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February 3, 2012

Groesbeck Named Dean of School of Business Administration

John GroesbeckJohn Groesbeck has been named Dean of the Robert W. Plaster School of Business Administration at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, beginning June 1. The announcement was made Tuesday, Jan. 31 by  AJ Anglin, Vice President for Academic Affairs at MSSU.
"His work with accreditation commissions and businesses, his global connections and his outstanding academic and management skills make him a perfect fit with Missouri Southern State University's mission and strategic goals," Anglin said in announcing his appointment. "We welcome him to our region and to the Missouri Southern State University campus," Anglin added.

Groesbeck most recently was Dean of the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business and Professor of Economics at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. In that position he has managed all instructional and operational aspects of the School at the MBA and undergraduate level. 
At Westminster College, Groesbeck provided oversight for the Center for China-America Business Studies and the Institute for New Enterprise, as well as the Center for Financial Analysis. His budget was in excess of $7 million per year.

He supported Westminster in its decennial accreditation review by the Northwest Commission. He facilitated the development of a new strategic plan, created a new Master of Accountancy degree and created dual degree programs with Donghua and Nankai Universities in China. He established new student exchange programs with universities in Brazil, India and the Czech Republic and aggressively pursued fundraising activities within the College's Advancement Office. 
He also facilitated the development of a new hybrid, mentored learning, project-based degree completion program in business at Westminster for working adults. He established an improved internal performance and instruction load tracking database system and worked to increase external awareness of business programs through direct company visits along with a Business Ambassador student group which he created.

For more on John Groesbeck, read more.

Final Nights for Dead Man's Cell Phone

The play Dead Man's Cell Phone, written by Sarah Ruhl will be presented at 7:30 p.m. tonight and tomorrow night, Feb. 3-4 in the Bud Walton Black Box Theatre at Missouri Southern State University. The play opened Jan. 31

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.

SkillsUSA Competition for Machine Tooling, Drafting Today on Campus

Students from six local communities are taking part in a Precision Machining Technology and Technical & Architectural Drafting competition today, Friday, Feb. 3 on campus. The competition is being held from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Ummel Technology Building on the MSSU campus. The event is sponsored by the Engineering Technology Department at Missouri Southern.

Students from the following training centers are participating:

•  Carthage Technical Center, Carthage
•  Franklin Technology Center, Joplin
•  Lamar Vo-Tech School, Lamar
•  Nevada Regional Technical Center, Nevada
•  Ozark Technical College (OTC), Springfield 
•  Southwest Area Career Center, Monett

High school students across the nation undergo training in machining and technical areas at centers similar to those in southwest Missouri.  The skills they learn allow them to obtain jobs after graduation or go on for further training at other technical schools, colleges or universities.

Retirement Sessions Planned

Last fall, a general information session about retirement planning was held titled  “Retirement Income Strategies”. 

"Those sessions were favorably reviewed," says Debbie Dutch Kelley, Human Resources, "So, back by popular demand, are more sessions on Wednesday, Feb. 8 and Wednesday, Feb. 22.  And we are adding a new session with some topics of special interest for women."

Click on the two flyers outlining general information of the sessions. 

1.       Retirement Strategies for Women (10 a.m. - 11 a.m.)

2.       Retirement Income Strategies (2 p.m. - 3 p.m.)

Each hour long session will be offered twice. The location will be BSC room 243 (often referred to as the “fish bowl” as the walls are glass).  It is located across the hall from the Health Center.

The facilitator will be Bryan Montemurro. He is a financial advisor with the VALIC firm; however, this general session will not a focus upon VALIC products or services.

"No registration is required for these sessions," Debbie says. "However, we do recommend that you arrive ahead of the start time to get a good seat."

MSSU Exhibit at Joplin Business Expo Wins Award

 Missouri Southern State University won an award for its exhibit at the Joplin Business Expo Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 24 and 25 at the John Q. Hammons Trade Center.

Out of about 200 businesses represented, MSSU's exhibit was named "Best Booth – Most Likely to Gain My Business."

The exhibits were judged by more than 40 students in the Tomorrow's Leaders Today program and Chamber representatives.

Rod Surber, Director of University Relations & Marketing at MSSU, coordinated development of the exhibit, which was produced by Lee & Wyrsch Marketing Group.

"I appreciate the Integrated Marketing Committee's direction with this project and all of those who worked at the Business Expo. We saw hundreds of students, alumni and friends at the Expo and the comments were all highly positive. We will use the components for many other activities on campus and elsewhere," Surber said

For more on the exhibit, read more.

Rooting for Joplin

Members of the Missouri Future Business Leaders of America and Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) are teaming up for a "feet on the ground" effort to replenish the trees lost in the devastation of the Joplin tornado. Over a  million trees were lost in the Joplin tornado on May 22.  Replanting and replenishing this community will take the efforts of everyone across the state.  In this effort the members of these organizations are seeking donations of cash and trees. The local FBLA- PBL chapters will collect donations throughout the school year and will plant the trees in Joplin on May 5.

You can help in this effort by donating a tree, money, volunteering for prep work or volunteering to help plant trees! Please consider working with us to put thousands of trees back into a city that lost so much.

Your local FBLA-PBL chapter will be accepting donations of cash and trees. The list of approved trees includes Elm (hardy), Maple (hardy), Oak (hardy), Redbud (ornamental) and Red Buckeye (ornamental). 

Donations can be made to your local FBLA-PBL chapter or you may donate to the Missouri FBLA. Donation forms and information can be found at Donations can be mailed to Rooting for Joplin, Missouri FBLA, P.O. Box 480, Jefferson City, MO 65102.

If you have further questions, please email

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 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.

Debaters Compete at Gorlock Gala

The Missouri Southern State University Speech and Debate Squad recently competed in the Gorlock Gala tournament held Jan. 28-29 at Webster University in St. Louis. Over 50 colleges and participating universities, represented by 59 debate participants, took part in the tournament, one of the biggest in the country.
At the tournament, Rayce Lashley, senior Speech Communication major from Carthage, went 5-1 and qualified for elimination rounds. Lashley went all the way to the final round before dropping a 2-1 decision to a debater from Western Kentucky University.
The debate squad travels next to Rice University in Houston, Texas for a speech and debate swing (two tournaments at one University) according to Kelly B. Larson, Acting Communication Department Chair and Director of Forensics at MSSU.

New Hires

Human Resources reports the following individuals have joined the Missouri Southern family over the last few weeks:

Kevin Carey, Assistant Football Coach
Daryl Daye, Head Football Coach
Dustin Gisclair, Assistant Football Coach
Robert Howell, Assistant Football Coach
Sherry Noller, Research Associate, Small Business Development Center
James Thomas, Assistant Coach, Defensive Coordinator
Rashad Watson, Assistant Football Coach
"Please take the time to welcome these new employees," says Monica Carroz, Human Resources.

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

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.

Valentine's Concert Sweet Sounds and Sweethearts February 14 on Campus

Join Southern Symphony Orchestra for a lovely evening on Valentine’s Day. The orchestra, under direction of Kexi Liu, Music, will perform Sweet Sounds and Sweethearts, a love-themed concert at Taylor Performing Arts Center on MSSU campus at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 14. The admission is free.

Two outstanding singers, Susan Smith, Music, and Lawrence Stotsbery, will be the featured soloists in the concert. They will sing duets from Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni and Sullivan’s comic opera The Mikado. In addition to the vocal selections, the orchestra will also perform an overture from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Kreisler’s Love’s Joy, Elgar’s Salut d’Amour, Theme from He’s Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto. At the end of the program, the orchestra will perform Strauss’ Blue Danube Waltz. Audience members are invited to dance to the waltz.

Susan K. Smith is Professor of Voice and Director of Vocal Studies at Missouri Southern State University. She teaches applied voice, music theory, vocal pedagogy, vocal diction and literature, and musical theatre performance. Dr. Smith produces and directs the annual event known as ONSTAGE, a production designed to showcase MSSU singers’ talents in opera and musical theatre. She enjoys performing solo song recitals, opera, and musical theatre. In addition to her work as a director/actor in professional theatre, regionally she has sung for various functions and events of the Heartland Opera, the MSSU Foundation, the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition, the Pianoforte Society, the Music Devotees Club, the Southwest Missouri Arts Council, and Music in Our Schools Month. Many of her former students are performing professionally throughout the United States, several are area public school music teachers, and others are graduate students pursuing degrees in opera and voice performance.

Smith is an adjudicator and clinician, working with students under the sponsorship of NATS, ACDA, and NAfME.   She is President of the Ozark Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). A transplanted northerner since 1996, Dr. Smith received her Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Certification in K-12 Vocal/General Music Education from UW-River Falls. She holds Master of Music and Doctor of Arts degrees in vocal performance from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

 Lawrence Stotsbery, Tenor, received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Redlands in southern California and his Master of Music degree from Converse College in South Carolina. Mr Stotsbery also studied with world renown tenor Stanford Olsen at Florida State University where he completed one year of doctoral course work. Mr. Stotsbery has many roles to his credit including Hysterium in A Funny thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at the Brevard Music center, Slender in The Merry Wives of Windsor at Dorian Opera, Cascada in The Merry Widow, and Detlef in The Student Prince with the Spartanburg Repertory Company. He also performed the roles of Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte, and Nanki Poo in The Mikado.

Mr. Stotsbery has appeared with the Michigan Opera Theater singing the Reverend Adams in Peter Grimes, the Major-Domo in Der Rosenkavalier, and Giuseppe in La Traviata. Mr. Stotsbery has represented the city of Detroit on two occasions as part of a cultural exchange program with Palermo, Sicily, where he gave numerous recitals and sang the Devil in The Devil and Daniel Webster. He has been heard performing the tenor solos in Mendelssohn's oratorio St. Paul and Handel's Messiah in Springfield, Missouri. He has also given many recitals in the Springfield, and Joplin areas. Currently Mr. Stotsbery teaches private voice in the greater Springfield area and is on the faculty at Missouri Southern State University where he teaches applied voice and directs opera scenes. Most recently Mr. Stotsbery was heard singing the tenor solos in Mozart’s Requiem and Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors in the Springfield and St. Louis areas.

CPR Survey

 The campus AED (automatic external defibrillation) committee is gathering information about how many persons on campus have current certification in CPR.

The committee is seeking answers to the following questions:

1.  Are you certified in CPR?

2.  Do you have current CPR certification?        

3.  Please identify if certification is in American Heart Association, American Red Cross, or other?

4.  If other, please specify what the group/certification agency is.       

5.  Would you take a CPR course available on campus?        

6. Are you currently an instructor in CPR?

Please email you response to Chrys Corcoran, Nursing, at

Ummel Technology Building Open House

An Open House for the Ummel Technology Buillding Biological Sciences Renovation will take place from 3 - 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Those on hand can tour the new Anatomy, Physiology and Cadaver Labs. 

Biological Sciences faculty members will be present. Students will share their feelings about ways that the new laboratories will enhance their education.

No RSVP is required. For additional information, call 625.9396.


Bookstore Clothes for Feb AccentsAt the Bookstore:

Get these sweatshirts for $16.99 through Feb. 10 at the Bookstore, while supply lasts!





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