New Campus Opportunity Campaign Underway

by Vickie Driskell
Development and Alumni Times
A newsletter for friends and alumni of Missouri State University-West Plains Spring 2009

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – A new Campus Op-
portunities Campaign is underway at Missouri
State University-West Plains, and officials hope
they can raise $100,000 to help enrich the edu-
cational opportunities available for students.
“We realize economic times are tight, but I
can assure you we’re doing all we can to make
sure each dollar we receive is stretched to the
maximum benefit of our students,” Assistant Di-
rector of Development Joe Kammerer said.
Te university’s first Campus Opportuni-
ties Campaign ended on June 30, 2008, with
$75,000 in contributions and pledges raised for
the 2008-09 academic year. By December 2008,
the Campus Opportunities Campaign Recom-
mendation Committee, which reviews fund re-
quests and makes recommendations to the chan-
cellor for approval, had received requests totaling
approximately $62,000.
Requests approved resulted in:
• emergency grants for 12 students to ensure
they could continue their college education;
• a child assistance voucher program that
covers day care costs at the Learning Tree Day
Care Center for eligible single parents who can
not afford the care while they attend classes;
• a pilot educational program, via interactive
television, at the Licking Correctional Facility to
provide general education classes to offenders;
• and the development of a non-traditional stu-
dent book scholarship that is geared toward stu-
dents age 24 and above who are trying to attend
classes while holding down jobs and taking care
of families.
“As you can see, the money we raised in
our first campaign made a direct impact on
the ability of several of our students to attend
classes,” Kammerer said. “Te need is still
there. When area residents contribute to the
campaign to help us meet those needs, they are
investing in the future of the community.”
Kammerer pointed out money raised
through the current campaign, which ends
June 30, 2009, will go toward requests for the
2009-2010 academic year, which begins next
Currently, $24,750 has been raised
through a combination of direct mail, donor
relations and volunteer contacts in the com-
munity, but Kammerer stressed that area res-
idents don’t need to wait to be contacted by
campaign officials. Tey can call the Office of
Development at 417-255-7240 for donation
and pledge information, stop by the office in
Kellett Hall at 905 W. Main St. in West Plains
to pick up the information, or make their
donation online at the Development Office’s
Web site,
“Contributions to the Campus Oppor-
tunity Campaign help the university provide
students with the ‘extras’ that enhance the edu-
cational process, ensuring the students receive
the best education possible,” Kammerer said.
“And, those with the best education are better
prepared for the very competitive job market
of today.”
Emergency Grants
by Vickie Driskell
Mo. – Judy King
was in a bind.
Classes were un-
derway at Missouri
State University-
West Plains, and as
a nursing student
in her final semes-
ter of study, she
had to travel to her
clinical assignment
in Springfield, Mo.
– well over 100 miles away from her home in
Pocahontas, Ark. Her Pell Grant funds had not
arrived yet, and her other sources of income
had dried up. How was she going to pay for
the gasoline to travel to and from classes, as
well as to and from clinicals so far away?
Tanks to Campus Opportunity Cam-
paign donors, King had one more option – the
Emergency Grant Program at Missouri State
University-West Plains. Te program allows
faculty and staff to refer students with substan-
tial financial need to apply for an emergency
grant. Te grants are considered in extraor-
dinary circumstances when students have im-
mediate financial need that cannot be satisfied
through other sources. Te intent is to provide
assistance to students who are at risk of drop-
ping out of college due to unforeseen financial
hardship. A campus committee reviews each
request. Students whose grants are approved
can be issued a check within 24 hours, if neces-
In King’s case, she was given $200 to help
pay for gasoline and lodging during her clini-
cals. “I didn’t have the money to get to school
or to clinicals,” King said. “Te money helped
me tremendously that week. I would have had
to miss class and clinicals, which would have
put me at a great disadvantage academically.
And, I would have had to make up my clinical
King makes a 110-mile round trip to West
Plains three days a week for classes and carpools
the 200-plus-mile round trip to Springfield for
clinicals. “Even though I carpool, I still have to
pay my share,” she said.
When faculty and staff heard about her
plight, they told her about the Emergency
Grant Program and how to apply. King said
within a day of her application, she was ap-
“It truly was a great help to me,” King
said. “I want to thank everyone who contrib-
uted to the Campus Opportunities Campaign.
It makes such a big difference to students, and
it’s very worthwhile.”
Campus Opportunity Campaign benefits the students of Missouri State University-West Plains.
5-Year Annual gift leads to honors program professorship
by Vickie Driskell
SAA Making Its Mark
by Vickie Driskell

Te Student Alumni Association (SAA) is
making its presence known at Missouri State
University-West Plains this year. Members
challenged faculty and staff to a Softball Bash
last fall and hosted their third annual Lighting
of the Tree Ceremony Nov. 25 to ring in the
Christmas season. Both events proved very suc-
cessful, with many faculty, staff, students and
alumni attending.
Members of the SAA will take part in the
annual Missouri State University Alumni and
Friends Picnic, set for 6 p.m. Tursday, May 7,
at the West Plains Civic Center Exhibit Hall.
Tey will help with event set-up, presentations
and meal service.
Te SAA strives to promote positive rela-
tions and interactions between the students and
alumni of Missouri State-West Plains so that
current students will be encouraged to become
active, loyal and supportive alumni after gradu-
WEST PLAINS, Mo.– Te promise of an
annual gift for the next five years from the Phil-
anthropic Women for Education organization
will lead to a professorship in the William and
Virginia Darr Honors Program at Missouri State
University-West Plains.
Chancellor Drew Bennett recently an-
nounced that members of the organization agreed
to contribute $11,250 each year for the next five
years toward the professorship. Te annual con-
tribution would be used to augment the salary
of the professorship while university officials use
the next five years to search for a donor or orga-
nization that would fully endow the position, he
“I am extremely grateful that the Philan-
thropic Women’s group has initiated a concept
for our West Plains campus that is long overdue,”
Bennett said. “Not only will our honors program
benefit, but all faculty will benefit as we move
closer to market salary. Our intent is to endow
this gift in the next five years.”
Assistant Professor of Letters Dennis Lan-
caster, who founded the honors program at
Missouri State-West Plains in 1998, moved
from his administrative role as Assistant to the
Chancellor to fill the professorship on Jan. 1,
2009. “I am honored and humbled to have
been chosen to fill this inaugural professorship
for our campus. I thank the Philanthropic
Women for Education for this wonderful ex-
pression of confidence in the Darr Honors Pro-
gram and in Missouri State-West Plains. Like
that of Bill and Virginia Darr, their support at
this critical time in the ongoing development
of the program will be invaluable in meeting
the student need for college-level honors edu-
cation in our area,” he said.
Created in 1998, the Darr Honors Pro-
gram has had remarkable success. Over 250
entering freshmen, with 60-plus program
graduates, have pursued or are currently pursu-
ing careers in law, accounting, pharmacology,
nursing, business, and the military. Tere were
50 entering freshmen or sophomores accepted
into the honors program last fall. Tis brings
the number of students currently enrolled in the
honors program for the 2008-09 academic year
up to 66, the highest single-year enrollment to
Founded in 2003 as a way to encourage
women to be philanthropists, the Philanthropic
Women for Education has been assisting Mis-
souri State-West Plains in its mission “to provide
quality educational opportunities to the commu-
nities it serves” by funding academic enrichment
projects that enhance the learning experience for
students inside and outside the classroom.
Bennett said endowed professorships and
chairs attract and retain the most qualified and
capable faculty to lead the courses of study in
which the endowments were created. “I hope
others will continue this effort and create named
professorships and endowed chairs in other de-
partments,” he said.
For more information on contributing to-
ward or creating an endowment at Missouri
State-West Plains, call the Office of Development
at 417-255-7240.
STUDENTS SCHOOLED faculty and staff in
the game of softball at the first ever Softball Bash,
defeating the faculty/staff team 19-6. Faculty and
staff put their heart and soul into the contest, but
they were no match for their skilled student coun-
terparts. Te friendly competition gave faculty, staff
and students an opportunity to interact outside of
the classroom. Above are some of the participants
in the afternoon event.
WEST PLAINS, Mo.– Plans are underway
for Missouri State University-West Plains’ 15th
Annual Auction, set for Saturday, April 4, at
the East Towne Village Banquet Hall (formerly
Warm Fork Grill), 1388 Bill Virdon Blvd., in
West Plains.
“Gearing Up for Education” is the theme
of this year’s event. In conjunction with that
theme, members of the West Plains Car Club
and Klassic Kruisers will display some of their
classic and custom vehicles in the parking lot
from 4 to 6 p.m., organizers said.
“With the addition of a car show, it may seem
we’re trying to appeal to men, but we haven’t
forgotten the ladies,” said Terry Hampton,
events coordinator with the Missouri State-
West Plains Office of Development. “We’ll be
offering jewelry, accessories and home décor
items among the many unique items which will
be up for bid. We have everything ranging from
$10 gift certificates all the way up to two beauti-
ful opal pieces which have a combined appraised
value of over $8,500. It’s going to be a fun event
with something for everyone.”
As in past years, there will be a silent and live
auction, with the silent auction getting underway
at 6 p.m., followed by the live auction at 8.
Tickets are $15 each and includes hors
d’oeuvres, soft drinks and a cash bar. Tickets are
available through the Missouri State-West Plains
Office of Development, 905 W. Main St. Pro-
ceeds will be used to purchase property within the
campus’ Master Plan Visioning Guide.
For more information, contact the Develop-
ment Office at 417-255-7240.
Plans underway for annual auction
by Vickie Driskell
MEMBERS OF THE ANNUAL Auction Committee at Missouri State University-West Plains recently gath-
ered at the East Towne Village Banquet Hall (formerly Warm Fork Grill) to sample some of the hors d’oeuvres
that will be served at the April 4 event and view some of the early donations for the auction. From left are
Debra Mosley, Debbie Martin, Heather Bennett, Terry Hampton, Janet Crow, Missouri State-West Plains
Director of Development Elizabeth Grisham, Susan Courter, Assistant Director of Development Joe Kam-
merer, Bev Hamby and Rick Hamby. (Missouri State-West Plains Photo)
Missouri State-West Plains establishes Wendell Bailey Entrepreneurship Program Endowment
by Vickie Driskell
Te Associate of Applied Science in Entre-
preneurship degree program at Missouri State
University-West Plains recently received a finan-
cial boost with the establishment of the Wendell
Bailey Entrepreneurship Program Endowment.
Te $100,000 endowment was named in
honor of the former Missouri State Treasurer,
state representative and Congressman from Wil-
low Springs who recommended the university
develop an entrepreneurship program as a way to
help students find careers in business and boost
the area’s economy. A former small business
owner, Bailey now serves as the Region VII Ad-
vocate for the Small Business Administration.
Money from the endowment will supple-
ment the Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
in Entrepreneurship degree program by provid-
ing funds for guest speakers, attendance by fac-
ulty and students at conferences, visits by faculty
and students to area businesses that represent
the entrepreneurial spirit, the development of
a Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team, and
marketing of the program to potential students,
university officials said.
Bailey and a variety of business owners, in-
dividuals and area organizations, including the
West Plains Economic Development Corpora-
tion, who share his belief in entrepreneurship as
a way to grow the area’s economy, are donating
funds for the endowment.
Approved by the Mo. Coordinating Board
for Higher Education in 2005, the AAS in
Entrepreneurship degree program provides
students with the practical knowledge and
skills required to launch and manage a success-
ful entrepreneurial venture. Te program of-
fers world-class credit and non-credit courses,
brings successful entrepreneurs to campus as
guest speakers, assigns practical course activi-
ties and projects in each course that students
can apply directly to their current or future
business, provides educational support to en-
trepreneurs housed in the future Ozarks Small
Business Incubator in downtown West Plains,
and establishes a bridge for students between aca-
demic programs and the Small Business Develop-
ment Center.
For more information about the degree pro-
gram, contact the Missouri State-West Plains
Office of Admissions at 417-255-7955. For in-
formation about making contributions to the
university, call the Office of Development at 417-

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – Dr. Craig Klein,
Dean of Academic Affairs at Missouri State
University-West Plains, believes a new offender
education program at the South Central Correc-
tional Center in Licking, Mo., would benefit the
entire area by giving offenders the skills to find
jobs before they are released from prison, thus
greatly reducing the chance they become re-in-
volved in the criminal justice system.
Te pilot program, initially funded by mon-
ey from the Campus Opportunities Campaign,
would cover the costs of tuition for two interac-
tive television classes of 10 students at the prison,
qualifying the campus to apply for grant funding
to cover the costs of tuition in the future, Klein
explained in the proposal for funding.
A total of four classes in the area of Business
Studies would be offered to qualified offenders
(those who have a high school diploma or GED)
over a two-semester period. Tose who suc-
cessfully complete the program would receive
“mini-certificates” in Business Studies and have
an expanded skill set for potential employers.
It also would introduce them to the college ex-
perience, which could inspire them to further
their education with a full degree, he said.
“Numerous studies have verified that
postsecondary education programs reduce re-
cidivism,” Klein said. “Te Texas Department
of Criminal Justice, for example, reported in
1993 that while Texas’ average rate of re-in-
carceration was 60 percent, college-in-prison
graduates recidivized at the following rates:
associate’s degrees, 13.7 percent; bachelor’s de-
grees, 5.6 percent; master’s degrees, 0 percent.
Te more education, the less recidivism.”
Data shows that 95 percent of all state pris-
oners will eventually be released but approxi-
mately two-thirds will become re-involved in
the criminal justice system within three years.
“Te evidence is clear. Providing higher
education to America’s prison system results in
significantly reduced prison populations, ex-
panded educational opportunities for all U.S.
citizens, and prisons that release people who
do not re-offend, resulting in fewer victims of
violence and property crimes,” Klein stressed.
“Simply put, Missouri State University-
West Plains can offer a viable offender educa-
tion program,” he continued. “It is the right
thing to do.’”
Development and Alumni Times:
Spring 2009
Missouri State University-West Plains, Office of
University Communications
Contributing Writers:
Vickie Driskell, Cheryl Caldwell, and
Joe Kammerer
Graphic Designer:
Mat Crouse
Cheryl Caldwell, Vickie Driskell, John Wall
and Mat Crouse
Send address changes to Office of Develop-
ment, Missouri State University- West Plains,
128 Garfield, West Plains, MO 65775.
Missouri State University adheres to a strict nondis-
crimination policy and does not discriminate on the
basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, an-
cestry, age, disability or veteran status in any program
or activity offered or sponsored by the University.
In addition, the University does not discriminate
on any basis (including, but not limited to, politi-
cal affiliation and sexual orientation) not related to
the applicable educational requirements for students
or the applicable job requirements for employees.
Plans underway for annual auction
by Vickie Driskell
Correctional Center Pilot Program
by Vickie Driskell
From left, Chancellor Drew Bennett, new Director of Development Elizabeth Grisham, Wendell Bailey and
Board of Governors member Mary Sheid.
Mark your Calendar for the Spring Picnic
All Missouri State alumni and friends are invited to the Missouri
State University Alumni Association’s annual spring picnic.

Date: May 7
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: West Plains Civic Center exhibit hall.

Te event is free and open to all Missouri State alumni and friends,
but reservations are requested. Call 417-255-7240 to reserve a seat.
Distinguished Alumnus Award Nominations
In addition to the complimentary meal, the evening also will include the presentation of the 2009 Distinguished Alumnus Award. Nomination forms
are now available for the annual award presented by the Missouri State University-West Plains and Missouri State University-Springfield Alumni Team.
Te Missouri State-West Plains Distinguished Alumnus Award, in its eleventh year, recognizes extraordinary achievement in personal and profes-
sional endeavors, along with loyalty to the university. Te selection committee will review each nominee’s professional experiences, responsibilities and
contributions to his or her field. Of importance also to the committee will be the nominee’s involvement in the community, including positions held in
organizations and awards or testimonials received by the nominee for special contributions made to the community. Nominees must be former students
of Missouri State-West Plains.
Previous recipients of this award include former Willow Springs School Superintendent Dr. Don Hamby, West Plains businessman Jim McFarland,
Missouri State University-Springfield marketing lecturer/Springfield businesswoman Sherry James Cook, former state employee and community leader
Peggy Kissinger of West Plains, Tayer veterinarian Dr. Greg Langley, neurosurgeon Dr. Doug Green of West Plains, former Kabul Nursing Home Direc-
tor George Colbert, Ozarks Medical Center Chief Operating Officer Jeannie Looper, Willow Springs businessman David Montgomery and optometrist
Dr. Matthew Pigg.
For more information or to obtain a nomination form, call Missouri State-West Plains Director of Development Elizabeth Grisham at 417-255-7240 or
stop by the development office at Kellett Hall, 905 W. Main St., in West Plains. Nominations must be returned to the Missouri State-West Plains Office
of Development, 128 Garfield Ave., West Plains, MO 65775, on or before April 10.
Springfield MO.
West Plains Campus
128 Garfield Avenue
West Plains, MO 65775

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