Celebrating 50 years of higher education in south central Missouri

Crowd shot of those attending the 50th Celebration
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Distinguished Alumni Award/Distinguished Faculty/Staff Award

Plaques were presented to this year's Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Dr. Tom Todd, Mountain Grove, and Distinguished Faculty/Staff Award recipient Rita Fugate, West Plains, during the annual Missouri State University Alumni Association's spring picnic for alumni and friends Thursday, May 2, at the West Plains Civic Center exhibit hall. Approximately 300 attended the event, which gives area alumni and friends an opportunity to hear about the latest activities, events and accomplishments of the university. The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes a Missouri State University alumnus who has made extraordinary achievements in his or her personal and professional endeavors and has shown notable success in his or her profession or business, loyalty to the university and outstanding contributions to society. The Distinguished Faculty/Staff Award recognizes extraordinary service among former employees of Missouri State-West Plains. From left above are Missouri State University System President Clif Smart, Todd, Fugate and Missouri State-West Plains Chancellor Drew Bennett.

Missouri State University System President Clif Smart, Dr. Tom Todd, Rita Fugate and Missouri State-West Plains Chancellor Drew Bennett

Julie Ebersold is recognized for her many years of service to the West Plains campus.

Julie Ebersold receives gifts from former Directors of Development Carol Silvey and Elizabeth Grishman (not pictured) and current Director Joe Kammerer

Additional Picnic Photos

Royce Fugate in deep discussion with others in the background

Formen Board of Regents member Jerry Hall and wife Sue

Former Chancellor Dr. Marvin Looney, Roy and Karen Jones

Julie Ebersold, Bill and Carlene Williams