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October 26, 2012


Safe Halloween Event on the Oval

 pumpkinGet ready for great carnival games, a pumpkin patch and trick or treating on campus at this year's expanded Safe Halloween event, sponsored by the Residence Hall Association (RHA).

The event will take place from 5 – 8 p.m. on Oct. 31 on the Oval.

There will be apple cider, cocoa, and treats for the adults as well!  It is free of charge.

This event is open to the public and all children are welcome to come in their costumes! 

For more information contact: Samantha Quackenbush, Resident Director, at

Shadow Puppet Play Nov. 1-3 in Walton Theatre

thai puppet picSouthern 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.

Mock Trial Team Wins in Maryville

The Missouri Southern State University Mock Trial Team competed in the Northwest Bearcat Invitational Oct. 19-20 on the campus of Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Mo. The tournament consisted of two rounds each on Friday and Saturday concluding with an awards program.

Two Missouri Southern teams (numbering 12 students total) competed. Only one-third of the team had any past experience in the competition.

Receiving top attorney awards were Jessica Andrews, senior political science major from Jefferson City, and Johnathan Saunders, senior political science major from Neosho. Read more.

Global Entrepreneurship Week/USA

This November will mark the third year the MSSU Center for Entrepreneurship will join universities worldwide in celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week/USA (Nov. 12-18, 2012). This is an initiative to inspire young people around the world to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity. 

Karen Bradsaw, Small Business Development Center, says several workshops are being offered at no cost to MSSU students, faculty, staff, business owners, and prospective business owners.

For details on the workshops including dates, costs and other specfics: Read more.

Lantern Society Honors Kolpin-Rubison, Freeman

The Missouri Southern Foundation honored Ruth I. Kolpin- Rubison and Freeman Health System with the Spirit of Philanthropy award at the annual Lantern Society Dinner on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

More than 100 donors and friends of the Foundation attended the dinner, which was held at Billingsly Student Center on the Missouri Southern campus.

A pioneer in the field of broadcasting, Kolpin-Rubison was recognized for her broad-reaching philanthropy to the community at large, as well as specific gifts to Missouri Southern State University.

Examples of the latter include scholarships to students seeking careers in broadcasting, updated equipment to KGCS-TV, and sponsorship of the Southern Media Showcase.

Kolpin-Rubison played a primary role in the development of radio and cable television in southwest Missouri, especially in the city of Carthage where she resides.

Freeman Health System was honored for its long-standing commitment to Missouri Southern and the community.  Especially noted was Freeman's involvement in helping in the aftermath of the Joplin tornado. 

Read more.

Somapa Thai Dance Company to Appear Monday

thai dancePrepare for an evening of Thai classical dance this coming Monday evening.

The next Thailand semester event is "Siamese Story: An Evening of Thai Folk and Dance Drama" slated for 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29 in Taylor Performing Arts Center. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The Somapa Thai Dance Company will present Pralor – the all-time favorite of Thai classical dance drama based on the ancient poem "Lilit Pralor." The poem was believed to have been composed during the Ayutthaya period (1350-1767) by an anonymous poet and adapted during the reign of King Chulalongkorn of the Rattanakosin era (1782-1932).

Loosely based on the northern Thai myth, the dance drama has incorporated many northern Thai folk movements and flares as well music and costume influences from the north.

Pralor is an exquisite example of how ancient Thai poetry can come alive in the classical dramatic arts with elements of beauty, fear, passion, magic, love, hatred, rivalry, conflict, and fate all in one story. The Somapa Thai Dance Company will present key scenes from the story. Read more.

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.

Legacy Day, Mizzou Game events sponsored by Alumni Association

Saturday, Nov. 3 - Legacy Day - ages 5 - 17.  Interactive classes from noon - 2:30 p.m., followed by the 3 p.m. kick off vs. Truman State University.  A legacy is a child who has one or more relatives who have attended Missouri Southern.  Call 417.659/LION (5466) to reserve your spot.  No charge for this event!

Sunday, Nov. 4 - MSSU Men's basketball vs. Mizzou Tigers with a pre-game reception at Mizzou Stalcup Room in Columbia, Mo. at noon. Game tickets will be $10 and pre-game reception is sponsored by the MSSU Alumni Association. For more details, please Kate Mata in Athletics at  417.625.3576.

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 --
10/31/12: Paint Pumpkins 12/5/12: Zumba (BRC) 11:05 -11:45 a.m. & 12:05 - 12:45 p.m.
11/21/12: Thanksgiving Break (No activities)
11/28/12: Make Stockings/Ornaments

Musical Survey of 1937

88.7KXMS will continue its celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Missouri Southern State University with a continuation of its musical survey of the year 1937. Jeff Skibbe is your host at 5 p.m. this Friday, Oct. 26 for this third in the on-going survey of music of that Depression-era year.

In 1937, radio was the electronic medium that kept students of Joplin Junior College in touch with the world.  That year, British radio producer Douglas Geoffrey Bridson (1910-1980), dubbed "cultural boss of the BBC," produced a radio adaptation of "King Arthur." 

The production featured incidental music composed by Benjamin Britten. Friday's 1937 music survey opens with a transcription of some of that incidental music, performed by the University of Nevada at Las Vegas Wind Orchestra. Read more.

"Father of MSSU Soccer" Newmakers Guest

Hal Bodon, the first head coach of the Missouri Southern men's soccer team, returned to Southern after his 1996 retirement to be inducted into the Southern Hall of Fame. Bodon introduced men's soccer in 1972 and became the first coach when it became a varsity sport at MSSU in 1976. Coaching the men's soccer team for 11 seasons, Bodon retired with a record of 138-74-21 and had the soccer field named after him.

Bodon joins Newsmakers to reminisce on founding the men's soccer team and his years as a communications professor, as well as expressing his joy and honor in being inducted into the Hall of Fame.  Read more.

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.

Southern Symphony Fall Concert

The MSSU Music Department 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 him 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.

Muslim Holiday of Sacrifice Feast

In honor of Eid Al Adha, a three-day Muslim holiday of sacrifice, the Saudi Student Club at Missouri Southern State University will be holding a celebration feast to showcase their country's food and cultural dining etiquette.

The event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m.. Friday, Nov. 2 in the Baptist Student Union.

"We want to celebrate this holiday by allowing people to try some of the foods we eat and learn why we do certain things we do," says Ahmed Alanazi, Saudi Student Club president. "Many people are afraid of Muslims because they don't know the truth about our culture and our customs, and we want to show them we are friendly, giving, peace loving people like them."

Alanazi adds that the food will be prepared by the Saudi students using original recipes from their home country. The event, which is free and open to the MSSU campus community and area citizens interested in the Muslim culture, will include 10-12 types of dishes and a short presentation about the Eid Al-Adha and Muslim dining etiquette.

Those planning to attend need to RSVP by calling 625.9372 by Wednesday, Oct. 31. For more information, please contact Stephanie Goad at 625.9372.

Author Sukrungruang to Visit Campus

Ira Sukrungruang is a Thai American, born and raised in Chicago. He received his M.F.A. from The Ohio State University and is the author of the memoir Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy. He is the coeditor of two anthologies on obesity: What Are You Looking At?: The First Fat Fiction Anthology and Scoot Over, Skinny: The Fat Nonfiction Anthology. His work has appeared in many literary journals, including Post Road, The Sun, and Creative Nonfiction. He is the editor of Sweet: A Literary Confection (, and teaches in the M.F.A. program at University of South Florida.

Sukrungruang will sign copies of his Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy and answer your questions in these informal sessions.

For more information on his presenations at MSSU, see Sukrungruang.

In addition to the events mentioned online, Sukrungruang will present a reading of his creative work as part of the Saltzman Visiting Writers Series at 7 p.m.  on Wednesday, Nov. 7 in Room 413 of the Spiva Library. The reading is free and open to the public

For more information about him, visit

Complete Your Pumpkin Color Form by Oct. 31

Human Resources thanks everyone who has completed his/her pumpkin color election form for your choices of health, dental and vision insurance for 2013,

For those of you still deciding on your selections, remember the deadline is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 by 5 pm.

For your convenience, we have posted a variety of reference materials on the Sharepoint site: .  Then select Human Resources and Insurance Information.

Anyone wanting to add a person to the insurance will have to complete a Humana enrollment form. So you will have a bit more paperwork to complete.

The on-line enrollment for the Flexible Spending Accounts through our cafeteria plan (ASI) will begin Nov. 1.

Jazz and Pizza

The Southern Jazz Combos from MSSU will be performing at Gusano's Pizza at 3929 East 7th Street in Joplin beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16. The performance will feature three student combos performing a variety of selections from the jazz idiom including  Satin Doll, Lady Bird, Autumn Leaves, Summertime and Recordame. Vocalist Devri Brock will perform jazz classics It Had To Be You, When I Fall In Love, Bye Bye Blackbird, and Nat King Cole's Straighten Up & Fly Right

"This is an opportunity for people in the community to hear our jazz combos in a more relaxed atmosphere" states Phillip C. Wise, Director of Jazz Studies.  "I encourage folks to come out to relax and enjoy a pizza and listen to some jazz". 

In addition, MSSU jazz guitar instructor Joe Leiter will perform with the various ensembles.  Joe received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Classical Guitar Performance from Florida State University under the tutelage of Bruce Holzman and was a  1993 semi-finalist in the International Quebec Competition. In addition to his duties as classical guitar instructor, he is an accomplished jazz guitarist and teaches jazz improvisation. 

The performance is free and open to the public;  However, you are encouraged to make advanced reservations with Gusano's Pizza.


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