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October 19, 2012


Board Meeting Today

The Missouri Southern State University Board of Governors will meet at 1 p.m. today, Friday, Oct. 19, in the Board Room on the 3rd Floor of the Billingsly Student Center.

Board chairwoman Dr. Sherry Buchanan will present a plaque and portrait of Chuck Surface, a member of the Board who recently passed away, to Mrs. Chuck Surface at the beginning of the meeting.

Also today, a representative from BKD will also attend the Board meeting and will present the annual audit findings.

The meeting is open to faculty, staff and community.

Work Continues on Retention, Services

The University continues to work with the Noel-Levitz Higher Education Consulting Firm to enhance retention efforts and services for MSSU students. One recommendation they made (described below) recently involves administrative structural changes. These changes have been approved and are now in effect.

Darren Fullerton's title has changed from vice president for Student Affairs to vice president of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. There will also be a realignment of support services by transferring the Bursar's Office, Registrar's Office, and the First-Year Experience Program to this Division.

Another improvement is the addition of a dean of Student Engagement and Retention. This position is being created to increase our services for students and will be advertised in the coming weeks.

Officer Training Program Established

MSSU President Bruce Speck is pleased to announce a University partnership with the Missouri Army National Guard to offer Officer Training Programs.  The program entitled "Show-Me Gold" will begin at MSSU in August 2013.

The new program became official upon a formal memorandum of agreement signing today on campus.

Dr. Speck commented that this program is a perfect fit for MSSU, which was designated in 2012 as a Military Friendly Institute by G.I. Jobs, the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life.

The Missouri Army National Guard Officer Leadership Program (Show-Me Gold) will offer citizens of Missouri the opportunity for professional development to become commissioned officers in the Missouri Army National Guard. The officer training program will consist of credit-bearing classroom instruction, leadership laboratories and physical conditioning training.

A Missouri Army National Guard officer, Capt. Amanda Self, will be based at MSSU in the near future to begin recruiting students, developing the academic program, and providing instruction for cadets.

Employee Education Series: RSVP Today!

Don't miss the next Employee Education Series program titled "Portable Storage Security."

This will deal with concerns over, and resolution of, security issues on flash drives and cell phones.

Date/Time: Friday, Oct. 26 at Noon

Place: Room 341, Billingsly Student Center

What happens when you lose a flash drive or a cell phone with proprietary or confidential data?  How do you protect yourself and your institution?

This presentation is by Ryan Halstead, Security services Manager.

A free buffet-style lunch will be served. RSVP by Oct. 19 to Judy Wilmoth at ext. 3167 or email

Spike or Treat

The MSSU Volleyball team will host Spike or Treat at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 in Young Gymnasium.

Registered Student Organizations and other groups are welcomed to be part of the fun, and booth decorating

Volleyball will have booths for kids to Trick or Treat, along with a costume contests for the kids...AND the adults!

Plus, win a cash prize for having the best decorated booth!

Winners announced during the 6 p.m. volleyball match on Oct. 27 following the event.

Help us cheer on MSSU Volleyball and give local kids a safe and enjoyable trick or treating experience right here on Southern's campus!

Please contact Cori Reid at 625.9820 or at  or the Student Activities Office at ext. 9320 with questions.

Grantseeking Workshop Slated

The Resource Development Center will host a FREE workshop on grantseeking for MSSU faculty and staff and area nonprofit organizations from 9:30a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 29 in  BSC 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 MSSU, 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. 

The workshop provides an introduction to the Foundation Center's comprehensive online database, Foundation Directory Online Professional. Learn how to create customized searches to develop targeted lists of foundations that will match your organization's funding needs. We will spend time exploring Power Search, which allows you to search across nine Foundation Center databases – grantmakers, grants, companies, 990s, news, jobs, RFPs, nonprofit literature, and PubHub reports. You will be introduced to resources available on the Foundation Center's newest web site for grantseekers,  A service of the Foundation Center, GrantSpace offers information and resources that are specifically designed to meet the needs of grantseekers

Learn the key components of a proposal to a foundation. For those new to proposal writing, this portion of the class will cover how proposals fit into the grantseeking process; what to include in a standard proposal to a foundation; tips for making each section of your proposal strong; what funders expect to see in your proposal; tips for communicating with funders during the grant process; and additional resources on proposal writing, including sample proposals.

For workshop registration, go to:

For other information please contact the MSSU Resource Development Center at or telephone at 417.625.3521.

Students Work on "Assembly Line"

Adam Smith in The Wealth of Nations said economic growth has its basis in the division of labor, the breaking down of large jobs into smaller components.

On Thursday, Oct. 17, students in Douglas Osborne's mathematics class at Carl Junction High School participated in an exercise to understand the application of mathematics to industry and the division of labor.

The project was coordinated by Elke Howe, Engineering Technology Department head at MSSU.

Read more online at:

Phobias Subject of Event at MSSU, PSU

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.

Musical Salute to 1937 Continues

KXMS continues its musical salute to the year 1937 during the 75th anniversary of Missouri Southern State University with a survey of music in movies of 1937.

This special "Southern Serenade" broadcast airs at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, according to Jeff Skibbe, 88.7KXMS.

The most significant film of 1937 was by far "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," the first full-length animated film, and the project that secured the future of the Walt Disney empire.

We will hear "Some Day My Prince Will Come," and "Dwarfs' Yodel Song" performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Comedian Harmonists, respectively.

Spencer Tracy received a Best Actor Oscar for "Captains Courageous."  The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra will play a suite of the film score by Franz Waxman.  The program also features music from Jeanette McDonald with Ruse Case and the Orchestra.  For the finale, Louis Levy and his Gaumont-British Symphony will play a medley of music from movies of the 1930s originally recorded in 1937 by Columbia Records

Presentations on Elephants Monday

For centuries, the elephant was the national symbol of Thailand; the kingdom was even known to outsiders as the Land of the White Elephants. Unfortunately, the Asian elephant population is officially listed as highly endangered and is in real danger of becoming extinct within three generations.

Dennis Schmitt, alumni professor of reproductive biology in the school of agriculture at Missouri State University and the Ringling Bros. chair of veterinary care and director of research, will make two presentations on elephants:

"Where is the Elephant in the Room?"
10  a.m., Monday, Oct. 22
Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall
Admission: free

"Shades of Gray: It's Not Black and White!"
Noon, Monday, Oct. 22
Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall
Admission: free

The presentations are free and open to the public.

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.

"Chamber Chat" on KGCS-TV

The upcoming edition of the "Chamber Chat" program on KGCS-TV focuses on membership and opportunities for members.  The program, produced in cooperation with the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, features Chamber communications director Kirstie Smith with Larry Chalmers from Shield Financial. 

KGCS-TV  produces and airs the program as a community service, allowing the Chamber of Commerce to reach members and the public with news about Chamber programs.

"Chamber Chat" will air at the following dates and times:

Tue., Oct. 23 – 6:30 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 24 – 6:30 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 28 – 6:30 p.m.
Tue., Oct. 30 – 9 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 31 – 9:30 p.m.

KGCS programming may be seen over the air on digital channel 22, as well as on regional cable television systems including Cable One, Mediacom and Suddenlink. 

Shadow Puppet Play Nov. 1 - 3

Southern Theatre is proud to present Phra Abhai Mani: A Thai Shadow Puppet Play, based on an epic tale of magic and adventure by Sunthorn Phu, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1-3 in Bud Walton Theatre on the campus of Missouri Southern State University.

The play is directed by Jim Lile, Theatre.

According to Sven Broman in Shadows of Life: "The popular shadow theatre Nang talung originated in the southern part of Thailand.   It made its first appearance . . . in the 17th or 18th century AD and represented a new form of Thai shadow theatre. In conformity with the classical shadow theatre, the Nang talung theatre companies perform episodes from the Ramakien or Ramayana epic and well-known folk tales."

Phu adds that southern shadow theatre is influenced today by the modern literature as well as by the film industry and television. Plays written by members of the company itself and based on modern life are now performed.  He says popular shadow theatre was introduced into Bangkok and its neighborhood at the end of the 18th century and performances were given both at the royal court and in public. Read more.

Quarterly Coffee Next Friday

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 done by 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.

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). 

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, Music. 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.

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

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.

Events  Still to Come --

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

KGCS to Air October Music Gala

Every so often the Missouri Southern Music Department gets the urge to showcase its talent, and what better way to do that than with a Music Gala. Tune in to KGCS as the station presents this year's talent in the 2012 October Music Gala.

Specializing in many different forms of music, the talented student body will present Jazz Orchestra, Drumlines, Choral performances and several other music forms. The event will lead up to a special musical presentation from MSSU president Bruce Speck.

The music event will be aired on KGCS at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

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


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