From standing in the spotlight to setting the stage for a home, she's learned how to make herself (and others) happy.
When I first made the choice to attend school here at Missouri State University-West Plains, it was because I wanted to stay local to pursue a nursing degree...
Alice Sullivan credits the Missouri State-West Plains campus in Mountain Grove with helping her make the transition from high school to college.
Attending the Missouri State-West Plains campus in Mountain Grove has allowed Ralph Jenkins to pursue his education while staying close to home.
I plan to find a career in teaching.
I looked at the classes and liked what I saw, so I decided to achieve my goals here.
Though Shilpa Mohite grew up in Karad, India, she knew early on that she would attend Missouri State.
From the beginning, Reesha Adamson could sense her calling. She wanted to improve the lives of young people who have behavioral disorders.
Missouri State University alumnus Dan Cogswell is leveraging his project management and team development skills to help advance the work of the alumni association and the university.
My mother has been a nurse for over 35 years. I did not intend to go to nursing school, but I feel like the profession chose me.
I like abstract generalizations of geometric concepts, spaces and objects.
Respiratory care is challenging mentally and emotionally at times.
I have always had an aptitude for mathematics-I like it, it makes sense, I like finding the answer!
New Zealand native focused on capturing an NCAA championship and working toward a degree
“I’ve been making changes in the community and my job – not just going to school.”
"Don’t stay in your one friend zone. It’s good to have friends—old friends—but college is about making new friends."
I meet approximately 100 new people every semester...
"My parents were both born in Mexico, and I am fluent in Spanish, so it’s nice having a little piece of my culture here on campus.”
Nursing is a great profession...
Chase discovered that time management and organization are crucial for success in college
She earned her degree with passion for her industries and some help along the way.
She used her independence to gain experiences and meet new people
He overcame the fear of returning to school to follow his true passion: jazz piano.
Sitting down for dental work makes many people apprehensive, but few know that the prolonged jaw opening involved can cause permanent damage.
Medical researchers share a passion for helping people, but many of them also have a personal connection to their studies
Sometimes people know exactly what they want to do from a young age
Imagine you have suffered a serious stroke. You are unable to speak or follow a conversation.
Kirby Williams never thought she could love a career field so much.
Jordan is a creator who likes the idea of creating worlds that people can escape to.
Down the road, you might have the product of Annina Fremgen's vision in your home. Perhaps the table on which you eat dinner with your family. Annina wants to design furniture.
Cam Deckett cheered on the Bears from the student section, and now he's helping student-athletes stay on the field.
"Yes, the experience will change you, but you’ll come out of the trip happy that it did."
Lisa Buck's love of dietetics and Spanish came together perfectly through her studies in El Salvador.
Going from Missouri to South Korea was was definitely an adventure for Rachael Davis.
"If you have any interest in traveling and seeing the world, this is the perfect outlet for you."
With the experience of living abroad with her military family, Amanda Sarver saw Africa as the perfect place to study.
After picking up added responsibility in her junior year, Caitlin Polley thrived under the pressure.
Don’t eliminate opportunities just because they don’t fit into your plan.
I always knew I wanted to be a writer...
Life-long learning is mandatory...
Follow your dream. Do what you love.
A life as a touring musician prepared him for higher education.
She loves horses, the Ozarks and rocking her tiara.
How does a person become a writer? How does a teacher teach writing rather than assign it?
"No one thinks of himself as a terrorist. Not even members of Boko Haram," said Dr. Bukola Oyeniyi, assistant professor of history at Missouri State University.
"One of the most important things to do as a Missouri State student is to volunteer."
I decided to specialize in geography only at the graduate level…
I have 22-plus years of healthcare experience in many areas
I was an undecided major until my sophomore year…
I took an accounting course in high school and really enjoyed it.
What does it mean to be the real China?
Receiving a scholarship enabled St. Louis native Casey Flanigan to pursue a career in nursing.
“I would like to be dedicating my life to education.”
“CRNA School for me is comparable to running though mountains and valleys. The fact is that life in general is that way.”
Dr. Michael Reed can distinctly remember when he became interested in the universe and its contents: the moon landings in the summer of 1969.
Financial support through scholarships enabled first-generation student T-Asia Mays to pursue her passion for animals at Missouri State.
In the 1800s, hundreds of steamboats sank on the Missouri River - wrecks litter the valley beneath corn and soybean fields and contain a treasure trove of history.
Shaley Moore hadn't planned on attending Missouri State, but a campus visit during her senior year of high school changed her mind.
Is there a more haunting question than ‘What if?’
When diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes during his junior year of college, Darryl Mitchell decided to use his experience to help others.
Lisa Clifford found Missouri State University-West Plains was a good fit for her educational needs.
Mike has learned to think differently and challenge himself mentally here at Missouri State-West Plains, which will help him in his future career as a Navy SEAL.
Ryan Evans doesn’t know where his next step will take him, but he does know Missouri State University-West Plains prepared him for whatever that step will be.
Kendra chose to attend Missouri State University-West Plains because it gave her the opportunity to attend college with A+ for free. As a result, she's made friendships that will last forever.
Missouri State-West Plains has become a second home to Lance.
Otha is very involved on campus serving as a Student Ambassador, a member of the Grizzly Cheer Team and Student Government Association.
Twenty-four year Air Force veteran Ralph Davis retired and moved to Missouri, where he found opportunities he'd never expected.
For Laura Ashley, the future may hold a bright career at the top of the country music charts.
Rebecca chose Missouri State's athletic training program because of its reputation. Once here, she found memorable experiences, caring faculty — and convinced her sister to join her.
“I can care for my patients at a time when they are incredibly vulnerable and advocate for them in a way that is different than the way I advocate as a bedside nurse.”
Stephen Spielberg once said fantasy is an animator's friend. Hillary Huong Vu is living that vision at Missouri State.
Faculty member and alumna Dr. Susan Berg has been a part of MSU Care from concept to campus clinic.
“I chose to pursue a career as a CRNA because as a CRNA I would be able to advocate for my patient on a whole other level.”
Evan Menke found his passion in an unlikely place.
After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in speech language pathology from Fontbonnne University in St. Louis, graduate student Allison Egler decided to pursue a degree in audiology.
Claire Geneser’s intrigue with stars began when she was 5 years old.
Tyler Durham recently graduated, but he is already an accomplished composer who has received awards for his work.
It’s every artist’s dream to see their work displayed in front of the public’s eyes. This dream became a reality for graphic design senior Robert Adams.
As a child growing up in Ukraine, Dr. Nikolay Gerasimchuk, professor of chemistry, learned about chemistry even sitting at the kitchen table.
If a significant life event was posted on Twitter but no one saw it, did it really happen?
Zane Clark jumps into whatever he does with both feet: “I love learning and experiencing new things!”
Mohamed Abdelhakiem is now a student at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Nicole Noonan loves both her challenging courses and the extracurricular side of University life.
Missouri State's Honors College holds a special place in Jade Johnson’s heart. She was once the College’s graduate assistant, helping others navigate their higher education paths.
“We have been looking at some of the genes that are involved in helping to repair your DNA,” in the hopes of finding a way to fix damage from skin cancer.
Police lights cut through the night sky, and Sarah Williams knows she looks suspicious.
LaWanda worked with internationally known designer Zac Posen.
He credits Missouri State’s art and design and advertising programs with giving him the skill sets needed to succeed.
Matt Raithel has found success in the niche market of early childhood games.
Kaltenbach, who has a bachelor’s in entrepreneurship, auditioned for season 14 in Kansas City.
According to Kiva, "Having people who haven't met me invest in my education... it proves they have a tremendous amount of faith in me."
Caio de Castro Pereira didn’t come to America to get out of the family business.
According to Dr. Evans, science fiction only attempts to capture the true potential of the damage giant meteors can inflict.
Computer science major becomes first Missouri State SMART winner
“A CRNA is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist who puts people to sleep, but it’s so much more challenging than just that.”
After serving our country in the US Navy, Shannon Ford wants to continue to help others through the nursing program at Missouri State University-West Plains.
William Hatcher is a U.S. Veteran who plans to learn effective ways to teach math, thanks to Missouri State University-West Plains.
The affordability and location of Missouri State University-West Plains’ allowed Hannah to run a steady business and work toward a bachelor’s degree.
Born and raised in West Plains, Keegan is on track to build a long-term nursing career.
Matthew Hoth learns something new every day at Missouri State University-West Plains.
Morgan expresses her love for Missouri State University-West Plains and the opportunities awaiting the college life.
Myriah is figuring her career goals out one at a time at Missouri State-West Plains.
Master of Public Administration student Allyssa Miget found that “working with the Human Relations Commission was great, and it was such a real world experience.”
"Missouri State has set me on my path..."
"Solving problems is fun. Anything that's a challenge is fun."
"Being from one of the top business schools in the Midwest really helps..."
"If you don't see a limit, I don't think there is a limit."
International student looks at the intersection of two cultures
"Having this on my resume really sets me apart..."
"I can say I tried something new..."
MBA student Diem found her passion in large-scale, international logistics. She says, "I thought it was so cool - how people managed cargo..."
Leslie Brinkman's biology research sent her into the rain forest. Among her discoveries: "One salamander... can reduce carbon emissions from leaf litter by 178 pounds per acre."
Filmmaker Daan Jansen says, "Seeing that story you spent months on and the effect it has on people? I just love that feeling."
Earning her DNP helped solidify the skills Kim McGinn-Perryman learned on-the-job. She says, "Nurses should strive to promote themselves and the value of the care they provide."
Karen Vangyia, a 1993 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Missouri State, is also the first female managing partner at KPMG’s offices in St. Louis.
Master of Science in Administrative Studies student Chin-Nan Chen believes that international experiences are vital because "no one can live by themselves... every country is linked together."
Master of Arts in Teaching student Marrie Ochieng knows from personal experience that "when you educate a girl, you educate a whole community."
Leland "Lee" Gannaway, a 1963 graduate, isn't done creating career highlights.
When the Kansas City Royals went on the postseason run that led to the Word Series, Danaya (Atkinson) Roller, '10, got to run right along with them.
Elizabeth Sivill is in many groups related to her academic field, and in leadership groups such as Student Government Association.
Lucas Gautier transferred to Missouri State because he wanted a blend of business and computer skills. Now, he's involved in a fraternity and other social and academic groups.
Ingrid Lara chose Missouri State because "it’s the perfect size, I received the Out-of-State Fee Waiver and the psychology program is really good. And it’s not too far from home."
Megan Culp blends academic endeavors, such as participating in Honors College, with social fun, such as playing on the Women's Ultimate Frisbee Team.
Amber Hensley has known she wanted to follow her love of theatre since she was a young girl.
As an artist-in-residence in Edinburgh, Scotland during summer 2013, Ruth Barnes collaborated with five other choreographers to design “Here, There and Everywhere.”
During a summer project, Julie worked on deciphering one of nature's scariest phenomena.
"I get to teach people about our water resources, the things that live in them and the ways we can keep those resources clean."
Vonda Yarberry says her creative research is "alluding to how the human body works – the messiness of that and the tangledness of that."
'It was like a bunch of little kids who are just playing with very large, very expensive scientific toys.'
As I was driving by the Jordan River, I look – and it’s completely green!
I started considering a career in medicine when I was playing hockey, and I had to start thinking about my hip.
Have you ever wondered what that tummy rumbling means?
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, 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.
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.
The Master of Health Administration program at Missouri State helped fuel Jennifer McClean's desire to network early in her career.
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.
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 is working towards two separate master's degrees and has accepted a job offer from Mercy health systems' audit response program for after graduation.
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 earned bachelor's and master's degrees in business at Missouri State, and says the programs fueled her determination to succeed.
"I really feel like a physician’s assistant is the best of both worlds!"
Iyshia Smith decided to focus her studies on educating others.
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.
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, a regional president for Mercy health system, uses the concepts he learned in his courses in his day-to-day work.
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 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 attended graduate school while working for a Fortune 500 company, giving him the skills to handle even larger responsibilities.
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.
During her work with Groupon, Ashley Stech realized she needed to get a master's degree that was relevant and provided applicable experience.
Meet Kenneth Rowey, a junior Logistics and Supply Chain major who recently studied at the MSU Dalian, China, campus.
Having a strong set of skills built on hands-on experience helped Rice stand-out in the classroom.
In the fall of 2013, both Collin and Colby started the process of applying to and interviewing for post-graduate positions.
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.
Cody Mendenhall currently serves as the director of Investment & RetireAdvisers Services at Pension Consultants, Inc.
Katy Valentine had her pick of psychology PhD programs because of her Missouri State experience.
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 believes her marketing education prepared her for team-oriented projects in a rapidly evolving field.
Internships gave alumna the opportunity to pursue her love of marketing in real-world environments.
Anesthesia: cream of the crop!
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.
Dr. D. Keith Denton wants his business students to learn lessons that will stick with them for life.
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.
When Sherry Cook and her partners recognized the need for more appealing science texts, they created an imaginative new product and marketed it worldwide.
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.
Since earning his MBA in 2010, Andrew Garton has used his education and skills to help others find financial aid opportunities.
Mutual experience with Missouri State's award-winning Ad Team helped Besim Huskic connect with his future employer.
Brittany Waugh continues to use what she learned about personal branding at Missouri State to build a satisfying and successful career.
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.
Alexandria has lived in Springfield a few times — her military family was here when she was young, moved around, then came back. Now she’s enjoying the town as a college student.
Drew Rogers found his vocation during his time as a graduate assistant for the Center for Dispute Resolution, where he began working in mediation.