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July 19, 2012

Master Plan Presentation Monday

After many months of preparation, the University's Master Plan will be unveiled at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 23 in Phelps Theatre. 

Faculty and staff are invited to attend.

The plan provides a robust framework for addressing the growth and development of the campus over the next 15 to 25 years.

Officials from RDG Planning & Design of Des Moines, Iowa will be introduced.

Other key players in the process also will be on hand.

The Master Plan ultimately will affect us all. 

It will serve as an important  as MSSU moves toward its 100th year as an educational institution.

Phelps Theatre is on the bottom floor of the Billingsly Student Center.

Please attend next Monday to learn more!

Registration for SouthernFest '12 Now Open.

Registration for SouthernFest '12 is now open!  The fourth annual event is scheduled for August 2-3.  Aaron Lewis, Athletics, says the Lion Pride Dinner/Auction will again be held at Downstream Casino Resort's outdoor pavilion on Thursday night, August 2nd.  The Rod Smith Green & Gold Golf Classic will be the following day, Friday, Aug. 3 at Eagle Creek Golf Course. 

Our online home for SouthernFest is up and running and can be accessed by clicking here or by going to and clicking on the SouthernFest button on the right hand side.  There you will find online registration, a printable registration form, an auction item donation form, video and pictures from last year's events, and a link for special rates on room reservations at Downstream.

Tickets to the dinner/auction are $40.  Individual playing spots in the golf tourney are $125 or $500 for a four-person team.  There are also various sponsorship levels available that combine publicity opportunities with golf and dinner/auction tickets.  You can view these sponsorship levels on the SouthernFest online site.   

Key to growing this event even more is acquiring great auction items.  As Lions fans, even if you can't attend the event you can contribute by thinking about who you know that might be able to donate such items as tickets to sporting events, cultural events or other experiences, vacation stays at condos or timeshares, electronic or home improvement items, or whatever else your imagination can come up with.  All auction item donors will receive charitable gift receipts from the MSSU Foundation. 

Downstream is again the title sponsor. Supporting partners are Arvest Bank, Contractors' Equipment Company, Hiland Dairy Foods and Beimdiek Insurance. 

Any questions concerning SouthernFest '12 should be addressed to Aaron Lewis at or 417.625.3075 or to Kate Mata at  or 625.3576.

Soccer Camp Registration

In order to take part in the Soccer Camp next Tuesday, fill out the Registration form online.

No walkups will be accepted. The form must be filled out in advance ONLINE.

There is one form to be downloaded and printed out.  It is the Injury Release Form

Parents/guardians must sign that form for the child to be able to participate. Bring that form to camp.

The camp will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 on Tuesday, July 24.

Both online registration and the release form are available at

Science Without Borders

Walter Bernadelli of “Science Without Borders” visited the campus of Missouri Southern State University and other locations in the city of Joplin on Wednesday of this week. Bernadelli was visiting to coordinate an exchange for students from Brazil to MSSU.

He was in Joplin with his wife and sister, Maj. Cristhina Starke, Director of the International Department at Wentworth Military Academy and her husband.

Dr. Bernadelli and company had a full day of meetings, lunch at a Joplin eatery and ended the day with a tour of the Missouri Southern campus.

The Brazilian government’s new Science Without Borders Program provides scholarships to undergraduate students from Brazil for one year of study at colleges and universities in the United States.

Scholarships are given primarily to students in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.  Students in the program will return to Brazil to complete their degrees.

The program, administered by the International Institute of Education (IIE), is part of the Brazilian government’s larger initiative to grant 100,000 scholarships for the best students from Brazil to study abroad at the world’s best universities.

Today on 88.7KXMS…

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien published the first of three volumes of The Lord of the Rings on July 19, 1954. 

Therefore,  KXMS’s SOUTHERN SERENADE this Thursday, July 19 will open with Canadian composer Howard Shore's "May It Be" from the film adaptation of that first volume: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings' (2001). 

Also, Garrison Keillor will reflect on Tolkien’s life and work.

Finally, British keyboardist/composer Jon Lord, founder of the English rock band ‘Deep Purple’ who died Monday, will be remembered. Lord was 71. 

The hour will close "Evening Song" with Clark Rundell leading the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.    

Join 88.7FM  and host Jeff Skibbe at 5 p.m. today for SOUTHERN SERENADE.

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.

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Program's Topic Traffic Safety

An upcoming edition of the Newsmakers interview program on KGCS-TV will focus on traffic safety as people head out on the highways for summer vacations.

Guests from the Missouri Department of Transportation and a regional hospital will discuss a coalition working to increase awareness about driving safety. 
The program will air at the following times on KGCS-TV:

Sun., July 22 – 7:30 p.m.
Sun., July 29 – 9:30 p.m.
Mon., July 30 – 5:30 p.m.
Tues., July 31 – 5:30 p.m.
Wed., Aug. 1 – 5:30 p.m.
Thurs., Aug. 2 – 5:30 p.m.
The program will also air at 5:30 a.m. on Sat., Aug. 11 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. 

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.


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