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February 24, 2012

American Red Cross
Blood Drive Monday

red cross emblemYour chance to help others is a quick walk across campus on Monday.

A Blood Drive will be held from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27 on the first floor of the Billingsly Student Center.

Those donating blood will receive a free T-shirt.

The blood drive benefits the American Red Cross.

For information, contact Sheila Hart, Nursing, at 625.9630.

Financial Educational Program Rescheduled

The Financial Educational program, previously scheduled for Feb. 22 has been rescheduled.

The new schedule is:

* 10 a.m. - 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 13 -- primarily focusing on women's strategies.
* 2 p.m. - 3 p.m., Tuesday, March 13 -- primarily focusing on general strategies.

The session will be held in Billingsly Student Center Room 243 (the fishbowl) located across from the Student Health Center

Facilitator Bryan Montemurro is a financial advisor with the VALIC firm. However, these are general sessions not focusing upon VALIC products or services.

"No reservations are required," says Debbie Dutch Kelley, Human Resources." However, we do recommend that you arrive ahead of the start time to get a good seat."

C-DECA Returns from Impressive Showing at Conference

The MSSU DECA (C-DECA) club returned from a very successful showing at the State Career Development Conference Feb. 16-17 in Lake Ozark.

C-DECA, sponsored by the Robert W. Plaster School of Business Administration, prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. Cara Gooch (sophomore Management/Marketing major, Bolivar) was elected the 2012-2013 C-DECA State president.

Stu Dunlop, Marketing faculty member, was recognized as the state "Adviser of the Year."

Stu 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

The Drum Line at Missouri Southern State University, recently chosen to represent the Kansas City Royals, is seeking donations to help fund a 10-day trip to Europe.
Brian Fronzaglia, MSSU Director of Percussion Studies/Director of Athletic Bands, says the MSSU Drum Line is now the Official Drum Line of the Kansas City Royals. It will be known as the "Royal Thunder Drum Line" by the Royals Organization. The group will perform at 16 games in Kauffman Stadium for the Royals and will be the featured entertainment for the MLB All-Star Week to be held in Kansas City from July 7-11.
Fronzaglia says the group has been invited to perform in Belgrade, Serbia for 10 days in late July and early August.
The group has received $10,000 from the United States Embassy in Belgrade. The project must raise an additional $30,000 in order to make the trip happen.
With the support of those making donations, the Drum Line will perform for 10 days with one of the finest European Percussion Ensembles, The Stankovic Percussion Ensemble. Throughout the course of the trip, the group will host a series of concerts and give clinics on marching percussion.
In addition, two of Serbia's finest percussionists, Siniša Jović and Ivan Marjanović, will be invited to come to Joplin to share their talents with our community in a cultural exchange.
"We hope that with help from the community we can share the tremendous gift that MSSU and the Joplin community have with the world," Fronzaglia states

"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."

Tonight Final Night for Vagina Monologues

The award-winning play The Vagina Monologues will be presented at 7:30 p.m., tonight in the Bud Walton Black Box Theatre at Missouri Southern State University.

Entrance to the play is $2 at the door. Donations will be accepted on behalf of the Lafayette House in Joplin. The play began last night.

The award-winning play is based on V-Day Founder/playwright Eve Ensler's interviews with more than 200 women. With humor and grace the play celebrates women's sexuality and strength.

Through this play and the liberation of this one word, countless women throughout the world have taken control of their bodies and their lives. For more than twelve years, The Vagina Monologues has given voice to experiences and feelings not previously exposed in public.

The play is directed by Kayla Curran, senior Theatre/English major from Rolla. 

The play is rated [M] for mature audiences only. No one under age 18 will be admitted.

Forums Slated for Comment on Strategic Plan Tactics

 There will be two open forums for the entire campus community to comment on the work done on the Strategic Planning tactics.

The forums will be held on the following dates/times:

* 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 14 in Corley Auditorium
* 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m., Thursday, March 15 in Cornell Auditorium

Put these dates on your calendars.

The tactics will be available at the end of February for review, according to Susan Craig, FYE Director. 

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

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.

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

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 Billingsly 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 encouraged 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 they 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, visit St. Baldrick's please visit to register.  Everyone is invited to take part.

Film Society to Present Catsplay

The 50th Annual International Film Festival will present the Hungarian film Catsplay (Macskajatek) at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall.

The film is open to the public. No admission is charged.

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.

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.

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.

Charter Bus Trips for MIAA Basketball Championships

The MSSU Alumni Association is hosting charter bus trips daily to Kansas City for the MIAA Basketball Championships.

So in other words, if you don't want to spend the night in KC, and you don't want to drive yourself, you can sign up to be on these trips. The charter bus will drive up and back each day the Lions play in KC. You can sign up by calling the ticket office at 625.9366.

The cost to ride the bus will be $20 per person, per day. 

You can sign up for any or all of the potential game dates, March 2, 3 and/or 4, according to Kevin Greim, Athletics.

KGCS TV to Air Valentine's Concert

 The Valentine's evening concert by the Southern Symphony Orchestra will air throughout the week of Feb. 26 on KGCS-TV.  The program was recorded in its entirety and will air at 8:00 p.m. on three nights next week. 

"We're glad to be able to share the talents from the Missouri Southern music department with our viewers," says Judy Stiles, KGCS General Manager.

Airdates on KGCS-TV include:

8 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 26
8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28
8 p.m., Thursday, March 1

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

Walk-In Flu Clinic

The Willcoxon Health Clinic still has flu shots available for anyone 8 years of age or older. Shots cost $10 per person.  Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily at the Health Center in Room 242 of Billingsly Student Center.

For more information, contact Pam Hosp, Office Manager at 625-9323 or email

Joplin High Champion Constitution Team Featured

The upcoming edition of the Newsmakers interview program features the state champion Constitution Team from Joplin High School.  Guests include the coach, Will Keczkemethy and three student members, Raycee Thompson, Siri Ancha and Ethan Ritschel.  They provide background on the success of the team, which has won the state championship for two years in a row.  The team is now preparing for a trip to the nationals in Washington D.C.

Newsmakers may be seen at the following times starting next week on KGCS-TV:

9: 30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 26
5: 30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 27
5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28
5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 29
9:30 p.m., Thursday, March 1

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.


For Sale:  Daisy BB gun won at Academy Sports, NRFB. Only 10 of these models were made and dedicated to the people of Joplin. This is #7 of 10. Will take $1,000. Sure to be a collector's item. Call 417.388.2128 Saturday or Sunday or email .