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February 17, 2012

Ummel Technology Building Open House Next Tuesday

An Open House for the Ummel Technology Building 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. The campus community is invited. For additional information, call 625.9396.

Board Meeting Today

The Missouri Southern State University Board of Governors will hold its monthly meeting at 1 p.m. today in the Board Room on the third floor of Billingsly Student Center.

The meeting is open to the campus community and the public.

The meeting is scheduled to air at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19 on KGCS-TV. 

The station records and broadcasts the meetings in their entirety.

Foundation Announces Michael Resa Memorial Scholarship

The Missouri Southern Foundation has announced a new endowed scholarship in memory of a prominent area educator.

Michael Resa of Sarcoxie passed away Feb. 19, 2011 at his home following a courageous battle with cancer. In the year since his passing, family and friends have successfully endowed a new scholarship for students at Missouri Southern State University. 

The "Michael Resa Memorial Scholarship" will provide awards to students majoring in Physical Education who also demonstrate an interest in coaching. 

Mr. Resa's wife Sonia is Principal at Columbian Elementary School in Carthage.   

Mr. Resa was born in Macon and grew up in Leonard, both in northeast Missouri. He earned degrees from North Central Missouri College, Missouri Southern State University, Pittsburg State University and Missouri State University. 

MSSU Drum Line Official Drum Line of  K.C. Royals

Brian Fronzaglia, Music, reports that the MSSU Drum Line is now the Official Drum Line of the Kansas City Royals. (Through the Royals organization, the group will be known as the Royal Thunder Drum Line.) 

Tthe MSSU Royal Thunder Drum Line will be playing  for the Royals all season, in addition to performing at the 2012 MLB All-Star Game which the Royals will host.

"This is a great honor for the MSSU community and we look forward to representing our MSSU and Joplin communities," Brian says.

"In addition to this great honor we have also been asked to perform Europe for 10 days this summer," Brian adds. "We need to raise $30,000 in 60 days and ask everyone's help to do that."

To contribute, go to a Kickstarter page. You can donate however much or little you want and receive a thank you gift from the group.

All gifts and their corresponding monetary level are listed on the page. 

"If you can donate, thank you in advance for your generosity," Brian says. "If you cannot, you can still assist by spreading the word to friends and colleagues."

Polar Bear Plunge

The Polar Bear Plunge is scheduled for 3 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 18, at Zan’s Campground in Shoal Creek/Joplin area.

This "unbearable" event is a unique opportunity to show your bravery as you support local Special Olympics athletes by walking, running or crawling into the frigid winter waters.  If you're too chicken to make the splash yourself, please be a fan by making a pledge.  All proceeds benefit Special Olympics sports programs for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.  Registration is at noon and the Plunge is at 2 p.m. 

Official rules, directions and more can be found at:

Read more about how Special Olympics is changing lives.

Organizers want groups to participate in this event to help the Special Olympics.

Anyone with questions may contact Bob Goltra, Graduate Studies/Lifelong Learning, at 625.3512 or may 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.

Contact Center for Assessment & Institutional Research at ext. 9349 to schedule the senior assessment test time and location.

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. 

Future sessions include Peggy Bennett's presentation of "Getting Along: Reframing and Reconciling Differences with Colleagues" on Friday, March 9 and Kim Kester, IEP, with "Two Worlds Collide: Saudi Arabian Students in the American Classroom" on Friday, April 13. 

A free buffet style lunch will be served.

Remember to RSVP at least one week in advance to Teara Neidert, First-Year Experience, at ext. 9731 or email

Mother-Daughter Fun Event March 3 

Engineers change the world, fix things, love science, innovate, invent the future, build bridges and make big and tiny things.  Engineers wear jeans and white coats after Labor Day. They make shoes, perfume, make-up, toys and other cool things. Engineers make things work better.  They rearrange molecules, improve our lives, design and create, ask questions and find answers. Engineering is fun!

A Technology Engineering Aptitude (TEA) Mother-Daughter event is scheduled for 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Saturday, March 3 on the third floor of the Billingsly Student Center at Missouri Southern State University. The event is designed for girls in the 8th & 9th grades and their mothers.

The registration fee for the event is $5, which includes lunch. The deadline to register is today, Friday, Feb 17.

* Include the name of the mother and daughter, daughter's grade in school or equivalent grade in homeschool and family's telephone number.
* Mail registration information and check to:  Marsi Archer, Missouri Southern State University, 3950 E. Newman Rd, Joplin, MO 64801.
* Make check out to: 120660 Mother Daughter TEA, MSSU.

Those with questions and those wanting late registration should contact 625.9766.

Thailand Semester Planning Committee

Faculty and staff who are interested in serving on the Thailand Semester Planning Committee this semester should attend the next meeting, at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24 in BSC 341.

If you would like to participate but cannot make this meeting time, please contact Chad Stebbins, Institute of International Studies, at ext. 9736.

Education Career Fair

The Education Career Fair will be held from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7 in the 3rd Floor Ballroom of the Billingslty Student Center.

Nicole Brown, Career Services, says the event provides a great opportunity to network with local school districts and look for employment possibilities in area K-12 school systems.  Employers will be collecting resumes to fill positions in a variety of disciplines.

Senior students and alumni from the Teacher Education program are encourages to attend.  Those taking part are encouraged to have their resumes critiqued by Career Services prior to the event.

"We want to assist area K-12 schools as the fill positions to strongly consider MSSU students and alumni," Brown says.

Outstanding Graduate Award Nominations

Established in 1972, The Outstanding Graduate Award at Missouri Southern is an award given out to a Graduating Senior by the Alumni Association for their outstanding achievements they have achieved in the classroom, and have made significant contributions to benefit their University and/or community. Awarded each spring at the Honors Convocation, it recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of MSSU's finest student.

Candidates are nominated for the Outstanding Graduate award by faculty, staff and Administration of MSSU. Information is gathered from many different sources.

The Alumni Awards Committee, comprised of Alumni Board members and Faculty, will meet to review all nominations, and recommend recipients(s) to the MSSU Alumni Association Board of Directors.

The nominee must have shown high standard of character and be well respected by peers and faculty, provided service to the college and evidence of leadership on campus and in the community, participated in a variety of campus activities and maintained an above average grade point standing.

Applications received at the Ralph L. Gray Alumni Center prior to Feb. 29 will be considered for the award. Please fill out the nomination form for your contribution to recognize a deserving graduating senior.

Also, available is the PDF version of the Nomination form for Outstanding Graduate Award. Please print and send to Ralph L. Gray Alumni Center, 3950 E. Newman Rd., Joplin, MO 64801.

Pianist Phillips to Perform March 6

Nicholas Phillips, pianist, will give a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6 in Corley Auditorium on the MSSU campus.  He will perform works by Mozart, Schumann, American composer Ethan Wickman and Croatian composer Boris Papandopulo. 

The concert is free and open to the public. 

Phillips also will give a master class from 3 – 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6 in Corley Auditorium.

Alumni Association Working on 75th Anniversary Edition

The MSSU Alumni Association is currently working on producing a 75th Anniversary Edition- Alumni Today Publication.  

As the Alumni Association plans events, activities and exhibits and starts to collect histories of faculty, staff and alumni, your input is needed to make the 75th anniversary of Missouri Southern State University as rich and diverse as possible.

Did you marry your college sweetheart? Where did you hang out? What years did you attend Joplin Junior College, Missouri Southern State College, or Missouri Southern State University? Share these and other fond memories of your experiences that may be used in print publications and on our website.

Tell us about relationships with your fellow students or professors that changed your life; stories about clubs and Greek life; or how your MSSU experience stayed with you in your career or personal life. Please submit your memories, either written or photographic, and contact information and help us begin to celebrate 75 years of learning, service, growth and lots of fun!

Share your memories at Missouri Southern by completing the survey for the Alumni Association .

For more information, contact 659.LION (5466) or email  Also watch your email and mail for information regarding this special project.

St. Baldrick's to Shave Heads to Fight Cancer

The St. Baldrick's Foundation will host one of its signature head-shaving events to raise funds and awareness for life-saving childhood cancer research on March 15 at Missouri Southern State University.

St. Baldrick's is a volunteer-driven children's cancer charity that raises funds by hosting worldwide events. For these events, volunteers collect monetary pledges in return for shaving their heads as a show of support for children with cancer.  With childhood cancer research severely underfunded each year, St. Baldrick's stands as the top non-governmental donor to children's cancer research.

Missouri Southern State University will host its own annual St. Baldrick's Day event at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 15 in Young Gymnasium.

To help MSSU raise money for this event, please visit to register.  Everyone is invited to take part.

Chicago: A Musical Vaudeville

Southern Theatre is proud to present Chicago, A Musical Vaudeville at 7:30 p.m., March 7–10 in Taylor Performing Arts Center on the campus of Missouri Southern State University.

Ann Lile, Theatre, directs this Tony Award winning show that has enthralled audiences around the world.  

In roaring twenties Chicago, Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hopeless husband to take the blame, until he discovers that he's been duped and quickly turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie meets several other "Merry Murderesses" including Velma Kelly, whom she vies for the spotlight and the attention of the press.

These two scintillating sinners ultimately join forces in search of the "American Dream" of fame, fortune and acquittal. This sharp edged satire features a dazzling score that sparked immortal staging by the legendary Bob Fosse.

A total of 20 cast-members will bring the characters' personalities to life.  

Admission is $2 for students, $3 for faculty and staff, $5 for adults and $4 for senior citizens and non-MSSU students.

The Southern Theatre box office opens on Monday, Feb. 20. Box office hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. For reservations, call 625.3190.

For theatre production information, contact Southern Theatre at 625.9393.

For accommodations related to a disability contact Terri Spencer, Theatre, at 625.9393 at least 72 hours before the program.

Seth Carr Fund Run April 7

The Seth Carr Fund Run, a 5K (3.1 miles) run and separate  One Mile Walk  will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 7 at the MSSU Cross Country Course north of Fred Hughes Stadium at Missouri Southern.

Check-in begins at 7:15 a.m. with the race starting at 8 a.m.

See an entry form at Seth Carr Fund Run.

Pre-registration is available by mail with a postmark deadline of March 30. The entry fee is $15 for advance registration or $20 on the day of the race.

Seth Carr, son of Amber Carr, Library, and Will Carr, was born July 29 with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia.  Seth was med-flighted to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City where he underwent three life-saving surgeries and spent 39 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. 

Seth is currently home and is continuing his journey to recovery. Funds from the run will help the family pay for medical bills not covered after insurance.

For more information, contact Charles Nodler, Library, at 625.9552 or email

Program Focuses on Crosslines Services

 The upcoming edition of the Newsmakers interview program on KGCS-TV focuses on the services offered by Crosslines of Joplin.  Kathy Lewis and Pam Pratt from Crosslines discuss the increasing demand for services such as food and clothing.  The organization is in the process of expanding its facility, due to the demand created by being the only agency in Joplin to distribute government commodities. 

Newsmakers will air on KGCS-TV at the following times:

Sunday, Feb. 19 - 5:30 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 20 – 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 21 – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 22 – 5:30 p.m.

The program will also air at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25 on KOAM-TV.

Newsmakers is produced by KGCS-TV, a service of the Department of Communication at Missouri Southern State University.  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.

SBTDC Newsletter

The Missouri Southern State University Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) Newsletter is now available.

The SBTDC provides free and confidential counseling to for-profit small businesses in the following 8 counties in Southwest Missouri:  Jasper, Newton, McDonald, Vernon, Barton, Cedar, Dade, and Lawrence.  The Center also works with the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, the Joseph Newman Innovation Center, and other local agencies in partnership to offer low cost training opportunities to area small businesses.

Stories in this issue include: 
* SBTDC Counseling and Training Statistics for October 2011 through January 2012      
* Twister Safe, LLC Receives 2012 Rising Star of Innovation & Entrepreneurship Award      
* MSSU SBTDC Locations and Staff    
* Missouri SBTDC Annual Awards Banquet and Legislative Showcase 
* Joplin Business Expo 2012 Successful

Final Home Basketball Games to Air

The final home games for the women's and men's basketball teams will air Sunday night on KGCS-TV. The games will begin after the conclusion of the broadcast of the Board of Governors meeting, which should be around 7:20 p.m.  

KGCS has provided recorded coverage of home conference basketball games throughout the season. Students, faculty and staff of the Department of Communication coordinate the production work for covering the games.

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


Stolen Property:  A new Honda Ruckus ( a motorized scooter) was stolen on Feb. 10 from the Wal-Mart parking lot on 15th street.  It is black and orange (Halloween colors).  If you see it about town, please contact the Joplin Police Department and/or Drew (624-0439). "I am glad to offer a $100 reward to the person who helps us recover the scooter," says Cheryl Dobson, Registrar. Only one reward will be available. Call Cheryl at 625.9340 or email