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November 9, 2012


Veterans Memorial Re-Dedication Next Tuesday

american flagMissouri Southern will honor area veterans next week on its symbolic 75th day of class with a re-dedication ceremony of the MSSU Veterans Memorial.

The ceremony will begin at 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the plaza located on University Parkway between Hearnes and Webster Halls.

The Memorial, established in 1986, features a plaque that was dedicated in honor of the university's 50th anniversary.  Student veterans will unveil a new plaque honoring military service members.

"We hope the community can join with us as we pay this renewed tribute to veterans at Missouri Southern and throughout the area," said Missouri Southern President Bruce W. Speck

The November 13 ceremony will coincide with the 75th day of the new semester in recognition of Missouri Southern's 75th Anniversary, which is being observed in 2012-2013.

The re-dedication will include the presentation of colors, patriotic music including the National Anthem and comments from President Speck and Captain Amanda Self, MSSU professor of military science.

The original bricks for the memorial, 340 in all, were salvaged from Joplin Junior College at 4th and Byers. The bricks were donated in the 1980s by Mrs. Harry Gockel, wife of longtime JJC/MSSU professor Harry Gockel.

A new flag honoring all branches of U.S. military service will be raised. Veterans in attendance will be invited to participate in the flag-raising.

The program will close with the playing of "Taps."  The event is expected to conclude by 1 p.m.

Board to Meet Next Friday

The Board of Governors of Missouri Southern State University will meet next Friday, Nov. 16.

The meeting begins at 1 p.m. in the Board Room (Room 310) of Billingsly Student Center.

Faculty, staff and the public are welcome to attend.

Southern Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert Tonight

The Music Department of Missouri Southern State University presents the fall concert of the Southern Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. tonight, 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

Stacey Barelos and percussionists Brian Fronzaglia and Josh Zimmer will perform.

They will join the strings of the Southern Symphony Orchestra to perform Sattha, a modern work by Thai composer Narong Prangcharoen that  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.  For more information, Read More.

Gorilla Hunt 2012

Look for specially marked Pitt State gorillas around campus.

Follow the instructions on the gorillas to return them to their cage, and receive a prize!

The event began yesterday and runs all day today on the MSSU campus

Several prizes will be awarded; and one big ape will win you over $75 in prizes.

This event, which is free of charge, is open toMSSU faculty, staff, and students.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact: Heather Arnold, director of aquatics & wellness, ext. 9533 or

Music Department Presents ONSTAGE

The MSSU Music Department will present ONSTAGE at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 at in Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall. This annual talent showcase will consider  What's Love Got to Do With It? and Forget about Love—I'd Rather Fall in Chocolate!

Under the direction of Susan K. Smith, Marvin Murphree and Larry Stotsbery of the Missouri Southern Music Department, 37 singers will perform staged musical theatre songs such as Gimme Gimme, Carried Away, I Can Hear the Bells, I Can Cook, Too!, Fifteen Pounds, and many more. 

Scenes from Mozart's Così fan tutte, Bernstein's Candide, plus Princess Ida and Love in a Village, will reveal the world of music and theater, and the colorful characters that inhabit it. 

The event is free and open to the public. For information, contact Susan at smith-s@mssu

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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.

More Music from 1937

Three more recordings of music from 1937 will again appear on KXMS radio's mini-series in honor of MSSU's 75th anniversary today at 5 p.m. on 88.7FM. Two of them represent film music written in 1937.

The first film, "High, Wide and Handsome," failed at the box office in 1937 because it came out in what is called "roadshow theatrical release." You might remember the successful roadshow release of The Sound of Music in 1965: limited engagement of a longer film with reserved (more expensive) seating. That roadshow release of High, Wide and Handsome in 1937 would not have included Joplin, Mo.  It was written by Oscar Hammerstein (along with George O'Neil). Hammerstein provided the song lyrics with music by Jerome Kern (Showboat). The film starred Irene Dunne, Randolph Scott, Alan Hale, Sr., Charles Bickford, and Dorothy Lamour.

The second 1937 film music entry was commissioned by the federal Resettlement Administration (RA), created in response to conditions during the Great Depression, which last all of the decade of the 1930s. Virgil Thomson, a Kansas City, Missouri, native, wrote the score in 1937 for The River, a short documentary (released in 1938) highlighting the New Deal, and showing the importance of the Mississippi River and how the Tennessee Valley Authority project reversed the catastrophic floods experienced by farmers along its banks. The RA was folded into the Farm Security Administration in 1937.

Also, the hour concludes with a 1937 Sonatine quasi Fantasia for Flute and Piano by French composer Philippe Gaubert. It was written as an homage to German Romanticist Robert Schumann.

Additional information can be found on our Facebook page. Check out 'KXMS' at

88.7KXMS/Fine Arts Radio International is a cultural resource and community service of Missouri Southern State University.

Retiree Reception

A special for retirees from Missouri Southern will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13 in the Ralph L. Gray Alumni Center.

A group photo will be taken at 11:30 a.m. Following that, the retirees will attend the 75th day of school cake-cutting reception at 12:15 in the Billingsly Student Center.

That will be followed by the re-dedication of the Veterans Memorial at 12:45 p.m. on campus.

Staff Senate to Meet next Wednesday

The  Staff Senate will meet at 9 a.m. on Wednesday Nov. 14 in the Board Room of Billingsly Student Center.

All staff are welcome to attend.

Live Remote Monday Morning

Tune into the KSN-TV morning show Monday, Nov. 12 beginning at 5:30 a.m.  T.V. Personality Hank Rotten, Jr. will be broadcasting live in several cutaways from the Missouri Southern Criminal Justice Center.

Department head Stephen Verrill and other members of the department will be featured talking about Conceal Carry classes and the Law Enforcement program at Missouri Southern State University.

First-Year Writing Contest Winners

Writing has paid off with cash prizes for several students at Missouri Southern State University.

The winners of the First-Year Student Writing Contest have been announced. They are:

First Place: Jacob Harp, human resource management major, Roscoe, Ill., $125 cash prize
Second Place: Rachel Datum, chemistry major, Joplin, $100 cash prize
Third Place: Dani Erwin, general business major, Webb City,  $50 cash prize
Fourth Place: Ty Moore, biology/pre-prof-dentistry major, Jay, Okla., $25 cash prize

Susan Craig, First-Year Experience, says the students wrote in response to the 2012  University Experience class common reader, Talk Thai: The Adventures of a Buddhist Boy.

The students were recognized at a luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 6 attended by the author of the common reader, Ira Sukrungruang.

Grant Writing / Non-Profit Survey

The MSSU Resource Development Center is trying to gauge the campus and community level of interest in grant writing and other non-profit related courses.

Please provide your feedback by answering a few questions on the Grant Writing / Non-Profit Survey.

We'll use survey results to help shape our future programming.

Also, we invite you to forward the survey link on to those people you know or work with who might be interested in these kinds of programs.

 For more information, contact Rikki Renee Smith at 625-3521 or email

Psycho next in "Movies through the Decades"

You'll be locking the bathroom door after seeing the classic "shower scene" in the next film at Missouri Southern State University!

Psycho will be shown at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15  in Phelps Theater at MSSU.

Celebrating MSSU's 75th anniversary, the "Movies through the Decades" series moves into the 1960's with this thriller, directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

The film stars Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin and Janet Leigh. "Psycho" received four Academy Award nominations.

A young woman steals $40,000 from her employer's client, and subsequently encounters a young motel proprietor too long under the domination of his mother.

The Phelps Theater is located on the bottom floor of the Beimdiek Recreation Center.

The film is free and open to the public.

Study Abroad Fair November 14

MSSU will stage its annual Study Abroad Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14 in the Connor Ballroom of the BSC. The fair will feature nine short-term trips led by MSSU faculty as well as opportunities for students to spend an entire semester abroad. Andrew Wingfield from GlobaLinks Learning Abroad and April Wyatt from International Studies Abroad will also be on hand to promote their study abroad programs.

For extensive information on the nine short-term trips, Read More.

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

Request for Submissions: Value of Diversity Competition

The "Value of Diversity" Competition encourages the MSSU students to express how diversity enriches our community, culture, and lives.

Current MSSU students may submit one original work: essay, poem, song, speech, presentation, short video, sculpture, painting, etc. 

Entries are due to the MSSU Resource Development Center by noon on Tuesday, Dec. 18.

Find the entry form and directions for submission on the "Value of Diversity" Competition website at:

Winning entries will be presented during MLK Day of Service events on January 21, 2013.

Prizes are: 1st Place - $150; 2nd Place - $100; and 3rd Place - $50

For more information, call Rikki Smith at 625.3521 or email

The competition is hosted by:  MSSU Diversity Committee, the MLK Day of Service Committee and the Student Activities Office

A Suessified Christmas Carol Dec. 1- 2 in TPAC

Southern Theatre and Show-Me Celebration Company are proud to present A Seussified Christmas Carol by Peter Blodel at 2:30 p.m., Dec. 1 - 2 in Taylor Performing Arts Center. The play is directed by Lyndall Burrow, Theatre.

 A Seussified Christmas Carol is a whimsical reinvention of Dickens' most beloved Christmas story in wacky rhymed couplets. This tale of glorious holiday cheer is similar to something Dr. Seuss might have come up with – if he ever had his way with the story.

The  cast includes: Abby Railsback as Narrator 1; Emily Olson as Narrator 2 and Solicitor 1; Hunter Dowell as Jake Marley and the Ghost of a Christmas Present; Amber Julian as the Scrooge; Trenten Henderson as Bob Cratchit; Sam Hydar as Bed-Headed Fred, Belle's Husband, and Timmy Loo Hoo; Shelley Keezer as Solicitor 2, and Old Fezziwig; Kelsey Hale as the Ghost of a Christmas Past and a Boy; Christy Hernandez as Young Scrooge, Sven, and the Ghost of Christmas Future; Kaitlyn Hembree as Belle; Taylor Haddad as Mrs. Cratchit, and a Maid; and Rebecca Poe as Bed-Headed Fred's Wife.

Admission is $1 for adults and $.50 for children 12 & under.

The Southern Theatre box office will open on Monday, Nov. 26. Box office hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. For reservations, call the Southern Theatre Box Office at 417.625.3190.

To purchase tickets online, go to:  For theatre production information, contact MSSU Theatre Department at (417) 625-9393.

For accommodations related to a disability, contact Terri Spencer, Theatre, at (417) 625-9393 at least 72 hours before the program.

SBTDC Newsletter Now Available

The Missouri Southern State University Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) provides free and confidential counseling to for-profit small businesses in the following 8 counties in Southwest Missouri:  Jasper, Newton, McDonald, Vernon, Barton, Cedar, Dade, and Lawrence.  The Center also works with the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, the Joseph Newman Innovation Center, and other local agencies in partnership to offer low cost training opportunities to area small businesses.

The newsletter for the SBTDC is now available.  See stories on:

* SBTDC Counseling and Training Statistics
* Economic Impact of the Missouri Southern SBTDC
* Global Entrepreneurship Week
* SBTDC Schedule of Workshops 

See SBTDC Update Newsletter

New Employees

A number of new employees have joined the Missouri Southern family in the last two months. They include the following:

Peter Blomgren, Information Technology VM-Server Tech
Justin Keller, University Police, Police Officer
Tani Montee, First year Experience, Secretary
Heather Schuster, Career Services, Coordinator
Shannon Howell, Information Technology
Christine Baker, Admissions, App. Manager -FIN/HR
Jimmie Collins, Information Technology, VM Server Tech
Jennifer Dodson, Information Technology, Security Technician
Jeffrey Thompson, Admissions, Counselor & Pub. Coordinator

Take the time to welcome these individuals to Missouri Southern!

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 Heather Arnold, Aquatics & Wellness Director at 625.9533.

Events Still to Come --
11/14/12: Make & Take Turkeys
11/21/12: Thanksgiving Break (No activities)
11/28/12: Make Stockings/Ornaments

Southern Gets Some of that Mountain Magic

Tis beginning to look a lot like Christmas . . . as Thanksgiving gets closer and closer, drawing the American people into the chilly embrace of winter. Taking advantage of the changing seasons, the Ronald McDonald House knows that spreading the Christmas spirit can never start too early.

In honor of the approaching holidays, a benefit showing of "Elfin Magic: An Ozark Mountain Christmas" was presented in Southern's Corley Auditorium for the Ronald McDonald House. The show featured performances from Branson entertainers and was recorded so the community could share in their Christmas cheer.

The program will air on KGCS-TV on the following dates:

Sun., Nov. 18 - 9 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 25 - 9 p.m.
Mon., Nov. 26 - 7 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 2 - 7p.m.
Sun., Dec. 13 - 6 p.m. 

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.

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.

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-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,

Swingin' Holiday Show Nov. 29

The 6th Annual Southern Jazz Orchestra Swingin' Holiday show will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29 in Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall at Missouri Southern State University.

The performance is free. No tickets or reservations are required.

This concert features the Southern Jazz Orchestra (SJO) and guest vocalist Karissa Whited, senior vocal music education major from Carthage.

Don't miss this Swingin' "Take" on the Holiday Season's musical favorites.  Enjoy seasonal selections like "Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow," and "I'll be Home for Christmas" – plus many more! 

Ring-in the holiday season in the jazzy comfort of Corley Auditorium on the Missouri Southern campus

For more information, contact: Jeffrey Macomber, director of the Southern Jazz Orchestra at 417.625.9635   or email

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Accents is published during the fall, spring and summer semesters. For information, email, call (417) 625-9506 or FAX (417) 625-3142. Accents is published by the staff of the University Relations & Marketing Office at MSSU, 3950 E. Newman Rd., Joplin, Mo. 64801-1595.

Accents is a publication for the faculty and staff of Missouri Southern State University.

Stephen Smith, Editor, News Bureau Manager
Cassie Mathes, University Relations & Marketing Director

Those desiring accommodations for disabilities for any event mentioned in Accents are advised to give the sponsor 72 hours advance.

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