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VARSITY M INVITES MEMBERS
All Varsity M members are invited to
join us for our remaining tailgates that
begin two hours prior to each home
football game. As you will see on the
map below, our tailgate location is
Fall 2007 located at the north entrance of the
Volume 13 Issue 3 Hearnes Center, along the sidewalk, just
to the east of the Tiger Quarterback
Club tailgate. Look for our banners.
Remaining Football Schedule
Another benefit to membership in the
Varsity M Association is access to our 10/20 Texas Tech Columbia, MO
private parking lot located just west of 10/27 Iowa State Columbia, MO
Providence Road off of Carrie Franke
11/3 at Colorado Boulder, CO
Drive. Members must display their
Varsity M window cling. If you are a 11/10 Texas A&M Columbia, MO
member and have not received yours, 11/17 at Kansas State Manhattan, KS
or have misplaced it, please email Jayson
11/24 Kansas Arrowhead Stadium
Meyer at email@example.com. There
is very limited parking so come early.
Message from the President
Homecoming Grand Marshall
Where Are They Now
Restore the Tiger
Fall Sports Update
Message From the President Varsity M Association
Uniting Mizzou Champions for Life
“Uniting Mizzou Champions
for Life” Mission
Brad Scrivner, President
The Varsity M Association unites Mizzou varsity
letter winners into a passionate team with a life-long
Greetings Mizzou Letterwinners. On July 1st, your Varsity commitment to each other and Mizzou Athletics
M Association (VM) successfully transitioned leadership and through our partnership with the University of
I will be serving as your President until June 30, 2009. A Missouri Athletic Department and the Mizzou Alumni
big “thank you” to former President, Sandi Strother. She Association.
has been a giant in this organization, serving tirelessly to
advance your goals, represent your interests, and establish Core Values
a firm foundation for future growth. Thanks as well to
the Varsity M Board. I appreciate your time, effort, and
dedication to “reunite former Mizzou student athletes in
the spirit of fellowship and cooperation.” Finally, thanks • Integrity
to the University of Missouri Athletic Department and • Teamwork
the Mizzou Alumni Association, who continue to be great • Pride
partners in supporting our goals.
As former athletes, you are well aware that anytime a
transition occurs, it’s an opportunity to reflect on where 1. Develop a vibrant, life-long membership base
we’ve been, where we’re going, what worked well, what • Increase awareness and membership of both
needs improvement, and what things we should and current and alumni letter winners
shouldn’t be doing. As a result, the VM Board committed • Increase participation and retention
to a strategic planning process which was facilitated by • Increase active involvement in “giving back”
Varsity M Secretary, Nancy Hedrick. With the input of opportunities
the VM Board and the leadership and expertise of Nancy,
this process was successfully completed and ratified on 2. Promote leadership and organizational structure for
August 25, 2007. One of the later articles in the newletter long term stability.
summarizes the full strategic plan, but our new purpose is
• Increase the volunteer base
“Uniting Mizzou Champions for Life.”
• Strengthen the leadership base
I look forward to continuing the momentum of the VM • Strengthen the structure and process
Association and will focus on three primary goals over
the next two years. First, we are going to focus our 3. Develop a solid base of sustained financial support
resources (time, money, etc.) in order to be the best at a
• Increase membership income and individual giving
few things (those things identified as being strategic to our
association). Second, we want to develop an organizational • Increase corporate and local businesses
structure which promotes long term success…one which donations and sponsorships
moves former letterwinners from a “ticket holder” to being • Increase long term and endowment giving
“in the stands” to being “on the field.” Finally, we want
to continue to diversify our board and membership, firmly 4. Strengthen strategic partnerships to the mutual
believing that better decisions occur when multiple views benefit of all
and life experiences are represented. • Continue to strengthen the relationship with the
Thanks in advance for your support and please consider Athletic Department
how you might be able to contribute. • Maintain a strong relationship with the Mizzou
For Mizzou, • Pursue new strategic partnerships as appropriate
President – Varsity M Association Adopted by the Varsity M Board of Directors
Brad.Scrivner@umb.com on August 25, 2007
2007 Mizzou Homecoming
Pro Football Hall of
Fame member “Roger
the Dodger” will serve
as the 2007 Mizzou
Please join your fellow
Rober Wehrli, in
Columbia to celebrate
the world’s first and
The 1970 College of
Homecoming 2007 Education graduate
earned varsity football
letters in 1966, 1967
Saturday, October 20, 2007 and 1968 and was
inducted into the Pro
In 1911, the University of Missouri Director of Athletics, Football Hall of Fame
Chester Brewer, issued a call to all alumni to return on August 4, 2007.
home for the Missouri-Kansas football game. Once again,
the Varsity M Association renews the call to you as a The St. Louis Cardinals bolstered their secondary with the
letterwinner to return home to Mizzou and celebrate selection of cornerback Roger Wehrli in the first round of the
Homecoming with your former Tiger teammates. 1969 draft. An All-American at Missouri, Wehrli picked off 10
passes as a senior as well as led the nation in punt returns that
Join us early on Saturday morning for the annual year.
HOMECOMING PARADE (time to be announced). We
invite you to walk alongside our float down the streets of Wehrli, utilizing his speed, finesse, and strength, easily made the
Columbia while we honor some MIZZOU GREATS that we transition to the NFL and for the next 14 seasons was a steadying
have asked to be guests on our float! force on the Cardinals defense. His reliable and durable play at the
right cornerback position forced opposing quarterbacks to avoid
Following the parade, Varsity M members and their families his area.
are invited to join in our largest TAILGATE of the year. Join Wehrli earned a starting role with the Cardinals as a rookie and
us for food and drinks on the north side of the Hearnes contributed three interceptions and led the team in punt returns.
Center. The following season, he picked off a career-high six passes - a feat
he would match in 1975 - to earn his first All-Pro and All-NFC
Finally, gather with hundreds of fellow MU letterwinners as honors. He also was named to the first of seven Pro Bowls that
we join Marching Mizzou to welcome the team ON THE year.
Roger set eight MU records which include the most interceptions
Mizzou Athletics has extended a special offer especially for in a season and most in a game. He was named an all-American and
Varsity M members. Discounted tickets are available for had the opportunity to play in all star games.
$35 each (a savings of $20 per ticket!). Contact Jayson
Meyer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 372-6822 to get While at Mizzou, Wehrli was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta
the details on how to take advantage of this special Varsity fraternity and the Mystical Seven senior honorary. Wehrli along
M member benefit. with his wife Gayle reside in St. Charles, Missouri.
These are all events that you won’t want to miss! For more The Varsity M Association welcomes back one of its own!!
information visit http://varsity-m.missouri.edu
Where They Are Now
BASKETBALL FOOTBALL (continued)
Jerry A. Fowler, BS-Education (‘59), M-Education (‘66). Jerry Harold Burnine, BS-Education (‘56). Harold, also know as
turned 80 years old in June and had a big birthday party with family “Hank”, is semi retired after 42 years in Health Care. He was a
and friends. Two former MU Basketball players attended, Bud letter winner in both Football and Track.
Heineman and Bob Murrey.
Jack Frier, BS-Business Administration (‘50), lettering in Football
Howard V. Garrett, BS-Education (‘63), M-Education (‘67). & Baseball. Jack and his wife Dotty have been married for 57
Recently Howard has become a board member with the Varsity years. They just moved to St. Peters, MO after living in Webster
M Association. As of July 1, he also has become a member of Groves, MO for 52 years.
the Springfield, MO/ Greene County Park Board, serving on the
recreation committee. He retired in 1997 as Principal of Poplar SWIMMING
Bluff, MO High School. Currently he serves as a deacon at Second Rick Kammerer, BS-Business Administration (‘80). Rick started
Baptist Church in Springfield, MO and has been on mission trips to swimming competitively again after a 28 year hiatus. He is training
Mongolia. He has been married for 44 years to his wonderful wife with the Rice Aquatics Masters team in Houston and recently won
Judy Kay and has three children and nine grand children. The 10th his age group in the South Central Zone Championships in the
grandchild is on the way arriving in February of 2008. 50 free, 100 free, and 100 back. He’s on to Nationals in August.
Good luck, Rick!
B. D. Simon, BS-Civil Engineering (‘38). B.D. turned 91 years old GOLF
on July 10. Mr. Simon has received the distinguished service award Fred Mayer, Fred serves as council for the Armstrong Teasdale
from the University of Missouri Alumni Association, which is the Law Firm in St. Louis and never misses a Mizzou Football game.
highest award given by the MAA. He also received the Bronze
Star with the United States Army for his work with the Filipino Gary L. Stickfaden, BS-Business Administration (‘65). Gary
Guerrilla Unit. He serves as a chairman on the board for the followed his career for 30 years with KPMG and retired to pursue
University of Missouri Engineering Advisory Council as well as on his dream of playing professional golf. He did so for 9 years and
the Columbia College Council. now he is awaiting the return of his amateur status so he can
compete in the Senior Am Gold events. He and his wife of 44
John W. Tabash, BA-Bio Science (‘77). John is enjoying his years, Nancy, travel to see their grandchildren quite often.
orthopedic practice. The majority of his patients are between 8-
16 years of age and they keep him young. He has been married for
21 years to his lovely wife Mary & has two great children, Julie, 18, TRACK
and John, 16. He enjoyed his years at Mizzou and had fun playing Dale E. Steffey, BS-Civil Engineering (‘44). Dale is now 85 years
football. He said he had a great group of teammates and coaches old and retired. He enjoys drawing, painting, and cartoon drawing
and most importantly received a great education. as a hobby.
Sid Lindley, BS-Business Administration (‘51). Sid keeps in frequent Howard W. Robertson, BS-Agriculture (‘57), lettering in
contact with Roland Oakes, who played football in ’45 - ’48. Roland Football & Track. Howard has been with State Farm Insurance in
lives nearby and they see each other frequently for lunch. Highland as an agent for 48 years. He has a granddaughter whom
Bob Orsi, BS-Recreation & Park Administration (‘74). Bob
recently retired after 32 years as the Director of Park and
Recreation with the Geneseo Community Park District. He
also retired from the IC Association of Park Districts Board of
Directors in July 2007. Thanks to Our Sponsors!
Russ Sloan, BS-Education (‘61), M-Education (‘63). Russ recently
accepted the Directorship of the Business Resources Center at
Lake-Sumter Community College in Leesburg, Florida.
Rich P Bernsen, BS-Business Administration (85’), BS-Secondary
Math Education. Rich is now retired from his teaching career of
20 years. Before that, he worked in credit & collection.
Ray Cliffe, BA-Art (‘48). Ray was involved with football as a
player, coach, & official for 64 years. He played pro football with
the St. Louis Knights in ‘53-‘54. He is in the Missouri State and St.
Louis Football Hall of Fame, as well as receiving the coveted Bob
Broeg Award in 2006. Ray also received the Don Faurot Man of
the Year Award in 2007.
Early this summer, the Governing Board of the University of in the State of Missouri, but we cannot afford to ignore it
Missouri Alumni Association passed a resolution in favor of and still be true to our University’s mission and to those
restoring our official name to the University of Missouri. For many MU serves.
years, our alumni board has been concerned with the regional The mission of the Alumni Association is to support the best
moniker placed on our name (University of Missouri-Columbia) interests and traditions of Missouri’s flagship university and
with the creation of the University of Missouri System.
its alumni worldwide. In 1892 our alumni, along with fellow
We joined the For All We Call Mizzou National Campaign Columbians, defended the Columns from being pulled down after
Steering Committee in asking for this restoration. Since then, a fire destroyed Academic Hall. Then they went to work right away
host of campus groups including the Jefferson Club Trustees, MU to raise enough money to ensure the University would be rebuilt
Faculty Council, MU Staff Advisory Council, Graduate Professional around that site. Those supporters helped “restore the roar”
Council, and MU Retirees Association have endorsed the name when MU needed them. Our reasons to restore our name are
restoration. solid. Our University is a world-class institution with an extremely
bright future. It is time, with your help, to Restore the Roar!
We believe there are several compelling reasons why it is time for
this change: Titus Blackmon
1. It is our historic name. Naturally, since the University President - Mizzou Alumni Association
of Missouri was our name for more than 120 years, our MAAPresident@missouri.edu
campus is commonly referred to as such. Whether it is how
we are referred to within our peer group, in the halls on
Capitol Hill or when our Tigers take the field or court, we are
known as the University of Missouri. We are simply asking the
Board of Curators to allow the University to use that name
on a daily basis.
2. Regionalism is rampant in Missouri. For many of those
first 120 years, Missouri had one University with a statewide
mission and name. Today, there are three universities Varsity M Association
Board of Directors
with statewide names: Truman State University (formerly
Northeast Missouri State), Missouri State University (formerly
Southwest Missouri State), and the soon to be Missouri
University of Science and Technology (currently University of
Missouri-Rolla). These three universities along with several Brad Scrivner, President
others have statewide missions as well. Our flagship, public Carl Fudge, Vice-President
research, land-grant university has a regional name and, Lynette Morasch, Treasurer
frankly, it is used against us in the increasing competitive world
of higher education every day. It is time that our name once Rich Bernsen Nancy Hedrick Terry Maglich Sandi Strother
again matches our mission. George Boucher Brock Hessing Terri McHolland Ray Uriarte
Howard Garrett Randy Jostes Bob Meyers Henry Wiebe
3. Now is the time. Until this point, we have respected the Bob Gooch Al Laffoon Rick Penrose
uniformity of campus identifications within the University of
Missouri System. This year the Board of Curators granted Direct comments and questions about the Varsity M
approval for the University of Missouri-Rolla to change its Association to Brad Scrivner at email@example.com.
name to Missouri University of Science and Technology
(Missouri S&T). We believe this change opens the door to Questions regarding MUAA/VM membership should be
discuss the restoration of our name, something our alumni directed to Jayson Meyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
have wanted for a long time. We didn’t start the “name game”
Bus Entsminger Navy Veteran of
World War II.
Guy H. “Bus” Entsminger, one of the stars of
the University of Missouri football teams of the Sheehan served as superintendent of the Normandy School
1940s, died on June 30 at age 83. District before taking the Mizzou AD job. He was superintendent
of schools in his hometown of Brookfield after leaving Mizzou.
Entsminger lettered for Don Faurot’s Tigers
in 1942, and, after a four-year hiatus serving in Mel was a long time supporter and board member of the Varsity M
World War II, returned to the team and lettered Association.
in 1946-48. He perfected Faurot’s famed “Split T” Information from Graham Watson of St. Louis Post-Dispatch
offense, becoming a master at the quarterback option.
Entsminger led Missouri in total offense in 1947 and guided the
Damien Nash passed away in his hometown
Tigers to the 1948 Gator Bowl. After college, Entsminger served
after playing in a charity basketball game on
invarious administrative positions at MU for 40 years, including
February 23, 2007. He was 24 years old.
university vice president and vice chancellor of alumni.
The charity event was a fundraiser to benefit
Entsminger was inducted into the MU Intercollegiate Athletics
the Darris Nash Find A Heart Foundation, a
Hall of Fame in 1991 and received Missouri’s distinguished alumni
charity which raises funds for heart transplant
award a year later.
research. Damien created the charity in honor
Information from the Columbia Tribune
of his older brother, Darris, a recent heart
Clay Cooper, Jr. Nash, a native of St. Louis, Mo., lettered for Mizzou as a tailback in
A prominent link to Missouri’s football past,
2003 and 2004. Nash led the Tigers in rushing in his junior season
and three sport letterwinner, was lost on June
of 2004, rushing for 792 yards and seven touchdowns, averaging
5, 2007 when longtime assistant football coach
4.8 yards per carry in 10 games. He also caught 25 passes out of
Clay Cooper passed away. He was 89 years old.
the backfield for 176 yards and one touchdown.
No assistant coach in more than a century
Nash was one of the nation’s top prep running back prospects
of MU football coached more seasons than
out of East St. Louis High School. He racked up 1,444 yards and
Cooper. He is a Hickman High School and MU
28 TDs as a senior there, after spending his first three years at St.
graduate who joined Don Faurot’s football staff
Louis Riverview Gardens, where he helped lead his team to the
in 1947. He held that position for the next 29 seasons, working
1998 Missouri Class 5A state title. Nash totaled a massive 5,395
under head coaches Faurot, Frank Broyles, Dan Devine and Al
yards rushing and 95 total TDs in his prep days, and he also threw
for 1,160 yards and 10 TDs, as well. He chose Mizzou over Miami,
After college, Clay coached a few years in Joplin then commanded Fla., Nebraska and Illinois, among many other schools.
PT boats in the Pacific during World War II. After serving, he
returned to his alma mater as a football and basketball assistant Margaret “Meggie” Malm
coach. Former Tiger soccer player Margaret “Meggie”
During Cooper’s five decades on the football staff, 55 other MU Malm passed away from injuries suffered in a car
assistant coaches came and went through the program. Primarily accident in her home state of Iowa on Thursday,
a defensive backs coach, Cooper tutored some of the greatest September 20, 2007. She was 22 years old.
players in team history, including College Football Hall of Famers “Meggie was the ultimate teammate who embodied
Johnny Roland and Roger Wehrli. everything good about life through her character,
Information from Dave Matter of Columbia Tribune spirit and heart. Her family was such a big part of
the Mizzou family and our thoughts and prayers go out to them,”
Mel Sheehan said Missouri soccer Head Coach Bryan Blitz.
Former University of Missouri Athletics Director Malm played for the Tigers from 2003-06. Over her four year
and member of the Missouri Hall of Fame, Mel career, she played in 74 games with 63 starts and tallied four
Sheehan died at his home in Brookfield, Missouri career points mainly as a defender.
on July 22, 2007. He was 83.
Notable recognitions from the University of Missouri-Columbia
Sheehan was a two-sport athlete from 1946- include: Outstanding Industrial Engineering Senior, College of
48, becoming one of the Tigers’ greats in both Engineering Dean’s List, Big Twelve Commissioner’s Honor Roll,
football and track and field. Academic All District 7 Soccer First Team, Mizzou 39, and Mystical
After graduation, Sheehan became a Big Eight Seven Secret Society. She graduated summa cum laude with a
Conference football official from 1961-71 and later returned to bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering in May 2007 and was
be Missouri’s Athletics Director from 1972-78. He was also a US working toward an MBA at Mizzou.
Fall Sports Update
Playing eight games inside the state of The men, running just the
Missouri in 2007, Head Coach Gary Pinkel freshman class, took third
returns 15 starters from the 2006 squad place. They will compete in
that finished tied for second in the Big 12 Big 12 and NCAA qualifiers as
North at 8-5 overall, winning eight games they continue through their
for only the 10th time in school history fall schedule.
and reaching the Sun Bowl. The Missouri
Tigers were picked to win
the Big 12 North Division
title in the pre-season media Men’s Golf:
polls this year. Chase Daniel The men’s golf team kicked off the fall with
and our two outstanding a rigorous travel schedule as they continue
tight ends, Martin Rucker to compete in tournaments all over the
and Chase Coffman, have led country. Tigers finished fourth at their
the Tigers to a strong non- season-opening tournament at the Purdue
conference record of 4-0. Midwest Shootout. They finished 14th in
the Inverness Intercollegiate in Toledo, OH
and finished 12th Wolf Run Intercollegiate.
The Big 12 coaches tabbed seniors Na
Yang and Tatum Ailes with Preseason Women’s Golf:
All-Big 12 honors. Ailes becomes the Similar to the men’s team, the women’s
first defensive player or libero in the team hit the road to compete against some
Big 12’s history to be named to the of the top competition in the country,
preseason list. The Tigers are coming as they have made several appearances
off a 2006 campaign that included a at several tournaments this fall in East
seventh-consecutive birth to the NCAA Lansing, MI; Manhattan, KS; Las Crucas,
Tournament. As a result, Mizzou and NM; the Club at Old Hawthorne; and Las
Nebraska are now the only programs in Vegas; NV. In their season-opener at the
the Big 12 Conference to have made the Mary Fossum Invitational, Mizzou finished
post-season every year since 2000. 6th.
Soccer: Swimming & Diving:
The work for many started in July, when most of the players on
The Tigers prepared
Mizzou’s soccer squad came back to Columbia to start summer
this summer for their
classes and play pick-up games and work out for the upcoming
fall season by competing
season. Five Tiger players sharpened their skills in the Women’s
in the ConocoPhillips
Professional Soccer League with St. Louis-based River Cities Futbol
USA National Swimming
Club. The team began the season strongly with 7-2-1 start.
Indianapolis, IN. Bennett
Cross Country: Clark finished 24th in
Kicking off the 2007 50 meter free-style and
Cross Country season, Colleen Gordon finished
both the men and women in 26th place and had her best time ever. “It was great to have
took home the titles in such a strong representation for our program at the National
the 2007 Missouri Cross Championships,” said Head Coach Brian Hoffer. “The team
Country Challenge at A.L. performed at a high level. Bennett continues to become one of the
Gustin Golf Course. The best sprinters in the country. I’m also very pleased with Colleen
Missouri Cross Country and her lifetime best swim. It was a fun week in Indianapolis.”
team continued its fast
start to the season at
the Vanderbilt Commodore Classic as the women’s team took
home the title narrowly escaping Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt.