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March 2, 2012

Region Six History Day 
Today on Campus

history day logoThe Missouri Southern Social Sciences Department is hosting Missouri Region 6 History Day today, according to Paul Teverow, History, Regional Coordinator.

Area high schools, junior high schools, and middle schools have been invited to enter. 

Winners from our regional contest, one of nine in Missouri, will have the opportunity to compete in National History Day in Missouri on April 21 at the University of Missouri-Columbia; winners from the state competition may go on to the National History Day contest in June at College Park, Maryland.

The National History Day Office has selected "Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History" as the annual theme. Students may explore any facet of World, American, or local history pertaining to the theme, so long as their entries utilize relevant primary and secondary sources and assess the topic's significance in history. An entry may take the form of a research paper, an exhibit (a display similar to a museum exhibit), a performance, a documentary presented as a video or PowerPoint or a website. 

Author, Music Educator Bennett to Speak

Peggy Bennett, outstanding speaker, author and educator, will speak two times on the campus of Missouri Southern State University on Friday, March 9.

The public is invited to her lecture at 11 a.m. on March 9 in Corley Auditorium at MSSU entitled "Being Assertive: Five Levels of Responsiveness." This lecture will help individuals learn how to speak up to friends, acquaintances, students and co-workers in ways that are both peaceful and powerful.
Bennett also will hold a two-hour seminar entitled "Playful Music Teaching: Finding the Joy in Music and Kids" from 4 - 6  p.m. in the 3rd Floor Ballroom of Billingsly Student Center. Anyone seeking new ideas and encouragement for teaching music to early childhood and elementary aged children is invited to attend. Admission is free. 

Bennett is a professor of Music Education and director of the early childhood MusicPlay program (ages 3-5) at The Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College.
Widely known and respected for her "SongWorks for Children" approach in elementary and higher education settings, Peggy has, in the past decade, used her gifts as an educator to help adults and families resolve their conflicts and reframe intentions for their lives.
Bennett has been a practicing mediator for nearly 15 years, certified in Basic, Family, and Victim Offender Mediation. For her work as a volunteer mediator with Justice Court in Bozeman, Mt., Peggy was given a Peacemaker Award by the Community Mediation Center. Peggy is also a certified life coach, personally trained by Martha Beck, columnist with Oprah's O Magazine.

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.

KGCS to Cover "Dancing with the Joplin Stars"

Students, faculty and staff with KGCS-TV will be spending part of the upcoming weekend working with the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce to cover the annual "Dancing with the Joplin Stars" event. KGCS will provide the equipment and crews to help with the live streaming of the competition. It will also be broadcast at 7 p.m.,  Sunday, March 4 on KGCS-TV.

Dancing with the Joplin Stars is a fund raiser for the Chamber of Commerce Art in Public Places projects, designed to commission and install public art in the community.  Six local "stars" will be paired up with six dance instructors. The event takes place at Downstream Casino.

Persons wishing to purchase a DVD copy of the competition may also do so through KGCS-TV.

This is the second consecutive year that KGCS has paired up with the Chamber for coverage of the event. "This type of on-location production provides opportunities for our students outside of the studio, and provides KGCS an additional means of community outreach," says Judy Stiles, KGCS-TV General Manager.

KGCS programming may be seen over the air on digital channel 22, and on regional cable television systems, including Cable One, Mediacom and Suddenlink. The station operates as a service of the Department of Communication at Missouri Southern State University

Tomorrow's Leaders Today

Missouri Southern will host a group of top high school students from the region for the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Tomorrow's Leaders Today Health Care Day on Wednesday, March 7.

More than 40 students from Carl Junction, Carthage, College Heights Christian School, Joplin, McAuley, Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School and Webb City will participate in the day-long event.

The students will be given a close look at opportunities in Nursing, Respiratory Care, Dental Hygiene, Medical Technology, Radiologic Technology and Pre-professional careers. Most of the activities will take place in Missouri Southern's state-of-the-art Health Sciences Building that was used for a surge medical facility during last May's devastating tornado.

The students will hear first-hand from medical professionals what it's like to be a student at medical school and other medical professional schools.

The students also will tour the MSSU campus and Health Sciences Building and view the latest training technology, including Southern's state-of-the-art simulation labs, as well as the Ummel Technology Building Biological Sciences Renovation. Those on hand will see the new Student Study Laboratory and tour the new Anatomy, Physiology and Cadaver Labs in the renovated structure.

Education Career Fair 

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

Twenty-eight K-12 schools have registered for the event. For more information visit Career ServicesView a list of registered schools at

The event is a collaborative effort between the Education Department and Career Services. Tables were offered on a complimentary basis to K-12 schools in an effort to increase participation.  Registration is up 47 percent from the 2011 Education Career Fair. 

MSSU Seniors and Alumni are encouraged to attend the event to network with school districts and explore employment possibilities. Those taking part are encouraged to have their resumes critiqued by Career Services prior to the event.

Pianist Phillips to Perform Tuesday on Campus

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.

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.

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

Safe Spring Break Activities

Remind your students to prepare for a safe Spring Break next week. Heather Bullock, ACTS, says a number of activities are planned, including the following:

Monday, March 12
Beer Goggle Obstacle Course on the Oval, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Wellness Movie: The Help, Phelps Theater, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, March 13
Popcorn and Pop in the Lion's Den, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Wednesday, March 14
Wellness Expo (LOTS OF FUN!) in the BSC, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
CAB Talent Show in Taylor Performing Arts Center, 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 15
Popcorn and Pop in the Lion's Den, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Student Senate St. Baldrick's Event in Young Gym, 7 p.m.

To find a list of Joplin establishments providing free non-alcoholic drinks for designated drivers, see

For information, contact Heather at 659.9324 or or Sarah Neldeberg, ACTS, at 659.9529 or

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. 

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

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 adviser 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."

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.

Communications Students Covering Tournament

Mass Communication students from Missouri Southern State University will be among the media representatives covering this weekend's MIAA Basketball Tournament in Kansas City. 

The campus newspaper The Chart will be sending Jordan Larimore, junior Mass Communications/Education major from Joplin. 

Two students will be providing coverage from KGCS-TV, Justin Coale, junior Mass Communications major from Ash Grove and Andrew Webb of Joplin. 

The Southern men's basketball team tips off this afternoon in the tournament.

"This type of hands-on coverage of a major sporting event is valuable experience for our students," says Judy Stiles, KGCS-TV General Manager. 

KGCS provides coverage of Lions home conference basketball games throughout the season, and The Chart provides regular coverage of MSSU sports.

Drum Line Fundraiser

The MSSU Drum Line, recently chosen to represent the Kansas City Royals, is seeking donations to help fund a 10-day trip to Europe. Brian Fronzaglia, Music, says the "Royal Thunder Drum Line" has been invited to perform in Belgrade, Serbia for 10 days this summer. The group has received $10,000 from the United States Embassy in Belgrade. The project must raise an additional $30,000 more.

With support, the Drum Line will perform for 10 days with one of the finest European Percussion Ensembles, host a series of concerts and give clinics on marching percussion.

To contribute online to assist the Drum Line in raising the funds, go to

Newsmakers Focuses on Bond Issue Proposal

The proposed $62 million bond issue proposal from the Joplin School District is the focus of the Newsmakers program airing the week of March 4 on KGCS-TV. During the program, School Superintendent Dr. C.J. Huff explains the proposed plans for Joplin schools.  He also discusses the financing involved, and plans to build schools.  Joplin School District voters head to the polls on April 3 to decide on the proposal.

The program will air the following times on KGCS-TV:

5:30 p.m., Sunday, March 4
5:30 p.m., Monday, March 5
9:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 6
5:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 7
5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 8

It will also air at 5:30 a.m. this coming Saturday, March 3 on KOAM-TV.

State Senator on Newsmakers

Missouri State Senator Ron Richard appears as a guest on a Newsmakers interview program that begins airing next week on KGCS-TV. Richard discusses the issues facing lawmakers in Jefferson City, including budget challenges and economic development.

The program will air the following times next week on KGCS:

9:30 p.m., Monday, March 5
5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 6
9:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 7

Newsmakers will also air at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, March 10 on KOAM-TV.

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.

Student Speaks to Summit Academy

Caitlan Smith, a December 2011 International Studies graduate, spoke to the Summit International Studies Academy (SISA) at the Lee's Summit R-7 School District on Friday, Feb. 24. She discussed her undergraduate research in Costa Rica and Guatemala, her future with the Peace Corps, and how a university like MSSU significantly led to these opportunities.

The Lee's Summit School District requires all graduates to complete a Modern Global Issues class, according to Chad Stebbins, Institute of International Studies.


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