Are you a member of the military or a veteran wanting to move into academic life? Then this episode of Online Stripes is for you. Meet Max Butler, a member of the military and student at Mizzou, who shares his thoughts on continuing his education. Also, learn how Mizzou offers those in the military a whole host of financial aid opportunities to help you accomplish your goals. 

Are you a member of the military or a veteran wanting to move into academic life? If so, Mizzou has you covered! You bravely served our country – and, in turn, Mizzou is honored to serve you.

Meet Max Butler. Max was in college before he signed up with the Missouri National Guard as a Satellite Communications Operator. He missed a couple of years of college while he was in training, but knew he wanted to continue his education — and so he chose Mizzou Online.

"I saw that Mizzou had an online business administration program, so that’s the one I decided to go with. So just had to have those transcripts set up and Mizzou took care of the rest." 

Max began the program when he was in Iraq and says Mizzou was helpful in getting him established.

"Mizzou is very well equipped to handle online students, even students that are international. Without this online program, I’d have to put off college for another year and wait till I would come back home and start back up again. So this is actually…it’s keeping me from falling so far behind as compared to my peers."

Many in the military worry about financial issues when going back to school. But don’t stress. Mizzou is pleased to offer military members and veterans a whole host of financial aid opportunities. The Veterans Administration has several GI Bill benefits programs, with some including benefits for children and spouses. The Department of Defense provides tuition assistance to eligible service members of the National Guard and Reserves. The Missouri Returning Heroes Education Act Grant caps tuition for combat veterans at $50 per credit hour.  

In the meantime, check out our Veterans Center online — our one-stop-shop to answer any questions you might have about applying to Mizzou. Go to — and begin your journey to the life you’ve always imagined.

"If you’re second-guessing it, just do it. The faculty will be there to help you. They know we have personal lives, we’re busy, we do have very busy lives, but they’re there to help you and get what you need to get done."

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Do you have a family, a career, and still want to go back to school? You can do it all with the help of Mizzou Online. In this episode of Online Stripes, we have tips on how to balance it all and you’ll meet a couple who joined forces to get their degrees together.

Taking online courses, coordinating your career, and taking care of your family isn’t easy. It’s a daily balancing act. So what can you do to make it all happen? We have some tips — and some inspiration from a couple who went through graduate school together — to make your life a little easier.

First, stay motivated, disciplined, and persistent with your weekly routine. There are only so many hours in the day — and you’re only one person — so create a schedule and stick to it. Put everything on your calendar that needs to get done. We know it’s kind of like a jigsaw puzzle, but plot out your day so you’re accomplishing what you need to do academically and personally.

Set goals and deadlines for projects. Maybe you need to work a little ahead on your studies so you can help your kids with their homework. Do whatever works for you.

This is an important one. Find your best study spot — away from distractions. Pick a place that’s quiet so you can stay focused. We recommend a room in your house that everyone knows not to disturb.

And don’t forget to take care of yourself. Your well-being is critical for optimal learning. If you’re in the right headspace, you’ll be able to concentrate on school without worrying about 12 other things happening in your life.

Taking care of yourself might also mean delegating. Have someone else take care of the laundry so you can study. Or if extra hands aren’t available, give yourself a night off from kitchen duties every once in a while and delegate to a pizza shop. Order in!

Travis and Sara Inman

How about this… is a buddy system available? Maybe your friend or partner wants to enroll too. That worked for Travis and Sara Inman. They’re a husband and wife who tackled graduate school together with Mizzou Online. While also working full-time, Sara wanted to take her career to the next level with an online master’s in health administration. And Travis, a former Missouri state trooper, came to Mizzou to fulfill his dream of becoming a veterinarian so he started a dual master’s degree in veterinary medicine and public health. Did we mention they also have a small child? Mizzou Online gave this couple the flexibility to work, take care of their little one, and go to school. “There can be a lot of anxiety for nontraditional students,” Travis said. “But I’m here to say Mizzou offers a lot of support for us.”

There are many different paths Mizzou Online students can take to achieve their goals. Remember along the way to reward yourself. Because you’re not just bettering your own life, you’re bettering your family’s too. Just remember to get back to studying.

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This story originally appeared on the MU News Bureau website.

The need for school counselors continues to rise in Missouri and beyond. The University of Missouri’s College of Education is aiming to fill that need by adding an online master’s degree in school counseling beginning August.

“The University of Missouri College of Education has a legacy of excellence in school counseling, and I am very excited that online students can benefit from the knowledge of our incredible Counseling Psychology faculty,” said Kathryn Chval, dean of the College of Education. 

As the state school board looks to change the student-to-counselor ratio from 400-1 to 250-1, it is likely job openings will increase statewide. Professor emeritus Norm Gysbers said the field has a bright future as the need for school counselors is substantial.

Extending accessibility 

Norm Gysbers and Christopher Slaten Norm Gysbers, "the father of modern school counseling," speaks with Christopher Slaten, Associate Professor and Program Director, about the new program.

Christopher Slaten, program director and associate professor, said the program will allow individuals to take courses while continuing to work full time.

“Traditionally, the accessibility of school counseling programs has been sparse in rural communities,” Slaten said.

For Gilliam resident Jennifer Shepard, a mother and full-time employee, the program will allow her to do just that. The previous associate director of admissions at Central Methodist University said she is looking to get back into education. 

“I never thought I could be a Tiger,” Shepard said. “I like the work-life balance of the online program.”

Career-ready graduates 

Students will be able to obtain their school counseling certification as well as earn professional development graduate hours. School counselors in Missouri must have their master’s degree in school counseling as well as obtain the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education certificate. The online program will allow students to earn both. 

Graduates from the program will be license-eligible in Missouri as a school counselor at both elementary and secondary levels. For graduates looking to go out of state, most states honor reciprocity of Missouri’s school counseling certification

“We believe that this online format is just really a new extension of the hard work that we've been doing for decades with our school counseling program,” Slaten said.

Well-rounded curriculum

Norm Gysbers and Christopher Slaten Norm Gysbers and Christopher Slaten

Course work covers theories and techniques of counseling, foundations of career psychology, school counseling practicum and more. Most courses are offered in eight-week format, allowing students to take one course at a time and complete the program in three years.

Gysbers created the school counseling curriculum to focus on the science-practitioner model of training, comprehensive school guidance and counseling psychology. Students can expect to learn how to help kids ages kindergarten through 12th grade with their academic and career development as well as social-emotional development.

Slaten added the need for mental health services for students within the school building is paramount and can aid in promoting a more positive school climate, reduced bullying behavior, and stronger sense of belonging and school safety.

Springfield teacher and MU alumna Kirsten Miller said a master’s degree in counseling can help teachers understand their students better.

“There’s so much more to teaching than just academics,” Miller said. “I have so many kids that could use one-on-one counseling.”

Miller and Shepard are just two of many looking to pursue the new program and become a school counselor.

To learn more about the program, visit

At Mizzou Online, we’re totally committed to you and your success. Whether you’re a current or prospective student, today’s episode will give you some important tips to assure you’re prepared for your online education — and help pave the way for your success.  

At Mizzou Online, your success is our most important goal. So whether you are one of our current students – or a prospective student exploring your options, we feel it’s critical for you to prepare for what’s in store as you begin – or continue – your online education. Here are some tips to help you succeed.

First, know what to expect. Be aware that extra reading is required when learning online, so log in early and create a course calendar that will help you manage your time. And remember: Even though you have the flexibility of learning remotely and working at your own pace, you’ll still be required to learn the content.

Next…examine your study habits. If you’ve been away from the classroom for a while, it may be time to brush up. Or, you may need to readjust your study habits as you adapt to an online environment. Work on your time management skills, meet your goals and objectives each day, and really focus on one task at a time. Evaluate how you approach your work, make a plan and stick to it. Also, find your perfect workspace that is quiet without any distractions. Just make sure you have a good internet connection and access to power. It’s your lifeline to class.

Don’t forget to take advantage of our resources. From our distance learner library – to our career center – we’ve got you covered. Familiarize yourself with the myriad of resources we have to offer – and use them whenever you need them. 

Also: Remember that communication is key. Interact with your professors and classmates in your “virtual classroom.” It will help you feel engaged, connected, and part of the Mizzou community. Many instructors hold online discussions — where you can really get to know them and your peers —ask questions, give feedback, and share thoughts and ideas with each other.

And finally, don’t ever be afraid to ask for help. When accepted into the degree program at Mizzou, you’ll be assigned an adviser who is your personal go-to person — and will answer any questions or concerns. And if you have a question about a specific course or assignment, reach out to your instructor or fellow students.

Bottom line? Know that we are all here for you. We’re rooting for you. So be prepared, study hard, and look forward to one day receiving your degree — and making an impact in your chosen field.

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Why choose Mizzou? Whether you’re coming back to school after a long absence, or just out of high school and want to study remotely, Mizzou Online can help make your educational dreams a reality. 

When thinking about getting a degree online, the options of which school to choose might seem endless. So, if you’re thinking, “Why Mizzou?” Well, the answer is easy.

Many of our distance students say they chose Mizzou Online for 3 reasons. It’s affordable, our reputation is unmatched, and we have so many degree programs to choose from. There are over 125 online degree and certificate options — and over 1,000 online courses that are designed to bring the best of the University of Missouri to you. So, whether you’re someone who’s coming back to school after a long absence, or someone who needs to balance work and school and family obligations — or even someone who just graduated from high school, but wants to study remotely, we are here for you. When you become an online student at Mizzou, you’ll be joining thousands of other students from all over the world….

…like Kweku and Lu Ann.

Kweku Osei and his family

Kweku Osei came to the United States from the Republic of Ghana in 1999 — with only $300 in his pocket — and a dream. That dream was education. Today, he’s a full-time nurse and graduate of Mizzou — he earned his doctor of nursing practice with an emphasis in family nurse practitioner. Kweku says that Mizzou’s online format allowed him to work and take care of family responsibilities – which includes 3 children.

Lu Ann Cahn-Houser

Lu Ann Cahn-Houser earned a master’s in journalism with an emphasis in media management — a degree that she says was “10 years in the making.” And it all started with a dare. Lu Ann was feeling “stuck.” Knowing she needed a change, her daughter dared her to do something new every day for a year. One of these dares was to earn her master’s degree. Because she found that a traditional in-seat program wouldn’t work with her busy career, family life, and other obligations, she signed onto Mizzou’s online program — and discovered it was a perfect fit.

These are just two stories out of thousands. Each one of our students have very personal and unique stories to tell about what brought them to us — how it’s changed their lives — and how happy they are that they chose Mizzou Online.

Lu Ann says: “Even though you’re getting your degree online, you’re getting Mizzou’s brand of this very highly respected journalism program. I was impressed with my professors all along the way. I was learning in a new way. I was really being challenged.”

Kweku says: “I cannot thank the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing enough because they have really given me an opportunity. In doing so, they have also prepared me very well for the real world.

So, let us show you what Mizzou Online is all about. In these uncertain times, it’s okay to keep thinking about what’s next for your career. And if you’re longing for a degree or a new direction, we can help you make that happen. 

Tune in to our next episode of Online Stripes. Presented by the University of Missouri — home of Mizzou Online. Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, iHeart Radio, and smart speakers. Share, subscribe, and comment to let us know what you think. 

We are Mizzou Online — the online education gateway to the University of Missouri. What does that mean to you? It could be the first or even the next big step in making your career dreams come true. In our first episode of Online Stripes, discover who we are, what we have to offer, and how you can study with our world-class faculty — from wherever you are in the world.

Welcome to Online Stripes, presented by the University of Missouri, home of Mizzou Online. It’s education wherever you are, with help every step of the way so you can earn your stripes.

There’s a lot going on in the world right now. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused our lives to change drastically almost overnight, impacting each of us in different ways. We know you have a lot to think about. But if going back to school this fall seems like the right thing to do for your career, we’d love to talk to you about it.

At Mizzou, we know that everyone has goals, but not everyone knows how to reach them. Maybe you’ve put off going back to school and now is the right time. Or is it time for a career change? Or maybe you want to go back, but you feel like with your family life, you just can’t balance it all — and that’s on top of working. But the truth is you can with the help of Mizzou Online. Your new journey can start right now — today!

When you become one of our students, you’re so much more than that. You become a Tiger. You become part of history. The University of Missouri goes all the way back to 1839 and we’re first in a lot of ways. We were the first public university west of the Mississippi River. We’re home to the world’s first journalism school. We started the tradition of homecoming. Yes, you can thank us. We’re a flagship institution in the heart of Missouri, in beautiful Columbia, but you don’t have to move here to become a Tiger.

Because wherever you are in the world, Mizzou Online offers you a choice of more than 125 University of Missouri graduate and undergraduate degrees and certificate options. And as one of our online students, you’ll be receiving a first-rate education from our fantastic faculty.

Whatever career path you want to follow, Mizzou Online has an affordable course of study for you. Check out our degrees and programs in subjects like the arts, agriculture, business, journalism, education, engineering, law, medicine and so much more. Can you tell we’re excited about what we do?

We’re very proud to say that the University of Missouri is a national leader in online education. But what also makes us great is our values — the four pillars of being a Tiger. The first is Respect in welcoming differences and the exchange of ideas. Next is Responsibility, being accountable to ourselves, each other, and the public we serve. The third is Discovery, the lifelong process of seeking knowledge, and the fourth is the pursuit of Excellence through diligent effort and collaboration.

So where do you start? Right here! We want to help you become a Tiger and answer all of your questions. So join us twice a week for a new episode of Online Stripes. We’ll take you through every aspect of the online Mizzou journey — what to expect, financial aid, our courses of study — plus you’ll hear from real students and graduates who have taken our online courses. Every student has a personal, unique story of what brought them to Mizzou Online, their experience with us and their lives today, after reaching their goals.

In today’s new world, simplifying our lives has become a priority. And that’s what Mizzou Online is all about. Let us help you easily navigate the way for you to earn your degree online. It’s a journey you won’t regret.

Yes, we are Mizzou, where Black and Gold runs deep and Truman the Tiger embodies our bold spirit. Come join us. Experience the joy of learning and make that career you’ve always dreamed of a reality.

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The University of Missouri’s online programs ranked among the best in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Online Programs. With more than 127 options, Mizzou offers the second most online programs in both the SEC and among AAU public institutions.

U.S. News bases rankings on institution-supplied data evaluating student engagement, student services and technology, faculty credentials and peer reputation among other categories.

Best online graduate education programs

Best online graduate education programs

For the third consecutive year, Mizzou’s online graduate education programs have been named the best in Missouri and ranked 60th nationally. With 23 online master’s and eight online graduate certificate programs, the College of Education offers the most online options of all of Mizzou’s schools and colleges.

“The University of Missouri is top notch,” said Shannin Preshinger of Helena, Montana, a recent graduate of the online master’s in English education program. “I feel like I got the highest quality education from a very prestigious university without having to leave my own town, state or my own house.”

In addition to the overall “Best Online Graduate Education” ranking, Mizzou Education earned specialty rankings for their excellence in the areas of special education and educational administration and supervision.

Best online bachelor's programs

Best online bachelor’s programs

Mizzou’s online bachelor’s programs’ ranking climbed 15 positions from last year to 99th out of 345 ranked schools. With the addition of five new programs in 2019 — information technology, communication, English, psychology and sociology — the University of Missouri offers 16 online bachelor’s options, all 100% online.

Recent graduate Sarah Swoboda describes the experience of earning her bachelor’s in business administration online with Mizzou as “profound.” She credits the online option as one of the reasons why she was able to graduate and further her career.

“Most people do not get out of their parents’ income bracket. I was in and out of foster care and my mom and dad rarely had jobs. … Now, I have surpassed their income bracket.”  

Best online bachelor's programs for veterans

Best for veterans 

Mizzou’s online graduate education programs and online bachelor’s programs also earned the distinction of “Best for Veterans” due to a high overall ranking and a focus on veteran support. Among other services, MU offers a 10% tuition award toward online degree and certificate programs for veterans, active duty, National Guard, reserves and spouses and dependents.

Best online graduate education programs for veterans

MU graduate Joseph Osmack, a former sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, found the university’s veteran services to be one of the deciding factors in his decision to earn his MPA online with Mizzou.

“Deciding on the degree was always more important to me than picking a degree,” said Osmack. “Mizzou's reputation, online program, national ranking, accreditation, tuition rate and military-friendliness were all deciding factors. The University of Missouri was the best fit for me.”

Mizzou celebrates Fall 2019 graduates this weekend, December 13 – 15. Among them are more than 300 earning their degrees online. Members of Mizzou’s graduating online class live in 36 states and two countries — some as far away as China. Ranging in age from 21 to 64, the graduates are earning degrees from the bachelor’s to the PhD level.

Lu Ann Cahn-Houser

Do something every day that dares you

Lu Ann Cahn-Houser of Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, is earning a master’s in journalism with an emphasis in media management, a degree that “has been 10 years in the making!” And it all started with a dare.

In 2009, Lu Ann was feeling “stuck.” Although she had a career as an Emmy-winning investigative reporter at a news station in Philadelphia and had just fought and defeated cancer twice, she felt miserable. Knowing she needed a change, Lu Ann’s daughter dared her to do something new every day for a year and blog about it. That blog turned into a book and the year-long journey changed Lu Ann’s life.

One of these dares was to earn her master’s degree. However, she found that a traditional in-seat program wouldn’t work with her busy career, family life and other obligations. She discovered Mizzou’s online program, and it was a perfect fit.

While learning online was a new experience for Lu Ann, she was up for the challenge, and she found immense value in the program. She was able to meet peers around the world. The course work was applicable to both her previous role as a television reporter and her new role as the Klein College of Media and Communication Director of Career Services at Temple University — a switch she made halfway through the master’s program.

“Even though you’re getting your degree online, you’re getting Mizzou’s brand of this very highly respected journalism program,” she said. “I was impressed with my professors all along the way. I was learning in a new way. I was really being challenged.”

Staying true to her bold mentality, Lu Ann decided to road trip with her friends to commencement this weekend. She simply couldn’t pass up the dare.

Shannin Preshinger

Embrace the gift of knowledge

On the other side of the country, Shannin Preshinger of Helena, Montana, had a similar need as Lu Ann. As a full-time teacher and mother of two, Shannin needed a flexible program. Beyond that, she couldn’t find a nearby master’s program that offered an English education emphasis. Enter Mizzou’s online master’s in English education.

As a high school English teacher, Shannin was looking for a program where she could hone her skills and improve the learning experience for her students. She embraces the “always be learning” mentality and hopes her students and children — who are currently college students themselves — will take her experience as an example.

“The University of Missouri is top notch,” Shannin said. “I feel like I got the highest quality education from a very prestigious university without having to leave my own town, state or my own house. … All of the course work I could apply immediately to my classroom. It challenged me to think deeper, to be more reflective in my practice.”

This weekend, Shannin will be celebrating her degree from home in Montana, but she still feels strongly connected to Mizzou. “I made a few very strong connections that bridged the Internet.”

What’s next for Shannin in her career? The sky is the limit. “This program opens a lot of doors for me,” said Shannin. “I have opportunities now that I wouldn’t have had without the University of Missouri.”

Vanessa Whittle

Take a risk

While Vanessa Whittle of Waynesville, Missouri, lives a bit closer to campus than Lu Ann or Shannin, like them she also has little time to spare in her schedule.

As a middle school social studies teacher, Vanessa is also a go-to learning technology resource for her school. She found that the educational specialist in learning technologies and design was the right blend of course work she needed to impact her career.

In the program, Vanessa found a network of educators worldwide and felt that their perspectives were an important element of her experience. “I’ve been in classes with people who live in Italy and on the West Coast. I have a network of people across the country who aren’t just from right here in Missouri.”

Like Shannin, Vanessa is hoping to inspire her students and children. “I think that learning should take place at all ages,” she said. “Part of a reason I’m walking at commencement is to set a good example for my students and for my own kids. It doesn’t matter how old you are, you can go back, earn your degree and change the course of your career. … All of us tend to doubt ourselves, and trying something new is a risk.”

Vanessa took that risk and impacted her life and career along the way.

Join us in celebrating the graduating class on their online commencement ceremony website. Drop a congratulatory note in the guest book. Listen to inspiring words from Sinclair School of Nursing Dean Sarah Thompson, PhD.

Earning your online degree this weekend? Share your experience with us on social media using #OnlineStripes:

Ready to earn your own #OnlineStripes? Join more than 340,000 Mizzou alumni making a difference across the globe. Learn more about Mizzou’s 125+ online degrees and certificates.

UPCEA, a leading national organization for online education, recognized two University of Missouri faculty members with awards at their SUPER Regional (Central and West) Conference Oct. 24 in Denver, Colorado.

Heather Hunt

Emerging Professional Continuing Educator Award

Heather Hunt, an associate professor in the College of Engineering, took home the Adelle F. Robertson Emerging Professional Continuing Educator Award. Dr. Hunt was on site to accept the award.

Dr. Hunt has become an advocate for online teaching not just within her department, but across the university and the University of Missouri System, in part because her own online courses embody the standards of excellence and quality that her faculty and students expect to experience in engineering course work.

Although initially reluctant to teach online courses, Dr. Hunt has fully embraced the format — and her enthusiasm shows in her course design. She worked with instructional designers to create engaging and innovative bioengineering courses that have impressed both students and her department. Dr. Hunt recently led the development of the master of science in biological engineering program, for which she now serves as the program coordinator.

Amy Simons

Excellence in Teaching Award

Amy Simons, an associate professor in the School of Journalism, received the Excellence in Teaching Award. During the awards ceremony, she was en route to Beijing to teach at Communication University of China for two weeks.

“Ten years ago this week, I was sitting in my fourth floor cubicle in the Chicago Tribune newsroom working as digital news editor … I make my home now in education, teaching college students about journalism and how we do the work we do,” said Simons in her online acceptance speech.

Simons’ real-world experience in the journalism field is made apparent with her teaching style. She has brought the “Missouri Method” (learning by doing) to life for her students through experiential assignments that transform students’ use of discussions. The blend of student-to-student and instructor-to-student interactions in her online courses has earned glowing reviews. Simons teaches multi-modal platform reporting and editing in the online interactive media master’s and graduate certificate programs.


The University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) is the leading association for professional, continuing, and online education. For more than 100 years, UPCEA has served most of the leading public and private colleges and universities in North America. Founded in 1915, the association serves its members with innovative conferences and specialty seminars, research and benchmarking information, professional networking opportunities and timely publications. Based in Washington, D.C., UPCEA also builds greater awareness of the vital link between contemporary learners and public policy issues.

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Mizzou Homecoming 2019

Mizzou’s Homecoming began November 25, 1911. It was then that a tradition began unlike any other of its time. Since then, Mizzou claims one of the largest, longest and best national Homecoming celebrations.

The same year that the Homecoming tradition started, Mizzou also began offering distance education courses. From the early days of correspondence courses for rural Missourians to more than 125 online degree and certificate programs for learners everywhere, our goal has always been about bringing Mizzou to the homes of our students.

In honor of Homecoming 2019, we’re inviting Mizzou’s online alumni to “come home” and tell us what they’ve been up to since they graduated. Throughout the week, we’ll share some of these stories on our social media channels and give graduates an opportunity to learn more about their fellow Tigers.

Did you earn your #OnlineStripes? If so, how has earning your degree impacted your life and career? Capture a video of yourself telling your story. Share this video on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Tag us and use the hashtag #OnlineStripes to enter a giveaway to win one of three $50 gift cards to the Mizzou Store. (And yes, you can shop online!)

Post your entry by Sunday, October 13 at 11:59 p.m. CT — and make sure your post is public so we can see it! We will randomly select three winners on Monday, October 14 at 9 a.m. CT. For more information on rules and how to enter, see below.

Go Tigers!

How to enter:
  1. Take a 1-minute video (maximum) of yourself explaining how earning your degree online with Mizzou has impacted your life and career.
  2. Post the video to your personal account on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Ensure that your account is not private (Twitter, Instagram) or the post is public (Facebook) in order to be viewed by the Mizzou Online team.
  3. Tag @MizzouOnline on Facebook/Twitter or @Mizzou.Online on Instagram and use the hashtag #OnlineStripes in your post.
Rules and giveaway details:
  1. Period: The giveaway will start at 9:00 a.m. CT on Monday, October 7 and end at 11:59 p.m. CT on Sunday, October 13.
  2. Eligibility: All entrants must be in good standing as alumni of the University of Missouri and have completed their degree through an online program at Mizzou to be eligible.
  3. Entries: Entrants may post multiple times but will get one entry in the giveaway.
  4. Winners: The winners will be chosen at random at 9:00 a.m. CT on Monday, October 14. Winners will be notified via the social media platform in which they entered the giveaway.
  5. Prize: All eligible entries received during the giveaway will be entered to win one (1) of three (3) $50 gift cards to the Mizzou Store. The prizes will be mailed to the winners. All federal, state and local taxes associated with the receipt or use of the prize are solely the responsibility of the winner.
  6. Sponsor: Mizzou Online, 136 Clark Hall, Columbia, Missouri 65211. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
  7. Release: By entering this giveaway, you agree to allow Mizzou Online to use any part of your name, program of study, video or story in advertisements, including but not limited to print, web, or social media.