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September 7, 2012

Three Great Ways to Get Involved

Project 1 – Habitat for Humanity

Try the Habitat for Humanity work day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11. The day is part of Habitat for Humanity's continuing effort to build houses in Joplin to benefit victims of last year's tornado. To register, please use the online Registration Form.  Get supervisor approval if you're an employee.  Remember to bring tools if you have them, wear closed-toe shoes and bring a pair of gloves.

Project 2 – Operation Goody Bag

On Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., stop by the Lion's Den and decorate a Goody Bag to be sent to Military Personnel and First Responders. Faculty, staff and students are invited to help prepare 2,000 bags for "Operation Goody Bag".  This is also a great class or department project, and will work much like the Rebuild Joplin Postcard project last fall. You can even take it to organizations you are involved with outside of campus. Your sport, scout or faith-based organizations may want to take part. Call 625.9840 for details.

Project 3 – Historic Murphysburg Preservation

On Thursday, Sept. 13, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., MSSU will partner with Historic Muryphysburg Preservation to help the Handy AME Chapel continue renovations started last winter. This historic church is located at 4th & Pearl in Joplin.  If you are interested in this project, please register online. Watch your email for more details.

ODK Seeking Nominations

Michael Garoutte, Chemistry, says the Golden Crest Circle of ODK is seeking nominations for junior and senior students eligible for membership.

Nominations should be submitted to him via email by next Tuesday, Sept.11. Faculty and staff may make nominations. 

Visit ODK Nominations to see the letter explaining the nomination process with an email link.   

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. 

U.W. Campaign to Kick Off Monday

Missouri Southern's United Way campaign will kick off Monday, Sept. 10.

MSSU has been chosen as a U.W. "Pacesetter."

Packets and campaign materials will be distributed to captains from various departments and areas on Monday.

The campaign will run through Oct. 10.

Elisa Bryant, Alumni Association, will chair this year's MSSU United Way campaign.

Diversity Lunch & Learn Session

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. 

RSVP to Tani Montee at ext. 9731 or by Wednesday, Sept. 12.

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.

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

One Year Grant to Teaching Learning Community

MSSU has been selected to receive a one year's grant to the SimpleK12 Teacher Learning Community. 

The grant will consist of 12 months  free access to the group's online Teachers' Learning Community for all faculty, undergraduate and graduate students from the School of Education at MSSU. The grant period will begin Sept. 1, 2012 and run thru Aug. 31, 2013.

"It is our hope that all of your faculty members, undergraduate education students and your alumni from the education college will become members and actively use the resources we provide," said Tom Dalton of SimpleK12.  Read more

Lists of Students Attending Events Available

Chad Stebbins, International Studies, says any instructor who would like to have a list of their students who attended a Thailand Semester event can email Cindy Jordan at and a list will be sent to you. Anyone wanting to access this information can do so by running a Banner report through Lionet and selecting "Lion Card Use," then "One Card Attendance with Course Information," and then run report. 

You will be prompted to select the location of the readers, which would normally be Corley Auditorium.  From there you will put in the date and times you want to display. 

Voter Registration Effort

In 2008, six million Americans didn't vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn't know how to register. In the Joplin area, the problem is especially severe due to displacement caused by last year's tornado. An estimated 40 percent of Jasper County residents are still registered incorrectly.
On Tuesday, Sept. 25, MSSU will try to correct this by taking part in National Voter Registration Day, a nationwide drive to get voters registered. MSSU is the first Missouri university to sign up to host this year's registration drive.

Volunteers will be on the Oval from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 25 to register voters. Registration forms also will be taken to individual classes on campus to allow students and faculty a chance to sign up.
"Our goal is to get 100 percent of our faculty, staff and students registered," says Joanna Derfelt, associate professor of political science. "We don't want anyone to get turned away from voting because they were incorrectly registered. We want people to have the choice to vote."  Read more

Children Needed for Ball Girl Program

 Each home game Missouri Southern Women's Basketball offers an opportunity for children 8 years old and above to participate as a ball girl. Ball girls receive FREE admission to the game, a T-shirt, as well as a hotdog and drink following the women's game.  Participants may also sign up a friend to participate for their game.  All ball girls need to plan to arrive forty minutes prior to game start and remain until the end of the game.

Participation is limited for each game so be sure to register your child soon! Simply CLICK HERE to get started.

For more information about MSSU's Ball Girl Program, to check availability of games or to register a team or group to participate, please email Coach Jaime Green at Home games that need ball girl participants are:

Nov. 12 Manhattan Christian 5:30 p.m.
Nov. 15 Newman 5:30 p.m.
Nov. 23 Avila-/Thanksgiving Classic 7 p.m.
Nov. 24 Evangel/Thanksgiving Classic 3 p.m.
Dec. 1 Drury 1 p.m.
Jan. 3 Northwest Mo. State 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 5 Missouri Western State 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 16 Pittsburg State 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 19 Nebraska-Kearney 1 p.m.
Jan. 26 Northeastern Missouri State 1:30 p.m.
Feb. 7 Southwest Baptist 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 9 Univ. of Central Missouri 1 p.m.
Feb. 16 Emporia State 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 21 Central Oklahoma 5:30 p.m.

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

9/12/12: Make & Take 1st Aid Kits 10/31/12: Paint Pumkins
9/19/12: Finger Painting 11/7/12: Make & Take Soup
9/26/12: Soccer Ball Obstacle Course 11/14/12: Make & Take Turkeys
10/03/12: Photo Booth and Make & Take Frames 11/21/12: Thanksgiving Break (No activities)
10/10/12 Gel Candles 11/28/12: Make Stockings/Ornaments
10/17/12: Decorate Sugar Cookies 12/5/12: Zumba (BRC) 11:05-11:45 a.m. & 12:50 p.m.
10/24/12: Yoga/Pilates (BRC)(11:05a-11:45a)  

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.

"Keeping Ghosts Happy" Sept. 12

The best thing to do with a ghost is to keep it happy!

In a Thailand semester event, Conrad Gubera, professor of Sociology a will present "Keeping Ghosts Happy: The Thai Spirit Houses at 12 noon on Wednesday, Sept. 12 in Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall. The presentation is free and open to the public.

If you ever visit Thailand, you will notice the tiny spirit houses near homes and businesses. Made of wood, concrete, or brick, the spirit houses may resemble an oriental bird house or a miniature model of a Thai temple. The houses provide shelter for any wandering spirits, discourage them from causing mischief, and bring protection and good fortune to the residence. Offerings are usually given in the form of food, drink, flowers, or incense while a short prayer is recited. Although 95 percent of Thais are Buddhists, the practice of the spirit house is not directly connected to the religion. Rather, it's a belief in animism – that natural objects possess souls.  Read more.

Major Achievement for Industrial Engineering Program

The Industrial Engineering Technology program at Missouri Southern State University will celebrate a major achievement later this month.

A ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18 in Ummel Hall on the MSSU campus to recognize the full accreditation of the IET program by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Industrial Engineering Technology alumnus Charles Edgington will be the keynote speaker. Pat Lipira, vice president for Academic Affairs, Tia Strait, dean of the School of Health Sciences, Public Safety and Technology, and Elke Howe, Engineering Technology department head, also will speak.

Members of the Regional Society of Manufacturing Engineers have been invited to attend, as well as IET Advisory Board members.

ABET is a non-profit and non-governmental accrediting agency for academic programs in the disciplines of applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. ABET accreditation provides assurance that a college or university program meets the quality standards established by the profession for which the program prepares its students.

Please join us to celebrate this important milestone.

88.7KXMS Celebrates Stamberg's Birthday

Join host Jeff Skibbe today at 5 p.m. for “Southern Serenade.”

Susan Stamberg’s uniquely distinctive New Jersey voice was heard by a growing national audience as co-host on NPR’s flagship news program, “All Things Considered,” from 1972 to 1987. Today Susan serves as an NPR special correspondent.  

Susan turns 74 today, and KXMS Radio will celebrate with Susan and her NPR colleagues Robert Siegal, Linda Wertheimer, Ann Taylor, Sylvia Poggoli, and Daniel Shorr as narrators in a performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf.” This unique take on the children’s classic casts the narrators as news correspondents in a telling of the tale as a breaking news event, dateline April 23rd (Prokofiev’s birthday).

Also in the hour, Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu sings Liszt on her 47th birthday, and singer Michael Feinstein performs three songs by Prokofiev-contemporary Kurt Weill. Feinstein turns 56 on Friday.

88.7KXMS/Fine Arts Radio International is a cultural resource and community service of Missouri Southern State University.

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.

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. They will 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.

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.

SCUBA Session Tuesday

Ever consider SCUBA diving? Calypso SCUBA will present an Intro to SCUBA session from 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at the MSSU pool in Young Gym (Room 111).  

The session is free to all MSSU ID holders as well as military veterans with military identification.  Bring a swimsuit and a towel.

For more information, see SCUBA.

Thailand Reading Event Next Thursday

Readings from the Thai National Epic of the  Ramakien will take place at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13 in Phelps Theatre in Beimdiek Recreation Center at Missouri Southern State University. 

Derived from a centuries-old epic from India, the Ramayana, Thailand's national epic takes the essential story line and many elements from the original Hindu tale and makes them particularly Thai, reflecting the unique cultural context, perception of the monarchy, and Buddhist emphasis. The tale traces the adventures of a king and his allies as they struggle against their foes. Fascinating illustrations on temple walls convey significant scenes from the legend.

Along with examples of the artwork, this session will include readings from the Ramakien, provided by faculty in Missouri Southern's English Department.

Broadcast Students Expand Football Coverage

Broadcast students from Missouri Southern State University will once again provide recorded coverage of home Southern football games on “Southern Sports Sunday,” airing on KGCS-TV.  In addition, for the first time, students will provide live coverage of home football games on KXMS radio.

The televised games will be recorded in their entirety and replayed the following night at 7 p.m. on KGCS-TV. The radio coverage will air live on KXMS.

“This type of coverage provides excellent opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience in sports broadcasting,” says Judy Stiles, KGCS-TV General Manager.  Students work not only as on-air announcers, but provide the behind-the-scenes support, including camera work and directing the television coverage. Students on the radio side have an opportunity to provide live play-by-play and color commentary as the game happens.

KGCS-TV and KXMS radio are services of the Department of Communication.  KGCS programming may be seen over the air on digital channel 22 and on regional cable systems including Cable One, Mediacom and Suddenlink.  KXMS programming may be heard on 88.7 FM.

Looking for Dealers

The Student Activities Office is looking for volunteers to deal cards at our homecoming casino night Monday, Oct. 1 from 6-10 p.m.  Games include blackjack, poker, craps and several other games. No experience is necessary training will start at 6 p.m.. Casino night is always a great event and a great way to interact with students outside of the class room. if you would like to participate or need more information email Craig Gullett at .

At the Bookstore

fall 2012 t-shirtWear some green to the game Saturday!

Wearing your Southern gear is a great way to look great and support the Lions.

Take advantage of great deals!

Purchase this t-shirt for only $5.99 through Saturday, Sept. 9. 

For info, contact the Bookstore at 625.9508 or email .


For Sale: Ashley furniture brand bistro set with 6 coordinating barstools, excellent condition, - $200. Also have Kenmore upright freezer - 7 years old - white - $100.  Contact University ext. 3149 or 673-3771