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The Tuttle Amphitheater
Imagine an outdoor venue carved out of the hillside utilizing the natural terrain and existing vegetation to the west of the beautiful Smith-London Centennial Bell Tower on the campus of Missouri State University-West Plains. The Tuttle Amphitheater would provide the university and greater West Plains community an 850-seat outdoor venue for spectator events, concerts, rallies, films or theatrical performances. Seating for the amphitheater would face a theatrical-style stage, providing an enjoyable atmosphere and environment to view entertainment. Spectators would be encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enhance seating on the grass-covered surfaces. and Martha Tuttle and their dedication to the Missouri State University-West Plains campus. Roger, an avid outdoorsman, and Martha, a people person, provide a perfect complement to one another. Martha sings and plays the piano at their church and performs occasionally with her family’s gospel singing group, The Howell Family. In the same manner, the outdoors will provide the setting for a stage and seating to accommodate social activities and events serving Missouri State University-West Plains and the greater West Plains community.
Only privately-raised funds will be used to build the Tuttle Amphitheater. Grant opportunities also will be pursued. The anticipated need for construction is $195,000. We kindly ask for your monetary support of this project to develop an 850-seat venue of fun, concerts, movies and theater on the Missouri State University-West Plains campus serving the greater West Plains community. All gifts, no matter the size, will be appreciated. Unless otherwise instructed, the Tuttle family will be notified you have made a gift.
Roger & Martha Tuttle
Roger and Martha Tuttle committed their professional careers to Missouri State University-West Plains for a combined 61 years. Roger was hired in 1978 as a maintenance laborer and retired in 2010 as the superintendent of buildings, grounds and custodial services. Martha was hired in 1980 as a secretary and retired in 2010 as the purchasing/human resources assistant. The Tuttle Amphitheater will be designed as a reflection of Roger
A non-traditional student and mother of two leaves a bad marriage during the night. She walks out with what cash she has on her and a car. Her job was home based and that income is no more. This student is hit with the reality she’s in college with no revenue, no home. She is able to secure lodging, seek professional help, continue to run a household and stay in school – truly amazing. She applies for an emergency grant from the university to help gap a shortfall between loans and a Pell Grant. In a phone interview, the student states the money from the emergency grant made the difference. Today she is still enrolled in college and pursuing her educational goals. Your gift does make a difference! Giving to the Annual Fund is an act of kindness. Please be assured your gift is never forgotten in the hearts and minds of the students you help.
Mary Sheid and the staff at Physical Therapy Specialists Clinic have named a room in M.O. Looney Hall in honor of Mindy Lahey Hughston. Looney Hall has undergone an extensive renovation to house the Allied Health programs on the Missouri State University-West Plains campus. The historic downtown landmark is now the home of the Missouri State-West Plains Nursing and Respiratory Care programs. Classes opened in the building in January 2011. Mindy, a graduate of Missouri State University-West Plains and its nursing program, passed away in 2010 after a long battle with cancer. She was a star athlete, a caring and dedicated health professional, and an inspiration to her many friends and family. University officials are deeply grateful to Mary Sheid and her staff for ensuring Mindy’s spirit and memory will live on. Mindy’s room, located on the first floor of Looney Hall, is adjacent to
the Allied Health Simulation lab and will be used as a classroom and technology center where students and community health professionals can observe work being done in the lab. The simulation lab was made possible through a $250,000 grant assisted by U.S. Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson. A $20,000 gift will secure a naming opportunity for each room in Looney Hall. Donations will fund furnishings, lab equipment and other essentials necessary for teaching the allied health professionals of tomorrow. To discuss a gift, please contact Elizabeth Grisham or Joe Kammerer at 417-255-7240.
Photo Above: Front row from left: Mindy’s husband, Derek Hughston; the couple’s daughter, Madison Grace Hughston; and Mindy’s brother, Tyler Huneycutt. Second row, from left: Director of Nursing Donna Jones; Mary Sheid of Physical Therapy Specialists Clinic and member of the Missouri State University Board of Governors; Mindy’s parents, Brenda and George Miller; Chancellor Drew Bennett; and Director of Development Elizabeth Grisham.
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New scholarships established
Several scholarships have been established this year to benefit students at Missouri State University-West Plains. The Graham and Connie O’Neal Scholarship is an annuallyfunded scholarship that assists a student enrolled at Missouri State University-West Plains whose area of emphasis or interest is English. Dr. Connie O’Neal is a former English professor at the university. The Norman and Peggy Rieger Family Endowed Scholarship has been established for a student with financial need who has graduated from West Plains or Dora High Schools. The Riegers are former residents of West Plains and now live in Madison, Ala. The Mary H. Sheid Student Ambassador Book Scholarship Endowment covers the full rental cost of books for a student ambassador who serves on the student public relations team that promotes Missouri State University-West Plains by conducting campus tours and serving as hosts for university-sponsored activities. Mary lives in West Plains and is a member of the Missouri State University Board of Governors. The Kent and Barbara Thomas Student Ambassador Book Scholarship Endowment covers the full rental cost of books for a student chosen to represent Missouri State University-West Plains as a student ambassador. Kent Thomas is a former chancellor at Missouri State University-West Plains. The David and Deborah Grisham Wehrman Leadership Scholarship is an annually-funded scholarship that will assist a West Plains High School graduate to attend the West Plains campus. Recipients of this leadership scholarship are nominated by the high school superintendent. Deborah Wehrman was raised in West Plains. The couple now lives in Centralia, Mo.
Set sail for Treasure Island
Make plans to attend Missouri State University-West Plains’ 17th Annual Auction, set for Friday, April 1, 2011, at the West Plains Civic Center Exhibit Hall. Several thousand dollars worth of goods and services already have been donated for sale at the auction, with more being added every day. Last year, there were over 350 items sold at the event, and more are expected this year. Tickets are $25 per person, which includes dinner and many opportunities to bid on practical items, trips, experience packages and more. Among the items already obtained are four “park hopper” passes, which provide admission to Walt Disney World’s theme parks in Orlando, Fla.; a trip to Hawii; a trip to Las Vegas; and an iPod Touch. In addition to a live auction, there will be a silent auction that will offer many other smaller items, such as themed baskets and gift certificates for use at local restaurants and businesses. This year, a portion of the proceeds will go toward building the Tuttle Amphitheater, an exciting project that will be located in the heart of our campus. (Please see a separate article on page one for additional information regarding the Tuttle Amphitheater.) Also new to the auction this year is an opportunity to sponsor a table. For $250, table sponsors will receive reserved seating for eight people and two bottles of wine to be served at their table. Make your reservation today by contacting the development office at 417-2557240 or via email at wpdevelopment@ missouristate.edu. You also may register online at wp.missouristate.edu/development/ auction.htm. The auction website will be updated periodically as items are added. More information also can be obtained by going to the auction’s Facebook page “MSUWP Auction.” Make your reservation by March 25 to receive an “express pass” entry, a timesaving way to breeze past the registration table the night of the auction.
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