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Missouri State announces $250 million fundraising campaign led by actor John Goodman

Missouri State announces $250 million fundraising campaign led by actor John Goodman


RESISTING ARREST. CHRYSTAL IN EDUCATION COVERAGE TONIGHT … CHRYSTAL CHANCES ARE YOU’VE HEARD ABOUT MISSOURI STATE’S UPCOMING ANNOUNCEMENT ALL WEEK. WELL EARLIER TONIGHT WE GOT TO LEARN WHAT ALL THE HYPE WAS ABOUT. CHRYSTAL OUR DAVID CHASANOV WAS AT THE ‘IT’S ON’ EVENT AT JUANITA K. HAMMONS HALL FOR M-S-U’S BIG REVEAL. DAVID, WHAT’S THE BIG NEWS? CHAS WELL CHRYSTAL IT WAS SO LOUD IN THIS BUILDING HOURS AGO. THE UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCED ITS “ONWARD UPWARD” FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN. THE GOAL? TWO-HUNDRED-FIFTY-MILLION DOLLARS. Brent Dunn, MSU Foundation Executive Director: “So this will be our fourth campaign the university’s ever had. The largest in the university history.” THE ANNOUNCEMENT IS NEARLY THREE YEARS IN THE MAKING. Brent: “We’ve been working on this, what we call the silent phase, the past few years. We’re to the point now that by summer we realized that we’re at a point where we need to go public.” IN THE SILENT PHASE, FIFTY-THOUSAND DONORS HELPED RAISE ONE-HUNDRED-FIFTY-MILLION DOLLARS. Brent: “100 million to go is usually the hardest part of the campaign so today we’re here to make it known that there is a great agenda for the institution.” THE TWO-HUNDRED-FIFTY-MILLION DOLLAR GOAL WILL SUPPORT SCHOLARSHIPS, FACULTY, PROGRAMS AND BUILDINGS. Brent: “Scholarships are a key thing, but the other things are important too. Faculty support, to hire and retain the brightest faculty, program support, to make the programs better, and then in order to build buildings and to expand buildings and to renovate buildings like Glass Hall, we have to have private support there.” MISSOURI STATE ALUM JOHN GOODMAN IS LEADING THE CAMPAIGN. John Goodman, Missouri State Alumnus: “I got so much from this school, I got a livelihood here, lifelong friends. If it helps out one kid I’d be happy but I think we can do a lot more than that.” GOODMAN SAYS IT’S IMPORTANT TO HIM TO SEE HIS ALMA MATER GROW. John: “When I got here in 1971, it was Southwest Missouri State College. It might’ve been a teacher’s college I don’t know but it’s just amazing the way it’s grown.” HE HOPES THAT PEOPLE HELP THE CAMPAIGN ANY WAY THEY CAN. John: “You’re helping tomorrow. You’re passing it on to kids, young adults. The better their education, the better off this country’s gonna be.” IT’S ALSO BEING PASSED ON TO M-S-U SENIOR ALEXA WILLARD. Alexa Willard, Lady Bear Basketball Student-Athlete : “Means a lot to me. Especially being a part of the women’s basketball program, knowing that they’re wanting to give more program support and just wanting to give back more to the students and make this experience even more special.” IF THE SCHOOL’S CAMPAIGN SUCCEEDS, WILLARD SAYS SHE’S EXCITED FOR WHAT’S YET TO COME. Alexa: “Anyway they use them it’s going to be to good use. The scholarships I think would be awesome knowing that more students would have the opportunity to come here.” CHAS BRENT DUNN TELLS ME THE CAMPAIGN HAS A DEADLINE. THE SCHOOL HAS THREE YEARS TO RAISE THE REMAINING ONE-HUNDRED-MILLION DOLLARS. REPORTING AT MISSOURI STATE, DAVID CHASANOV, OZARKS FIRST.

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