September 10, 2019

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2018-19 Annual Report
Missouri State-West Plains is pleased to provide to you the 2018-2019 Annual ReportHighlights from July 1, 201 8, to June 30, 201 9 include the following:
  • Ribbon Cutting Officially opens Hass-Darr Hall
  • Apprenticeship Program now Underway at GOCAT
  • Police Substation Opens on Campus
  • Amphitheater Project Nears Completion
  • Ozarks Teacher Corps Scholarship Established
  • Nursing Program Receives Continued Accreditation
Other campus highlights include students in the news and faculty and staff awards.
Check out the 2018-2019 Annual Report annual report online for more information on these and other highlights.
MU- Howell County Extension Office

MO Woodland Steward: Call Before You Cut

On September 23 at 6pm, the University of Missouri Extension center is offering "Call Before You Cut", a portion of the Missouri Woodland Steward Program.

Sarah Havens, Field Specialist in Natural Resources, will teach attendees the steps to getting the highest price for their timber while maintaining woodland health for future harvests as well as how to create a harvest plan. Whether harvesting timber regularly or just wanting to clear land for pasture. This class can save you hundreds of dollars.

There is a class fee. To register contact Howell County Extension at 417-256-2391 or go to Call Before You Cut .
Ozark Independent Living


Missouri State offers free dual credit to qualifying students
Program piloted through Springfield Public Schools.
Missouri State University is piloting a program to provide dual credit scholarships to students who qualify for free and reduced lunches.
Dual credit courses allow high school students to earn high school and college credits at the same time.
The pilot program is available to students who take dual credit courses with Missouri State through Springfield Public Schools, as well as students in districts that provide dual credit through Missouri State-West Plains.

Making college accessible

Research shows that students who complete college dual credit courses in high school are more likely to pursue and complete two-year and four-year degrees following high school.
The goal of this program is to make college more accessible, improve workforce readiness and support a statewide goal of increasing the number of Missouri citizens with a college degree.   
"Dual credit courses provide opportunities for students to get a head start on a college education," said Missouri State President Clif Smart. "We want to make dual credit accessible to all students, regardless of their financial situation."
More than 50% of students in Springfield Public Schools qualify for free or reduced lunch and would be eligible for the scholarship.
"The opportunity to partner with Missouri State University to expand access to higher education for under-resourced students is a big step forward in the pursuit of equity," said Dr. John Jungmann, superintendent of Springfield Public Schools.
"Beyond the impact to SPS, this agreement opens doors for students participating in Launch virtual learning, as well as for our regional GO CAPS partners. We greatly appreciate Missouri State University's commitment to exploring new ways to reach and welcome students in order to help prepare them for successful futures."


To qualify, a student must:
  • Be enrolled in one of the qualifying schools or programs.
  • Qualify for free or reduced lunches.
  • Have at least a 3.0 high school Grade Point Average. 
  • Meet course prerequisites, if applicable, to enroll in a class.

About Missouri State
Missouri State University is a public, comprehensive university system with a mission in public affairs. Our purpose is to develop fully educated persons with a focus on ethical leadership, cultural competence and community engagement.
About Springfield Public Schools
Springfield Public Schools(SPS) is Missouri's largest school district, representing 25,000 students and nearly 4,000 employees. SPS has built a reputation of academic excellence rooted in a belief that the learning experience should be engaging, relevant and personal - for every learner, every day. In addition to traditional learning environments across 35 elementary schools, an intermediate school, nine middle schools, five high schools, a center for gifted education and three early childhood centers, SPS collaborates with community partners to offer more than a dozen choice programs that meet the diverse needs of each student and their community.
Ozarks Medical Center

Wild, Wild West

Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) Foundation invites you to mark your calendar for a rootin', tootin' good time! Y'all come on down for this year's "Wild, Wild West" themed Signature Event to be held on Saturday, September 28, at the historic West Plains Opera House.

Early Bird Tickets are available until September 13 and will include Ernie Biggs Dueling Pianos and saloon-style entertainment by Anthony Garner and his guitar. If music is not your jam, try your hand at darts or a card game; or if you're down on your luck, meet with the fortune teller!

To take your evening to another level, simply pay a small additional fee for a cigar bar, mixology class, or whiskey tasting! You could also bid on exclusive items at the live auction and take home a late night or early morning treat from our silent auction.

Tickets include dinner, 2 adult beverages, and unlimited coffee or soda with the purchase of a ticket. Additional beverages will be available for a small charge at the cash bar.

Tickets may be purchased at the OMC Foundation at #12 Parkway Center, by calling 417-853-5200 or online at Wild Wild West.

Several levels of sponsorships, which include various name recognition benefits as well as reserved seating are available. For more information on tickets, sponsorships, or the auctions, contact a committee member or the OMC Foundation at 417-853-5200.

West Plains Council on the Arts

West Plains Schools
Zizzer Homecoming Celebration

Be sure to mark your calendars for the 7th Annual  Zizzer Homecoming Celebration on Saturday, October 5th.
This event is the true highlight of Homecoming weekend as community members, alumni, faculty and friends gather to reminisce and celebrate West Plains Schools. All proceeds from the event go back to support West Plains School District classrooms.
Tickets can be purchased by clicking the link above.



13th annual Ozarks Studies Symposium set for Sept. 19-21
" The Ozarks in Reality and Imagination" is the theme of the 13th annual Ozarks Studies Symposium set for Sept. 19-21 at the West Plains Civic Center.

Hosted by Missouri State University-West Plains, the event celebrates various aspects of Ozarks culture and history through a variety of presentations and performances.

Funding is provided by the West Plains Council on the Arts (WPCA); the University of Arkansas Press; and Carol Silvey, West Plains. Silvey is a long-time history professor and former director of development at Missouri State-West Plains. She currently serves on the Missouri State University Board of Governors.

"Your average Ozarker is probably familiar with outsiders' assumptions about our region. Those perceptions of hillbillies and backwardness do not usually reflect reality," said Dr. Jason McCollom, assistant professor of history at Missouri State-West Plains and coordinator of the symposium. "Our presenters will investigate this contrast through a variety of studies related to history, literature, poetry, geography, and even comic strips such as Li'l Abner."

As in past years, WPCA will sponsor an art exhibit related to the symposium's theme beginning at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 19. "Ten area art teachers explore the conference theme through their work," McCollom said. "We are always grateful for the participation of the WPCA in the symposium." 

Another key sponsor of the event is The University of Arkansas Press. "We are pleased to have a meet-and-greet event with the authors of three new Ozarks-related books from the press," McCollom said. "Come chat with Dr. Phil Howerton ("The Literature of the Ozarks"), Dr. Jared Phillips ("Hipbillies: Deep Revolution in the Arkansas Ozarks"), and Dr. Andrew Milson ("Arkansas Travelers, Geographies of Exploration and Perception, 1804-1834") from 4:15 to 4:45 p.m. Sept. 20."

The symposium's keynote address will be given at 5:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, by Dr. Jared Phillips, assistant professor of international studies at the University of Arkansas. He will discuss his book on Ozark back-to-the-landers, "Hipbillies: Deep Revolution in the Arkansas Ozarks."

"In 'Hipbillies,' Phillips combines oral histories and archival resources to weave the story of the Ozarks and its population of country beatniks into the national narrative, showing how the back-to-the-landers engaged in 'deep revolution' by sharing their ideas on rural development, small farm economy, and education with the locals-and how they became a fascinating part of a traditional region's coming to terms with the modern world in the process," he added.

Phillips' keynote address will include a roundtable discussion with some of the central figures of his book who were integral to the back-to-the-land movement in the Ozarks.
In addition, a group of Missouri State-West Plains students will share their poems about the Ozarks on Friday, Sept. 20.

For more information about the symposium, including a complete schedule of presentation times, visit Ozark Symposium.

DR. JARED PHILLIPS, assistant professor of international studies at the University of Arkansas, will be the keynote speaker at the 13th annual Ozarks Studies Symposium hosted by Missouri State University-West Plains Sept. 19-21 at the West Plains Civic Center. Phillips will discuss his book on Ozark back-to-the-landers, "Hipbillies: Deep Revolution in the Arkansas Ozarks," at 5:15 p.m. Sept. 20. (Photo provided)