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August 9, 2012

Staff Appreciation Cookout Today

The MSSU Appreciation Committee is inviting all faculty and staff to a campus cookout today on the patio behind the BSC (outside the Card Services office).

The cookout begins at 11 a.m.

Brats, burgers and hotdogs grilled to perfection by the President's Council will be featured, along with ice cream sandwiches. Huge door prizes valued at $50 or more will be featured.

Come meet new employees and enjoy an extended lunch!  In case of rain, the event will be held in the Billingsly Student Center.

Board Meeting Scheduled

The Board of Governors of Missouri Southern State University will meet in the Board Room (Room 310) of the Billingsly Student Center at 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17.

The meeting is open to the public, including MSSU employees.

Normal Hours to Resume

Beginning Monday, August 13, Missouri Southern will revert back to its normal five day work week.

"I hope everyone enjoyed the four day work week thank you for all you do for our university" says Rob Yust, Vice President, Business Affairs.

"On behalf of the President's Council, we want to express our appreciation to all and we look forward to another great school year," he adds.

Registration Next Thursday, Friday

It’s time to take the next step toward reaching your education and career goals.

Registration for fall classes at Missouri Southern State University begins next week. Registration for the fall semester will take place from 1 - 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 16 and Friday, Aug. 17 in departmental offices for students who already have declared a major.

Faculty and staff will be available to assist students with advising and registration during those times each day.

Students with undeclared majors should register with Advising, Counseling & Testing Services (ACTS).

ACTS may be contacted by telephone at 417.625.3158 or by email at

Read more.

Southern Service Champ Winners, Nominations

The following employees are the winners of the Southern Service Champ Award for the April-June quarter.

Professional Staff: Elisa Bryant, Alumni Association
Classified/Hourly: Rae Surber, Switchboard - Information Technology
Physical Plant: Gerald Lee, Custodial Supervisor

The Southern Service Champ Award is a quarterly award given to one outstanding member from classified, physical plant and professional staff. .

The Staff Senate is seeking nominations for the Southern Service Champ Award for the July 1 - Sept. 30 quarter. Nomination criteria for the award must meet at least one of the five pads of the lion paw:  Respect to campus community, Positive attitude, Pride in work, Exemplary dependability and Excellence in customer service

Nominations are available on the Staff Senate webpage and can be submitted online or hard copy. For information, contact Josh Doak at 659.4460.

R.A.D. Classes Scheduled

The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive course for women, which begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training..

2012 fall class will meet at the following times and dates in the Anderson Justice Center Room 147 (gym).

  • Thursday, September   6, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 PM
  • Thursday, September 13, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 PM
  • Thursday, September 20, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 PM
  • Thursday, September 27, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 PM

The program consists of 12 hours of training which is broken down into four 3-hour blocks.  Participants will receive education and physical hands-on training. The registration is free, totally underwritten by MSSU. For more information on the program, visit R.A.D. Classes.

Retired Faculty Member Passes

Bobbie Short, a longtime faculty member at Missouri Southern State University, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 2.

She received her degree English/Communications in Secondary Education from Southwest Missouri State Teachers College (now Missouri State University) in Springfield.

Bobbie served faithfully in the US Army Air Force from 1944-1946.  She married Joel William Short, also of Mountain Grove in May 1947. He died in 2002

In 1955, she took a teaching position with Joplin Public Schools teaching English at South and East Junior Highs, but in 1962 she began work with Joplin Junior College in English and Communications. She continued teaching English at Missouri Southern State University until retiring in 1987. She briefly served as sponsor of the student newspaper, The Chart.

The family received friends at Parker Mortuary in Joplin last night. Funeral services will be Tuesday, Aug.14 at 10 a.m. in Parker Mortuary Chapel. Interment will follow at 3 p.m. on Tuesday in Hillcrest Cemetery in Mountain Grove.

To see a longer obituary, sign an online guestbook or send private condolences, see Bobbie Short.

SBTDC Update Newsletter Available

The Missouri Southern State University Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) provides free and confidential counseling to for-profit small businesses in the following eight counties in Southwest Missouri:  Jasper, Newton, McDonald, Vernon, Barton, Cedar, Dade and Lawrence. The Center also works with the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, the Joseph Newman Innovation Center, and other local agencies in partnership to offer low cost training opportunities to area small businesses.

The latest SBTDC Update Newsletter is now available. In this issue:

  • SBTDC Counseling and Training Statistics for October 2011 through June 2012
  • Women’s Leadership Conference 2012
  • Surbrugg and Wininger Receive Economic Development Finance Professional Certification

See the newsletter at: SBTDC October 2011 - June 2012.

MSSU to Share in Campus Innovation Grant

$1 million of nearly $9 million dollars in Campus Innovation Grants recently awarded by Gov. Jay Nixon will go to benefit students in southwest Missouri.

A public and private collaboration of Joplin-area businesses and industries, Missouri Southern State University, the Joplin School District and its Franklin Technology Center, Crowder College and the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce (JACC) will develop opportunities for students to select a career path while still in high school.

College level courses will be identified in each of the high school career paths for students to take as dual credit or advanced placement, CLEP tests and credit by examination given during their junior and senior years.

The career paths include business/information technology, technical sciences, human services, arts and communication and health sciences. Read more.

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

Galapagos Islands, Anyone?

Visit the ecological paradise of Darwin’s famed Galapagos Islands. See the unique flora and animals including the giant tortoises, iguanas, penguins, flightless cormorants and Darwin’s 13 species of finches. Become culturally immersed in the lives of the Guamotians; you will observe activities such as farming, handicrafts, cooking and meet and participate with children during their school day! All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the first organizational meeting!

Meeting Date: Aug. 22
Time: Noon
Place: Taylor Hall, Room 113
Trip Dates: May 17 - 28, 2013

If you can’t make the meeting, email Becky Gallemore or visit her in room 230 of Taylor Hall.

New Employees Join MSSU Team

The following new emplyees have joined the Missouri Southern team:

Felicia Morley, Lifelong Learning, Distance Learning Institutional Design/Marketing
Rachel Rees, Women's Volleyball, Assistant Volleyball coach
Corinne Reid, Fieldhouse, Coordinator-Athletic Facilities and Operations
Jenna Smart, Women's Softball, Assistant Softball Coach.

Take the time to welcome these new employees to the Missouri Southern campus.


 For Sale: White Nissan Sentra 1.8 S, 2004, one owner, only 62,600 miles, clean, excellent gas mileage.  Bumper-to-bumper and zero deductible warranty to June 6, 2013.  $6,995.  Call 417.385.8588.

For Sale:  Three matching Whirlpool appliances. All seven years old, in great condition. All white.  Have original owner's manuals and instructions for each appliance. Whirlpool Microwave Oven Hood Combination w/vented fan and cooktop light underneath, $100. Whirlpool electric range oven - with ceramic cooktop, $200. Whirlpool Gold series dishwasher with sensing cycles, $150 Total is $450. Will sell all for $400. Contact David Linder  at  529-0463, cell or 673-3771, home.