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Three Appointed to MSSU Board

Two new members and a student representative have been appointed to the Missouri Southern State University Board of Governors, it was announced this week by Gov. Jay Nixon.

Charles (Chuck) Surface, a Republican from Joplin, and James B. Fleischaker, a Democrat from Joplin, were appointed to serve 6-year terms on the MSSU Board.

Surface replaces Charles C. McGinty, D.D.S., (R) also of Joplin, whose term officially expired Aug. 30, 2010.  Surface’s term will end Aug. 20, 2016. Due to the special legislative session called by Gov. Nixon, the appointment of Surface, originally made in August, had to be resubmitted.

Fleischaker replaces H. Dwight Douglas, (R), of Joplin whose term expired Aug. 30, 2011. Fleischaker’s term will end Aug. 30, 2017.

The Governor also appointed David W. Sigars, Neosho, to fill a non-voting Student Representative seat on the Board. Sigars replaces Ezekiel P. Tarrant, Webb City, who graduated in May with a Biology degree with an emphasis on preprofessional studies in medicine. Sigars’ term will end Dec. 31, 2012.

Senate consent is required for these appointments.

MSSU Offers Scholarships to 2011, 2012 & 2013 Joplin Graduates

Rebuilding Joplin means keeping our high school graduates in the city to provide the future leadership and energy needed to bring the city back better and stronger after the May 22 tornado. To help accomplish that goal, Missouri Southern State University is offering scholarships to students at four Joplin high schools, University officials announced today.

The scholarships are being offered to students who were sophomores, juniors and seniors as of May 20, 2011 at Joplin High School, McAuley High School, College Heights Christian School and Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School.

These students represent the graduating classes of 2011, 2012 and 2013. Scholarships will be for $1,000 each for the first academic year after the students graduate from high school.

The scholarships represent approximately 25 percent of the current annual cost for a full-time student at MSSU, University officials said.

This assistance to area students is in addition to other tornado related support MSSU has provided. The Foundation created the Tornado Emergency Relief Fund which, to-date, has been responsible for more than $40,000 in grants to faculty, staff and students impacted by the tornado. Donations to the Fund came from donors from as nearby as Joplin to as far away as Japan.

Open Meetings for Candidates for VP Position

Two candidates for the position of Vice President for University Development and Executive Director of the University Foundation will be presented to the campus community Thursday, Nov. 10 and Tuesday, Nov. 15, Missouri Southern State University President Bruce W. Speck announced today.

The two candidates selected for the campus interviews are JoAnn Graffam, Interim Vice President for Development and Executive Director of the Missouri Southern Foundation, and Morgan R. Clevenger, a doctoral candidate at the University of Missouri and former Regional Vice President for Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE).

Members of the Search Committee include President Speck, who is serving as Chair; Jared Bruggeman, MSSU Athletics Director; Sherry Buchanan, Chair of the Missouri Southern Board of Governors; Rayma Bekebrock Davis, President of the Missouri Southern Foundation Board; Dr. Tia Strait, Dean of the School of Technology; and Rob Yust, Vice President for Business Affairs.

The itinerary for the two will include an open meeting for the campus community. The schedule for the campus open meetings for the two candidates will be:

• Morgan R. Clevenger, 2:45 – 3:45 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 10, Corley Auditorium;

• JoAnn Graffam, 2:45 – 3:45 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15, Cornell Auditorium.

FCC, FEMA to Conduct Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test

As part of their ongoing efforts to keep our country and communities safe during emergencies, the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Emergency Management Agency will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). The EAS test plays a key role in ensuring the nation is prepared for all hazards, and that the U.S. public can receive critical and vital information, should it ever be needed.

The first nationwide test will be conducted Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. ET. This test may last up to three and a half minutes, and will be transmitted via television and radio stations within the U.S., including Alaska, Hawaii, the territories of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa. Similar to local emergency alert system tests, an audio message will interrupt television and radio programming indicating: “This is a test.” When the test is over, regular programming will resume.

For more information about the nationwide Emergency Alert System test, please visit and

On Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. ET, (1 p.m. Joplin time) please remember: Don’t stress; it’s only a test.

Southern Honored with AHA Designation 

The American Heart Association officially recognized Missouri Southern State University as a Gold Level Fit Friendly Company in a ceremony Wednesday, Nov. 2 at the MSSU’s Beimdiek Recreation Center.

Karl Schmidt, Corporate Events Director for the American Heart Association Midwest Affiliate, presented a plaque to the university to recognize Missouri Southern's achievement. Missouri Southern President, Dr. Bruce Speck, and others from MSSU accepted the award on behalf of Missouri Southern State University. The Fit-Friendly Companies program recognizes employers that champion the health of their employees and create a culture of physical activity in the workplace.

Fit-Friendly Companies have the right to use the American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Companies Gold seal on all internal communications and external communications.

Fewer than 1,000 companies/groups across the nation are recognized as Fit-Friendly by the AHA.

MSSU also received the designation in recognition for its Wellness program offerings last year.

Healthcare Professions Discovery Day

Healthcare Professions Discovery Day will begin at 12 noon today, Friday, Nov. 4.

The day focuses on students interested in Dental Hygiene, Environmental Health, EMT/Paramedic, Health Promotion & Wellness, Health Science, Medical Technology, Nursing, Pre-Health Professions including: Pre-Dental, Pre-Med, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Therapy & Pre-Vet, Radiologic Technology & Respiratory Therapy.

Check-in begins at noon next Friday at Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall. 

Breakout sessions will provide details about our Health Professions programs. 

Participants will have the opportunity to meet with Admissions Counselors, receive information about financial aid and dorm living, tour campus and discuss degree options with our faculty and advisers

Author Mahoney on Campus November 8 

Rosemary Mahoney, author of Down the Nile: Alone in a Fisherman's Skiff, will visit the Missouri Southern State University campus on Tuesday, Nov. 8 and Wednesday, Nov. 9.

Mahoney will recount her personal experiences rowing a small boat alone some 125 miles down the Egyptian Nile and talk about the lives and aspirations of some of the Egyptians she befriended along the way. As a woman traveling alone in Egypt in an unconventional way, she encountered many frustrating difficulties, got an intimate glimpse of daily life in Egypt, and learned a great deal about Islamic perceptions and beliefs. She also discovered surprising and sometimes unexpected cultural differences between the West and the Arab world. She will present a slideshow along with her discussion.

Her presentations include:

Down the Nile: Alone in a Fisherman’s Skiff
9:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8
Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall
Admission: free

Book Signings and Q&A with Rosemary Mahoney
11-11:30 a.m. and 1-2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8
8:30-9:45 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011
Third floor of Spiva Library (by the fireplace)
Admission: free

From Napoleon to Now: The Tradition of Foreign Travelers in Egypt
7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8
Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall
Admission: free

Gender Attitudes and Religious Mores in Egyptian Society
10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 9
Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall
Admission: free

Rosemary Mahoney is the author of five books of non-fiction: The Early Arrival of Dreams: A Year in China (1990), which was a New York Times Notable Book; Whoredom in Kimmage (1993); The World of Irish Women, which was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and a New York Times Notable book; A Likely Story: One Summer with Lillian Hellman (1998); and The Singular Pilgrim: Travels on Sacred Ground, which was selected as a best book of the year by both The San Francisco Chronicle and The Christian Science Monitor.

Mahoney was awarded the Charles E. Horman Prize for Fiction Writing as an undergraduate at Harvard College. She has received a Henfield-Transatlantic Review Award, a Whiting Writer’s Award, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship. She has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post Book World, The London Observer, The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, National Geographic Traveler, O Magazine and The New York Times Magazine. She lives in Rhode Island and the Republic of Cyprus.

Down the Nile: Alone in a Fisherman's Skiff is the common reader for freshman University Experience classes.  For more information, contact Chad Stebbins, Institute of International Studies, at 625.9736.

2011 Media Showcase Awards Announced

 The 2011 Southern Media Showcase winners were announced at Missouri Southern State University on Thursday, Nov. 3.
The Awards recognize outstanding work in print and video projects by area High School students who enter the competition. Over 250 students attended the event and the winners were awarded with medals at the University. This is the fifteenth year for the Media Showcase Awards, which are presented by the MSSU Communication Department.
Guest presentations include a segment from two representatives from Cable News Network (CNN).  Producer Tomeka Jones and Correspondent Shannon Travis shared their perspectives on covering news around the country.  Jones is the associate producer for CNN Student News, a daily 10-minute news program.  Travis is a political correspondent for CNN. 
Other guest presentations included a segment on local news coverage.  Josh Marsh from KZRG radio shared experiences with the Zimmer radio stations’ non-stop coverage following the May tornado.  Photographer Mike Gullett also shared experiences in covering local news.
A special video award, The Passion for Video Award; In Memory of Will Norton was presented this year. Open the link for a complete list of winners.

Outstanding Teacher Nominations

Nominations for the Outstanding Teacher Awards at Missouri Southern State University will be accepted until Dec. 16.

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.

The link is: 

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

Be a Maestro!

Kexi Liu, Music, 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!

I-44 Hoops Classic Tickets Still Available

Tickets to this Saturday night's I-44 Hoops Classic presented by Wendy's are still available by calling 625-9366 or by visiting the MSSU Ticket Office on the bottom floor of Billingsly Student Center. Tickets will be on sale at the gate/

The Lions will host a D1 opponent for the second time in 5 days. The Lions women will square off with the Missouri State Lady Bears at 5 p.m., followed by the men's matchup.

Gates will open at 3:30 p.m. The parking plan will be the same as the Mizzou game--no Lionbacker lots for this one and all lots except for 10 (immediately behind L & P) will be open to the public. We'll use all four entrances this time as well. Commemorative tshirts and game programs will be on sale. Special recognitions include Missouri State for this incredible gesture, the Red Cross will present a plaque to MSSU and Wendy's will be recognized as the game sponsor.

"Lions, Tigers & Bears" Shirts are on  sale at the game.  The cost is $15 and proceeds go to the MSSU Foundation's Tornado Relief Fund.  Get your shirt at the game, bookstore or see Lions, Tigers & Bears.

October New Hires

Teresa Shufflin, Accounts Payable Clerk
Travis Gray, Athletics Business Manager
Linda Day, Human Payroll Assistant
Lauren Powell, ACTS Assistant

Teaching Music to Students with Disabilities 

Melissa Martiros, Assistant Professor of Music at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, Wisc., will present a lecture at Missouri Southern State University titled, “Teaching Music to Students with Disabilities.”

The lecture will be presented two time, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov.18 in Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall on the Missouri Southern campus in Joplin.

Martiros specializes in developing techniques for children with disabilities.

A firm believer that all children should have the opportunity to learn music, she currently operates an inclusive independent piano studio in Wisconsin where she teaches children with Autism, Dyslexia, ADHD, Cognitive Disabilities, Asperger’s Syndrome, and Tourette’s Syndrome.

These lectures are funded in part with the support of the Missouri Arts Council and Very Special Arts (VSA) in St. Louis. 

Free Community-Wide CPR/First Aid Training

Come to the Billingsly Student Center Ballroom to learn the necessary skills to help save a life.

Classes will be held 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17.

Training Stations:
* Hands-Only CPR
* Bl
eeding Control
* Sprains, Strains & Splints
* Head & Neck Injuries
* Choking & Poisoning
* Burns & Fire Safety

(Classes are ongoing, so drop by at your convenience.)

Join in this family-friendly CPR/First Aid training* event and learn how to save a life. Come and visit all of the training stations or visit just one.

Don’t feel comfortable with a topic? Revisit that station to ensure that you understand the training.

Training doesn’t meet certification guidelines but could prove invaluable in time of emergency.

The sessions are sponsored by MSSU, Freeman Health System, METS, Newton County Ambulance District, the City of Joplin, St. John’s Regional Medical Center, McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital and Southwest Missouri Bank.

For more information, please call 417-881-1121 or email

Veteran's Day Concert

The Missouri Southern State University Wind Ensemble will present a Veteran’s Day Concert at 7:30 p.m. this Monday, Nov.7  in Taylor Performing Arts Center on the MSSU campus.  The concert commemorates the 50th anniversary of the death of composer Percy Aldrich Grainger.

The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert will begin with Irish Tune from County Derry. Most in the audience will be familiar with this melody as the theme from Oh Danny Boy.  Grainger’s passion for collecting folksong has been demonstrated through the majority of his compositions.  The next composition cemented his place among the most important wind band composers. 

Lincolnshire Posy is a six movement work commissioned by the American Bandmasters Association. Grainger described the piece as a “bunch of musical wildflowers” and is considered by many to be one of the cornerstones of the band repertoire.

MSSU Music Department faculty member Stacey Borelos will join a smaller chamber group for The Merry King.

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.

Don't miss the next Brown Bag and "Are We Speaking the Same Language?  The Needs and Challenges of International Students," presented by Stephanie Goad, Institute of International Studies, on, Nov. 11 - BSC Room 309

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

Music Department's ONSTAGE November 17

The MSSU Music Department at Missouri Southern State University will present ONSTAGE at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17 in Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall at MSSU.

Under the direction of Susan K. Smith, Marvin Murphree and Larry Stotsbery, Music,  this annual entertaining event will showcase the talents of 40 voice majors and minors in staged scenes from Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado and Princess Ida, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and The Impresario, plus The Merry Wives of Windsor and The Telephone.

Musical theatre songs such as Razzle Dazzle, Broadway Baby, and I Hate Musicals, and others from Spamalot, Chicago, Mamma Mia! and more will reveal the world of music and theatre, and the colorful characters that inhabit it.

The event is free and open to the public. 

Southern Jazz Combos to Play November 21

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

Phillip C. Wise, Music, 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.

Selections include:

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 

Registration Underway for Basic Law Enforcement Academy

Registration for the 600-Hour State Certified Basic Law Enforcement Academy at Missouri Southern State University is now underway for the Day Academy.

The Day Academy will begin January 16, 2012. It meets Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and on several Saturdays during one semester. 

• Those contemplating attending the Law Enforcement Academy need to attend a 1 hour orientation. The next orientation date is Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011.

If you are not able to attend an orientation, an appointment can be made by contacting Matt Cowdin at 625.9519.

Student Helps Raise Awareness of Breast Cancer

Missouri Southern State University Service learning student, Sophie Jeng, in partnership with HOPE 4 You Breast Cancer Foundation, will commemorate the 25th annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month by showing “1 a Minute: What will YOU Do?” -- a documentary film about surviving breast cancer.

The film is showing three times in November.

HOPE 4 You Breast Cancer Foundation’s mission is to work within the local area to raise awareness, provide support, offer education, and bring hope to breast cancer survivors.

A junior biology major from Joplin, Sophie Jeng will be showing a documentary movie relating to breast cancer survivors. Her main aim is to change the concept of some young individuals who believe that only old people are prone to breast cancer. While the percentage of women with breast cancer under age 40 is small, young women can and sometimes do get breast cancer.

The documentary will be shown on campus at 6 p.m. on Nov. 15, and 29 in the Student Life Center on the MSSU campus. It also was shown on Nov. 1.

"Doing Business with MoDOT Seminar November 15

Heartland Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) will provide businesses with a training seminar “Doing Business with MoDOT”. This seminar will discuss requirements for businesses wishing to submit bids or proposals to the Missouri Department of Transportation.

The seminar will be held in the ballroom on the third floor of the Billingsly Student Center at Missouri Southern State University on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. The seminar will be held from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Registration deadline is Nov. 9.

The cost to attend is $10.

MoDOT divisions represented are:

• General Services - Procurement and Inventory Management

• Design Division - responsible for advertising, letting and awarding MoDOT's highway and construction maintenance projects

Heartland PTAC assists businesses with potential market expansion through procurement opportunities with federal, state and local governments which enhances local economies.

Enjoy the 5th Annual "Swingin' Holiday Show"

The Southern Jazz Orchestra will present its 5th Annual Swingin’ Holiday Show at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29 in Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall at Missouri Southern State University.

The show is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

The concert features the Southern Jazz Orchestra (SJO) under the Direction of Jeff Macomber, Music, with guest vocalist Chelsea LaNore, senior Secondary Education Vocal Music major from Purdy.

Enjoy the annual MSSU tree-lighting ceremony, and then attend the 5th annual Swingin’ Holiday Show by the Southern Jazz Orchestra!

Rally for Joplin Flyer


For Sale: Close to MSSU, 1200 sq. ft., 3 bed, 2 bath, ½ acre corner lot, large deck and 2 car detached garage. $79,900. Call 417.850.4702 for more details.

For Sale: 1993 Ford F-150, 120K original miles. Red and in good condition, $1500.00 OBO  Call: 417-625-9547 (office) or 417-592-5699 (cell).

For Rent or Sale:  Bright, well-maintained 14 year old home with large landscaped yard on a quiet street and in a quiet neighborhood. Two living areas, kitchenette, 4 bedrooms + office, 3.5 bathrooms, Jacuzzi tub, abundant storage, deck, stamped concrete patio with walkway, attached two car garage, two furnaces, two air conditioners with separate thermostats.  Easy access to I-44, US 71, HWY 249, Joplin, Carthage, Neosho, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas. Two miles from Sam's Club, six miles from MSSU (15 minutes).  Rent: $1500 a month; Sale: $224,750.  Call 417.624.7451 or 417.439.9757

For Sale: 1996 Ford Taurus Wagon. Cold air, nearly new radiator, good tires, good engine, good body condition. Good interior. Transmission needs works (only reverse and 1st gear work). Great parts car or for repair. $800.  417.388.2128 or .

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