Information session for bachelor’s degree in criminology set for March 31

Area residents can learn more about the new Bachelor of Science in Criminology degree program that will be offered locally beginning this fall at a free informational session from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 31 in room 202 of the Lybyer Technology Center on the Missouri State University-West Plains campus.

The new program will be offered through the Missouri State University Outreach program on the West Plains campus, according to Outreach Coordinator Deanna Smith. Those who attend the session will receive information about program eligibility and how to apply, she said.

“This is an exciting new degree program which incorporates cutting edge topics with flexible course delivery formats to prepare students for a dynamic career in areas such as criminal justice, law enforcement, juvenile justice, victims’ services and institutional corrections, to name a few,” Smith said. “Advisers will assist students with course pre-requisite information and develop a pathway to degree completion.”

The degree program will be offered at Missouri State-West Plains through a variety of delivery methods in a full-time rotation of 12 hours each fall and spring semester.

Pizza and drinks will be available for those who attend, Smith said.

Area residents interested in this career field are encouraged to attend and learn more about this exciting opportunity.

 For more information about the Bachelor of Science in Criminology degree program, or call Smith at 417-255-7931.

Upcoming event for MSU-West Plains students wanting to earn a MSU bachelor’s degree in West Plains

MSU Bears @ West Plains Day!

MSU Bears @ West Plains Day will be held Monday, October 20, 2014 from 10am-2pm in Gohn Hall on the West Plains campus.

Speak with MSU staff regarding the educational opportunities available in West Plains, following the completion of your associate degree from Missouri State-West Plains.

A transfer coordinator and advisors will be on hand to answer your questions and guide you in the right direction.

There will also be food, fun and prizes available!

For more information, contact: Deanna Smith, MSU-West Plains • Gohn Hall 101 • 417-255-7777

‘What’s Going on in Gohn Hall’ topic of Friends of the Garnett Library meeting

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – “What’s Going on in Gohn Hall” will be the topic of the next Friends of the Garnett Library monthly luncheon meeting Friday, March 14, on the Missouri State University-West Plains campus.

The luncheon and meeting will take place from noon to 1 p.m. room 109 of Gohn Hall, 603 W. Main St.  Parking is available in the lot on the north side of the building and in the Lybyer Technology Center parking lot.

Deanna Smith, coordinator of Missouri State University’s Outreach Program on the Missouri State-West Plains campus, will be the guest speaker.  She will discuss the various bachelor’s and master’s degree programs offered locally in Gohn Hall by Missouri State Outreach, and representatives of the Teacher Education Completion Program will discuss details about the various teaching degrees available locally.

Cost of the meal is $10 payable at the door.  Those wishing to eat are asked to make a reservation by calling 417-255-7940 or e-mailing by Tuesday, March 11.

For more information about Friends of the Garnett Library, visit the organization’s website, or call 417-255-7940.

New scholarship opportunities for area students pursuing a Master’s of Social Work or other health related field

Ozarks Medical Center, in West Plains, is now providing scholarship opportunities for students pursing degrees in health related fields to include the Master’s of Social Work, which may be earned through Missouri State Outreach in West Plains. Deanna Smith, Outreach Coordinator, has scholarship applications available in her office, on the MSU-West Plains Campus, in Gohn Hall, room 101. The deadline to apply is June 1, 2014. Completed applications should be returned to Ozarks Medical Center, Human Resource Department, 1100 Kentucky Ave., P.O. Box 1100, West Plains, MO 65775.

New cohort for master’s in counseling begins in spring 2014

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – Officials with Missouri State University’s Outreach Program and the Department of Counseling, Leadership and Special Education in Springfield will offer a new cohort for the Master of Science in Counseling degree beginning with the 2014 spring semester at Missouri State University-West Plains.

Students admitted to the program will be able to earn the master’s degree in counseling with an emphasis in the areas of elementary and secondary education, officials said.  Students will be able to complete a majority of the degree program’s classes on the West Plains campus in the newly opened Gohn Hall utilizing evening, online and interactive television (ITV) classes, officials added.

This new cohort will mark the fourth time the counseling program has been offered in West Plains, said Deanna Smith, coordinator of Missouri State’s Outreach Program on the West Plains campus.  “The past success of the Master of Science in Counseling program offered at the Missouri State-West Plains campus definitely proves the need for future cohorts to be offered locally,” she said.  “Since the program began in spring 2007, local residents have had the ability to pursue this degree close to home and obtain jobs that meet the growing demand for area counselors, both in schools and in private agencies.”

Area residents interested in participating in the new cohort will need to meet all admission requirements by Oct. 1, 2013.  Contact Smith at 417-255-7931 or for detailed information concerning these requirements.

For more information about other advanced degree opportunities available locally through Missouri State outreach, contact Smith at 417-255-7931 or or visit