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  • Steven Steele

    Steven Steele

    A college education wouldn't have been possible for Steven Steele if Missouri State University-West Plains had not been nearby.

  • Andrew Shwartz

    Andrew Shwartz

    With small classes, teachers get to know you better and you can build a relationship with them, and they can adapt to your learning style.

  • Tracy Litchfield

    Tracy Litchfield

    I came to Missouri State-West Plains because it was close to home.

  • Erin Akers

    Erin Akers

    I choose Missouri State-West Plains because it is close to home and is a lot lower cost than if you go to a larger University.

  • Holly Pitts

    Holly Pitts

    I chose to come to Missouri State-West Plains and be in the nursing program because it is close to home and because I have always heard good things about this Nursing Program.

  • Nikki Davis

    Nikki Davis

    My name is Nikki Davis and I am from Mammoth Springs, Arkansas.

  • Libby Gall

    Libby Gall

    Just to see students learning and finally making those connections and realizing what kind of difference they can have in a patient’s life is really rewarding.

  • Jennifer Kurn

    Jennifer Kurn

    I would tell a student, if they are very passionate about children, if they want to stand up for children then, go for it.

  • Nii Kpakpo Abrahams

    Nii Kpakpo Abrahams

    “Nii is particularly passionate about broadening his understanding of ethical leadership through his scholarship and practical application.”

  • Nii Addo Abrahams

    Nii Addo Abrahams

    Nii Addo Abrahams said visiting MSU "was one of those things like in a movie where you step onto the campus and you look around and think, ‘This is where I belong.’ "

  • Chris Carpenter

    Chris Carpenter

    Anesthesia: cream of the crop!

  • Christy Ha

    Christy Ha

    Christy Ha is studying abroad for a full year in Murcia, Spain. The friendships she formed with international students at MSU helped her make the transition to Spanish life. 

  • Devin Duncan

    Devin Duncan

    Devin Duncan works in a New York City office of KPMG, one of the nation's "big four" public accounting firms.

  • Ed Del Conte

    Ed Del Conte

    Ed Del Conte now works for BKD CPAs & Advisors with an assortment of clients, from not-for-profit hospitals to high-net-worth individuals.

  • Kyle Goewert

    Kyle Goewert

    Kyle Goewert is earning an accelerated Master of Accountancy degree.

  • Olivia Kimminau

    Olivia Kimminau

    Olivia Kimminau is earning a master's degree, with a graduate certificate in tax accounting,  after earning her bachelor's from Missouri State in 2012.

  • Katelyn Bartlett

    Katelyn Bartlett

    Katelyn Bartlett chose Missouri State in part because of a teaching assistantship. Once here, she discovered dedicated professors and the building blocks for lifetime success.

  • Justin Jamison

    Justin Jamison

    The 2009 Strongsville, Ohio, High School graduate was a highly recruited baseball pitching phenom who had committed to Ohio State University and was later drafted by the Texas Rangers.

  • Kristi Ary

    Kristi Ary

    On Dec. 13, Kristi Ary reported for work for the last time in the student life and development office at Missouri State University-West Plains.

  • Dr. D. Keith Denton

    Dr. D. Keith Denton

    Dr. D. Keith Denton wants his business students to learn lessons that will stick with them for life.

  • Dr. Diana Piccolo

    Dr. Diana Piccolo

    If you are a future teacher who is anxious about leading math lessons, great news: Dr. Diana Piccolo is here to make math fun to learn for both you and your students.

  • Sherry Cook

    Sherry Cook

    When Sherry Cook and her partners recognized the need for more appealing science texts, they created an imaginative new product and marketed it worldwide.  

  • Austin Thompson

    Austin Thompson

    Almost from the moment he bagged his first deer at the age of seven, Austin Thompson knew he wanted to be a conservationist.

  • Kerry James Evans

    Kerry James Evans

    Standing on campus in the crisp Springfield fall weather brought back many fond memories for Kerry James Evans.

  • Rachel Edwards

    Rachel Edwards

    Criminology student Rachel Edwards has found her place in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at Missouri State.

  • Corey Hollander

    Corey Hollander

    The Giving Voice Theatre Troupe at Missouri State University is addressing hot button issues such as bullying, harassment and discrimination one set of leaders at a time.

  • Justin Reynolds

    Justin Reynolds

    Missouri State student Justin Reynolds learned about how vital international relations between military branches is on a recent trip to Moldova with ROTC. 

  • Christian Reavis

    Christian Reavis

    Student Spotlight on Christian Reavis

  • Dakota Bates

    Dakota Bates

    Student Spotlight on Dakota Bates

  • Jared Foley

    Jared Foley

    Student Spotlight on Jared Foley

  • Grace Kiely

    Grace Kiely

    Student Spotlight on Grace Kiely

  • Casey Carlson

    Casey Carlson

    Student Spotlight on Casey Carlton

  • Denise Thompson

    Denise Thompson

    Denise Thompson has been studying the population of the alligator snapping turtle and has found reduced or even stagnant growth. 

  • Michelle Ciesielski

    Michelle Ciesielski

    Graduate student Michelle Ciesielski has broadened her horizons by studying away in Brazil over the summer. 

  • Ashley Peery

    Ashley Peery

    Ashley Peery has a bright future in business fueled by her passion for accounting. 

  • Joshua Li and Greg Donnell

    Joshua Li and Greg Donnell

    Two students, Greg Donnell and Joshua Li, have developed a mobile app that has the potential to give prospective students tours and help current students find buildings/ 

  • Jessica Roberts

    Jessica Roberts

    Student athlete Jessica Roberts spent some time over the summer coaching kids in Uganda.

  • Katy Jessee

    Katy Jessee

    Student Katy Jessee has attended the Outdoor Retailers Summer Market and Winter Market.

  • Austin Elliott

    Austin Elliott

    Senior Austin Elliott has his own specialized major that caters to passion for non-profit organizations and media production. 

  • Jared McKinney

    Jared McKinney

    Graduate student Jared McKinney has been published in a national magazine.

  • Jordan Gallant

    Jordan Gallant

    Jordan Gallant found his ideal major in the marketing department, and he enjoys applying his knowledge with the Inter-Fraternity Council and through his own small business.

  • Jessica Fontana

    Jessica Fontana

    It pays to keep a broad perspective when looking for new opportunities.

  • Marcus Morgan

    Marcus Morgan

    When fedral taxpayers in Illinois are facing a conflict with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Marcus Morgan may help settle the dispute.

  • David Schneider

    David Schneider

    Great tuition value, an academic scholarship and a weekend tour; that was all it took for Rockford, Ill., native David Schneider to come to Missouri State University.

  • Gonzalo Vargas

    Gonzalo Vargas

    Gonzalo Vargas visited seven universities after he decided he wanted an education in the United States.

  • Fen Fu

    Fen Fu

    Fen Fu left a husband and daughter in her home of Guangzhou, China, for about a year to pursue a graduate degree in the United States.

  • Justine Otte

    Justine Otte

    When Justine (Schramke) Otte stands in front of her classroom, she looks into the bright young eyes of students from around the world. 

  • Stefanie Schmith

    Stefanie Schmith

    Stefanie Schmith remembers the first time she saw a handbag she designed being carried by a woman in the street.

  • Brad Patton

    Brad Patton

    In 2005, Brad Patton had a decision to make: His three roommates were planning study-away trips to cities in Europe and Australia.

  • Mathew Unger

    Mathew Unger

    Mathew Unger traded his business suit for a chef’s hat when he opened Mathew’s Kitchen in 2011.

  • Hollie Howard

    Hollie Howard

    It was a scene out of "Fame": About four dozen young men and women in leotards, tights, shorts and dance shoes stretched and bounced as the doors opened to the dance studio in McDonald Arena.

  • Julien Duxin

    Julien Duxin

    Every morning Julien Duxin wakes up curious, trying to find the answer to a scientific question — an answer that could help prevent diseases such as cancer.

  • Rebekah McLean

    Rebekah McLean

    Child of a Navy recruiter, Rebekah moved around and lived in numerous US locations, experiencing the vast array of cultures that make up the American experience.

  • Madalyn Foley

    Madalyn Foley

    The unique combination of Madalyn Foley’s love for dance and savvy science skills led to her winning the American Harlequin Scholarship for Support of Dance Science.

  • Andrew Garton

    Andrew Garton

    Since earning his MBA in 2010, Andrew Garton has used his education and skills to help others find financial aid opportunities.

  • Kris Keilty

    Kris Keilty

    Kris Keilty credits her experiences in other cultures with bringing her marketing and fashion education to life.

  • Besim Huskic

    Besim Huskic

    Mutual experience with Missouri State's award-winning Ad Team helped Besim Huskic connect with his future employer.

  • Brittany Waugh

    Brittany Waugh

    Brittany Waugh continues to use what she learned about personal branding at Missouri State to build a satisfying and successful career.

  • Zechariah Campbell

    Zechariah Campbell

    Zechariah Campbell has met plenty of potential employers at College of Business career fairs.

  • Jason Doerge

    Jason Doerge

    Jason Doerge came to Missouri State hoping to work in the business areas of sports, events and music. He found the perfect fit in the entertainment management program.

  • Dr. Mike Stout

    Dr. Mike Stout

    Dr. Mike Stout believes that sociologists can make valuable contributions to the public’s understanding of issues and social problems by being engaged in their community. 

  • Mallory Mahon

    Mallory Mahon

    Speech-pathology has inspired Mallory Mahon since the first time she stumbled upon it at a majors’ fair as an undergraduate at Missouri State University. 

  • Sarah Owens

    Sarah Owens

    Nothing can stop Sarah Owens, a double major in dietetics and Spanish from seeing the world and taking advantage of study away trips sponsored by the dietetics department.

  • Marco Kilongkilong

    Marco Kilongkilong

    He came to the United States with the hope of living the American dream and eventually becoming a citizen. He came to Missouri State wanting to serve and defend his adopted country.

  • Fadi Najem, AuD, PhD, CCC-A

    Fadi Najem, AuD, PhD, CCC-A

    Fadi Najem dreams of developing better audiology centers in the Middle East. 

  • Sonia Arora

    Sonia Arora

    Sonia Arora came to Missouri State knowing what she wanted to do: she wanted to work with the deaf or hard of hearing.

  • Danielle Reed, CCC-SLP

    Danielle Reed, CCC-SLP

    Danielle Reed, an alumnus of the undergraduate and graduate speech-language pathology programs at Missouri State University, has a heart for helping others. 

  • Jennifer Williams

    Jennifer Williams

    In the summer of 1997, the Couch resident suffered life-threatening injuries after being thrown from a vehicle in a crash near her home.

  • Erik Enyart

    Erik Enyart

    What started as simple enjoyment of a video game became an interest in city planning for Erik Enyart.

  • Gopala Borchelt

    Gopala Borchelt

    She's an alumna on the front line of environmental stewardship planning, helping to protect Ozark ecosystems and water quality.

  • Chase Bartels

    Chase Bartels

    Chase Bartels has always had a passion for entertaining others.

  • Sarah Davidson

    Sarah Davidson

    Trying to decide between law and education, Sarah Davidson came to Missouri State and discovered a way to do both: human resource management.

  • Gail O'Connor

    Gail O'Connor

    The sociology program at Missouri State prides itself on providing its students with the experiences and education to work as sociologists or continue their education. 

  • Cindi Barnett

    Cindi Barnett

    Cindi Barnett had a goal as the Foster Family Recreation Center was being built: Make sure all students, including those with disabilities, could use the center.

  • Michael Frizell

    Michael Frizell

    When Michael Frizell was designing the Bear CLAW (Center for Learning and Writing), he wanted it to be inviting to all students — including those with disabilities.

  • Sara Clark

    Sara Clark

    Sara Clark and her team have spearheaded efforts to make Missouri State’s websites accessible to all students, including those with disabilities.

  • Dr. Marc Cooper

    Dr. Marc Cooper

    When Dr. Marc Cooper saw that not all students were thriving with a traditional lecture format, he decided to switch up his teaching style by using universal design.

  • David Osborne

    David Osborne

    Thanks to the foundation in chemistry he received at Missouri State, Dr. David Osborne has made a successful career out of thinking like a research scientist in product development.

  • Eric Tague

    Eric Tague

    Chances are if you are in Temple Hall you might run into Eric Tague, a graduate student and teaching assistant in the department of chemistry.

  • Dr. Nikolay Gerasimchuk

    Dr. Nikolay Gerasimchuk

    If you didn’t know, Dr. Nikolay Gerasimchuk is native to the country of Ukraine.

  • Emily Steelman

    Emily Steelman

    As a first generation college student, 2011 Summersville High School graduate Emily Steelman found herself in uncharted territory upon entering Missouri State University-West Plains that fall.

  • Sam Zimmer

    Sam Zimmer

    Sam Zimmer, who wants to be a dentist or optometrist, is confident his professors and fellow dedicated students have helped him be ready for medical exams and professional training.

  • Bridget Tabora

    Bridget Tabora

    Tabora always knew she wanted a job where she would be able to help people every day. After shadowing different medical professionals, she found the right profession for her.

  • Christina Dempsey

    Christina Dempsey

    "I've never, ever been sorry I chose nursing for my career, I am fulfilled every day. There are an infinite number of wonderful things we can do as nurses professionally that enrich the lives of our patients, our community, each other and ourselves. MSU and a lot of hard work has made that possible for me."

  • Faye Felicilda-Reynaldo

    Faye Felicilda-Reynaldo

    “It was also a point in my life wherein I found myself seeking for greater professional development that I can't find in my country. I wanted a better experience as a professional nurse, nurse educator, with more substance.”

  • Lindsay Kittrell

    Lindsay Kittrell

    “When people come together they can make a huge difference and positively impact many individuals.”

  • Ryan Nicholls

    Ryan Nicholls

    “Patient assessment, diagnosis and treatment easily apply to community assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. Emergency management works a lot with mitigating bad things from happening, educating prevention measures and preparing for emergencies when the inevitable occurs.” “As a public servant, good community care is vital to success.” 

  • Dr. Janice Greene

    Dr. Janice Greene

    Dr. Janice Greene wants to link the community to the campus through environmental education.

  • Jen Kienstra

    Jen Kienstra

    The mechanics of the musculoskeletal system have always intrigued Jen Kienstra, a junior exercise and movement science major in the pre-physical therapy program at Missouri State University.

  • Erin Parrish

    Erin Parrish

    “Since every student’s goals are different, students do not have to settle for fitting their goals to a certain program. The program adjusts to them.”

  • Rosemary Sherwood

    Rosemary Sherwood

    Rosemary Sherwood wants to have a leg up on competition when she looks for her next position. “Having two areas of concentration compared to one can also make me more marketable to potential employers, as I will not just have the math knowledge, but also knowledge in the area of physics.”

  • Dr. Robert Pavlowsky

    Dr. Robert Pavlowsky

    Interested faculty engaging in research can change a student’s career path, according to Dr. Bob Pavlowsky. “One of the key things in my life is that I had some really great professors that took the time to make me work hard,” said Pavlowsky. “So I always try to give time for students because they gave time for me."

     

  • Stan Adamson

    Stan Adamson

    He is a highly knowledgeable professor who delights in teaching and caring for his students.

  • Leia Breithaupt

    Leia Breithaupt

    Are you looking for a university with a friendly student body that is involved on campus? Leia Breithaupt found that at Missouri State.

  • Jordan Nadler

    Jordan Nadler

    With a major in actuarial science and minors in finance and risk management, Jordan Nadler is ready to pursue a successful career in an area that she enjoys.

  • Stephanie Hurt

    Stephanie Hurt

    The teachers and support she found in the finance department brought her into a fulfilling and rewarding finance career.

  • John Bowen

    John Bowen

    John Bowen's interest in business brought him to Missouri State and led to pursue law school.

  • Crystal Settlemoir

    Crystal Settlemoir

    Studying abroad gave her experience with new cultures and helped her choose a new, flexible major: economics.

  • Monika Feeney

    Monika Feeney

    “I love the students, watching their initial excitement and almost terror on day one, grow into confidence and then becoming competent anesthesia providers.”

  • Alysha Grace

    Alysha Grace

    Alysha, who wants to help the homeless, said the public affairs mission of Missouri State means a lot to her.

  • Martin Plute

    Martin Plute

    Martin, who is from Illinois, started looking at Missouri State because of our affordable price and good scholarships.

  • Jen Humphrey

    Jen Humphrey

    Jen, who is from Illinois, was convinced by her mom to take a tour — and ended up loving the campus and the price. Now she's found a major that incorporates her passion for fitness.

  • Sarah Greenbaum

    Sarah Greenbaum

    At age three, Sarah Greenbaum asked to be put into her first dance class and hasn’t stopped dancing since.

  • Bruce Cavitt

    Bruce Cavitt

    Bruce Cavitt knows all about challenges. The former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant served three tours of duty in Iraq from 2003 to 2007, leading a platoon of soldiers assigned to...

  • Michael Rieger

    Michael Rieger

    He has embraced the heart of public affairs: being involved on campus and putting his stamp on the world.

  • Dr. Sharmistha Self

    Dr. Sharmistha Self

    At Missouri State, she gets to teach and conduct research, two things she very much enjoys.

  • Anne Carpenter

    Anne Carpenter

    She's an economist with a passion for helping people in poverty.

  • Brett Foster

    Brett Foster

    He graduated recently and he has already started a successful career as a newlywed actuary. His journey through Missouri State to where he is now has been an exciting ride.

  • Kevin Pybas

    Kevin Pybas

    Dr. Kevin Pybas, pre-law advisor and associate professor in the political science department, managed to make a career out of interests and curiosities that were once just hobbies. 

  • Yitan Li

    Yitan Li

    Dr. Yitan Li’s love for East Asian politics and the Midwest led him to Missouri State.

  • Mike Welken

    Mike Welken

    "Strong interaction with faculty and opportunities to work alongside undergraduate students with counterparts from around the globe only increased the benefits I derived from study at MSU."

  • Stephen Bough

    Stephen Bough

    Stephen Bough, a Kansas City area personal injury lawyer, is dedicated to providing excellent service to his clients and the University.

  • Laura Peterson

    Laura Peterson

    Peterson selected Missouri State because of its great reputation in and out of the pool.

  • Chase Mills

    Chase Mills

    Chase spent his free time abroad exploring the outdoors of Australia and New Zealand.

  • Daniel Zender

    Daniel Zender

    Daniel Zender completed a dual major in Graphic Design and Illustration at MSU, and he's not stopping there.

  • Leesha Borman

    Leesha Borman

    Leesha learned to roll with the different perception of time in Botswana, and to ask questions because information is often passed by word-of-mouth.

  • Andrea Odom

    Andrea Odom

    Andrea Odom’s laboratory experiences at Missouri State helped her land a career giving patients the gift of life. “Knowing that I am part of a family of medical professionals that is so small, but has a huge effect makes me feel like I have found my place in the world.”

  • Neil Harrington

    Neil Harrington

    Neil Harrington’s college journey took some unexpected turns.

  • Vincent Kandagor

    Vincent Kandagor

    He came from Kenya. Thanks to his education at Missouri State, he now plans to return home so he can lift up his community and his nation.

  • Yogini Dhopade

    Yogini Dhopade

    Yogini Dhopade enjoys challenges, and she has found them thanks to her education at Missouri State.

  • Farbod Farman

    Farbod Farman

    Everyone in West Plains knows about the Missouri State-West Plains Grizzly Basketball team.

  • Cindy Bridges

    Cindy Bridges

    An academic advisor and a per-course instructor of business math at Missouri State-West Plains, Cindy Bridges provides the of advice that once opened the door of higher education for her.

  • Jason Hartgraves

    Jason Hartgraves

    A college degree wasn’t originally in the plans for Jason Hartgraves.

  • Alonzo Perez

    Alonzo Perez

    Alonzo made friends his freshman year and says it’s impossible to not get involved at Missouri State because there’s just so much going on.

  • Arianna Johnson

    Arianna Johnson

    Arianna says the campus feels like home to her "because it’s a warm atmosphere and people just look like they really enjoy being here."

  • Gloria Cohen Shomo

    Gloria Cohen Shomo

    Gloria refers to her life as a journey, a journey that has afforded her the opportunity to work on "Alice in Wonderland," "Mission Impossible IV" and other popular films.

  • Nathan Nolan

    Nathan Nolan

    Nathan Nolan has never regretted his decision to become a doctor and has embraced all opportunities along the way. “All of these experiences have further solidified my desire to be a doctor and my passion for the field of medicine.”  

  • Dr. Lifeng Dong

    Dr. Lifeng Dong

    Dr. Lifeng Dong’s research projects are helping to develop new environmentally friendly technologies that also have medical applications.

  • Michelle Langhoff

    Michelle Langhoff

    Born and raised in California, Michelle moved to Missouri when she was 22. She was inspired by her parents to pursue her strengths in mathematics with a degree in materials science - the application of the properties of matter into science and engineering."

  • Rachel Aubuchon

    Rachel Aubuchon

    MSU Art History graduate continues master's education in North Carolina

  • Kelsea Shaw

    Kelsea Shaw

    MSU Art Education graduate takes unique experiences in to the field

  • Blaine Morehead

    Blaine Morehead

    MSU Electronic Arts graduate, animation emphasis, continues to grow in his industry.

  • Adam Bowlin

    Adam Bowlin

    Graphic Design Graduate from MSU

  • Alex Crowder

    Alex Crowder

    Graphic Design graduate from MSU co-owns a start-up

  • Caleb Knodell

    Caleb Knodell

    MSU Fine Arts Graduate, Drawing emphasis, expands horizons - literally

  • Kaitlyn Ramsey

    Kaitlyn Ramsey

    Although it took her some time to decide on her major, Kaitlyn settled on computer information systems. With a promising internship, she will soon continue the tradition of Missouri State in her family.

  • Cassandra Artman

    Cassandra Artman

    Cassandra Artman has enjoyed the programs and people at Missouri State, and her degree in computer information systems has helped her find internships and move toward success beyond graduation.

  • Loretha Cain

    Loretha Cain

    Loretha Cain was keeping her options open when it came to colleges her senior year of high school. But a visit to the Missouri State campus sealed the deal for her.

  • Lanae Flatness

    Lanae Flatness

    For Lanae, distance from home didn’t equal quality. She had her eye on the college in her backyard. What she found was a quality education with networking and study away opportunities.

  • Molly Stewart

    Molly Stewart

    Growing up with Missouri State University in her backyard, Molly Stewart thought she knew all about it. She was surprised to find a big-time school with a compact campus, comfy residence halls and hundreds of chances to get involved.

  • Heather Young

    Heather Young

    Heather Young planned to go against family tradition when choosing a college. But after visiting Missouri State, she couldn’t think of going anywhere else.

  • Justin Morrison

    Justin Morrison

    Three factors made Missouri State University the college for Justin Morrison: a convenient location, affordable academic programs and student life.

  • Malikah Marrus

    Malikah Marrus

    This is Malikah Marrus’ first job as a professor after years of experience working in her field — and she’s already being nominated as a great teacher.

  • Matthew Coffelt

    Matthew Coffelt

    Getting lost on campus one day led to a great career and a great future.

  • Dr. Dianne Slattery

    Dr. Dianne Slattery

    With a background in engineering, Dr. Dianne Slattery enjoys advancing the construction industry through her research and her students.

  • Rachel Greatwood

    Rachel Greatwood

    For Rachel Greatwood, travel is a way of life.

    “I moved all the time growing up, moving 10 times attending seven different schools,” she said.

  • Cassie Artman

    Cassie Artman

    Computer information systems student Cassie Artman pursues music interest in Pride marching band.

  • Michael Bard

    Michael Bard

    Michael Bard thought he had crossed college off his list of possibilities until a move to Springfield opened up the door to finish what he started 13 years earlier.

  • Michelle Essner

    Michelle Essner

    When Michelle Essner was deciding what college to attend, Missouri State’s number of academic programs became a deciding factor. Now as a construction management major, Michelle finds that the options that brought her to Missouri State are what excite her most about her future.

  • Laura Pearson

    Laura Pearson

    A desire to travel and explore cultures has taken one Missouri State University alumna to Africa.

  • Drew Rogers

    Drew Rogers

    “I truly believe, that if you do the right thing, it will come back to you,” said Drew Rogers, a Missouri State graduate student pursuing a degree in social work and a certificate in conflict resolution.

  • Chris Koenig

    Chris Koenig

    The greatest part of anthropology alum Chris Koenig’s job is holding an artifact that no one has seen or touched in thousands of years.

  • Tyler Durham

    Tyler Durham

    Tyler Durham’s summer routine differed from your average teenager. Rising early each morning at 6:30, Durham spent his days writing a symphony.

  • Joshua Durham

    Joshua Durham

    Dusting for fingerprints, scouring phone records and hunting for clues are all typical of police investigative work. Joshua Durham, double major in computer science and applied mathematics, found out computer forensics and other techniques are key to cracking cases in this age of technology. “As an intern, I learned about the techniques and tools used in computer forensics and how to apply them to real world cases.”

  • Bo Calbert

    Bo Calbert

    Southwest Region President Bo Calbert heads one of the top commercial building companies in the U.S. His experience includes overseeing construction of hospitals, schools and office buildings.

  • John F. Eilermann Jr.

    John F. Eilermann Jr.

    One of the youngest CEOs in the home-building industry credits his success to ethics, hard work and having fun. 

  • Jeffrey Thomas

    Jeffrey Thomas

    With maroon still running through his veins from his undergraduate days, Jeffrey Thomas develops innovative technology for his alma mater. Thomas found the transition from student to staff member at Missouri State an easy one. “Since I now work for Missouri State, it was very helpful to have worked with the professors and administrators on projects; it helped with my transition from student to staff.”

  • Sarah Nuelle

    Sarah Nuelle

    Alumnus Sarah Nuelle has taken her accounting degree out to the ballpark.

  • Dr. Eric Shade

    Dr. Eric Shade

    It was in high school that Dr. Eric Shade decided he wanted to make computer science his career. This path led him to Missouri State where he has helped many students become better programmers over the years and has taught almost every class offered in the computer science program. “Computer science is not for everyone, but for those students with the aptitude and inclination, it can be a lot of fun.”

  • Maranda Reynolds

    Maranda Reynolds

    Maranda Reynolds let her passion for math and science lead her to a path for lifetime success.

  • Dr. Les Heitger

    Dr. Les Heitger

    With the demise of the Enron corporation, large-scale fraud became a hot topic in media and across the nation. For Dr. Les Heitger, this increased attention has increased the need for forensic accounting specialists—a need he met by helping to create the forensic accounting certificate program at Missouri State.

  • Erin Wilson

    Erin Wilson

    For Erin Wilson, a senior special education/cross categorical major from St. Louis, becoming involved in her education has opened the door to countless learning opportunities. Not only has Wilson been able to network through her student membership in the Student Council for Exceptional Children, but she also has participated in many field-experiences and practicums, including an exciting internship with the International Special Olympics.

  • Ashley Rush Wakefield

    Ashley Rush Wakefield

    Ashley Rush Wakefield didn’t take a University course just for a grade; she wanted to learn how to start her own business.

     

  • Heather Cotter

    Heather Cotter

    Alumna designed spaces for her alma matter that are used daily by faculty, students, staff and friends of Missouri State University.

  • Carrie Massie

    Carrie Massie

    “Fashion is such a creative and imaginative world”

  • Cathy Starr

    Cathy Starr

    Cathy Starr’s goal as an assistant professor in Missouri State’s fashion and interior design program is to breathe life into the subject matter she presents to her students.

  • Katie Perrini

    Katie Perrini

    Katie Perrini, a senior in fashion merchandising, is constantly on the go. If she’s not in class, she’s working. If she’s not working, she’s leading the Association of Fashion and Design. Or, maybe she’s spending time in London, China or New York City on internships.

  • Michelle Kelsay-Mahler

    Michelle Kelsay-Mahler

    Pursuing dual majors in fashion design and fashion merchandising, Michelle Kelsay is maximizing her creative ability while learning how to be a great businessperson at the same time.

  • Julie Stotlar

    Julie Stotlar

    Vast potential career options in fashion enticed Julia (Julie) Stotlar, an alumna of the fashion and interior design program, to study at Missouri State University.

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