Last month, Cooper became the director of Marching Mizzou, the first woman in the history of MU to lead the marching band. She is the 16th director in the band's 131-year history and currently, one of two female directors in the SEC. Elva Kaye Lance is director of bands at Mississippi State University.
Cooper also becomes the director of Mini Mizzou, a pep band created in 1973 to include select members of Marching Mizzou. Mini Mizzou performs at basketball games and other requested events on campus.
Before moving to Columbia, Cooper was the director of bands at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Oklahoma, where she taught music and led the marching band, the wind ensemble and the pep band.
The most important part:
The music she likes covers a wide swath of American music, from classic rock to pop. The first halftime show will include music from the World War II era — "Sing, Sing, Sing," "You’re a Grand Ol’ Flag," and a medley of a salute to the armed forces.
Cooper said she plans to incorporate sets from Earth, Wind and Fire, and Queen, as well as a Halloween show to feature "The Time Warp" from "Rocky Horror Picture Show."
Prince or GTFO.
(Actually, I don't think I am.)
9 days to West Virginia
Odom plans to change to Missouri’s game-week practice routine. Mondays will remain days off like they were under Gary Pinkel. But on Sundays, Odom said he’ll put the team through a 70-minute practice. That’s similar to what Justin Fuente did at Memphis while Odom was the defensive coordinator there. Pinkel had the team lift weights and do conditioning on Sunday, but they didn’t have practice.
The Mizzou Made model, which houses components of academic, personal, professional and career development, will look to build upon the nationally-renowned work of Mizzou's Total Person Program, which has been an industry leader for more than a decade. Designed to enhance the student-athlete experience, Mizzou Made aims to bring student-athletes to the utmost level of preparedness for life following graduation. [...]
Mizzou's student-athlete development has been exemplary in recent history, with the athletic department's 10-year average for exhausted eligibility graduate rate sitting at a strong 96 percent. The Tigers' overall student-athlete grade point average for the Fall 2015 semester was 3.03 - the highest mark in the last 10 years.
The new Mizzou Made curriculum aims to bolster the already standout academic progress being made by Mizzou's student-athletes. Throughout the first two years in the program, student-athletes will focus on their transition to Mizzou and their personal and academic achievement. Career fairs, networking nights and further professional education begins during the third and fourth years of the program.