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March 9, 2012

Chicago: A Musical Vaudeville

Southern Theatre is proud to present Chicago, A Musical Vaudeville at 7:30 p.m. tonight and tomorrow night, March 9-10, in Taylor Performing Arts Center.

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.

Bennett to Lecture Twice Today on Campus

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.

International Film Festival Offerings for March

Two foreign films are scheduled to show in the month of March as part of the 50th Annual International Film Festival at Missouri Southern State University. 

The films are free and open to the public.

The film Samson (Poland, 1961) will be shown at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13 in Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall at MSSU.

Andrzej Wajda, one of the finest of award winning directors, depicts a man's search for meaning in the midst of brutality. Set in Warsaw just before and during World War II, this is a profound psychological study of a man who accidentally kills a schoolmate and is imprisoned.  Although he escapes during an air raid, he is unhappy as a free man and is tormented by the constant fear of being discovered. Only when he has the chance to join the Resistance movement against the Nazis does he find some purpose in living. The powerful film makes extraordinary use of naturalistic symbols. 

The film Adelheid  (Czechoslovakia, 1969) will be shown at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, also in Cornell Auditorium.

The master visual poet Frantisek Vlacil created this emotional film of doomed love set after the wartime liberation of Czechoslovakia in 1945. A returning airman is assigned to manage a manor once owned by a German family.  There he is attracted to the daughter of a war criminal who is now reduced to servant status in the estate. But history works against them and he is caught between his love for the girl and his patriotic duty. 

The film was labeled "...haunting..." (Los Angeles Times) and a "...powerful, disturbing tale of love..." (Santa Fe New Mexican). Adelheid won Vlacil the Career Award at the Pilsen Film Festival in the Czech Republic.  

Strategic Planning Tactics Comments

Faculty and staff are invited to participate in two open forums to provide comment on the draft copy of the Strategic Planning Tactics.  The forums are scheduled for the following days and times.

1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 14, Corley Auditorium, Webster Hall
2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m., Thursday, March 15, Cornell Auditorium, Plaster Hall

The Strategic Planning Tactics are available on the MSSU SharePoint site.  To access the document, go to Click on "Administrative Committees" (right hand side).  Then click on "Strategic Planning Committee" (left hand side).  Then click the text "To view a tentative list of tactics that have been developed for achieving the Plan's objectives, click here".

If you would like a hard copy of the Tactics, please contact Susan Craig, First-Year Experience, at 625.9732 or

If you cannot attend either of the forums and would like to offer written suggestions, please submit those to Craig by Friday, March 30.

Republican U.S. Senate Candidates to Debate

 KGCS-TV will provide live coverage of the debate among three Missouri Republican candidates for United States Senate in Missouri on Monday, March 12 at 7 p.m. in Corley Auditorium on the campus of Missouri Southern State University.

The three candidates are Todd Akin, John Brunner and Sarah Steelman. 

They are facing off to determine who will challenge the current U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. The program will allow voters to hear what they have to say about the issues and which ones they feel matter most in this election year. It will feature a media panel asking questions, as well as opportunities for questions to be submitted by audience members.

The debate is a cooperative venture between KGCS-TV, Zimmer Radio, The Joplin Globe, the Southwest Pachyderms and the MSSU College Republicans. It is sponsored by Tamko Building products.

"We're glad to be able to work with the others to bring this program to area viewers," says Judy Stiles, KGCS-TV General Manager and moderator for the program.  "This is early in the election year, but the Missouri U.S. Senate race is one that will no doubt attract a lot of attention this year," adds Stiles.

Tickets are still available for persons wishing to watch in person. They may be picked up at The Joplin Globe or Zimmer radio.  A limited number of tickets are available through KGCS-TV on the MSSU campus.

Persons unable to see the program on Monday evening may see the program when it repeats on KGCS.  Repeat airings will be at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, Sunday, March 18 and Monday, March 19.

KGCS-TV programming may be seen over the air on digital channel 22 and on regional cable television stations, including Cable One, Mediacom and Suddenlink.  Students, faculty and staff will provide the production crew for the telecast.  KGCS operates as a service of the Department of Communication.

2012 Phonathon Ends in Success

The Phonathon portion of the Southern Annual Fund is now complete and has raised more than $75,000 in pledges, according to Michael Fontana, Development Officer for the Missouri Southern Foundation.
"Last year we had $46,500 in pledges from the Phonathon," said Fontana, "so this reflects a significant increase over the past two years and bodes well for the rest of our Southern Annual Fund campaign."
More than 20 current MSSU students called alumni and friends from Feb. 25 - March 7. All calls were made from the Missouri Southern campus. Nearly all pledges from this year's Phonathon were unrestricted for the Southern Annual Fund.

Jeans Lecture Features Marten

The 18th Annual Jeans Lecture in History at Missouri Southern State University will feature James Marten of Marquette University with “The Children’s Civil War.” 

The lecture will be presented at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28 in Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall on the MSSU campus.

James Marten is Chair and Professor of History at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has written, edited, or co-edited 15 books including The Children's Civil War, which was selected by Choice Magazine as an Outstanding Academic Book of the year and helped establish Marten as an important interpreter of the social history of the Civil War period. 

Symphonic Concert Band and Wind Ensemble to Perform

The Missouri Southern State University Symphonic Concert Band and Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Rusty Raymond present its spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13 in  Taylor Performing Arts Center on the MSSU campus.

The program, entitled “A Night at the Opera," is free to the public.

MSSU Talent Show Wednesday, March 14

The annual Missouri Southern State University talent show will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14 in Taylor Performing Arts Center on the Missouri Southern Campus. 

The show will feature a wide variety of talents including singing, dancing, poetry, comedy, drumming and more.

The judges will be MSSU Director of Athletics Jared Bruggeman, Recreation Secretary Melanie Epperson, Human Resources Secretary Monica Carroz and Sodexho Food Service Director Mike Wonderly.

The Talent Show is free to the campus community and the public.

The first Missouri Southern 50 students will receive a free Talent Show T-shirt. 

“We hope to see you there as contestants compete for $600 in prize money,” says Craig Gullett, Student Activities Coordinator.

For information, contact Gullett at 625.9320 or email

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.

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

Staff Senate Meeting Wednesday

The Staff Senate is on the move!  The March meeting will be held Wednesday, March 14 at 9 a.m. in the Physical Plant garage.

For more information consult Staff Senate.

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."

FAFSA Completion Assistance Available

MSSU's Financial Aid Office offers help to MSSU students to complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Students should renew their FAFSA before the April 1 priority deadline. 

Financial Aid Staff will be in the Spiva Library Coffee Shop on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in March.

Assistance will be available from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on March 13, 14, 15, 27, 28 and 29.

Students should bring the following information to the Library:

* 2011 student Federal Income Tax return
* 2011 parent Federal Income Tax return (if dependent student)
* W-2s (if non-tax-filer)
* FAFSA PIN # for student (and parent, if dependent student)

New FAFSA enhancements allow students and parents to retrieve tax information directly from the IRS during FAFSA submission.

Individuals are strongly encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval method to reduce documentation needed from the Financial Aid Office.

For information, contact MSSU Financial Aid Office at or .625.9325.

Joplin Storm Sirens, Weather Radios

An upcoming edition of the Newsmakers interview program airing on KGCS-TV takes a look at the City of Joplin's storm siren policies, as well as information about city plans to make weather alert radios available to citizens.  Joplin Fire Chief Mitch Randles and Emergency Manager Keith Stammer explain revisions in siren policies and updates to the system.  They also provide background on the use of the weather radios, which are being offered to citizens as a result of contributions received from the Joplin Recovery Fund.  The program also includes information from Missouri Southern about storm warnings and emergency notification on campus, with interviews recorded by MSSU students featuring campus Police Chief Ken Kennedy and Craig Richardson, Coordinator for Fire Safety and Environmental Health on campus.

"This is a very timely topic with the time of year, but weather awareness is a year-round concern," says Judy Stiles, host of the program.

Newsmakers will air throughout the upcoming weeks, including the following times:

* Thursday, March 15 – 6:30 p.m.
* Sunday, March 18 – 5:30 p.m.
* Monday, March 19  – 5:30 p.m.
* Tuesday, March 20 – 9:30 p.m.
* Wednesday, March 21 – 5:30 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.

Wellness Expo/Health Benefits Fair March 14

Heather Arnold, Aquatics & Wellness, reminds faculty, staff and retirees and spouses about the 3rd Annual Wellness Expo and Health Benefits Fair on Wednesday, March 14.

The events are a great way to receive basic assessments plus take advantage of affordable testing.

For more information, contact Heather at 625.9533 or email

See the following flyers for more information:

Wellness Info

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Cheerleading Tryouts for Students Monday

MSSU students interested in trying out for MSSU Cheerleader or getting more information are invited to an open gym to work on stunting and tumbling. 

The first open gym is Monday, March 12 from 8 p.m.- 9:30 pm at The Flip Shop at 612 Minnesota in Joplin. 

The cost is $5 and be sure to bring your insurance card.

There will also be two other open gyms on Monday, April 2 and  Monday, April 16.  There will be more information about tryouts at all of the open gyms.

Any questions email Janel Smith at or call her at 850.3419. 

Project Stay Looking for a Few Good Students

Project Stay is a federally funded TRIO program designed to assist students who are the first in their families to go to college, come from lower income backgrounds, and/or have disabilities.  For these students, the transition to college can be difficult and we are committed to providing the help they need to be successful.

Project Stay specifically provides:

* One-on-one academic advising 
* Comprehensive one-on-one tutoring program
* Career counseling and professional job showing opportunities
* Personal counseling and support groups
* Assistance with completing federal financial aid forms and scholarship applications
* Priority enrollment for freshmen and sophomores
* Assistance with selection of and applying to graduate schools
* Short-term laptop and calculator loan program
* Personal counseling and support groups
* Opportunities for regional travel that focus on cultural enrichment
* Competitive Grant Aid opportunities for freshmen and sophomores

If you know students who you believe may be good candidates for Project Stay, please refer them our way!  We have a few open spots remaining in the program for this year.  Our application can be found at  For more information please contact Dory Quinn at 625.9828 or

Students to Participate in Read Across America

MSSU Teacher Education students representing the MSSU International Reading Association chapter will participate in the Read Across America event on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Northpark Mall. Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.

Al Cade, MSSU Department Head of Teacher Education and Interim Associate Dean of the School of Education says, "There is no doubt that motivating children to read is a key factor in creating lifelong readers. Research has clearly shown that children who are motivated to read spend more time reading and subsequently do better in school."

Read Across America was first started in 1997 as a National Education Association (NEA) promotion to bring reading excitement to children of all ages. On Saturday, March 10 in cities and towns across the nation, teachers, college students, teenagers, librarians, politicians, actors, athletes, parents, grandparents, and others are doing their part to help hook kids on reading.

The current president of the MSSU International Reading Association is Heather Washburn-Tatterfield. Heather who was instrumental in organizing the Northpark Mall event says "You're never too old to pick up a book and read with a child."    

Thomas to Solo with Southern Jazz Combos

Joel Thomas, Instructor of Keyboard at Dodge City Community College and a Missouri Southern State University alumnus, will be the Guest Soloist for the next performance of the Southern Jazz Combos, slated for 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 16 in Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall at MSSU.

The performance is free and open to the public, according to Phil Wise, Music. 
Thomas teaches all keyboard classes at Dodge City Community College as well as theory, history, and music technology. He received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from Michigan State University, his Master of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Missouri and his Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from Missouri Southern State University.

19th Annual KXMS Benefit Fundraiser

The 19th Annual KXMS Benefit International Food and Winetasting will be held from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Thursday, April 19 in the Banquet Center next to Caldone's Restaurant at 218 S. Main Street in Joplin.

Tickets, which cost $20, may be obtained at the door or in advance by calling 625.9826.

All proceeds benefit 88.7XKMS Radio.