Launching the DeLine Community Research Site

Sep 17 2021

A photo of President Choi speaking at the DeLine Community Research Site grand opening.

President Choi at the DeLine Community Research Site grand opening (photo courtesy of Lisa Krantz).

Yesterday, I enjoyed attending the grand opening of the DeLine Community Research Site. Located just outside of Columbia, this site will be an invaluable resource for our CAFNR students and faculty who are tackling issues such as sustainable development and resource conservation. Scholars and students from the rest of our campus and K-12 students will also benefit from the vast possibilities for experiential learning and research.

A photo of Mizzou representatives and community members gathered outdoors at the new DeLine Community Research Site.

Mizzou representatives and community members gather at the site, located just outside of Columbia (photo courtesy of Lisa Krantz).

This opportunity is only possible because of our innovative partnership with Greg and Kelly DeLine of DeLine Holdings. They imagined a place right here in Boone County where people work together on local issues with global significance. By uniting the entrepreneurial qualities of DeLine Holdings with the innovation of our Mizzou community, I know we can achieve great things.

Public-private partnerships like this help us build our research capacity and give our students even more opportunities to learn by doing. This new research site is the latest example of how we live out our land-grant mission of research, education and engagement for the people of Missouri.

— Mun

Mizzou’s transformative trajectory

Sep 15 2021

An photo of the Columns and Jesse Hall from above.U.S. News and World Report released their annual rankings, and the University of Missouri has a lot to celebrate. We remained the No. 1 best value among public national universities in neighboring states and the No. 12 best value among all public national universities. Here are a few other highlights:

  • No. 58 among national public universities
  • No. 72 best value among national universities (up 13 spots from last year)
  • No. 73 best college for veterans (also up 13 spots)
  • No. 122 among all universities

These rankings illustrate what our stakeholders already know: The University of Missouri is an institution of excellence at all levels and a dynamic hub of innovation in the Midwest. Our state, national and global reputation reflects our work across campus to forge new discoveries and help our students succeed. And while we’re pleased with our progress, we are far from finished.

In the coming year, we’re going to continue investing in our research, education and engagement missions — an effort that will receive a major boost when the Roy Blunt NextGen Precision Health Building opens next month.

Thank you to everyone who continues to support Mizzou’s growth. Our university truly is on a transformative trajectory.

— Mun

Patriot Day commemoration

Sep 11 2021

A photo of a wreath-laying from a previous Patriot Day.Each year for Patriot Day, Mizzou hosts a public tribute and wreath-laying ceremony in remembrance of the nearly 3,000 individuals who lost their lives on September 11.

This year, to honor the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Mizzou has partnered with the City of Columbia for a special event. A first for our campus and broader community, this event includes a presentation of the colors by the Joint Services Color Guard and City Honor Guards on Francis Quadrangle, as well as a helicopter flyover by MU Health Care.

I am honored that Provost Latha Ramchand will be speaking on behalf of our university. The Mizzou Football Team and I will be standing with our Tiger family in spirit from Kentucky. Because no matter where we are in the world, we commemorate this day as a proud community of Tigers — to remember those we lost and recommit ourselves to building a better world in their honor.

— Mun

Thank you to our student organizations

Sep 10 2021

Photos of Jesse and the ColumnsI was flipping through The Maneater the other day and came across a great article about our student organizations. Two weeks into the fall semester, they have been working tirelessly to support our university and community in our continued response to COVID-19. Our student organizations helped promote MU’s free vaccination clinic at the end of August and continue to support the university’s comprehensive public health efforts.

From Sept. 14-15, we will be hosting another walk-in vaccination clinic for all students, staff and faculty in the MU Student Center. You can find more information about that clinic here.

I am so grateful for the commitment and hard work of our students. Every step of the way, they show Missouri and the world why Mizzou is an institution that leads across the board.

— Mun

Chancellor’s Leadership Class

Sep 9 2021

President Choi talks with students in the Chancellor’s Leadership Class (photo courtesy of the Missouri School of Journalism).

Yesterday, I met with 100 students in our Chancellor’s Leadership Class at the Novak Leadership Institute. I had such a great time talking with them and reflecting on what makes Tigers standout across so many industries.

For more than 40 years, the Chancellor’s Leadership Class has offered a group of first-year students the opportunity to become better communicators and leaders. Through real-world activities, peer collaborations and expert coaching, they learn how to make a difference and set themselves (and others) up for success.

I am so pleased to welcome this next generation of leaders to Mizzou and look forward to seeing where their journeys take them.

— Mun

Thank you to Mizzou staff and faculty

Sep 6 2021

Photos of Jesse and the ColumnsIn honor of Labor Day, I want to thank each of our staff, faculty and leaders who do so much for the University of Missouri. Whether it’s maintaining campus, forging discoveries or supporting our agricultural producers throughout the state with MU Extension — there are countless ways they make a difference in the lives of our students and community members.

Without their dedication and hard work, the University of Missouri would not be able to achieve excellence and fulfill its core missions of education, research and engagement — for the benefit of Missouri and beyond.

— Mun

Black & Gold Friday is here

Sep 3 2021

A photo of fireworks about Memorial Stadium on game day.

Memorial Stadium during a previous game day (photo courtesy of Mizzou Athletics).

It’s almost game day for Mizzou Football, and Tigers everywhere are coming together to #StripeTheState for our first Black & Gold Friday. It’s also College Colors Day — giving Mizzou fans another great reason to show their school spirit.

Almost every day I hear from students, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters who share the pride they have in Mizzou. Black & Gold Fridays help us roar out that support while also celebrating our community’s excellence on the field, on campus and around the world.

Tomorrow, I can’t wait to see even more black and gold in Memorial Stadium as we cheer Coach Drinkwitz and our Tigers on to a win against Central Michigan. M-I-Z!

— Mun

‘The Crisis in Afghanistan’ panel discussion

Aug 31 2021

The Crisis in Afghanistan: A Discussion with Mizzou ExpertsTomorrow (Sept. 1) from noon to 1 p.m., join a diverse panel of Mizzou experts as they discuss the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan. Drawing on a range of student and faculty perspectives, the panel will enable our community to hear more about what the rapidly developing situation could mean for the country, the region and the world.

Among the panelists are representatives from our Afghan student and military veteran communities — as well as scholars of history and international relations. As a university with global reach, we know many on our campus have a personal connection with Afghanistan. This event lets us come together as a Mizzou community, listen to one another and discuss this critical topic.

The webinar will be moderated by Mary Stegmaier, vice provost for International Programs. I hope many of you are able to attend.

— Mun

Announcing Black & Gold Fridays!

Aug 30 2021

I’m thrilled to join our new Director of Athletics, Desiree Reed-Francois, in announcing Black & Gold Fridays — a new and exciting Tiger tradition. Every Friday, in anticipation of game days for MU’s 20 different sports and in support of our more than 550 student-athletes, we’re asking Tiger fans across the state and around the world to wear black and gold. It’s an easy way to show your pride in Mizzou and your support of our teams.

Join us for the inaugural Black & Gold Friday this Friday, Sept. 3. Let’s all come together to #StripeTheState and build a championship culture here at Mizzou.


— Mun

Mizzou research paves the way

Aug 28 2021

A photo of Mizzou Asphalt Pavement and Innovation Lab staff preparing a plastic waste pavement mixture for testing.

Lab staff in the Mizzou Asphalt Pavement and Innovation Lab, or MAPIL, prepare the plastic waste pavement mixture for testing. The lab is located inside the MU College of Engineering.

Just off campus, crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation have been hard at work resurfacing portions of Stadium Boulevard. What looks like regular maintenance is actually part of an innovative collaboration between Mizzou, Dow (the global material science company), and MoDOT.

Students and researchers from the Mizzou Asphalt Pavement and Innovation Lab (MAPIL) — located in our College of Engineering — are creating more sustainable asphalt pavement mixtures by incorporating recycled materials such as plastic and tire rubber. To test this mixture in real-world conditions, it was applied to a nearly two-mile stretch of Stadium Boulevard. Researchers are hopeful that this is the first step towards greener, more durable driving surfaces that also reduce landfill waste.

Through key partnerships such as this one, Mizzou faculty and students are helping generate cutting-edge solutions that benefit our state and world.

— Mun