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September 28, 2012

Celebrating 75 Years of Lion Pride . . .

Alumni Homecoming Activities Slated

homecoming 2012 logoThe "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.

This year's Homecoming parade will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6 on campus 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.

Homecoming Events for Students!

Homecoming means fun!  Malorie Cashel, Student Activities, says 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. 

Elisa Bryant
, Alumni Association, says 14 high school and middle school bands plus the Lion Pride marching band will be included, along with MSSU's new mascot! 

She says over 20 floats from campus departments, students and alumni, the Homecoming court, Alumni Award winners and members of the Athletics Hall of Fame and Chart Hall of Fame featured.  

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

University Reacts to Death of Chuck Surface

surfaceThe Missouri Southern State University community reacted with sadness today to news of the death of Chuck Surface, a current member of the MSSU Board of Governors and veteran area businessman, legislator and public servant. Mr. Surface, 68, lost a long battle to cancer on Wednesday, Sept. 26.
"We are truly saddened to hear of Chuck's death," said Missouri Southern President Bruce W. Speck.  "The entire campus extends its condolences to his family. Working with him and for him has been a great honor.  We all will miss him immensely."
Dr. Sherry Buchanan, Chairwoman of the Missouri Southern Board of Governors, joined in expressing her grief on learning of the death:

"Missouri Southern was dear to Mr. Surface. We know that one of the things he wanted to do in his life was serve on the Missouri Southern Board of Governors.  We are glad he was able to accomplish that goal."

Mr. Surface received a bachelor of science degree in marketing and management from Missouri Southern in 1969.

He was appointed to the Board of Governors on Oct. 26, 2011.  His term was due to expire in 2016.

He received MSSU's Outstanding Alumni Award in 1987. Read more.

MSSU has Fond Memories of Andy Williams

Faculty, staff and several students at Missouri Southern State University have fond memories of working with entertainer Andy Williams who passed away Tuesday, Sept. 25 in Branson after a long battle with bladder cancer.

The memories spring from a project in late 2010. 

Students in Scott Cragin’s Marketing Strategy Class were given the opportunity to participate in one of two projects.  One addressed Andy Williams’ Moon River Theatre.  The other dealt with the Moon River Grill. In all, about a dozen students worked in teams with Andy and his staff to develop marketing plans for the two facilities. 

The Branson Chamber of Commerce was also involved.

Stu Dunlop, another teacher in the MSSU School of Business Administration, coordinated the project. Stu Dunlop’s wife Dr. Penny Clayton heads the Accounting program at Drury University.  She has been the personal financial consultant for Andy Williams for several years. Read more.

Help Paint the Town Green and Gold

Homecoming festivities begin next week at Missouri Southern State University. We're asking the Joplin area to join us as we celebrate 75 years of Lion Pride and paint the town Green and Gold!
Business owners have the opportunity to win prizes up to $1,000 by decorating their business with MSSU colors and signs. They can jazz up your storefront, inside and/or out... whatever. The more creative the better.
All you have to do is take a photo of your business and email it to by 5 pm on Monday Oct. 1.Show your pride by keeping your decorations up all week.
A panel of judges from MSSU and KSN/KODE will vote on the businesses with the best decor and will notify the winner on Thursday, Oct. 4. First place wins $1,000, while second place earns $750 and third place $500.

Winners will be introduced at the Oct. 6 Homecoming parade and also will be featured on the MSSU web site, as well as on KSN's Living Well on Friday, Oct. 5.
Anyone with questions can email Cassie Mathes, University Relations and Marketing, at

Music Gala October 4 at MSSU

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.

Royal Thai Consul-General to Visit Monday

Royal Thai Consul-General Songphol Sukchan, representing 14 U.S. states, will visit Missouri Southern State University on Monday in recognition of the university's Thailand Semester.

Sukchan and his delegation will tour the campus at 10 a.m. and then attend Thailand Semester presentations at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Corley Auditorium of Webster Hall. Marilyn Downing Staff, from Boulder, Colo., will be speaking on "Living on the Fringe: Hill Tribe Minorities in Thailand" and "Love Knows No Bounds: A Thai Adoption Story."

The Consul-General will provide official greetings from the Royal Thai Consulate (Chicago office) at the beginning of both presentations. He represents Thailand in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Kentucky, and Wisconsin. Read more.

Think Pink to Fight Breast Cancer

Zeta Tau Alpha, the National Football League, Kansas City Metro Alumnae Chapter, and the Kansas City Chiefs are very excited to announce the Chief’s participation in the NFL Think Pink! event on Oct. 7. 

Jennifer Dennis, Biology & Environmental Health, the ZTA Adviser at MSSU, says MOSO Zetas will be among those volunteering to to pass out ribbons to fans at the gates from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. There will be event t-shirts with the NEW Think Pink! logo.

"It is very important to support our philanthropy that we make a solid commitment to support this event," Dennis says.

Ong-Bak Next in Thai Film Festival

The next film in the Thai Film Festival at Missouri Southern State University will be Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (2007; 105 min.).The film will be shown at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2 in Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall.

The film is open to the public.  There is no charge to attend.

Sensational Thai martial arts superstar, Tony Jaa, portrays Ting, a religious young warrior who has taken a vow of peace but is forced to use his powers to recover the priceless head of a sacred statue when it is stolen by a ruthless crime lord.

Marilyn Downing Staff to Speak Next Week

International traveler, tour operator and biologist/sociologist Marilyn Downing Staff will speak at MSSU next week

Staff will make three presentations on Monday, Oct. 1 in connection with the Thailand Semester at Missouri Southern State University.

"Threads that Bind a Culture: Historical and Contemporary Thai Silk Textiles"
9 a.m., Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall.

"Living on the Fringe: Hill Tribe Minorities in Contemporary Thailand"
11 a.m., Corley Auditorium, Webster Hall

"Love Knows No Bounds: A Thai Adoption Story"
1 p.m., Corley Auditorium, Webster Hall.

All the presentations are free and open to the public. 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.

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 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.

New Employee Reception

The Leadership Academy invites faculty/staff to the new employee reception.

It will take place from 3 - 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17 in the Ralph L. Gray Alumni Center

The MSSU Leadership Academy is excited our new employees have joined the Pride!

Please take the opportunity to come to this reception to meet the new employees, enjoy some refreshments and help us introduce them to the campus.

We want them to know the campus community is glad they are here and we look forward to a great future together!

Please RSVP to no later than Wednesday, October 10.

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

10/03/12: Photo Booth and Make & Take Frames 11/7/12: Make & Take Soup
10/10/12 Gel Candles 11/14/12: Make & Take Turkeys
10/17/12: Decorate Sugar Cookies 11/21/12: Thanksgiving Break (No activities)
10/24/12: Yoga/Pilates (BRC)(11:05a-11:45a) 11/28/12: Make Stockings/Ornaments
10/31/12: Paint Pumpkins 12/5/12: Zumba (BRC) 11:05-11:45 a.m. & 12:50 p.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 straight to the trash or junk folder, organize your appointments, send meeting requests and more.  Bring your Outlook questions!

A free buffet style lunch will be served.

RSVP by Sept. 21 to ext. 3167 or 

Books are Fun Book Fair October 22-23

Come enjoy the Books Are Fun Book Fair in Room 243 of the Billingsly Student Center (Fish Bowl) Monday, Oct. 22 from  9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Payment will be accepted by cash, credit/debit and check. Proceeds will benefit the United Way

With over 250 great titles at unbelievable prices, you are sure to find something for everyone on your list!

Product categories include: children's story books, cookbooks, general interest books, New York Times Best Sellers, stationery & scrapbooking, music collections, gifts for all ages, early learning products, and children's educational products.

For more information and a great video of what your fair will look like... click here.


For Sale: Antique table and 6 upholstered chairs. Asking $400.  Call 529-0464.

Trip: Visit Darwin’s famed Galapagos Islands. See the unique flora and animals including t and Darwin’s 13 species of finches.  Eight day, EF (Education First) tour; flying out of Tulsa, OK; leaving May 20 and returning on May 27. For more information email; or call 479-644-8068; or drop by office 230, Taylor Hall.

Ballroom Dance Lessons:  Held in Health Sciences building. Private lessons, wedding choreography, East Coast Swing, Salsa, West coast Swing, American Waltz. Contact 417.392.0215 or


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