This year, residents transitioned to life
in the new 500-bed residence facility, Legacy Hall. Construction concluded on the new mass communication addition and students will be able to transition to the building in fall of 2017. Police oﬃcer Patrick Coggins transitioned into his role as the new MSU police chief. Athletic and recreational sports teams transitioned to practices on new turf ﬁelds. Oﬃcials from MSU and North Central Texas College broke ground in Flower Mound on a new shared facility that will transition students to progams in radiologic sciences, respiratory care, nursing, and graduate education courses.
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TRansitions Midwestern State University Wai-Kun 2016-2017
Student Life........................................5 Honors..............................................23 Organizations..................................39 Athletics.............................................43
Legacy Hall ..........................7 Family Weekend....................9 Caribfest....................11 Homecoming.......................13 Finals Frenzy...........15 Artist Lecture Series..............17 Fantasy of Lights..................19
MSU Unveils Different Form of Modernized Learning When students get ready to hit the books, they can do so surrounded by the high-tech style and innovation at the United Supermarkets Community Learning Center on the ﬁrst ﬂoor of the new $32.25 million, ﬁve-story Legacy Hall. Unveiled Oct. 28, 2016, the learning center was celebrated during a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the midst of homecoming week.
Complete with chairs that include cup holders built right into the chair padding, study pods comprised of a desk/ seating combination enclosed by noisereducing walls, and even a Metronaps Energypod, students are able to study and relax in a modernized environment tailord speciﬁcally to the needs of students.
We are family
Extended Mustangs Mustang families gathered together for Family Weekend held September 23 through 25. Friday evening, families could attend an outdoor movie showing of “The Secret Life of Pets” on the Quadrangle. Due to inclement weather conditions, events held on Saturday were moved to D.L. Ligon Coliseum and Clark Student Center. In
the Coliseum, families could enjoy food provided by Kiowa Kooks and sweet treats such as Cotton Candy and Snow Cones. Inﬂatable bounce houses, a photo booth and speed sketchers were available to families. In the Student Center, families could participate in painting, watch a movie, and enjoy ice cream.
Island Culture Colors Campus Caribbean Student Organization held is 19th annual Caribfest parade ďŹ lled with melody, culture and steel. The weekend event began with the SOCA show where students performed their Caribbean music at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art. Five contestants competed in the Queen Show beauty pageant. Contestants were ranked in accoradance to four categories: talent, swimwear, evening wear and an interview. Kamilah Tobin was crowned the 2016 Miss Caribfest Queen. Saturday, October 1st featured the
Parade. Several Caribbean students covered themselves in gold paint or wore bright feathery outďŹ ts. Friends, family and the community attended for the parade held on campus. The event concluded with the Glow Fete featuring body paint, food, music, and glow stick party. Caribbean Student Organization raised funds throughout the week and proceeds went to two charities: The Disabled American Veterans and Wichita Falls Independent School District.
10 years of Mustang Pride
This year’s homecoming asked all Mustangs to Bring their Game Face. The week-long spirited event started Monday, October 24 with the Lip Sync Competition. The All-Campus Picnic held outdoors in Sunwatcher Plaza hosted lunch, games and birthday cake to celebrate Maverick’s 10th Birthday. Tradition
continued Thursday night with the Torch Light Parade beginning the start of Bonﬁre Festivities and the night ended with Mustang Madness in the Coliseum. The weather was perfect as students paddled their way across Sikes Lake in the Boat Race competition. The week ended with a 7621 Victory over University of Texas Permian-Basin.
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Winter Wonderland University Programming Board sponsored Finals Frenzy the Thursday before ﬁnals week to give students an opportunity to relax from studying. Aqua massages and massage therapy chairs were available to students for the majority of the night. A variety of activities such as gingerbread house making, picture frames,
leather crafting and scarf making were held in the atrium. A giant inﬂatable snowglobe photo booth was available for students to take photos with their friends. A snowball ﬁght took place outside Pierce Hall during the evening. To close the night events, a movie showing of “Suicide Squad” took place in Legacy Hall Multipurpose Room.
Comic Con On May 4, students took a break from studying for ﬁnals to participate in this semester’s Finals Frenzy theme of Comic Con. The University Programming Board hosted the event on the Jesse Rogers Promenade where students could partake in games and crafts. Glow-in the dark lazer tag, mini golf and arcade games were available. Students
crafted superhero capes for children in local hospitals and could make a DIY galaxy t-shirt. Sweet treats such as liquid nitrogen ice cream and candies were available. After dark, s’mores and a late night breakfast bar were held for students along with the late night movie option of “Split”. The event is free to all students.
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Dr. Scott Parazynski
Dr. Heather Knight
The Artist Lecture Series brings noted lecturers and performers to campus each academic year. This series is designed to engage students, faculty and the community with well-known speakers and performers in an intimate setting. Dr. Scott Parazynski, a medical doctor and formal astronaut, opened the series with a discussion about space exploration and the future of space missions. RJ Mitte, best known for his role as Walter Flynn White, Jr. on AMC’s Breaking Bad television series, shared about growing up with cerebral paulsy and how his diagnosis has helped him build an activist platform. Kip Fulbeck correlated his program with the Juanita Harvey Art Gallery in Fain College of Fine Arts to display his work related to his lecture. Fulbeck displayed a series of photographs of self-proclaimed “hapas’ as part of his “Hapa Project.” His message was to show how individuals take a roll in determaining their own identiity. Walter Echo-Hawk, a Native American attorney, spoke about cultural sovereignty and various issues Native Americans face today along with discussing the issues regarding the North Dakota oil pipeline. Vince Romanelli and Dan Twiford, members of rePercussion, brought new styles of music to Akin Auditorium. A chickenwire-small makeshift fence held dented pans, rusted street signs and tiny trash can lids all used for musical performance. Dr. Heather Knight, robotics engineer and computer science professor at Oregon Univeristy, concluded the Artist Lecture Series. Dr. Knight discussed her ﬁeld of robotic engineering and introduced students to Ginger, a robot that works as a computer to talk and walk.
Tis the Season
Holiday Tradition Continues On November 21, opening celebrations were conducted as the Fantasy of Lights display oﬃcially opened for the Holiday season. The 42nd season began with opening words from President Suzanne Shipley and Santa Clause greeted the children with holiday cheer. Children lined the sidewalk to sit on Santa’s lap and tell him their Christmas wishes. Local schools sang Chrismas carols and an
instrumental performance by the MSU band took place in Akin Auditorium. The annual 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run fundraiser took place the ﬁrst weekend of December. The story of lights began in 1920 with the ownership of Mr. and Mrs. L.T. Burns and in 1974, the lights were donated to the university in memorial of the Burns family. Fantasy of Lights remains free of charge to the community.
Fantasy of Lights
Hardin & Clark....................23 Alumni & Leadership............24 Man & Woman of the Year....25 Outstanding Students..........27 Protho-Yeager & Science - Math...29 Business & Education.........31 Fine Arts & Health Science..33 Graduation........................35 Organizations....................37
Luke Gregory Allen
Abigail Rose Helms
Viola Grady Leadership Award
Andrea Mendoza Lespron
HoWARD fARRELL cOMMUNITY eXCELLENCE
jAMES l. sTEWART sERVICE aWARD
Tyler Lee Garcia
Sigma Lambda Alpha Sorority, Inc.
oUTSTANDING MAN AND WOMAN OF THE YEAR
Luke Allen Gregory
Megan Carol Piehler
GRADUATE MAN AND WOMAN OF THE YEAR
That Binh Vuong
Lauryn Taylor Honors
oUTSTANDING Senior Man and Woman of the Year
Tyler Lee Garcia
Bethany Ann Russell
Junior Man and Woman of the Year
Cavaughn Xavier Browne
Veronica Naomi Balders
Students Sophomore Man and Woman of the Year
Nathaniel Steven Shawver
Freshman Man and Woman of the Year
Brendan Lawrence Wynne
Cortney Nicole Wood Honors
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Oustanding English Student
Oustanding Student In Humanities
Andrea Mendoza Lespron
Oustanding History Student Luke L. Shelby
Oustanding Global Studies Student
Oustanding Political Science Student
Oustanding Psychology Student
Blake Koby HuďŹ€stutler
Danielle Lee Goettle
Oustanding Sociology Student
Vinson Award in Creative Writing
Zakary Martin Roberts
Chad P. Marqui
Brian James Zug
Aaron Dana Devaul
Oustanding Graduate Student In Humanities and Social Sciences Kylee Lee Kerr
Not Pictured: Outstanding Student In A Foreign Language - Norma M. Castro
Oustanding Biology Student Jordan Taylor Carter
Oustanding Environmental Science Student Shadai Denise John
Oustanding Mechanical Engineering Student Michael Arthur Olaya
Oustanding Chemistry Student Andrea Joyce Fowleâ€™
Oustanding Computer Science Student
Oustanding Geosciences Student
Oustanding Mathematics Student
Thomas William Smith
Christopher Sean Silva
Mason Scott Ellis
Outstanding Physics Student
Oustanding Graduate Student In Science and Mathematics Sachithra Ishani Weerasooriya Gabriel Shai Dickman Jacobs
Science and Mathematics Honors
Of Business Administration
Oustanding Accounting Student Careisha Kâ€™Niche Whyte
Oustanding Finance Student Cody Wayne Rutledge
Oustanding Marketing Student Keaton Scott Dolan
Oustanding Graduate Student In Business Administration Devah Colleen Scholl
Oustanding Economics Student - Catherine Marie Ryan Outstanding General Business Student - Karina Lopez Outstanding Managemenet Student - Madison Taing Oustanding Management Information Systems Student - Harrison Taing
Oustanding Student In The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences Darren Lee Clark
Oustanding Elementary Education Student Heather Daneille Brown
Oustanding Kinesiology Student
Oustanding Secondary Education Student Kayla Brooke Elam
Oustanding Special Education Student
Oustanding Sport and Leisure Studies Student
Sydnee Janaye Pottorf
Susanna Joann Ray
Amilia Jo Cato
Oustanding Graduate Student in Education Abigail Elizabeth White
Gordon T. & Ellen West College Of Education Honors
Lamar D. Fain
College Of Fine Arts
Oustanding Art Student Aaron Leslie Campbell
Oustanding Mass Communication Student Megan Carol Piehler
Oustanding Theatre Student Kaylor Falon Winter-Roach
Oustanding Music Student James Deverson Ivey
Vinson Award For Journalism Kara Ann McIntyre
Oustanding Athletic Training Student
Oustanding Dental Hygiene Student
Laura Renee Poston
Oustanding Criminal Justice Student Gabriella Angela Victoria
Oustanding Exercise Physiology Student
Oustanding Nursing Student
Oustanding Radiologic Sciences Student
Lucas John Veitenheimer
Michael Sandon Ward
Oustanding Respiratory Care Student Sarah Grace Flagg
Oustanding Social Work Student Cailli Carol Perry
Niya Marie Benavides
Brandon Antjuan Taylor
Oustanding Graduate Student In Health Sciences and Human Services
Lindsey Rebecca Shelley
Robert D. & Carol Gunn College of Health Sciences and Human Services Honors
Celebration of Degrees
On December mb 17, 2016, 707 degrees 07 degr were awarded arde ed at Kay Yeager Coliseum. liseu um. Fall commencement ment included inc 190 Master’s degr degrees, ees, 517 Bachelor’s degrees egre ees and 200 Augustt degrees. deg gree Commencement ent speaker spea was State Representative epresent James Frank. nk.
On May 13, 3, 2017, 2 685 degreess were were awarded to the graduates raduates of Spring the ﬁrst Sp pri 2017. 17. FFor or th graduating mass ttime, time e, g ating g ma communication co omm mu on ssenior enio Megan delivered eg gan Piehler Pi deliv ered the e com commencement c mm men address. was ad ddre ess Piehler er w as nominated by President nom min Presid Shipley. Commencement Sh hip omm menc included 81 Mas Master’s in degreess a and nd 6 604 Bachelors’ d degrees.
Organizations Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sigma Lambda Alpha
Caribbean Student Organization
Black Student Union
Kappa Delta Chi
Football....................43 Volleyball..................45 Soccer.....................47 Cheer......................51 Cross Country..........53 Cycling....................55 Basketball................57 Tennis.....................61 Golf.........................65 Softball....................69
Season Finishes In First Playoff Round The Mustangs earned their seventh NCAA Division II playoﬀ appearance this season. The team traveled to Big Rapids, Michigan playing against Ferris State Bulldogs. The Mustangs started quick in the ﬁrst quarter to start a 2010 lead. Going into
the half, Ferris State took a 30-20 lead. The Mustangs lost 65-34 and ended their season in the ﬁrst round of the playoﬀs. The season ended with an 8-3 overall record. 22 Mustangs were named to Lone Star Conference ﬁrst and second team squads.
Four Players Earn LSC Awards The Lady Mustangs made their eighth Lone Star Conference Tournament appearance this season. The team faced Angelo State in the ďŹ rst round of the conference tournament. The Lady Mustangs fell short in a three set match to the Lady Rambelles. Despite a short tournament run, the Lady Mustangs clenched Lone Star Conference
awards. Junior outside hitter Aerielle Edwards earned LSC second team while junior right side hitter Sarah GarďŹ eld and junior setter Kristan Aduddell were named honorable mention. Sophomore Kiley Beaver earned All-Academic selection. The Lady Mustangs signed four new players for next season.
Lady Mustangs earn ﬁfth LSC title The Lady Mustangs scored their ﬁfth Lone Star Conference title this season after a 1-1 shootout match against Texas A&MCommerce. The team advanced past St. Edwards in the ﬁrst round of the NCAA tournament. The Lady Mustangs fell to Texas A&M-Commerce in the regional semiﬁnals game 1-0. The season ﬁnished with a 13-6-4 overall record and an 8-4-0 conference
record. Six players were named to the Lone Star Conference All-Tournament team. Senior midﬁelder Liz Navarette was named AllTournament MVP while junior goalkeeper Courtney Burnette, junior forward Destinee Williamson, freshman forward Avery Lewis and sophomore defender Imani Morlock were named all-tournament selections.
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Mustangs earn conference awards Oﬀ the ﬁeld this season, the Mustangs scored honors in the All-Heartland Conference selection. Gabriel Cavalcante earned Player of the Year and Christian Okeke was named Oﬀensive Player of the Year. Juniors Jordan Speed and and senior Flavio Guzman were named to All-Heartland First team. Junior Pierre Bocquet and senior Antonio Hernandez were named All-Heartland second team members.
Heartland Conference Coach of the Year went to Head Coach Doug Elder. This is Elder’s eighth conference coach of the year award. The Mustangs advanced to the NCAA Division II semi-ﬁnals game for the ﬁrst time in school history. The Mustangs faced UC San Diego Tritons and lost 2-1. The team ends the season with an 18-4-1 overall record and a 13-1-0 conference record.
Bringing the spirit together Leading our campus in school spirit, the cheerleaders have cheered and rallied support for the Mustang teams. The squad is divided into two teams: CoEd and All-Girl. The two divisions have represented pride for
the Mustangs. Members attend campus activities such as Mustangs round-up, family weekend, homecoming and sporting events to rally the campus together. This season, neither squad participated in the National Conference.
Conference Title Win The Ladyy Mustangs earned ed the their sixth Lone Star Sta Conference Co nce e Championship ionsship this season. ea ason. Sophomore ore Bridget Brid Reilley placed ced fou fourth overall on the he 6K 6 ccourse and sophomore ore Sara Smith placed sev seventh ent and confere claimed all-conference honors for the second se consecutive ve sea season. Senior Leticia Shaban eticia S n ﬁnished d 12th 12th and Ana na a lace 13th hw whi le Lopezz p placed while sophomore mor Michelle
Rieves es placed 15th. Head ead Coach Co Koby Styles claimed his ﬁfth Lone Star med h Conference erence Coach of the Year award. ward. S Sophomores Stefanie S Bla Blaine ine and Sara Smith S Sm were re n named am to the LSC LSC All-Academic ademic Team. The e Mustangs ngs competed com n tthe South uth Cen in Central Region Re Cha Championship mp and ﬁnished This ished ninth. n is the eighth e eig ghth time the Cross team has ss Country C Cou ished in i the top 10 in ﬁnished the regional eg meet.
Cycling Team Earns Championships The Cycling team ﬁnished with several notable highlights this season. Stefan Rothe won the Division 1 Cycling Collegiate Road Race National Championship along with Individual Time Trial National Championship. Rothe won the best overall rider. The men’s team of Rothe, Bill Ash, Josh Buchel, and Pablo Cruz took second place in the D1 USAC Collegiate Team Time Trial
National Championship. The combined men’s and women’s team took third overall in the team omnium at the national championship and won conference championship for the fourth consecutive year. Hannah Ross received bronze in the Individual Pursuit race and Josh Buchel won bronze in the sprint competition and kilometer time trail at track Nationals.
Determined To Improve The Lady Mustangs opened their season with a 45-71 loss to Texas Womenâ€™s and a loss to West Texas A&M. The Lady Mustangs took this defeat to bounce back with a 61-55 win against Eastern New Mexico. The season progressed with more defeats than victories, but the Lady
Mustangs continued to play with determination to improve. The Lady Mustangs ďŹ nished with an overall record of 8-18 with a 5-15 record in Lone Star Conference play. Junior Guards Whitney Taylor earned All-LSC Honorable Mention while Kristen Rydell was named to the LSC All-Academic tream.
Defend Tough Season The Mustangs defeated Adams State 103-88 in their season home opener. The team carried the win to lead a 3-0 season, but fell short to St. Mary’s 72-70 for their ﬁrst loss in conference. The Mustangs fought back ito carry their season to a 6-1 record. The Mustangs rebounded
with two consecutive wins in conference play and later fell short to Tarleton State. The team advanced to the Lone Star Conference quarterﬁnals in a match against University of Texas Permian Basin. The season came to an end with a 70-81 loss.
Back on Top
Young Team Claims Title
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Star Conference title on against rival Tarleton nst riva State. Th The e LLady Mustangs M gs ttook ook home a 5 5-1 victory and a ctoryy an Lone Conference L e Star Con Lon fere title, the third tit e, th d ttitle tle in four years. i fou ars. The team te eam advanced vanced to the NCAA tournament, but N tour nam fell short during the hort du quarterfinals. terfinal
Mustangs Serve Short in Regional The Mustangs made their 15th NCAA tournament apperance against rival Cameron University in the ﬁrst round of regional play on April 29, 2017. The Mustangs entered the tournament with a No. 2 seed selection. The season came to a close as the Mustangs fell to rival Cameron with a 5-4 defeat.
The season ended with a 14-11 record. Senior Ramon Toyos was named South Central Region Player of the Year as well as being named the school’s ﬁrst men’s tennis player to earn Academic All-America honors from CoSIDA. The Mustangs closed the season ranked 23rd in the nation.
Individuals Earn Honors During the Lone Star Conference Championship tournament, the Mustangs opened with strong competition play, but struggled to maintain the momentum leading into the ﬁnal round. The team started the tournament at top of the leaderboard, but battled to ﬁnish
third place overall. Teammates junior Trip Hobson tied for sixth as individual and senior Colton Dorion tied for eigth as individual. Senior Jared Baker claimed two Lone Star Conference Golfer of the Week honors during the season as well as named LSC Player of the Year.
Team Places Fifth in LSC Play The Lady Mustangs opened their fall season with an early challenge as they competed in the Western New Mexico Fall Intercollegiate. The team opened with an 11-over 299 and two strokes back against Tarleton State. The Lady Mustangs played with determination as they ﬁnished runner-up in the West Texas A&M Invitational. During the
spring season, the Lady Mustangs held the 8th annual MSU Invitational where the team ﬁnished ninth place overall. Senior Sierra Campbell and junior Sarah Moore earned second-team AllLone Star Conference awards. In the Lone Star Conference Championship, the Lady Mustangs ﬁnished ﬁfth overall.
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New Coach Leads Program The Lady Mustangs batted with new changes going into the season. Mark Ryal was named as the second head coach of the softball program after serving as full-time assistant prior. The season opened with the Lady Mustangs picked as seventh in the Lone Star Conference preseason poll. The
team struggled with winning games. The Lady Mustangs added wins during MSU Round Robin tournament and carried the momentum to conference play against UT Permian Basin. Freshman outfielder Lauren Lindgren and senior first baseman Erin Knox were given All-LSC honors.
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The Wai-Kun is a long-standing tradition that depicts the year’s events through a collection of photographs and stories. For this year’s publication, the staﬀ wanted to display and celebrate the established traditions as well as the exciting transitions going on in the university as MSU continues to expand. We would like to thank the MSU students, faculty and staﬀ who submitted photos. Sincerely, Wai-Kun Staﬀ
MSU yearbook, 2016-17 academic year.