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November 2, 2012


Shadow Puppet Play 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., tonight and tomorrow night in Bud Walton Theatre.

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.

Legacy Day, Mizzou Game Events Sponosored 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 contact Kate Mata in Athletics at  417.625.3576.

Donations to Help Lindenwood Player

The MSSU Athletics Department and the Missouri Southern Foundation will collect donations to help a Lindenwood football player injured in last Saturday's game.

Sterling Thomas, a 5'10, 170-lb. cornerback, suffered a spinal cord injury. He is in serious condition at a hospital in St. Charles.

Just as the Lindenwood University community is rallying to support Thomas, so is MSSU.

"Our thoughts are with Sterling and his family," said Jared Bruggeman, MSSU Director of Athletics. "We hope he understands that the Missouri Southern family is pulling for him and that he is able to draw strength from those around him."

In this spirit, the MSSU football program and the football parents will sell baseball hats for $10 each, with $1 of every sale going to help Thomas. The hats will be sold at this Saturday's home game against Truman State.

Fundraising efforts will continue next week as well. The Athletics Department will have a table from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 in the Lion's Den to collect donations and sell hats. At that time bracelets will also be available for $3 each to support the cause. Both the bracelets and the hats will be sold at the last home game against Pittsburg State on Nov.10.

Outstanding Teacher Nominations

Nominations for the Outstanding Teacher Awards at Missouri Southern State University will be accepted until Dec. 14.

Please use the link to nominate a faculty member for either the Outstanding Teacher or the Outstanding Teacher (International Education).

The winners will be announced during the May Commencement ceremonies.

Visit Outstanding Teacher Awards.

After reaching the Academic Affairs page, click on the "Outstanding Teacher" and "International Outstanding Teacher" separately to bring up the appropriate forms.

Wind Ensemble Tuesday Night in TPAC

The MSSU Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Ron Montgomery, will present  the ensemble's fall concert  at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6 in Taylor Performing Arts Center.

The concert is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Ron at 625.9634 or email

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.

Author Sukrungruang to Visit Campus

ira sukrungruangIra 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 presentations 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

Alpha Chi Holds Induction

Just under 100 students were initiated into the Missouri Iota Chapter of Alpha Chi, a national scholastic honor society, at Missouri Southern State University during ceremonies on the MSSU campus on Sunday, Oct. 28. Comments were made by Missouri Southern vice president for academic affairs, Pat Lipira. Welcome remarks were given by Michael Ori, chapter president.

The address for the induction was delivered by Conrad Gubera, professor of sociology at Missouri Southern Read more.

Program on Music of 1937 Continues

Today, the survey of music from 1937, the founding year of Joplin Junior College, continues with one French title by a member of "The Group of Six," and two works by Americans, one of which studied in Paris to finish his education.

Scaramouche, a roguish clown character of the Italian commedia dell'arte, is the title of a 1937 composition by Darius Milhaud, one of Les Six. Pianists Lyubov Bruk and Mark Taimorov perform.

The centerpiece is the Third Symphony by Roy Harris, an American composer who went to Paris to finish his music education with Nadia Boulanger. Harris composed at least 18 symphonies. Harris was superstitious and numbered his 13th symphony as 14th, but this was corrected after his death, with the permission of his widow. Marin Alsop conducts the Colorado Symphony on a Naxos recording.

The program closes 1937 chamber music by Leonard Bernstein. Bernstein was a nineteen year old Harvard music student of Walter Piston when he wrote his Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello. Influenced by conductor Dmitri Mitropoulos, several melodic ideas were recycled for use in later pieces. The opening of the second movement was used later by Bernstein in his first musical, On the Town. Bernstein's work is performed by Trio Amade on a Klavier release.

Tune in at 5 p.m. today, Friday, Nov. 2 on 88.7FM. Additional information can be found on the station's Facebook page. Check out 'KXMS' 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 --
11/21/12: Thanksgiving Break (No activities)
11/28/12: Make Stockings/Ornaments

Diversity Lunch & Learn- November Session

This month's Diversity Lunch and Learn event will be held on Friday, November 9, at noon in Billingsly Student Center Room 309.

Achala Tiwari, an English and Philosophy Department faculty member, will present "Exploring Religions: Hinduism." 

A free Italian Buffet lunch will be served.

Remember to RSVP at least one week in advance to Tani Montee, First-Year Experience, at ext. 9731 or email

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 Bradshaw, 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 specifics: Read more.

CDECA Selling K.C. Chiefs Tickets

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 (today!).
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

Jazz and Pizza November 16

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.

Catch Lions-Truman State Game on 88.7KXMS

88.7KXMS/Fine Arts Radio International, the radio station headquartered at Missouri Southern State University, will broadcast the next exciting contest on the gridiron featuring the MSSU Lions. Don't miss the action on Saturday, Nov. 3 when the station airs the John Ware Memorial Classic on "Southern Football Live." 

The MSSU Lions will take on the Truman State University Bulldogs. 

The broadcast begins at 2:55 p.m. Kickoff is slated for 3 p.m.

Southern Media Showcase Day November 8

More than 350 area high school students representing 12 regional media programs will gather at Missouri Southern State University on Thursday, Nov. 8 for the 16th annual Southern Media Showcase Day. The program begins at 9:15 a.m. in Corley Auditorium at MSSU.  Schools attending will come from throughout the region. A highlight of each year is the student media competition. This year, 11 schools submitted more than 300 entries in the video and print competition.  Eight schools submitted video entries and six schools submitted print items. The program will feature highlights of the finalists and presentation of awards to winners.

Guest speakers will also make presentations for the students, focusing on various aspects of the media. The day begins with Tulsa World sports writer Jimmie Trammel sharing his experiences and insights. It will also include a panel presentation from graduates from the MSSU Department of Communication sharing their real world media experiences. Read more.

Beat Pitt State Week Next Week

Show your school spirit and support our football and volleyball teams as they take on Pitt State on Nov. 10.

Show your support from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. Nov. 5 – 9 on the Oval (or inside the Lion's Den in case of inclement weather)

Stop by the spirit gazebo and show your MSSU clothing and be entered in a drawing for a $30 bookstore gift card. We will also have some fun Green and Gold giveaways for the games.  

This event is open to the Southern community.

For more information contact: Craig Gullett, Coordinator of Student Activities, 625.9320 or

Newsmakers Focuses on Master Developer Plans

An upcoming edition of the Newsmakers interview program on KGCS-TV focuses on the proposed plans by the master developer working with the City of Joplin in tornado rebuilding efforts.  Joplin City Manager Mark Rohr joins David Wallace from Wallace Bajjali Development partners in discussing the proposed plans and future vision for Joplin, including growth in population.  

During the program, they discuss the process for seeking public input on ideas, funding for the projects and projected timetables.  The master developer has presented nearly $800 million in redevelopment projects for Joplin.

The Newsmakers interview may be seen at the following times in upcoming weeks on KGCS-TV:

Monday, Nov. 5 – 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 6 – 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 11 – 5:30 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 12 – 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 13 – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 14 – 5:30 p.m.

The interview will also air on KOAM-TV at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17.

KGCS programming may be seen over the air on channel 22, as well as on regional cable television systems including Mediacom, Suddenlink and Mediacom.  The station operates as a service of the Department of Communication.

Final Thai Semester Film Slated

 The final Thai Film Festival selection of the semester will be Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.

The film is scheduled  to be shown at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13 in Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall.

A dying man, Boonmee chooses to spend his last days on his country farm, surrounded by his family. His mystical journey to the next life blends reality with dreams, visions and visits from his deceased wife and son. This film, directed by the acclaimed Apichatpong Weerasethakul, won the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival and has been called "mysterious and lovely" (New York Times) and "haunting and hypnotic" (Rolling Stone). The film contains a segment of implied, mythic sex between a princess and a catfish.

The film is free and open to the public.


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