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August 31, 2012

Paint the Bus and Send-Off Rally

Minot, North Dakota, suffered severe flooding one month after the Joplin tornado. MSSU and Joplin area volunteers are taking the Stars of Hope to Minot as a way to share the Miracle of the Human Spirit and pay forward the compassion shown to Joplin since the May 22nd tornado. Come Paint the Bus and say good-bye to the volunteers as they leave to take the Stars of Hope from Joplin to Minot on Wednesday, Sept. 5.

KSN's Living Well show will be broadcasting live from the MSSU Oval. MSSU Cheerleaders, Mascot, Drum Line, and others will be there to cheer the volunteers on. We will Paint the Bus with words of Thanks from Joplin to the nation, load the volunteers and 100 Stars of Hope onto the bus, and bid farewell to the volunteers at the end of KSN's Living Well show.

Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to help celebrate this effort by coming out and wishing the volunteers well on their trip.

The send-off rally will begin with the painting of the bus at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 5, on the MSSU Oval.

Volunteers are asking everyone attending the rally to bring a canned good or nonperishable food item to be loaded on the bus in support of Minot's Welcome Table Food Pantry.

Southern Service Champ Nominations

The Staff Senate is seeking nominations for the Southern Service Champ Award for the July 1 - Sept. 30 quarter. The Southern Service Champ Award is a quarterly award given to one outstanding member from classified, physical plant and professional staff.  Award winners are selected based on nomination from staff.  Criteria of nomination 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 forms are available on the Staff Senate webpage and can be submitted online or hard copy. 

Grad Expo Sept. 17

All December 2012 Missouri Southern graduates are invited attend Grad Expo.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 4 – 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17 in the Ralph L. Gray Alumni Center at MSSU. Grad Expo will offer everything students need in order to prepare for graduation.  Students may pick up their caps and gowns, order announcements and take care of other graduation details.
The MSSU business office, financial aid, graduate studies, athletics, Missouri Southern foundation and the alumni association will be in attendance. CB Grad and Jostens will also be present to take orders for graduation announcements.
Four other events beneficial to students include the following:

* Career Fair “How To” Lunch Series, Sept. 18, 19 and 20
* Career Fair Cram, Thursday, Sept. 20
* Etiquette Dinner and Networking 101, Tuesday, Sept. 25 ($10 RSVP Required)
* Fall Career and Majors Fair, Wednesday, Sept. 26
All the events will be held at the Alumni Center. For more information about Grad Expo please contact the Alumni Association at 417. 659.LION
For more information, visit Career Fair.

Longtime Employee Passes

Marjorie DeAnn "De" Kaughman, 60, Carthage, passed away Aug. 27 after a year-long battle with melanoma cancer.

She was a graduate of Carthage Senior High School, Class of 1970, and worked in the accounting department for MSSU for 28 years, retiring in May 2011.

Survivors include two sons, Cory, Joplin and Eric, Webb City; four grandchildren, her mother, Betty Emery, Carthage; Charles Kaughman, Carthage; one sister and two brothers. Private family memorial services will be held at a later date.

Memorial gifts are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Online condolences may be expressed through

Social Science Alumni Association Funded

Missouri Southern State University is forming a new Social Science Alumni Association.

The Association will hold a kickoff for all interested alumni and constituents from 5 – 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10 in the Ralph L. Gray Alumni Center on the MSSU campus.

The purpose of the Social Science Alumni Association is to forge relationships between alumni and students, as well as faculty members to offer personal and professional connections.
Read more 

Online Ticket System Now Operational

The new online ticket system at Missouri Southern has "gone live."

Currently football games are the only tickets available but Theatre and Basketball will also be sold in the near future.

To take advantage of this service, visit the following link:

University Police Reaches Milestone

The Police Force at Missouri Southern State University reached a major milestone this week. MSSU no longer has security guards.  Instead, all members of the University Police Force are sworn police officers.

"This step is in accordance with our attempt to continually improve the professionalism of the University Police Department," said University Police Chief, Ken Kennedy.

"We believe fully trained, fully qualified police officers will offer better service to our students."

Two new officers, Robert Kew and Justin Keller, were sworn in on Monday, August 27 at MSSU.  Read more.

Employee Training

Earlier this year the University began an initiative to provide employees with knowledge they need to comply with federal and state laws in the course of their jobs. To accomplish this, four training programs are being implemented beginning this semester. All employees will be required to register for and participate in webinars for Anti-Harassment and Hostile Work Environment, and Collegiality. Diversity and FERPA training will be conducted by a trainer on campus. 

The training schedule for this fall has been finalized and notification regarding enrollment in the training programs was  sent out this week.

"On behalf of the President's Council, I appreciate your prompt attention to registering for and completing these important training programs," said MSSU President Bruce Speck.

Diversity Lunch & Learn Sessions Slated

The Diversity Lunch & Learn sessions will begin at Noon on Friday, Sept. 14 in Billingsly Student Center Room 309 with "Exploring Religion: Judaism."  The speaker will be Paul Teverow, History. 

A free buffet style lunch will be served. 

Remember to RSVP at least one week in advance by calling ext. 9731 or emailing

Wellness Wednesdays

Each Wednesday the Wellness Department hosts a free Wellness related activity from 11 a.m. -1 p.m.

All activities are come-and-go; and all equipment is provided.  Although there are not specific dress requirements, participants should wear or bring attire in which they feel is they can safely and comfortably participate. On days when activities are in the Beimdiek Rec Center (BRC), shoes with non-marking soles are required.

All events will take place on the Oval or in the Lion's Den, unless otherwise noted. Participation is open to the entire MSSU community! Events are subject to change without notice.

For more information about Wellness Wednesday activities, or to suggest future activities, contact the Heather Arnold, Aquatics & Wellness Director at 625.9533.

Fall 2012 Events

9/5/12: Paint Suncatchers 10/24/12: Yoga/Pilates (BRC)(11:05a-11:45a)
9/12/12: Make & Take 1st Aid Kits 10/31/12: Paint Pumpkins
9/19/12: Finger Painting 11/7/12: Make & Take Soup
9/26/12: Soccer Ball Obstacle Course 11/14/12: Make & Take Turkeys
10/3/12: Photo Booth & Make & Take Frames 11/21/12: Thanksgiving Break (No WW)
10/10/12: Gel Candles 11/28/12: Make Stockings/Ornaments
10/17/12: Decorate Sugar Cookies 12/5/12: Zumba (BRC)(11:05a-11:45a & 12:05p

Carney to Perform

Robert Carney, pianist, will give a concert on Tuesday, Sept. 11 in Corley Auditorium on the campus of Missouri Southern State University.  He will perform works by Beethoven, Haydn, Rachmaninoff and American composers John Corigliano and Frederic Rzewski. The concert is free and open to the public. 

Carney also will present a Master Class on Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 12-1 p.m. in Corley Auditorium.

Carney is currently assistant professor of music at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo.  Read more.

Dalien to Kick Off Spiva Art Gallery Season

Artist Christa Dalien will show new drawings Sept. 3- 28 in the Spiva Art Gallery at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin.

Dalien will deliver a public lecture at 4 p.m. on Sept. 4 in Room 106 of Webster Hall.

Following the lecture, a special reception will be held in the Spiva Art Gallery beginning at 5 p.m., according to Burt Bucher, Art.
Dalien is an artist currently living in Lawrence, Kan.  She works in a variety of different mediums including installation, drawing, painting, and printmaking. 

Read more.

Looking for Leaders

Do you know an outstanding student that is interested in leadership development and becoming connected with the Joplin community?  Applications for the first group of MSSU Super Leaders will close Sept. 7.  Only 20 students will be accepted into the program each semester. There is a $25 application fee that will be refunded if the student is not selected.

Application and schedule information is available at

K.C. Chiefs Tickets Deal Benefits C-DECA

 Here's an announcement of special interest faculty, staff, students and their families.

 K.C. Chiefs tickets normally sold for $44 will be available for only $35 as part of a C-DECA fund raiser.

 Tickets are being sold for three games:

 9/30 – Chiefs vs. San Diego
10/7 – Chiefs vs. Baltimore
10/28 – Chiefs vs. Oakland

Those wanting to buy tickets and find out payment details should contact DECA advisor Stu Dunlop, Marketing. 

Call 417.861.4851 or email

Tickets have to be purchased by 9/15 for the San Diego game, 9/22 by the Baltimore game, and 10/12 for the Oakland game.

Film Iron Ladies to Show Sept. 4

Iron Ladies, a 2000 film from Thailand, is the first film in the 50th Anniversary of the MSSU International Film Festival. The film will be presented at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4 in Cornell
Auditorium in Plaster Hall.

No admission is charged.

The film tells the story of an underdog Thai male volleyball team, made up mostly of gays, transvestites and transsexuals. 

The team overcomes all odds as they compete in the 1996 national championships. Read more.

Wellness Series Continues

The MSSU Wellness Department hosts a six session, bi-weekly Wellness Series throughout each semester. The topics and/or delivery methods change each semester. There is always free food and giveaways at each Wellness Series installment!!

Wellness Series installments take place on Tuesday nights beginning at 5:15 p.m. and last no more than 1 hour. This semester, our theme will be "The Truth About...." The Wellness Series is open to the MSSU community and their guests.

For more information, or to suggest ideas for future series, contact the Director of Aquatics & Wellness at 417.625.9533.

The next presentation will be: Sexual Healing. The speaker will be Natalie Bruce, First-Year Experience. She will speak on Sept. 11 in BSC 343.

it will be an informative session on how sexual wellness affects your overall well-being. You may be surprised at some of the benefits both abstaining and having a safe sex life can offer.

The presentation is open to the campus community and their guests.

Wellness Screenings during Wellapalooza

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

Screenings will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

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. To see more information about tests and other details, Read More

Learn to Swim at MSSU

The MSSU Aquatics staff offers American Red Cross swim lessons for children and adults. Lessons are offered year round at a variety of times, in an attempt to accommodate the participants' schedules.

Skill sessions are offered from non-swimmer to advanced levels. Classes will be held twice per week for a total of four weeks during the fall and spring semesters, and four times per week for two weeks during the summer. Lessons are available for ages 6 months and up.

The deadline for registration for Session 1 of both Child and Adult Swim Lessons is Sept. 5.

The cost for non-members is $45 per person per session. For members the cost is $35 per person per session.

Members are defined as those persons having a membership to the Beimdiek Recreation Center or MSSU Aquatic & Racquetball Center

Private lessons are scheduled based on participant/instructor availability; and can be split into two 30-minute sessions. There is a minimum of two hours that must be paid at the time of scheduling. Private Lessons cost $20 per hour per person. 

Parent/Child  Preschool Aquatics are also available.

For more information and/or to register, Click Here

Interested parties may also contact the Director of Aquatics & Wellness at 625.9533 or stop by the Recreational Services office in room 241 of the BSC.


For Sale: Five 2-gallon buckets of KILZ latex primer/sealer/stainblocker.  Bought too much for our rebuilding project; buckets are unopened, and have been stored inside air-conditioned house since purchase in June.  $15 each, or $12 each if you buy all five.  Contact Paul Teverow at 625-3114 or 623-7466.