The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Top Stories

December 12, 2013

Crowder names new campus for board member James Tatum

NEOSHO, Mo. — Crowder College on Thursday announced the name of its new McDonald County campus: James B. Tatum Hall, honoring a longtime member of its Board of Trustees.

“It’s basically a small portion of acknowledging the tremendous contributions that Mr. Tatum has made to Crowder College,” board President Andy Wood said.

Tatum, who had previously announced plans to resign from the board in January, marked his last board meeting Thursday. Now in his late 80s, he was instrumental in establishing the college 50 years ago, serving on the board for all 50 years and serving as board chairman for 45 years.

The 30,000-square-foot Tatum Hall is north of Jane on 40 acres near Interstate 49 and Missouri Highway 90. It includes six classrooms, two computer labs, a chemistry lab, a nursing skills lab, a bookstore, a 200-seat conference room, testing areas, student commons and study areas.

The campus will offer a nursing program and a general studies program, including specialty courses in business, agriculture and education. Joplin’s Missouri Southern State University and Springfield’s Missouri State University could also offer courses leading to bachelor’s degrees at their institutions, Crowder officials have said.

The college bought the property in 2008 for about $555,000. Construction on the building started earlier this year. It is estimated to cost $6 million, with financing from $1.5 million in private donations, $1.5 million from the college’s capital projects budget and $3 million from refinancing a 2011 bond.

The building is nearing completion, with construction crews finishing up interior work such as flooring and lighting, said Cindy Brown, the college’s director of public information.

A grand opening of Tatum Hall is set for 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10, and a formal dedication is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19. The campus will open for the spring semester on Monday, Jan. 13.

Brown said preliminary enrollment information for the campus is not yet available.

“We’ve had continued growth in McDonald County in our other programs, so I see that it probably will grow,” she said.

Crowder has offered classes at various locations in McDonald County for years, including the high school in Anderson and Hometown Bank in Jane. Those locations will be closed, with classes relocated to the Tatum Hall campus, Brown said.

With an operation in Greenfield serving students in Dade and Cedar counties, the college boasts a presence in each of the nine counties in Southwest Missouri that the state defines as its service territory. Additions in recent years opened in Lamar, Monett and Mount Vernon, as well as in Greenfield. These off-campus sites offer a selection of general studies classes.

The main campus opened in Neosho about 50 years ago. Other branch campuses are in Nevada, Cassville and Webb City, in addition to the new McDonald County campus. Students can finish a two-year degree at these operations, which also offer small bookstores and financial aid counseling.

“We have found that access means everything for students,” Wood said. “The easier the access (and) the more availability that you have, more folks are going to college. If we can bring the college to the area, that allows folks that are single, raising kids (or) have jobs to go to school, whereas if they had to drive 25, 30 miles one way, they might not be able to do it.”

Crowder’s expansion has taken place alongside booming enrollment growth. The college has seen steadily increasing enrollment, from about 1,500 students a decade ago to more than 5,800 this year.



Crowder locations

NEOSHO (MAIN CAMPUS): 601 Laclede Ave.

CASSVILLE: 4020 N. Main St.

NEVADA: 600 W. Edwards Place.

WEBB CITY: 600 S. Ellis St.

JANE: 194 College Road.

CARTHAGE: 1100 E. Airport Drive; 609 River St.

GREENFIELD: 418 College St.

LAMAR: Fourth Street and Maple Avenue.

MONETT: 2 David Sippy Drive.

MOUNT VERNON: 822 W. Mount Vernon Blvd.

1
Text Only
Top Stories
  • r041814capbus4.jpg Funding shortfall could hinder public transportation in Southeast Kansas

    For the past two years, Pittsburg State University sophomore Travis Cook has been using public transportation to get to and from his classes. He began using the bus his freshman year, when he didn’t have a vehicle to drive even to the grocery store — which is said to be the case for many who use the service.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Bruner denied change of venue for murder trial

    Circuit Judge Gayle Crane has denied a change of venue for a defendant charged with fatally shooting an assistant football coach at Missouri Southern State University. The attorney for Jeffrey Bruner claimed pretrial publicity as the reason for seeking a change of venue in Jasper County Circuit Court.

    April 18, 2014

  • Russell family sues city, Joplin police

    Family members of a teenage girl whose suicide a year ago brought them into conflict with police officers and emergency medical technicians are suing the city and the Joplin Police Department. Kevin and Julissa Russell and their son, Brant Russell, are the plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed in Jasper County Circuit Court. The action filed on the Russells’ behalf by Kansas City attorney Andrew Protzman names the city, the Police Department and Officers Austin Wolf and Tyler Christensen as defendants.

    April 18, 2014

  • Kansas Regents stick with social media policy

    After directing a committee to study a controversial social media policy and make recommended changes, the Kansas Board of Regents appears to not be changing the policy at all. It’s left some in academia baffled by why it appointed the work group in the first place.

    April 18, 2014

  • Britain Easter Pilgri_Cast.jpg SLIDESHOW: Good Friday observances around the world Around the world, Christians are coming together in observance of Good Friday, which they believe was the day Jesus was crucified. Here are some photos from Good Friday commemorations around the world.

    April 18, 2014

  • Missouri House votes to expand sales tax exemptions

    Pizza parlors, doughnut shops and even convenience stores all could be in line for a tax break on the food that they make and sell as a result of a measure moving through the Missouri Legislature.

    April 18, 2014

  • 041714 School safe rooms4_72.jpg Joplin school district readies community safe rooms for storm season

    Thousands of Joplin residents will soon be able to stay safe during storms in some of the region’s newest shelters. Community safe rooms at Cecil Floyd, Stapleton, McKinley and Eastmorland elementary schools, which double as gymnasiums, and Junge Field, which will double as a field house, are expected to be open within the next few weeks, according to Mike Johnson, the school district’s director of construction.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • 041714 Treble Makers.jpg Carl Junction ‘Treble Makers’ to sing at Springfield Cardinals’ stadium

    Next month, 75 Carl Junction sixth-grade students will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Hammons Field before a Springfield Cardinals game. And with more than 600 parents, family members and other residents planning to attend, the May 3 event has been dubbed “Carl Junction Day.”

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Public hearing set on posed TIF district

    Financial details of a proposed new tax increment financing district for the Silver Creek Galleria area will be discussed in detail at an April 28 public hearing, members of the city’s TIF Commission were told Thursday. Chris Williams, a TIF attorney representing the city of Joplin, told the panel the Thursday meeting was intended to walk commissioners through the public hearing steps.

    April 17, 2014

  • Volunteer projects spark two bills in Jefferson City

    Bills moving through the Missouri House and Senate were inspired by a volunteer project in Carl Junction last year that stalled over a question of whether those volunteers had to be paid prevailing wage under Missouri law. “This bill is very simple. All it says is if someone is a volunteer, they won’t be forced to be paid prevailing wage,” state Rep. Charlie Davis, R-Webb City, told lawmakers during a hearing on his bill last week.

    April 17, 2014