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Accents web header October 14, 2011

President's 4th Annual Gala Concert

"Rodgers, Hammerstein & Friends" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27 in Taylor Performing Arts Center. Proceeds from the program, which is the President's 4th Annual Gala Concert, will benefit Friends of MSSU Music Fund, which supports the Department of Music and its scholarship offerings.

The program will feature the Southern Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Jeffrey Macomber, the Southern Exposure Show Choir, under the direction of Matthew Holt with MSSU President Bruce W. Speck as guest vocalist.

General Admission is $5. Tickets are available at the MSSU Ticket Office in Billingsly Student Center, the MSSU Music Department, the Missouri Southern Foundation office, the Ralph L. Gray Alumni Center and at Ernie Williams Music at 925 S. Range Line Road and Palen Music Center at 1202 S. Range Line Road.

Insurance Enrollment Information Meetings Today

Human Resources will have representatives from Humana on campus today for the final two enrollment informational meetings. It is critical that everyone attend one of the meetings.

Packets with application materials will be handed out and your questions can be answered. To prepare for these meetings, we urge you to familiarize yourself with the provided materials.

For details, see the email that was sent to faculty and staff on Thursday of this week.

Open Enrollment (OE) meetings of approximately ninety minutes in length are scheduled for employees to learn more about the insurance offerings from Humana for 2012.

"We urge all employees to attend one of these sessions," says Debbie Dutch Kelley, Human Resources. "Spouses are also welcome," she adds.

Each employee will receive a packet with plan summaries and a required application form. These applications must be completed and turned into HR (Hearnes Hall room 217) by 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31.

The locations of today's meetings are:

* 11 a.m. - Corley Auditorium (Webster Hall)
* 2:30 p.m. - Corley Auditorium (Webster Hall)

Antony and Cleopatra October 11-15 

The final two nights of the play Antony and Cleopatra, written by William Shakespeare, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. tonight and tomorrow night, Oct. 14-15 in the Bud Walton Black Box Theatre at Missouri Southern State University.

James Lile, Theatre, directs the play, this semester’s Egypt-themed production.

* A popular public figure enmeshed in an extramarital relationship.

* A calculating politician seeking to control the government.

* A region in turmoil as leaders jockey for positions of influence.

Are these current headlines from CNN? No. These are top stories from the late first century BCE in which this tragedy by Shakespeare is set.

See the link for a cast-list and more about the production

Will Rogers' Relative -- a Successful Entrepreneur -- to Speak

The Robert W. Plaster School of Business Administration at MSSU is excited to host Jennifer Rogers-Etcheverry at the annual SOBA Executive Lecture Series in November. 

Rogers-Etcheverry will speak at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 in Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall on the MSSU

Rogers-Etcheverry is president of My Husband’s Nuts, a Bakersfield, California-based company specializing in seasoned and candied almonds. 

She  travels nationally speaking about women entrepreneurism and her family legacy.

Her great-grandfather was cowboy-comedian, Will Rogers. 

With her unique humor and down to earth style, Rogers-Etcheverry shares her extraordinary story about the process of becoming an entrepreneur, touching upon the ups and downs of business.

More information about Rogers-Etcheverry can be obtained from her website:

Join us so you can be inspired too by a dynamic business woman! 

Campus Update Studies Storm's Impact

 Watch this semester's first episode of Campus Update, a student produced news program, for a special edition following the May 22 tornado and a look into how it impacted Missouri Southern.

Topics covered include:  the Joplin Community Memorial Service with President Obama; student Nathan Mill’s tornado experience; the MSSU Campus Memorial; the Foundation’s Emergency Tornado Relief Fund; MSSU’s Royal Thunder Drum Line; the Child Care Center after the tornado; a special 9/11 event held on campus; as well as a look into fall athletics, the Egypt theme semester and other campus news. 

Open the link for times and dates.

Be a Maestro!

Kexi Liu, Director of Southern Symphony Orchestra, has recently announced that the orchestra has started the second annual "Be a Maestro!" fundraising program for the orchestra. The conductor’s podium is up for auction.

The successful bidder will win the right to conduct a short piece in Southern Symphony Orchestra's February or May concert. The piece will be mutually decided by the winner and the Director of the orchestra.

The deadline to submit a bid is Thursday, Dec. 15. The winner will be announced Friday, Dec. 16, the last day of the fall semester.

The starting bid is $500, and bidders may make multiple offers with a minimum raise of $100. The funds raised will be used to invite soloists and purchase music for the orchestra.

To submit a bid or check the current bid price, contact the orchestra’s director or 417.625.9681.

The baton is waiting--don't miss out!

Tornado Benefit Gala Concert

Heartland Opera will present a Tornado Benefit Gala Concert for the Vocal Music and Drama Departments at Joplin High School. The concert will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct.  21 in Taylor Performing Arts Center.

Admission is $10 per person with all proceeds going directly to Joplin High School. The concert will consist of a full symphony orchestra, professional soloists from around the country and a large chorus pulled together from the Carthage, Webb City, Carl Junction and Neosho High Schools, as well as the MSSU and Crowder College choirs.

It will feature professional opera singers on the first half of the performance and Broadway-quality musical theatre selections in the second half.

"We are also very proud to feature select MSSU vocal performance students as well as Jim and Mrs. Ann Lile from the MSSU Theatre department as soloists for the event!" says Nicholas Gilmore, Artistic Director of Heartland Opera Theatre. 

For information, telephone 499.9977 or email

Egyptian Musician to Perform

Egyptian musician Gamal Gomaa will present The Heartbeat of Egypt from noon - 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 in Phinney Recital Hall.

The presentation is free and open to the public. It is part of "Egypt Semester" activities at MSSU.

Born in Giza, Egypt, Gamal Gomaa began studying percussion at age eight. Five years later he was playing tabla for “El Ferka el Gamaeya” from the University of Cairo under Maestro Mustafa Abdel Hamid.

Mr. International 2011 Competition

 The "Mr. International 2011" competition will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20 in Corley Auditorium. 

Come watch male International Students compete in Evening, Costume, Interview and Talent events.

Students interested in competing are asked to contact Stephanie Goad in Hearnes Hall Room 307 or email Kelsey Jensen at

Master Adviser Certification Training Sessions

Master Adviser Certification Training sessions are slated for Oct. 18.

The presenter is Kelly Wilson, Director, Advising, Counseling & Testing Services

• First Seminar: 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. - BSC 356
• Second Seminar: 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. - BSC 356

Would you like to become a more effective academic adviser? Participants in this two-part seminar will receive a theoretical foundation in developmental advising, specific interview tools used in communicating with students, an overview of campus resources, and additional information on external resources for professional development in advising.  The Master Advisor Seminars are designed for both new and experienced faculty and professional staff.

New to Enrollment? Need a Refresher session?

Covering how to build an effective schedule and Registering through Lionet. Attend sessions

Oct. 26:  9  a.m. - 11:30 a.m. & 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. in room 320 of Plaster Hall
Oct. 27: 9:30 a.m. - 12 noon & 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. in room 311 of Health Science

Plucinski Wins Mother Road Marathon

Karen Plucinski, Biology, was the women's winner of the Mother Road Marathon over the weekend.

Karen came in First Place of all women with a time of 3:29:49.

Congratulations to Karen for this great achievement and to all who took part in this race.

The women's half-marathon winner was Marisa Forth, an MSSU alumna.

The Mother Road Marathon runs through three states along historic Route 66.

Please don't miss the chance to congratulate Karen for a job well done, as well as other winners and participants.

Foundation, Financial Aid Office Award Scholarships 

Four Missouri Southern students have been awarded scholarships related to the May 22 Joplin tornado.

The Missouri Southern Foundation announced that it has awarded scholarships of $1,000 each to Justin Baird, junior Mass Communications major from Kansas City, Mo., and Kylie Schiermeier, senior Nursing major from Joplin.

The MSSU Office of Financial Aid has awarded two additional tornado-related scholarships of $1,000 each to Miranda Christensen, sophomore Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement major from Joplin and Tiana Clemons, freshman Psychology/Public Relations major from Joplin.

Recipients were selected based on demonstrated financial need prior to the tornado, losses due to the tornado, and community service after the tornado.

CAPP Degree Evaluation Training

The Registrar’s Office will be offering CAPP Degree Evaluation training next week. Be prepared! Come learn how you can use this tool to help your advisees progress toward their degree.

All sessions will be held in Health Science Building, room 165. Session times are as follows:

Wednesday, Oct.19 – 2 .p.m.

Wednesday, Oct.19 – 3 .p.m.

Thursday, Oct.20 – 2:30 p.m.

There is no need to RSVP, but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

If several members of your department are in need of training and you are not able to attend one of these sessions, please contact Betsy Leighninger at  ext. 9513 or to schedule a group session.

First-Year Experience Recruiting Faculty

The First-Year Experience Office is in the process of recruiting faculty for the fall 2012 semester. Attached is an application form. Applications are due by Friday, November 18.

There are several benefits of being a UE 100 Instructor, including;

• a $500 incentive stipend for teaching the course;

• an additional $1,800 stipend if the course is taught as an overload;

• assistance from a trained peer mentor;

• opportunity to participate in five Instructor Development sessions designed to provide resources to teach the UE 100 course; and

• opportunity to assist new students with the transition to MSSU and improve the overall retention rate of first-year students.

The FYE office is providing two information sessions for faculty and staff interested in learning more about teaching UE 100 at the following times and dates.

* Wednesday, Oct. 19: 12 noon -1 p.m.,  BSC 356
* Thursday, Oct. 20: 12 noon -1 p.m., BSC 356

Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to Teara Neidert at 625-9731 or by Friday, Oct/ 14  (today!) to reserve your spot.

Southern Jazz Combos to Play November 21

The next Southern Jazz Combos In Concert appearance is slated for 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 21 in Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall.

Phillip C. Wise, Director, says the concert will feature an appearance by Steve Grismore, adjunct jazz instructor of Jazz Studies at Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.) and the University of Iowa. A prolific performer, Grismore has been playing guitar for over 40 years and has degrees from the Guitar Institute of Technology and Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Iowa.

Steve Grismore’s appearance is courtesy of a grant from the Helen S. Boylan Foundation.

The concert is free and open to the public.


Who Said That?- Jamie Aebersold

Blue Bossa- Kenny Dorham

Summertime - Gershwin/Hayward

Monaco- Kenny Dorham

Star Eyes- Raye/DePaul

Alamode - Curtis Fuller

Solo Selection– TBA - Steve Grismore

Una Mas - Kenny Dorham

Softly As In A Morning Sunrise - Hammerstein/Romberg

The Clan - Curtis Fuller

Heartland Receives over $1 Billion in Government Contracts

Clients of Heartland Procurement Technical Assistance Center (Heartland PTAC) have received over $1 billion in government contracts.

In recognition of that milestone, a special reception for Heartland PTAC was held Wednesday, Oct. 12 on campus.

Heartland PTAC officials and staff members from other PTAC offices in Missouri, Joplin Chamber of Commerce representatives, PTAC clients, local legislators, members of the faculty of the Robert W. Plaster School of Business Administration and members of the Administration at MSSU were in attendance. 

The PTAC’s mission is to assist businesses in locating, obtaining and performing government contracts.

Since its inception in 1994, the PTAC has assisted its clients with over $1 billion in contracts. These dollars equate to creating or retaining 21,871 jobs!

The PTAC has done almost 500 training events for businesses and it has completed over 14,000 individual counseling sessions with businesses.

One client recently stated: "Heartland PTAC has proven to be an extremely valuable component in the successful and timely delivery of our services to the government. They provide a unique service to us and other businesses. No other program can offer what the PTAC provides to us, or the direct and responsive way we can communicate. Without them it would be much more difficult to work through the red tape required with government contracting."

Officials from Heartland PTAC recently testified before Congress in Washington, D.C. about efforts to find governmental assistance for victims of the May 22 tornado in Joplin.


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