"My parents met in Columbia back in the ‘80s, so I literally wouldn’t be here without Mizzou. Ever since I can remember, I have been a fan of the Black and Gold. Meeting Truman at Faurot Field as a toddler will remain the peak of my childhood.
When it was time to pick a college, the University of Missouri was automatically the frontrunner, and despite some initial hesitation, I decided to make Columbia my home in 2013. That decision would prove to be one of the smartest things that I have done, or will do for the rest of my life.
At the Missouri School of Journalism, I have been privileged to work with a group of highly motivated and supportive professors and peers. I am amazed every day at how passionate the faculty and staff are in promoting a positive learning environment and pushing students outside of their comfort zones.
Working with the best and brightest in the J-School day after day has been unbelievably helpful. Seeing the great ideas and work that my classmates produce motivates me to work harder in and out of the classroom.
Going into my senior year is a bittersweet feeling. I am beyond excited to graduate and to see what life has to offer me next, but I will miss walking around Columbia and enjoying the school as an undergrad just as much. Whatever happens next, Mizzou will have helped shape me into the person that I am today and I could not be more proud to be #MizzouMade!" - Collin Carpio, journalism
"The University of Missouri has broadened my beliefs and fortified my strengths. I have been given optimal opportunities to develop as a leader and a plethora of places to call home. Whether mentoring those who seek my support, serving as president of an organization or tutoring students through the Student Success Center, I have learned so much about myself and the communities around me. Due to the depth of activities and cultures at Mizzou, I've been consistently confronted with circumstances that challenge me and curate my growth. I've been blessed with faculty who genuinely care about my well-being inside and outside the classroom, as well as captivating classmates who have inspired me to cultivate change and build bridges. Through adversity, guidance, scholarship and love, Mizzou has helped shape me into the person I am today. For all of that and more, I am forever grateful and #MizzouMade." -Okechukwu Ukaga, Health Sciences
John Willett, a '95 grad in economics, died on Sept. 11, 2001. He worked on the 101st floor of the World Trade Center. His parents, Ronald and Lucille, still have the answering machine John would leave messages on, but they have erased all of his messages.
Today, we honored John and others who lost their lives in the attacks. Following the Patriots Day ceremony on the Quad, interim chancellor Hank Foley presented Lucille with a commemorative gift in the rotunda.
Photos by Shane Epping.
The Tigers beat Eastern Michigan 61-21 to give coach Barry Odom his first win! QB Drew Lock tied a school record by throwing five touchdowns. Plus we celebrated Truman's 30th birthday, Olympic medalist J'den Cox and hosted bands from across the state! Photos by Shane Epping, Morgan Lieberman and Mikala Compton.