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October 5, 2012


75th Anniversary Homecoming Continues

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.

Today, the names of the Homecoming Royalty chosen  from ten finalists  will be announced during an all Campus Picnic on the oval from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 a.m. Royalty will be crowned at approximately noon.  Tonight will come the Alumni Awards Reception and the Parade Float Party.

Today's picnic will be held insie the Lion's Den.  See other rain contingency plans in the story below.

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 full list of MSSU Homecoming events, see:

For a list of events sponsored by the MSSU Alumni Association, see:

MSSU to Offer Four-Year Degree at Crowder

Neosho-area students pursuing their four-year degree in management will soon have a more streamlined process, due to a new partnership between Missouri Southern State University and Crowder College.

The two schools will come together next Thursday, Oct. 11, to sign an articulation agreement enabling MSSU to offer upper-division courses in business administration with an emphasis in management at Crowder College, making it possible for Crowder students to finish their bachelor's degrees through MSSU on the Crowder campus. The signing will be held at 11 a.m. in the Wright Conference Center in the Arnold Farber Building at Crowder's main campus in Neosho.

MSSU will have a satellite office on Crowder's campus with a dedicated admissions counselor working to help students with the transition.

"Forming a partnership like this is an important and necessary step to help these students achieve their dreams of completing a four-year degree," said MSSU President Bruce Speck. "We know that in some cases, students have the desire to finish their degree but not the ability to travel. This agreement makes it possible for both schools to help students meet their goals."

Crowder officials say they are pleased the two schools have been able to develop this offering for students.

 "This is a great opportunity for our students to have bachelor degree options on our campus after they complete a degree at Crowder.  It was a very positive experience working with the MSSU faculty and staff to develop this partnership.  We look forward to working with Southern in the future to create more opportunities for our students," stated Dr. Glenn Coltharp, vice president of academic affairs at Crowder College.

The courses will begin in Spring 2013. For more information, contact MSSU Admissions Counselor Belinda Cotten at or at 417.529.9290.

Humpty Dumpty Oct. 9-13 in Walton Theatre

Southern Theatre is proud to present Humpty Dumpty by Eric Bogosian at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9-13 in Bud Walton Theatre. The play is directed by Tim Klein, Theatre.

Humpty Dumpty is not your typical children's story; there is quite a twist this time. Four friends gather for a holiday at a mountain getaway where unforeseen events bring them to the brink of the end of the world.

This dark thriller is designed for mature audiences. It includes adult language and situations.

The Humpy Dumpty cast includes: Sam Hydar as Troy; Shelley Keezer as Spoon; Ryan Odenbrett as Max; Devri Brock as Nicole; and Larry Mitchell as Nat.

Admission is free for MSSU Students and MSSU faculty and staff; $3 for adults and $1 for senior citizens and non-MSSU students.

The Southern Theatre box office is open. Box office hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. For reservations, call the Southern Theatre Box Office at (417) 625-3190.

For theatre production information, contact MSSU Theatre Department at 625.9393.

For accommodations related to a disability, contact Terri Spencer, Theatre, at 625.9393 at least 72 hours before the program.

Outstanding Alumni to Speak to Students

Three individuals chosen as "Outstanding Alumni" by the Missouri Southern State University Alumni Association,will speak on campus today Friday, Oct. 5.
Mike Moore, '87, president of WalMart Central Division, and Bryan Vowels, '92, Wells Fargo branch manager, deliverrf an overview lecture at 9 a.m. in Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall. Carol Parker, '54, KSN TV program host, will speak at 11 a.m. in the KGCS-TV television studio in Webster Hall to a Public Relations class taught by Judy Stiles, Communication.
All three will be recognized at the MSSU's 75th Anniversary Homecoming Picnic on the MSSU Oval around 11:40 a.m. this Friday. Read more.

Message from President on Thanksgiving

Employees received this message from President Bruck Speck earlier this week:

"Traditionally, the afternoon before Thanksgiving has been unofficially a time when campus was closed so that staff could prepare for Thanksgiving, either traveling or making arrangements for a day at home. 

"After consultation with the President’s Council, I have determined that the campus does not need to be open the day before Thanksgiving.  Thus, I am announcing that the campus will be closed on Wednesday, November 21.  I hope that by announcing this today, you will have ample opportunity to make whatever arrangements you deem necessary to prepare for Thanksgiving. 

"On behalf of the President’s Council, I wish you a happy and safe holiday."

Rain Contingency Plans for Homecoming

Since the weather is questionable today and tomorrow, below are contingency plans regarding Homecoming activities. We hope you join in the celebrations!

Picnic – The picnic has moved into the Lion's Den. Please join us to crown this year's king and queen and to see the new mascot.        
Float Party – A decision will be made at 3 p.m. If the weather looks too wet it will be canceled and the judging will take place Saturday morning instead of Friday evening.        
Alumni Reception – This will continue at the Ralph L. Gray Alumni Center

Alumni Brunch – No change.        
Parade – The parade will take place rain or shine.        
Game – Also rain or shine! There may be adjustments with the band performances if it is raining.

Thanks to everyone for their decorations and participation this week. Go Lions!

Diversity Lunch and Learn Next Friday: RSVP Today!

This month's Diversity Lunch and Learn event will be held on Friday, Oct. 12, at noon in Billingsly Student Center Room 309.

Kimberly Kester, International English Program, will present "Exploring Religions: Islam." 

A free BBQ Buffet lunch will be served.

Remember to RSVP today to Tani Montee, First-Year Experience, at ext. 9731 or email

Students Help Raise Money for Heart Association

Respiratory and Radiology students helped raise money for the American Heart Association on Sept. 29 as part of the Four States Heart Walk which was held on campus.

MSSU raised $2507 total to be awarded the trophy and plaque denoting the top donor in Joplin.  MSSU competed against both hospitals and Leggett and Platt, among other entities. Ninety-five percent of the contributions were raised by students in the Respiratory Therapy Team ($1486) and Radiology Team ($896).

MSSU also received the traveling trophy for the most money raised. Way to go, MSSU students!

More K.C. Chiefs Tickets for Sale

The CDECA club at MSSU is selling more Kansas City Chiefs tickets, to help finance the club.  The tickets, which normally sell for $44, are available for $35. 

The deadline for the Chiefs-Bengals game of Nov. 18 is Nov. 2.
The deadline for the Chiefs-Carolina game of Dec. 2 is Nov. 16.
The deadline for the Chiefs-Indianapolis game of Dec. 23 is Dec. 7.

For information or to purchase tickets, contact Stu Dunlop, Business, at .

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Quarterly Coffee Oct. 26

The next Faculty & Staff Quarterly Coffee is slated for Friday, Oct. 26. The gathering will be held from 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. in room 309 of the Billingsly Student Center. Coffee and doughnuts will be free. Start your day with your MSSU friends.

The event is being held in thanks and appreciation for everything you do as MSSU employees!

Program to Focus on Election

An upcoming Newsmakers program focuses on the upcoming November election.

Ann Wyman and Will Delahanty, political science; along with Southern political science majors Johnathan Saunders, Tristan Routledge, and John Versteradt discuss what voting and the upcoming election means to them.

The interviews will air on KCGS-TV at the following times:

Tue., Oct. 9 - 9:30 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 10 - 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 14 - 5:30 p.m.
Mon., Oct. 15 - 5:30 p.m.
Tue., Oct. 16 - 5:30 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 17 - 4:30 p.m.

The program will also air at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20 on KOAM-TV.

KGCS programming may be seen over the air on digital channel 22, and on regional cable television systems including Cable One, Mediacom and Suddenlink. The station operates as a service of the Department of Communication at Missouri Southern State University

88.7KXMS Provides Live Homecoming Football Coverage

88.7KXMS will provide live Homecoming coverage of MSSU football on “Southern Football Live from Hughes Stadium” from Missouri Southern State University.  The Lions coverage this this Saturday starts at 1:55 p.m. on 88.7FM.  The play-by-play hosts for this season’s live radio broadcasts of MSSU home games are Justin Coale and Jordan Larimore.

88.7KXMS/Fine Arts Radio International® is a cultural resource and a community service of MSSU.

Naturalization Ceremony Oct. 12 at Carver Monument

George Washington Carver National Monument, Diamond, Missouri is pleased to be hosting a Naturalization Ceremony at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12. The Honorable Arthur B. Federman, U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, will preside over the naturalization of 40 new citizens. Applicants for citizenship include individuals from 20 different countries, including Mexico, New Zealand, Ethiopia and Cameroon.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony which will take place on the park grounds at George Washington Carver National Monument. In the event the ceremony should be moved inside the Visitor Center, there will be limited seating.

The United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri retains exclusive jurisdiction to conduct naturalization ceremonies for applicants seeking citizenship. A General Agreement between the National Park Service and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services allows co-hosting Naturalization Ceremonies at National Park Service sites.

Administered by the National Park Service, an agency of the Department of the Interior, George Washington Carver National Monument preserves the birthplace and childhood home of George Washington Carver, scientist, educator, and humanitarian. The monument is located two miles west of Diamond, Missouri on Highway V, then ¼ mile south on Carver Road. For more information, please call the park at 417.325.4151 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

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 this Sunday, Oct. 7. 

Jennifer Dennis, Biology & Environmental Health, 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. .

"It is very important to support our philanthropy that we make a solid commitment to support this event," according to officials from Zeta Tau Alpha.

Leadership Academy Sponsors 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, Oct. 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

10/10/12: Gel Candles
10/17/12: Decorate Sugar Cookies
10/24/12: Yoga/Pilates (BRC)(11:05a-11:45a)
10/31/12: Paint Pumpkins 12/5/12: Zumba (BRC) 11:05-11:45 a.m. & 12:50 p.m.
11/21/12: Thanksgiving Break (No activities)
11/28/12: Make Stockings/Ornaments

Books are Fun Book Fair Slated

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.

Some Like it Hot Next in Series

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 Some Like it Hot starring Marilyn Monroe.

The film will be shown at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11 in Phelps Theater on the bottom floor of Billingsly Student Center. 


Phone Books: Names & Numbers phonebooks and the Yellow Book phonebooks available at the Residence Like Center across the street from the main campus.  Please pick up your new phonebook ASAP.

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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