"My name is Ryan Burke, and I am #MizzouMade.
I am a prior service Amphibious Reconnaissance Marine who currently facilitates security for the U.S. Department of State in Baghdad, Iraq. In my spare time, I volunteer in the fight against human trafficking. I am thankful for the education I received at the University of Missouri because, in my experience, it’s not so much a weapon but the training of the mind that makes a man dangerous.
My freshman year at Mizzou I joined a fraternity of men who were willing to invest in my personal and academic development and whose network helped direct me around the campus of 32,000 students. Through the Greek community I developed lasting friendships while participating in athletic intramurals, the Mizzou Production Dance team, philanthropies and community blood drives.
I double-majored in psychology and sociology and finished in four years, so, yes, there were some late nights reading, researching and writing. The coursework was challenging, but the professors and staff proved themselves a valuable resource for wisdom and knowledge. Along with class lectures, labs and office hours, the university provided the Student Success Center, staffed with personal tutors to help with the hard stuff like math. The more I invested into understanding the coursework, the more confidence I carried into the upper-level courses. I learned that any problem could be solved with applied effort. Thus, my experience at the University of Missouri was the greatest investment in my future."
We took to the air for Bill Horner and Heather Carver's 11th annual cancer awareness photo shoot! Horner is a testicular cancer survivor and professor in political science. Carver is the chair of the Theatre Department and a breast cancer survivor.
They were joined by Truman the Tiger; Mizzou Football coach Barry Odom; Marching Mizzou; several breast cancer survivors; and students, faculty and staff from across campus!
"Despite being a million miles away from my home in Turkey, people at MU have become part of my family, and many times they have provided me with the support that I wasn't getting anywhere else. Experiences I have gained here have expanded my vision of the world and perspective on events. I’ve met with many people, learned different cultures and built a legacy of acceptance here at MU. I am proud to be a part of Mizzou family and this fabulous university. I am grateful to my advisers and faculty members for their encouragement to pursue my goals and to be a well-educated person." - Esma Birisci, industrial engineering
This evening, the Lest We Forget Historical Marker was dedicated near Providence and Stewart. It's in honor of James T. Scott, a University of Missouri janitor who was lynched at this location in 1923. Photos by Nicholas Benner.