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September 21, 2012

MSSU United Way Pacesetter

Missouri Southern has officially kicked off the United Way campus campaign.

MSSU President Dr. Bruce Speck says this makes this year's campaign especially significant.  He has these words for the MSSU campus community:

We have chosen to be a pacesetter for the 2012-2013 United Way Campaign. Missouri Southern is considered a model of community involvement. More and more Southern programs and internships are centering around businesses, industries, and public services of this area. This is our opportunity to once again lead in support of our community and its agencies designed to help those with special needs.

I would like to urge you to continue you support. Our Goal - $16,000 can be reached with MSSU working together

Elisa Bryant has graciously consented to being chairman of the Missouri Southern campaign. She has assembled a fine group of area captains who have distributed United Way information and pledge cards.

Please fill out your pledge card and turn it in to your area captain by Friday, October 10, 2012. Let us make 2012 a year of model leadership in the community for Southern.

Visit to view all area captains and get more information about the Missouri Southern campaign.

Shared Governance Statement

The following message is a statement on Shared Governance from Dr. Sherry Buchanan, Chair of the Missouri Southern State University Board of Governors:

"Shared Governance prescribes various roles, responsibilities and decision-making authority. There must be mutual respect for one another's respective authority, transparent communication between groups, and clear understanding of how collaboration is operationalized. The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges recognizes that not all decision-making processes are clear cut and that there can be overlapping responsibilities and authority for various campus decisions. The AGB recommends that 'each group should understand whether its purview, as well as that of others in the governance process, is determinative, consultative or informational.'" ("Board Responsibility for Institutional Governance," Board of Directors Statement, January 22, 2010).

"We cannot simply assume that we understand our group's role in a particular decision-making process. And we must keep in mind that a group's purview changes, depending on the type of decision that is pending. I encourage all of us to remain conscious of the need to clarify the functions of our Shared Governance entities, to identify our "determinative, consultative or informational" roles as we approach various decisions, and to respect one another's responsibilities."

See the Board of Governors' website for Shared Governance Statements

Gockel International Symposium Sept. 27-28

The 2012 Gockel International Symposium, “The Transformation of Thailand: Revival and Political Change,” will be held Sept. 27-28 at Missouri Southern State University. Morning and evening lectures will be presented on Thursday, Sept. 27, along with a final morning session on Friday, Sept. 28.

Thursday Morning Presentation:

“Diversity, National Integration and the Questioning of ‘Thai-ness’” will be presented at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27 in Taylor Performing Arts Center at MSSU.  The presenter will be  Dr.Charles Keyes, professor emeritus of anthropology and international studies at the University of Washington.

Thursday Evening Presentations:

“Political Change and Instability in Thailand After the Cold War” will be presented at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27 in Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall.  The speaker will be Dr. Mark Mullenbach, associate professor of political science and director of international studies at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.

Following Dr. Mullenbach’s presentation, Dr. Keyes will present “From Peasant to Cosmopolitan Villagers: The Refiguring of the ‘Rural’ in Northeastern Thailand,” also in Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall. 

Friday Morning Presentation:

Dr. Mark Mullenbach will present “Government and Politics of Thailand in the 21st Century” at 9 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 28 in Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall.

For more information about the symposium, the speakers and the Gockels, Read More.

Fall Enrollment Points to Growth

Missouri Southern State University reported strong fall enrollment numbers in many categories including first-year freshmen and out-of-state students to the Board of Governors on Friday, Sept. 21.

The official headcount occurs each fall on the State of Missouri census date, which was Sept. 14. Missouri Southern will formally report its numbers to the Missouri Department of Higher Education next week.

Although MSSU’s overall headcount is down approximately 3 percent, enrollment is up in many categories. After instituting the new Lion Pride Tuition program, which gives the in-state tuition rate to out-of-state students living in more than 120 surrounding counties, MSSU has experienced an 8.9 percent increase in students coming from out-of-state. Read more.

Homecoming Events for Students!

Homecoming means fun!  A full list of activities for students is planned for Oct. 1 - 5. The fun will continue with the Homecoming Parade on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 11:30 a.m. and the Homecoming football game beginning at 2 p.m. in Fred Hughes Stadium on the MSSU campus. 

To see a full list of activities, all sponsored by the Campus Activities Board (CAB):  Read More

Music Gala October 4

A special evening of music is planned for the first week of October at Missouri Southern State University.

The Southern Jazz Orchestra (SJO) and Southern Exposure will present a Music Gala at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4 in Taylor Performing Arts Center.

The Gala will include guest vocalist MSSU President Dr. Bruce Speck and special guest the Royal Thunder Drum Line.
Proceeds will benefit the Friends of MSSU Fund which supports the Department of Music and its scholarship offerings.
The community is invited to attend this evening of music. Read More.

Career Services Events Scheduled

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

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

Alumni Homecoming Activities Slated

homecoming 2012 logoGet ready for Homecoming 2012!

The “Celebrating 75 Years of Lion Pride” Homecoming will be held Oct. 2 - 6 at Missouri Southern State University.

Homecoming is a time to rekindle ties with classmates, faculty and campus.  All current students and alumni are invited to reconnect with the University during Homecoming weekend.

From MSSU’s roots in 1937 as Joplin Junior College, to today’s expansive 373-acre campus and nearly 6,000 students, the college and university experience is a time of growth for all students. 

This year’s Homecoming parade will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, followed by the 2 p.m. kick-off as the MSSU Lions face the South Dakota School of Mines Hardrockers.

For a complete list of activities, Read More.

Three Receive "Outstanding Alumni" Awards

Walmart executive Mike Moore, television personality Carol Parker and Investment Manager Bryan Vowels will receive the “Outstanding Alumnus 2012 Awards” from the Alumni Association at Missouri Southern State University.

They will be honored during the “Celebrating 75 Years of Lion Pride” Homecoming reception the evening of Friday, Oct. 5 and at the Lion Pride Brunch, scheduled for Saturday, Oct, 6.

Reservations can be made for both events and can be obtained by calling 417.625.9355.  

This year, in honor of the 75th anniversary of Missouri Southern, three graduates were chosen for awards. One each was chosen from the first, second and third quarter centuries of MSSU’s existence.

Their achievements will be recognized at halftime at the Missouri Southern Homecoming football game on Saturday, Oct. 6. Read More.

Belk Named Lion-Hearted

Joplin Museum Complex Executive Director Brad Belk is the 2012 "Lion Hearted" Award recipient from the Alumni Association at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin.
Belk will be honored during the Homecoming Friday night reception on Oct. 5 and at the Lion Pride Brunch, scheduled for Saturday, Oct 6. Reservations are still available for both events and can be obtained by calling 417.625.9355.
Over the past twenty-five years Belk has made it his mission to create greater public awareness on the importance of local history. As a practicing public historian he has worked in various capacities as an author, educator, archivist, historian, exhibit designer, conservator, tour guide, historian film script writer, director and film producer. Belk has been associated with the Joplin Museum Complex for 25 years and holds the position of executive director. He is a 1978 graduate of the University of Missouri.  Read More.

Paint the Town Green and Gold

As of the first day of October, all local businesses are encouraged to paint their storefront windows, or find another creative way to display MSSU colors. They then need to take a photo of the new decor to submit to a panel of judges.

The first place winner gets $1,000. Second place gets $700. The third place winner snags $500.

University leaders say regardless of the outcome, the entire community wins if enough businesses participate.

"Paint the town green and gold is just one way this year that we are celebrating our 75th anniversary and we are trying to grow that connection to the community so we are hoping that a lot of businesses participate," says Cassie Mathes, MSSU Director of Marketing and University Relations.

If you want to participate, photos should be submitted to by 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1.

The winner will be announced on Thursday Oct. 4. The winner will be invited to take part in the Oct. 6 Homecoming parade.

Experience "Movies through the Decades"

There's nothing like a good movie! Join Missouri Southern State University's 75th Anniversary Celebration with "Movies through the Decades," a selection of iconic films for each decade from the 1930s to the present.
The movies are free and open to the public.

The next film in the series is Casablanca starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

The film will be shown at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27 in Phelps Theater on the bottom floor of Billingsly Student Center. 

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.

Book by Tiwari Now Available

A book by Achala Tiwari, adjunct instructor of English at Missouri Southern State University, is now available on

The book is entitled V.S.Naipaul and his Trilogy on India: Images of India in V.S.Naipaul's Writings on India.

Dr. Tiwardi has selected V.S. Naipaul’s travelogues on India for special study because of his significance as a writer of English prose. Read More.

Saudi Arabia National Celebration

In honor of Saudi Arabia National Day, the Saudi Student Club at Missouri Southern State University will be holding a celebration to include their country's culture through music, dancing and interactive discussion.

The event will be held from 7- 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26 in Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall on the MSSU campus

"We hope to inform people about our country and share some of our culture and traditions," says Ahmed Alanazi, Saudi Student Club president. "Many people in this area know very little about Saudi Arabia, and we hope that by sharing our culture with them, they will have a better understanding about where we come from." Read More.

New Hires

The following individuals have joined the Missouri Southern Team:

Lori Musser, Student Success Center
Jeannie Gilbert, ACTS
Garrett Rea, Mathematics
Kaitlin Gram, International English
Vanessa Rodriguez De La Vega, Foreign Language
Jennifer Letner, Kinesiology
Ron Montgomery, Music
Hong Li, Library
Lacey Branstine, Bursar's Office

Take the time to welcome these people to Lion country!

Southern Football Live on the Radio Saturday

88.7KXMS will broadcast the MSSU Football Lions when they take on Southwest Baptist at Hughes Stadium this coming Saturday at 6 p.m. This is the second in this season's home football games to be broadcast live on Southern's radio service now in its 26th year of broadcasting.

"Our first live broadcast (Sept 8th's Northeastern State game) was a technical 'touchdown.' The overall broadcast could not have gone more smoothly. 'Southern Football Live from Hughes Stadium' is a valuable addition to our broadcast schedule this fall," says KXMS General Manager Jeff Skibbe.

Tune to 88.7KXMS just before 6 o'clock Saturday night for Southern's Hall of Fame Game broadcast with Justin Coale and Jordan Larimore. Kick-off starts at 6 p.m.

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

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

9/26/12: 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.
10/31/12: Paint Pumpkins  

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 will last no more than one hour. This semester's  theme  is "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.

Cardiovascular Disease topic of Upcoming Program

Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in America and most American’s do not know how to prevent it. Karl Schmidt, Corporate Events Director for the American Heart Association, discusses how the Four States Heart Walk hopes to instill hope into the community and how individuals wishing to help can participate by forming a team. Survivor Bobby Ballard, along with Amanda and Dave Bastian, whose young son, Chandler, is a survivor, recount their tales of a life impacted by cardiovascular disease.

Karl Schmidt and the American Heart Association hope to broaden awareness in the Four State Area by providing the public with statistics and information about the warning signs of a heart attack.

The interview will air on KGCS-TV at the following times

Sun., Sept. 23—5:30 p.m.
Mon., Sept. 24—5:30 p.m.
Tue., Sept. 25—5:30 p.m.
Wed., Sept. 26—5:30 p.m.

The program will also air on KOAM Saturday, Sept. 29 at 5:30 a.m.

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


Garrett Rea, the newest member of the Department of Mathematics, has coauthored an article that has been accepted for publication in the Mathematics journal Mathematische Annalen. He and his coauthors consider the diffusion of heat over what are called Hormander vector fields. This situation allows for much more realistic real-world modeling of heat flow and present many interesting problems to mathematicians. This paper is the culmination of work in this area started in the early 1800's and pursued by Nobel Prize Winner John Nash, (portrayed by Russell Crowe in the movie A Beautiful Mind.) This is the subject of Garrett's Ph.D dissertation and the current paper extends his work from 2010. He recently gave a lecture on the results at an American Mathematical Society conference in Tampa, Fla. this spring. (Ask him about it if you find yourself in need of a thrill.)  


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