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December 16, 2011

Winter Commencement Saturday at Leggett & Platt

Commencement ceremonies at Missouri Southern State University will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 17 in the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.

Missouri Southern's 57th graduating class will include 333 unduplicated students receiving 408 total degrees, plus 31 graduate degrees.

A total of 19 master’s degrees in Nursing, eight master’s degrees in Criminal Justice, three MBAs and one master’s degree in Education will be awarded.

Graduates represent 13 U.S. states and seven countries.

For details and a list of graduates, read more.

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.

Superior Service Awards

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.

Tod Massa to Speak at 57th Commencement

Tod MassaSouthern 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.

Massa is the son of retired faculty member Richard W. Massa who served as Head of the Department of Communications and Director of the Institute of International Studies at MSSU.

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Forty-One to Graduate with Honors

Missouri Southern State University’s 57th graduating class includes 41 students who will graduate with honors at the University’s Commencement ceremonies beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 17 in Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.

Twelve students earned a four-year grade point average of 3.9 or above on a 4.0 scale and will graduate Summa Cum Laude.

Three of those students had a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Those students are Amanda Betts, Secondary Education major from Carthage, Kisa Clark, Mass Communications major from Neosho and Calib Ryan Van Dorn, Secondary Education major from Neosho.

Twelve students will graduate Magna Cum Laude with grade point averages of 3.80 to 3.89.

Thirteen students will graduate Cum Laude with grade point averages of 3.70 to 3.79.

Two students receiving an Associate Degree will graduate with First Honors, indicating a grade point average of 3.90 or above.

Two students receiving Associate Degrees will graduate with Third Honors indicating a grade point average of 3.70-3.79.

For a list of students graduating with Honors, read more.

Donors Endow Dan Hayworth Memorial Scholarship

The Missouri Southern Foundation announced that a new scholarship in Accounting has been endowed in memory of the late Daniel R. Hayworth of Diamond.

The Missouri Southern State University Accounting Department and H.E. Williams, Inc., provided initial donations to the endowment. Friends of Mr. Hayworth will seek further donations to add to the fund.

Daniel R. Hayworth was born March 21, 1959, in Albuquerque, N.M., and moved to the Joplin area in 1985, from Weston, Mo.

Dan received his Bachelor of Arts in Music in 1982, and his Masters in Business Administration in 1985, from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

He practiced as a CPA with BKD in Joplin for over 25 years. He lost his life to a sudden illness in 2010.

Plans Underway for MLK Day, Celebration of Service

During the third week of January 2012, Missouri Southern State University students, faculty, and staff and members of the community will volunteer for service projects to commemorate Martin Luther King Day and a week-long celebration of service. Registration is now available for many of the events. Please consider how you can contribute during this week of reflection and remembrance.

A smart mob event is planned for the morning of Saturday, Jan. 14. Think of the Smart Mob as a flash mob with a cause. MSSU's MLK Smart Mob is joining forces with the Joplin Fire Department to plan and execute the community service event. Details will unfold in the days leading up to the Smart Mob event. Rest assured, suspense is a key characteristic of the Smart Mob scene. Smart Mob registration is available on the event’s webpage. The public is welcome to attend.

For a list of activities for the week of Sunday, Jan. 15, read more.

Newsmakers to Focus on Rebuilding Schools

An upcoming edition of the Newsmakers interview program focuses on steps being taken by the Joplin School District to rebuild facilities and to develop programs. Guests include Joplin Schools Superintendent Dr. C.J. Huff and Joplin School Board President Ashley Micklethwaite.

They discuss the process involved and timetable for rebuilding schools destroyed by the May tornado. They also share information about the financing challenges and reflect on the community support that has come to the schools in the aftermath of the tornado.

This program airs for the first time on KGCS-TV next Tuesday evening, with repeat airings scheduled throughout the upcoming weeks. 

For air dates and times, read more.

Spring Lion's Roar

Missouri Southern’s spring Lions Roar is coming up. The event will be held from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26 in the Billingsly Student Center. Lion’s Roar is a great way to promote your Club or Department to new and returning students. All registered student organizations and University Departments are invited to participate. Student Services will provide a table with two folding chairs to each booth. Electricity is available on a limited basis upon request. Please bring your own 100-foot extension cord if your booth requires power.

If your group wants to participate in Lion’s Roar, please return the following information by email or phone to Craig Gullett, Student Services at 417.625.9346 or .

Club Name
Contact Name
Contact Number
Will you need access to electricity (Y/N)

Buy One, Get One Deal on AquaMassages

The MSSU Wellness Department is offering a BOGO deal on AquaMassages until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 21.

Anyone purchasing either a single visit or monthly unlimited package by this date will have the option to add an additional visit or package of equal or lesser value for 1/2 price.

Coupons for 10% off an AquaMassage purchase which were distributed earlier this semester can be combined with this offer. Gift certificates are included with this offer, so you can just come across campus to get your holiday shopping finished - or started.

Gift certificates can be printed for holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, or just because, so just let us know for which reason we should make it out. Gift certificates are good for up to one year from the date of purchase.

You could even get it as a gift for yourself. They won’t judge!

The AquaMassage system is available to both campus members and community members.

For more information, please contact: Heather Arnold, Aquatics & Wellness at 625.9533 or

Outstanding Teacher Nominations

Nominations for the Outstanding Teacher Awards at Missouri Southern State University will be accepted until today, Friday, 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.

New Employees for Final Months of 2011

Human Resources reports the following employees have joined the Missouri Southern team:

Calvin Treat, Custodian, Rec Center
Jennifer Pliler, Transfer Admissions Counselor
Melissa Micklich, Evening Custodian, Reynolds Hall
Alex Gandy, Counselor-Admissions
Kathryn Mata, Athletic Special Events/Annual Camp Director
Lora Dean, International Admissions Coordinator
Dale Loyd, Custodian, Rec Center
Ryan Shafer, Evening Custodian

Take the time to welcome these individuals to Missouri Southern!

First-Year/University Experience Awards

The First-Year Experience Office at Missouri Southern State University has announced. awards for the fall 2011 semester, according to Susan Craig, First-Year Experience Director.

Josh Doak has been selected as “Outstanding University Experience 100 Instructor” for fall 2011. Doak has been teaching the course since its inception in 2008.

Samantha Murphy, junior Accounting major from Joplin was named “Outstanding University Experience 100 Peer Mentor. Murphy worked with Teacher Education/University Experience faculty member, Larry Flatt. Doak and Murphy both received a $50 gift certificate to the MSSU Bookstore, a plaque, and a place on the First-Year Experience Program “Wall of Fame”

The First-Year Experience Office and Sigma Tau Delta (English Honor Society) partnered to offer a first-year student writing contest. Students were asked to write from a prompt related to the common reader for the University Experience 100 classes. The winners were:

First Place: ($125 cash prize)-Dominic Plutino, Diamond
Second Place: ($100 cash prize)-Emilee Denefrio, Carthage
Third Place: ($50 cash prize)- Heather Vaughan, Webb City
Fourth Place: ($25 cash prize)-Gabrielle Palmer, Joplin

The First-Year Experience Office recognized 60 students as Emerging Leaders. Emerging Leaders are first-year students who have shown evidence of academic and campus engagement as well as leadership potential for the future. Emerging Leaders were chosen by the University Experience 100 instructors.

Joplin High School Receives Gift of Music

Monday night, Dec. 12, Missouri Southern State University hosted the Joplin High School Quiz Bowl team in the pilot taping of a new KXMS Radio project called BRAIN GAMES.

At the close of the program, J.H.S. student Laurna Alumbaugh, representing the winning squad in the demonstration match held in Corley Auditorium, presented a gift from Bridge Records, Inc. of the metro New York City area.

Bridge Records president Becky Starobin provided 109 classical compact discs from the Bridge Records catalogue to augment the rebuilding of the media library of the future new Joplin High School.


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