Chancellor Cartwright Recognizes Truman School Organization with Excellence Award

On Friday, April 13th, Chancellor Cartwright honored Rockin’ Against Multiple Sclerosis, a philanthropic organization that is housed in the Truman School of Public Affairs, with a Chancellor’s Excellence Award Honorable Mention for the Most Outstanding Large Organization at MU. Known on campus as Mizzou RAMS, Rockin’ Against Multiple Sclerosis provides services and support to MS patients and clients in Mid-Missouri. This past year, the organization set a fundraising record of over $92,000 for the MS Institute and contributed hundreds of hours of service to the local community.

Truman School student Jonathan McGuff, a former member of the RAMS Steering Committee, submitted the nomination for RAMS.  Jonathan now serves as the organization’s graduate advisor. Choosing to serve in a leadership role for the organization was a no-brainer for McGuff. “The organization has given to me in so many ways. I feel compelled to give back what it has given me.” Another aspect of the organization that has guided McGuff’s service over the years is seeing the impact that RAMS has had in countless individuals’ lives. “You really do see the fruits of your labor. Many individuals are able to get help they otherwise would not be able to solely because of RAMS.”

Rockin’ Against Multiple Sclerosis hosts a series of philanthropic events each February on the MU Campus seeking to raise awareness of the disease. Some of the events include: The Runnin’ Against MS 5K at Stephens Lake Park, Rock ‘N Bowl at Town and Country Lanes, Speaker Night at Jesse Hall and Rock It, the annual lip-sync and dance competition at a local Columbia venue. The organization has a large presence on the MU Campus including numerous Greek, philanthropic and service organizations that participate each year. McGuff believes the diversity of the organizations on the MU Campus and Columbia community are what make RAMS special. “It’s a community-wide effort. The exposure to a vast number of organizations has undoubtedly made me a more effective leader and advocate for the organization.”

RAMS was recognized alongside other organizations and students on the MU Campus that have showcased their “Excellence” over the past year, one of the four core values of the University of Missouri. The organization is set to begin its 2018-19 season when the fall semester begins in August. RAMS will attempt to set another fundraising record next year, with a goal of raising over $100,000. “We’ll be up to the task,” McGuff added. “I have no doubts.”

(L to R) Grad advisor Jonathan McGuff with RAMS Directors Paulina Simon, Marnie Castle and Lauren Lanter and MS Institute Coordinator Gretchen Roberts at check presentation February 28 at the Blue Note.

Missouri Students Association President Nathan Willett with RAMS Grad Advisor Jonathan McGuff holding the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence.