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July 14, 2011

Back to School Open House July 27

Enrolling at Missouri Southern State University is now easier than ever.

Missouri Southern's "Back to School Open House" will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27 in the Connor Ballroom on the 3rd Floor of the Billingsly Student Center.
The Open House will provide a "one-stop shop" for any student who wants to attend Missouri Southern this fall. This program is designed for any student including new, current, returning, transferring, online or veteran.
It will provide special help to students, including those who may be delaying enrollment due to the May 22 house flyer
"We realize the tornado may have contributed to problems with scheduling, paperwork and other issues," says
Derek Skaggs, Admissions. "We want to make the enrollment process as easy as possible by giving students a chance to enroll at a one-stop shop."
The Open House will allow participants to talk to staff from Admissions, Financial Aid, Bursar (student accounts) and Registrar offices. Students can enroll, process Lion I.D. Cards and parking permits, pick up books, activate university email accounts and take care of anything they need to do before school starts.
First-time freshmen will be enrolled but also will be encouraged to attend the Southern Welcome program and First-Year Assessment on Aug. 18.
For additional information, contact the Admissions Office at 417.781.6778 or 866.818.6778 or email

Lion Pride Weekend August 18–21

Are you ready to join the Pride? Lion Pride Weekend is for all new MSSU students and their families. The weekend is packed with activities to help you become acquainted with Joplin, meet new friends and learn what it means to be a LION!
The weekend starts Thursday, Aug. 18 and doesn't stop until Sunday evening!
To register or obtain more information contact the MSSU First-Year Experience Office at 417.625.9731 or Or, see the Lion Pride Weekend brochure online.
The brochure provides a full schedule of events at Lion Pride Weekend.

Comedians to “Stand Up for Joplin”

Branson comedian Yakov Smirnoff will be joined by Former star of Grace Under Fire, Brett Butler, for the Yakov presents STAND UP FOR JOPLIN at 7 p.m. July 19 at the Taylor Performing Arts Center at Missouri Southern State University.

In addition to Butler it will include comedians Bill Chott, David Koechner and Michael Jr.

The event will also feature celebrities sending special messages. Telethon viewers can call designated toll-free phone numbers, text or donate online at to make financial pledges to throughout the telecast. 

Patrick Tuttle, Director of the Joplin Visitors & Convention Center, says admission is free for Joplin residents with photo I.D.

Tickets will be available until 5 p.m. today, Thurs., July 14, and from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on  Fri., July 15 and from  9 a.m. ‑ noon on Sat. July 16  at Joplin City Hall located at 602 S. Main. 

Seating is limited. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis with a limit of 6 tickets to a family.  No reserved seating is available.

Tickets, if  available, will be distributed to non-residents from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Monday, July 18  at the same location.  Tickets on Monday will be limited to two per family.

Book Sale Tonight at Spiva Library: Profits to Benefit Fund

Sales of Oklahomaography, a book of poems written by Joey Brown, English-Philosophy,will benefit 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.

 In order to facilitate sales, a gathering will be held near the fireplace on the third (main) floor of the Spiva Library from 7 p.m. - 8 p.m., Thursday, July 14 where local readers may purchase a copy of the book and have it signed by the author. Oklahomaography retails for $14 which can be paid by cash or check.

Joey and Mongrel Empire Press, the publisher of the book, will donate all profits from the book until Aug. 1 (up to 100 copies) to the MSSU Tornado Disaster and Relief Fund. In addition, Mongrel Empire Press will donate not just profits but the entire price of the book for the first 20 copies sold during the same time period. This offer has the potential to raise more than $1,100 for the fund.

For more information, contact Joey Brown at or Amber Carr, Public Services Librarian, at or 417.625.9335.

Chinese Orchestra Dedicates Encore to People of Joplin

A professional orchestra in China dedicated the encore performed during a recent performance to the people of Joplin affected by the May 22 tornado.

Kexi Liu, professor of Music and Director of the Southern Symphony Orchestra at Missouri Southern State University, accompanied a group of ten people from the Joplin area to China from May 22 to June 4. While in China, several members of the group had the opportunity to perform with the Sichuan Conservatory Orchestra, a professional orchestra at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in the city of Chengdu in Sichuan Province.

At the end of the concert, the orchestra performed an encore work which the conductor dedicated to the people of Joplin who are recovering from the impact of the tornado. Dr. Liu has a video recording of the complete concert.

The Sichuan Conservatory of Music, founded in 1939, has a beautiful environment with a rich artistic atmosphere. It has nearly 400 professors and associate professors with a student body of over 14,000.

The Conservatory possesses the largest music and art literature library and audio-visual collection in southwest China.

Commission Clears Way for Tuition Raise

The Missouri Commissioner of Higher Education has waived a state penalty against a university in Joplin for its proposed tuition increase.
The Missouri Southern State University's Board of Governors in April approved a tuition increase of $20 per credit hour for in-state students, to $163 per credit hour. The board had approved a $5.53 per credit hour increase last year but delayed implementation.
The two increases combined are considered by the state to be a 9.27 percent increase, which would trigger a state penalty because it exceeded a cap on tuition increases.
However, Education Commissioner David Russell, notified the University on June 30 that the penalty would be waived, reportedly due to the effects of the May 22 on the Joplin community.

Get Ready for Lion's Roar

Southern’s annual Lion’s Roar is coming up. Lion's Roar is a great way to promote university clubs to new and returning students. All registered student organizations are invited to participate. The event will be held from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25 on the Oval.  

Student Activities will provide a table with two folding chairs to each booth. Electricity is available on a limited basis upon request. Participants must bring their own 100 foot extension cord if your booth requires power.

Craig Gullett, Student Activities, says groups wanting to participate should email  or telephone 417.625.9346 to provide name and contact numbers and request electricity, if needed.

Students Recognized at Phi Beta Lambda Conference

Three Missouri Southern State University students were recognized at an Awards of Excellence Program at the Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida June 23-26.

Stu Dunlop, Marketing, says the conference featured competitive events for individuals and teams, leadership training and election of officers for the next year.

The conference theme was “Breaking Barriers!" The keynote speaker for the event was Aaron Davis, a member of the 1994 Nebraska National Championship football team. He spoke about the power of choices and breaking down your own barriers.    

Immunizations Available Tomorrow

Jasper County Health Department has received a grant and can offer some immunizations FREE to many college students residing on campus or in Jasper County.

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.

Job Fair Today

A job fair will be held from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. today, Thursday, July 14, on the third floor of the Billingsly Student Center.

The job fair is sponsored by the Missouri Southern Career Center, Missouri Disaster Recovery Jobs Program and the Workforce Investment Board of Southwest Missouri.
Hundreds of temporary and permanent positions, both full-time and part time, will be featured. 
The job fair is in response to the May 22 tornado in Joplin.
The job fair is free to all job seekers. 

Newsmakers Guests to Discuss Tornado Response

The upcoming edition of the Newsmakers interview program focuses on how the Missouri Southern campus provided services to the community immediately following the May tornado in Joplin. Guests include Vice President for Business Affairs, Rob Yust, Vice President for Student Affairs, Darren Fullerton, and Physical Plant Director, Bob Harrington.

They discuss the various ways the campus was utilized, including its role as a Red Cross shelter, medical emergency center, volunteer coordination center, and other disaster response services.

Newsmakers will air the following times:

Saturday, July 23- 5:30 p.m.

Monday, July 25 - 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 26 - 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 27 - 5:30 p.m.

KGCS programming may be seen over-the-air on digital channel 22, and on regional cable television systems, including Cable One, Mediacom and Suddenlink. The station operates as a service of the Department of Communication at Missouri Southern State University


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