Missouri State held the “It’s On!” event Saturday evening to announce the official launch of a fundraising campaign with a goal of bringing a quarter billion dollars into the school.
“Onward, Upward” is the biggest fundraising campaign in Missouri State’s history. The goal of $250 million will impact every aspect of the school from students and faculty to programs and facilities.
The campaign will be chaired by Missouri State Alumnus John Goodman.
“I stay connected to Missouri State because it’s one of my blessings,” Emmy and Golden Globe winner Goodman said in a statement. “It’s great when I come back and discover campus all over again. I just love it here. It’s such a great place. It really is. I owe this school so very much.
“That’s why I am the chair of this campaign. I often wonder what’s next for Missouri State. How can we help today’s students reach their wildest dreams? How can we help them make a better world for tomorrow? How can we build the best future for this place that matters to all of us? I want to be a part of what’s next for Missouri State, and I encourage you to join me.”
Missouri State officials say the school has already raised $151,738,352.
“We exist to serve students, and we’re beyond thankful for our alumni and friends who share that value with us,” Missouri State University Foundation Executive Director Brett Dunn said in a statement. “Every dollar will help a student access a life-changing education at Missouri State.”
According to information released by Missouri State, some of the featured items that will be funded by “Onward, Upward” include:
- Increase facility and equipment support for the Darr College of Agriculture with three new buildings: a small animal education facility, a livestock show barn and a maintenance training education facility.
- Construct a permanent Tent Theatre structure to enhance a beloved Missouri State tradition, as well as a Springfield community experience, while positively impacting students seeking performing arts experiences.
- Create a student-managed investment fund to provide real-world financial market and investing experience for tomorrow’s entrepreneurs and business leaders.
- Uphold Missouri State’s roots in teacher education by providing more resources to attract, instruct and prepare students who wish to enter the teaching profession.
- Renovate the Professional Building, including, a Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic in communication sciences and disorders (CSD); a new student advisement center; and student collaboration areas for health and human services students in the areas of nursing, biomedical sciences, CSD, and sports medicine and athletic training.
- Enhance student study away opportunities with more individual financial support to encourage the next generation of global citizens.
- Create a degree-completion fund to provide financial assistance for students facing unforeseen complications as they pursue the last few classes of their Missouri State education.
- Expand IDEA Commons by adding a 30,000 square feet expansion to the Jordan Valley Innovation Center. Add a new parking garage, central green space, a private technology-focused office building, and an outdoor rooftop event space at the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center.
- Elevate the MSU-West Plains nursing program by expanding the number of nursing students admitted to the program from about 35 per year to more than 100 per year. This will help meet the growing employment demands of the nursing profession in the area. Scholarships, facility and program support are critical for this success.
- Increase research support opportunities of graduate-level students as they make their Missouri Statement.
The campaign has already funded 222 new scholarships. The foundation now offers almost 1,400 scholarships to students with a total of $2.4 million in support.