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Updated: Apr 16, 2019

Offering post-grad advice, opening up their homes, catering in Chipotle. From New York City to Santa Fe, our alumni went above and beyond in supporting students on the Mizzou Alternative Breaks (MAB) program during spring break this year.

The largest program of its kind nationwide, MAB students spend their breaks from class serving others domestically and abroad.

More than 400 students spent their spring breaks serving others this year. Of the 47 MAB spring break trips this year, eight connected with our nationwide network of alumni.

A trip of 12 MU students spent the week serving the LGBTQ community in New York. They joined Mizzou NYC to feast on Chipotle and discuss their Mizzou experiences.

MAB students in New York City with NYC Alumni Chapter members
"Hearing them lament about final exams and group projects made us all feel a bit old," laughed Anders Melin (BS BA ’12), co-president of the Mizzou NYC Alumni Chapter.

Meanwhile, in Memphis, Rockney Taveau and more Memphis-based alumni enjoyed some barbecue with a trip of 12 students on a youth-focused trip.

"It was also fun to connect with these superb young people for which you share the mutual love of Mizzou," said Rockney Taveau (BS BA ’01). "I would highly recommend hosting an event for any chapter who has a MAB group visiting their city."

Almost 400 miles away, nine students on an education-focused service trip in Atlanta enjoyed pizza with Chad Bozarth and Mizzou Atlanta.

MAB participants at a local pizza place in Atlanta, Georgia with alumnus Chad Bozarth
"These are young kids, doing wonderful services in the community and representing our beloved alma mater," said Atlanta-based alumnus Chad Bozarth (BJ ’95). "The very least we alumni can do is make them aware of Mizzou's reach and networking opportunities after graduation...and listen to them tell their stories."

Tom Lynch, a Mizzou Heart of Dixie chapter member in Birmingham, AL and spouse Susan hosted 11 students in their home for the duration of the trip.

MAB Birmingham trip participants out to dinner with alumnus Tom Lynch and his wife, Susan.
"Current students benefit from these connections because they can get advice from alumni and have potential connections for their futures," MAB site leader and Mizzou junior Madison Dush explained. "Alumni benefit from these connections by being able to inspire current Tigers and keep the Mizzou legacy alive."

We can’t thank our alumni enough for the support they offer students.

If you’d like to learn more about how you or your alumni chapter can support Mizzou Alternative Breaks, visit


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