MSSU Alumni Association

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Alumni Bricks | Favorite Recipes | Historic Video | License Plate

 Alumni Bricks

Alumni Bricks

You have a new home on MSSU's campus. It's the Ralph L. Gray Alumni Center in the Mission Hills Mansion and you can play an important role in the restoration of this historic building on campus.The Alumni Courtyard, located adjacent to the Fountain Room serves as the location for receptions, pre-game tailgate parties and other outdoor events for alumni, faculty, staff, and friends.

Alumni Bricks

For a gift of $100 per brick, you can cement your legacy and support of the MSSU Alumni Association directly as a part of the Alumni Courtyard. It's a fitting way to commemorate your lifelong connection to MSSU. Celebrate a graduate... Honor a family legacy... Remember a loved one... Acknowledge a student organization...

Your $100 tax deductible contribution will include your inscription on a premium-quality brick.Each engraved character will be filled with black epoxy for legibility. Please contact the MSSU Alumni Association for more information at 417.659.5466.

Bricks may be ordered throughout the year. New bricks will be placed in the Alumni Courtyard each June.

Order your brick online using PayPal.


  Favorite Recipes

CookbookA collection by Missouri Southern State University Staff Cookbook.

The idea of this cookbook originated from a conversation at a staff pot-luck lunch. As everyone was enjoying the delicious dishes prepared that day, a suggestion was made to create a cookbook. We thought a Staff cookbook would be a terrific way for Southern employees to share some of their favorite recipes with others and that the proceeds of the book sales could go towards funding a worthwhile campus project.The cookbook is only $10.00.

A committee was formed and unanimously agreed that they wanted to contribute to the Mansion renovation project. The contribution would make a positive impact on the culture and tradition of our University. The committee believed this would be a meaningful way to help give something back to the campus community.

The money earned from the sales of this cookbook is helping to buy period pieces of furniture for the Ralph L. Gray Alumni Center.

Order your Favorite Recipes Cookbook online using PayPal.



  75th Anniversary Book75th Anniversary Book Logo

Enjoy a part of Missouri Southern's history by pre-purchasing a book about the past 75 years.

75 Years of Lion Pride- So much more to the story... is a fun look back beginning in the days of Joplin Junior College up to today.

Be a part of the book! You can even purchase a book with your own dedication page and customize the book so that your favorite college photos and memories are included.

Hardback pre-orders are $25 per book; $35 for customization.

Preorder online with PayPal or by mail using this form.



Video - History of Missouri Southern

The MSSU Alumni Association produced a 30 minute video of the History of Missouri Southern, underwritten by MSSU Alumnus and Board of Governor, David H. Jones, '63 The highlights of the past 75 years of Missouri Southern's history has been illustrated by Brad Belk.

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To order your copy of the DVD, please send a $5.00 check (payable to the MSSU Alumni Association) along with mailing address and contact info (phone or email) to:

Ralph L. Gray Alumni
Missouri Southern State University
MSSU Historic Video

3950 E. Newman Rd.
Joplin, MO 64801

All proceeds benefit the MSSU Alumni Association Scholarship fund


Give $25 to MSSU and qualify for a plate!

Show your allegiance to Missouri Southern State University by displaying a collegiate license plate on your car, and give others a ”License to Learn” by supporting this special program with a gift to the Alumni Association’s Scholarship Fund!

MSSU license

How the program works:

The MSSU license plate allows you to show your pride and your school spirit.
The official MSSU license plate has the Missouri Southern Lion logo and the university’s colors, green and gold. You may personalize the plate with up to 6 letters and/or numbers.

Who Qualifies

If you own or lease a passenger vehicle or truck registered in Missouri, you qualify for an MSSU license plate. Vehicles with a gross weight of 12,000, 16,000, or 20,000 pounds are also eligible for these plates. The program provides front and back plates.

To obtain an MSSU license plate:

The cost of the plates is $25 for one year plates and $50 for two year plates, plus a $15 fee to the Department of Revenue.

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If processed by cash or check:

Mail: Ralph L. Gray Alumni Center

License to Learn
3950 E. Newman Rd.
Joplin, MO 64801

Fax: 417.625.3085

After processing of payment, License to Learn Program form will be mailed to the address placed on the payment form or cash/check. 
This process could take up to 3 days to process and return in the mail.

Thank you for supporting the Missouri Southern State University Alumni Association.

For more information about the program

If you would like more information concerning the MSSU License Plate, you can call 417.659.LION (5466) or e-mail questions to