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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

Suzanne Shipley

Meet the President Suzanne Shipley joins the dining hall and attending university as the campus’s events such as convocation, 11th president. In her first football games and weeks, President Shipley homecoming celebrations. engaged in student Shipley‘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 MSU’s and faculty. Shipley has name to bigger cities and made appearances around internationally. campus, eating in the




a family affair

Family Day

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 Mustangs’ 64-38 victory against Tarleton State University.

Family Day


the Annual

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.



A Thriller


le l i v s ing

K t a e B 12

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.



Fall 2015

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.

Spring 2016

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.

Finals Frenzy


Herman Boone


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.

The 51st Season

Artist LEcture Series 16

Artist Lecture


It’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 Burn’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


Hardin Scholar

clark Scholar

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.




Association award

Viola Grady Leadership Award

Megan Piehler

Careisha K’Niche Whyte

Howard Farrel Community Excellence Award

James L. Stewart

Jesse Clyde Brown


service award


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


Protho-- Yeager

College of Humanities and Social Sciences Outstanding Biology Student Outstanding Physics Student

Jordan taylor carter

Sachithra weerasooriya

Outstanding Computer Science Student

Michael ellerkamp

Outstanding English Student

Melissa jean Laussmann

Outstanding Psychology Student

Outstanding History Student

Kristen Patricia Johnson

Emily Anne O’Neal

Outstanding Chemistry Student

Outstanding International Studies Student

Camisha Le’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

Suman Bhandari

Amy Elizabeth Knowles

College of Outstanding Student in a Foreign Language

Outstanding Humanities Student

Vinsion Award for Creative Writing

Maira Salinas-Guerrero

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

Not Pictured:

Outstanding General Business Student

Karina Lopez

Outstanding Graduate Student in Business Administration

Pierce James Halverson

Dillard college

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

Melissa Balderas

Justin Maywald

Outstanding Music Student

Annmarie Brooke Bush

Conner Leann Timmons

Warren Guiste

Outstanding Exercise Physiology Student

Nicole Michelle Cochran

Not Pictured: Outstanding Art Student

Bernard Peters

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.




tough fight

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.

Women’s Soccer


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.

Men’s Soccer


Pump it up

Mustangs Spirit 50

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.



Running records

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.

Cross Country


cycling tradition

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 men’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 lows

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.

Women’s Basketball


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.

Men’s Basketball


players earn awards Despite loss

short serve

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.


Women’s Tennis


Player earns 100th Season win

New Records The men’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.

Men’s Tennis


ladies Putt in medals

Driving distance

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.

Women’s Golf


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 men’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.

Men’s Golf


Team short of championship

Close Run The Lady Mustangs Lone Star Conference championship run came to an end as the team fell to Texas Women’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.



Our Staff


Amber Moore- Mentavlos

Assistant Editor

Taylor Warren

Assistant Editor

Gaby Sosa



he 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 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.


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