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  • Emily McKee-Dye

    Emily McKee-Dye

    "I chose Missouri State University-West Plains because I was able to commute back and forth easily and it accepted the A+ program, paying for my two-year degree."

  • Lyndsey Parker

    Lyndsey Parker

    “Missouri State University-West Plains has helped me grow and figure out who I am and what I want to do with my life.”

  • Allyssa Moore

    Allyssa Moore

    “My experience here has been phenomenal!”

  • Alyssa Matherly

    Alyssa Matherly

    “Every faculty and staff member shows they are here to help you succeed.” 

  • Paula Simandl

    Paula Simandl

    “Our instructors are very knowledgeable and have a variety of work experiences to share.”

  • Hadley Taylor

    Hadley Taylor

    “My dream is to open a practice and focus my on young children. A bigger dream is to start a program where I travel all over America, helping children with their speech.”

  • Jason Harrill

    Jason Harrill

    One word: "Unforgettable."

  • Brady Peterson Sharp

    Brady Peterson Sharp

    "Don’t choose a school just because your friends are going to that school. Tour different schools and ask important questions about your future while there."

  • Darrius Young

    Darrius Young

    "My experience at Missouri State University-West Plains was a positive one."

  • Douglas Cordel

    Douglas Cordel

    “I could stay close to home and obtain the start to the education I needed through an associate’s degree.”

  • Cody Skidmore

    Cody Skidmore

    “Missouri State University-West Plains helped me accomplish my goals by offering all the necessities I needed.”

  • Hannah Brewer

    Hannah Brewer

    "I made friends who I will have a lifetime and made connections with my career that helped advance my career before I even graduated."

  • Makayla Snider

    Makayla Snider

    Academic Program: Associate of Science in Nursing

  • Ramona Johnson

    Ramona Johnson

    Academic Program: Associate of Arts in General Studies with a Specialization in Honors; Associate of Science in Nursing

  • Rebecca Richardson

    Rebecca Richardson

    “Everyone here goes the extra mile to help you succeed!”

  • Richard McSwain

    Richard McSwain

    “My experience here is amazing and continues to be so.”

  • Haden Garrett

    Haden Garrett

    “All of the faculty and staff have been very willing and happy to help anyone.”

  • Katarina (Katie) Vetter

    Katarina (Katie) Vetter

    “I realized Missouri State-West Plains has a fantastic Child and Family Development Program and I didn’t want to go anywhere else!”

  • Adriane (Lovelace) Wooderson

    Adriane (Lovelace) Wooderson

    "Being at Missouri State University-West Plains gave me more confidence as a person, and I gained leadership skills through the various activities I was involved in." 

  • Jennifer Walker

    Jennifer Walker

    Coordinator of Financial Aid

  • Heather Morrison-Sitton

    Heather Morrison-Sitton

    "Don’t settle. Embrace life. I found myself at Missouri State University-West Plains and couldn’t be more thankful."

  • Dakota Bates

    Dakota Bates

    "Hard work and giving back are the real keys to success."

  • Kayla Willis

    Kayla Willis

    “I wanted to be a name, and not just a number to my instructors.”

  • Dakota Wulff

    Dakota Wulff

    “The support behind creating this student organization was amazing”

  • Kinli Simmons

    Kinli Simmons

    “I’m really going to miss it here.”

  • Cassandra Sullivan

    Cassandra Sullivan

    “My professors have all been really great and understanding.”

  • Pamela Tate

    Pamela Tate

    "Know your goals and work hard to reach those goals!"

  • Kennedy Adams

    Kennedy Adams

    “I absolutely love this campus!”

  • Thora Broyles

    Thora Broyles

    Preparatory Math Specialist

  • Alex Graham

    Alex Graham

    "Just keep making forward progress, and you’ll meet success at various stops along the journey."

  • Jessica

    Jessica "J.J." Corman

    "I was prepared to start my nursing career in the hospital."

  • Emma Heithold

    Emma Heithold

    "My goals have always encompassed the thought of developing oneself."

  • Whitney Orchard

    Whitney Orchard

    "I was able to attend college without having to be too far from home."

  • Victoria

    Victoria "Tori" York

    A "Real" College Experience

  • Nicole Rieken

    Nicole Rieken

    “My experience at Missouri State-West Plains in one word is: community.”

  • Gina (Mongillo) Schafer

    Gina (Mongillo) Schafer

    Gina Schafer admits to being a bit of an introvert when she began classes at Missouri State University-West Plains in fall 2001.

  • Tim Brazeal

    Tim Brazeal

    Being in a comfortable environment was key to his success outside his hometown.

  • BreAnna Combs

    BreAnna Combs

    "The faculty and staff have always been right there to help!"

  • Rachel Peterson

    Rachel Peterson

    "A college education can truly change an individual’s life."

  • Michael Harrington

    Michael Harrington

    Living the dream

  • D'ette Miller

    D'ette Miller

    “Seriously consider West Plains as you start your plunge into being an adult ..."

  • Ashton Vonallmen

    Ashton Vonallmen

    “My experience here has been very eye-opening.”

  • Brooke Johnson

    Brooke Johnson

    “I have made some great friends, and I have enjoyed my classes.”

  • Kayla Perry

    Kayla Perry

    “My academic adviser is brilliant and extremely helpful in assisting me with planning my education.”

  • Sarah Amburgy

    Sarah Amburgy

    “Each thing I learn is beneficial to me in my future career and future college courses.”

  • Justin Butkovich

    Justin Butkovich

    “That experience is something I will never forget.”

  • Allie Hickerson

    Allie Hickerson

    “My favorite thing about Missouri State-West Plains has been building new relationships with the staff and students I have met.”

  • Stefan Lakic

    Stefan Lakic

    “People on campus and in West Plains are very kind and willing to help you with whatever you need.”

  • Chrisy Barnes

    Chrisy Barnes

    "I am currently in a position I thought was unattainable." 

  • Nick Openshaw

    Nick Openshaw

    "The atmosphere at West Plains was a perfect fit.” 

  • Drew Bledsoe

    Drew Bledsoe

    “I would not trade the opportunities presented to me at this college for anything”

  • Aprill Gray

    Aprill Gray

    “My experience here has been magnificent so far.”

  • Dillon Cordel

    Dillon Cordel

    “There is a huge variety of opportunities for students who want to branch out or experience something new and exciting”

  • Jacob Rader

    Jacob Rader

    “I have changed so much from the person I was in high school”

  • Billie Randle

    Billie Randle

    My experience here has been “overwhelmingly positive”

  • Alex Priest

    Alex Priest

    “Through MSU, I got to live abroad and attend school tuition-free”

  • Luke England

    Luke England

    "The more involved on campus I became, the better my experience was."

  • Lee Shelton

    Lee Shelton

    "Learn for the sake of learning"

  • Rebekah McLean

    Rebekah McLean

    College was an eye-opening experience

  • Dr. Linda Wulff-Risner

    Dr. Linda Wulff-Risner

    Opportunities are endless ... 

  • Dr. Kathleen Morrison

    Dr. Kathleen Morrison

    I truly believe the current generation is our best generation yet, 

  • Alex Pinnon

    Alex Pinnon

    Education helps us make a history we can all be proud of.

  • Dr. Renee Keith

    Dr. Renee Keith

    Find your passion ... 

  • Dr. Joseph

    Dr. Joseph "Kip" Rugutt

    Never give up ... 

  • Brenda Smith

    Brenda Smith

    Remember you still have to take care of yourself ... 

  • Leigh Adams

    Leigh Adams

    Choose your major and your path not because of what it will pay you but because you genuinely love it. 

  • Christina Kerley

    Christina Kerley

    “This campus has some of the best resources available.”

  • Amy Ackerson

    Amy Ackerson

    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.

  • Jerry Trick

    Jerry Trick

    I have always had an aptitude for mathematics-I like it, it makes sense, I like finding the answer!

  • Frank Priest

    Frank Priest

    I see beauty everywhere. I also believe in the creation of beauty; therefore, I specialized in writing as a way to interpret and to express unique life experiences.

  • Dr. Phillip Howerton

    Dr. Phillip Howerton

    I meet approximately 100 new people every semester...

  • Barbara Caton

    Barbara Caton

    Nursing is a great profession...

  • Dr. Gary Phillips

    Dr. Gary Phillips

    Don’t eliminate opportunities just because they don’t fit into your plan.

  • Dr. Craig Albin

    Dr. Craig Albin

    I always knew I wanted to be a writer...

  • James Hart

    James Hart

    Life-long learning is mandatory...

  • David White

    David White

    Follow your dream. Do what you love.

  • Dr. Rajiv Thakur

    Dr. Rajiv Thakur

    I decided to specialize in geography only at the graduate level

  • Tresa Ryan

    Tresa Ryan

    I have 22-plus years of healthcare experience in many areas

  • Dr. Jason McCollom

    Dr. Jason McCollom

    I was an undecided major until my sophomore year

  • Dasha Russell

    Dasha Russell

    I took an accounting course in high school and really enjoyed it.