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March 16, 2012

Board Meeting, Retreat

The Board of Governors of Missouri Southern State University will hold their regular March Board meeting beginning at 12:00 noon today, Friday, March 16. 

This meeting will be held in the Boardroom (Room 310) located on the 3rd floor of Billingsly Student Center. 

Following the Board meeting, the Board will begin its Annual Retreat at approximately 1 p.m.

For the retreat agenda, see  

The Retreat will resume in the same location at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 17.

Members of the campus community and general public are invited to attend both the Board meeting and the Board Retreat.

Scott to Receive Governor's Award

trina scottTrina J. Scott, Professor of Criminal Justice at Missouri Southern State University, is the recipient of the 2012 Governor's Award for Excellence in Education. The award will be presented to Dr. Scott April 4 at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

The award is based on effective teaching, innovative course design and delivery, effective advising, service to the University community, commitment to high standards of excellence and success in nurturing student achievement.

Scott teaches Criminal Justice, Criminal Procedure, Ethics in Criminal Justice and Employment Law classes at MSSU. She has taught at Missouri Southern since 1994.

Scott received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia after completing a Bachelor's degree in Constitutional History from Indiana University. Her professional background as a Juvenile Court Legal Advisor, Assistant Prosecutor and Law Clerk for the Missouri Attorney General brings a relevancy to the courses she teaches.

She has served as the sponsor for the Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society, Pre-Law Club and the Criminal Justice Student Association. She has taken a leading role in helping students successfully navigate the law school admission process. 

"Missouri Southern takes great pride in Dr. Scott receiving this award," said AJ Anglin, Vice President for Academic Affairs. "The entire faculty and staff are truly pleased that she is receiving this symbol of the dedication she shows to her profession and her students," he stated.

Scott requires both the highest academic and the highest ethical standards from her students. She equips students with the skills needed to make the right decisions for the right reasons.

The Vice President for Academic Affairs recommends the recipient of the award in consultation with the President and Deans.

The prestigious award supports Missouri Southern's emphasis on quality teaching and gives faculty recognition for the excellent service they provide for the University.

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. 

Veterans Enterprise Forum

A Veterans Enterprise Forum will be held from 12 noon to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 29 at Plaster Hall in Cornell Auditorium at Missouri Southern State University. The forum is cost-free to American veterans and military personnel. Lunch is included.

The forum will provide information about educational, business, financial, and governmental programs and services that are available to American Veterans and military personnel. Those who have served or are currently serving in the military are often told that they are eligible for various benefits, but, many times, they don't know whom to contact for information. 

A series of presentations from speakers, several networking breaks and lunch will be featured.

Retired Faculty Member Passes

Helen Alberta Gardner Rogers, retired Professor Emeritus of English at Missouri Southern, passed away March 11 at the Via Christi Village in Pittsburg, Kan.  She had grown up in the Kansas City, Kan. area and attended schools there, graduating from high school in 1918. She began college at Kansas State College of Pittsburg (now Pittsburg State), where she met and married Eugene Gardner in their senior years. Both received the B.S. degrees in 1922. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Indiana.

Her husband became chair of Technology Studies at Pittsburg State University. Helen was professor of English at Missouri Southern University where she taught until retirement.

Funeral services were held on Thursday of this week in Pittsburg, Kan. Condolences may be left at

Barelos to Present Solo Recital April 2

Stacey Barelos, Music, will present a solo piano recital at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 2.

The concert will take place in the Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall at MSSU.  

The community is invited to attend.  There is no admission cost.   

Campus Wide Inventory

Linda Eis, Treasurer says in anticipation of MSSU's annual audit the university will conduct a campus-wide inventory. The first phase of this project will be a joint effort between the IT department and the Treasurer's Office to confirm locations for all computers, laptops, projectors, SMART boards and other similar electronic devices.

Linda says the IT staff to will use handheld scanners and laptops to record asset serial numbers and MSSU asset tag numbers.

Once this portion is complete, each department will be forwarded a spreadsheet showing their remaining assets and be asked to review and verify the information.

"As you see the IT members moving about your area over the next few weeks please give them a big THANK YOU for their efforts in this project," Linda states.

Those with questions should contact Michelle Arwood at ext. 9837.

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Career Preparation for Students

Career "How To" Lunch Series: March 26-29
Career Fair Cram: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., March 27
Etiquette Dinner & Networking 101: 5 p.m. - 6 p.m., March 29
Spring Career Fair: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., April 4.

For information, see Careers.

Missouri Regional Science Fair March 27

The 23rd Annual Missouri Southern Regional Science Fair, affiliated with the Society for Science and the Public, is slated for March 27 on the MSSU campus.

Entries come from schools in a 15 county service area in Missouri and Kansas. There are 8 categories which include behavioral and social sciences, cellular, molecular and microbiology, computer science, engineering and mathematics, earth and environmental sciences, human and animal sciences, physics and astronomy and plant sciences. 

Junior and Senior categories exist. Juniors category participants are in the 5th through 8th grades. Seniors are in in grades 9 –12.

The two senior grand prize winners  go to Pittsburg, Penn. for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). The two junior grand prize winners receive $75 each.

Science Fair Projects will be set up by students from area schools in Billingsly Student Center Ballroom in the morning.

Judging of projects will take place from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. that afternoon. Students are required to be with their projects during judging.

The public is invited to view the projects in Billingsly Student Center between 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. on March 27.

The Awards presentation will be held at 4 p.m. that day in Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall.

For more information contact Vickie Roettger, Biology/Environmental Health, at 625.3176 or email

Model Arab League

For the 20th year in a row, Missouri Southern State University has sponsored a student delegation to participate in the Model Arab League. Under the direction of the delegation's advisor, Conrad Gubera, 12 MSSU students representing Egypt participated in the Southwest Model Arab League at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock March 8-10. Egypt was selected for representation by MSSU because it was the featured country during the fall 2011 Egypt Semester on campus.

In the Arab Court of Justice, Egypt (MSSU) won its case against Sudan (UALR) regarding water rights on the Nile River. Chase Tolin, a sophomore political science major from Galena, Kan., received recognition as the winning attorney who pled Egypt's plaintiff position in the case. Michael Ori, a senior sociology major from Joplin, received the Outstanding Delegate Award presented in the Arab Heads of State Council for his portrayal of Egypt's supreme military general who had been the country's temporary leader since the February 2011 revolution.

Other members of the MSSU delegation included Clint Jorris, Ricky Rubrecht, Larissa Cross, Rachel Allnutt, Michael Pisanti, Agie Mai Jammeh, Caitlan Smith, Luke Smith, Brandon Dockery, Jonathan Carr, and Dr. Ann Wyman, associate professor of political science 

Other universities participating in the Southwest Model Arab League included Baylor, Arkansas, Arkansas-Little Rock, Arkansas Tech, Air Force, Central Arkansas, Texas Wesleyan, Centenary, Oklahoma Baptist, Oklahoma Christian, and Texas A&M-Commerce. MSSU received recognition for being the only university in Missouri to participate and for its record of consistent participation since 1993.

"If These Walls Could Talk"

In honor of the City of Joplin's 139th birthday, City officials, in cooperation with Judy Stiles, General Manager of KGCS-TV, are proud to debut a documentary entitled, "If These Walls Could Talk".  The documentary focuses on the significance of one of the City's oldest buildings, the Newman Building, located at 6th and Main Streets.

The first showing of this 30-minute historical documentary will be at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 23 in the Council Chambers located on the fifth floor of Joplin City Hall, 602 South Main.

It will also be aired on KGCS-TV in upcoming weeks and throughout April. Times already scheduled include:

Sun., March 25 – 6:30 p.m.
Tue., March 27 – 6 p.m. & 9 p.m.
Sun., April 1 – 9:30 p.m.
Tue., April 3 – 7 p.m.

Persons wishing to obtain a DVD copy of the documentary program "may purchase one from KGCS-TV at Missouri Southern State University.

The DVD's are available at a cost of $20.00. Proceeds will benefit the television station, which operates as a service of the Department of Communication at MSSU.

For information, contact the station at 625.9777.

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

SBTDC to Celebrate 25th Year

A special celebration will be held for the 25th Anniversary of the Small Business & Technology Development Center. Festivities begin at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3 with the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting, followed by a reception located at the Robert W. Plaster School of Business.

Join with the SBTDC as they celebrate a quarter century of service to Missouri Southern and the business community.

BlackBoard Streamlining Continues

Lifelong Learning & Information Technology are happy to announce the end of our manual preparations of Blackboard course creation and student enrollment for each term. Through collaboration with Information Technology and the Office of the Registrar, a process enabling transmission of data from the University's student information system (Banner) to the course management system (Blackboard) will be implemented in the summer 2012 term.

Lifelong Learning will now be starting the Blackboard clean-up process to prepare for full Banner Integration.

If you use the Blackboard and have not received any emails from the Blackboard Administrator, Amanda Curtis, please contact either the Blackboard Help Desk or Amanda so that you name can be added to the mailing list.

Contact Blackboard Help Desk at at 625.9885 or Amanda at  or 625.9652.

For more information on the Blackboard/Banner Integration you can also visit the Blackboard Learn 9.1 site in your course list after logging into Blackboard.

Migrating Student Email Accounts

Microsoft is migrating student email accounts from Hotmail to Outlook Live. This move is required by Microsoft and will not affect how email is sent and received.

The only change the students will notice is how the email webpage looks. It will look identical to Outlook, which is currently used by faculty and staff.

Information Technology asks that this announcement be made in classes:

 "Please log on and check your email account by noon on March 28, 2012 and notify the IT Help Desk if there is a problem with your email account.

If you have questions, or your students have questions, please contact the Helpdesk at 659.4444.

Noller, Surbrugg to Represent SBTDC

On Saturday, March 31, Sherry Noller will represent the Small Business & Technology Development Center and the Center for Entrepreneurship with an MSSU admissions representative at the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour at the Holiday Inn Convention Center. The doors open at 8 a.m. and the event will begin about 9:30 a.m.  It is open to 16-25 year olds and is free to attend. 

Those interested in attending must pre-register at

The tour will be bringing some the of the country’s top young entrepreneurs to town during a half-day, high-energy conference. For more information visit

In another activity, Kenneth Surbrugg, consultant with the SBTDC, will give a presentation on March 31 to the Carl Junction Chamber of Commerce Business Expo.

The presentation “Starting a Home Based Business” will last from 12:15 p.m. - 1 p.m. at the Carl Junction Community Center, located at 303 Main Street in that city.

The purpose of the workshop is to educate those in attendance information on how to start and grow a home based business and to describe what is required to register a business with the state.

Program Features Congressman Long

Seventh District Congressman Billy Long is the featured guest in an upcoming Newsmakers program airing on KGCS-TV. The interview focuses on news from Washington D.C., including discussion about the economy, the budget and concerns raised by constituents. Congressman Long also shares information about a photography and art contest for the district.

The Newsmakers program will air at the following times on KGCS:

Sunday, March 18 – 9:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 20 – 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 21 – 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 25 – 5:30 p.m.
Monday, March 26 – 5:30 p.m.

The program will also air at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 24 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 systems including Cable One, Mediacom and Suddenlink.

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. on 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.

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

MSSU's K.A. Chapter One of the Nation's Best

Kappa Alpha Order is pleased to announced that our Delta Pi chapter, located at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, has been awarded the fraternity’s prestigious Samuel Zenas Ammen Award for Chapter Excellence.
The award was presented to the membership at a regional leadership conference for the fraternity, held at Westminster College in Fulton. The national president and Knight Commander of Kappa Alpha Order presented the award in front of over 200 fellow fraternity brothers from chapters across Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

Film Festival Slates Adelheid

The film Adelheid  (Czechoslovakia, 1969) will be shown at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, also in Cornell Auditorium as part of the ongoing International Film Festival.

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.  

St. Louis Cardinals Schedules Available

KGCS-TV has received a supply of St. Louis Cardinals 2012 pocket schedules for area fans. They may be picked up in the lobby of the broadcast area in Webster Hall. 

Persons on campus wishing to have schedules may also contact Judy Stiles at ext. 9777 or to have them sent via campus mail.