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MSSU PBL Helps Organize Rooting for Joplin

Missouri Southern State University students and community volunteers, in cooperation with Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL), will help plant trees at nearly 400 Joplin homes on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5 as part of the “Rooting for Joplin” program.

The trees will be delivered Friday, May 4 beginning at 9 a.m. at Lot 18 at the Robert W. Plaster Sports Complex (immediately south of Hughes Stadium).

A planting kickoff ceremony will take place at 9 a.m., Saturday, May 5 at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center. Missouri Southern President Dr. Bruce W. Speck and Dr. Beverly Block, Interim Dean of the Robert W. Plaster School of Business Administration, as well as Dr. C.J. Huff, Joplin School District Superintendent, are scheduled to speak at the kickoff ceremony.

Volunteers will begin planting the trees at the Joplin homes at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. An estimated 370 homes will receive trees.

Organizers are expecting more than 1,100 students and volunteers from across the state to be in Joplin to help plant the trees. Local churches are providing housing for almost 300 students coming from as far as six hours away.

Several students of Dr. Nanette Philibert in the Robert W. Plaster School of Business Administration at MSSU will assist the effort as a part of their community/service learning component of their class. Business faculty will assist the volunteers on Saturday morning with registration and will give them locations for trees to be planted, planting instructions and other information.

For more information, visit the Rooting for Joplin website at

May 2, 2012


Randon Coffey or Clarissa Essary417.625.9839


MSSU PBL Club Wins State Honors

The Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) PBL (Phi Beta Lambda) club sponsored by the Robert W. Plaster School of Business Administration (SOBA) earned several state honors at the 53rd Annual State Leadership Conference (SLC) held in Osage Beach on March 23.

PBL, the collegiate equivalent of Future Business Leaders of America, is an educational association of postsecondary student members preparing for careers in business. There are over 11,000 active members in the United States including nearly 400 members with 22 chapters in Missouri.

The conference featured competitive events for individuals and teams with students attempting to qualify for the National Leadership Conference (NLC) to be held June 24-27 in San Antonio, Tex. The MSSU PBL chapter was very successful as they qualified 13 students for the NLC.

Three students, Tyler Brown (senior, Joplin), Chase Bryant (senior, Seneca) and Sushant Karki (junior, Kathmandu, Nepal), were state champions in two events.

The faculty advisor for PBL is Stu Dunlop, Marketing.

The following students placed at the PBL SLC:

State Champions (1st Place)

Marketing Concepts Tyler Brown, senior Marketing major, JoplinRetail Management Tyler Brown, senior Marketing major, Joplin

Team Competition: Financial Analysis Chase Bryant, senior Marketing/ Finance major, Neosho Ryan Prisock, senior Finance major, Joplin

Financial Concepts Chase Bryant, senior Marketing/Finance major, Neosho

Information Management Andrew Frost, junior Marketing/Fin/Econ-Finance major, Joplin

Computer Concepts Sushant Karki, junior CIS major, Kathmandu, Nepal

Design and Application Sushant Karki, junior CIS major, Kathmandu, Nepal

2nd place

Team Competition; Business Ethics Shawna Alkire, senior Marketing major, Nevada,

Suellen Inocencio, senior Accounting/Finance major, Seneca Krysti Hines, senior Marketing major, Lincoln, Neb.

Team Competition; Marketing Analysis and Decision Making Nathan Bramwell,senior Marketing major, Reeds, Randon Coffey, senior Management major, Webb City, Ryan Prisock, senior Finance major, Joplin

Future Business Executive Cara Gooch, sophomore Management/Marketing major, Bolivar

Contemporary Sports Issues Ethan Powell, senior Marketing major, Bixby, Okla.

Sports Management Ethan Powell (senior Marketing major, Bixby, Okla.

3rd place

Project Management Randon Coffey, senior Management major, Webb City

Hospitality Management Krysti Hines, sophomore Marketing major, Neosho

Marketing Concepts Natascha Lord, junior German/International Business major, Waynesville

4th Place

Contemporary Sports Issues Cameron Beaver, senior Marketing/Political Science major, Webb City

Business Law Andrew Frost, junior Marketing/Fin/Econ-Finance major, Joplin

Help Desk Natascha Lord, junior German/International Business major, Waynesville

Retail Management Natalie Preston, junior Biology-Preprof-Med major, Webb City

5th Place

Sports Management and Marketing Cameron Beaver, senior Marketing/Political Science major, Webb City  

C-DECA Club Scores at Lake Ozark

The Missouri Southern State University Collegiate DECA (C-DECA) club returned from a very successful showing at the State Career Development Conference (CDC). This event was held Feb. 16-17 at the Lodge of the Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, Mo. by the C-DECA state organization. C-DECA is sponsored by the Robert W. Plaster School of Business Administration (SOBA) and prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in colleges around the globe. Cara Gooch (sophomore Management/Marketing major, Bolivar) was elected the 2012-2013 C-DECA State President as she defeated the candidate from University of Missouri. Her speech focused on the need for a more concentrated effort toward increasing individual chapter membership and adding new chapters. Cara will begin representing the state C-DECA at the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Salt Lake City, Utah, April 21-24.

MSSU will be represented at ICDC by six individuals. The team of Shawna Alkire (senior Marketing major, Nevada), Krysti Hines (senior Marketing major, Lincoln, Neb.) and Suellen Inocencio

(senior Accounting/Finance major, Seneca) was the state champion in Advertising Campaign. Placing second in the state competition was Chase Bryant (senior Marketing/Finance major, Seneca), Restaurant and Food Service Management, Ali O’Dell (senior General Studies major, Joplin), Sales Management Meeting and the team of Chase Bryant and Ryan Prisock (junior Finance major, Joplin), Sports and Entertainment Marketing. Also, Whitney Koch (sophomore Marketing major, Carl Junction), Natascha Lord (junior German/International Business major, Waynesville) and Ethan Powell (senior Marketing major, Bixby, Okla.) received Proficiency Awards. In total, 14 MSSU students competed at the state Career Development Conference. Also, Stu Dunlop, who teaches Marketing at MSSU, was recognized as the state advisor of the year. His nomination was submitted by the MSSU C-DECA chapter. 

SOBA Graduate Hired as Director of execMBA Program at MU

Missouri Southern School of Business graduate, Zack Odem, has taken the position of Director of the execMBA Program in the Trulaske College of Business. Zack will provide leadership and oversight of this innovative new executive hybrid MBA program. His duties will include hiring additional staff, coordination of faculty and curriculum, marketing, recruitment, admissions, and student support.

He’ll also liaise with many constituencies across the university as well as our college’s corporate partners.Zack comes to this role from the University of Missouri’s Office of Sponsored Programs Administration (OSPA) as a Lead Accountant, where he was responsible for a ten-member team that managed roughly 1200 grants and contracts totaling $110 million in annual expenditures.

Prior to his experience at MU, Zack worked with Jeffrey E. Smith Development, Inc. in Columbia, with BKD, LLP in Little Rock, Arkansas. A substantial internship with Leggett & Platt in Carthage served as a launch pad for Zack’s career. Zack earned his MBA from MU’s Crosby Program. He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Missouri Southern State University, from which he also studied abroad in Prague, Budapest, Vienna and Bratislava. 

MSSU Accounting Student Honored as "LEAP Student of the Month"

Jeff Moore JOPLIN, MO (SNS) - Jeff Moore, Carl Junction, a junior Accounting major at Missouri Southern State University, has been honored by the Missouri Society of CPAs (MSCPA) as "LEAP Student of the Month." Moore was nominated for the honor by his professors at MSSU.

The Missouri Society of CPAs is the premier professional development organization dedicated to certified public accountants in the state of Missouri. The MSCPA represents nearly 10,000 CPA members in public practice, industry, government and education. Established in 1909, the MSCPA provides members with continuing education, governmental advocacy and networking opportunities, while working to further the CPA profession through student-focused initiatives.

The Missouri Society of CPAs student initiative, LEAP, (Lead and Enhance the Accounting Profession) highlights Accounting majors in Missouri with the "LEAP Student of the Month" feature on its website.

Every month an accounting major from a Missouri school, who is an MSCPA student member, is highlighted on LEAP’s website, One of the twelve winners from 2011/2012 will be recognized in MSCPA’s magazine, The ASSET, in  as “LEAP Student of the Year.”

In addition to a certificate acknowledging the award, Moore will receive four books which are:  2011 US Master GAAP Guide; 2011 US Master Tax Guide; 2011 Top Accounting Issues CPE Course; 2011 Top Federal Tax Issues CPE Course.

For more information, contact Dr. David Smith, Head of the Department of Accounting and Finance at MSSU, at 417.625.3012.