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August 11, 2011

Memorial Service Scheduled

President Bruce Speck is inviting students, faculty and staff to participate in a campus Memorial Service to Remember, Recognize and Renew at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 in Taylor Performing Arts Center.

In this gathering, the University community will memorialize our lost loved ones, colleagues and friends.

The service also will recognize the sacrifices of so many in the MSSU family who endured and contributed so much during the disaster and throughout the recovery.

This event will acknowledge our changed environment and our efforts to support each other as we rebuild our personal lives, repurpose our professional endeavors and renew our community spirit.

Please make plans to attend.

Appreciation Cookout Today 

The Appreciation Committee would like to invite all MSSU faculty and staff to a cookout on Thursday, Aug. 11 from 11:45 1:15 p.m. on the patio behind BSC (outside of Card Services office).

Come relax and enjoy and extended lunch featuring brats, burgers and hot dogs grilled to perfection by the President’s Council, root beer floats, door prizes and plenty of conversation and good times with fellow employees and new employees. 

In case of rain the event will be held on the first floor of the Billingsly Student Center.
  The RSVP deadline was earlier this week.

Academic Year Luncheon

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.

Only RSVP to 625.9394 if you cannot attend.

OfficeMax Roll Out Next Tuesday

The OfficeMax roll out that was scheduled for May 24 was canceled due to the May 22 tornado in Joplin. 

"We are back on track now!" says Heidi Carlin, Procurement.  If you are currently a user or approver in the current Staples E-way site, or wish to become a user of  our new program please plan on logging into and being part of the Webinar End User Training.

MSSU End User Training will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16.  The meeting number is 597.049.299.

To join the meeting online go to End User-MSSU.  Enter your name and email address and click "join now."

To join the teleconference call-in to the toll-free number: 1.866.257.2680.  The conference code is 595 475 6157.

To add this meeting to your calendar program (for example Microsoft Outlook), click Calendar Program.

Those that do attend the WEBINAR will be given their username and passwords, automatically. Those that do not attend will need to make arrangements with Hiedi Carlin to attend a different session or overview.



TIME: 10:30 a.m. (After the WEBINAR)

PLACE: BSC Room 341

Plan on attending the Open House for free giveaways, meet and greet with our account rep and bring any questions you may have about the new mandatory program.

Please feel free to contact Hiedi Carlin ext. 9329 for questions or additional information on the webinar.

Opening to Teach Honors Class 

Are you interested in teaching a one-credit class populated with 12-18 Honors Students?

Michael Garoutte, Honors Program Director, says the Honors Program is seeking applications and nominations for a faculty member to teach sections of HNRS 101 (Honors Forum) and HNRS 201 (Service Learning) for the fall 2011 semester. Honors Forum, which is required for incoming Honors Scholars, meets for one 50-minute period each week. Yours would be one of three sections of HNRS 101 to be offered simultaneously and coordinated with instructors of the other two sections.

"We are also looking for faculty interested in teaching HNRS 201, the one-credit Service Learning course," Michael adds.  "Either course could be treated as part of a regular teaching load or a one-hour overload contract (funded by Academic Affairs)."

Interested faculty should contact Michael Garoutte or telephone 625.9748 to get more information.

Lion Pride Weekend Aug. 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.

Lion Egg Farmers to Serve Breakfast 

In the spirit of the Good Egg Project, Americas egg farmers serve FREE breakfast to those affected by the Joplin tornado and donate 54,000 eggs to the Ozarks Food Harvest America’s egg farmers are serving up a FREE, hot egg breakfast to members of the Joplin community affected by the tornado.

The breakfast will take place from 6 a.m. – 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 20 at the Billingsly Student Center at Missouri Southern State University.

In addition to the breakfast, Moark Eggs and America’s egg farmers will be donating 54,000 eggs to the Ozarks Food Harvest, a food bank that has been integral to the relief effort in Joplin.

"Stand Up for Joplin" to Air 

The comedy program, "Stand Up for Joplin," hosted by Yakov Smirnoff, was presented July 19 at MSSU.  Smirnoff and five other comedians entertained the audience that evening.  KGCS-TV provided the video production crew at the event, and the program was edited by KODE/KSN.  The telecast includes information about how people may contribute to help recovery efforts in Joplin.

 "Stand Up For Joplin" will air at 8 p.m.  on Monday Aug. 15 and Wed. Aug. 17 on KGCS-TV. 

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

Get Ready for Lion's Roar

Departments on campus are eligible to participate in this year's LION'S ROAR from 10:30 a.m. ‑ 1:30 p.m. Thursday Aug. 25 on the MSSU Oval.

The rain site will be the Billingsly Student Center

“This is part of the Welcome Week festivities,” says Malorie Cashel, Student Activities. “The more involvement we can get from our campus organizations the better.”

For information, contact the Student Activities Office at 417.625.9346. (If tables need electricity, please let the office know.) 

"We look forward to seeing everyone at this event!" Malorie says.


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