Celebrating 50 years of higher education in south central Missouri

Crowd shot of those attending the 50th Celebration
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Photos from the 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner

Attendees were transported back to opening day, September 16, 1963.

Anna Cantrell and Taler Sutherland

Gail and Missouri State University President Clif Smart

Professor FlatplanetProfessor Flatplanet discussed the local geography of 1963.

Student Government Association Vice President Sara Agee and Student Government President Dakota Bates

Interim Dean Dennis Lancaster and wife Rita

Mary-Louise Grisham Tollenaar and Elizabeth Grisham

Professor StenoProfessor Steno enlightened attendees of the benefits of the technology available in 1963 and predicted some of the advancements that might be achieved in 50 years.

Ashley Rhoads and Kimberly Sanders

Diane and Mark Basom

Joe and Heidi Kammerer

Richard and Jennifer Davidson

Professor CronkiteProfessor Cronkite shares the current cultural events taking place in 1963 and imagines what life will be like in 2013.

Professor GoodbodyProfessor Goodbody whips attendees in shape, if only mentally, to prepare them for the next 50 years.

See more photos in the 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner photo album at the Missouri State University-West Plains Alumni Facebook Page.