Celebrating 50 years of higher education in south central Missouri

Crowd shot of those attending the 50th Celebration
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Chancellor with the Vaughan Sisters

Chancellor Drew Bennett, Karyn Vaughan and Reta Vaughan Tyrrell

Missouri State-West Plains Chancellor Drew Bennett welcomed Karyn Vaughan, left, West Plains, and Reta Vaughan Tyrrell, Mountain Grove, to the campus' 50th Anniversary Reunion and Concert Feb. 15 at the West Plains Civic Center. Vaughan and Tyrrell are the daughters of former state representative Granvil Vaughan, who worked with a group of community leaders to establish the campus in 1963. The campus' Founder's Award was named in his honor.

Former Grizzly Cheer Team members Dustin and Mandy (Bell) Harrison

Dustin and Mandy (Bell) Harrison

Former Grizzly Cheer Team members Dustin and Mandy (Bell) Harrison, West Plains, were among Missouri State University-West Plains' many alumni who returned to celebrate the campus' golden anniversary at the Feb. 15 50th Anniversary Reunion and Concert at the West Plains Civic Center. Both were members of the cheer team during the 2000-2001 seasons.

Former students Amanda and Joe Driscoll

Amanda and Joe Driscoll

Former students Amanda and Joe Driscoll, Nixa, joined fellow alumni, current students, faculty, staff and community members at Missouri State University-West Plains' 50th Anniversary Reunion and Concert Feb. 15 at the West Plains Civic Center. Joe Driscoll was one of the inaugural recipients of Missouri State University's Citizen Scholars Award in 2007.

Former Missouri State University Board of Governors member Jay Padgett and wife Mindy and Wendell Bailey

Jay and Mindy Padgett and Wendell Bailey

Former Missouri State University Board of Governors member Jay Padgett, left, his wife, Mindy, West Plains, and former Missouri State Treasurer Wendell Bailey, Willow Springs, were among the estimated 650 community members, alumni, current students, faculty and staff who attended Missouri State University-West Plains' 50th Anniversary Reunion and Concert at the West Plains Civic Center.

Current Students Attend Reunion

Perla Quintana, Shayla Jenkins and Kristi Ary

Among the current and former students attending Missouri State University-West Plains' 50th Anniversary Reunion and Concert Feb. 15 were, from left, Perla Quintana of Rogers, Ark., and Shayla Jenkins and Kristi Ary, both of West Plains. An estimated 650 current and former students, community members, faculty and staff attended the event, which featured a concert by Ha Ha Tonka. The reunion and concert was the kick-off event for a year-long celebration of the campus' 50th anniversary.

Former Missouri State University-West Plains Dean Marvin Green and wife Louanna

Dr. Marvin and Louanna Green

Former Missouri State University-West Plains Dean Marvin Green and his wife, Louanna, attended the campus' 50th Anniversary Reunion and Concert Feb. 15 at the West Plains Civic Center. For 20 years, from 1966-1986, Green's name was synonymous with Missouri State University-West Plains. He led the campus from its earliest days as a residence center with 111 students to an independently accredited institution offering two-year degrees to over 1,000 students. During his tenure, the university's physical campus was born with it's first permanent home, Kellett Hall; the creation of a library; and the acquisition, planning and funding for renovating the Central complex, now known as Looney Hall.

Ha Ha Tonka Performs at Reunion

Ha Ha Tonka

Ha Ha Tonka provided musical entertainment for those attending Missouri State University-West Plains' 50th Anniversary Reunion and Concert Feb. 15 at the West Plains Civic Center. The band, which has ties to West Plains, has become one of the most "buzzed" about bands in the country thanks in large part to their relentless touring. Band members include, from left, Brett Anderson, Brian Roberts, Luke Long and, hidden behind Long on the drums, Lennon Bone.

TV Winner at Reunion

Jamie Lynn Alford

Jamie Lynn Alford, West Plains, won this Sharp 46-inch LCD flat screen TV given away during Missouri State University-West Plains' 50th Anniversary Reunion and Concert Feb. 15 at the West Plains Civic Center. The TV, made possible through Brown Furniture & Appliance in West Plains, was the grand prize given away right before a performance by Ha Ha Tonka and was one of 50 prizes awarded to those attending the event.