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June 14, 2012

Workday with the St. Louis Rams

Members of the Missouri Southern State University faculty and staff are invited to take part in “Workday with the St. Louis Rams” from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 21. The day is part of Habitat for Humanity’s effort to build houses to benefit victims of last year’s tornado.

Because the effort is tornado-related, it is not necessary to take vacation time. No special training is needed.

Earlier this year, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon issued the Governor’s Joplin Challenge. The Challenge is a partnership between the state of Missouri, Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity and Missouri's seven major athletic organizations (the University of Missouri athletic department; the St. Louis Cardinals, Rams and Blues; Kansas City Chiefs and Royals; and NASCAR).

A total of 35 homes to be built will be divided into seven different neighborhoods. Each area will be sponsored by one of the sports organizations.

The walls of the home will already be built and professional carpenters will be on-site to provide guidance for the Missouri Southern employees. Employees are encouraged to wear MSSU shirts, bring tools and wear closed-toe shoes for safety during the construction process.

The families chosen to receive the homes will have the chance to purchase, own and work to acquire safe, affordable, Energy Star efficient structures. Families pay back their zero percent interest loans over 20 years and must work a number of “sweat equity” hours.

“Missouri Southern is extremely excited about getting this chance to help the Joplin community,” says Bob Harrington, Director of the Missouri Southern Physical Plant. “We’ll be ready to exert maximum effort to help these families who had so much taken away from them last year.”

 To register: Each volunteer must use the online Registration Form. Be sure to obtain supervisor approval first.

 Watch your email for information on the location of the work site and other details.

Board of Governors' Meeting to Air

The Board of Governors of Missouri Southern State University will meet at 6 p.m. tonight in the Board Room (Room 310) of the Billingsly Student Center.

KGCS-TV will record and replay this week’s Board of Governors meeting.  The broadcast will begin at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, June 17.  KGCS programming may be seen over the air on digital channel 22, and on regional cable television stations including Cable One, Mediacom and Suddenlink.

In addition to being broadcast, the meeting will be available for viewing through streaming video on the MSSU website later next week.

MSPMA Summer Facilities Workshop

Missouri Southern  hosted the Missouri School Plant Managers Association (MSPMA)  2012 Summer Facilities Workshop on June 11-12.

Over 125 attendees took part representing  25  K-12 school districts, colleges and non-profit entities. Seventy-seven certificates of proficiency were earned as well as one Master Building Technician certification. 

The MSPMA’s Summer Facilities Workshops are instructional training sessions for educational facilities’ support staffs. Funded by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), these workshops are held in five different locations throughout the state in June and July of each year.  Support staff disciplines covered by the sessions included housekeeping, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, maintenance and repairs, grounds keeping and supervision. 

This year’s host schools were Wentzville R-4, Blue Springs R-4, MSSU, Columbia College and Poplar Bluff R-1  Instruction in support staff disciplines and strategies, networking opportunities and interactions with facility-support vendors are provided to all those who attend. 

This year's guest speaker was Mike Johnson, Director of Construction for Joplin R-8 Schools. He provided an  overview of the R-8 School District’s challenges created by last year’s tornado and gave great insight into how other school districts might deal with similar challenges

Spring 2012 Deans' List

 The Deans' List has been released for the spring 2012 semester at Missouri Southern State University.
The Deans from Missouri Southern’s four Schools (Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Education and Health Sciences, Public Safety &Technology) recognized full-time students who earned a grade point average of 3.75 or above on a 4.0 scale. 
The students qualified for the honor by earning the required GPA while being enrolled in 12 or more hours of credit courses. 

For a list of students named to the Deans' List, read more.

Women's Leadership Conference June 19

A Women's Leadership Conference hosted by the MSSU Small Business & Technology Development Center and SMB Women's Insights program will take place from 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19.

The conference will be held in
Cornell Auditorium, Plaster Hall, MSSU Campus.

If you want an infusion of bright ideas, inventive approaches and ingenious solutions, this conference is where it’s at. Join us for an afternoon of training and networking. The topic of this year’s conference is “Safeguarding Your Business & Personal Assets.”  Area professionals will discuss dealing with fraud and scams including working with your bank and insurance company. 

The cost is only $10, according to Sherry Noller, SBTDC.

To register call 625.3128. The deadline to register is Monday, June 18.  

Registration may also be completed at .

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Six Sigma Green Belt/Black Belt Training

Missouri Southern State University will host Six Sigma Green Belt and Black Belt training this summer. Six Sigma is a data-driven methodology used to improve a product or process.

The eight-day Six Sigma Green Belt training will be taught from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on June 19–22 and July 10–12. The training fee is $2,200.

Six Sigma Green Belt course topics include Six Sigma fundamentals, DMAIC model, project management, team effectiveness, project selection, project charter, process maps, measuring defects, customer analysis, data collection plans, descriptive statistics, check sheets, cause & effect diagrams, histograms, SPC, capability analysis, graphical improvement tools, Pareto charts, root cause analysis, correlation analysis, scatter plots and measurement systems analysis.

The Six Sigma Black Belt course topics include Failure Mode Effects Analysis, Industrial Experimentation, Hypothesis Testing, General Factorial Designs, 2^k Designs, Fractional Factorial Designs, Decision Analysis and Response Plans.

The nine-day Six Sigma Black Belt training will be taught Aug. 6–10 plus Sept. 14, Sept. 28, Oct. 19 and Nov. 2 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The training fee is $3,000. MSSU Green Belt must be completed prior to participating in the Black Belt course.

The courses are highly interactive. Many hands-on simulations, exercises, and case studies are used to apply theory. Minitab Statistical Software is used to teach Six Sigma.

To request registration forms or inquire further about the program, contact Elke Howe at 625.9849 or send an email to

Freedom of Information Training Session

Journalists, instructors, students and others wanting to learn about accessing public records (or needing a refresher course) are invited to attend the Access Across America II Project, presented by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).

The training session will take place from 2 - 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26 in the fourth-floor conference room, Room 413, of Spiva Library at Missouri Southern State University.

Topics will include accessing public records, creating ideas for record-based stories, making effective requests and developing tactical strategies to overcome denials and exorbitant copy fees.

Dr. Joey Senat, associate professor of mass communications at Oklahoma State University, will conduct the training session. Dr. Senat writes an open-government blog that is quoted frequently by the press on Freedom of Information and media law issues. The blog provides a model letter for requesting public records that is widely used in Oklahoma.

For more details, read more.

Employee Education Series

The next  Employee Education Series session will focus on cellphones, I-Pads, laptops & other electronic communication devices.

The session will kick off at 12 noon on Thursday June 28 in BSC 341.

Bring your electronic devices. IT personnel to assist you in programming, getting applications, setting up calendars, and more!

Debbie Woodmansee and other IT staff will present the session.


Be sure to RSVP by June 21 to  Judy Wilmoth, Human Resources, @ ext. 3167 or email

New "Voice of the Lions"

The Missouri Southern Athletics Department has announced that Matt Elliott will be the new radio play-by--play "Voice of the Lions beginning with the 2012 football season.

Elliott is very familiar with the MIAA, having provided color commentary for all Truman State football broadcasts during the 2011 season alongside veteran MIAA broadcaster Brad Boyer. He also served as play-by-play announcer for several Truman State basketball games during the 2011-12 season.  Elliott currently is employed at KRES radio in Moberly, Missouri where among other duties he provides play-by-play for a host of area high school football and basketball teams.

A Brookfield, Mo. native and a graduate of Northwest Missouri State, Elliott served as sideline reporter for all 2009 football broadcasts on the Bearcat Radio Network.  While in Maryville, he was also station manager, program director and sports director at KZLX radio.

“I'd like to thank Missouri Southern for giving me this opportunity,” said Elliott.  “I'm very excited to be able to stay in the MIAA and continue to be involved in Division II athletics. I'm very proud to be the Voice of the Missouri Southern Lions.”

“We are happy to welcome Matt to the Missouri Southern Athletics Department as the Voice of the Lions,” said Jared Bruggeman, MSSU Athletics Director.  “His play-calling ability is excellent and we know that our fans will enjoy listening to him.”

Joplin Pops Concert

 Joplin Pro Musica presents the 32nd Annual Joplin Pops concert at 8 p.m., Friday, June 22 on the MSSU Oval. "

The American Legion Band of Greater Kansas City will present a program "under the stars" of light classics, show tunes and patriotic songs.  Learn more.


Would like to buy:  Good used trumpet, professional quality. Must be reasonable. Contact Stephen Smith at 417.388.2128 or ext. 9506.