‘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 FriendsofGarnettLibrary@MissouriState.edu by Tuesday, March 11.

For more information about Friends of the Garnett Library, visit the organization’s website, wp.missouristate.edu/development/FriendsHomepage.htm 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 DeannaSmith@MissouriState.edu 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 DeannaSmith@MissouriState.edu or visit http://outreach.missouristate.edu/westplains.asp.

Scheduling changes will make it easier to obtain general business degree

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – Changes to course scheduling for the Bachelor of Science in General Business degree through the Missouri State University Outreach Program will make it easier for potential students to complete the degree despite their busy schedules.

Beginning this fall, classes leading toward the degree, which is available at Missouri State-West Plains, will be offered on site or via interactive television (ITV) after 5:30 p.m., as well as online and through iCourses, Outreach Program Coordinator Deanna Smith said.  Locally, on site and ITV classes will be offered in the newly opened Gohn Hall, 603 W. Main St.

The scheduling changes are specifically designed to accommodate busy individuals who need to earn a college degree while juggling many commitments, such as work and family, Smith explained.

“The thought of an evening program for this degree has been discussed for quite some time, not just here in West Plains, but also in Lebanon and Neosho and with other Outreach coordinators,” she said.  “Just through my experience in talking with students and advisees, I have noticed a growing need for the classes to be more accessible to students who are working full time and have had difficulty in rearranging their schedules to take daytime classes.  Many of our students have employers who have agreed to work with them to flex their work schedules around their classes, but that hasn’t been possible for many, especially during the summer when some of the classes they need are offered up to four days per week in a three hour block in the middle of the day.”

According to Dr. Kent P. Ragan, head of the Finance and General Business Department at Missouri State University in Springfield, the general business major is one of the most flexible degree programs available.  “Students may choose from major electives in a variety of areas, including accounting, finance, management, marketing, risk management/insurance, etc., allowing them some ability to focus on areas of interest to them and enhancing their career prospects in that area.  General business majors often pursue careers in various areas of management, marketing (including sales, advertising, public relations, retailing, etc.), banking, insurance and many related fields,” he said.

For more information about the general business degree, contact Kim Stagner, adviser for the College of Business at Missouri State University in Springfield, at 417-836-5386 or at KimStagner@MissouriState.edu.

Registration for 2013 fall semester classes available through the Outreach Program at Missouri State-West Plains is going on now.  For more information, contact Smith at 417-255-7931 or at DeannaSmith@MissouriState.edu.

Master of Social Work Application Deadline • May 31, 2013

While the GRE exam is required for all applications to the MSW program, due to the current delays in getting GRE exams scheduled in Springfield, students may submit their applications by the May 31 deadline without official or unofficial GRE scores provided they: a) indicate in their application packet that they have made valid attempts to get a testing date sooner but were unable; b) have a GRE exam scheduled by mid-June.  The School of Social Work will begin processing applications that meet this criteria after the May 31 deadline and may invite applicants to the June 14 interviews even if GRE scores are pending.  However, GRE scores must be received and verified before an official acceptance will be offered (even if applicants are invited to an interview without the scores).

After the exam is taken, the unofficial scores should be sent to Dr. Darryl Haslam as soon as possible.  Applicants should employ all reasonable means to get the GRE done before the deadline by using the following:

  • Calling the Springfield GRE testing office for cancelations. Cancelations do happen, but are at times on short notice and get taken quickly.
  • Calling other GRE testing centers in the region that may be farther away but have sooner availability, such as Rolla, Jefferson City, St. Louis and Fayetteville, if time and travel permit this.