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August 19, 2011

Fall 2011 Semester Begins Monday

Students and members of the faculty are preparing to return to Missouri Southern State University for the fall 2011 semester. 
Missouri Southern's teachers participated in a New Faculty Workshop on Monday and Tuesday of this week.

On Wednesday, teachers heard from George Mehaffey of the American Association of Colleges and Universities.  He spoke about the tremendous changes higher education needs to make in order to move from a 19th century model of education into one suitable for 21st century students. 

He said the changes will be imposed both by budgetary restraints and technological advances wihich will produce new models of education delivery. He said so-called "cottage industry" practices in place for centuries may become untenable.

"We must act or we will be acted upon," Mehaffey said.

Missouri Southern President Dr. Bruce Speck said, "My great hope is as teachers and scholars we will adapt to changes. That's because that is what teaching is -- adapting and changing to reach students with passion and effectiveness. Teaching is an act of creativity that requires constant adaptation."

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 lost loved ones, colleagues and friends and all of those who were affected by the May 22 tornado.

The service 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.

The program will include music, presentation of flags, comments from speakers and the ringing of chimes 160 times in recognition of each life lost in the tornado.

Please make plans to attend.

Parsons Accepts Position in Wisconsin

Missouri Southern State University Vice President for Development and Executive Director of the Missouri Southern Foundation, Dr. Mark Parsons, has accepted the position of Vice Chancellor for University Advancement and Marketing at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, Wis.

Dr. Parsons has been at MSSU since November 2009. His resignation is effective Sept. 30.  The University will begin a national search to replace Dr. Parsons, MSSU President Bruce W. Speck said. “We are sorry we are losing such a fine administrator as Mark, but we wish him well in his new post.”This was not an easy decision for me, but I will be closer to grandchildren and family with this move and that is always a strong motivator for these decisions,” Dr. Parsons stated. “The medical needs of our family and a desire to be closer to our children and grandchildren make this opportunity perfect for this time in my career.”

Since coming to Missouri Southern, Dr. Parsons directed efforts that resulted in two substantial seven-figure gifts to the Foundation from the Robert W. Plaster Foundation for athletic facilities.

“While it will be difficult to leave such wonderful colleagues at Missouri Southern, I am very excited about this new leadership position at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.  I have deeply appreciated President Speck’s leadership and vision in expanding the role of private philanthropy, and also his strong support for me personally,” Dr. Parsons stated.

“As we look for the next Vice President, we will continue to focus on developing strong and aggressive fundraising  capabilities that are greatly needed to support the University and its mission to serve the students of this region and the state of Missouri,” stated Dr. Speck.

Newsmakers Focuses on Americorps

The upcoming edition of the Newsmakers interview program on KGCS-TV focuses on the role of Americorps and volunteers following the May tornado in Joplin. 

Guests include staff members who have been in Joplin since the storm, coordinating volunteer efforts and helping in the recovery. 
The program will air a number of times next week on KGCS-TV: 

* Monday, Aug. 22 - 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. 
* Tuesday, Aug. 23 - 5:30 p.m.
* Wednesday, Aug. 24 - 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 program will also air at 5:30 a.m. this Saturday, Aug. 20 on KOAM-TV.

Newsmakers is produced by KGCS-TV, a service of the Department of Communication at Missouri Southern State University.

Top Flight Donates Notebooks to East Middle School

Top Flight, one of the  vendors of  the MSSU Bookstore, has donated 109 cartons (3,000 lbs.) of spiral notebooks and filler paper for tornado relief efforts.
Because Joplin's East Middle School is Missouri Southern's Bright Futures partner, the products are being directed to that school.
MSSU Bookstore Manager Greg Needham and Jeff Gibson, MSSU Director of Budget and Operations, oversaw the delivery of the products to East Middle School on Tuesday of this week.
"This was a totally unsolicited contribution initiated by the Top Flight sales representative," Gibson says. "It's another awesome example of people wanting to help Joplin."
East Middle School suffered significant damage in the May 22 tornado. The school is now located at Crossroads Industrial Park, 7501 E. 26th Street in Joplin.

KGCS-TV to Air Board Meetings

KGCS-TV will provide coverage of the Missouri Southern Board of Governors meeting and the Joplin Schools Board of Education meeting during the week of Aug. 22. "These governing bodies play an important role in our community, and we feel that it is important for citizens to be able to see their meetings," says Judy Stiles, KGCS General Manager. 

The MSSU Board of Governors meeting will be recorded on Friday afternoon and will air on Monday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m.

The Joplin Schools Board of Education meeting will air live at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 23 and will be replayed at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24.

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

SmartThinking Provides Up to 24/7 Online Tutoring

Beginning this semester, all MSSU online students will have the ability to connect to live tutors from any computer that has Internet access, no special software installation or equipment is required.

SmartThinking provides live, online tutoring up to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week enabling students to get the help they need when they need it. SmartThinking tutors do not solve the problems for students, but rather teach the underlying concepts. 

Using an advanced queuing system providing little or no wait time, students are connected on-demand with an expert tutor. Students work one-on-one, in real-time with a tutor, communicating using a virtual whiteboard technology.  Scientific and mathematical notation, symbols, geometric figures, graphing and freehand drawing can be rendered quickly and easily.

Students who prefer to plan ahead can schedule a 30 minute appointment with a tutor of their choice.  At the scheduled time, the student and tutor connect live using the virtual whiteboard technology. All sessions are archived and available for students to review at any time for studying or test preparation.  A few of the subject areas covered are: Writing, Mathematics, Science, Business, English for Speakers of other Languages, Spanish, Nursing and Allied Health.

For additional Information contact the Office of Lifelong Learning: Online Student Services at 417.625. 9887.

Lion Pride Weekend Continues

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 started yesterday, 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.

Welcome Week August 21-26 on Campus 

Welcome Week will take place at Missouri Southern State University Aug.21-26.

Sponsored by a variety of campus offices, the week includes a selection of events to welcome students to the MSSU campus.

Starting on Sunday with music, free food and the President’s Ice Cream Social, the week will feature an All Campus Picnic on Monday, fun games on Tuesday, “Fall Forward” on Wednesday, Lion’s Roar on Thursday and “Survivor Night” on Friday.

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.”

Please respond to this email, or contact the Student Activities Office at 417.625.9346 if you have any questions or wish to participate or if electricity is needed for your table.

“We look forward to seeing everyone at this event,” Malorie says.

Lion Love: Legacy Day 2011

Legacies of alumni will receive the opportunity to explore what Missouri Southern is all about at this year’s annual Legacy Day. 

On Saturday, Sept. 17, Legacies will have the opportunity to show their spirit while having fun with many other Missouri Southern Lions. 

All classes will be taught by the education majors from our very own Teacher Education department. Age groups range from 5-7, 8-10, 11-13 and 14-17.

The 14-17 age group will be take a tour of campus and learning more about the college experience. Football tickets and t-shirts will be included in the registration packets.

For more information, see Legacy Day.

Concessions Opportunities for Groups

Anyone who has signed up to help in the concessions is asked to call and confirm work dates and times. If a club or organization would like to help concessions and earn money, several openings still exist for special events and the basketball season which begins in November.

For information, call Angela in concessions at 417.438.6347.

Dance Team Tryouts Sunday, August 28 

 Do you know students who like to dance? Would they like the chance to obtain extra scholarship money?

The MSSU Dance Team might be a great way of combining love of dance with a chance for more money for education.

Interested Missouri Southern students should visit Leggett & Platt Athletic Center at MSSU between 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28 for more information.

Those with questions should contact Janel Smith by calling 417.850.3419 or emailing .


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