On a recent Tuesday night, students at Excellence Hall had surprise visitors: University of Missouri Chancellor Alexander N. Cartwright and wife, Melinda, had arrived to kick off the first night in their two-day stay at MU residence halls.

From sampling the omelet bar at a nearby dining hall to chatting with residents who were doing laundry, from playing Ping-Pong with eager competitors to enjoying cookies with undergraduates in the student lounge, the Cartwrights had an inside peek into the Mizzou student experience.

During their stay, the Cartwrights also had a chance to meet members of two of the university’s newest competitive teams. The MU Chess Team coached the couple through a game and Mizzou Esports team members taught the Chancellor to play Rocket League and Overwatch at their practice facility in Center Hall.

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students lounge on couches looking at phone, while two students stand in the background speaking with Chancellor
University of Missouri Chancellor Alexander N. Cartwright visits with Katie Swacil (left), from Camdenton, Missouri, and Shang Xu (right), from Osceola, Missouri, inside Gateway Hall Oct. 15, 2019. Both Swacil and Xu are studying mathematics at the university. Sam O’Keefe/University of Missouri
chess board in foreground, Chancellor sitting with arms crossed and laughing while student chess player laughs behind him
Chancellor Cartwright laughs as he learns to play chess from the University of Missouri Chess Team at Respect Hall Oct. 15, 2019. Sam O’Keefe/University of Missouri
four students sit around a round table with Chancellor and Mrs. Cartwright eating dinner of southeast Asian cuisine
Chancellor Cartwright and Melinda Cartwright have dinner at Sabai with students Najma Omar, Anastasia Redmond, Nya Fritz and Megan Conrad Oct. 16, 2019. Sam O’Keefe/University of Missouri
student Arabella gestures to screen while explaining game to Chancellor, watching while wearing gaming headphones
Cartwright learns to play the video game Overwatch from Arabella McEntire, a Chemistry and Health Sciences major from Monett, Missouri, at the Mizzou Esports team practice facility in Center Hall Wednesday Oct. 16, 2019. Sam O’Keefe/University of Missouri
on the left an open door reveals a student room setup with two twin beds, desk and neatly decorated room, on the right an open living room with Chancellor sitting on a couch, blanket on his lap while Mrs. Cartwright leans over to point at the book in his hand
The Cartwrights spend time in their room at South Hall Oct. 16, 2019. Sam O’Keefe/University of Missouri
dressed in a suit and tie, Chancellor carries his bag while looking at his phone as he's leaving his residence hall room
Cartwright checks his email and daily schedule on his phone before he leaves his room in Excellence Hall Oct. 16, 2019. Sam O’Keefe/University of Missouri


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