watch Carol Leigh Brack-Kaiser, BES ’79, MS ’99, and her daughter, Rebecca Oliger, BS Ed ’98, talk about their passion for weaving, dyeing and knitting all natural fibers.

Web Exclusives

Flat Parker Tracey Outlaw

Oh, the Places Parker Goes

Mizzou alumnus starts worldwide project to support family member with cancer.

Russell Shelden

‘Ole Tiger’ Gives Back

Mizzou alumnus, anesthesiologist and philanthropist Russell Shelden died June 20, 2014, at 92.

Renee Miller

Real-world Rural Work

MU Extension’s ExCEED program helps more than communities.

Jessica Kihn Mauderer

One by One

Mizzou alumna works to end sex trafficking in Kansas City.

Pat Jones

Preserving Nature’s Classroom

Pat Jones hopes to perpetually inspire youngsters with a wonder of nature.

Ina Linville

The 4-Hers Focus on STEM

4-H participants do well in school and like science.

Memorial Stadium

A Lofty Lair

An upgraded Memorial Stadium greets football fans in 2014.

Paul Martin

The Bad, Ugly and Downright Despicable

Former National Geographic Traveler editor finds real-life heroes and villains.



From Apathy to Apogee

Hardly anyone believed George Rédei’s research mattered — until it changed everything.


Seeing Josey

Josey Herrera hasn’t always fit in, but the senior journalism major found self-acceptance at MU.



A product developed at MU could revolutionize the aesthetic medicine market.


Putting Physics First

Top teacher changes how science is taught in Missouri high schools.


Establishing a Legacy

Gary Pinkel passes Don Faurot in Missouri career coaching wins.

Don Faurot

Faurot Forever

Don Faurot’s legacy defines Mizzou athletics.


Coming Home Again

Use this guide to plan your trip to CoMo.


Celebrating Our Stripes

Meet the 2014 Homecoming directors.


Swab a Cheek, Save a Life

Alumna adds bone marrow drive to Homecoming tradition.


Dream Jobs

Mizzou is well represented at the SEC ESPN Network.

Around the Columns


Beginning Again

Youngest kindergartners are more likely to be held back.


Curators Strengthen Sexual Assault Policy

Also add gender identity and expression to nondiscrimination policy.

Daniel van Hoesen, Dan Paterson, Benjamin Bolin

No Wasted Energy

Three physics majors win regional clean energy business competition.

Mizzou trees

Living Legacies

Mizzou Botanic Garden plants 175 trees for 175 years.

Mizzou paisley

Mizzou Paisley

Art professor designs signature Mizzou paisley for 175th anniversary.


New College, New Country

A new class helps MU’s international students adapt to U.S. college culture.


Fracking Downside

Chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, could interfere with human reproductive hormones.

Elaine Mooney

Harvesting Hills and History

The Mississippi River’s rolling hills are growing a stronger regional economy.

Shawn Lee

An Army of Two

With his dog’s help, a veteran works through law school.

Mizzou food waste study

Greener Garbage

Professors explore the financial and environmental costs of campus food waste.

Swallow Hall Mizzou

Shoring Up Swallow

Greater structural needs push Swallow Hall renovation costs higher.

ginnifer o'keefe

Punk Rock Potter

MU ceramics student accepted to national exhibition.


Human Trafficking Hits Home

Faculty member writes report on human trafficking.


A Sober Look at Alcohol Abuse

MU to develop a strategic plan to reduce high-risk drinking on campus.


Tubes on a Hot Tin Roof

Solar thermal systems are helping reduce MU’s coal use and energy costs.

Rabia Gregory

Unexpected Kindness

Religious studies professor starts Academic Kindness blog.


Major Gifts Announced

Pat Jones gives nature education for youth a $1.6 million boost.


Making an Impact

Research, entrepreneurship and economic development are a growing part of MU’s mission.

Alumni News

Dudley McCarter

Heart for Mizzou

Mizzou Alumni Association volunteer president has long loved the university.

Mizzou Traditions Plaza rendering

A Place to Honor Mizzou Traditions

Alumni Association breaks ground on Traditions Plaza.

Todd McCubbin, M Ed ’95

Celebrating Mizzou’s 175th

MU’s statewide role benefits all Missourians.

Selby “Duke” Neff

Paint Horse Pioneer

Journalism graduate bought the first Kansas City Chiefs mascot.

Billy Vineyard

A Noble Chemist

MU alumnus Billy Vineyard, whose research won the Nobel Prize, dies.


Alumni Bookshelf

Check out new books by alumni.

Carol Leigh Brack Kaiser

The Fiber that Binds

Local artists specialize in natural dyeing of fiber.

Leslie and Jean Eggerman

Hot and Cold

The Eggermans celebrated their 35th anniversary Aug. 4, 2014.

Jordan Metzl

The Essential Drug

School of Medicine alumnus prescribes exercise for everything.

Robert Ross

Intentionally Inclusive

Robert Ross welcomes all to the Mizzou Alumni Association.

Missouri Mule Team

Mules Rule

The Missouri Mule Team celebrates 30 years in 2014.