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April 30, 2015

Shipley Named 11th President of Midwestern State


Maroon Wins!


The maroon team claimed bragging rights for another year during the annual Maroon & Gold Spring football game.
-  3,000+ cheered on their Mustangs 

-  1,000 free T- shirts given away

-  2,000 free hotdogs were served

Click Here to watch highlights of all the action! 

Summer Work Hours


Midwestern State University employees will begin their 10-hour, four-day work weeks on Monday, May 18. Offices will be open from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday and closed on Fridays. The schedule was adopted as a cost-savings means and will continue through August 6. Regular business hours will resume August 10.



Golfing For Football


MSU Football will host its annual golf tournament Friday, July 24, at The Champions Course at Weeks Park. This is an excellent way to show your support for a winning program and also a chance to win great prizes. All proceeds will benefit the football program. Mark your calendar and make plans now to participate.


History was made at Midwestern State University as the Board of Regents officially appointed Dr. Suzanne Shipley as MSU’s 11th president. Shipley will join Midwestern State University beginning August 10, 2015, and will be the first woman to serve as president.

“She was simply the right choice. Not only is Dr. Shipley a well-respected, sitting university president, but also she understands the vision of this university. She is president of COPLAC (Council of Public Liberal Art Colleges), she is a native Texan, she is an academic scholar, an experienced administrator—she simply fits the bill perfectly,” said Board Chairman Shawn Hessing.

Shipley earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in German from Texas Tech University and a Ph.D. in German from The University of Texas at Austin. Her research into the lives of German-Jewish women emigrants resulted in translations of several previously unpublished diaries from the Holocaust. 

Making the transition to Wichita Falls with Shipley will be her husband Randall Wadsworth and their two dogs, Racer and Roxy. Randall is a retired hospital pharmacist. The move will be a homecoming for their family as they will be close to a number of family members who live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, as well as others in the Waco and Beaumont areas. 

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Live At The Lake

The Black & White Band will kick off the annual Live at the Lake Summer Concert Series at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU under the new pavilion overlooking Sikes Lake. Black & White will play from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 28.  Click Here for schedule of events or call the museum at (940) 397-8900. Don’t forget your lawn chairs!  

Graduate Program No. 3 on Top 20 Affordable List

Midwestern State University’s online health administration master’s degree was ranked No. 3 on a nationwide list of the top 20 affordable online health-care master’s programs. The website Top Master’s in Healthcare Administration posts rankings and reviews of health-care administration degree programs, as well as expert information and advice on careers in health administration.

The site based its ranking on MSU’s average yearly in-state tuition of $3,627 and $4,797 for out-of-state students in that program. MSU’s program is structured for those who work full time. Students can choose from concentration areas of Health Information Management, Medical Practice Management, Public and Community Sector Health Care Management, and Rural and Urban Hospital Management. For more information about MSU’s health administration program, Click Here

Juanita Harvey Art Gallery to Host Juried Student Exhibition

The Juanita Harvey Art Gallery will host its annual Juried Student Exhibition and Senior Exhibition beginning May 8 through August 7. The exhibition marks the culmination of studio activities associated with the art program during the 2014-2015 academic year. The goal of the student exhibition is to highlight the most outstanding student efforts from disciplines offered by the Harvey School of Visual Arts. For more information, Click Here.  

Save The Date - It’s Going to be a Thriller of a Homecoming!

Your MSU Alumni Association is planning a spectacular 2015 Homecoming.  Many activities, including the Golden Grads Brunch for the Class of 1965, Alumni Awards Ceremony, Kiowa Kooks annual Fish Fry, and so much more will take place.  Homecoming is set for October 29-31. Make plans to join us for the excitement. Guaranteed to have a THRILLER of a time! 

National Science Foundation Awards $600K Grant for STEM Students

A new scholarship program at Midwestern State University designed to attract more students into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines has been created through a $606,155 grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant, Scholarship Opportunities for Academic Recognition (SOAR), will provide financial support for 11 students in the 2015-16 academic year and 11 students in the 2016-17 academic year.

Goals for the SOAR program include funding scholarships for students who have academic talent in biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, geosciences, mathematics, mechanical engineering, and physics. The program will seek students with financial needs with particular attention to underrepresented groups in the STEM workforce, including first-generation college students, ethnic minorities, and female students. Students already enrolled at MSU and transfer students from other universities who have accrued fewer than 30 credit hours may be considered for the scholarship. For additional information about the SOAR program, contact Dr. Michael Shipley, Associate Professor of Biology, at (940) 397-4517 or Click Here.

Multi-million Dollar Software Offers Real-World Experiences for Geology Students

Students in Midwestern State University’s Kimbell School of Geology are now working with state-of-the-art software that allows them to become familiar with the same programs used by industry professionals. Seismic interpretation, visualization, modeling, and forecasting are just some skills students are learning in their petroleum geology labs.

 Schlumberger Information Solutions donated Petrel E&P software platform and ECLIPSE industry-reference reservoir simulator with a three-year multi-seat license and maintenance agreement valued at approximately $7.2 million. ECLIPSE software enables geologists to build models of underground reservoirs, which aids petroleum engineers in developing a forecast. The software packages are primarily used in the petroleum geology lab in courses that study seismic interpretation such as Solid Earth and Exploration Geophysics, Petroleum Geology, and Applied Petroleum Geology. It also will be used for faculty research. Click Here for complete story.