July 27, 2021
A bi-monthly newsletter to keep you informed on other members activities
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Area residents can get their first look at the 2021 Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Volleyball team in action at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, during the annual Grizzly Alumni Volleyball Game at the West Plains Civic Center arena.
The game will pit the 2021 Grizzlies against players from previous squads. The contest is being held in conjunction with the university’s Move-In Weekend activities and will be free.
“This is always a fun event for us and our fans,” Grizzly Volleyball Head Coach Paula Wiedemann said. “It’s a chance to see this year’s team for the first time and some familiar faces from the past.”
Wiedemann said she hears from alumni who plan to attend, but pointed out there are always surprises. “You never know who will show up for the game. Something we have to contend with is the fact that so many of our former players are coaches themselves, and they are in the middle of their preseasons, as well,” she explained.
“Even so, we hope to have a good group here to play and, as always, it is great to reconnect with our alumni and have our current players meet those who built the culture of our program,” Wiedemann added. “Our alumni created an atmosphere of excellence and it’s important to not take it for granted.”
The alumni will take on a Grizzly team that returns four players from last year’s squad:
·        Angelina Hardison, a 6-foot, 2-inch middle/right side hitter from Houston, Texas
·        Ceci Westfall, a 6-foot, 1-inch setter/right side hitter from Ozark, Missouri
·        Manuela Bibinbe, a 6-foot, 3-inch right side hitter from Yaounde, Cameroon
·        Lauren Weber, a 5-foot, 9-inch libero from Nixa, Missouri
They will be joined by nine incoming freshmen:
·        Leticia Barea, a 6-foot, 1-inch middle/outside hitter from Sao Paulo, Brazil
·        Manoela Rosa, a 5-foot, 6-inch defensive specialist/libero from Curitiba, Brazil
·        Raina Forstrom, a 6-foot right side hitter from Cuba, Missouri
·        Sydney Rupert, a 5-foot, 9-inch outside hitter from Fleming Island, Florida
·        Alana Moesch, a 6-foot, 2-inch middle/right side hitter from Lajeado, Brazil
·        Jalise Stewart, a 5-foot, 11-inch outside hitter from Batesville, Arkansas
·        Sthefany Maximo, a 5-foot, 5-inch defensive specialist/libero from Uberlandia, Brazil
·        Doga Kultu, a 5-foot, 9-inch setter from Cakaya, Turkey
·        Heather Montague, a 5-foot, 8-inch setter/outside/right side hitter from Koshkonong, MO
“It’s always great to see our alumni, and there are so many people who enjoy the event – the players, alumni, coaches, former host families, and campus and community fans who were involved with the alumni when they were at Missouri State-West Plains as student athletes,” Wiedemann said. “This event sparks our season, and it brings together everything that makes this program so special. We invite everyone to come out, watch this year’s alumni match and meet the 2021 Grizzlies!”
For more information about the Grizzly Volleyball team, visit its website at msuwpgrizzlies.com/sports/wvball/index.
On Saturday, July 31, 2021, a community event will be held at the corner of Franklin Avenue and Cass Avenue. The West Plains Police Department will be hosting a Meet Your First Responder event with the assistance of the West Plains Fire Department, and the South Howell County Ambulance. The event will start at 4:00 pm and will last until 7:00 pm.
We would like to invite everyone in our community to join us for some free food and the opportunity to meet the people who respond when you are in need. The West Plains Police Department, the West Plains Fire Department, and the South Howell County Ambulance will have equipment there for everyone to see.
There will also be a dunk tank set up and we will have some handouts for the kids. You’ll be able to dunk our newest officer and have a hot dog served by the Chief of Police. We encourage everyone to come by, share a meal, and have a good conversation.
This event is made possible by the generous donations from Walmart of West Plains, Pepsi Co. of West Plains, and Ramey’s of West Plains. Special thanks to the West Plains Fire Department, Missouri State University-West Plains, the West Plains Sanitation Department, the West Plains Street Department, the Howell Rural Fire Department, and the West Plains Lions Club.
Come on by and enjoy the event.
Equipment purchased for advanced welding, fabrication technology program

Officials at Missouri State University-West Plains (MSU-WP) have purchased multiple pieces of equipment integral to the university’s new advanced welding and fabrication technology program.
Nine major pieces were purchased with the funds from a Delta Regional Authority rural workforce grant awarded in October 2020. Grant funds also were used to buy smaller pieces of equipment for further development of the new welding and fabrication lab. 
According to Chuck Cook, welding and fabrication instructor, the pieces are state-of-the-art and will prepare students for real-life work environments. 


          Items purchased include:

  • Lincoln Electric Welder: Multi-process Power Wave 300C Advanced Education One-Pak welder (a welding unit for classroom training)
  • Lincoln Electric Extractor Fume: Statiflex 200-M with Merv 14 Filter Dual Arm Welding (these units are part of a welding package and attach to welding units to extract fumes from the building)
  • Cyclone 4826 Top Opening Sandblast Cabinet with dust extractor (this machine forcibly propels a stream of abrasive material against a surface under high pressure to smooth a rough surface, roughen a smooth surface, shape a surface, or remove surface contaminants. A pressurized fluid, typically compressed air, or a centrifugal wheel is used to propel the blasting material)
  • Piranha Iron Worker and Baileigh Hydraulic Metal Shear (these machines will shear metal for tooling and fabrication) 
  • GMC 45 Ton CNC Hydraulic Press Brake (this machine is used for forming and cutting metal for fabrication)
  • Track Torch (this torch is for cutting and welding high quality cuts; it works on a track and cuts metal as it travels based on programming)
  • 50 Ton Dual Speed Hydraulic Shop Press (this press is used for fabricating pieces)
  • Lincoln Plasma Table, 4x10 (this is used for design and fabrication cutting of sheet metal)
“Our local employers have been valuable partners during the purchasing process and recommended equipment that will be used in the manufacturing setting,” said Director of Workforce Development Sheila Barton.
“Their input is important because the program will provide the hands-on training experience needed to meet a critical workforce shortage in the manufacturing industry in south-central Missouri,” she added.
The advanced welding and fabrication program will debut in the 2021 fall semester and will temporarily be housed at the Greater Ozarks Center for Advanced Technology (GOCAT). The welding lab will find a permanent home on campus at Broadway Hall, the one-time home of West Plains’ Coca-Cola Bottling Co. plant, once renovations are completed.
For more information about the advanced welding and fabrication technology program or to enroll, contact Barton at 417-255-7784 or sheilabarton@missouristate.edu.
THIS PIRANHA IRON WORKER will be used by students to shear metal for tooling and fabrication as part of Missouri State University-West Plains’ new advanced welding and fabrication technology program. (Missouri State-West Plains Photo) 
The Focus on Babies Diaper Resource Center - West Plains (DRC) is seeking the community’s help to replenish the supply of diapers it provides to local distributing agencies which in turn serve families who need diapers. While the need continues to rise, a spokesperson for DRC said its diaper inventory of some sizes is starting to run low and so are the organization’s funds.
The all-volunteer organization depends on contributions to help local families experiencing “diaper need,” the term used to describe the struggle that one in three families face in providing enough diapers each day to keep their babies clean and dry. Diaper banks, such as DRC, function as store houses for diapers like food bank warehouses do for food. Also like food banks, DRC relies on members of the community, churches, businesses and other organizations to hold diaper drives and diaper showers and to provide monetary and in-kind donations to sustain its supply. Because DRC can purchase diapers in bulk at steeply discounted prices, monetary contributions are the greatest need, but donations of diapers, especially sizes 5 and 6, are also welcome and much appreciated.
Area churches, businesses, organizations, or individuals who wish to contribute toward addressing diaper needs in our area may inquire at diaperresourcecenter@gmail.com, by phone to 417-256-6147 or by mail at PO Box 1773, West Plains, MO 65775. Donations of disposable diapers can be dropped off at Ozark Action Inc. (OAI), 710 E. Main St., West Plains, MO 65775, which provides DRC with warehouse space. Diapers can be left at OAI 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays. Fiscal management, allowing for financial contributions to be tax-deductible, is provided by Community Interagency Council. Checks should be made payable to Community Interagency Council with Diaper Resource Center on the notation line.
Officials with DRC say that there are many circumstances which can create diaper need, and whatever those circumstances are, they do not erase the fact that babies need clean and dry bottoms to stay healthy and happy. Despite the need, there are currently no federal or state programs which assist with the purchase of diapers. Because of that, DRC was organized in early 2015 with a mission “to furnish local distributing agencies with diapers for at-risk, early childhood youth to enhance the families’ resources and improve their well-being.” 
In six years of operation, more than 180,000 disposable diapers have been donated by DRC to agencies for distribution to area families, with an additional fifty cloth diaper starter kits made available. Current agencies distributing to the public are: His Place House of Worship Diaper Ministry, Christos House Outreach Office, and Martha Vance Samaritan Outreach Center. Individuals with needs should contact those agencies directly with inquiries. Programs are also in place for pre-qualified clients of the WIC Program at Howell County Health Department and the Early Head Start program, and for foster families through the 37th Circuit Children’s Services and the Chaos Closet.
The cloth diaper loan program, begun in 2016, expands the efforts of the group. Starter kits are distributed to Howell County families. If interested, please phone Dawn Hicks at the Howell County Health Department (417-256-7078).
Check the Facebook page “Diaper Resource Center - West Plains” for updates and more information. Any Howell County non-profit, church or charitable group wishing to apply as a distributing agency should email or phone for an application.
The Toughest Monster Truck Tour returns to West Plains on August 6th and 7th 2021 at the Heart of the Ozarks Fairgrounds! 10,000lb monster trucks will do battle in 3 competitions - wheelies, racing and all out freestyle. Plus local competitors will take on the tough truck challenge!

Friday August 6th 7:30PM
Saturday August 7th 7:30PM

Pit Party: See the trucks up close each night from 5:30pm-6:30pm.

Get your pit passes FREE with tickets purchased in advance at Mega Motorsports or for a fee at the gate.

*Note due to COVID 19, drivers will be unable to sign autographs this year.

Ride in a real monster truck! That's right, you can ride in a real monster truck!

Tickets are available at Mega Motorsports 3874 US Hwy 63, West Plains, MO 65775. Save $2 when you buy in advance!

*Lineup subject to change without notice. 

3 nights in the poolside cabin will leave you refreshed and rejuvenated. Enjy the salt pool or go out on the lake, your choice!

Enjoy 3 nights at Falls Lodge, complete with amazing views and a beautifully decorated king/double queen room for ultimate relaxation.
Option 3 has FOUR A.MAZ.ING vacation options to choose from!

Enjoy a 4-night stay in an ocean-view deluxe room at the Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort in Cabo San Lucas, daily breakfast for 2, round-trip coach class airfare for 2 and Winspire booking & concierge service.

Stay 3-nights in a standard guest room at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino, Incline Village, $250 in Hyatt gift cards that can be used towards the purchase of lift tickets for skiing or snowboarding at Diamond Peak Ski Resort, round-trip coach class airfare for 2 and Winspire booking & concierge service.

Experience an intimate blending seminar for 2 at Imagery Estate Winery, tasting for 2 at Chateau St. Jena, tour and tasting for 2 at Benziger Family Winery, 3-night stay at The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, daily breakfast for 2, round-trip coach class airfare for 2 and Winspire booking & concierge service.

This experience includes a guided tour of Nashville, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Ryman Auditorium, 3-night stay in a superior guest room at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, round-trip coach class airfare for 2 and Winspire booking & concierge service.
Missouri State University - West Plains would like to invite you to
Sample West Plains 2021

Location: Student Recreation Center

Date: Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Purpose: FREE advertising for your business! Also, introducing incoming freshman to what West Plains has to offer!

*You're encouraged to bring info, free coupons, food samples, giveaways or whatever you would like to pass out to students!

If you are interested please send your name, phone number, and email to JaredCates@MissouriState.edu.

West Plains Arts Alliance members, the West Plains Council on the Arts (WPCA) and the Harlin Museum of West Plains (Harlin), will bring renowned artist Spencer Meagher to town for a three-day watercolor workshop. The workshop will be held 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily, November 11, 12, and 13, 2021, in the Hathcock Gallery at the Harlin, 405 Worcester Ave. in West Plains.
WPCA Coordinator Janey Hale says, “Spencer Meagher is a versatile artist in both subject matter and media. His paintings depict scenes from everyday life that create a sense of time and place for the viewer. With any of his chosen media Spencer is able to capture with color and value the essential elements of his subjects.”
Meagher’s work has taken top awards in art competitions around the country and has been exhibited in many notable galleries. His paintings have been featured in publications such as Southwest Art, Plein Air Magazine, and Plein Air Today; and mentioned in numerous online articles. Meagher has studied with renowned artists Alvaro Castagnet, Graham Berry, John P. Lasater IV, Joseph Fettingis, Lon Brauer, M. Shawn Cornell, and Sterling Edwards.
Spencer Meagher’s artist statement: "Deep within my spirit lies a need to express myself that can only be realized through my art. My paintings are an enhanced glimpse into how I view the world around me. I tend to avoid the details and let the color and value tell the story."
The registration form and supplies list are available to download from the website at http://westplainsarts.org or you can call 417-293-2325 to request a copy be mailed to you. Space is limited for this workshop, and the registration deadline is September 11, 2021.
Details about supplies, etc. will also be sent via email to those who register.
Artist’s website: Spencer Meagher https://www.spencermeagher.com/
For more information, you may contact WPCA at info@westplainsarts.org, the Harlin Museum at info@harlinmuseum.com, or contact coordinators Janey Hale jhale2129@gmail.com or Vicki Martin v.martin@harlinmuseum.com
Full, in-person college experience awaits MSU-WP students this fall

New and returning students will enjoy a full, in-person college experience at Missouri State University-West Plains this fall.
Interim Chancellor Dennis Lancaster said the university’s staff is back on campus and ready to help students return to in-person classes, on-campus events and a host of student activities after modifying operations this past academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
All masking mandates have been lifted, he said, and there are no longer capacity limits on university events. Students who wish to wear a mask on campus or at any university activity or event are welcome to do so, however, he added.
Classes begin Aug. 23, and include not only in-person options, but also many online courses in a variety of subject areas, just as in previous semesters prior to the pandemic, Lancaster said.

“Move-In Weekend” kicks off fall activities
The fall semester will kick off with “Move-In Weekend” Aug. 21 and 22 for students living in the Grizzly House and Grizzly Lofts residence halls. In addition to meeting new friends and setting up their rooms, residence hall students can participate in several community-building activities designed to help them settle into college life.
During the first week of classes, all students are invited to enjoy a full schedule of Welcome Week activities organized through the student life and development office. These include a concert by musician and vocalist Noah Hoehn at the amphitheater, creating your own stuffed Grizzly bear, the student organization fair, inflatables, “Sample West Plains” featuring products offered by local businesses, and a movie under the stars.

In addition, officials in the academic affairs office will host a convocation for new students at end of the week at the West Plains Civic Center theater.
Several traditional fall activities are making a return, as well, such as the Grizzly Spooktacular featuring Halloween themed games, costume contest and a movie; Grizzmas Bingo and game night; a “Glimpse of the Ozarks” hiking trip; a trivia night for students; and tailgate parties to kick off the Grizzly Volleyball and Basketball seasons, organizers said.
Both the Grizzly Volleyball and Basketball teams will return to their normal seasons this fall. Volleyball games will start in late August, and basketball games will begin in November.
Other activities planned this fall include an ice cream social for members of the William and Virginia Darr Honors Program and student leaders, a trip to Silver Dollar City during the Christmas season and a variety of educational programming.

COVID vaccines encouraged
To ensure this “return to normal” operations, university officials continue to work with their healthcare partners to protect the health and safety of students, faculty and staff, and this includes making the COVID-19 vaccine readily available.
“If you have not done so, I encourage you to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible,” Lancaster said. “Receiving the vaccine will protect your health and the health of those around you.

“Because we want to see everyone in our campus community remain Grizzly Strong, we are offering a Vaccination Incentive Program for students who receive the vaccine. They can learn more about the program, the prizes we’re giving away and eligibility on our website,” he added.
Students can obtain the vaccine through several local options, including the Howell County Health Department and Ozarks Healthcare Pharmacy, and it’s available at many other healthcare facilities and pharmacies across the state, Lancaster pointed out. “And it’s free,” he stressed.
The past year taught us all some very valuable lessons, Lancaster said. “We now know that we are more flexible and have more access to technology because of our experiences over the past year. We will take every lesson learned and use them to enhance the educational experience for our students,” he said.
Registration for the fall semester continues, and a wide selection of classes are still available. More information about scheduled classes and admissions and registration procedures can be found at wp.missouristate.edu or by calling 417-255-7955.
“For those of you who have already registered, we can’t wait to see you on campus this fall,” Lancaster said. “If you haven’t registered, please give us a call or, better yet, come and visit us in person. Give us the opportunity to show you how to reach your educational goals.”