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September 2, 2011

Nationwide 9/11 Flag Restoration Tour to End in Joplin

The Historic Nationwide Restoration Tour of National 9/11 Flag will end this September 11, 2011 in Joplin.

Thousands of Joplin residents expected to place final stitches in this inspiring national treasure rescued from Ground Zero in New York City ten years ago

Children and Families of Joplin to Paint 3,000 “STARS OF HOPE” in community art project to transform Joplin’s landscape following May 22 tornados.

The completion of the 9/11 tour, slated for Sept. 9-11 in Joplin, is a major event of nationwide importance on the tenth anniversary of the worst terrorist event in U.S. history.

McCaskill Presents Gift from President Obama

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill took the time to present a photograph of President Obama speaking at Missouri Southern State University one week after the Joplin tornado. The photo is a gift from President Obama to Dr. Speck and Missouri Southern. The photo, signed by  Mr. Obama, depicts him at the podium in Taylor Performing Arts Center with members of the choir behind him.

Alvarez-Khoury-Lansaw Scholarship Established

Missouri Southern State University President Dr. Bruce W. Speck and his wife Carmen have proposed a new scholarship at MSSU.

The new scholarship will be called the Alvarez-Khoury-Lansaw Memorial Scholarship, in honor of three members of the Missouri Southern family whose lives were lost in the May 22 tornado.

José Alvarez was a highly-respected member of the MSSU faculty. Abraham "Abe" Khoury was a Missouri Southern student who was a role model to his friends and family. Donald Lansaw was the husband of staff member Bethany Lansaw.

Dr. and Mrs. Speck will donate the initial $3,000 gift to start the effort.

President Speck Accepts Plaque from Red Cross

President Bruce Speck accepted a plaque from the American Red Cross, given in appreciation for the Missouri Southern State University’s role in providing space for the Red Cross Shelter in the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center and Young Gymnasium following the May 22 tornado.

The plaque was presented at the “Remember, Recognize and Renew” memorial service Sunday, Aug. 28 in Taylor Performing Arts Center.

In this gathering, the University community memorialized lost loved ones, colleagues and friends and all of those who were affected by the May 22 tornado.

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

Southern Theatre to Open Season with "Communion"

Southern Theatre will open its 2011-2012 Theatre season with "Communion" written by Missouri Southern State University assistant professor of Theatre, Tim Klein.
"Communion" will run at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 13-17 in the Bud Walton Theatre at MSSU.
Klein directs this story of a group of women gather to support each other in their individual times of need. Along the way they share good wine, their life stories, and their best selves.
The play is rated "M" for mature audiences. It may include explicit language and action. General admission is $3 for adults or $1 for senior citizens and high school students.
For reservations, telephone 625.3190. For theatre production information, contact 625.9393.
For accommodations related to a disability contact Terri Spencer, Theatre, at 625.9393 at least 72 hours before the program.

Southern Family Benefits from Funds, Scholarships

Members of the Missouri Southern State University family - including students, faculty and staff - are benefiting from three funds and tornado-based scholarships established to help victims of the May 22 tornado in Joplin.
One faculty member and one student were killed and the spouse of a staff member died. Several others were injured.
Many others suffered damage to property and livelihoods. More than 145 homes were destroyed or damaged and 120 cars were destroyed or damaged.
Several students lost jobs when their employers' businesses were leveled by the storm.

Lion Love: Legacy Day Sept. 17 

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 take a tour of campus and learn more about the college experience. Football tickets and t-shirts will be included in the registration packets.

Faculty & Staff Brown Bag Series Begins Next Friday 

Faculty and staff can combine a cost-free lunch with valuable information at the Faculty Brown Bag Series during the fall of 2011. This fall's theme is "Making Inclusion a Priority at MSSU." Presentations will be held at the following dates and times:

Unpacking the "Backpack with Wheels Stereotype: Working with Non-Traditional Students"

Noon, Sept. 9 - BSC Room 309

Presented by Dory Quinn, Project Stay

"Millennial Students: Who They Are and How They Learn"

Noon, Oct. 14 - BSC Room 309

Presented by Susan Craig, First Year Experience

"Are We Speaking the Same Language? The Needs and Challenges of International Students."

Noon, Nov. 11 - BSC Room 309

Presented by Stephanie Goad, Institute of International Studies

Faculty and staff are invited to any or all of the presentations. A free buffet-style lunch will be served. Be sure to RSVP at least one week in advance to Teara Neidert at ext. 9731 or email

Serve-A-Thon in Honor of 9/11, Tornado Victims

Serv-A-Thon 10x10x10 Challenge is a project sponsored by the Missouri Southern Resource Development Center. The purpose of the Challenge is to observe the National Day of Service and Remembrance while engaging volunteers in service to their community and raising money to help Joplin recover and rebuild.

The vision between now and Sept. 11 is to engage teams from across the nation serving in honor of each victim lost in the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks and the Joplin Tornado.

The Serv-A-Thon 10x10x10 Challenge encourages team leaders to register 10 people who individually collect 10 pledges of $10 each in support of their service and observation of the National Day of Service and Remembrance. Pledges will support the work of MSSU’s Resource Development Center as it assists MSSU students, faculty, and staff to develop projects and programs in partnership with government, school, non-profit, and faith-based organizations.

All projects and programs will be developed to reflect community-identified needs that will help Joplin recover and rebuild from the devastation which struck our community on May 22, 2011.

Each person involved in the project, including individuals who sponsor service, can be counted toward the MSSU Resource Center project that was selected for competition in the Corporation for National and Community Service 9/11 Challenge. The goal is to mobilize over 5,000 volunteers for the project.

For more information about how to build your team or register as a participant:

• Visit

• "Like” the effort on Facebook at Joplin 9/11 Serv-A-Thon

• Follow Twitter at joplin911serv

• Email

• Call 659.5479

KGCS to Air Comedy Presentation 

KGCS will feature a repeat showing of the comedy presentation "Yakov Smirnoff Stands Up for Joplin."  The event was recorded at MSSU in July. It features Smirnoff and other comedians, presenting a program for Joplin residents. 

During the program, information is given on how people may go to a website to contribute to help tornado relief efforts.  KGCS staff, students and faculty provided the on-location production work for the program.
The program will air Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 8 p.m. 

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

Egyptian Film"Terrorism and the Kebab"

The Egyptian Film Festival at Missouri Southern State University will kick off at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6 with a showing of "Terrorism and the Kebab" at Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall on the MSSU campus.

The film is free and open to the public.

In the film, a man named Ahmed, portrayed by popular Egyptian comic actor Adil Imam, is mistaken for a terrorist because he has accidentally taken "hostages" while simply trying to negotiate the bureaucratic tangle of transferring his child from one school to another.

Ultimately he satisfies the demands of his hostages not only for a kebab lunch but for other things they need.

Staff Senate Meeting September 14

Brenda, McDaniel, Staff Senate Secretary, says the Staff Senate’s next meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Sept. 14 in Billingsly Student Center Room 310. All staff are invited to attend the meetings. 

She says staff also may talk to any senator about concerns or ideas they would like to have addressed.

The Staff Senate’s web site is

Interview with University President on KGCS

Newsmakers will feature an interview with MSSU President Dr. Bruce Speck on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 5:30 p.m.

Dr. Speck follows up on the university's role in tornado recovery efforts and discusses the start of the new academic year at MSSU.

The program will air on digital channel 22 and on regional cable systems, including Cable One, Mediacom and Suddenlink.

Egyptology Expert Needle to Speak

Egyptology expert Bill Needle will make three presentations at Missouri Southern State University on Sept. 6. Needle is a professor emeritus of art history and Egyptology at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, where he taught for 25 years.

Gordon to Speak on Egyptian Leadership, Cinema

Author and educator Dr. Joel Gordon will speak at Missouri Southern State University two times on Wed., Sept. 7 as part of MSSU's Egypt Semester activities.

Dr. Gordon, who received his doctorate from the University of Michigan, is a political and cultural historian of modern Egypt and the Middle East.

He teaches and writes about political change, intersections of popular and public culture, historical memory and nostalgia, and religious and secular crosscurrents, with emphases on cinema, music and mass media.

"Fear the Dead, Not the Red" Blood Drive Sept. 21-22

The “Fear the Dead, not the Red” Blood Drive will be held from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sept. 21-22 on the Third Floor Connor Ballroom in Billingsly Student Center.

Patty Hart, Nursing Department Secretary, says everyone showing up to donate blood will receive a free t-shirt.

Remember to bring photo I.D. and please eat well and drink plenty of fluids prior to arriving.

The drive is coordinated by the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks, a not-for-profit organization and is sponsored by the Student Nurses Association (SNA).

Missouri Constitution Test Dates

The test is held in Webster Hall #224. Students should see Mariah Callari in the School of Arts & Sciences Office in Hearnes Hall #306 to enroll.

Sept. 13, 2-3 p.m.
Sept. 27, 2-3 p.m.
Oct. 25, 2-3 p.m.
Nov. 15, 2-3 p.m.
Dec. 6, 2-3 p.m.

Entries Taken for Southern Media Showcase

Entries are now being accepted for the video and newspaper competition in the annual Southern Media Showcase from Missouri Southern State University. The competition is open to high school students throughout the region. The entry deadline is Oct. 3. Awards will be presented at the annual Media Showcase Day program, scheduled for Nov. 3 at MSSU.

Newspaper categories include: Best Overall Newspaper, Column, Feature Photography, Feature Writing, News Photography, News Writing, Page One Design, Sports Photography and Sports Writing. Video categories include: Animation, Comedy/Drama, Commercial/PSA, Instructional/Informational, Music Video, News Format, Newscast and Sports Format. Entries must have been created between Nov. 1, 2010 and Oct. 3, 2011.

A link to information about Media Showcase and entry forms may be found on-line at Teachers may also contact the contest coordinator, Ward Bryant, Communication, for more information, at or 417-625-9710.

Southern Media Showcase Day is an annual event presented by the Department of Communication at Missouri Southern State University. Events on Nov. 3 will include presentations from media professionals, the awards presentation and a luncheon. Schools interested in attending should RSVP by Friday, Oct. 1.

Eat Like King Tut

Take a trip into the past (and present) to discover what foods King Tut and the ancient Egyptians might have enjoyed.
"Eat Like King Tut: All Egyptian Meal" will be served from 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8 at Mayes Student Life Center Cafeteria.
Join fellow diners for a full Egyptian meal prepared by Sodexho Food Services under the director of local Egyptian women who have been cooking their native dishes for decades.
The cost is $6 per person.The public is invited.
The meal is being served in connect with "The Egypt Semester" at Missouri Southern. Throughout the fall semester a wide variety of lectures, presentations, plays and other events will focus on Egypt's past and present.
For information, contact Chad Stebbins, Director of the Institute of International Studies at MSSU, at or telephone 417.625.9736.

Electronic Device Recycling Day

Freeman Health System is collaborating with Computer Trader to provide an electronic device-recycling day at our West campus at 1102 W. 32nd Street in Joplin on Wednesday, Sept. 7.

The event is free to public and all local businesses both small and large. It will take place in the south "FRED" parking lot.  Hours are 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Every electronic device will be accepted and there will be no limit on the amount of items you can drop off and once again there is no charge for anything. TVs, Hard drives will be destroyed on-site to protect your privacy.

Laptops Computers Lawn Equip. TVs
Cell Phones Telephones Cameras Batteries
Printers Appliances Stereos LCD TVs/Monitors
Video Consoles FAX Machines Computer Parts Cables & Cords


Mark Comstock, Accounting, participated in a conference presentation at the annual meeting of the Higher Learning Commission in Chicago on April 9. The paper, “From Good to Great Teaching: Strategies from Multiple Institutions,” addressed development, interpretation, and implementation strategies at institutions of higher education. The Higher Learning Commission accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions.

Mark Comstock, Accounting, participated in a conference presentation at the annual meeting the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) on June 25 in Indianapolis. The paper, “Achieving Teaching Excellence in the New Fiscal Reality,” addressed ways to maintain teaching excellence in times of scarce resources. ACBSP is a premier accreditation body for business schools whose emphasis is on excellence in teaching.

Robin Douglas, Lifelong Learning, thanks everyone who helped donate items to female troops. Thanks to their generosity, she was able to send six full boxes to the women who help keep America safe.

Missouri Southern’s Royal Thunder drumline, under the direction of Brian Fronzaglia, Director of Percussion studies/Athletic Bands, performs periodically at Kansas City Royals games. The group will perform on Sept. 3 and will perform again on Sept. 18. See Royal Thunder on video and an archived NPR “All Things Considered” interview.


For Sale: For Sale: Honda 1100 V-Twin Shadow. Runs and looks great; windshield, custom seat w/backrest, 2 helmets. 1994 – 19,000 miles $2,995. Contact 417.529.9191.

Needed: Empty U.S./Canadian/German/British or other "import" or craft brew bottles. Must require opener (no screw caps). Will pay modest amount or take for free.  Will gladly pick up. Call 388.2128 or email

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