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his year, we welcomed Dr. Suzanne Shipley, 11th MSU President, to the Mustang Family. We broke ground on a 500 bed residence hall, set to open to first year residents in 2016. MSU Police Chief Dan Williams announced his retirement at Midwestern after 20 years. MSU signed a new contract with Chartwell’s, which brought Chick-Fil-A to campus. The university received approval from Gov. Greg Abbott of House Bill 100, to begin captial construction totaling $58.4 million, the largest designation in MSU history. Students gained 257 additional parking spots. Doug Elder became our all-time “winningest” men’s soccer coach. We [MSU] are Under Construction.
12 Homecoming 14 Finals Frenzy
06 Meet the President 08 Family Day 10 Caribfest
17 Artist-Lecture Series 19 Fantasy of Lights
Meet the President Suzanne Shipley joins the dining hall and attending university as the campusâ€™s events such as convocation, 11th president. In her first football games and weeks, President Shipley homecoming celebrations. engaged in student Shipleyâ€˜s vision is to move activities. On August 31, she the university further along held an all-campus picnic the liberal arts and sciences at Sikes house for students path and to expand MSUâ€™s and faculty. Shipley has name to bigger cities and made appearances around internationally. campus, eating in the
a family affair
September 26, family and friends gathered with MSU students to participate in the annual Family Day events. Despite the rainy weather, loved-ones still participated in mini-golf, photo booths, bounce
houses, painting and train rides along with free snow cones, cotton candy and hotdogs. Family, students and alumni gathered to cheer on the Mustangsâ€™ 64-38 victory against Tarleton State University.
Caribfest At the end of September, the Caribbean Students Organization sponsored the annual Caribfest. Bright colors and upbeat music contributed to the parade and pageant. The
week-long event concluded with the SOCA show and glow fete. This year, the organization sought donations for the island of Dominica, which was hit by tropical storm Erika in late August.
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This year’s homecoming kept festivities spooky with a THRILLER theme. Students participated in the Lip Sync Competiton kicking off the week’s activities and Maverick’s 9th birthday was celebrated with an all-campus picnic. Students continued the spirit during the torchlight parade
beginning the bonfire and Mustangs Madness pep rally. Alumni joined students for the annual fish fry, and rainy weather delayed the cardboard boat race to Saturday. The week ended with the homecoming parade, tailgate party and a 4941 victory against Texas A&M Kingsville.
Finals Frenzy Helping students relax from studying, University Programming Board hosted different activities for students to enjoy. A show by hypnotist Chris Jones had students
on their feet laughing. Photo booths, balloon making, face painting, spa treatment, caricature cartoon drawings and a s’mores snack bar were held in the atrium.
Finals Frenzy “Life is a Carnival” was the theme for spring finals frenzy hosted by UPB on Jesse Rogers Promenade. Various organizations teamed with UPB to sponsor the event. Carnival
attractions consisted of funnel cakes, fried oreos, slushies, burgers, games, prizes and closing the night, Ride Along 2 was played on a blow-up movie screen.
Bob Beckel & Cal Thomas
dr. michio kaku
Legendary football coach of the 1971 T.C. Williams High School Titans, Herman Boone, opened the artist lecture series. Boone discussed his career coaching the Titans and how racial prejudice ran high amongst his players. He shared how his team came to celebrate and appreciate their differences advising students to know they can celebate other’s differences too. Boone’s team later became the inspiration for the “Remember the Titans” film.
A capella group, m-pact, filled Akin Auditorium with arrangements of jazz and pop music during the second installment of the Artist Lecture Series. The group sang various arrangements such as smooth soul of Stevie Wonder, percussive power of Stomp and the brass bite of Harry Connick Jr. Big Band. The six-man a capella group has been hailed as one of “the best pop-jazz vocal groups in the world” by the San Francisco Chronicle.
Conservative Republican columnist Cal Thomas and liberal Democratic strategist Bob Beckel brought viewpoints of politics to Akin Auditorium as the third installment of the artist lecture series. The two spoke about different views on political issues, but worked to find a common ground to resolve the disagreement. Thomas and Beckel write for Common Ground in USA Today and are columnists for various network stations.
Physist Michio Kaku discussed what the future of science will hold with technology. Kaku explained the meaning of nothing, or absence of something, and explained scientific discoveries in simpler terms. Kaku studied at the Harvard University and Univesity of California. Physics of the Future and The Future of the Mind are two of Kaku’s best-selling books. The st 51 Artist Lecture Series ended with a sold-out show.
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Itâ€™s the Season for
Fantasy of Lights
To make the annual Fantasy of Lights display another success, students from the university and community assisted with a workday in September repairing and repainting displays. The first week in November, the exhibits were brought to front of Hardin Administration lawn. At the
opening on November 26, President Suzanne Shipley provided the history of Burnâ€™s Fantasy of Lights. Santa made a visit to children and handed out candy canes. Community choir groups sang carols and hot chocolate was provided to families to drink while they walked and viewed displays.
Fantasy of Lights
22 Hardin & Clark Scholar
24 Alumni & Leadership 25 Man & Woman of the Year
26 Outstanding Students 28 Protho-Yeager & Science - Math 30 Business & Education 32 Fine Arts & Health Science 34 Graduation 36 Organizations & Clubs
MEgan Carol Piehler
Luke Gregory allen
Piehler is a senior from Plano, Texas and is pursuing a degree in mass communications with minors in public relations and Spanish. Piehler served as the 2016 MSU student regent, a member of the Student Government Association, and on the Redwine Honors Society Committee. She is a member of Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, Gamma Phi Beta, and a Redwine Honors Scholar. Piehler was named the Clark Scholar in 2015.
Allen is a junior from Abilene, Texas and is pursuing a double major in political science and Spanish. Allen is a member of MSU Redwine Honors Program, Spanish Club, Student Government Association, and the Catholic Campus Center. Allen is a member of the National Political Science Honors Society Pi Sigma Alpha, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, and Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society.
Viola Grady Leadership Award
Careisha Kâ€™Niche Whyte
Howard Farrel Community Excellence Award
James L. Stewart
Jesse Clyde Brown
Man and womAn of the year
Jesse Clyde Brown Andrea Mendoza Lespron
Graduate Man and womAn of the year
Matthew Ryan Fox Sigma Lambda Alpha Sorority
Ruth Ann Ross-Vesprey Honors
Outstanding Students Senior Man and womAn of the year
Brandon James Poirot Megan Carol Piehler
Junior Man and womAn of the year
Anthony chisom enem
Julia Marie Brady
Sophomore Man and womAn of the year
Luke Gregory Allen Bethany ann Russell
Freshman Man and womAn of the year
Rahul Vivek Joshi Kelsey E. PUrcell Outstanding Students
College of Humanities and Social Sciences Outstanding Biology Student Outstanding Physics Student
Jordan taylor carter
Outstanding Computer Science Student
Outstanding English Student
Melissa jean Laussmann
Outstanding Psychology Student
Outstanding History Student
Kristen Patricia Johnson
Emily Anne Oâ€™Neal
Outstanding Chemistry Student
Outstanding International Studies Student
Camisha Leâ€™ann Johnson
Outstanding Policital Science Student
Alexis skija gay
Outstanding Environmental Outstanding Geosciences Science Student Student
Suprena emanuella Poleon
Lisa Marie diemer
Alexandria danice edwards
Outstanding Mathematics Student
Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Student
Outstanding Graduate Student in Science and Mathematics
Outstanding Sociology Student
Anna Marie Della Nebbia
Tam Cong Doan
Amy Elizabeth Knowles
College of Outstanding Student in a Foreign Language
Outstanding Humanities Student
Vinsion Award for Creative Writing
Laura Elise Galbraith
Kalli danae root
Science and Mathematics Academic
Gordon t. and Ellen West college of education Outstanding Accounting Student
Bradley Dwayne Groves
Outstanding Economics Student
Luca Liam Lalor
Outstanding Finance Student
Curtis Martin Knobloch II
Outstanding BAAS Student
Joan Elaine Chalifoux
Outstanding Management Student
Sarah Beth Bond
Outstanding Marketing Student
Outstanding Management Information Systems Student
Zachary Paul Santagate Oluwashikemi Olowofela
Outstanding Sport and Leisure Studies Student
Jacob Daniel Hardin
Outstanding Kinesiology Student
Macy Breann Miles
Not Pictured: Outstanding Graduate Student in Education
Brenton Wayne Lamberth
Outstanding General Business Student
Outstanding Graduate Student in Business Administration
Pierce James Halverson
of Business Administration
Lamar d. fain
College of Fine arts Outstanding Athletic Training Student
Outstanding Social Work Student
Outstanding Dental Hygiene Student
Outstanding Respiratory Care Student
Austin Lee Bauer
Outstanding Mass Communication Student
Shambreka Decole JOnes
Vinsion Award for Journalism
Taylor Anne Warren
Outstanding Criminal Justice Student
Outstanding Music Student
Annmarie Brooke Bush
Conner Leann Timmons
Outstanding Exercise Physiology Student
Nicole Michelle Cochran
Not Pictured: Outstanding Art Student
Outstanding Theatre Student
Emily Gail Stovall
Outstanding Nursing Student
Makenze Jo Martinez
Outstanding Graduate Student in Health Sciences/Human Services
Outstanding Radiologic Sciences Student
Logan Edward Lafoon
Megan Amanda Howdeshell
Robert D. And Carol Gunn
College of Health Sciences and Human Services
On December 12, 2015, 607 students recieved their diplomas. Fall commencement included 118 Master degrees, 487 Bachelor degrees, and 2 Associate degrees. The commencement speaker was 1989 alumna Ms. Catherine Davis, vicepresident of marketing for Neiman Marcus.
669 diplomas were awarded at graduation on May 14, 2016. Spring commencement included 102 Master degrees and 567 Bachelor degrees. The commencement speaker was alum Dr. Michael Obeng, 1997 graduate in chemistry and current plastic surgeon in California.
Sigma Kappa Sorority
Alpha Phi Sorority
Clubs and organizations
Chi Omega Sorority Gamma Phi Beta Sorority
Sigma Lambda Alpha Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity
Clubs and organizations
Kappa Sigma Fraternity Kappa Alpha Fraternity
sports 42 Football
44 Volleyball 46 Soccer 50 Cheer
52 Cross Country 54 Cycling 56 Basketball 60 Tennis 64 Golf 68 Softball
end zone to end zone
Hard fight The Mustangs started their season with a 31-3 victory against Truman State and continued the momentum with six consecutive wins. The Mustangs suffered a 27-14 loss against Texas A&M Commerce, but fought back to hold a spot in the Lone Star Conference playoffs after a comeback 49-41 win against Texas A&M-
Kingsville. The Mustangs defeated Texas A&MCommerce 37-33 to win the LSC championship, but fell short 17-26 against Colorado State-Pueblo in the first round of NCAA Division II playoffs. 22 players were honored with LSC awards and Bill Maskill was named Coach of the Year.
new coach, new expectations
The Lady Mustangs new leadership and a encountered more lows supportive attitude to than highs during the the program. Rawson season. With an overall focused on rebuilding and retraining the program. record of 6-26 and conference record of Middle blocker freshman 0-16, the team worked Kiley Beaver was named on regrouping with a honorable mention and sophomore defensive new coach and new specialist Morgan Haire expectations. Natalie Rawson returned to was named All-Academic on the Lone Star Midwestern State as the new head coach bringing Conference awards.
Strong finish The Mustangs had another exciting season, but came up short with a 1-0 loss to West Texas A&M in the Lone Star Conference Post Season quarterfinals. Although the season did not end the way the Lady Mustangs expected, the women feel team growth was made. The Mustangs held an overall record of
8-7-3 and conference record of 3-5-2. Selected to the LSC first team was Imani Morlock as freshman of the year and senior Morgan Hannon. Juniors Aly Wade and Lizzie Navarette were named to second team while sophomores Destinee Williamson and Courtney Burnette were selected to honorable mention.
domination oF the field
kicking distance The Mustang’s dominated the field both offensively and defensively this season. Head coach Doug Elder recieved his 222nd win and became the all-time winningest men’s soccer coach in Midwestern State history. The Mustangs held an overall record of 17-1-1 and finished ranked No. 2 in the National Soccer
Coaches Association of America Division II. In the third round of the NCAA playoffs, the Mustangs fell short and ended the season with a hearbreaking 4-3 loss against Colorado Mines in overtime. Four players were named to the All-South Central Region teams.
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Whether it is cheering on the Mustangs or pumping up the fans, the MSU cheerleaders showed their spirit. Both squads [Co-Ed and All-Girl] were present at events such as family day, homecoming and sports events. The
teams also hosted cheer and stunt clinics for young cheerleading squads in the local area. Members from both groups tried out for the National Cheer squad. The National team placed 5th at the UCA 2016 competition.
Finishing strong The Lady Mustangs ran another outstanding season placing, fourth in the Lone Star Conference championship meet. Sara Smith placed fourth individually and earned freshman of the year, while junior Leticia Shaban finished tenth and earned newcomer of the year. The team came up short
to run at nationals but were still ranked eighth in the USTFCCCA rankings. At the NCAA Division II South Central regional championship, the Lady Mustangs placed 14th out of 23 teams. Graduating three seniors, the team is hopeful for another successful season next fall.
more than Biking Midwestern State placed third in the USA Cycling Collegiate Track Racing National championships this season. Graduate student Hannah Ross placed first in the Points Race, freshman Joshua Buchel placed third in the Kilometer Time Trial, the menâ€™s team placed third and the co-ed team took second. Coach
Charlie Zamastil said their successful season is credited to bonding outside of practices. The team consisted of seven freshman, two sophomores and one graduate student; all will be returning next season. Practicing hard in offseason training, the team is working to be the one to beat.
Mustangs still set new Highs
Fighting a rough season, the Lady Mustangs played with diligence and perserverance. Sophomore guards Whitney Taylor and Krishawn Crockett recorded career highs against Angelo State. Taylor, and Crockett led highs of 21 and 20 points despite the 85-68 loss against Angelo State.
Taylor was named to the All-LSC Honorable Mention team. The Lady Mustangs still made their fifth-straight LSC Championship appearance and played West Texas A&M losing 63-44. The Lady Mustangs ended the season with an overall record of 5-22 and a conference record of 4-12.
Mustangs set new records
Defend the Dome From buzzer to buzzer, the Mustangs played another outstanding season scoring new records. The Mustangs were ranked No. 2 by D2 media poll which is the highest national ranking in the programs history. The team set a new record of a 45-point lead in a Lone Star Conference win of 95-50 over Texas
A&M-Kingsville. After defeating Cameron 7959, the Mustangs claimed the Lone Star Conference title. In the first round of the NCAA Division II regional tournament, the Mustangs lost in overtime to Lubbock Christian 7973. The Mustangs ended the season with an overall record of 24-6.
players earn awards Despite loss
A fourth-straight NCAA ranking and finished Sweet 16 appearance with an 18-10 season came up short for record. Seniors Maddie Schorlemmer and the Lady Mustangs Lindsay Nochowicz this season in the championship loss to were named to the 2016 Cameron. Despite the Lone Star Conference loss, the women’s tennis Women’s Tennis AllAcademic team, and team were served with Schorlemmer also honorable awards. The Lady Mustangs claimed the Lone Star Conference Scholar capped off the season with a No. 20 national Athlete award.
Player earns 100th Season win
New Records The menâ€™s tennis team rallied another outstanding season. Early on, the Mustangs dominated the courts and earned a spot in the NCAA Division II Sweet 16 for the fourth consecutive year. The Mustangs clenched a 5-1 victory against St. Edwards University in the regional championship
game, however fell short during the NCAA national quarterfinals match to Ferris State. The team ended the season with a 17-9 record with a fourth trip to the Elite Eight and 14th overall in the tournament. Senior Kyle Davidson became the 10th Mustang and second since 2008 to reach 100 wins during the season.
ladies Putt in medals
The Lady Mustangs opened the fall season with a win at the Invitational meet in Pueblo and the opening fire led to another early season victory in the RMAC 2 South Invitational. Fall season closed with a second place win in the Oklahoma Intercollegiate, and spring season opened with a sixth place finish in the Lady Rattler Invitational.
At the Lone Star Conference Championship tournament, the team finished second. Juniors Sierra Campbell recieved LSC first-team award and Hayley Dambold recieved honorable mention. Campbell also qualified for individual competition in the NCAA Division II West Super Region championship and tied for 23rd.
Mustangs Compete Through tough season
Rough Drives The Mustangs earned their seventh straight appearance in the NCAA Division II Championship tournament this season. After rough tournament play, the menâ€™s team finished the overall season 19th in the conference tournament. Individual Mustangs earned awards
throughout the season. Freshman Chance Craig and junior Jared Baker both earned Lone Star Conference Golfer of the Week awards during postseason play. Juniors Thomas Smith and Ramon Toyos both were named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District teams.
Team short of championship
Close Run The Lady Mustangs Lone Star Conference championship run came to an end as the team fell to Texas Womenâ€™s University 6-4. The team ended their season with an overall record of 30-28 and a conference record of 14-18. Five players received Lone Star Conference awards. Third Baseman senior Katelyn Vinson was tabbed
Lone Star Conference Player of the Year. Senior outfielder Haley Howerton joined LSC first team, juniors first baseman Erin Knox and Baylee Voigt joined second team and sophomore catcher Amanda Thomas joined third team. Vinson and Howerton were also named to the NFCA Division II second team.
Amber Moore- Mentavlos
he Wai-Kun is a long-standing tradition that depicts the yearâ€™s events through a collection of photographs and stories. For this yearâ€™s publication, the staff and I, Wai-Kun editor-in-chief, wanted to display and celebrate the change going on in the university as we continue to grow and expand. We would like to thank the MSU students, faculty and staff who submitted photos and give a special thank you to Zeno Ferguson, an MSU Alum who contributed many event photos.