10 people you should know on MU's campus

Thursday, July 30, 2009 | 12:00 p.m. CDT; updated 12:46 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 30, 2009

1. Brady J. Deaton, MU chancellor

Brady Deaton is not only head of MU, but the face of the university in Columbia.

Chancellors are similar to the CEO of a corporation. Deaton is responsible for all campus operations — academics, athletics, admissions, marketing, finance and public relations.

He became the 21st chancellor of MU in 2004. With 15 years of service to MU and 33 years experience in public higher education, Deaton brings a record of national leadership, an international perspective and a strong devotion to his position.

2. Jordan Paul, president, Missouri Students Association

MSA represents the concerns and interests of MU's 22,000 undergraduate students.

As president, Paul is responsible for managing the undergraduate student government with a $1 million budget. He and his vice president, Colleen Hoffman, oversee the Department of Student Activities, the Department of Student Communications and the Department of Student Services.

MSA has nine auxiliaries that fall under the executive branch: the Box Office, the Craft Studio, the Student Design Center , student radio station KCOU , student TV station MUTV, the MU Rape Education Office, sober driver service STRIPES, Student Legal Services and Tech Crew.

3. Cathy Scroggs, vice chancellor of student affairs

The Division of Student Affairs deals with not only where students live, but also how students live.

Vice Chancellor Cathy Scroggs encourages innovative approaches to delivering programs and services to students, exploring the roles of women in leadership and building collaborative programs between academics and student affairs.

The facilities and resources within student affairs include the Counseling Center, Campus Dining Services, the MU Student Recreation Complex, the Office of Disability Services, the Office of Parent Relations, the Department of Residential Life, Student and Auxiliary Services, the Department of Student Life and the University Bookstore.

4. Mike Anderson, MU basketball coach

It took just three seasons for Mike Anderson to restore the roar of MU men's basketball.

The Tigers’ 2008-09 season included a record-breaking 31-win campaign, the largest turnaround in college basketball (+15 wins), the school's fourth trip to the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight and MU's first Big 12 Conference championship.

Mizzou Arena enjoyed a record three sellouts during the 2006-07 season and had four more sellouts to closeout the 2008-09 season — the most in facility history.

Earlier this year, Anderson signed a new seven-year contract.

5. Gary Pinkel, MU football coach

In eight years at MU, Gary Pinkel has clearly made his mark on the Tigers football program.

With back-to-back Big 12 North championships and four bowls in five years (including a No. 1 national ranking in 2007), Pinkel's vision is key to MU's football renaissance.

Now heading into his ninth season, Pinkel ranks third on MU's all-time coaching wins list with a 59-41 record.

He’s also part of a select group of MU coaches that includes College Football Hall of Famers Don Faurot and Dan Devine, as well as Warren Powers, as the only coaches to have an MU record above .500 dating back to 1935.

In December, Pinkel signed a contract extension that will see him lead the Tigers through 2015.

6. Sean Weatherspoon, linebacker, MU football

He could be preparing for his rookie season in the NFL, but star linebacker Sean Weatherspoon passed on the pros in favor of one more year racking up tackles at MU.

Last year, Weatherspoon arguably had the best season by an MU linebacker since … well, ever. He led the Big 12 with 155 tackles (11.1 per game). He held or shared the team lead in tackles for loss (18.5), interceptions (three) and pass deflections (seven).

Plus, his heroics helped secure the Tigers’ opener against Illinois and its Alamo Bowl victory over Northwestern. He could become Missouri’s first All-American linebacker, or MU’s first three-time, first-team all-conference defensive player. He’s on track to set MU’s career record for tackles. 

7. Your professional academic adviser

Academic advisers assist students with academic planning, degree requirements and setting educational and career goals.

They provide information on rules and regulations, graduation requirements, transfer issues, study abroad and other co-curricular opportunities, class scheduling and life after graduation.

A professional adviser will have more time available for meeting with individual students than a faculty adviser. However, because of other commitments, they too will be unavailable at times. Making an appointment or checking walk-in hours will limit your frustration.

8. Your community adviser

Community advisers are part-time student staff who live in the residence halls. Their main responsibility is to help students make a successful transition to college life.

Advising roles include organizing social events and community service projects, mediating roommate and hall conflicts and student counseling.

Advisers also lead community-standards discussions and are responsible for confronting students who are in violation of residence hall rules and regulations.

9. Your peer adviser

Peer advisers are also part-time student staff who live in the residence halls. Unlike community advisers, who are responsible for all students living in the resident halls, peer advisers are more concerned with freshmen interest groups.

If you join a freshman interest group, think of your peer adviser as your very own college mentor — someone who’s been there, done that and has come to know all the ins and outs of your group's theme, as well as college life in general.

10. Truman the Tiger, MU mascot

Truman has been an integral part of the MU athletic department for more than a century.

Named after Missouri-bred former president Harry S Truman, MU's foremost feline performs at all MU football and basketball games and other athletic events.

Twice in the last eight years, Truman was named “Best Mascot in the Nation” in a national competition.

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