FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 2, 2011
University Relations & Marketing
JOPLIN, MO (SNS) - Missouri Southern State University President Dr. Bruce W. Speck accepted a plaque from the American Red Cross, given in appreciation for the Missouri Southern State University’s role in providing space for the Red Cross Shelter in the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center and Young Gymnasium following the May 22 tornado.
The plaque was presented at the “Remember, Recognize and Renew” memorial service Sunday, Aug. 28 in Taylor Performing Arts Center.
In this gathering, the University community memorialized lost loved ones, colleagues and friends and all of those who were affected by the May 22 tornado.
The service recognized the sacrifices of so many in the MSSU family who endured and contributed so much during the disaster and throughout the recovery.
Missouri Southern signed an agreement with the Red Cross to provide a location for a shelter only a few weeks before the tornado.
In the weeks after the immediate crisis, MSSU became a primary location for a wide variety of services including the Red Cross Shelter, Americorps, the FEMA/SBA Disaster Response Center, local law enforcement and others involved in responding to the disaster.
Those services have since concluded or set up in locations off-campus.