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Five former faculty, staff selected for 2014 Wall of Fame induction

Induction ceremony scheduled for Oct. 17
Friday, June 20, 2014

Representing more than 130 years of combined full time service to Missouri State University, five former faculty and staff members have been selected as the 2014 Wall of Fame inductees. Approved during the Board of Governors meeting today (June 20), the 2014 Wall of Fame Class includes: Linda Johnson, Marty Marty, John McAlear, Dr. Donal Stanton and Dr. George Swales.

“Each year, I am humbled by the lasting legacy our Wall of Fame class has made on Missouri State University,” said President Clifton M. Smart, III. “These individuals should serve as role models for each of us as we strive to use our passions and skills to improve the lives of our current students and the generations to come.” The honorees will have their plaques added to the wall outside of the Plaster Student Union Ballroom during a formal ceremony at 4 p.m. Oct. 17, in conjunction with Homecoming. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

Introducing the class of 2014:

  • Degree analyst Linda Johnson lived behind the scenes of every student’s success during her time at Missouri State. Her meticulous organization was crucial as she prepared the university’s undergraduate catalog, oversaw the degree audit system, and issued diplomas and certificates.
  • Part mentor, advocate and confidante, Marty Marty was a leader of change in each area she worked at Missouri State. She improved processes and built mutual respect among colleagues and students through her work in the Academic Advisement Center, Writing Center, Greek Life and First Year Programs.
  • John McAlear exemplified professionalism, patience and excellence as he held the university to the highest standards for proper procedures as internal auditor. Even after retirement, he showed his Bear pride serving as the Board of Governors secretary and unofficial university historian.
  • Challenging his students to take a second look was a specialty of Dr. Donal Stanton who created the socio-political communication major at Missouri State. He used his passion for rhetoric and the political process to improve the life of the campus and community at large, and led generations of Bears to become great debaters.
  • Dr. George Swales led by example. He was not only the department head of finance and general business, but he was a prolific published researcher, brilliant teacher and esteemed advisor while serving on the Executive Board of MBAA International and helping the College of Business gain AACSB reaccreditation.

For more information, contact Dr. Thomas Lane, assistant vice president for student life and director of the Plaster Student Union, at (417) 836-5886.


About Wall of Fame Nominations for the Wall of Fame were gathered by the selection committee from faculty, staff and students. To qualify, nominees must have worked for the university full time for at least 10 years; additionally, five years must have passed since the individual was last employed full time at Missouri State. The nominees must be known and respected by various segments of the campus community for their demonstration of character and integrity, and their service must have resulted in meaningful change at the university. The first names were added to the Wall of Fame in 2002, and this recognition has been bestowed upon 85 former faculty and staff during its past 12 ceremonies. About Missouri State University Missouri State University is a public, comprehensive university system with a mission in public affairs, whose purpose is to develop educated persons while guided by three overarching and enduring commitments to student learning, inclusive excellence and institutional impact. The university’s identity is distinguished by its statewide mission in public affairs, which entails a campus-wide commitment to foster competence and responsibility in ethical leadership, cultural competence and community engagement. New media resources For more information about MSU, visit www.missouristate.edu. You can also be our fan on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, add us to your circle on Google+ and see what’s happening on YouTube. Receive notification of Missouri State news releases as soon as they are posted by subscribing to our RSS feed.  

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