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June 30, 2011

Tornado Emergency Relief Fund to Issue First Grants

The Tornado Emergency Relief Fund will issue the first of its small grants to faculty, staff and students beginning on July 5. Mike Fontana, Development Officer – Annual Fund/Scholarships at the Missouri Southern Foundation, said that the Foundation expects to award a total of at least $40,000 in this initial round of grants, designed to assist with losses due to the recent tornado in Joplin.

A committee of faculty, staff, and student representatives has completed a review of applications. Initial grants are based upon that review.

Current fund applicants will receive an email by June 30 indicating whether they are to receive a grant. Those receiving grants will be asked to come to the Foundation office in 211 Hearnes Hall. ID such as a driver’s license and/or Lion Card will be required, along with current address information, in order to release the funds. The email will include instructions as to whether additional information is required.

The Foundation will stop accepting applications for the fund on Friday, July 15. Anyone seeking assistance from the fund is encouraged to apply online through LioNet. All applications received by that date will be considered for another round of grants to be issued at a future time.

In addition, the Foundation continues to accept fund donations.   Donations can be made electronically at, or in person at the Foundation office.

For more information, contact Mike at ext. 4436.

Webinar Slated for this Afternoon

The Missouri Southern State University Resource Development Center will host a webinar concerning the “Universities’ Role in Economic Development Continuum.”

This webinar is the first in a series of offerings from the Grants Resource Center (GRC), part of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. The entire series focuses on Community/Economic/Workforce Development.  

Tim Atkinson, assistant provost, and Kelly Lyons, community and economic development director at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) will present the conceptual framework used by the university to build a strong, community-focused relationship with the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation.

Please join us in the Billingsly Student Center Room 341 on the campus of MSSU to participate in the program which will take place from 1 - 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 30.

If you're interested in learning more about the workshop or would like to register, please contact:

MSSU Resource Development Center at 417-659-5479 or

Brown Book Sales to Benefit Emergency Fund--Book Signing July 14

Join Joey Brown, English, author of Oklahomaography, a book of poems, at Spiva Library from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m., Thursday, July 14 by the Spiva Library fireplace.

You'll have the opportunity to purchase a copy and have it signed by the author. Oklahomaography retails for $14 which can be paid by cash or check.

Publisher, Mongrel Empire and Joey are pledging to donate all profits, both hers and theirs, from the sales of that book from now until Aug. 1 - up to 100 copies - to the MSSU Tornado Disaster and Relief Fund. In order for the money to be donated to the fund, people must buy the book directly from the author.

(If purchased through a book store or online service, the stocking and shipping fees would negate most of the available profits.) The fireplace is located on the 3rd (Main) floor of the library.

In addition, Mongrel Empire Press is donating the entire price of the book for the first 20 copies sold in this time period. This offer has the potential to raise more than $1,100 for the fund.

Anyone interested in purchasing a copy or who has questions about the book signing may contact Joey Brown at or Amber Carr, Public Services Librarian, at or 625-9335.

KGCS to Cover Joplin School Board Meeting

KGCS-TV will provide live coverage of the Joplin School Board meeting scheduled 7 p.m. this Thursday, June 30. The meeting is the first regularly-scheduled month meeting of the board of education following the May 22 tornado.

The meeting is being held in the City Council chambers of Joplin City Hall. It may be seen live over the air on broadcast channel 22, on Cable One channel 7 and Mediacom Channel 77.

Shots Available to Students

Jasper County Health Department has received a grant and can offer some immunizations FREE to students attending Missouri Southern State University in Joplin. College students residing on campus or in Jasper County are eligible to receive some of the different immunizations at no charge.

Free shots include the meningitis vaccine - Menactra, the Hepatitis B vaccine, and the Hepatitis A & B combination vaccine called TwinRix.

Pam Hosp, Willcoxon Health Center, says free immunization clinic is scheduled for Friday, July 15, at the Jasper County Health Department. Vaccinations will be given by appointment only.

Interested individuals need to contact the Jasper County Health Department at (417) 358-3111. Their offices are located at 105 Lincoln in Carthage.

Smash-Zone Internative Fan Attraction Today on Campus

SmashZone Tennis Attraction visits Joplin  today.  A large number of colorful blow-up sites are set up near the MSSU Tennis Courts just behind Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) will donate $100,000 to the city of Joplin to assist with disaster relief efforts in the tornado-stricken community. The USTA is committed to helping rebuild Joplin High School and its tennis courts, which were demolished in the storm.
* In addition, the USTA will bring SmashZone, the interactive fan attraction featured annually at the US Open, to Missouri Southern State University on Thursday, June 30, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., CT, in an effort to help boost the spirits of the children and families affected by the disaster. The event is free to the public.
The USTA Missouri Valley Section coordinated efforts to involve the tennis community in helping victims of the tornado through a donation organized by the Joplin Schools Tornado Relief Fund. The USTA contribution consists of a $25,000 donation from the USTA Missouri Valley Section, a $25,000 donation from USTA National, and a $50,000 grant for refurbishment of the high school tennis courts and technical assistance. In addition to its $100,000 donation, the USTA is working with tennis manufacturers and retailers to collect additional donations including equipment and tennis gear for the Joplin High School tennis team.
"The USTA is committed to help rebuild Joplin and assist its tornado victims," said Jon Vegosen, USTA Chairman of the Board and President. "By having our SmashZone Mobile Tour come to Joplin, we hope to provide the community an outlet for a day to enjoy themselves and the sport of tennis."
To further support this effort, the USTA will complement its official Davis Cup Draw Ceremony for the upcoming quarterfinal tie vs. Spain in Austin, Tex., with a concert featuring the Grammy Award-winning band, Asleep at The Wheel. The event will be held on Thursday, July 7, at Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater. Tickets for the Draw and concert are priced at $5 plus fees, with all the USTA's proceeds going to the Joplin Schools Tornado Relief Fund.
The Mobile SmashZone includes four kid-sized tennis courts for youth play and various interactive activities, allowing kids and their families to test their tennis skills. The USTA also will distribute tennis equipment to the kids at the event and to local tennis organizers to help support their summer and fall programs.
The USTA is encouraging its 750,000 plus members and others interested in donating to tennis and education programs in the Joplin area to donate to USTA Serves, the organization's philanthropic arm, through  For information, see

Chamber Chat Airs on KGCS-TV

The new edition of the Chamber Chat interview program airing on KGCS-TV focuses on efforts to help businesses rebuilding and recovering from the May tornado. joplin Area Chamber of Commerce President Rob O'Brian visits with Kirstie Smith from the Chamber office. They discuss how funds coming in to help businesses are being utilized and discuss opportunities to help the business community.

Chamber Chat may be seen a number of times on KGCS-TV, including the following:

Wed. July 6 – 6 p.m.

Mon. July 11 – 6 p.m.

Tue. July 12 – 6 p.m.

Wed. July 13 – 6 p.m. 

Chamber Chat is produced and aired through KGCS-TV.  Programming may be seen over the air on digital channel 22, on Cable One channel 7 and Mediacom channel 77.  The station operates as a service of the Department of Communication at Missouri Southern State University.

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