MAA's First 150 Years
Timeline written for MAA's Sesquecentennial.
Boone County wins its bid to locate the University in Columbia.
The Geyer Act establishes the University, the first publicly supported higher education institution west of the Mississippi River.
Robert L. Todd, and Robert B. Todd become the University’s first alumni.
First course in civil engineering offered.
Alumni Society (Association) forms with Odon Guitar as first president. Robert L. Todd gives first alumni oration at commencement.
Normal School, now the College of Education, established. Mary Gillett graduates from the Normal School. As was the case at MU, she was not allowed to complete courses for a bachelor’s degree.
Federal Morrill Act makes MU a land-grant university and spurs establishment of College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts.
Law department established.
Anna Ware becomes first female to graduate with a four-year bachelor’s degree.
Alumni vote to raise $10,000 to endow the association.
Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station established to conduct research and share knowledge.
At the association’s annual meeting, alumni resolve to create an Alumni Annual containing the annual oration and information on all alumni.
St. Louis chapter formed.
Kansas City chapter formed by this year.
The endowment committee raises enough subscriptions to create a $3,000 fund.
Academic department established (forerunner to College of Arts and Science).
First doctor of philosophy degree awarded.
Department of Household Economics, now the College of Human Environmental Sciences, established.
First nursing class graduates. In 1920, the Department of Nursing is established within the School of Medicine, and it becomes the autonomous School of Nursing in 1975.
Boone County is among the 39 new Missouri county chapters.
Boonville Weekly Advertiser writes that 3,276 men and women have graduated from the University.
There are 50 alumni chapters by 1907.
April 19, 1907 - First celebration of Founders Day.
School of Journalism established.
New chapters in California, Chicago and Seattle.
New York City chapter forms.
Plea made for regular reunions at 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years after graduation.
Washington, D.C., chapter forms.
Portland, Ore., chapter forms.
School of Commerce established (forerunner to College of Business).
North California chapter forms.
New chapters in New Mexico and Cleveland.
Twin Cities and Tulsa chapters form.
It is estimated that there are 30,000 - 40,000 former students and alumni of the University.
Groundbreaking for Memorial Tower. MUAA plays a key role in the fundraising campaign for both Memorial Union and Memorial Stadium.
Alumni vote to begin having an alumni dinner at Homecoming.
Executive committee of MUAA meets in Jesse Hall and becomes a board of directors, including representatives from each academic unit at MU. Board recommends creation of MUAA-sponsored placement office, and committee on alumni gifts and scholarships.
Alumni luncheon held at Missouri State Fair.
Medical school alumni association forms.
Class reunions held at Homecoming instead of commencement on trial basis in hopes that attendance and enthusiasm will improve.
Journalism School Alumni Association forms.
William Albrecht collects a soil sample from Sanborn Field that provides the golden mold used to make the penicillin-like wonder drug aureomycin.
College of Veterinary Medicine established.
April 12, 1949
University appoints Guy “Bus” Entsminger, assistant director of alumni activities. He becomes vice chancellor for development and alumni relations in 1967. Many consider him the father of alumni relations at MU.
Alumni Alliance forms to support the University of Missouri System. “Alliance of Alumni Associations” name adopted in 1970; bylaws adopted in 1972; bylaws revised and name changed to Alumni Alliance in 1999. Alumni
Association and Alumni Achievement Fund combined to become Office of Development and Alumni Relations.
The association awards the first Faculty-Alumni Awards recognizing the achievements of distinguished faculty
Gifts to University by alumni increase to $570,380, up $75,000 from 1971.
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching publishes its first classification of American colleges and universities. MU is grouped among the nation’s best universities that confer the most doctoral degrees and participate in the most federally funded research.
Alumni Association Student Board founded.
Alumni Association Student Board holds first annual Alumathon, a cross-country race benefiting the Alumni Scholar Program.
The School of Health Related Professions established.
Black Alumni Organization forms.
Franklin County chapter forms.
Alumni College begins, co-sponsored by the association and University Extension.
Truman Conference on U.S.-Korean Relations forms, partly to keep in contact with Korean alumni.
The association establishes the Faculty Development Incentive Program, now the Dr. Richard Wallace Research
The Seal of Excellence is awarded to the association’s Homecoming celebration as part of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s (CASE) Circle of Excellence awards. The association continues to be selected for a national CASE Circle of Excellence Award each year for the next five years.
The association’s student membership program is expanded and re-branded as True Tigers.
The Columns Recognition Program focusing association volunteer support through alumni chapters is launched.
2002 (Homecoming weekend)
Alumni and friends of the University gather on the South Quad for the dedication of Tiger Plaza.
MU reaches $600 million fundraising goal and raises the bar to $1 billion.
The association honors students in their senior year with a strong commitment to community service by recognizing the first class of Mizzou ‘39 at a candlelight ceremony on Francis Quardrangle.
The association marks the second-best membership gain in 12 years bringing membership to an all-time high of 37,550.
More than $220,000 is awarded in student scholarships through the association and its affiliated organizations.
Across the country, 45 alumni chapters kick off the association’s 150th anniversary on January 16 by watching the men’s basketball Tigers beat the Jayhawks 89-86 in overtime.