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September 9, 2011

Nationwide Flag Restoration Tour to End this Weekend

The historic Nationwide Restoration Tour of National 9/11 Flag  will end this Sunday, Sept. 11 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.

Events will be held today, tomorrow and Sunday at Joplin's Cunningham Park and Missouri Southern State University. 

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

The project is in need of assistance.  If you are able to volunteer any time for this project, report to the Stars of Hope tent in the center of campus anytime during the day from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Friday or Saturday. For additional information, contact Sandra Lovett, Resource Center, at 625.9840.

Events at the park and at Missouri Southern are expected to gain nationwide media coverage.

A memorial service will take place at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday morning.  That will be followed by stitching of the flag by members of the public.  Pieces of other flags, including some that were flying during the Joplin tornado will be used to make the tattered flag that was recovered at the World Trade Center whole. 

After the event in Joplin, the flag will be taken to New York City, for eventual placement in the 9/11 museum near Ground Zero.

MSSU 9/11 Memorial Service 

The 9/11 Memorial Service will begin at 10:30 a.m. this Sunday, Sept. 11 at Leggett & Platt Athletic Center at Missouri Southern State University.

Doors for the Memorial Service will open at 9 a.m.  

Following an 8:30 a.m. ceremony at Cunningham Park in Joplin, the National 9/11 flag will be folded at 9:30 a.m. and taken in a fire truck to Missouri Southern.

The truck will pass through areas of Joplin most severely affected by the May 22 tornado from 26th Street to Indiana to 20th Street to Duquesne Ave. and finally to Victory Lane on the MSSU campus and the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.

The flag will be put on display during the Memorial Service and from approximately 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. area citizens will have the unique opportunity to place final stitches in repaired sections

Graffam Named Interim Vice President 

JoAnn (Hollis) Graffam has been named Interim Vice President for Development at Missouri Southern State University and Executive Director of the Missouri Southern Foundation, MSSU President Bruce W. Speck recently announced. 

She has served the University as Development Office-Major Gifts since February 2010. She replaces Mark Parsons who earlier accepted the position of Vice Chancellor for University Advancement and Marketing at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, Wis. His resignation is effective at the end of this month.

Before coming to Missouri Southern, Graffam served as Director, Campaigns and Major Gifts at Lee Academy in Lee, Maine. From 2006-2008, she was Executive Director of Rutland Economic Development Corporation in Rutland, Vt. She also has held positions as Director of Recruitment for Vermont Department of Economic Development and as Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scouts of Penn's Woods Council in Wilkes-Barre, Penn.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from MSSU and a Master of Arts from the SI Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York.

In her new position, she will oversee Development, Alumni Affairs and University Relations & Marketing divisions. “We are conducting a national search to fill this position, but we are very fortunate to have someone with JoAnn’s skills and experience available to step into such a critical position so quickly and facilitate the transition. She will provide important continuity during this time,” Dr. Speck stated. “Since coming to MSSU, JoAnn has proven to be a high-energy, high-performing member of our team.”

Southern Theatre's "Communion" Sept. 13-17 in Bud Walton Theatre

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 who 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

Legacy Day Saturday, September 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. 

Registration will begin at 2:30 p.m. and an assortment of interactive classes will follow at 3 p.m. These exciting classes will be taught by Missouri Southern’s very own Teacher Education majors in the Taylor Education Building. The classes will allow each legacy to bring home a little piece of MSSU.

Activities will come to a close at 5 p.m. Then the Legacies are invited to help cheer on the Lions at the football game against Washburn University. The kickoff will be at 6 p.m.

Serv-A-Thon 10X10X10 Challenge 

The 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.

Nursing Honor Society Program Focuses on Tornado

The MSSU Nursing Honor Society will present the CEU program “The Joplin Tornado: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” from 8:30 a.m. -1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8 on the third floor ballroom of Billingsly Student Center.

The Nursing Honor Society welcomes area nurses, nursing students, all health care professionals, and friends to the program.The Annual Memorial Conference is being held in recognition of victims of the May 22 Joplin tornado.

The cost to attend is $35 for Nursing Honor Society members, $20 for nursing students from MSSU or other programs or $40 for non-members.  Dues may be paid for $30.

Reservations are required. Payment must be received with the reservation.  To make reservations, contact
Chrys Corcoran, Nursing, by calling 625.9322 or emailing

The program will analyze disaster response plan in theory and practice; discuss strategies to assessing and treating efficiently; explore the impact of the disaster on the psychosocial well-being of survivors; and summarize lessons learned in disaster response.

Presenters include Dan Pekarek, Linda Dean, Regina Thomas, Dr. Frank Veer, Dr. David Hagedorn, Melinda Estes, Judy Russell, Dr. Tia Strait, Jimmy Burgess and Randy Gariss.

The Nursing Honor Society supports the K’Alice Breinig Scholarship, established in 2010. In addition to the annual donation to the scholarship fund, this year the MSSU Nursing Honor Society will make a donation to Diversified Health Occupations in the Franklin Technology Center and the R-VIII School District, impacted by the tornado.

The Nursing Honor Society encourage and welcome any tornado pictures that faculty/staff would like to send to the Nursing Department to be presented during the Joplin Tornado Conference.  Send pictures to Dana Bush, Nursing, by emailing

Staff Senate Meeting  

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.

For information, see the Staff Senate’s web site.

“Fear the Dead, not the Red” Blood Drive

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).

Faculty/Staff Brown Bag Series Kicks Off Today  

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 Dr. 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

Wellness Movie Series Begins with “The Blind Side” 

This semester’s Wellness Movie Series, presented by the MSSU Wellness Department, will begin at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13 in BSC Room 341.

There will be free food and giveaways for those in attendance. The movie should be over by approximately 7:25 p.m. The focus will be on social, physical, and mental wellness aspects. All are invited to attend this free event and are encouraged to bring someone along.

This film The Blind Side is the remarkable true story of Michael Oher, a homeless African-American youngster raised by a wealthy Caucasian family. He worked hard on the field and in the classroom and became an All-American in college and was picked in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft, changing his life and the lives of the loving family who were there to watch him succeed.

HealthTrip Incentive Program

Looking to get away from it all?  We can’t promise paradise, but we can promise fun on a HealthTrip. HealthTrip is designed to take you on some exciting journeys to some not-so-well known cities such as: Aerobiquerque, Cholesterol Springs, and Newbalancewick.

HealthTrip will gives you the opportunity to “visit” some new places and learn about changes you can make to improve your health. HealthTrip will give you a better understanding of health topics such as exercise, heart health, nutrition, and stress management.

Earn points by exercising, taking part in recreational activities, and just plain moving. Each HealthTrip destination includes a challenge activity designed to help you experience a new health idea. In addition, keep track of your “miles” to win monthly prizes and a t-shirt.

All MSSU students, faculty, staff, and their spouses are eligible to participate. Registration is ongoing.

For more information or to sign-up contact: Heather Arnold, Director of Aquatics & Wellness, at 625.9533 or email

88.7KXMS Celebrates NYC Renewal on "Southern Serenade"

In honor of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy and the opening of the 9/11 Memorial in New York City Sunday, 88.7KXMS will spotlight the renewal and the celebration of the city that survived a cataclysm ten years ago. Today’s SOUTHERN SERENADE (5 p.m.) will feature four American works that celebrate New York City:

  • Ted Varnick’s “New York in a Nutshell,”
  • Richard Danielpour’s “Urban Dances (suite) for Orchestra (1996)”
  • Norman Dello Joio’s “From Every Horizon (A Tone Poem for New York) for Band (1964)”
  • Leonard Bernstein’s “On the Town: New York, New York” (arr. for violinist Joshua Bell)

Additionally, Garrison Keillor will remind all of us of the enormity of the tragedy in a segment of “Writer’s Almanac.”

88.7KXMS is a cultural resource and a community service of Missouri Southern State University.

Open House for Parsons

An open house for departing Vice President for Development and Executive Director of the Missouri Southern Foundation Mark Parsons will be held from 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15 in the Ralph Gray Alumni Center. 

Mark has accepted a position in at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.  

Everyone is invited to come to the open house to help wish Mark well in his new position. Cake and punch will be served. 

Wellapalooza Starts Sunday

 Wellapalooza begins this Sunday. Wellapalooza is sponsored by Campus Recreation, Student Activities, Residence Life, and ACTS.

Sunday, Sept. 11
Give Back - Service Learning Coordinated Community Service
(all over town)

Monday, Sept. 12
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in “the pit” parking lot: Highway Patrol’s SIDNE Demonstration

Tuesday, Sept. 13
5:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m., Phelps Theatre: Movie Night: "The Blind Side"
Giveaways, sub sandwiches and popcorn!

Wednesday, Sept. 14
Speaker: Erica Upshaw “Keep Friendship Alive”
11 a.m. (campuswide), Phelps Theater
3 p.m. (athletes only), Corley Auditorium
9 a.m. – 3 p.m., STD Testing, Willcoxon Health Center (free bloodwork, other tests at nominal fee)

Thursday, Sept. 15
11 a.m. – 1 p.m., the Oval: “Alcohol Free Happy Hour”
9 a.m. – 3 p.m., STD Testing, Willcoxon Health Center (free bloodwork, other tests at nominal fee)

Friday, Sept. 16
Popcorn and Info in the Lion’s Den 

Each Day:
Giveaways and Information in the Lion's Den

Healther Bullock, ACTS, says online mental health screenings are available for faculty, staff and students.

KGCS Names Student Managers

Two senior communication majors head up this year's student staff at KGCS-TV at Missouri Southern State University.  Kisa Clark is the Student Station Manager and Michael "Woody" Woodruff is the Student Production Manager. 

Both have extensive experience in television production work during their years at MSSU.  The student managers work with students, faculty and staff in the production of television programs and the operations of the television station.  "We're happy to have these experienced students helping to lead the station," says Judy Stiles, KGCS General Manager.

KGCS-TV operates as a service of the Department of Communication at MSSU.  It provides hands-on opportunities for students in television.  As a broadcast station, KGCS provides programming for the campus and Joplin region.  The station may be seen over the air on digital channel 22 and on regional cable television systems such as Cable One, Mediacom and Suddenlink.

Rose to Speak on Egyptian History Next Friday

Jerry Rose, professor of anthropology at the University of Arkansas, will speak twice on Friday, Sept. 16 on Egyptian history.  He has worked in the Middle East since 1998. He co-directed a collaborative bioarchaeology field school with Yarmouk University in Jordan from 1995 to 2007.
He was the bioarchaeologist for the joint Dutch-Russian excavations at Tell Ibrahim Awad, an Old to Middle Kingdom site in the Egyptian delta. He was also co-director of a bioarchaeological project at the predynastic site of Hierakonpolis being excavated by an American team.  Presentations include:
The People of Predynastic Hierakonpolis: Life and Death Before Unification
9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 16
Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall
Admission: free
The People of Amarna Speak: Akhenaten’s Failed Experiment with Monotheism and a New Capital City
11 a.m. Friday, Sept 16
Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall
Admission: free

Egyptian Comedy Tuesday Night

The Egyptian Film Festival will continue next week with the comedy "Everything is Fine."

The film will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13 at Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall.

In what has been called the ultimate screwball comedy, Nagib al-Rihani, "Egypt's Buster Keaton," portrays an office assistant who is supposed to deposit the company payroll and ends up impersonating a maharaja.

The film is free and open to the public. 

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