35th Annual Missouri State University Night at Lebanon held Monday

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Missouri State hosted their 35th Annual MSU at Lebanon night on Monday evening at the Cowan Civic Center.


Following an afternoon golf tournament, area Missouri State alumni, friends, students, and parents joined together at the Cowan Civic Center for the 35th Annual Missouri State at Lebanon night.

The event recognized four scholarship recipients in Carsyn Bowman, Abby Coffman, Jodi Fox and Hannah Lowery and allowed attendees to have an opportunity to bid on select Missouri State athletic game tickets and memorabilia, BearWear, local merchandise and more.

MSU President Clif Smart gave the audience a university update along with Joye Norris (MSU-Lebanon).

Interviews with coaches Dana Ford (Men’s Basketball), Dave Steckel (Football) and Melissa Stokes (Volleyball) were also conducted and gave the crowd an opportunity to ask questions to the coaches.

Each coach gave an update  on their expectations for the season.

Melissa Stokes (volleyball)

“I really want our players to buy in on the fact that it is our program, not my program,” Stokes said. “I want to teach them responsibility and accountability. Our players are responsible for taking the team rules and guidelines.

“They know it’s a privilege to be a Bear and to be a part of the Missouri State volleyball program and I think within that, we create a culture of winning.”

Dana Ford (basketball)

“We are trying to make things as simple as possible early on and get guys that want to be apart of what we are preaching,” Ford said. “I am making sure my staff has the same mindsets that I have. We expect our guys to do the right things.

“We’re in the navigation stage right now and trying to get this thing under control, and every day is full of surprises.”

Dave Steckel (Football)
“It is a challenging and great conference,” Steckel said. “The reality is that we are 36 days away from our kids reporting to camp. I am fired up for this season. Our vibes are changing and we are expecting to compete and win.”


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