University Affairs recently came up with a list of ten facts about the university, so-called “pride points” about MU. Laura Roloff, manager of marketing communications, said the list consists of “messages about who we are and what our role is.”
The division created the top ten to give people a short list of important things to remember about MU.
“We have a lot of good messages and activities that the university does and sometimes our alumni are overwhelmed a little bit and they have asked us over the years to provide them with a more succinct list of good things to say about the university,” Roloff said.
The Top Ten are as follows:
1. The University of Missouri has record-breaking enrollment (30,000 +), fundraising ($1 billion +), federal research ($203 million +) and alumni support (250,000 worldwide).
2. MU is one of only six public universities nationwide with medicine, veterinary medicine and law on one campus.
3. Students, many of whom work as a team with the nation’s greatest research faculty, benefit from the Mizzou Experience which uniquely prepares them for success as global citizens.
4. MU’s hallmark is collaborative research in which faculty from multiple disciplines work together to solve problems and improve our lives.
5. MU is a $1.75 billion enterprise that operates 24/7 and attracts 72 percent of the federal research dollars flowing to Missouri’s public universities.
6. Home to the nation’s most powerful university research reactor, MU is the largest U.S. producer of radioisotopes used to diagnose and treat cancer.
7. The Mizzou Advantage includes competitive assets in sustainable energy, food for the future, new media, transformational technologies, and the convergence of human and animal medicine.
8. University Physicians treat patients from every Missouri county, and MU Extension provides education and training for 1 million citizens annually.
9. The Mizzou Botanic Garden covers the entire campus landscape with 42,000 plants and trees. It is an important outdoor laboratory for 10 academic programs at Missouri’s great land-grant university.
10. Mizzou student-athletes won four 2008-09 championships: Big 12 North Division in football and conference tournament titles in softball, soccer and men’s basketball. MU was one of only two schools nationwide with first round draft choice in the NFL, NBA and MLB. The Tigers again lead the Big 12 in eligibility, academic retention and graduation rates.
“We tried to pick things that were easy to remember, not too many numbers, and also show how we are different from other universities in the state,” Roloff said.
The division made reference cards with the facts; these are available through county extension offices, alumni leaders and advisory boards on campus. For more information, go to chancellor.missouri.edu/top-ten.