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Accents web header October 21, 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.

Volunteers to Take Part in Extreme Makeover "Smart Mob"

As part of the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" effort, volunteers from MSSU are taking part in a “Smart Mob.”

The Smart Mob is an energized group of MSSU students, faculty and staff who will complete a service project for the Joplin community as part of its recovery from the storm.

"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" is working in Joplin through Oct. 25 building homes for several families who found themselves without residences following the May 22 tornado that destroyed homes and businesses and took 162 lives.

“The Missouri Southern family was deeply impacted by the storm,” said JoAnn Graffam, Interim Vice President for Development, “and our students, faculty, and staff members are excited about the opportunity to help the community recover.”

One Missouri Southern faculty member, the spouse of an MSSU staff member and one student lost their lives in the storm. Hundreds of other students, faculty and staff members lost their homes, automobiles and personal possessions in the destruction.

Since the tornado, Missouri Southern family members have participated in numerous recovery efforts, ranging from hosting the Red Cross Shelter for those displaced by the storm and housing state and federal agencies to picking up debris at homes and providing scholarships for those affected by the storm.

At this time, more than 200 members of the MSSU family are signed up to work with the Smart Mob which will work this Saturday.

MSSU's Smart Mob is joining forces with the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" team to plan and execute the community service event.

Suspense is a key characteristic of the Smart Mob scene. Details on the community service project will unfold prior to the event.

For more information, contact Smart Mob organizers at the MSSU Resource Development Center at or telephone 417.659.5479.

Board Meeting Today 

The Missouri Southern State University Board of Governors will hold its October Meeting at 1 p.m. today in room 310 (Boardroom) of the Billingsly Student Center.

Styrofoam Carving Workshop Tomorrow 

A hands-on Styrofoam Carving Workshop will take place from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 22 in Bud Walton Theatre.

The workshop, sponsored by the Missouri Southern State University Theatre Department, is free and open to the public. Dan Williams, Designer/Technical Director and assistant professor of Theatre at Missouri Southern will conduct the workshop.

Props can include walls, trees, fences, puppets and other items included in a production to help bring a scene to life.

Hungry Tiger Program to Help Carthage Students 

The Hungry Tiger Pilot Program, a partnership between students and teachers at Carthage Junior High School with the Carthage R-9 Foundation and Missouri Southern State University, will address hunger among Carthage students.
The program is being paid for by a State Farm Youth Advisory Board Grant of just under $97,000.

A check presentation will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at Carthage Junior High.

On a number of occasions, junior high students have asked Family and Consumer Science (FACS) teacher, Kim Hoover, if they could take home food prepared during class so they would have something to eat over the weekend.
The program will feature collaboration between junior high students and high school and college students to plan and implement a program to distribute backpacks of weekend food, recipe ingredients and kitchen essentials to food insecure Junior High Students -- approximately 54 in the R-9 district.

HARAM Brings Egyptian Dance to Life

Magical, sensual and thought-provoking, Egyptian dance comes alive in HARAM! - a re-imagination of the evolution of one of the oldest dance forms to ever exist.

Combining elements of history, beliefs, drama, and dance, HARAM! is an enlightening and entertaining production that will surely transport the viewer through a time capsule about how Egyptian dance evolved throughout thousands of years. HARAM! unveils the relationship between modern Egyptians and a tradition that has survived many adversities throughout its long history.

"HARAM! Unveiling the Mystery of the Forbidden Dance" will take place at 7 p.m., Tuesday Oct. 25 at Taylor Performing Arts Center at Missouri Southern State University.

The event is free and open to the public.

Egyptian Musician to Perform

Egyptian musician Gamal Gomaa will present The Heartbeat of Egypt from noon - 2 p.m. on 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.

Rogers-Etcheverry, Will Rogers' Relative, 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.

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

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

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. tonight, 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.

"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. 

Egyptian Film Festival to Show The Land

The next Egyptian Film Festival Selection, The Land, will be shown at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27 in Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall

Admission is free and no reservations or tickets are required.

In what has been called “the best Egyptian film ever,” Youssef Chahine focuses on the struggles of the residents of a rural village against a wealthy, local landowner and government forces that want to deprive the farmers of their land in order to build an unnecessary road.

This uncompromising film, which stands comparison with The Grapes of Wrath, features a range of rich characters caught in tragic situations, unforgettably and searingly portrayed.

The film, which dates to 1969, lasts 136 minutes.

Next Faculty/Staff Brown Bag November 11

Faculty and staff can combine a cost-free lunch with valuable information at the Faculty Brown Bag Series during the fall of 2011. This fall's theme is "Making Inclusion a Priority at MSSU."   Dom't miss the next Brown Bag:

"Are We Speaking the Same Language?  The Needs and Challenges of International Students."
Noon, Nov. 11 - BSC Room 309
Presented by Stephanie Goad, Institute of International Studies

Faculty and staff are invited to any or all of the presentations. A free buffet-style lunch will be served.  Be sure to RSVP at least one week in advance to Teara Neidert at ext. 9731 or email

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


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