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  • Julie Barnum

    Julie Barnum

    During a summer project, Julie worked on deciphering one of nature's scariest phenomena.

  • Mike Kromrey

    Mike Kromrey

    Meet Mike - naturalist, conservationist, fisherman

  • Vonda Yarberry

    Vonda Yarberry

    "In a lot of ways, it’s alluding to how the human body works – the messiness of that and the tangledness of that."

  • Hayley Osman

    Hayley Osman

    'It was like a bunch of little kids who are just playing with very large, very expensive scientific toys.'

  • Grant Spoering

    Grant Spoering

    As I was driving by the Jordan River, I look – and it’s completely green!

  • Layne Ivy

    Layne Ivy

    "Every day was a new challenge to push through."

  • Caleb Holder

    Caleb Holder

    I started considering a career in medicine when I was playing hockey, and I had to start thinking about my hip.

  • Breyanna Mack

    Breyanna Mack

    Freshman Breyanna Mack describes her first year at MSU with three simple words: exciting, challenging and overwhelming.

  • Rhy Norton

    Rhy Norton

    Have you ever wondered what that tummy rumbling means?

  • Erica Gerweck

    Erica Gerweck

    On average, Americans spend two and half hours of each day in the car, but many don’t take the time to think about where the vehicle’s fuel comes from. 

  • Monika Ahluwalia

    Monika Ahluwalia

    Monika Ahluwalia, who is from India, came to the United States to earn both an MBA and Master of Accountancy at Missouri State. She now manages a team at the World Bank.

  • Richard Lazarus

    Richard Lazarus

    Thanks to Missouri State's flexible master's program, Richard Lazarus was able to work in his degree field while earning his degree in computer information systems.

  • Jennifer McClean

    Jennifer McClean

    The Master of Health Administration program at Missouri State helped fuel Jennifer McClean's desire to network early in her career.

  • Misty Freeman

    Misty Freeman

    Misty Freeman knew she wanted to be a Bear ever since she visited in the fourth grade, and she finally got the chance with Missouri State's project management program.

  • Jeff Barr

    Jeff Barr

    After serving in the Army, Jeff Barr knew he wanted to expand his accounting degree. MSU's affordable cost and exceptional faculty made the decision of where to attend graduate school easy.

  • Madison Harrison

    Madison Harrison

    Madison Harrison is working towards two separate master's degrees and has accepted a job offer from Mercy health systems' audit response program for after graduation.

  • William Boughton

    William Boughton

    Certified Project Manager Professional William Boughton knew he wanted to further his education, and MSU's nationally accredited project management program was just the place to do it.

  • Sarah Nuelle

    Sarah Nuelle

    Sarah Nuelle earned bachelor's and master's degrees in business at Missouri State, and says the programs fueled her determination to succeed.

  • Courtney Smith

    Courtney Smith

    "I really feel like a physician’s assistant is the best of both worlds!"

  • Iyshia Smith

    Iyshia Smith

    Sometimes when a student enters college, they know they want to get a degree, but they’re not sure what they want to study. 

  • Michael Jahnke

    Michael Jahnke

    Water is crucial to our body’s proper function, but it’s not just for drinking. Water is an essential part of agriculture and the landscape as a whole.

  • LeAnn Hubbert

    LeAnn Hubbert

    While many students are passionate about the inner workings of plants, few get to work side-by-side with a professor and participate in groundbreaking research.

  • Donn Sorensen

    Donn Sorensen

    Donn Sorensen, a regional president for Mercy health system, uses the concepts he learned in his courses in his day-to-day work.

  • Ashtyn Evans

    Ashtyn Evans

    Springfield native Ashtyn Evans is able to maintain her professional relationships in the field thanks to the MBA program's focus on networking.

  • Josh Lewis

    Josh Lewis

    Josh Lewis received a quality education from MSU that focused on group projects. This "team" emphasis has helped him succeed in the business world and work with colleagues at home and abroad.

  • Rodney Leonard

    Rodney Leonard

    Rodney Leonard attended graduate school while working for a Fortune 500 company, giving him the skills to handle even larger responsibilities.

  • Elizabeth Bannister

    Elizabeth Bannister

    Once Elizabeth Bannister realized that having an MBA was pivotal to being successful in her career, there was only one college she knew she would attend: Missouri State University.

  • Ashley Stech

    Ashley Stech

    During her work with Groupon, Ashley Stech realized she needed to get a master's degree that was relevant and provided applicable experience.

  • Derek Parker

    Derek Parker

    Meet Derek – collaborator, innovator, tech-lover.

  • LaWanda Darden

    LaWanda Darden

    This summer LaWanda is living in New York City, working as an intern with Zac Posen.

  • Kenneth Rowey

    Kenneth Rowey

    Meet Kenneth Rowey, a junior Logistics and Supply Chain major who recently studied at the MSU Dalian, China, campus. 

  • Chelsea West

    Chelsea West

    Chelsea West was selected as one of only six students in the United States for a prestigious Baker Fellowship.

  • Hillary Rice

    Hillary Rice

    Having a strong set of skills built on hands-on experience helped Rice stand-out in the classroom.

  • Colby and Collin Geringer

    Colby and Collin Geringer

    In the fall of 2013, both Collin and Colby started the process of applying to and interviewing for post-graduate positions.

  • Ashley Bennington

    Ashley Bennington

    Ashley Bennington, originally from St. Louis, Missouri, is a senior majoring in Sales Management. During the last two years she has participated in two unique internships.

  • Amanda Bryant

    Amanda Bryant

    Have you been to a concert lately?  If so, you may have experienced the work of Entertainment Management alumna Amanda Bryant. 

  • Cody Mendenhall

    Cody Mendenhall

    Cody Mendenhall currently serves as the director of Investment & RetireAdvisers Services at Pension Consultants, Inc.

     

  • CJ Murphy

    CJ Murphy

    CJ Murphy is a 2007 graduate of the Computer Information Systems program and currently serves as the vice president of Product and Engineering at AdParlor.

  • Whitney Conner

    Whitney Conner

    Whitney Conner will have the tools to move into a management-level technology position after earning a master's degree from Missouri State.

  • Katy Valentine

    Katy Valentine

    Katy Valentine had her pick of psychology PhD programs because of her Missouri State experience.

  • Nicole Noonan

    Nicole Noonan

    "My inspiration for service stems from experiencing first-hand how my efforts can make a difference in people's lives." 

  • Rebecca Feston

    Rebecca Feston

    Choosing to attend Missouri State University-West Plains wasn't a difficult decision for 2012 Mountain Grove High School graduate Rebecca Feston.

  • Chase Thompson

    Chase Thompson

    As Boomer the Bear, Chase Thompson found a way to connect with the crowd, and he followed that interest to a new career choice.  

  • Rachel Granatino

    Rachel Granatino

    Rachel Granatino believes her marketing education prepared her for team-oriented projects in a rapidly evolving field. 

  • Stephanie Muschall

    Stephanie Muschall

    Internships gave alumna the opportunity to pursue her love of marketing in real-world environments. 

  • Missy Shelton Belote

    Missy Shelton Belote

    She reported on Missouri's legislature, covered the state's delegations and traveled to Thailand to coach American writers.

  • Amber Cook

    Amber Cook

    Her career path led her to Hudiskvall, Sweden where she works as a drug and alcohol therapist.

  • Matt Marinec

    Matt Marinec

    Marinec is a key contributor to an array of project-specific public health endeavors.

  • Anna Marie Presutti

    Anna Marie Presutti

    Presutti is vice president and general manager of Hotel Nikko, Inc. and Hotel Nikko San Francisco, a Tokyo based company.

  • Robert Stange

    Robert Stange

    As a global sourcing manager, Robert Stange is responsible for negotiating and managing vendor relationships for Target's owned brands.

  • Corey Wielert

    Corey Wielert

    Captain Wielert was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps in 2008 after receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from MSU.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Rachel Lhamon

    Rachel Lhamon

    Rachel Lhamon, who is from Illinois, likes the community atmosphere she found here: "You can really tell how much our students love Missouri State."

     

  • 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.  

  • Kerry James Evans

    Kerry James Evans

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

  • 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.

  • 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 Carlton

    Casey Carlton

    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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Tyler Galloway

    Tyler Galloway

    Tyler Galloway may not have seen himself coming back to his alma mater to present his artwork after establishing his career in the design world.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.” 

  • Perla Quintana

    Perla Quintana

    Perla Quintana’s on a mission to help her fellow man. Thanks to the Missouri State-West Plains Grizzly Volleyball and nursing program, she's going to get that opportunity.

  • Dr. Janice Greene

    Dr. Janice Greene

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

  • Helen Mackey

    Helen Mackey

    You're never too old to learn new things or try something new.

  • 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

    According to Dr. Pavlowsky, “I had great professors that took the time to make me work hard, so I always try to give time to my students as well."

     

  • 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.”

  • Lacy Mill

    Lacy Mill

    It’s taken a few years, but Lacy Mill will soon be a Missouri State University graduate – three times over.

  • Alysha Grace

    Alysha Grace

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

  • 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.

  • Laura Peterson

    Laura Peterson

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

  • 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.

  • Vinai Thomas Uthipratuma

    Vinai Thomas Uthipratuma

    Thomas made many new friends in Argentina while practicing his Spanish and learning about cultural norms, including drinking tea and having a more relaxed concept of time.

  • Lauren Ronchetto

    Lauren Ronchetto

    Lauren's adventures in Japan include visiting a grade school and a park with wild monkeys.

  • Theresa Lor

    Theresa Lor

    Theresa has had conversations with Japanese residents that have helped shatter stereotypes.

  • Jessica Miller

    Jessica Miller

    Jessica improved her language skills through conversations with Argentinian locals — and also found time for dancing, concerts and other fun!

  • Kunti Bentley

    Kunti Bentley

    Kunti, a nontraditional student, researched a program that allowed her and her family to visit Chile, where she said "the streets are full of life, music, art."

  • Anna Cantrell

    Anna Cantrell

    Sometimes Mom really does know best. At least that's what Anna Cantrell discovered when she was encouraged to come to Missouri State University-West Plains by her mother, Lisa.

  • Sara Meier

    Sara Meier

    Sara had emotionally taxing moments but saw progress during her time in Japan.

  • Weston Bland

    Weston Bland

    Weston Bland gained an unforgettable perspective by being in Egypt during a time of political upheaval.

  • Daniel Zender

    Daniel Zender

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

  • Tomminesha Matchingtouch

    Tomminesha Matchingtouch

    Tomminesha Matchingtouch relied on herself to juggle school with fun activities and traveling around Europe. She even learned about Finland's unique take on Santa Claus!

  • Ashley Mayer

    Ashley Mayer

    Ashley made friends with people of Scottish, English, Irish, French, Polish, German and Australian heritage, making the world feel like a more comfortable place.

  • 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.

  • Alison Bickers

    Alison Bickers

    Alison realized she had become a real part of the island when she knew directions, had her own favorite spot to watch the sunset and had her name remembered by supermarket staff.

  • Sumer Fletcher

    Sumer Fletcher

    Sumer says going to France was the best decision she made in college — and maybe in her life in general.

  • Cody Vaughn

    Cody Vaughn

    Cody — who is having adventures from white-water rafting to holding koalas at the zoo — gives great advice to students considering going abroad.

  • Lisa Buck

    Lisa Buck

    Lisa studied in Costa Rica and lived in a home there thanks to an independent study-away option she found through her own research.

  • Kori Lancaster

    Kori Lancaster

    For some homeschool graduates, attending college can be an intimidating and daunting prospect. But Kori Lancaster found the opposite is true at Missouri State University-West Plains.

  • Tony Ary

    Tony Ary

    Tony Ary has made it his mission to prove a point – it doesn’t matter what your background is, you can be successful!

  • Joe Driscoll

    Joe Driscoll

    Joe Driscoll has come full circle in his relationship with Missouri State University-West Plains.

  • Mariah Gregg

    Mariah Gregg

    Mariah Gregg broke new ground in fall 2010 when she began taking classes at Missouri State University-West Plains.

  • Jeremiah Thieman

    Jeremiah Thieman

    Jeremiah Thieman knows he owes his success to the education he received at Missouri State University-West Plains.

  • 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."

  • 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.”  

  • 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

  • Adam Bowlin

    Adam Bowlin

    Graphic Design Graduate from MSU

  • Alex Crowder

    Alex Crowder

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

  • Blaine Morehead

    Blaine Morehead

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

  • 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.

  • 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 certificate in conflict resolution.

  • 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.

  • Rachel Happel

    Rachel Happel

    During her time at Missouri State, she helped develop a certificate program that would better prepare students for serving victims of child abuse.

  • Dr. Wayne Mitchell

    Dr. Wayne Mitchell

    Dr. Mitchell enjoys the life of an academic: teaching, researching and serving.

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