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Mizzou Legacy

New student makes six Tigers in the family

Published July 7, 2016
Updated July 8, 2016*
Story by Sarah Sabatke

Father, daughter and mother sit on a bench outside Jesse Hall

From left, Matt Adrian (BJ ’91, JD ’94), Annie Adrian (Class of 2020) and Claire Adrian (BA ’94) pose for a family photo during Summer Welcome June 12, 2016. Annie will be the fourth Adrian daughter to attend Mizzou. Photo by Sarah Sabatke

Summer Welcome at the University of Missouri is a time for new students to get to know the campus and prepare to join the Mizzou community. Annie Adrian attended Summer Welcome June 12–13, but Mizzou is far from new to her — when Annie joins the Class of 2020 in the fall, she will become the sixth Tiger in her family.

Annie's father, Matt, BJ ’91, JD ’94, and mother, Claire (Castleman), BA ’94, met during their time at the University of Missouri and fell in love. The two eventually settled in Carl Junction, Missouri, with their four girls. The couple’s oldest daughter, Morgan, followed in her parents’ footsteps and became a Tiger; she received her bachelor's degree in hospitality management in 2013. Ally, 21, and Madison, 20, also decided to attend MU, and expect to graduate in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Annie, the youngest daughter, will move to Columbia this fall.

“We’ve enjoyed the legacy family experience,” Claire says.

Matt and Claire Adrian

Mizzou Made — Claire Castleman and Matt Adrian met at Mizzou when they were set up on a date by Claire’s sorority pledge mom. Above, Claire and Matt are pictured at a “date party” hosted by Beta Theta Pi in fall 1990. Photo courtesy of the Adrian family

Involvement shapes student experience

During her time at MU, Claire lived in Jones Hall, at the time an all-girls’ residence hall. She worked for The Maneater and was involved with Campus Crusade for Christ (now Cru). Claire was also a member of Delta Delta Delta.

Matt Adrian joined Beta Theta Pi his freshman year. He also participated in the Chancellor’s Leadership Class and served on the Homecoming Steering Committee — the committee would help define his college experience.

At that time, there was no limit as to how many years you could serve on the Homecoming Steering Committee. Matt was selected as a freshman and served for three years, eventually as one of two co-directors his senior year.

“When you’re involved in [Steering Committee] three times, that’s pretty much your life on campus,” he says.

Continuing the Mizzou legacy

Morgan, the oldest Adrian daughter, also served on the Homecoming Steering Committee and was voted Homecoming Queen in 2012. Ally served on the 2015 Steering Committee as part of the Traditions Committee.

Madison chose the other side of “the rivalry,”’ as Matt puts it, opting to join the Alumni Association Student Board (AASB) instead.

More than 20 years after Claire and Matt met on Mizzou’s campus, Annie is preparing to start classes in the fall. She says she’s looking forward to immersing herself in the college experience, and hopes to participate in Tiger’s Lair and join a sorority, among other activities.

“I’ve always seen it from my sisters’ perspectives,” Annie says. “I’m excited to start my own legacy and see it through my own eyes and not my sisters.’ ”

Once a Tiger, always a Tiger

Matt and Claire now serve on the Parent Leadership Council, which advises the vice chancellor for Student Affairs. Council members support the university, encourage other parents to do likewise and help heighten awareness of the need for parental involvement.

Matt now enjoys seeing the Mizzou experience through his daughters’ eyes.

“It’s really cool as a parent and as an alum to see your kids not just protecting, but advancing the traditions that you thought were important,” he says. “You leave [Mizzou], but it never, ever leaves you.” 

* An earlier version of this story stated that Campus Crusade for Christ was now Student Mobilization. Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) and Student Mobilization (StuMo) are separate student organizations.

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Last updated: Aug. 7, 2017