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July 21, 2011

Stand Up for Joplin!

Yakov SmirnoffStaff, faculty and students from KGCS-TV coordinated the television production work for the recent Yakov Smirnoff "Stand Up For Joplin" presentation in Taylor Performing Arts Center.

The crew recorded the event from start to finish, including behind-the-scenes interviews. The performance featured six comedians on the stage, entertaining Joplin residents.

It is being edited into a special television program, intended to raise funds for Joplin tornado relief efforts. The program will air later on KSN-TV as well as KGCS-TV.

In addition to the crew from KGCS, volunteers from the Joplin High School media program assisted with the video production, as well as staff from KSN and KODE-TV.

The MSSU theater department played a key role on the production, with assistance from JHS theater students.

"This was truly a team effort, and everyone contributed their hard work and talents to produce a excellent program," says Judy Stiles, KGCS General Manager.

"We are looking forward to sharing this with the rest of the community when the television program is completed and helping ongoing efforts to raise relief funds." she adds.

Back to School Open House

Missouri Southern's "Back to School Open House" will take place  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.

Don Lansaw Memorial Benefit

The Don Lansaw Memorial Benefit and Silent Auction will be held from 4 - 9 p.m. Saturday, July 30 at Joplin’s Schifferdecker Park.

Don died in the tornado on May 22.  His wife Bethany Lansaw works in Talent Search at MSSU.

Silent Auction bidding will be held on tickets to the Texas Rangers, KC Royals games, an October Nascar race, plus Jamie McMurray and Kansas City Chiefs autographed items. Music will be provided by Joe and Derek Rhatigan of “Head Change” and Rich McCready.

Face painting and balloon animals will be provided for the kids. A car show featuring all makes and models will be sponsored by the S.W. MO Stang Gang.

The event is hosted and sponsored by the Seneca Graduating Class of 1998 and friends of Don Lansaw. Proceeds will go to the Lansaw family and the Don Lansaw Memorial Scholarship fund.

Joplin High Works with Southern to Share Sports Facilities

Joplin High School is working with Missouri Southern State University to coordinate the use of needed facilities for Joplin High School practices and games during the fall and winter seasons. JHS football practices and games will continue at Junge Stadium, which was undamaged by the storm.
“Our relationship with Missouri Southern prior to and since the disaster has been a benefit to the high school and the city of Joplin,” comments Jeff Starkweather, Joplin High School Athletic Director.
“We are fortunate that MSSU has the facilities, the flexibility and the willingness to work with us at this time.”
MSSU has provided facilities for Joplin Schools for events such as high school graduation and Bright Futures gatherings.
“We understand the pressure the high school is under as fall approaches and we are very pleased to be able to provide venues for these athletic programs and any other needs the high school has during this rebuilding process,” MSSU President Dr. Bruce W. Speck stated

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.

Choral Society Summer Concert July 31

The Missouri Southern State University Choral Society will present its "Summer Pops Concert" at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 31.

Due to the tornado damage to the First Community Church of Joplin, the venue for the performance will be the First Baptist Church located at Broadway and Roane St. in Webb City.

Beginning with Baroque composer Henry Purcell's "Now Shall the Father Be Praised on High," a series of three pieces reflect on aspects of life including Joseph Martin's "Follow the River," Harry Simeone's arrangement of "Country Style," based on a square dance, and "Walk a Little Slower, My Friend" composed by Don Besig.

Eleanor McLemore, Choral Society accompanist, will perform a piano medley of two patriotic selections, "America the Beautiful" and "Battle Hymn of the Republic" arranged by Tornquist and Bock.

Under the direction of Al Carnine, MSSU professor of Music, the concert is open to the public without charge

Talent Search Funded for Five Years 

The Talent Search program at Missouri Southern State University has been refunded by the U.S. Department of Education.  
The multi-year grant will provide $230,000 each year for the next five years.
The program will provide financial, academic, career, and personal counseling as well as tutorial services and workshops for 550 area students and their families located in the Joplin, Carl Junction, Webb City, Carthage, Sarcoxie and Riverton school districts. 

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.

Outlook Conversion Date Approaches 

As MSSU moves closer to the Outlook email conversion date, IT will be making some changes to your GroupWise email account in preparation to migrate your inbox and calendar contents.

On July 28, your GroupWise password will be changed to match your LioNet PIN. This change will happen at 5 p.m. on July 28. If your LioNet doesn’t work, try your original password. If neither works, call the HelpDesk at ext .4444 for assistance.

Training on Outlook will be available on the following dates in Room 311 of the Health Science Building:

July 26 – 9 a.m.

July 27 – 1 p.m.

July 28 – 10 a.m.

Please plan to attend one of these sessions if you need more information about this change. Additional training will be scheduled. Please RSVP with the Helpdesk at ext. 4444 if you want to attend.

On Aug, 3, will be the new email address login URL. Your email address will remain the same; you will no longer use for logging into web access.

Reporters, Editors Talk about Coverage

Another Newsmakers interview program focuses on the role of local Joplin media in providing coverage of the Joplin tornado. Guests include Carol Stark from The Joplin Globe, Josh Marsh from 1310/KZRG radio, and Dowe Quick from KOAM-TV.

"This interview shares insight into the challenges faced by media in the immediate aftermath of the tornado, and shows the crucial role local media plays in keeping citizens informed," says Judy Stiles, Newsmakers host.

Airtimes include 7:30 on Monday, July 25 and 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27 at 6:30 p.m. It also will air at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 30 on KOAM-TV. The program will also air during August on the station. .

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


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