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December 2, 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 were due yesterday, Thursday, Dec. 1.

Financial Presentation December 7 

The campus wide financial presentation, postponed due to illness, has been rescheduled for 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

A second presentation will be held at 3 p.m. that day.

The presentation will be held in Corley Auditorium located in Webster Hall. All faculty and staff are encouraged to attend either of the presentations according to Rob Yust, Vice President for Business Affairs.

Tod Massa to Speak at 57th Commencement December 17

Southern alumnus Tod R. Massa, Director, Policy Research and Data Warehousing for the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, will serve as the speaker for Missouri Southern State University’s 57th Commencement at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 17 in Leggett & Platt Athletic Center on the MSSU campus.

Tod R. Massa started at State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) in Richmond, Va. in 2001 as Director of Policy Research and Data Warehousing. Now, with more than a decade of experience his vision for tracking the success of higher education institutions is earning the attention of members in both the United States House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Having been awarded a $17.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education in partnership with the Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Community College System, he is creating a mechanism which will allow actual data about the real costs and outcomes of academic programs to be used when selecting an institution of higher education to attend or for directing funding by policy makers. This project has been enhanced through additional financial support provided by the Lumina Foundation in partnership with the American Institutes of Research and the state of Indiana.

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Foundation Accepting Tornado Emergency Relief Fund Applications

Just a reminder: The deadline for applications to the Tornado Emergency Relief Fund is today, Friday, Dec. 2. Forms are available for completion on LioNet. Funds were made available through private donations as well as proceeds from the Mizzou and Missouri State benefit basketball games.

The Missouri Southern Foundation encourages those who supervise employees and those who work with students to please let them know about the availability of this final round of grants. People who were adversely impacted by the tornado in any way may be eligible to receive support from the fund.

The Foundation recognizes that with the passing of time, there may be tornado-related needs that were not initially anticipated or adequately met through other sources. We would like to help address those needs.

If you have questions, please contact Mike Fontana in the Foundation office at ext. 4436 or by email to
MSSU Habitat Scholarships Announced

Southern to Offer Scholarships to Habitat Children

Missouri Southern State University is offering scholarships to the 24 children of the families involved in the Habitat for Humanity’s Ten for Joplin project.

MSSU President Bruce W. Speck made the announcement at the project’s dedication of all 10 homes Saturday, Nov. 19.

“This is another tangible way we can demonstrate our support for the families devastated by the May 22 tornado,” Dr. Speck stated.

(Photo):  Dr. Speck was joined by JoAnn Graffam, Vice President for Development and Executive Director of the Missouri Southern Foundation, and Darren Fullerton, Vice President for Student Affairs, at the Saturday afternoon dedication ceremony near the intersection of Kentucky and 23rd Street.

Children in the 10 homes range in age from 4 months to 18 years old. (Photo below) The families who will be living in the Habitat homes celebrate shortly after receiving their keys.

The scholarships will cover tuition for four years and currently translates to an approximate value of $20,000 per scholarship.

The value is based on a student taking 15 credit hours per semester at $163 per credit hour for eight semesters. Read more.

Inclement Weather/Emergency Policy

If inclement weather or an emergency causes the cancellation of classes or programs at Missouri Southern State University or the closing of campus, students, faculty and staff should check the following sources for announcements:

• The University’s main website at;

• Social networking sites Facebook and Twitter, available on the footer of every MSSU website;

• Local and regional radio stations, including 88.7KXMS/Fine Arts Radio International, in Joplin, Aurora, Carthage, Miami, Monett, Neosho, Nevada, Pittsburg, Springfield, and stations in Northwest Arkansas;

• Joplin TV stations KSN, KODE, KOAM and FOX14 and their respective Web sites;

• Web news services at,,;

• Administrators and departments are encouraged to use the University’s phone answering system to post announcements for students, vendors and others who may miss media announcements.

If inclement weather occurs during Finals Week resulting in a closing, the printed and online versions of the Schedule Booklet contain information about a contingency plan for finals.

If theatre, music or athletic events are scheduled on days that classes are canceled, individuals should check the website or contact the individual departments to determine the status of those activities.

As soon as decisions are made, University Relations & Marketing personnel post the Web notification and contact the media outlets. Please also be aware that during times of school and business closings, many other organizations are contacting the media at the same time and it can take an extended period to get through to the appropriate contact person and then the stations need additional time to input the information for broadcast crawls. Check the sources frequently.

This information is available from the website at and .

Name Changes

Several areas at Missouri Southern will be sporting new names in coming months.

Mills Anderson Justice Center will become Mills Anderson Public Safety Center.

School of Technology will become School of Health Sciences, Public Safety and Technology.

Department of Physical Science will become Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences. 

The new names were approved at the most recent meeting of the Missouri Southern Board of Governors.

The changes take effect as of the summer 2012 semester according to Julie Vestal, Academic Affairs.

Newsmakers to Focus on Drug Collection Program

An upcoming edition of the Newsmakers interview program focuses on a drug collection program started in Joplin. The program features a collection box for unused prescription and non-prescription medications, located at the Joplin Police Department in downtown Joplin. The collection is intended to provide a means for disposing of unused medications, and reducing the chances of those drugs being abused by others.

Guests include Lt. Matt Stewart from the Joplin Police Department, Mary Ann Phillips, Joplin Recycling Coordinator, and Crystal Ipok Ludiker, from the Alliance of Southwest Missouri. All three agencies have worked together to start the program, and hope to expand it to other communities.

Newsmakers may be seen at the following times on KGCS-TV:

Sunday, Dec. 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 5 – 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 6 – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 7– 5:30 p.m.

The program will also air at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10 on KOAM-TV.

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

Bejan Publishes in Review of Economic Dynamics

We extend our congratulations to our new faculty member, Maria Bejan, Associate Professor of International Business, who was recently published in the Review of Economic Dynamics. Her paper is titled “Trade Agreements and International Comovements: the Case of NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement)”.  The Review of Economic Dynamics is among the top five journals in international economics in the world.

Bejan said the publication represents the culmination of many years of research, having worked on a previous version of this work as part of her PH. D. thesis at University Carlos III de Madrid.

The paper studies the impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on the macroeconomic volatility in Mexico and the US. “The idea for this article came while I was visiting the University of Minnesota. I developed it over time, until reaching this final version that got published in the Review of Economic Dynamics (2011, vol. 14(4)). “

The Review, which publishes articles on applications of dynamic economic theory, has two Nobel Prize Laureates in its editorial advisory board, Edward Prescott (2004) and Thomas Sargent (2011).

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. on Saturday and Sunday, 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 Tonight

A  Seasonal Choral Flourish will be presented at 7:30 p.m. tonight, 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 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.

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 625.9562 or e-mail

New Parking Access Plan for Home Basketball Games

The Missouri Southern Athletics Department is implementing a new plan for parking access to home basketball games this season.

The parking plan will have an effect on campus parking during six more dates when classes are in session while the parking lots are needed for Lionbacker parking

The new plan attempts to accommodate the needs of both basketball fans and others on campus, according to Kevin Greim, Athletics.

Premiere Show Taping of "Brain Games"

Brain Games logoPremiere show taping of "Brain Games" at 88.7KXMS Fine Arts International will be held at 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 12 in Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall at MSSU.

Quizmaster Jeff Skibbe will oversee the "College Bowl" type of competition with the assistance of Technical Director Christopher C. Hancock.

The program will include an Intramural Match featuring the Joplin High School Quiz Bowl Team under the direction of Coach Mike Vogt. Intermission will include live folk music provided by Stephen Smith.

The program will be broadcast at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14 on KXMS.  It will be repeated, so check the KXMS or BRAIN GAMES  Facebook pages for updates.

CD copy inquiries will be taken at 625.9678.

The program's "Brain Trust" includes Charles Harris and Deborah Pulliam

The "Brain Game" logo was created by Michael Hailey. Don Ross and Tom Hewett will serve as engineers. 

Special thanks goes to Bridge Records, Dugout Sports Shop, Inc., MSSU Communication Department, Klassix Society/Friends of KXMS and the Red Onion Café.

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.

Adopt an Angel

Adopt an “Angel” this Christmas season to help make a child’s Christmas a happy one!

Vikki Spencer, Teacher Education, says the Collegiate Middle Level Association (CMLA) has two Christmas Trees with Salvation Army “Angels” waiting for someone to make their Christmas wishes come true.

Stop by Taylor Education Building to take an “Angel” tag from the tree, purchase items appropriate for the child you select, then return the items (tags removed, unwrapped, please & bagged) with the “Angel” tag tied to the bag. A Salvation Army representative will collect all the “Angel” gift bags a couple of times between now and Friday, Dec. 9, the final collection day.

Student organizations also might like to “Adopt-an-Angel” as a holiday project. If so, contact Vikki  at

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!

Program Covers Tornado Relief Efforts

An upcoming edition of the Newsmakers interview program takes a look at the recent special exhibition basketball games and ongoing efforts to support tornado relief efforts at Missouri Southern State University. The program features MSSU Vice President for Development Jo Ann Graffam and Michael Fontana from the Southern Foundation discussing the MSSU tornado relief fund and how it is helping students, faculty and staff. The program also features reports from the basketball games with the University of Missouri and Missouri State University, as well as a look at a special basketball clinic held for area youngsters.

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

Tues., Dec. 6 – 9:30 p.m.
Tue., Dec. 13 – 5:30 p.m.
Thur., Dec. 8 – 5:30 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 14 – 9:30 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 11 – 5:30 p.m.
Thur.,  Dec. 15 – 5:30 p.m.
Mon., Dec. 12 – 5:20 p.m.  

It will also air at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17 on KOAM-TV.

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

Flu Shots Still Available

Did you miss the Flu Clinic at MSSU?

The shots still are available through the Willcoxon Health Center. Located in Room 242 of the Billingsly Student Center. The Health Center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

No appointment is required for a flu shot but you may have to wait a few minutes.

Cost is $15 for faculty, staff, retirees, alumni and family members 18 and older. 

"Be sure and get your flu shot today before we run out of vaccine," says Pam Hosp, Willcoxon Health Center.

Senior Honors Thesis Presentations

Two more students will give Senior Honors Thesis presentations today, Friday, Dec. 2,  on campus. The students and topics are:

Caitlan Smith, Joplin
International Studies Major
4 p.m., Webster Hall 105
"Women's Education and Demographic Development:  A Case Study of Guatemala and Costa Rica"
This project seeks to first examine the relationship between women receiving basic education and the health of their children and how many children they decide to have.  A vast amount of literature suggests it is an ever-occurring trend for women in the developing world, with at least a high school education, to have around two children.  The project specifically focuses on Costa Rica and Guatemala as a comparative case study to examine this relationship.  Being neighbors, both countries experienced similar pasts and slowly developed out of freedom from European conquest.  Currently, however, Costa Rica surpasses Guatemala in terms of declining fertility and child mortality rate, both indicators of demographic development.  This project then discusses how two countries with such similar backgrounds can experience vastly different trends in demographic development and the causes behind these differences.  What will it take for Guatemala to see real change in the health of its children and education for its women?
Ashlynn "Axel" Fust, Joplin
English Major
3 p.m., Webster Hall 105
"Illuminating Paths:  The Intertextual Relationship between The Count of Monte Cristo and Gankutsuou."
Fust’s study will focus on the intertextual relationship between Alexandre Dumas' 19th Century Napoleonic novel, The Count of Monte Cristo, and Mahiro Maeda's contemporary sci-fi animated series Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo.

Members of the MSSU family and the public are welcome to attend.

Choral Society's Christmas Concert December 11

The annual Christmas Concert of the Missouri Southern State University Choral Society is scheduled for 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 11 at South Joplin Christian Church at 1901 Pearl Ave. in Joplin. The concert is designed for people of all ages.

The 46-voice ensemble will begin with Emily Crocker’s spirited “Sing Out Your Joy.” Always a crowd pleaser, “The Little Drummer Boy” arr. by Harry Simeone follows. The heart of the performance will be the Christmas choral revue “A Christmas Portrait” arr. by Mac Huff. It features such annual Christmas favorites as “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “The Christmas Song,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Silver Bells,” and several more.

Also in this work is a long section dedicated to children and everyone who is young at heart. “Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Suzy Snowflake,” “Frosty the Snow Man,” and “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” will be heard along with other children songs. Randy Baker (Joplin) is the narrator. Soloists include Albert Johnson (tenor), Jeannine Coles (soprano), and Karen Derrick (soprano), all of Joplin.

As always, accompanist Eleanor McLemore adds her pianistic talent to the season with Melody Bobor’s arrangement of “The First Noel.” One of the most beautiful arrangements of “Silent Night” is by Rhonda Polay and will feature soloist Lacy Dean (alto) of Joplin. Also bringing the audience back to the true meaning of Christmas will be the closing selection “And the Glory of the Lord” from George F. Handel’s Messiah.

Under the direction of Al Carnine, this will be the 31st year the Choral Society has given its Christmas concert on “World Choral Day!”


David Jerome, Assistant Professor of Political Science in the Social Sciences Department, just completed his doctoral dissertation and all requirements for his Ph.D. in Public Policy. He will be a December 2011 graduate of the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. His dissertation topic addresses the challenges that the U.S. Army faces in transforming itself for the twenty-first century. David is a retired Army Major and has been at MSSU since summer 2009.

Chris Moos, Assistant Professor of International Business in the School of Business Administration, just completed his doctoral dissertation and all requirements for his DBA. Chris successfully defended his dissertation in Vienna, Austria in November at the Swiss Management Center University (SMC-U). His dissertation topic addresses the measurement of learning for business students while studying abroad. Chris spent 25 years in business, is a retired Navy (reserve) Commander and has been at MSSU since 2003.

Chad Stebbins, International Studies, is serving as part of an evaluation team for the International Studies program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The Arkansas Department of Higher Education requires all degree programs to conduct periodic academic reviews. The other member of the evaluation team is Kees Gispen, executive director of the Croft Institute for International Studies at the University of Mississippi.

Olive Sullivan, Chart Adviser, will participate in a book signing/poetry reading at 7 p.m. on Dec. 8 in the Student Center Governors Room at Pittsburg State University.  The signing is for an anthology in which she has two poems. Other poets taking part in the reading will include Laura Washburn, Stephen Meats, Lorraine Achey, Allison Berry, and Al Ortolani, all from Pittsburg.