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November 16, 2012 


Board of Governors to Meet Today

The Board of Governors of Missouri Southern State University will meet at 1 p.m. today, Friday, Nov. 16.

The meeting will be held in the Board Room (Room 310) of Billingsly Student Center.

Faculty, staff and the members of the public are welcome to attend.

Message from Dr. Speck on Shared Governance

Earlier this week, MSSU President Bruce Speck sent out the following message to all employees:

"In order to gage the current climate of shared governance at MSSU, during the week of November 26–30, MSSU will conduct its fourth annual Shared Governance Survey. 

Results from the first three assessments have been carefully analyzed and have provided the campus with valuable information, resulting in numerous recommendations for improving campus communication and for changing the way that decisions are made to a more broadly participatory process.

As in the past, the survey will be managed by Jack Oakes.  I assure you that Jack will carry out the assignment with complete integrity and respect for individual privacy and I urge you to participate.  As an incentive, each respondent's name will be entered into a drawing for a $50 MSSU Bookstore gift card.  Two gift card recipients will be selected.

Jazz and Pizza Tonight at Gusano's!

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.

Finance Presentation

Business Affairs is pleased to offer its annual finance presentation to the campus.  The one hour presentation will include the results of the annual audit, the current year's budget, discussion about the upcoming fiscal year 2014 budget and a question and answer session.  The presentations will be offered:

12/04/12, Tuesday, 10 a.m., Phelps Theatre (Billingsly Student Center)
12/04/12, Tuesday, 2 p.m., Phelps Theatre (Billingsly Student Center)
12/05/12, Wednesday, 10 a.m., Cornell Auditorium (Plaster Hall)
12/05/12, Wednesday, 2 p.m., Cornell Auditorium (Plaster Hall)
1/06/12, Thursday, 10 a.m., Corley Auditorium (Webster Hall)

Please encourage your team members to attend. 

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

Employee Appreciation Brunch/Superior Service Award Nominations

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend an All Employee Appreciation Brunch to be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 21, in Connor Ballroom, BSC. (Invitations will be sent out soon.)

Six valuable staff members will be recognized and rewarded for the outstanding contributions they make to MSSU.

Each recipient will receive an engraved plaque and a cash award of $500 from the Missouri Southern Foundation.

Faculty, staff members and students are encouraged to submit nominations by visiting  Superior Service Awards. The electronic form is also posted in LioNet in the upper left campus announcements section.

The form includes an information sheet, nomination forms and lists of full-time employees who are eligible to be nominated in each category

Nominations should be submitted to Debbie Dutch Kelley, Chair of the Selection Committee.

The attached documents include an information sheet, nomination forms and lists of full-time employees who are eligible to be nominated in each category.

Employee Education Series

The next Employee Education Series session will feature "Cell Phones, I-Pads & Other Electronic communication Devices."  The session, presented by Ryan Halstead, IT, will take place at noon on Friday, Nov. 30 in BSC 341.

How secure is the data on your electronic device if it is lost or stolen?  Bring your electronic devices to have IT personnel assist you in encrypting, programming, getting applications, setting up calendars and more.

A free buffet style lunch will be served.  RSVP by Nov. 23 to Debbie Woodmansee at ext. 4499 or to

Show Off Your Holiday Spirit!

The Student Activities Office is hosting a departmental decorating contest. 

Register your department with the Student Activities Office by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5.

Judging will take place Dec. 6. 

1st place will receive an office lunch party and 2nd place will receive an office breakfast party.

This event is open to faculty and staff.

For more information contact: Craig Gullett, Coordinator of Student Activities, 417.625.9346 or

Submission Request: 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.

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

Southern Lights before Holiday Show!

Missouri Southern faculty, staff, students, alumni and families are invited to the  annual "Southern Lights" Missouri Southern Holiday Festival. The event will be held from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 on the Oval at MSSU.

Featured activities will include singing, the lighting of the tree, pictures with MSSU's Lion mascot and horse drawn carriage rides.
Inside events will include crafts for children young and old, cookie decorating and more. 

Hot cider, hot chocolate and cookies will be served.

Remember to stay and attend the Music Department's Swingin' Holiday Show in Corley Auditorium.
For information, contact Kelly Wilson, ACTS, at 417.625.9324 or email

A Seussified 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.

Gala Proceeds Help Endow Scholarship

A new scholarship for music students at Missouri Southern is now fully endowed, thanks to proceeds from the 2012 MSSU Music Gala concert. 
MSSU President Bruce W. Speck spearheaded creation of the President's Music Scholarship, which has grown due to proceeds from past Gala concerts. 
"Missouri Southern's Music Department encourages promising musical talent," said Dr. Speck. "This scholarship will help such students succeed."
"I want to extend a personal thank you to the sponsors and audience members of the annual Gala concerts," Speck added. "They truly have made a difference in the lives of our students."
The scholarship will provide support to Music majors at MSSU and recipients will be selected by the Head of the Music Department. Read more.

Wellness Wednesdays Continues

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 --
11/21/12: Thanksgiving Break (No activities)
11/28/12: Make Stockings/Ornaments

Tuition Discount Program

The President's Council has approved enhancements to the Tuition Discount program for full time employees effective with the spring 2013 semester.  Some key items include the addition of MSSU graduate programs, an increase in the employee tuition discount from the current 67% to 75% and a requirement of working 6 continuous months in a full time benefit eligible position. 

Revisions to the Employee Handbook are being finalized and will include this new Tuition Discount program information. 

The Handbook is scheduled to be posted in December 2012

Many employees might not know that tuition is discounted 75 percent for MSSU graduate and undergraduate courses and that a 100 percent tuition discount appplies for taking foreign language classes or auditing classes with instructor's permission. 

An all-campus email from Debbie Dutch Kelley, Human Resources, contained further details.

New Website Devoted to International Education in Missouri

Study Missouri, a consortium of nearly 40 colleges and universities around the state, has launched a new website to promote international education just in time for International Education week Nov. 12 - 16.

Study Missouri was created in 2009 to promote international education opportunities by encouraging international students to study in Missouri and domestic students to study abroad.

The number of international students in Missouri grew to more than 16,000 in 2012, up 6.3 percent over last year, according to the just-released Open Doors Report. Missouri is 13th in the nation in the number of international students enrolled in the state's colleges and universities. More than a quarter of international students studying in Missouri are from China, followed by India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Nepal/Japan.

Most international students pay full tuition at Missouri institutions. Their total expenditures in Missouri last year were estimated to be $417.8 million.

Commissioner of Higher Education David Russell says international education pays big dividends to students who take advantage of it. "Studying in a foreign land enriches you academically, culturally and personally," Russell said. "It stretches your intellectual capacity to read and converse in a foreign language, gives you a deeper understanding of other cultures and values, and expands your ability to adapt to new situations. Increasingly, employers look for employees who can bring that global familiarity and comfort level."

The new website profiles international students and why they chose to study in Missouri. The site also profiles Missouri students about the value of their experiences abroad. Students and parents contemplating study abroad will find resources and links to Study Missouri member institutions and sponsors. A calendar of events lists international education meetings and events around the state.

Chad Stebbins, director of the Institute of International Studies at MSSU, is president of the Study Missouri board of directors, said the redesigned site is a great user-friendly tool. "The new website can help international students choose the college that fits their academic aspirations and pocketbook," Stebbins said. "Missouri students who want to study abroad can also use the website to find Study Missouri member institutions that offer high quality academic programs anywhere in the world."

View the new Study Missouri website at

Wish Them Well

We would like to correct the titles of two new employees that recently ran in a recent edition of Accents.

Shannon Howell, App Manager-FIN/HR in Information Technology and Christine Baker, Secretary of Admissions in the Admissions office, to the Southern family.

Please take time to welcome them to the Southern team.

"Gift of Light, Gift of Love" Supports Ronald McDonald House

 There's no place like home for the holidays.  Unfortunately, some illnesses experienced by children pay no attention to the time of the year.

Some of these kids' families spend the holiday season at the Ronald McDonald House of the Four State in Joplin.

The 11th annual Gift of Light, Gift of Love campaign, sponsored by the Sigma Pi Eta Mu social fraternity at Missouri Southern State University, benefits the Ronald McDonald House of the Four States. 

This year a beautiful 20-foot tall Christmas tree is featured in the lobby of the Hollywood Theatre in Joplin.  

Prestige Sponsorships, which begin at $350, include the following:

* Placement of your name on the Christmas tree at Hollywood Theatre through December 31.
* Your named  prominently displayed on a screen in the theater
* Your name listed as a Prestige Sponsor in the recognition book at the foot of the tree.

There is no set amount to give. Donations at all levels from $10 to $100 or more are being accepted.

Sponsorship will help provide food, lodging and other necessities needed by guests staying at the "House that Love Built." Each $10 donation will sponsor a stay of one night by a family in the Ronald McDonald House of the Four states.

Those wanting to give gifts should contact the Ronald McDonald House of the Four States at P.O. Box 2688, Joplin, MO 64803. For sponsorship information or to make a donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Four States, people may visit or call 417.624.2273.

KA Order Raises Funds to Fight Muscular Dystrophy

Several hundred dollars were raised in a fundraiser for muscular dystrophy held by the Kappa Alpha (KA) Order at Missouri Southern State University. The fundraiser was held at JJ's Woodfire Pizza in Webb City.

JJ Spurlin, Criminal Justice faculty member at MSSU, says the KA group put forth maximum effort to make the effort a success.
"These kids did an outstanding job," he says. "I've never seen a community outreach like this. We had a maximum capacity crowd all night long."
Service to those in need is at the heart of the Kappa Alpha Order.  The group has over 124 active chapters and 150,000 initiated members. Read more.

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