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November 30, 2012


Rod Smith to Speak at Commencement

rod smith portraitNationally known football star and MSSU alumnus Rod Smith will be the featured speaker at Winter Commencement ceremonies, scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15 at Missouri Southern State University. Smith graduated from Missouri Southern with many awards. He not only was an All-American in football but was an All-American in the classroom, completing three degrees with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Economics and Finance and Marketing and Management.

His accomplishments in the classroom led him being awarded the Outstanding Graduate Award in 1994.

A native of Texarkana, Ark., Smith enjoyed a stellar career at Southern, where he set MIAA records in career receiving yards (3,122) and touchdowns (35). He also still holds school records for catches in a game (13), receiving yards in a game (254), receiving yards in a season (1,439), highest average gain per reception in a season (24.0), touchdown receptions in a season (15) and longest pass reception (98 yards). He finished his career with 158 receptions for 3,122 yards and 34 touchdowns, which is now third all-time in Division II.

Smith helped the Lions to their last MIAA title and NCAA post season appearance when the team went 9-1-1 in 1993. That season, he was named first-team All-America by the Associated Press, Kodak, Football Gazette and NCAA Division II sports information directors. In 1993, Smith caught 63 passes for 986 yards and 13 touchdowns, and was a finalist for the Harlon Hill Award, given annually to the top football player in Division II.

Smith entered the NFL with the Broncos as a college free agent on May 3, 1994. He holds Broncos' franchise records for career receptions (849), receiving yards (11,389), touchdown catches (68) and overall touchdowns (71). He also leads all undrafted players in NFL history in every major career-receiving category.  Read More.

Seussified Christmas Carol Dec. 1-2 in TPAC

seussified christmas picture threeSouthern 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 One; Emily Olson as Narrator Two and Solicitor One; Hunter Dowell as Jake Marley and the Ghost of 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.

The play also features 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 and under.

The Southern Theatre box office is now open. 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 at ext. 9393.

Holiday Spectacular Concert to feature Instruments, Voices

The Missouri Southern State University Department of Music will present its Holiday Spectacular concert at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4 in Taylor Performing Arts Center on the Missouri Southern campus.The concert will feature the MSSU Marching Band, under the direction of Brian Fronzaglia,

Also performing will be the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers under the direction of David Sharlow and Southern Exposure, under the direction of Matthew Holt.

The groups will present the combined winter concert featuring both instrumental and vocal selections.

The event is free and open to the public. The community is invited to attend

City of Joplin Proclaims "Tom C. Rutledge Day"

tom rutledgeThe City of Joplin official proclaimed "Tom C. Rutledge Day" in the City of Joplin on Monday, Nov. 19.The announcement, made in City Council chambers, came as a surprise to the longtime MSSU Head Track/Cross Country coach who recently announced his intention to retire.

"The Council was honored to present him with that award," said Joplin mayor Melodee Colbert-Kean. "We know Coach Rutledge has been an integral part of  Missouri Southern sports, helping to develop several world class track and field athletes. It continues to show the high quality level of expertise and success that comes out of the city of Joplin."

(Pictured at left: Tom Rutledge with Joplin Mayor Colbert-Kean.)

The 2012-13 academic year is Tom Rutledge's 24th as head men's cross country/track & field coach at Missouri Southern. He has led the Lions to eight MIAA cross country championships (2000-03, 2005-07, 2009) and two MIAA Indoor Track & Field championships (2004, 2007), ten championships in nine years.

His MSSU cross country team has made ten team appearances in the last thirteen years at the NCAA Division II Championships, always finishing in the top twenty but highlighted by a sixth-place national finish in 2000 and a seventh-place showing in 2002. .Read More.

Third-Annual "Seasonal Choral Flourish"

The Missouri Southern State University Concert Chorale and Chamber Singers, under the direction of David L. Sharlow, Director of Choral Activities, will present their third annual "A Seasonal Choral Flourish" at 7:30 p.m.on Friday, Dec. 7 at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, 812 S. Pearl St. in Joplin.

This Festive community outreach performance is a benefit concert to help those in need through MSSU, the Crosslines Churches of the Joplin Area and St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church. 

The performance is free and open to the public. 

Special guests include Brian Fonzaglia, Jeff Macomber and Phil Wise of the Missouri Southern Music Department.

Featured soloist will be the Director of the MSSU Wind Ensemble, Ron Montgomery, trumpet. 

Works by Poulenc, Bach, Vaughan Williams, Taverner, Nystedt, Gjeilo, Palestriana, Sweelinck and many more will be included. 

Monetary and non-perishable goods donations for those in need will be accepted at the concert.

The public is invited to a night of exquisite choral singing in an equally beautiful space. 

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.

Check your email this week for a note to all employees from Debbie Dutch Kelley, Human Resources.  Your deadline to RSVP and confirm a seat at the table is Dec. 12.  Call HR at ext. 9527 to RSVP.

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 Kelley, Chair of the Selection Committee.

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

Balloon Release for AIDS Awareness Today

Members of the Sociology Club at Missouri Southern State University will sponsor a balloon release to highlight AIDS awareness today.

The balloon release will take place at approximately 12 noon on the campus Oval.

Michael Orsi, a member of the Sociology Club, says approximately 60 balloons will be released.

The balloons are to signify those lives lost to AIDS in the region.

For information contact Orsi at

MSSU Model UN Club Receives Award

The Model UN Club recently attended the American Model United Nations in Chicago, Nov. 17-20, where it represented the kingdom of Spain. Our delegation received an award "for exceptional representation as an Overall Best Delegation. Below are listed the agenda topics and the students who sat in the respective committees during this year's conference.

Before the conference, the nine participating students researched important global issues and prepared positions reflective of the foreign policy of Spain. During the conference, they worked with students playing the roles of approximately 120 other UN member states, from colleges and universities throughout the nation, to find solutions to the topics on the conference agenda.

For more information about the conference, see Model UN.      

A high point of the conference was the keynote speech, delivered by Mr. Ibrahim O. Dabbashi, Libyan Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations.   As public uprisings began last year in Libya and Muammar el-Qaddafi responded with brutal retaliation against his own people, Ambassador Dabbashi took the bold step of breaking with the Qaddafi regime and asking the UN to intervene and establish a no-fly zone over Libya to protect the Libyan people. Read more.

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)
12/06/12, Thursday, 10 a.m.  Corley Auditorium (Webster Hall)

 "Please encourage your team members to attend," says Linda Eis, Treasurer.  "We look forward to seeing you there."

Omicron Delta Kappa Initiation

Twenty-seven students were initiated into the Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society,  chapter at Missouri Southern State University.The initiation ceremony was held Sunday, Nov. 18 in the Connor Ballroom the Billingsly Student Center.
ODK is the national leadership honor society and membership is based on outstanding leadership, scholarship and character.
The Society recognizes achievement in the following five areas:
• Scholarship
• Athletics
• Campus/ Community Service, Social/Religious Activities, and Campus Government
• Journalism, Speech and the Mass Media
• Creative and Performing Arts
Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society, was founded December 3, 1914 at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia by 15 student and faculty leaders. Read more.

Pottery Sale Dec. 10 - 11

pottery 2012The Missouri Southern State University Ceramics Department will present its 2012 Student Pottery Sale from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10 and Tuesday, Dec.11.The sale will take place in the Spiva Art Gallery in the Fine Arts building at  MSSU. 

The unique, handcrafted gifts were created in the MSSU Ceramics Studio and are being offered just in time for the holidays. according to Frank A. Pishkur, associate professor of Art.

"This exhibition and sale of pottery is a wonderful opportunity for our students to learn and develop skills needed to make a living as an artist," Pishkur says. "Students learn how to structure a sale, how to price works and how to set up, develop, and present an exhibit. These  are all necessary skills that take time and practice to master."  Read more.

Salvation Army Angel Tree

The Teacher Education department has Salvation Army Angel Trees again this year.

"We have one upstairs and another downstairs," says Vikki Spencer, Teacher Education.   

At present time, there are 100 "Angels" on the tree.

To assist, come to the Teacher Education Department in the main lobby of Taylor Hall. and take an Angel off the tree.  The Angels list  whether the child is male or female, his/her age clothing sizes and other preferences.  Then go shopping for the child .  Put the items back under the tree with the Angel attached to the sack.

She says the department will have  final pick up of Angel donation items on Monday, Dec. 10.  

 For more information, contact Melissa Snow at ext. 9309.

Holiday Open House at Alumni Association

There's no place like home for the holidays!
A Holiday Open House will take place from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Missouri Southern Alumni Association  on Wednesday, Dec. 5.
The Open House will be held at the Ralph L. Gray Alumni Center on the MSSU campus.
"The open house is the Alumni Association's way of celebrating the season with MSSU alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends," says Lee Elliff Pound, Alumni Director.  "We encourage everyone to come by and visit the home decorated for the holidays."

For a list of Open House activties, Read More.

Haas Award Goes to Rachel Barton Pine

Internationally acclaimed violinist Rachel Barton Pine has been honored for her work as an artistic ambassador by being named the 2012 recipient of the Karl Haas Prize for Music Education, the international award bestowed by the Klassix Society/Friends of KXMS.  88.7KXMS/Fine Arts Radio International is the radio service of Missouri Southern State University. Celebrated as a leading interpreter of classical works, violinist Rachel Barton Pine performs with the world's great orchestras and, to date, has recorded 23 albums. 

Along with her rigorous performance schedule, Pine plays an active role in encouraging audiences of all ages to experience the transformative power of the arts.  Pine hasn't forgotten what it was like to grow up in a financially struggling household, in which, by age of 14, she was significantly contributing to her household's income through her work as a violinist.  She founded the Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation (REBF), a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization, in 2001 to expand awareness of and appreciation for classical music through various projects. 

The REBF's Instrument Loan Program allows young artists to benefit from the use of high-quality instruments that otherwise would not be available to them.  Its career and education grants help with expenses that are not covered by traditional scholarships and that Pine remembers struggling to pay for – including accompanists' fees, sheet music, stage clothes, travel expenses to competitions and the costs of recording.  Through Global Heartstrings, her foundation provides basic classical instrument supplies to musicians in developing countries.  Finally through REBF's "The String Student's Library of Music by Black Composers," Pine and the University of Michigan are developing a curriculum for all skill levels featuring string music written by black composers dating back to the 1700's. Read more.

Newsmakers Focuses on State Issues

A lot of attention is being paid right now to issues facing lawmakers in Washington, D.C. before the end of the year. But, in Missouri, lawmakers are looking ahead to what's facing the state when they return to work in January.  The upcoming edition of Newsmakers on KGCS features an interview with State Representative Charlie Davis.  He follows up on election results and looks ahead to what is in store for the new legislative session.

The interview may be seen on KGCS at the following times:

Sun. Dec. 2 – 5:30 p.m.
Mon. Dec. 3 – 5:30 p.m.
Tue. Dec. 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Wed. Dec. 5 – 5:30 p.m.

It will also air on KOAM-TV at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.

Newsmakers is produced by KGCS-TV, which operates as a service of the Department of Communication at Missouri Southern State University.  Programming may be seen over the air on channel 22 as well on regional cable systems including Cable One, Mediacom and Suddenlink

Super Leader Graduation Tomorrow

The graduation for the Super Leader program, will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce office at 320 E. 4th St. in Joplin.Super Leaders, a joint effort between Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) and the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network (JACC YPN) was created to help current MSSU students connect with the Joplin Community

Eleven Missouri Southern State University students are nearing the end of a semester of leadership development, career exploration, and community awareness activities, as part of the inaugural group of Super Leaders.. 

According to Nicole Brown, Director of MSSU Career Services, the program was started to address the "brain drain" issue nearly all communities are experiencing.  We have really talented students attending MSSU and we wanted to find a way for them to see the many great opportunities Joplin has to offer

Art Feeds!  Take two minutes to cast your vote

An arts organization formed by an MSSU alumnae is a finalist in a national competition with $1 million at stake.

Meg Bourne is the founder of Joplin's Art Feeds, a 501C3 organization that has helped thousands of children through creative healing and creative development.

With free therapeutic art and creative education programs the group has touched over 13,000 children since 2009 both in the Joplin area and as far away as Ghana.

Now, it has the chance to impact 30,000 more wildly creative children with your help.

"I'd like to ask you to give two minutes of your day, a very powerful two minutes, to an organization that needs it," Bourne says. "It only takes two minutes to vote for Art Feeds to win this grant and be recognized as one of the top causes in the nation."

Art Feeds is up for NBC's American Giving Awards presented by Chase and a chance to win $1 million! 

Cast your vote and see how powerful your time can be at

Cast your vote Nov. 27 -Dec. 4.  Then watch NBC's American Giving Awards live at 7 p.m. on Dec. 8. Want to do more? Here's how:

Post to twitter: Vote for 30,000 children to receive @artfeeds programs at #Artfeeds #GivingAwards

Join the Facebook group and add your friends:  Open the content in a new window, if necessary.

Share this video to rock the vote:

Senior Art Education Exhibition "Trio"

Three Senior Art Education undergraduates will hold an art exhibition, titled Trio, December 3–7 in the Spiva Art Gallery on the campus at Missouri Southern State University.

Trio will feature the works of Devon Doyle, Marilyn Stewart and Blaine Crocker.

Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The closing reception will be Friday, Dec. 7  from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Spiva Gallery at MSSU.

One Warm Coat

one warm coatOmicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society is again collecting coats for needy children through the One Warm Coat Program.  The clothing will be given to the Joplin Bright Futures Program to assist children in our own community.

Do you have warm wear that you are no longer using or your children have outgrown?

Please help by donating a new or gently used coat, jacket, sweater, or any warm outerwear.  Collections continue through December 3 and collection boxes are found in the main buildings around campus. 

Please feel free to contact Michael Garoutte at or Elaine Freeman at if you have questions.

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 (RDC) by noon on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012.

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 Jan. 21, 2013.

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

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

For more information, call 625.3521 or email Rikki Smith in the RDC at

Gifts for the Military

military service graphicAs we celebrate the holidays, keep all the men and women on active duty in our nation's military services in mind. 

Robin Douglas, Distance Learning, will be collecting candy, crossword puzzle booklets and other lightweight items to send to those  who are defending the nation. 

Also, her University Experience class will make cards on construction paper folded in half with personal notes added.  It is a fun, important and good cause.

Douglas says she is collecting any cards and/or candy faculty and staff have to donate.  

She plans to get items in the mail Dec. 1.

This will allow for delivery prior to the holiday.

For information, contact her at ext. 9887 or email

Student Receives Scholarship

Natascha Lord, a senior German and International Business major from Waynesville, Mo., has received a $500 New York Charitable Trust-Annette Kade Scholarship in recognition of her academic and personal merit. Natascha, who is also a member of the women's soccer team at MSSU, will be spending the spring semester at Katholische Universität Eichstätt – Ingolstadt in Germany through the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP).

Restaurant Impossible Features MSSU Volunteers 

 'Tis the season of giving and for Chef Robert's biggest mission to date. He's travelling to Joplin for a show set to run Dec. 9, 10 and 12.

After the tornado hit, the local Boys and Girls Club turned into a safe house for kids of all ages, and while its attendance doubled, its funding did not. Robert's challenge is twofold; to transform the Boys and Girls Club into a space both kids and parents will love, and to create a thank-you dinner for 1,000 volunteers in just five hours!

With a $30,000 budget, 3 day deadline, and the help of chef Michael Chiarello and some of Robert's old Dinner: Impossible crew, it will be all hands on deck for Joplin.

A team of MSSU Volunteers helped with the party prep and decoration for the thank you dinner.  The following people volunteered:

Christy Phillips, Nicole Brown, Cassie Mathis, Dory Quinn, Alex Gandy, Nathan Hicks, Ron Mitchell, Elisa Bryant, Donna Kemm, Kelly Wilson, Dianne Vlasin, Stephanie Hopkins, Heather Arnold, and Samantha Quackenbush.

Tune In to the program at 9 p.m. on Dec 9, midnight on Dec 10 and 8 p.m. on Dec. 12.

Cross Country Awards Banquet Featured on KGCS

This year's NCAA Division II Cross Country National Championships were held in Joplin in November, and KGCS was there to capture the closing awards ceremony.     

The event featured special presentations, coaches and athletes from around the country.  Area viewers now have a chance to see that program on the air. 

KGCS-TV will feature the program at 8 p.m. on Sunday, December 2.

KGCS programming may be seen over the air on digital channel 22, as well as on regional cable television systems including Cable One, Mediacom and Suddenlink. 

The station operates as a service of the Department of Communication.

UMB Launches "More Than" Video Contest for Students

United Missouri Bank (UMB)  recently launched the "More Than" video contest for college students and is working hard to get quality video submissions. These students could win $20,000!

In addition to the cash (second place gets $10,000, third gets $5,000), the first place team will get an all-expenses paid trip to New York and their video will be playing on the NASDAQ marquee in Times Square.

The contest deadline is Dec. 21, 2012 at 11:59 CT. Full contest rules and information are on our website at

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