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Construction continues on the new health sciences building, July 1.

Construction continues on the new health sciences building, July 1.

Construction continues on the new health sciences building, July 1.

Summer news: Campus continues to evolve

June 7, 2018

After about 6,000 students packed up and left in mid-May, campus officials quickly took to re-paving parking lots, working on the new health sciences building, preparing for summer orientation and, well, teaching summer classes. Watch this story for all the things you’ve been missing while away for the summer. Oh, and did you see that $2 off coupon in the summer print edition?

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Jones at football banquet

Jones at football banquet

AUG. 20 Ed “Too Tall” Jones was ahead of his time.

The 6-foot-9 defensive end who played 15 seasons for the Dallas Cowboys arrived in the NFL when height wasn’t a sought-after commodity for pass rushers.

While Jones is still one of the tallest football players at his position more than 40 years later, the evolution of the sport has put a premium on height and size on the defensive line.

The 67-year-old Jones, who met with Midwestern State’s football team Sunday before speaking at the university’s annual “Welcome Back Dinner,” still cuts an imposing figure. One of the reasons he said guys his size have thrived at football now is because of rules changes that have made the game safer.

Football and drones

Football and drones

AUG. 20 Josiah Robbins played football in high school in Arlington, Texas, until injuries forced him into a supporting roll as a team manager.

That’s when his interest in drones allowed him to fly a quad copter and shoot aerial footage of football practices for the coaches to analyze.

Fast forward to today and the Midwestern State University freshman finds himself as a valuable piece of the Mustangs football program. READ MORE

AUG. 10 Building on campus are being torn down as part of the Robert and Carol Gunn College of Health and Human Services Building.

AUG. 9 Construction of the Robert and Carol Gunn College of Health Sciences and Human Services building continues on schedule on the northwest corner of Midwestern State University. READ MORE. Soccer coach retires

JULY 25 Wednesday afternoon it was announced that Doug Elder, the Midwestern State men’s soccer coach, will retire before the start of the 2018 season. READ MORE. Doug Elder retires rewind

JULY 25 This story by Zach Duncan appeared in the Times Record News in 2015 when Doug Elder became Midwestern State’s all-time winningest coach. Elder stepped down on Wednesday. Doug Elder remembers his first day on the job as the Midwestern State men’s soccer coach like it was yesterday. He walked into the outdated, caged locker room inside D.L. Ligon Coliseum before the 2000 season and gazed at the locker he’d last occupied 16 years earlier. The same bumper stickers were plastered inside it. READ MORE Media Day from KFDX JULY 24 The Lone Star Conference Media Day took place on Tuesday, July 24 in San Antonio. The Mustangs were picked second in the conference preseason rankings. Hear what MSU Head Coach Bill Maskill has to say about the schedule for the 2018 season. READ MORE.

Joshua Hayter

Joshua Hayter

JULY 2 The judges at 92.9 NiN selected Joshua Hayter to sing the national anthem on July 4. The press release read, “Joshua’s impressive rendition of our National Anthem has won him the opportunity to perform the Star-Spangled Banner live at the 2018 4th in the Falls event this Wednesday, July 4th at 4pm at the MPEC in Wichita Falls! On top of that, we’ll also be hooking Joshua up with a fun-filled 6-day Caribbean cruise for two!”

Zack Shanks

Zack Shanks

JUNE 29 “I fell in love with landscapes and then through the years I grew into different projects and stuff like that, but I just enjoy photography in general now,” Photographer Zack Shanks said. In this story published on KDFX, Shanks, a 2017 Midwestern State University graduate in art, discusses how he used photography to promote a discussion of depression.

Dexter Learning on TV

Dexter Learning

JUNE 28 Several Texoma high school students are taking a computer course where they learn to fight back against cyber attacks at a summer camp. Twins, Elise and Emily Wolf, said their mom signed them up for the cybersecurity summer camp hosted by Dexter Learning and the US Air Force Association, a national organization that promotes STEM learning. Dexter Learning was founded by Midwestern State University alumni Sean Egloff and Michael Olaya, both graduates in engineering, Sean in 2018 and Michael in 2017. JUNE 7

inside classroom

One of the new laboratory classrooms in the Flower Mound facility.

JUNE 6 Take a tour of the new Flower Mound facility with Channel 6, KAUZ, and Midwestern State University graduate Samantha Forester. JUNE 6 The new MSU Texas student learning center in Flower Mound is officially open. The new campus was filled Wednesday morning with officials from MSU Texas, North Central Texas College, and Flower Mound city leaders as they celebrated a partnership that will bring more educational opportunities to students. See the grand-opening with Channel 6, KAUZ JUNE 6 The new Flower Found campus is the culmination of years of work between both Midwestern State University and North Central Texas College to expand higher education opportunities.

MAY 31

Midwestern State University named nine students, including three from Wichita Falls, as recipients of the Jane and Peyton Carnes President’s Distinguished Scholarships. Each will receive $28,000 over four years of undergraduate study.

MAY 15 Midwestern State recently named Valerie Armstrong as its ninth head volleyball coach replacing Natalie Burton READ Times Record News story.


Construction workers continue to lay the foundation for the basement level of the new Health and Sciences building going up between Louis J. Rodriguez and Hampstead. “My hope would be that we actually start moving into the new building around the middle of June of 2019”, says Associate Vice President of Facilities Services Kyle Owen. Photo by Jacob Smith.

MAY 10 Sixty trucks were ready to go Thursday at Midwestern State University as concrete was poured for the first floor of the Gunn College of Health Sciences building. Read the story by Channel 6. MAY 2 After teaching American History on the university level for 51 ½ years, the past 47 at Midwestern State University, Dr. Everett Kindig will retire next week at the end of the spring semester.

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