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September 14, 2012

Photojournalist Paothong to Speak

paothung picA Thailand native who is now considered one of the finest nature photographers in the nation will speak on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at Missouri Southern State University.
Noppadol Paothong, a wildlife photographer for the Missouri Department of Conservation, will present "From a City on a Continent 10,000 Miles Away to MSSU and the Great Outdoors" at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18 in Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall. The presentation is free and open to the public.
In this slide presentation, Paothong shares his journey and shows some of the images that have made him known throughout the Midwest. He also discusses his new 204-page hardbound book, Save the Last Dance – A Story of North American Grassland Grouse (in collaboration with writer Joel Vance). The book captures the dazzling beauty of seven grouse species whose populations are diminishing across the prairies and plains of America, as well as one species that has already lost its battle for survival.

Autographed copies of Save the Last Dance will be available for purchase for $45. Read more at Paothong.

Major Achievement for Industrial Engineering Program

The Industrial Engineering Technology program will celebrate a major achievement next week!

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.

Dave Strawn, Engineering Manager, Ducommun Labarge Technologies, Inc., also will speak.

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, will also make comments.  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.

Make plans to help celebrate this important milestone.

Board Meeting Sept. 21

The Board of Governors of Missouri Southern State University will meet at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21 in Room 310 (Board Room) on campus. 

The Academic Affairs Committee of the Board will meet at 11 a.m. that morning in BSC Room 343.

See the Board of Governors' website for Shared Governance Statements .  

Career Services Events Scheduled

Missouri Southern's Career Services is helping students prepare for the job marketing

The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network and MSSU have partnered to offer two weeks of Career Prep Events Sept. 18 - 25.

The events include a Career Fair "How to Lunch Series" slated for noon Sept. 18-20 in the Ralph L. Gray Alumni Center on Cambus.  A Career Fair Cram is planned for Thursday, Sept. 20 in the Billingsly Student Cetner Ballroom. 

An Etiquette Dinner and Networking 101 session is slated for 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25 in the Alumni Center. A $10 RSVP can be made to the Career Services office in Room 219 of Spiva Library on campus.

The Fall Career & Majors Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26 in Leggett & Platt Athletic Center. Over 75 employers graduate schools are registered to take part.

For a more complete listing of activities, visit Careers.

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

Chart Hall of Fame to Induct First Five

An inaugural class will be inducted into a Hall of Fame for The Chart, the campus newspaper at Missouri Southern State University, during an Oct. 6 banquet. Plans call for a new class to be inducted every five years. The Hall of Fame will give recognition to former students and advisers of the student newspaper who have made distinctive, unique or exceptional contributions to the paper and/or the profession,

Nominees must have attended Joplin Junior College or Missouri Southern State University, or been employed by JJC or MSSU. They must have worked a minimum of one year on The Chart staff and held a position above staff writer or staff member. At least 10 years must have passed since the nominee last worked for The Chart.

The Class of 2012 includes two living members, Richard W. Massa and Jack Brannon, and two members who will be inducted posthumously, Cleetis Headlee and Kenneth McCaleb.

See Chart Hall of Fame for bios and further details.

Blood Drive Scheduled

The Student Nurse Association is hosting a blood drive for the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Sept. 19 - 20 on the third floor Billingsly Student Center.

Free food and t-shirts for all who choose to make this valuable donation.

wellapalooza 12 graphic 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, career services, 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.
All the events will be held at the Alumni Center. For more information about Grad Expo please contact the Alumni Association at 659.LION

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

Deadline Today for Discounted Chiefs Tickets

Discounted K.C. Chiefs tickets are being sold to faculty, staff, students and their families. Tickets to K.C. Chiefs games normally sold for $44 will be available for only $35 as part of a C-DECA fund raiser.

The deadline is today for the 9/30 Chiefs-San Diego game. (Some tickets may be available here next week but purchasers will have to pick them up at the stadium.) 

The deadline for the game for the Oct. 7 game with Baltimore is Sept. 21.

Tickets for the Oct. 28 Chiefs-Oakland Game are sold out.  No more tickets are available.

For tickets to the San Diego or Baltimore game, call 417.861.4851 or email

"Flavor" Tickets Available on Campus

Stop by the Alumni Association, located in the Ralph L. Gray Alumni Center at MSSU, to get your tickets to "Flavor of the Four States."

The 2012 "Flavor of the 4 States" is planned for the Third Thursday event on Sept. 20 in downtown Joplin.

Hours will be from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the 200 block of South Main Street.

The Flavor of the 4 States is a Missouri Restaurant Association (MRA) fundraiser to benefit educational scholarships for students pursuing careers in the culinary arts, restaurant & hospitality fields.

About 20 local restaurants and beverage providers will participate in this year's event, which has been held in Joplin for 16 years.

Don't miss this chance to sample "flavors" from your favorite local restaurants and beverage companies!

An MRA coupon book, including tickets to the event, costs $15 with each additional ticket costing $5.

A separate tent will house a beer garden which will operate on a cash basis.

To get tickets, stop by the Ralph L. Gray Alumni Center during normal business hours.

For information, call the Alumni Center at 625.9355. Tickets also will be sold at the event.

Event and Clerical Pool Support Program

The Staff Senate is pleased to re-announce a program that was approved last year to assist the campus community in times of staffing shortages or increased departmental workloads. The Event and Clerical Support Pool program is fully approved to start accepting request from campus departments who need a little extra help on a temporary basis for special projects or events, higher than normal workloads, departmental staff absences or other emergency or special needs.

The pool of available support comes from existing labor resources in the clerical and secretarial job classifications. The pool is supplied with support staff on a voluntary basis from across campus on an as needed basis. This staffing pool is knowledgeable campus employees who are familiar with MSSU policies and procedures and should be able to handle most assigned tasks.

If your department is in need of additional assistance, please complete the Event and Clerical Support Pool Request Form located on the Staff Senate SharePoint site and/or on the MSSU University Policy's SharePoint under Human Resource Policies site. When completed, the form should be sent to Melissa Forsythe, Circulation Specialist, in the Library. Melissa is a Staff Welfare Committee Representative familiar with the program and can assist you with any questions. Melissa will coordinate the volunteers with the requesting department.

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

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

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: "Red Solo Cup." The speaker will be Sarah Neldeberg, ACTS. She will speak on Sept. 25 in BSC 343.

This informative session will break down the pros and cons of alcohol; and how to consume it wisely. Find out how to determine your limits and avoid that beer gut! The presentation is open to the campus community and their guests.

Employee Education Series

The Employee Education Series will continue at noon on Friday, Sept. 28 in BSC 341 with "Advanced Outlook Functions."

The presentation by Debbie Woodmansee, Training Specialist, will help you learn how to send junk mails traight to the trash or junk folder, organize your appointments, send meeeting requests and more.  Bring your Outlook questions!

A free buffet style lunch will be served.

RSVP by Sept. 21 to ext. 3167 or

"Overture" Next in Thai Film Festival

The next film in the Thai Film Festival at Missouri Southern State University will be The Overture (2004; 104 min.).

It will be shown at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18 in Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall on the campus of Missouri Southern State University.

The showing is open to the public.  No admission is charged.

Subtly, sensuously presented from its opening shot, this film imaginatively recreates the life of one of Thailand's greatest traditional musicians, a master of the ranad-ek, a type of wooden xylophone.