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June 28, 2011

Beginning of the Academic Year Luncheon Planned

The President’s Council invites all full-time faculty and staff, retired faculty and staff and current and former Board of Governors members to the “Beginning of the 2011-2012 Academic Year Luncheon.”

“We have become acutely aware of how dependent we are on each other since the May 22 tornado,” a statement from the President’s Council states.

“The Joplin community and our own MSSU community will never be the same! Since each academic year is a new beginning in many ways, we think it appropriate to come together as we prepare to continue to do what we do - EDUCATE STUDENTS”. 

“In recognition that each of you contribute to the success of our mission, we want all full-time faculty and staff to attend.  Also in appreciation of the dedication and work of retired staff and faculty, we want to honor them by inviting them to this luncheon.  Due to space restrictions, spouses are not invited.”

The Luncheon will be held from 12 noon to 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 17 in the Billingsly Student Center Ballroom.

Come dressed in your work clothes of the day with a big appetite and a grateful heart.

RSVP to 625.9394 only if you cannot attend.

Deadline to Return Books August 1

The deadline to return summer 2011 semester rental textbooks at Missouri Southern State University is no later than 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1.

Those failing to return books by that deadline could incur a late-return fine.

Greg Needham, MSSU Bookstore Manager, says return hours are 7 a.m.- 5 p.m. through this week through Thursday, July 29. A book drop is located behind Billingsly Student Center for after hours and weekend drop-off through July 31.

Books may also be returned between 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 1.

Summer rental textbooks that are mailed back must be postmarked by Monday, Aug. 1.

Needham says late return fees will begin on Aug. 2

Rental textbooks not returned by 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1 will be charged to the student's account at the retail price. However, this fee may be reduced to a late fee equal to the rental fee if the books are returned by Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011 through Friday, Aug. 26.

Mailed books received with a postmark after Aug, 1 will be billed to the student's account for the retail price of the book. If the book is postmarked Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011 through Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, the fee will then be reduced to the late fee.

For more information, telephone Greg at 417.625.9508 or email

Ticket Procedure for Tigers, Bears Games

The Athletics Department would like to remind all MSSU faculty and staff of the procedure for ordering tickets for upcoming exhibition basketball games featuring Division 1 opponents at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center. The Lions men will host the Missouri Tigers on Sunday night, Oct. 30.

The Lions men and women will then play host to the Missouri State University Bears and Lady Bears on Saturday evening, Nov. 5. The Lady Bears game is pending approval by the NCAA of a waiver submitted by Missouri State to add an exhibition game to their schedule. Similar waivers submitted by the Missouri and Missouri State men’s teams were approved.  

MSSU Lionbacker Booster Club members and basketball season ticket holders will be able to purchase tickets for both dates beginning on Monday, Aug. 1. Only those people who have joined the Lionbackers or have purchased MSSU season tickets for the 2011-2012 season will be able to purchase tickets on Aug, 1.

Remaining tickets will then go on sale to the general public including MSSU Faculty and Staff who are not Lionbackers or season ticket holders on Monday, Aug. 8. MSSU Students will be able to purchase tickets in the student section beginning the first day of classes, Monday, Aug, 22.

Reserved seat chairback tickets to the men’s game against Mizzou on Oct. 30 are $20, while general admission tickets are $12. Reserved seats to the doubleheader against Missouri State on Nov. 5 are $15, while general admission tickets are $10. MSSU students tickets are $12 for the Mizzou game, and $10 for the Missouri State doubleheader.

All tickets will be sold through the MSSU ticket office. The MSSU ticket office is located on the bottom floor of the Billingsly Student Center and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The ticket office number is 417.625.9366.

Proceeds from the exhibition games will be donated by Missouri Southern to support tornado relief efforts for MSSU faculty, staff and students in the wake of the devastating storm that hit the area on May 22. Questions on ticket procedures can be directed to Aaron Lewis at 625.9820 or

New Outlook System Set to Debut

As a reminder, on August 3, 2011, MSSU will be moving to the new email system, Outlook. No new email will be received in old Novell GroupWise system after this date.

If you don’t plan to attend Outlook training, please refer to the MSSU IT website for more information. Due to the demand, more training classes have been added. Dates and times are:

Aug. 1, Aug. 3, & Aug. 4 - 10 a.m.

Aug. 2 - 1 p.m.

All classes will be in Health Science Building, Room 311. RSVP with the Help Desk at ext. 4444 if you want to attend.

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’s wife Bethany works in Educational Talent Search at MSSU. Don died in the tornado on May 22.

Silent Auction bidding will be held on tickets to professional baseball games, an October K.C. 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.

Summer Pops Concert Sunday, 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.

The concert will conclude with arranger David T. Clydesdale's stirring patriotic musical "I Salute You." Featuring soloist Melanie Soule of Joplin along with narrators Annette Nethery of Joplin and Vern Walter of Webb City, the work honors not only the men and women of our military, but also all of those who unselfishly have given of their time and energy to help with the Joplin tornado cleanup.

It is also a musical that celebrates freedom and the flag.

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

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.

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 625.9346 to provide name and contact numbers and request electricity, if needed. 

Disaster Recovery Center to Move Off Campus

The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Phinney Hall will move to the Landmark Center Shopping Mall today and reopen there tomorrow morning at 9 a.m.

The Landmark Center Shopping Mall is located at  Suite 5, 2640 E. 32nd  St. in  Joplin.

The new location will be open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. until further notice. 

FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Libby Turner expressed FEMA's appreciation to the administration at Missouri Southern State University saying, "We want to thank the university for their generosity in making space available for the DRC. Their role with Joplin tornado survivors is another example of the importance of the effort and collaboration of the whole community in disaster recovery." 

FEMA affirmed it will maintain a presence in Joplin as recovery from the spring and early summer severe storms, flooding and tornadoes continues. 

Joplin Superintendent on Newsmakers

An upcoming edition of the Newmakers interview program features Joplin Schools Superintendent Dr. CJ Huff discussing plans for the upcoming school year. During the half-hour interview, he describes how the district was able to put plans for temporary facilities in place following the destruction of schools in the May tornado.

He also shares information about how financial and other support coming into the district is helping to meet the needs of students and teachers.

The interview program will air at the following times on KGCS:

Monday, Aug. 1 - 9:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 2 - 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 3 - 5:30 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 8 - 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 9 - 5:30 p.m.

The program also will air at 5:50 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6 on KOAM-TV. 


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