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October 12, 2012


Stamper, Henderson 2012 Homecoming Royalty

Missouri Southern State University students Ruth Stamper, Carl Junction, and Trenten Henderson, Mt. Vernon, were crowned "75th Anniversary" Homecoming Queen and King Friday, Oct. 5 on the MSSU campus.
Coronation of Homecoming Royalty was held at the all-university picnic at noon on campus before a crowd of well-wishers. 

Stamper and Henderson were crowned by Missouri Southern State University President Dr. Bruce W. Speck and Mrs. Carmen Speck. Read more.

Final Nights for Humpty Dumpty

humpty dumpty picSouthern Theatre's play Humpty Dumpty by Eric Bogosian will continue at 7:30 p.m.,Oct.12-13 in Bud Walton Theatre on the campus of Missouri Southern State University. 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. Read more.

Pictured at right: Devri Brock and Ryan Oldenbrett in Humpty Dumpty. Read more.

MSSU Signs Agreement with 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 came together 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 was 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 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.

Board Meeting, Sub-Committee Meeting Oct. 19

The October Board of Governors meeting will be held on Friday, Oct. 19 beginning at 1 p.m. in the Board Room in Billingsly Student Center, room 310. 

Earlier that day, the  Board's Academic Affairs Board sub-committee will meet at 10:30 a.m. in Billingsly Student Center, room 343.  The topic for this open meeting will be Faculty Promotion. 

Interested parties are welcome to attend either or both meetings.

Free Grantseeking Workshop Slated

The Resource Development Center at Missouri Southern State University will host a FREE workshop on grantseeking for MSSU faculty and staff and area nonprofit organizations on Monday, Oct. 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in MSSU's Billingsly Student Center, room 356. The session will be led by Kief Schladweiler, Coordinator of Cooperating Collections with the Foundation Center (

Schladweiler will highlight the electronic and print resources available for free use at the Resource Development Center at Missouri Southern State University, a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center.

The training will cover the following areas: Introduction to Finding Funders, Guide to Online Grantseeker Resources, and Proposal Writing Basics.  Read more.

Magician Martin to Appear Oct. 17

The Missouri Southern State University Campus Activities Board is proud to bring magician Daniel Martin to campus on Wednesday, Oct.17. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 7 p.m. in Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall.

Nominated by Campus Activities Magazine as "Entertainer of the Year," Martin has gained widespread popularity among college campuses. His performance involves a combination of interactive magic, exhilarating escapes and sarcastic improvisations. Utilizing constant audience participation, Martin's act includes tricks such as stopping fired paintballs in mid-air and pushing glass bottles through audience members' stomachs.

Described by his peers as one of the most creative acts performing today, Martin has been featured on NBC, CBS, ESPN, and VH1.

A Night of Fear and Trembling: Phobias in Poetry and Music

Do you have a phobia? If so (or even if not) an upcoming event at MSSU and PSU may be for you!

Stacey Barelos, assistant professor of music at Missouri Southern State University (MSSU), and Christopher Anderson, assistant professor of English at Pittsburg State University (PSU), will present "A Night of  Fear and Trembling: Phobias in Poetry and Music." 

The event will be presented free of charge at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25 in Corley Auditorium at MSSU and at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30 in McCray Hall at PSU.  Music by Barelos, poetry by Anderson, and music and poetry by students from MSSU and PSU will be featured. Karen Kostan, assistant professor of psychology at MSSU, will give the introduction.

This project came about accidentally when both Barelos and Anderson found that they had created works about phobias independently of one another.  Many of these original works will be presented at the event including music titled, "Syngenesophobia (the fear of relatives) and Lilapsophobia (the fear of tornadoes)" and poetry titled, "Hydrosiphobia (the fear of sweat) and Athazagoraphobia (the fear of forgetting). Read more.

Class Studies End of World Controversy

guberaStudents in a class at Missouri Southern are deep into the study of a subject prompted by writings from an ancient culture. Conrad Gubera, (pictured left) professor of sociology, and Sam Claussen (right), retired Theatre faculty member at Southern, are team-teaching a class titled "Maya Civilization and the End of the World."

claussenThe teachers and students know that Dec. 21 is approaching. This year the date has particular significance.

On that day, the final day of a circular Maya calendar that dates back at least to the 5th Century B.C., the ancient Maya determined that something would happen. It could be the return of a god-king, the beginning of tidal waves and earthquakes a pole shift or even the end of the world.

Gubera, for one, isn't convinced.

"The day in the Maya Long Calendar coincides with the winter solstice," Dr. Gubera says, "but it is mentioned no more than twice. All the speculation about December  21 comes from very little evidence."

The teachers say speculation over the day this December has resulted in money being made by a large number of writers, moviemakers and others.  Read more.

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!

Spiva Library Open House

MSSU's Spiva Library will hold its 1st Annual Open House from 8 a.m. -  4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29 and Tuesday, Oct. 30.

Nancy Crabtree, Spiva Library, says the event will introduce students, faculty and staff to the physical structure of the library, as well as its collections and services.  The goal is for each participant to leave the open house feeling positive about, and comfortable with the library and its staff.  Everyone will feel welcomed at the library and will know that they have a place to turn to in the future for help with all of their information needs.

This movie themed interactive event will lead participants on an adventure throughout the building allowing them to enjoy, coffee, popcorn, candy, receive giveaways (mouse pads, tote bags, pens, wrist bands, etc.) and enter to win certificates from Crabby's Seafood Bar & Grill, Del Rio Bordertown Café, Hackett Hot Wings, Instant Karma Hot Dogs, Jimmy John's, McAllister's Deli, Old Navy, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, Red Onion Café, University Java Coffee and Woody's Smokehouse along the way.

Time to Register for Legacy Day!

Legacies of alumni have the opportunity to explore what Missouri Southern is all about at this year's annual Legacy Day.

A Legacy is a child lucky enough to have one or more relatives that graduated or attended MSSU. 

On Saturday, Nov. 3, these Legacies will have the opportunity to show their spirit while having fun with Missouri Southern students. 

Registration will begin at noon.  An assortment of interactive classes will follow at 12:30 p.m. 

These classes will be taught by Missouri Southern's teacher education majors in the Taylor Education Building.

Age groups range from 5-17 for the interactive classes. The classes will allow each legacy to bring home a little piece of MSSU. 

The class activities will come to a close at 2:30 p.m., when legacies are then invited to help cheer on the Lions at the football game against Truman State University.  Kickoff will be at 3 p.m.

For more information, contact the Missouri Southern Alumni Association, at 417.659-LION (5466). 

U.E. 100 Information Session Slated: Deadline to Register Today

It's time again to select the UE 100 Instructional Team for fall 2013.  The First-Year Experience Office will host two information sessions to tell people about the opportunity to teach UE 100. 

The sessions will be held from noon - 1 p.m. in Room 356 of the Billingsly Student Center on Wednesday, Oct. 17 and Thursday, Oct.18.                

Please contact Tani Montee at 625.9731 or email by today, Friday, Oct.12, to reserve your spot. Lunch will be served!

Police Receive "Outstanding" Rating

Kenneth Kennedy, Chief of the Police Force at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, recently received the results of the Quality Assurance Review (QAR) of his departments Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) procedures from the Department of Public Safety of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The intent of the review was to assist the force at the University in complying with reporting requirements of Sections 43.505 and 43.545 RSMo, and to ensure that date collected in the state repository is safe and reliable.

Timothy P. McGrail, Captain, Criminal Justice Information Services Division of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, informed Kennedy that the Missouri Southern Police Force received an "Outstanding" rating. Read more.

Shadow Puppets on Morning Show

Jim Lile, Theatre, with the assistance of Lyle Burrow from his department, has booked his upcoming Thai puppet play on the KSN morning show on Monday, Oct. 29.  Jim and the students will be doing a demonstration of the puppets. Be sure to get up early and watch! The show airs from 5:30 - 7 a.m.

Southern Theatre will  present Phra Abhai Mani: A Thai Shadow Puppet Play, based off an epic tale of magic and adventure by Sunthorn Phu, at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 1 - 3 in Bud Walton Theatre.  Look for more announcements on the play in the near future.

Southern Symphony Orchestra Concert Nov. 9

The Music Department of Missouri Southern State University presents the fall concert of the Southern Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9 in Taylor Performing Arts Center on the MSSU campus. This concert is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

This concert is under the direction of guest conductor Jeffrey Macomber. Joining Macomber will be pianist Stacey Barelos, and percussionists Brian Fronzaglia and Josh Zimmer. 

They will join the strings of the Southern Symphony Orchestra to perform Sattha, a modern work by Thai composer Narong Prangcharoen.  Sattha was composed to honor the survivors of the 2004 tsunami that devastated Thailand, among other countries. 

This performance is sponsored, in part, by International Studies at MSSU as part of the Thailand semester. Read more.

Saltzman Memorial Fund

The Saltzman Memorial Fund was established to honor the memory of the late Arthur "Art" Saltzman, a prolific writer and longtime member of the English Department at Missouri Southern.  This is an ongoing fund, maintained by the MSSU Foundation, to which contributions may be made at any time.  All contributions to the fund will be designated to the Spiva Library to purchase books that recognize literary accomplishments in a variety of areas.  Read more.

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

 Naturalization Ceremony Tomorrow 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.

Fox Elected to Association Board

Mike Fox, Physical Plant, recently attended the 22nd Annual Missouri School Plant Managers Association Fall Conference which was held at Lodge of the Four Seasons in Lake Ozark. Represented at the conference were physical plant directors and staff members from 68 public and private K-12 schools, colleges and universities from across the state. The three-day event included numerous speakers, training sessions and a vendor-sponsored trade show. Officers selected to represent the Association for 2013 were president, Shawn Dilday of the Neosho R-5 School District, president-elect, Mike Fox of MSSU  and vice- president, Ron Ash of the Moniteau County R-1 School District.

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 --

10/17/12: 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.

Graduate's Play to be Staged in NYC

MSSU graduate Kirby Fields has a play soon to be staged in New York City.  The play is titled K Comma Joseph

A simple complaint about hot water in an apartment leads a mild-mannered clerk down a rabbit's hole of intrigue and duplicity.  Finding himself on "a list" and charged with unknown crimes, he is suddenly at odds with his boss, wife and  and a corrupt government official.  On the run, his life destroyed, he has nothing left to save but his soul.

Lanny Ackiss, English, says Fields was a English bachelor of arts literature emphasis graduate and  an Honors Program graduate. 

To read more about the play see, Fields.  Information is also available at K Comma Joseph and Up Theater.


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