Celebrating 50 Years
Gohn Hall opens
Over 200 area residents, dignitaries and community leaders gathered May 17 with members of the David Gohn family of West Plains, the Virginia Gohn Sapp family of St. Louis, and officials from Missouri State University and Missouri State-West Plains to celebrate the grand opening of Gohn Hall on the West Plains campus. Gohn, a long-time banker, and his sister, Sapp, a long-time public educator, donated their family home to the campus to provide a permanent home for Missouri State's growing Outreach Program, which offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in a variety of disciplines locally. Significant contributions from the family, coupled with funds from the Springfield and West Plains campuses, made the $2.5 million construction/renovation project possible.
50th Anniversary Celebration Kicks Off with Reunion and Concert
Missouri State-West Plains is marking 50 years of providing post-secondary educational opportunities to south-central Missouri in 2013, and to kick off the celebration, officials hosted a reunion and concert Feb. 15 at the West Plains Civic Center. More than 650 current and former students, community members, faculty and staff attended the event, which featured a concert by Ha Ha Tonka. Other events scheduled by university officials this year include a 50th anniversary gala dinner and fundraiser Sept. 12 at the civic center and an anniversary celebration Sept. 16 at the Smith-London Centennial Bell Tower on Franklin Street just west of the Lybyer Technology Center. In addition, many other events held annually at the university are having a 50th anniversary theme. To commemorate the anniversary, banners with the 50th anniversary logo were placed on both sides of West Main Street from Kellett Hall to the Drago College Store.
Students begin the fall semester with new Education Guarantee
Missouri State-West Plains students began classes in the fall semester with a new promise from university officials – if they will make a good faith effort and follow simple, proven techniques, they should be successful in their studies. This new premise was Missouri State-West Plains' Education Guarantee. The guarantee, which can be found at http://wp.missouristate.edu/EducationGuarantee, was developed in summer 2012 by faculty, staff and administrators based on educational practices that have been proven to work and are already being used on campus. It outlines specific details about how the guarantee works, points out each student's responsibility for his or her education, identifies "10 Steps to Success," and gives students a list of resources available to help them achieve their goals.
Students know best!
Our students know first hand how "New Beginnings" become "Endless Possibilities" at Missouri State-West Plains! See what they have to say at http://wp.missouristate.edu/spotlights/.
West Plains Campus Connects with Area Communities
From its beginning in 1963, Missouri State-West Plains has had a unique relationship with the communities it serves, connecting with its residents in a variety of ways to support its mission of providing them with quality educational and cultural opportunities. A look back at all of the activities taking place during one week in April 2013 shows just how vital and integral that connection is to the university and the communities who benefit from its presence.
- The annual Interscholastic Contest brought approximately 500 area high school students to our campus.
- The first Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Expo brought together 350 area students in grades seven and above and representatives from area businesses and agencies who offer careers in these fields.
- Approximately 70 people attended a Campus Caravan in Bakersfield.
- Campus administrators visited three area high schools to discuss how Missouri State-West Plains can best serve their schools and their students.
- 200 people attended the annual auction.
- The speech and debate student organization hosted a "Public Affairs Student Congress" for 15 students and faculty from three area high schools.
- Missouri State's Vice President for Student Affairs Earle Doman inducted 10 Missouri State-West Plains students into the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society.
- More than 430 people attended the "Art Around Town" reception and awards ceremony, the largest attendance in the program's 13-year history.
- An estimated total of 400 students at Summersville and Alton High Schools were encouraged to pursue a college education through Missouri State-West Plains' High School Extravaganza program.
When you add up all the participants, Missouri State-West Plains faculty and staff interacted with more than 1,900 people in our service area in one week during these activities.
- For the fifth consecutive year, Missouri State-West Plains was awarded a College Access Challenge Grant from the Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) to fund its "Project Threshold" program designed to help students, prospective students and their families learn about, prepare for and finance a postsecondary education. The grant, in the amount of $100,000, was approved for one year, as was each of the previous grants.
- A total of 277 students were candidates for graduation from Missouri State-West Plains during commencement ceremonies May 18 at the West Plains Civic Center. In addition, 60 students participated in commencement ceremonies for Missouri State University-Springfield graduate and undergraduate degree programs, some of which are available through the Missouri State Outreach program on the West Plains campus.
- For the 17th consecutive year, Missouri State-West Plains graduates scored at or above the national mean on the Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP).
- Employees at Missouri State-West Plains collected a record-breaking $7,901 for the local Heart of the Ozarks United Way as part of the organization's annual fund drive.
- In Fiscal Year 2012, the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) at Missouri State-West Plains provided business counseling and training services to 83 clients. The SBTDC assisted in the creation of 22 new businesses and 82 new jobs and the retaining of 31 existing jobs, resulting in more than $2.6 million in increased sales and more than $1 million of investment into the local economy.
- Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education reports show that Missouri State-West Plains awarded $11,497,625 in need-based and non-need based financial aid in FY12.
Awards and Recognition
- Rogers Taylor, coordinator of student life and development, Missouri State University Staff Excellence in University Service Award
- Mary Sheid, former Missouri State University Board of Governors member, Trustee of the Year Award from the Rural Community College Alliance (RCCA)
- Carol Silvey, former history professor and first director of development at Missouri State-West Plains, Missouri State University's Wall of Fame inductee
- Dennis Lancaster, Darr Honors Program director, Greater West Plains Chamber of Commerce "Educator of the Year"
- Gary Phillips, Ph.D., associate professor of communications, Governor's Award for Excellence in Education