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(West Plains) – In 2013, Missouri State University-West Plains will celebrate 50 years of providing post-secondary educational opportunities to south-central Missouri, and to mark the occasion, university officials will begin a year-long celebration with a reunion and concert Feb. 15 at the West Plains Civic Center.

All friends, alumni and current students, and former and current faculty and staff members of the university are invited to this event featuring a nationally known band with local ties, Ha Ha Tonka, said Assistant Director of Development Joe Kammerer.  A social hour with light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar is planned for 7 to 8 p.m., and the band will take the stage at 8.  In addition, 50 items will be given away to those who attend, he said.

Tickets to the reunion and concert are $5 each and available through the West Plains Civic Center box office, 110 St. Louis St., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays; call 417-256-8123 to order by phone, or tickets can be ordered through Ticketmaster.com.

Several other 50th anniversary-themed activities and events are already on the university’s 2013 calendar – On September 12, university officials will host a 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner at the civic center as a fundraiser for the campus, and on September 16, officials will host an anniversary celebration at the Smith-London Centennial Bell Tower on Franklin Street just west of the Lybyer Technology Center that will include a short ceremony, picnic and historic 50th anniversary photo. In addition, many other events held annually at the university will have a 50th anniversary theme.

For more information about Missouri State University-West Plains’ 50th anniversary celebrations and events, call the development office at 417-255-7240.

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