Accents is published weekly during the fall and spring semesters with the exception of semester breaks and holiday weeks.
The deadline for submission is no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Visit Accents archives for other past issues.

Online Submission Form

Email: Accents Editor
FAX: 417-625-3142
Voice: 417-625-9506

Athletics News

Staff Senate

Accents web header

July 12, 2012

Athletics Hall of Fame

Athletics has announced its 2012 list of inductees into the MSSU Athletics Hall of Fame, including three players and a coach. All will be inducted and honored during Hall of Fame Weekend, September 21-22.

Hal Bodon (Men's Soccer - 1972-1996), Heather (Hoyle) Sams (Women's Track and Field - 1995-99), Katie (Gariss) Marsh (Women's Basketball - 1998-2002) and Eddin Santiago (Men's Basketball - 1998-2002) will all be enshrined as the 2012 class of the Hall of Fame.

The newest class will be present at an induction ceremony and dinner on Friday night, Sept. 21 and will be introduced as new Hall of Fame members at halftime of the Lions' football game vs. Southwest Baptist on Saturday, Sept. 22. Inductees will also be invited to come back to Joplin and ride in the Homecoming Parade on Oct. 6.  Read More.

Donors Endow Brad Reed Scholarship

The Missouri Southern Foundation announced today that a new scholarship has been endowed in memory of the late Brad Reed, a graduate of Lamar High School and an MSSU alumnus.

Family and friends of Mr. Reed raised the initial funds to endow the scholarship, which will be awarded to non-traditional students who are also graduates of Lamar High School. 

The Foundation anticipates further donations to add to the fund.

Brad Reed passed away July 3, 2010 at the age of 36.  A native of Lamar and a non-traditional student, he worked in the transportation industry. He was an avid outdoorsman.

He married Bethaney Ann Shields.They made their home in Lamar where Mr. Reed worked for O’Sullivan Industries. He later served as director of National Transportation Programs for AmeriCold in Atlanta, Ga.

He is survived by his wife Bethaney and three children. Bethaney also is a graduate of MSSU.
He also is survived by his parents, Ben Reed of Jasper, and Marianne Reed of Lamar. 

Donations for the scholarship can be sent to:

Missouri Southern Foundation
3950 E. Newman Road
Joplin, MO 64801

Please make checks payable to the Missouri Southern Foundation, with “Brad Reed Scholarship” in the memo.

Donations can also be made online at .

To donate or for further information, please contact Michael Fontana, Development Officer, Missouri Southern Foundation, at 417.659.4436 or

Breaking News: Ansbach President Mammen Passes

Chad Stebbins, Institute of International Studies, says he has been informed that Hochschule Ansbach president Gerhard Mammen has died.

The German school has been a partner University of MSSU since 1997

Professor Mammen who had been president of Hochschule Ansbach University of Applied Sciences since 2003 died suddenly and unexpectedly yesterday, July 11, at age 64.

“All staff members of Hochschule Ansbach are shocked and deeply concerned by his sudden death,” a note from the school stated. “A very charismatic person, professor Mammen had been working towards the progress of our university with commitment and dedication all through his presidency.  We will always honor his memory.”

Stebbins says Mammen visited Missouri Southern in 2008 and 2010. Mammen had made plans to retire this September when he was to turn 65.

Thailand Semester Activities

thai logoThe schedule of activities for the Thailand Semester has been finalized and can be viewed at

Forty-two events have been scheduled, including 13 guest speakers giving 26 presentations, six films, three readings, three book signings and Q&As, two concerts, one theatrical production and one documentary.

Highlights include the Gockel International Symposium on Sept. 27-28 and a performance by the Somapa Thai Dance Company from Washington, D.C. on Oct. 29. Southern Theatre will present Nang Talung, the shadow puppet theatre of southern Thailand, Nov. 1-3.

Patriotic Concert Sunday, July 29 in Webb City

The Missouri Southern State University Choral Society will present its annual "Patriotic Concert" at the First Baptist Church, Broadway and Roane Street in Webb City, beginning at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 29. The concert will salute those who have served or are now serving in the U.S. military.

Included is the stirring patriotic musical "I Love this Land!“ complete with narrators and soloists.

In the same way that Dr. John McCrae wrote the beautiful poem “In Flanders Fields” to commemorate those who gave their lives in World War I, the exciting medley called “In the Swing” features some of the best-known dance band titles from the World War II era. These numbers include “Tuxedo Junction” and “In the Mood."

The poignant "Wings" would have been the wish of any soldier hunkering down in a foxhole.

Eleanor McLemore will play a special arrangement of"America, the Beautiful” on the organ.

"Praise the Lord" from Judas Maccabeus by George F. Handel lifts the spirit in recognition of life, beautiful music and a higher spiritual power.

The presentation is under the direction of Al Carnine, Music, with accompanist Eleanor McLemore.The patriotic celebration is open to the public without charge.

Wellness Screenings Part of Wellapalooza

Beginning this year, the MSSU Wellness Screening Fair will be held during the fall semester of each year during Wellapalooza Week.

The purpose of the Wellness Screening Fair is to provide various free to low cost screening opportunities to MSSU students, faculty, staff, retirees, and their spouses, regardless of income level or insurance status, in order to continue improving and maintaining the well-being of each member of our campus community.

Read More

"New Hires" at MSSU

A total of 15  individuals have either joined Missouri Southern for the first time or accepted new positions at MSSU in May and June, according to Human Resources..

They include the following:

Kimberly Dickey, Evening Custodian
Elizabeth Ebert, Development Business Manager
Diana Fordham, Lifelong Learning Instructional Designer
Jaime Green, Asst. Women's Basketball Coach
Bryan Goodwin, Asst. Supervisor, Chiller Specialist
John Groesbeck, Dean, Robert W. Plaster School of Business
Aaron Lewis, Asst. Athletics Director - Marketing & Sales
Pat Lipira, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Tanner Matthews, Custodian
Colten McGowen, Groundskeeper
Kim Noll, Human Resources Secretary
Samantha Quackenbush, Student Help, Residence Halls
Caleb Sulier, Groundskeeper/Driver
Delores Treat, Physical Plant Secretary
Dana Wall, Budget & Operations Accounting Clerk

Don't miss the opportunity to welcome these employees to their new positions at MSSU!

Get Ready for Lions' Roar

Missouri Southern’s annual Lions' Roar is coming up.  The event will be held from 10:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 23 on the Oval. Lions' Roar is a great way to promote your club to new and returning students.  All registered student organizations are invited to participate. 

We will provide a table with two folding chairs to each booth.  Electricity is available on a limited basis upon request.  Please bring your own 100 foot extension cord if your booth requires power. 

If your group would like to participate in Lions' Roar please return the following information by email or phone. 

Club Name
Contact Name
Contact Number
Will you need access to electricity (Y/N)

Please email Dianne Vlasin at or contact the Student Activities Office at 625.9346 with your reservation.

Police Chief Newsmakers Guest

Joplin Police Chief Lane Roberts is the guest on an upcoming edition of the Newsmakers interview program on KGCS-TV.  During the program, Roberts discusses departmental operations and plans for the future.  The program will air a number of times in the upcoming weeks.

Times on KGCS include:

Mon., July 16 – 9:30 p.m.
Sun., July 22 – 5:30 p.m.
Mon., July 23 – 5:30 p.m.
Tues., July 24 – 5:30 p.m.
Wed., July 25 – 5:30 p.m.

The program will also air at 5:30 a.m. on Sat., July 28 on KOAM-TV.

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. 


FOR SALE:- Silver 2010 Honda Fit Sport. 27,000 miles. Asking $14,700. Contact