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A newsletter for Alumni & Friends of Missouri State University-West Plains
Alumni & Friends News
The Annual Fund Campaign benefits the students of Missouri State University-West Plains.
Annual Fund helps student retention efforts
Rising university enrollment numbers and challenging economic times create a unique opportunity for alumni and other friends with a desire to help others, says Missouri State UniversityWest Plains Director of Development Elizabeth Grisham. “Our students aren’t sitting back waiting to see what the latest economic bad news brings,” Grisham said. “They’re proactively tackling the added economic and emotional challenge of school to improve their lives and secure better futures for themselves and their families,” she said. Through the Missouri State-West Plains Annual Fund, formerly known as Campus Opportunities, small donations can add up to big dollars to help our students stay in school and benefit from the quality educational opportunities this campus offers. Of the 39 students who have received a total of $10,388 in emergency grants through the Annual Fund, 82 percent have completed the semester, re-enrolled in the next semester or graduated. By quickly awarding these students a small amount of money to solve a personal financial crisis, the Annual Fund has kept these students in school. “We are seeing remarkable success with student retention and graduation as a direct result of emergency grant awards, especially for the many students we serve who are low-income or first-generation college students,” Grisham said. Annual Fund monies are also used for: Scholarships; Educational Initiatives; Campus Technology, Labs and Facilities; and the newly added designation of University/Community Programs. Last year’s campaign raised $50,000. Your donation can help us break last year’s totals and benefit even more students on the West Plains and Mountain Grove campuses. Please make your gift by June 30. Gifts can be made by check, payable to the Missouri State University Foundation, credit card, or online at www. wp.missouristate.edu/development.
3 new scholarships established for students
Kimberlin Endowed Scholarship Ozark Independent Living (OIL) has established an endowed scholarship in honor of Chuck and Sue Kimberlin of West Plains. According to Cindy Moore, executive director of OIL, Chuck was honored for his instrumental work in establishing the OIL office in West Plains. Chuck was employed for more than 30 years with the Missouri Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and laid the groundwork for the establishment of this center. Now in their 14th year of service to this area, officials at OIL are aware of the educational needs of the seven-county area, as well as the barriers faced by someone with a disability. The Kimberlin scholarship will assist those who decide to go into a “helping” field of study. Parrott Endowed Scholarship A Missouri State-West Plains faculty member, through the university’s payroll deduction option, has established an endowed scholarship. The scholarship is in memory of long-time West Plains residents Opal and Everett Parrott. According to the faculty member, who wishes to remain anonymous, Mr. Parrott had only a sixth grade education, yet was a voracious
OFFICIALS AT OZARK Independent Living (OIL) in West Plains recently established a scholarship at Missouri State University-West Plains to honor long-time advocates of the area’s disabled and supporters of education Charles and Sue Kimberlin of West Plains. Above are, from left, Missouri State-West Plains Assistant Director of Development Joe Kammerer, Development Board President Beth Peters, OIL Executive Director Cindy Moore, Sue and Chuck Kimberlin and Director of Development Elizabeth Grisham. (Missouri State-West Plains Photo)
reader and contributed to the donor’s arship to demonstrate his family’s commitpassion for reading and learning as well. ment to education and the opportunities it can bring to people in our area. Rick, Kathy Grigsby Annual Scholarship and their children, Reid and Ericka, are all The Rick and Kathy Grigsby family graduates of Arkansas State University in of West Plains has established an annual Jonesboro, Ark. Son Clayton is a student scholarship to be awarded to a deserving at Missouri State-West Plains after serving full-time student from the seven-county with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. Each area. Rick Grigsby said his family decided of these scholarships will be available to to establish the $1,000-per-year schol- award for the fall 2010 semester. • The university has published its first juried literary journal, Elder Mountain, a collection of Ozark literature, poetry, photographs and artwork. • The second annual Trap and Skeet Shoot will be held Oct. 2, 2010, at the Rover Gun Club. Thirty shooters enjoyed a day of glorious Ozarks autumn weather and helped kick off the Annual Fund campaign in Fall 2009. • The Missouri State-West Plains Annual Spring Alumni and Friends Picnic will be May 6, 2010, at the West Plains Civic Center. Awards will be given for Distinguished Alumni as well as Distinguished Faculty/Staff. Nominations forms can be found at www.wp.missouristate.edu/development/ and must be completed by April 1, 2010. • Mark your calendars for 2013, the 50th anniversary of Missouri State-West Plains.
Did you know?
• Kellett Hall celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2009. Built in 1909 by the Clark Family, the stately home became the university’s first permanent home in 1973 after being donated by the Kellett family. Kellett Hall is now home to the university’s Development Office.
• The university broke a major milestone in Fall 2009 with an enrollment of 2,162 students. That was an 18 percent enrollment increase for the year and a 35 percent enrollment increase for the last three years. • Friends of the Garnett Library will reach its 40,000-book goal this spring!
Share your good news
Contact Joe Kammerer at JoeKammerer@ missouristate.edu and tell us about your most recent personal and professional accomplishments. You also may write us at: Missouri State University-West Plains Office of Development Attention: Joe Kammerer 128 Garfield Ave. West Plains, MO 65775
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Elizabeth Grisham, Joe Kammerer and Terry Hampton
Auction committee members are from left: Terry Hampton, Emily Peters, Deb Mosley, Elizabeth Grisham. Second row from left: Toby Atkinson, Heather Bennett and Joe Kammerer. Members not pictured include: Debbie Martin, Vicki Kimes, Valerie Williams, Andi Vaini, Susan Courter, Tracy Grigsby, Bev Hamby, Rick Hamby and Brad Wickham.
Cheryl Caldwell, Vickie Driskell, John Wall and Mat Crouse
Don’t let the gavel sound without you!
Make plans to attend the Missouri State University-West Plains’ 16th Annual Auction April 9, 2010, at the National Guard Armory, 1315 Webster St., in West Plains. Nearly $11,000 worth of goods and services has been donated already to sell at the auction, and more items are being added every day. Tickets are $25 per person, which includes a barbecue dinner and many opportunities to bid on practical items, trips, experience packages and more. One of the first items donated for sale at the auction is a four-night stay at Big Cedar Lodge in Branson, MO, valued over $1,100. In addition, a 50-inch HDTV will be given away during the event. To purchase tickets, contact the Office of Development at 417-255-7240 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those wanting more information also can check the university’s Web site, wp.missouristate.edu. The Web site will be updated periodically as items are added to the auction. More information also can be obtained by going to the auction’s Facebook page, “MSU-WP Auction.”
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Silent Auction viewing and bidding begins
1st Silent Auction tables close 2nd Silent Auction tables close 3rd Silent Auction tables close Announcements Giveaway winners announced following the live auction. Auction attendees are encouraged to wear blue jeans and enjoy a casual evening of fun.
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April 9, 2010 - National Guard Armory
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