Missouri State University

Join in the Homecoming Festivities

Oct 4, 2016

Missouri State University’s Homecoming 2016 promises fun and entertainment for alumni, students, faculty, staff and community members. 

Themed “Welcome Home,” events for students take place Oct. 9-15, while alumni and community events are Oct. 14-15. Homecoming Headquarters will be set up in the Davis-Harrington Welcome Center.

Among the highlights for Homecoming Weekend this year include:

Carrington Hall
Chloe O'Neill / KSMU

Missouri State University’s fall enrollment is the highest ever.  According to MSU, 26,000 students are enrolled.  The previous record was 24,735 students in the fall of 2015.

The Springfield campus set a new record with a total of 24,116 students enrolled—that’s up 5.6 percent from last fall.  Enrollment on the Springfield campus has grown by 15.9 percent since 2011.  In West Plains, enrollment is slightly down from last fall.

Scott Harvey / KSMU

Missouri State University plans to modify some work being done on Glass Hall as a result of state funding restrictions.

Gov. Jay Nixon last week announced $57.2 million in cuts from the state budget after lawmakers overrode his vetoes of two bills. The tax breaks in these items were not accounted for, according to Nixon.

Under rocks and logs, in burrows and underwater, Dr. Alicia Mathis finds fascinating creatures to study. Mathis, head of the biology department at Missouri State University, focuses her research on the behaviors of tiny amphibians and fish. 

One of the most common things these animals need to communicate about is predation risk. It’s been understood for awhile that alarm cues are received and understood by animals of the same species and of different species – imagine a minnow and a stickleback – but her lab has uncovered some surprising results.


Scott Harvey / KSMU

Enrollment growth at colleges and universities can be attributed to an institution’s advancements across a variety of platforms. While this boost is generally welcome by school administrators, more students on campus may require changes to accommodate everyone.