Merit Badge University Held at PSB

December 3, 2012
Stu Dunlop
JOPLIN, (SNS) –  The Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) PBL/C-DECA club, sponsored by the Robert W. Plaster School of Business Administration (PSB), hosted the first annual Merit Badge University (MBU) on Saturday, Dec. 1.
The MBU provided Nih-Ka-Ga-Hah District of the Ozark Trails Boys Scouts of America an opportunity for scouts to earn six different merit badges. Professors and MSSU alumni with assistance from PBL/C-DECA members provided instruction for the scouts to guide them through the requirements of obtaining these merit badges. Total attendance for the day was 66 scouts.
In conjunction with the MBU, the Nih-Ka-Ga-Hah District also held training sessions for over 20 adult leaders in the Robert W. Plaster School of Business Administration. The event began at 9:00 with a welcome from Dr. John Groesbeck, Dean of Business and continued until 3:30 in the afternoon.
The PSB building was selected to host both of these events due to the ability of PSB to provide technology support necessary to meet the needs of the scouts and their leaders.
Instructors and MSSU Alumni who provided counseling support were:
Dr. Beverly Block, Business Education Professor
Megan Douglas, Management Instructor
Angels Vorhees, Business Law Instructor
Tanya Yantis, Marketing Instructor
Ali O'Dell, MSSU alum and salesperson for Pearson-Kelly Office Products
Dani Henkle, financial analyst, J.M. Smucker Company
A.J. Whistler, staff accountant, Mense, Churchwell, and Mense
PBL/C-DECA members who provided assistance for the MBU were:
Tricia Coleman, management major, Carthage           
Andrew Frost, marketing major, Joplin
Cara Gooch, management/marketing major, Bolivar
Whitney Koch, marketing major, Carl Junction         
Kyle Prisock, undeclared, Joplin
Ryan Prisock, finance major, Joplin
Curtis Shields, accounting major, Crane
Cassie Smith, management major, Savannah
Raycee Thompson, accounting major, Joplin