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July 7, 2011

Deans' List Announced for Spring 2011 Semester

The Deans' List has been released for the spring 2011 semester at Missouri Southern State University.

The Deans from Missouri Southern's four Schools (Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Education and Technology) recognized full-time students who earned a grade point average of 3.75 or above on a 4.0 scale.

The students qualified for the honor by earning the required GPA while being enrolled in 12 or more hours of credit courses.

For a list of students, see Deans List-Spring 2011

Book Sales to Benefit Disaster Relief Fund: July 14 Signing Slated

Sales of Oklahomaography, a book of poems written by Dr. Joey Brown, a member of the English-Philosophy Department faculty at Missouri Southern State University, 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.

SBTDC Schedules Workshops

Two classes sponsored by the Small Business & Technology Development Center at Missouri Southern State University are targeted toward improving computer skills and enhancing the abilities of those seeking to start small businesses.  A full schedule of workshops is planned for later in the year by the SBTDC.

August workshops will include:

Get Local Customers with Google, Yelp, and Foursquare
Date: Aug, 10 (Wednesday), 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Payment in advance: $39
To Register: Contact the SBTDC at (417) 625-3128 or or go to
Starting a Small Business: The First Steps
Date: Aug, 11 (Thursday), 1:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Payment in advance: $20
To Register: Contact the SBTDC at (417) 625-3128 or or go to
The full schedule of workshops can be seen at  

Those with questions may contact Sarah B. Johnson of the SBTDC at (417) 625-3128 or email

Tornado Disaster Relief Fund Shirt for Sale

The Missouri Southern Foundation selling this shirt for $15. Shirts may be purchased in the Missouri Southern Book Store.

The purchase price of the shirt goes to the "Tornado Disaster Relief Fund.

The Tornado Emergency Relief Fund issued the first of its small grants to faculty, staff and students as of 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.

For more information about the Tornado Disaster Relief Fund, contact Mike at ext. 4436.

Edwards Returns from Bangladesh

Willie Edwards, Teacher Education, has recently completed his third trip to Bangladesh since December 2009.   Working in the capacity of technical consultant for Save the Children - International ©, Edwards visited ten elementary schools in the rural communities of Hobiganj, Tangail, and Mymensingh.

Edwards has been working under the auspices of the International Reading Association’s International Development Division to provide program assessments, observations, and recommendations of non-governmental organization programs (NGO). These programs are licensed non-profit organizations doing work in Bangladesh.  

Edwards worked with the Save the Children - International staff and government staff from the National Academy of Primary Education (NAPE) and the Directorate of Primary Education.

Priorities were determined following the school visits and Edwards is now in the process of writing his program report and recommendations.   More visits to Bangladesh are planned over the next twelve months.  

Edwards Returns from Bangladesh

Jasper County Health Department has received a grant and can offer some immunizations FREE to students attending Missouri Southern State University in Joplin. 

University  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.

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:

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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