Missouri State Alumni and Faculty Rally to “Onward, Upward” Campaign

Missouri State announced their “Onward, Upward” fundraising campaign Saturday with a huge event at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. The event featured alumni, current students, and faculty members who told media members why the campaign mattered and how it would impact MSU.

Dr. Matthew C. Pierson, professor of engineering, told OI that the new campaign will allow him and his colleagues to expand their research possibilities and give students more opportunities to expand their educational opportunities.

“The faculty will be freed up to focus on the research and education,” Dr. Pierson said. “Our faculty are so passionate about what they do. It allows us to recruit the best people that we can for our faculty at Missouri State and keep the ones that are already here.”

Pierson gave an example of what the increased funding can do.

“It allows me to go out and get supplies to make a test batch of something that can be used to secure larger amounts of funding for research project,” Pierson said. “It’s like seed money for a business development.”

Emmy and Golden Globe Winner & Missouri State Alumni John Goodman was named the honorary chairman for the fundraising campaign. Goodman said giving back both in terms of money and in sharing your knowledge is something that all alumni should do.

“[Giving back] is part of what one should do,” Goodman said. “I’ve been trying to do that for a number of years. Come back, lend a hand, give a talk, see if I can help in any way. I know that I needed a lot of help when I was here, and if there’s something I can do that will help one kid, that makes it worth it.”

“You just don’t get somewhere and then pull the ladder up after you.”

Goodman highlighted the scholarships that will be created through “Onward, Upward” and how they can make a difference.

“I was lucky enough to get a few scholarships when I was here,” Goodman said. “It made all the difference for books, materials, the stuff you need. Things are so much more expensive now that if you can, get a helping hand.”

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