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January 27, 2012

Dead Man's Cell Phone first play of semester

The play Dead Man's Cell Phone, written by Sarah Ruhl will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 – Feb. 4 in the Bud Walton Black Box Theatre at Missouri Southern State University. Senior Theatre major Kayla Curran directs this wildly imaginative new comedy.

An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man – with a lot of loose ends.  This is a play about how we memorialize the dead, and how that remembering changes us.

This is the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world. 

Admission is free for MSSU students, faculty and staff, $3 for adults and $1 for senior citizens and non-MSSU students.

For ticket information and a cast list, read more.

Board Meeting Focuses on Payment Plan, Students, Funding

The Board of Governors of Missouri Southern State University was given an overview of the University’s new Tuition/Fee Payment and Student Assistance Plan at its meeting on Friday, Jan. 20.

Treasurer Linda Eis told Board members that students had to pay tuition no later than 5 p.m. yesterday, Thursday, Jan. 26. Students will have until Feb. 3 to re-enroll and settle their accounts. Eis said MSSU offers several payment plans and students with questions about tuition or payment plans should visit the Bursar’s Office in Hearnes Hall or telephone 417.625.9381 or email

Also today, Board members approved a proposal to continue short-term investment of some of the University’s funds. The Board agreed that a total of $5 million should be put in five separate two-year accounts to obtain a higher .65 percent interest rate. The multiple accounts would allow flexibility in the event that some of the funds needed to be withdrawn before the 24-month maturity date.

Vice President for Business Affairs Rob Yust told Board members that signage installation is complete at the Plaster Sports Complex at Missouri Southern.  He said work on producing a new chiller (air conditioner) for the Spiva Library also is proceeding. The completion date for the chiller, which is being constructed in four components in Springfield, is March 1.

Missouri Southern Athletic Director Jared Bruggeman told members of the Board that Julie Wengert, Associate Athletic Director, has been accepted into the 12-month long NCAA “Pathways” program which will offer personal and professional improvement opportunities.

Vice President for Student Affairs Darren Fullerton presented two students who spoke before the Board today.  Brittany Lampe, junior Secondary Education-Biology major from Carthage, and Mallory Roberson, senior Health Promotion and Wellness major from Newbern,Tenn., now living in Carl Junction, gave Governors an overview of the Missouri Governor’s Leadership Forum they had recently attended in Jefferson City. 

For more on the Board meeting, read more.

Twister Safe, LLC Wins 2012 Rising Star Award

Twister Safe, LLC, owned by Enos Davis, Linda Davis, and Jeremy C. Davis, received the “2012 Rising Star of Innovation & Entrepreneurship” award from the Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Centers (MO SBTDC) at a banquet in Jefferson City on Jan. 18. 

Twister Safe, LLC participated in the 2012 MO SBTDC Client Showcase held at the Capitol rotunda on Jan. 19.  Jennifer McKeough, Director of Business Development for Twister Safe, (and daughter of Enos and Linda Davis) was presented with legislative resolutions from Senator Ron Richard (District 32) and Representative Bill Reiboldt (District 130).   Twister Safe, LLC was one of twenty two outstanding small businesses in Missouri who received the award sponsored by the MO SBTDC.

Karen Bradshaw, the Director of the MSSU Center for Entrepreneurship and SBTDC Consultant has provided operational and marketing advice to Twister Safe, LLC over the past several years. 

The slogan for Twister Safe, LLC is “Twister Safe – Saving Lives One Storm at a Time.”  Since the company was formed in 2004, that is exactly what it has accomplished by saving lives throughout “tornado alley” in the U.S.

Read more.

Basketball Games Continue on KGCS-TV

KGCS-TV continues to cover MSSU women’s and men’s basketball games, replaying them for area viewers.  The games are covered with students doing all of the work, from on-air announcing, to running cameras and directing the production. 

“This is a great opportunity for our broadcast students to get hands-on work in sports production,” says Judy Stiles, KGCS General Manager.   “We know there’s a lot of interest locally in the Lions, as the season ends with tough conference games,” Stiles adds.

Remaining games and air dates on KGCS-TV are:

Lions vs. Missouri Western – Game date Feb. 4, replay Sunday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m.

Lions vs. Pittsburg State – Game date Feb. 8, replay Thursday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.

Lions vs. Washburn – Game date Feb. 15, replay Thursday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m.

Lions vs. Fort Hays State – Game date Feb. 18, replay Sunday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m.

KGCS programming may be seen over the air on digital channel 22 and on regional cable television systems including Cable One, Mediacom and Suddenlink.

Senior Assessment Day Wednesday, Feb. 22

Senior Assessment Day will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 22. All day classes will be dismissed; however, night classes will meet. The evening test session for assessment is Thursday, March 1 at 5:15 p.m. for seniors who are enrolled exclusively in night classes or whose circumstances prevent participation on Feb. 22. Reservations must be made for the general education test at 417.625.9349.

All graduating seniors with 90 or more hours who plan to graduate in May, July or December, 2012 are required to complete the test of general education and a departmental exit assessment test before the baccalaureate degree is awarded. Seniors who transferred in from other institutions and distance-learning students are also required to take the assessment test.

Major Field Tests will also be given on Feb. 22 (although some departments choose to conduct their tests later). It is the student’s responsibility to check the announcement for when and where their major field test will be given.

The Senior Assessment announcement will be listed in LioNet, Blackboard, Twitter, Facebook and student email.

Starting Feb. 1, please contact Center for Assessment & Institutional Research at ext. 9349 to schedule the senior assessment test time and location.

Southern Service Champ Award

The Staff Senate is overseeing a new quarterly recognition award starting this year called the Southern Service Champ Award.  The Southern Service Champ Award is a quarterly award given to one outstanding member from classified, physical plant and professional staff.  Award winners are selected based on nomination from staff. 

The criteria of nomination must meet at least one of the five pads of the Lion paw:  Respect to Campus Community; Positive Attitude; Pride in Work; Exemplary Dependability; and Excellence in Customer Service. 

Nominations for the Jan. 2-March 30 quarter will be accepted the last week of March and available on the Staff Senate webpage.

Thai Semester Planning Committee

Faculty and staff who are interested in serving on the Thailand Semester Planning Committee this semester should come to the first meeting at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8 in BSC 341.

If you would like to be on the committee but cannot make this meeting time, please notify Chad Stebbins at or ext. 9736.

Nominate YOUR Hero Today!

Please help us honor those who have done so much for our community.

Nominations Deadline: Feb. 1.

Awards will be presented on Friday, March 30 at the Everyday Heroes Celebration Luncheon • Holiday Inn - Joplin

For questions or sponsorship information, please call 624.4411.

Nominate on-line at

Fax completed form to:  624.2391 or mail completed form to: American Red Cross/410 S. Jackson Ave./Joplin. MO  64801 

Polish Needed for "Love Your Body" Week

"Love Your Body" week is planned for Feb. 20-24.

Heather Bullock, Advising, Counseling & Testing Services (ACTS) says her department is seeking donations of fingernail polish for the week.

"If you have fingernail polish that you are no longer using and would like to donate, we are accepting it," she says. 

 Donations should be taken to Heather at the ACTS office in Room 314 of Hearnes Hall. 

 If you have any questions please feel free to contact her at

Diversity Lunch & Learn - Spring 2012

"Making Inclusion a Priority at MSSU" is the theme of the Diversity Lunch & Learn sessions for the spring 2012 semester.  The first session will be "Ouch! That Stereotype Hurts!" presented by Nancy Kenney at noon on Friday, Feb. 10 in Room 309 of the Billingsly Student Center.

A free buffet style lunch will be served.  Remember to RSVP at least one week in advance to Teara Neidert at ext. 9731 or email

Chamber Chat Features SBA

A new “Chamber Chat” interview begins airing the week of January 29, featuring the U.S. Small Business Administration.  The program is produced at KGCS-TV for the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce.  The new program features Kevin Wynne from the SBA, discussing the upcoming deadline for loans following the May tornado.  Kirstie Smith from the chamber hosts the program.

Chamber Chat will air Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 2 at 6 p.m.  It will also repeat the week of February 5.

KGCS programming may be seen over the air on digital channel 22, and on regional cable television systems such as Cable One, Mediacom and Suddenlink. 

The station operates as a service of the Department of Communication at Missouri Southern State University.

Communication Department Hosts High School Essay Contest

High school students in southwest Missouri are invited to submit entries for the annual Society of Professional Journalists essay contest. The Department of Communication at Missouri Southern State University is hosting the regional competition for the Southwest Missouri Professional Chapter of SPJ.

The contest theme this year is "Why is it important that we have news media that is independent of the government?" The contest is open to students enrolled in grades nine through 12 in public, private or home schools. There is no charge for entering, but students must have a sponsoring teacher.

The first place regional selection will be forwarded to the national competition. Winners at the national level could earn scholarships ranging from $1000 to $300.

Entries are due by March 8. They should be 300-500 words, double-spaced and single sided. An entry form should be attached to each essay. The form may be downloaded at

Completed entries may be sent electronically or mailed to SPJ High School Essay Contest, c/o Judy Stiles, Department of Communication, Missouri Southern State University, 3950 E. Newman Road, Joplin, MO 64801.

The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation's largest journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior.

Missouri Constitution Test Dates Announced

Dates for the Missouri Constitution test for the current semester have been announced.  The dates are:

*January 31
* February 21
* March 13
* April 10
* May 1

The tests begin at 2 p.m. in Webster Hall 224.

To register, students should contact Mariah Callari in Hearnes Hall 306 or telephone 625.9385.

SBTDC Courses for February

The MSSU Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) Training site offers courses, consulting and support services. Those interested can register online for any course.

Friday, Feb. 3 - 1:15 p.m.
Starting a Small Business: The First Steps

Thursday, Feb. 9 - 2:30 p.m.
Making Better Business Decisions Using Your Financial Statements

Thursday, Feb. 16 - 1:30 p.m.
Overview of Microsoft Office 2010

Tuesday, Feb. 21 - 1:30 p.m.
How to Write a Successful Business Plan

Wednesday, Feb. 22 - 1:30 p.m.
The Power of a Presentation Using Microsoft PowerPoint

Thursday, Feb. 23 - 1:30 p.m.
Competing for Government Contracts - Basic Training

Wednesday, Feb. 29 -1:30 p.m.
Real World Marketing in Action

Don't hesitate to contact someone on the SBTDC training team if you have any questions at 625.3128.  To access forms and obtain more details on the courses, prices and other details, see SBTDC Training.

Singers Sought for Handel's Messiah

handelSingers are being sought for the performance of Messiah, Georg Friedrich Handel's famous oratorio, on Sunday, April 15. 

David Sharlow, Music, says those interested in singing with the MSSU Concert Chorale, Orchestra, as well as soloists are invited to join in exciting rehearsals and a great performance later this year. Community rehearsals begin Sunday, Feb. 19 from 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. in Room 208 of the Fine Arts building on the MSSU Campus. 

Performance week starts on Monday, April 9, concluding with full dress on Saturday, April 14. 

The performance will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 15. 

"We want as many people who are able to join us to please do so, but we also ask if you make a commitment to sing, to please make it a point to be at all of the rehearsals," Sharlow says. "We ask you if you are interested to please note the rehearsals dates and times and if you feel you can commit, we ask you to do so," he adds.

For rehearsal dates and other details, read more.

50th Annual International Film Festival Continues

Film showings of the 50th Annual International Film Festival will continue this spring semester on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. in Cornell Auditorium at Missouri Southern State University. No admission is charged and the public is invited.     

Harrison Kash, Director of the Series, says the first film of the semester, slated for Feb. 28, will be Catsplay (Macskajatek)  (Hungary, 1974)
In this insightful drama, director Karoly Makk exhibits his extraordinary skills at drawing emotionally compelling performances from his talented leads.  A widowed teacher living alone finds her quiet life and relationship with an old flame upset by a chance meeting with a woman she knew long ago.  This story of two sisters who cast wistful glances back at their lives but still believe in hope and love, earned an Academy Award Nomination for Best Foreign Film in 1974.

For information on films scheduled for March 13, March 27 and April 10, read more 


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