Good afternoon, Mizzou family!

It’s been relatively quiet around campus since graduation weekend, but I am happy to see students back on campus with the start of summer classes today!

Here are some of the news and events happening around campus this week:

Traditions Plaza

Traditions Plaza

In honor of MU’s 175th anniversary, the Mizzou Alumni Association is proud to announce MU’s newest campus landmark, Traditions Plaza. Located along Conley Avenue on the north side of Carnahan Quadrangle, across from Jesse Hall, this amphitheater will provide an outdoor space for campus activities. We invite you to celebrate Mizzou’s pride of place by marking your name in MU history with an inscribed paver.

Missouri College Advising Corps Expands

Congratulations to the Missouri College Advising Corps (MCAC) for receiving a $524,000 grant for the upcoming academic year! MCAC works with high schools throughout the state to empower Missouri students to go to college and succeed. This money will allow MCAC to place 40 advisers in 36 Missouri high schools, including schools in Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield, West Plains, Kennett, New Madrid and Sikeston.

Welcome, New Tigers!

With Summer Welcome starting, I want to personally welcome all the new Tigers who will be visiting our campus this summer! It’s a great time to be at MU. If you see new students around campus, be sure to greet them with a hearty M-I-Z!

Engineering Faculty Receive Grant

Congratulations to John Gahl, the C.W. LaPierre Professor and director of the nuclear engineering program, and Jae Kwon, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, who recently were awarded a $100,000 National Academy of Sciences Keck Futures Initiative grant for their work with nuclear battery chips.

Art Donation

Thanks to Sam and June Hamra who recently facilitated the donation of more than $700,000 in art to the Springfield Art Museum and seven colleges and universities, including MU!

Until next week, you can always reach me at or follow me on Twitter (@bowtieger).


Dr. R. Bowen Loftin