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WITH A TURN OF THE SHOVELS, Mary Hass Sheid and members of the extended Hass family, William and Virginia Darr of Springfield, and officials with Missouri State University-West Plains “officially” broke ground Friday afternoon, March 31, on Hass-Darr Hall. Calling it “a dream 20 years in the making,” Missouri State-West Plains Chancellor Drew Bennett said the facility will house the “dreams and ambitions” of the campus’ students. When completed in early 2018, the $4.1 million construction/renovation project at the site of the former West Plains Post Office on Garfield Avenue will provide a home for the Carol Silvey Student Union, the Drago College Store, William and Virginia Darr Honors Program, Veterans Center, admissions office, tutoring services and other much needed classroom and administrative office space that will enhance student learning and academic success. It is being financed with $1.5 million in state bonding funds; over $1.5 million in donations, including significant gifts from Mary Hass Sheid of West Plains, Judge William R. and Jeanne Hass of Springfield and formerly of Thayer, Judge William T. Hass of Thayer, and Tim and Missy Hass Myers of Bentonville, Arkansas, and the Darrs; and campus reserves. Speaking on behalf of the Hass family, Mary Hass Sheid called Missouri State-West Plains “a tremendous campus” that is “doing great things,” and William Darr added he and his wife were “delighted” to be part of the project. Missouri State University System President Clif Smart said with the groundbreaking, three priorities for Missouri State-West Plains have been addressed – the additions of Gohn Hall and Hass-Darr Hall, and developing a state appropriations formula between the Springfield and West Plains campuses that has increased funding per student. With the shovels, from left, are Smart; Judge William T. Hass; Ashley Jeanne Casad, Baltimore, Md., daughter of Mary Hass Sheid; Mary Hass Sheid (behind Ashley Casad); Jeanne Hass; Bennett; William and Virginia Darr; Missy Hass Myers; and Judge William R. Hass. (Missouri State-West Plains Photo)
Donors, university officials break ground on Hass-Darr Hall
WEST PLAINS, Mo. – With a turn of the shovels, Mary Hass Sheid and members of the extended Hass family, William and Virginia Darr of Springfield, and officials with Missouri State University-West Plains “officially” broke ground Friday afternoon, March 31, on Hass-Darr Hall.