Kolpin-Rubison, Freeman System Honored

October 24, 2012
Missouri Southern Foundation
JOPLIN, MO (SNS) - The Missouri Southern Foundation honored Ruth I. Kolpin- Rubison and Freeman Health System with the Spirit of Philanthropy award at the annual Lantern Society Dinner on Tuesday, Oct. 23.
More than 100 donors and friends of the Foundation attended the dinner, which was held at Billingsly Student Center on the Missouri Southern campus.
A pioneer in the field of broadcasting, Kolpin-Rubison was recognized for her broad-reaching philanthropy to the community at large, as well as specific gifts to Missouri Southern State University.

Examples of the latter include scholarships to students seeking careers in broadcasting, updated equipment to KGCS-TV, and sponsorship of the Southern Media Showcase.

Kolpin-Rubison played a primary role in the development of radio and cable television in southwest Missouri, especially in the city of Carthage where she resides.
Freeman Health System was honored for its long-standing commitment to Missouri Southern and the community.  Especially noted was Freeman's involvement in helping in the aftermath of the Joplin tornado. 
Just after the tornado, Freeman Hospital West treated 750 critically injured patients, performing 22 lifesaving surgeries in 12 hours. Hundreds of clinical staff reported to Freeman West that night, including 110 physicians.  Freeman also has completed the fifth and sixth floors of Gary & Donna Hall Tower at Freeman West, adding 58 private patient rooms.

In terms of Missouri Southern, Freeman has been involved with funding the campus' Biemdiek Recreation Center, as well as ongoing initiatives in the Department of Nursing and the Athletics program.
Dr. Jim Jackson, retired professor of Biology and Environmental Health at Missouri Southern, was the evening's featured speaker.  A Missouri Southern Foundation donor since the 1980s, Dr. Jackson talked about honoring his family by providing memorial scholarships that benefit today's students.
For more information on the Lantern Society, please contact the Missouri Southern Foundation at 417.625.9396.