Tyler Badie named Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Dec 7 2021

A photo of an digital screen announcing Tyler Badie is SEC Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year.Congratulations to Tiger running back Tyler Badie, who was voted SEC Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the league’s head coaches.

Tyler demonstrates the excellence of our student-athletes. Not only is he one of the best running backs in the country, he’s also a highly respected graduate student in our Department of Educational, School & Counseling Psychology.

I’m so proud of Tyler for his academic and athletic accomplishments! He’s a true Tiger! I look forward to seeing all of Mizzou Football in action again when they take on Army West Point for the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl on December 22.

— Mun

Moving precision health forward

Dec 6 2021

A photo of Dr. Mahesh Thakkar and Giovanna Guidoboni.It’s been almost two months since the grand opening of the Roy Blunt NextGen Precision Health building, and it’s already serving as a hub for cross-disciplinary innovation. One important way we facilitate these connections is by inviting our NextGen researchers to publicly share their work with colleagues and our community.

At 4 p.m. today, Dr. Mahesh Thakkar, director of research for the Department of Neurology in the MU School of Medicine, will discuss how sleep can affect people recovering from PTSD. At noon tomorrow, we’ll host our latest NextGen Discovery Series talk with Giovanna Guidoboni, associate dean for research in the MU College of Engineering, who will share how engineers are helping to drive new precision health innovations.

These public, livestreamed talks are designed for multidisciplinary audiences and help us identify new collaborative opportunities. Building these interdisciplinary relationships are at the core of NextGen, and central to MizzouForward — our transformative, $1.5 billion investment in Mizzou’s continued research excellence.

— Mun

Columbia’s new airport terminal takes off

Dec 2 2021

A photo of President Choi and Mayor Treece signing a steel beam.

Columbia Mayor Brian Treece and President Choi signed a steel beam for the new Columbia Regional Airport terminal (photo courtesy of the City of Columbia).

Columbia hit another milestone of progress today when several mid-Missouri regional leaders and I signed the final steel beam being placed at Columbia’s Regional Airport’s new terminal.

When finished next summer, COU’s expansion will accommodate more passengers and set a new tone for our region.  And it could not come at a better time as MU recruits more research faculty and continues to form new industry partnerships through our NextGen Precision Health initiative.

Mizzou has a strong partnership with the City of Columbia, and I was honored to represent all Tigers at this historic event.

— Mun

Building a championship culture

Nov 19 2021

A photo of President Choi at the groundbreaking of the Stephens Indoor Facility.

President Choi speaking at the groundbreaking of the Stephens Indoor Facility (photo courtesy of Hunter Dyke, Mizzou Athletics).

At Mizzou, we continue to surpass a “business as usual” mentality. Today we broke ground on the Stephens Indoor Facility, a state-of-the-art 86,400-square-foot hub for athletic excellence.

This training center is adjacent to our South End Zone Facility and will be the new indoor home for Mizzou Football — opening more space for all of our student-athletes.

A rendering of the Stephens Indoor Facility.

Rendering of the facility.

The building is named after Brad and Rachel Stephens, both Mizzou alumni and longtime supporters of our university. Working together with partners like Brad and Rachel, we continue to demonstrate Mizzou’s commitment to compete for championships in the SEC.

This investment is just the latest of many we are making in the people and potential of our Tiger community.


— Mun

Creating a welcoming campus

Nov 17 2021

A photo of Judy Heumann.

Judy Heumann

This afternoon, author and civil rights activist Judy Heumann will meet with our community from 2-3 p.m. for a free virtual event and discussion. Heumann is a nationally recognized advocate for the rights of people with disabilities, subject of an Oscar-nominated documentary and author of a recently published memoir.

Co-hosted by more than 10 Mizzou partners — including schools and colleges, as well as student organizations — this event shows that building a welcoming campus (and world) is a responsibility we undertake together. By listening and sharing experiences from across our community, we can ensure that everyone knows they have a place at Mizzou and can receive the support they need to achieve excellence.

I hope you’ll be able to attend.

— Mun

Celebrating our alumni and faculty

Nov 12 2021

A photo collage of Faculty Alumni Award recipients

2021 Faculty Alumni Award recipients. Top row (left to right): Lowell Mohler, Mary Beth Marrs, William Baker, Mary Sue Beck. Center: Botswana Toney Blackburn, John Walter Clark, D Cornelison, Cooper Drury. Bottom: Alexander Garza, Sandra Whayne Gautt, Noah Heringman, Yong Volz.

This afternoon, I’ll join the Mizzou Alumni Association in honoring incredible members of the university community with our annual Faculty Alumni Awards.

Since 1968, these awards have allowed us to highlight exceptional individuals and their distinguished contributions to Mizzou’s education, research and outreach missions. This year, we’re proud to recognize 12 Tigers (six faculty and six alumni) who exemplify the Mizzou spirit and elevate this university with their dedication, talent, perseverance and support.

Their contributions to our flagship institution, to our scholars, to the citizens of Missouri and the world, are an inspiration. I want to thank them for their service to the University of Missouri and congratulate them on this well-deserved award.

— Mun

Honoring our Mizzou veterans

Nov 10 2021

A photo of Memorial Union with an American flag.I hope you’ll join me for our Veterans Day wreath laying ceremony tomorrow (Thursday, Nov. 11) from 12:30-2 p.m. under the Memorial Union archway.

Every year, our community gathers on this day to honor the sacrifice and dedication of our many student-veterans. This fall, we will also shoot a group photo to show our support.

Mizzou is committed to our military students and their families. Our MU Veterans Center offers support and camaraderie, while our MU Veterans Clinic provides free legal services to veterans at MU and throughout the local community. We were also honored to be recently designated by the Military Times as a school Best for Vets.

Please come show your support.

— Mun

Transforming rural health care

Nov 5 2021

A photo of President Choi speaking at the BioSTL Rural Health Synmposium.

President Choi speaking at the BioSTL Rural Health Symposium.

This week, I had the opportunity to speak at the BioSTL Rural Health Symposium and accept the invitation to be one of the founding partners of the Center for Rural Health Innovation.

This new statewide partnership is yet another way we’re collaborating to solve problems facing our approximately 2 million rural residents.

Mizzou has people and programs — such as our Springfield Clinical Campus and Extension offices — that share our research, education and outreach missions with every Missouri county and metro area. Other initiatives such as MizzouForward and NextGen Precision Health will help us offer even more lifesaving advances to communities that may be hours away from the nearest hospital.

By working together on these lifesaving solutions, we fulfill our land-grant mission and improve the health and wellbeing of our citizens, no matter where they live.

— Mun


Nov 3 2021

An image of the MizzouForward logo.On Monday, I was thrilled to introduce MizzouForward — a transformative $1.5 billion investment in the continued excellence of our university. MizzouForward is a first-of-its-kind initiative to strengthen key research disciplines and help us improve lives around the world.

There are countless ways MizzouForward will impact our ambitious work, and I’m thrilled to share more details in the weeks ahead. Every groundbreaking discovery begins with amazing researchers. That’s why we’ve already started recruiting new faculty members who will help us realize MizzouForward’s vision of collaborative, interdisciplinary innovation. We’re aiming to recruit 150 new faculty by 2026 who will supercharge our research in three high-priority areas:

Our first candidates came to campus last week for interviews, and I was so impressed with their accomplishments and ambition. We are scheduling the next round of candidates who will all deliver a public keynote lecture about their cutting-edge research. I encourage our entire campus community to attend these presentations and hear firsthand from those who will help build the future of Mizzou.

— Mun

NextGen grand opening

Oct 13 2021

A photo of the Roy Blunt NextGen Precision Health building

The Roy Blunt NextGen Precision Health building is almost ready for the grand opening.

The big day is nearly here! We’re thrilled to celebrate the grand opening of the Roy Blunt NextGen Precision Health building on the University of Missouri’s campus on Tuesday, Oct. 19.

We began with a vision to create a dynamic hub of research excellence — a place where top researchers from Mizzou will harness the combined strengths of the MU Research Reactor, MU Health Care and the other UM System universities to find cures for society’s toughest diseases.

After more than two years of construction, the wait is finally over.

We’re thrilled to join NextGen supporters from all over campus and across the country. We’re particularly honored to welcome Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, and U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, the building’s namesake and a tireless supporter of the university’s mission. They support the mission of NextGen and believe in its promise to make lifesaving discoveries that will improve the health of Missourians and beyond.

We’re pleased to come together and celebrate this historic event, but we know our lifesaving work is just getting started.

This state-of-the-art facility anchors the NextGen institute and brings together an exceptional set of resources under one roof. By connecting the right people with the right tools at the right time, we will accelerate lifesaving discoveries and transform health care in Missouri and around the globe.

— Mun