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November 18, 2011

Employee Appreciation Brunch

Missouri Southern employees are cordially invited to the 2011 Employee Appreciation Bunch at 11 a.m. on Dec. 22 in the Ballroom (BSC Room 335). 

The University will honor classified and professional support personnel who have reached milestones in their years of service at MSSU. 

Also, the "Superior Service Awards" will be presented to six employees in recognition of the exceptional service they provide and the outstanding contributions they make as University employees.

RSVPs are required.  Call Monica Carroz, Human Resources, at ext. 9527 no later than Dec. 14.

Superior Service Awards Nominations

Six valuable staff members will be recognized and rewarded for the outstanding contributions they make to MSSU at the All Employee Appreciation Brunch.  Each recipient will receive an engraved plaque and a cash award of $500 from the Missouri Southern Foundation.

Nominations should be submitted to Debbie Dutch Kelley, Chair of the Selection Committee, by email or through campus mail.

Nominations are due no later than Thursday, Dec. 1.

Faculty, staff members and students are encouraged to submit nominations using the following form and lists:  

Nomination Form
Secretarial Employee List
Physical Plant Employee List
Professional Staff Employee List 

Financial Presentation Tuesday 

A campus wide financial presentation will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22 in Cornell Auditorium in the Plaster Free Enterprise Center (Plaster Hall).  

All staff are encouraged to attend, according to Rob Yust, Vice President for Business Affairs. 

If you have questions, please direct them to Yust at 625.9395.

Foundation Accepting Tornado Emergency Relief Fund Applications

The Missouri Southern Foundation will once again accept applications for the Tornado Emergency Relief Fund, according to Michael Fontana, Development Officer-Annual Fund/Scholarships. Application forms will be available electronically on LioNet by the end of business today. They will be accepted through Friday, Dec. 2.

Current students, faculty and staff who experienced losses due to the May 22 Joplin tornado are eligible to apply. Those receiving previous tornado-related assistance from Missouri Southern will still be eligible to apply for this new and final round of small grants, along with those who have not previously received such assistance. Grant amounts may vary depending upon need.

Everyone seeking assistance from the Fund must complete a new application. The application form has been shortened and simplified to make the process easier.

“Six months out, people may realize a longer-term financial pinch from the tornado,” Michael said. “Through generous donations to this fund, we will fulfill the wishes of our friends and neighbors by lending a hand to those individuals and their families.”

For more information about the Tornado Emergency Relief Fund, please contact Michael at 659.4436 or

Spiva Library Closed Today, Tomorrow

Spiva Library will be closed today, Friday, Nov. 18, to enable the contractor to relocate the primary electrical service to the building as part of the Central Plant replacement project.

Bob Harrington, Physical Plant, says Empire District line crews will de-energize the transformer at 1 p.m. to allow the contractors to work safely. They expect to be completed within eight hours, at which time Empire will re-energize the transformer to the building.

The Library also will be closed on Saturday, Nov. 19 to make sure workers have time to complete the job.

Spiva Library will re-open at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

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 second of two lectures will be presented at 1 p.m. today, 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. 

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 

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!

A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail Dec. 3-4

 The children’s play A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail, book, music & lyrics by Dr. James W. Rodgers, will be presented at 2:30 p.m., Dec. 3 - 4 in the Taylor Performing Arts Center at Missouri Southern State University.
Lyndall Burrow directs this Christmas-themed children’s theatre production. 
Lovable “old gray donkey” Eeyore has once again lost his tail just before Christmas and it is up to Pooh, Piglet and the rest of the gang to scour the Hundred-Acre Wood to find the tail before the big Christmas Eve party.

Come join us as we take you on a fun-filled adventure that you will never forget!

A Seasonal Choral Flourish

The concert A Seasonal Choral Flourish will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2 at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, located at 812 S. Pearl St. in Joplin.

The Missouri Southern Chamber Singers and Concert Chorale will be featured in this concert.

Under the direction of Dr. David L. Sharlow, the MSSU choirs will present works by Pavel Chesnokov, William Byrd, Josef Rheinberger, John Tavener, Healey Willan, Randall Thompson and Conrad Susa's Carols and Lullabies.

Accompanying the Concert Chorale and Chamber Singers will be Glenda Austin.

Featured guests will include Brian Fronzaglia and the MSSU Percussion Ensemble and Rusty Raymond and the MSSU Trumpet Ensemble with Drew Pommert on guitar.

Food Drive and Gingerbread Houses

Today, Friday, Nov. 18, is the final day for a food drive to fill the shelves of the Salvation Army for the Thanksgiving season.

All food must be nonperishable and can be dropped off in the Student Activities Office. Food will be accepted from faculty, staff and students.

Starting Nov. 21, gingerbread houses will be available in the Student Activities Office for the Registered Student Organization Gingerbread House contest. Campus Activities Board will be supplying the first 5 for those who get them first, but its first come first serve! If an organization takes one of the CAB provided houses then they MUST participate in the event!

Gingerbread houses will be due by 5 p.m. on Nov.28. Judging will be the following day and the winner will be announced at "Southern Lights" on the night of Nov. 29. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for the RSO entrants.

For information on any of the activities, stop by Student Services or the CAB office on the ground floor of the Billingsly Student Center, call Student Activities at 625.9669 or email .

Author Features Egypt Memories on Newsmakers

An upcoming edition of the Newsmakers interview program features Rosemary Mahoney, author of the book Down the Nile.

During the interview, she reflects on her journey in a rowboat down the Nile River in Egypt, and shares information about Egyptian culture and society.

Down the Nile is a common reader being used by freshmen students in the University Experience classes at Missouri Southern State University.

The interview will air at the following times on KGCS-TV:

Sun., Nov. 20 – 5:30 p.m.
Mon., Nov. 21 – 5:30 p.m.
Tue., Nov. 22 – 5:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.

The program will also air at 5:30 Saturday, Nov. 26 on KOAM-TV.

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.

JACC and MSSU SBTDC Open the BIG Hub

For many years, the MSSU SBTDC has worked closely with the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce (JACC) in planning educational events and seminars for the local business community. The relationship that has been built is one of trust, integrity, and a true partnership. The SBTDC and JACC have strived to work together to bring the best opportunities to the Joplin area. From this relationship, they were able to easily transition from separate entities into a partnership which has been dubbed, “BIG Hub.”

BIG Hub stands for Business Initiatives and Growth Hub. It is the culmination of the MSSU SBTDC and JACC joining forces to open a satellite SBTDC in the Joseph Newman Innovation Center.

Honored guests attending the Oct. 19 ribbon cutting included: A.J. Anglin, Vice President for Academic Affairs at MSSU; Beverly Block, Interim Dean of the Robert W. Plaster School of Business Administration at MSSU; Chris Bouchard, Interim State Director of the Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Centers (MO SBTDC) at the University of Missouri – Columbia; Karen Swope, Director of Finance for MO SBTDC; and Rob O’Brian, President of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce.

The BIG Hub will provide the same quality services to small businesses that are provided at the MSSU SBTDC location. The SBTDC provides consulting and training to existing and start-up small businesses in Jasper, Newton, Barton, Vernon, McDonald, Cedar, Dade, and Lawrence counties. The SBTDC offers one-on-one counseling at no charge to small businesses in our service region. Workshops and seminars are provided to small businesses and the public covering such topics as computer software usage, social media marketing, writing a business plan, understanding financial statements, and starting a small business.

New Cartouche Ad

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 625.9681.

The baton is waiting. Don't miss out!

International Students Choose Missouri

This year more than 15,000 international students chose Missouri to be their destination for higher education. A report issued today by the Institution of International Education says Missouri is 13th in the nation in the number of international students enrolled in the state’s colleges and universities.

The number of international students here grew 13 percent, up from 13,360 in 2010. The national rate of increase was 5 percent.

More than a quarter of international students studying in Missouri are from China, followed by India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Taiwan.

The University of Missouri-Columbia enrolled almost 2,000 international students in the 2010-2011 academic year, followed by Washington University (1,909), University of Missouri-Kansas City (1,229), St. Louis University (1,058) and Lindenwood University (1,023).

Most international students pay full tuition at Missouri institutions. Their total expenditures in Missouri are estimated to be $383 million.

The number of Missouri students who studied abroad also increased slightly, from 5,054 to 5,070.

Study Missouri, a consortium of 39 public and private colleges and universities, markets the state’s diverse academic offerings to students in other countries, and promotes study abroad opportunities for Missouri students.

Chad Stebbins, Study Missouri chair-elect and director of the Institute of International Studies at Missouri Southern State University, says international students bring more than financial assets to Missouri.

“International students are crucial to all Missouri colleges and universities for the global exposure they provide to Missouri students and communities,” Stebbins said. “They bring new ideas and perspectives into the classrooms, and they share their cultures and beliefs with individuals in the school and beyond. They also help facilitate study abroad by encouraging our students to step out of their comfort zones and study in another country.”

Student to Present Honors Thesis

An Honors Program student at Missouri Southern State University will present her Honors Thesis next week.

Amanda Hobbs, senior General Studies (Multi-Interdisciplinary Study) major from Raymore, Mo., will present her thesis at 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18 in Room 223 of Webster Hall on the MSSU campus.

Hobbs’ Honors Thesis will deal with Ozark folk tales. Hobbs will describe her efforts at using a temporal, or time-based, approach to diagramming a sample selection of Ozark folktales.

She will explain the process and note patterns and commonalities she discovered using this method to help delineate sub-genres within the broader genre of Ozark folk stories.

"Southern Serenade" Celebrates Thanksgiving

For much of the past 21 years, ‘Southern Serenade’ host Jeff Skibbe has endeavored to produce a daily radio program with Englishman James Burke’s TV series ‘Connections’ in mind. That is to say, he seeks out the obscured threads that connect one musical excerpt to another. In the case of this year’s two-part paean to Thanksgiving Day, Skibbe has found a way of connecting the American holiday with MSSU’s Egypt Semester. 

A tapestry of music and monologue that will include “Egyptian Thanksgiving Song” airs in two parts beginning Thanksgiving Eve on 88.7KXMS.  These two hours, unabashedly American in tone, revel in traditions and values uniquely American: a feel-good radio poultice of poultry, pie and music.

Part One will air at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23 with storyteller Garrison Keillor explaining the significance of the Thanksgiving tradition. Joining Keillor in song will be the VocalEssence Chorus and Ensemble Singers, vocalist Jearlyn Stele and pianist Richard Dworsky. Philip Brunelle conducts. Keillor will continue his explanation that Thanksgiving is really "all about the pie" on Friday night.

Part Two will air at 5 p.m. on Black Friday (Friday, Nov. 25), beginning with ‘The Writer’s Almanac’ and additional observations about the all-important pie. This second part of the special will also include a world premiere performance of Matthew Brown’s “Table Grace.” Also included will be an examination of the turkey in North America in a new two-minute feature, “BirdNote.”

88.7KXMS/Fine Arts Radio International® is a cultural resource and a community service of Missouri Southern State University. KXMS is celebrating its 25th anniversary throughout 2011.

New Satellite Dish Installed at MSSU

Some heavy lifting was definitely in order in the third week of November as workmen installed a new satellite downlink dish for 88.7KXMS/Fine Arts Radio International.

Jeff Skibbe, General Manager of 88.7KXMS, says the new satellite downlink dish replaces a 25-year-old dish originally provided by the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

A Winter Choral Concert Tuesday, December 6

The Music Department at Missouri Southern State University will present A Winter Choral Concert, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at  Taylor Performing Arts Center at MSSU.

Three choirs, the Chamber Singers, Concert Chorale, and Southern Exposure will be featured.

Under the direction of David L. Sharlow, Music,  the MSSU choirs will present works by Healey Willan, Randall Thompson, John Tavener and Conrad Susa.

Accompanying the Concert Chorale and Chamber Singers is Glenda Austin.

Southern Exposure, under the leadership of Matthew Holt, will perform popular holiday favorites.

Featured guests will include Brian Fronzaglia and the MSSU Percussion Ensemble, Rusty Raymond and the MSSU Trumpet Ensemble and Drew Pommert on guitar.

This concert is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

For more information, telephone David Sharlow, assistant professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities, at 417.625.9562 or e-mail

SBTDC Update Newsletter

See the latest SBTDC Update Newsletter for stories on:

• SBTDC Counseling and Training Statistics for October 2010 through September 2011

• JACC and MSSU SBTDC Open the Business Initiatives & Growth (BIG) Hub

• Economic Impact of the Missouri Southern State University SBTDC (FY 2011)

• Surbrugg and Wininger Join Small Business & Technology Development Center

The Missouri Southern State University Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) provides free and confidential counseling to for-profit small businesses in eight counties in Southwest Missouri. 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.

KGCS-TV to Air Canadian Football League Playoffs

KGCS-TV will join the America One network in airing live coverage of the semi-finals and finals of the Canadian Football League, on Sunday, Nov. 20 and Sunday, Nov. 27.

The semi-final games begin at noon on Nov. 20 with Hamilton vs. Winnipeg, followed by Edmonton vs. British Columbia.

The CFL Grey Cup championship game will air starting at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 27.


Wanted: Joplin tornado commemorative T-shirts for a collection at the Joplin Museum Complex. The Museum is collecting one of each design to preserve in its textile collection. Donors will be acknowledged.The collection will be displayed in conjunction with the first anniversary of the tornado. Please contact Anne Jaros at extension 3044 or