RMT Bingo Night

We are hosting our 2nd Virtual Bingo Night on Tuesday, December 21st, at 6:30 PM.  This event is open to all Mizzou alumni, fans and friends.

Register by sending an email to Suzy at suzydnelson@gmail.com, by Monday, December 20th.  The Zoom link and bingo cards will be emailed to you after registering.

Armed Forces Bowl Watch Party

Join us for our Armed Forces Bowl Watch Party at The Shack in Littleton, CO as Mizzou Football takes on Army!

It’s also going to the be South of the Border day at The Shack, so there will be specials on Corona and margaritas from 5:00 to 9:00 PM.

GO TIGERS! BEAT ARMY

Meow Wolf Exhibition

Ticket Purchase Deadline is December 13th at 12:00 PM MT

Explore Meow Wolf’s third permanent exhibition in Denver, CO with your fellow Rocky Mountain Tigers.  Convergence Station is unforgettable, transformational, and not to be missed.  Discover immersive psychedelic, mind-bending art and an underlying rich narrative as you take a journey of discovery into a surreal, science-fictional epic.  This 4-story exhibition is home to 70+ unique installations, room, and portals.  Together, they tell an unforgettable, cathartic tale of converged worlds.

The Rocky Mountain Tigers have secured a limited number of discounted group tickets.  Prices are as follows:

    • Colorado residents
      • Adults: $35
      • Children: $30
      • Seniors (age 65+): $30
      • Military: $30
    • Non-Colorado residents:  please go to the registration page for pricing information

There is limited paid parking at $10 per car (please see website for additional parking details).  Convergence Station is walking distance from RTD light rail stations.

Please note that masks are required at the exhibition except while eating or drinking.

Questions? Contact Suzy Nelson at suzydnelson@gmail.com

RMT Toy Drive and kU Watch Party (Littleton)

THE BORDER WAR IS BACK!

After a pause in 2012, the Board War between MIZZOU and the dreaded kansas jayhawks resumes on Saturday, December 11. The rivalry on the court began in 1907 and this will be the 268th time we have played.  What’s your favorite memory of our rivalry with kU?

Also, RMT will be sponsoring a Holiday Toy Drive as part of the event.  Please bring a new toy (Tiger-themed ones are encouraged) to support Kenzi’s Causes. All those bringing a toy will be entered into a drawing for a gift card to The Shack.

RMT Toy Drive and kU Watch Party (Downtown)

THE BORDER WAR IS BACK!

After a pause in 2012, the Board War between MIZZOU and the dreaded kansas jayhawks resumes on Saturday, December 11. The rivalry on the court began in 1907 and this will be the 268th time we have played.  What’s your favorite memory of our rivalry with kU?

Come join us to cheer on the Tigers and take part in a special halftime activity!

Also, RMT will be sponsoring a Holiday Toy Drive as part of the event.  Please bring a new toy (Tiger-themed ones are encouraged) to support Kenzi’s Causes. All those bringing a toy will be entered into a drawing for a gift card to 573tees.com.

MizzouForward aims to invest $1.5 billion over a decade to enhance research, educational missions

The signature program has a goal of bringing 150 new faculty to the campus in addition to boosting MU research projects, impacting the state’s economy and enriching students’ educational experiences.

MizzouForward logo

Nov. 1, 2021
Contact: Christian Basi, 573-882-4430, BasiC@missouri.edu 

Over the next 10 years, the University of Missouri will undergo a transformation as officials launch MizzouForward, a comprehensive strategy with the goal of enhancing the university’s research and education missions through a planned $1.5 billion long-term investment. MizzouForward will use existing and new resources to recruit new tenure and tenure-track faculty, enhance staff to support the research mission, build and upgrade research facilities and instruments, augment support for student academic success, and retain faculty and staff through additional salary support.

“This historic investment in our people, programs and potential will have a transformational impact throughout the state of Missouri and beyond,” said Darryl Chatman, chair of the University of Missouri Board of Curators. “As the state’s flagship, a leading national research university and a member of the AAU, we must aim for and achieve excellence in research, teaching and engagement.”

“MizzouForward will provide our faculty with the resources, infrastructure and support they need to conduct cutting-edge research, educate the next generation of our workforce and translate their academic activities to the benefit of our communities and society,” said Mun Choi, president of the University of Missouri.

Officials project that the MizzouForward plan will make the following investments:

  • Recruiting approximately 150 new faculty over the next 5-10 years; additionally, providing startup funds for new faculty that would be used to equip laboratory space and hire research assistants for new scientific projects.
  • Recruiting approximately 150 new staff to support research core facilities, proposal development, award nominations and compliance.
  • Investments in new and upgraded scientific facilities and instruments.
  • Performance-based salary increases for faculty and staff.
  • Dedicating resources that contribute to excellence in student academic success, increased graduation rates and increased placement outcomes.

Some sources of investments of MizzouForward are reallocations of current resources while other sources of revenue are expected to be realized as the strategy moves forward. Some of those funding sources include:

  • $100 million from the state to support the NextGen Precision Health initiative. Recently, the state added $10 million to the annual core appropriation for the University of Missouri. To date, the state has provided $27 million for this effort.
  • $100 million from industry partners due to increasing license revenue of MU innovations.
  • $300 million from tuition revenue. This revenue would be focused on areas that provide additional research and educational opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students.
  • $50 million from federal support through Veterans Administration partnership.
  • $100 million from university donors who support research philanthropy.
  • $250 million from MU Health Care.

“Over the last five years, we have worked hard to maintain financial stability under challenging circumstances and adopted innovative approaches to financial planning,” said Ryan Rapp, executive vice president for finance and operations. “These actions are what allow us to make these strategic investments and will need to continue.  This approach allows us to keep targeting our resources where they are needed most – in the scientific labs and the classrooms where our researchers and students are benefiting directly.”

“We have exceptional faculty and staff supporting the research and educational missions of MU; MizzouForward further expands our talent and expertise,” said Latha Ramchand, provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs. “The construction of the Roy Blunt NextGen Precision Health building, along with recent faculty hires, serve as catalysts that help us attract other talented scholars and researchers in a variety of fields. This is just the beginning, and we are looking forward to the discoveries these faculty will make and the impact they will have on our current and future students.”

“MizzouForward supports an exciting future for the University of Missouri,” said Tom Spencer, vice chancellor for research and economic development. “With this plan, we expect to raise the bar of expectation for our university but also provide the resources needed to attain greater heights of excellence that benefit our faculty, our staff, our students and our state.”

University of Missouri celebrates grand opening of the Roy Blunt NextGen Precision Health building

The building anchors the NextGen initiative, which will accelerate critical health care discoveries and treatments.

The University of Missouri celebrates the grand opening of the Roy Blunt NextGen Precision Health building.

The University of Missouri celebrates the grand opening of the Roy Blunt NextGen Precision Health building.

Oct. 19, 2021
Contact: Stephanie Fleming, 573-882-8353, sfleming@missouri.edu

The University of Missouri today celebrated the grand opening of the Roy Blunt NextGen Precision Health building. Located on MU’s campus, the $221 million, 265,000-square-foot facility will be a regional hub of lifesaving research and anchor the NextGen Precision Health initiative.

“NextGen is the most ambitious research initiative in our university’s more than 180-year history,” said Darryl Chatman, chair of the University of Missouri Board of Curators. “This state-of-the-art facility on our flagship campus in Columbia hosts the advanced tools and facilitates the collaboration researchers need to make discoveries that will transform health care and save lives around the world.”

The initiative leverages the combined power of MU, the MU Research Reactor, MU Health Care and the other three UM System universities to revolutionize health care, eliminate health care disparities and transform community health. The initiative also brings together an exceptional set of resources, leading industry partners and internationally recruited research faculty to drastically shorten the time it takes for innovations to go from the lab to clinical treatment.

Mun Choi, University of Missouri President, speaks during the Roy Blunt NextGen building Grand Opening Program on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021 in Columbia, Mo.

Mun Choi, University of Missouri President, speaks during the Roy Blunt NextGen building Grand Opening Program on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021 in Columbia, Mo.

“This is a transformative moment for the University of Missouri,” said Mun Choi, University of Missouri president. “This is our highest priority because we want to improve the lives of Missourians and others around the world. With the opening of NextGen, we now have all the crucial elements to accelerate discovery and even better fulfill our mission of research, education and service to Missouri.”

University leaders were joined by local, state and national supporters of NextGen, including U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins and Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe. In September, the University of Missouri Board of Curators announced the new building would be named in honor of Blunt in recognition of his longtime support of the University of Missouri and higher education.

“We’re proud to have this world-class facility in the heart of Missouri,” Blunt said. “NextGen will have an estimated $5.6 billion impact on our state’s economy over the next 25 years, create local jobs in high-demand industries and — most importantly — provide personalized care to Missourians and cement our place as a leader in biomedical research.”

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt speaks during the Roy Blunt NextGen building Grand Opening Program on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021 in Columbia, Mo.

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt speaks during the Roy Blunt NextGen building Grand Opening Program on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021 in Columbia, Mo.

The building will also serve as a vital tool to prepare students for careers in rapidly developing scientific disciplines. Rebecca Shyu, a senior computer science major at MU, will use NextGen resources to supercharge her work with telemedicine.

“Research has served as my path to understanding the world and seeking out modern solutions to societal issues,” Shyu said. “This aligns perfectly with the NextGen Precision Health initiative and its commitment to eliminate health care disparities. Ultimately, it focuses on improving the quality of life of Missourians.”

NextGen researchers are charged with finding solutions to some of the most urgent challenges in health care, including cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, heart disease and infectious diseases, among others. To reach their ambitious goals, NextGen researchers have access to a range of sophisticated equipment and spaces designed for multidisciplinary collaboration. One example is an advanced imaging facility developed in collaboration with Siemens Healthineers, which is now home to the most powerful MRI scanner in Missouri.

Francis Collins, Director, National Institutes of Health makes remarks during the Roy Blunt NextGen building Grand Opening Program on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021 in Columbia, Mo.

Francis Collins, Director, National Institutes of Health makes remarks during the Roy Blunt NextGen building Grand Opening Program on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021 in Columbia, Mo.

“Precision medicine allows health care providers to develop treatments tailored to fit each person,” said Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health. “Facilities like NextGen are helping researchers build a personalized approach to medicine, while also addressing underlying issues faced by all communities.”

NextGen also has space dedicated to data analytics, scientific “clean rooms,” powerful electron microscopes to better study diseases, a Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) facility for pilot-scale manufacturing, and an open laboratory concept that can adapt to the evolving needs of research teams. The building is one of only a few places in the country with these resources under the same roof and available for research and multidisciplinary use.

Francis Collins, Director, National Institutes of Health, left chats with Richard Barohn, Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, Executive Director, NextGen Precision Health, along with members of the University of Missouri Board of Curators during the Roy Blunt NextGen building Grand Opening Program on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021 in Columbia, Mo.

Francis Collins, Director, National Institutes of Health, left chats with Richard Barohn, Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, Executive Director, NextGen Precision Health, along with members of the University of Missouri Board of Curators during the Roy Blunt NextGen building Grand Opening Program on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021 in Columbia, Mo.

“We have exceptional partners in elected officials, corporate partners, donors and alumni who united around this vision of the extraordinary things we can achieve,” said Richard J. Barohn, executive director of NextGen Precision Health and executive vice chancellor for Health Affairs. “Thanks to their support and the leadership of our Board of Curators and President Choi, we have a facility on Mizzou’s campus that will make a difference in the lives of people in Missouri and around the globe.”

Photo gallery: Roy Blunt NextGen Precision Health building grand opening

RMT Bingo Night

One of our very own board members, Suzy Nelson, is hosting a Bingo Night for up to 18 Tigers by Zoom on Wednesday, October 20.  The start time will be at 6:30 PM with introductions and afterward the Bingo will begin.

If you’d like to participate, RSVP to Suzy at suzydnelson@gmail.com, and she will send out Bingo card via email.  Participants will receive a Zoom link the day before.

MU rises among national public universities and best value rankings for second consecutive year

Mizzou jumped 13 spots in best value rankings, remaining No. 1 value among public national universities in neighboring states.

Sept. 13, 2021
Contact: Christian Basi, 573-882-4430, BasiC@missouri.edu

This is an image of the University of Missouri campus.

The University of Missouri has the No. 12 best ranked value among all other public universities within the U.S.

The University of Missouri continues to rise in national rankings and is making its mark as a university that gives students a good bang for their buck. In this year’s U.S. News and World Report rankings, MU continued a positive trend moving 13 spots to No. 72 in best value of national universities. Among public national universities, MU ranked No. 12 as a best value and No. 1 among public national universities in neighboring states (Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee.)

Other rankings also were positive as MU moved up two spots to 58 among national public universities and improved to 122 among all universities, continuing its upward trend for the second year in a row.

“MU is on a bold, transformative trajectory, and these new rankings demonstrate the hard work of our faculty and staff to create the best possible environment for learning and research discoveries,” said Mun Choi, president of the university. “We are not resting; we continue to aggressively push forward and improve so that we can ensure our students will be competitive in the global workforce.”

A veteran is honored at the University of Missouri Veterans Day wreath laying ceremony at Memorial Union on Nov. 11, 2019. Mizzou is currently ranked the 73rd most veteran friendly campus in the country, a 13 rank improvement from last year.

Mizzou was also lauded for its veteran friendly campus, moving up 13 spots to No. 73. Two years ago, MU was ranked No. 99 in this category.

“Those who have served our country deserve to have a campus that is welcoming and understands the sacrifices they have made,” said Robert Ross, director of the MU Veterans Center who is a veteran himself. “Many faculty and staff know the challenges associated with transitioning from military service to civilian life and being a college student. We take pride in serving our student veterans and ensuring they know the resources that are available to them on campus.”

To achieve these improved rankings, MU faculty and staff have been working to address areas important to students and parents over the last several months. Only 50% of students who graduate from Mizzou have debt, and those who do incur debt saw their federal student debt load decrease this past year to an average of $21,275.

“When graduates and their families don’t have a heavy burden of debt, it significantly increases their ability to solidify their financial footing quickly and sets them up for success,” said Latha Ramchand, provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs. “We take a lot of pride in our ability to keep tuition and fees low, while preparing our students to be successful in their chosen field. We have seen increases in our retention, graduate and job placements rates, but these are more impactful when the debt burden is reduced as well.”

Last year, the 6-year graduation rate improved to 73%, and the retention rate increased to 89%.

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