Missouri State University-West Plains

West Plains Daily Quill

Students at Missouri State University West Plains who suffered losses during recent flooding may be eligible for financial help through the MSU system’s Emergency Scholarship Fund.

“Our Springfield colleagues reached out to us and said that they wanted to make sure that we understood that the West Plains students were eligible for this scholarship,” said Dr. Drew Bennett, chancellor of the West Plains campus.

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Students attending Missouri State University on both the Springfield and West Plains’ campuses will pay more in tuition beginning this fall.

The MSU Board of Governors formally approved the changes on Wednesday. It comes as the Missouri legislature is expected to approve a 9 percent reduction in appropriations for the state’s colleges and universities, as recommended by the governor, due to a state revenue shortfall.

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Since Gov. Eric Greitens announced his Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal in February, and in some cases before that, there have been ongoing discussions amongst administrators at Missouri’s colleges and universities about how to manage fewer appropriations.


The Missouri State University Board of Governors has approved a resolution that gives the West Plains campus management over the city’s Shoe Factory Lofts.

With the agreement, the name of the facility will change to Grizzly Lofts, university officials said.

West Plains Civic Center

The February Film Series at Missouri State University-West Plains concludes Thursday Feb.25 with a special presentation, and MSU-WP's Coordinator of Theater and Events (and former KSMU news reporter) Jennifer Moore tells us about it.

The theme for the MSU-WP film series this year, says Jennifer Moore, has been Central Asia and the Middle East, and thus "piggybacked off the book that all first-year MSU-WP students are required to read, known as the 'Common Reader'. This year it was The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, as directed by Marc Forster.