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August 4, 2011

MSSU, University of Tabuk Sign MOU

An official Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Missouri Southern State University and the University of Tabuk in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was Tuesday, Aug. 2 in the President's Office on the second floor of Hearnes Hall at MSSU.

The University of Tabuk is located in Tabuk City, in the upper northwestern corner of Saudi Arabia. The university encompasses 11 colleges in three cities in that nation.

The MOU is part of Missouri Southern's strategic plan to increase the presence of International Students at the campus in Joplin and to provide study abroad opportunities for MSSU students.

Signing on behalf of Missouri Southern State University will be MSSU President Dr. Bruce W. Speck.

Dr. Fahad M. Al-Ali, Dean of Faculty and Personnel Affairs, signed the MOU on behalf of the University of Tabuk.

"We have enhanced our opportunities for students and faculty to be engaged on an international level,” said Dr. Speck. “There is a genuine excitement on the part of students going overseas and students from other countries coming to Missouri Southern,” he added.

MSSU is pleased to sign its first partner exchange agreement with a university in the Middle East," said Dr. AJ Anglin, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Missouri Southern. "This will open new doors for our students and faculty and we are appreciative of the role Mr. Fannun Kanan, a longtime Joplin area businessman, has played in bringing the two universities together," Dr. Anglin adds.

In order to facilitate international academic exchange, Missouri Southern State University and the Faculty of Business at the University of Tabuk are establishing the MOU as a framework for cooperative programs. Both universities believe that professional opportunities for their students, faculty, and staff will be enhanced by cooperation between the two institutions.

Appreciation Cookout Thursday, August 11

The Appreciation Committee would like to invite all MSSU faculty and staff to a cookout on Thursday, August 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.

* Important: Please RSVP to 659-.5435 by Monday, Aug. 8.

Beginning of 2011-2012 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.

Americorps Command Center Moves Off-Campus

The AmeriCorps Command Center that was set up on the parking lot south of the football stadium has now relocated to 520 School Street (three blocks west of St. Louis Street).

Volunteers should call AmeriCorps at 417.625.3543 ‑ instead of going to the School Street address. They will be directed to a work site or given other directions at that point.

Volunteers will fill out their paperwork at the work site.

Some volunteers may still come to the Missouri Southern campus.

Anyone with questions should call AmeriCorps at 417.625.3543 and speak to Emily or Keith.

OfficeMax Roll Out August 16

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.

Newsmakers Features Interview with Board Chair 

The upcoming edition of the Newsmakers interview program for the week of August 8 features an interview with MSSU Board of Governors Chair Dr. Sherry Buchanan. During the interview she discusses the role of the board in governance at Missouri Southern, as well as challenges and opportunities for the university.
Newsmakers may be seen at the following dates and times:

KGCS-TV: Monday, Aug. 8 - 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 9 - 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug, 10 - 5:30 p.m.
KOAM-TV: Saturday, Aug, 13 - 5:30 a.m.

Newsmakers is produced by KGCS-TV, a service of the Department of Communication at Missouri Southern. The station may be seen over the air on digital channel 22 and on regional cable television systems, including Cable One, Mediacom and Suddenlink.

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.

Helping Women at War

Robin Douglas, Lifelong Learning, is collecting items to include in care packages to female troops in Afghanistan-based infantry companies. As you can imagine these troops don't have the best living conditions.

Comfort items would be greatly appreciated.  These would include baby wipes, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, body wash, shampoo, conditioner and Febreeze. Beef jerky , cookies and small packages of drink mix for water bottles are always good. Razors for the women, body spray, feminine hygiene products, hairspray and pony tail holders are also needed.

Also, game books, playing cards and pretty much anything that you might take for granted and use on a daily basis could be part of the packages. Contact or telephone 625-9887.

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.


Wanted: Used bass guitar. Appearance is unimportant but must be playable; pickups must work and price should be extremely reasonable. Contact 417.388.2128.

For Sale: Three bedroom, 2-bath house on a double corner lot in Carthage, 1800 sq. ft. Quiet neighborhood, close to shopping centers, easy access to Highway 71, less than 15 minutes to MSSU. Newer roof, carpet, refrigerator, range, and central air/heating system. Laundry room, storage room, outside shed, fenced yard. Photos available on request. $82,900, below appraisal, or best offer for quick sale. Contact 417.385.8588.

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