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Gockel International Symposium Sept. 22-23

Gockel International Symposium 2011 is slated for Sept. 22-23 on the campus of Missouri Southern State University. 

The Symposium is the primary featured event of the Egypt theme semester at MSSU.

The topic is "Charting a New Course for Egypt."

All the sessions are free and open to the public according to Dr. Chad Stebbins, Director of the Institute of International Studies at Missouri Southern.  

The speakers will be two recognized experts on Egypt and the Middle East, Dr. John Duke Anthony and Dr. Mark Long.

Hollywood Homecoming

Make plans to take part in activities sponsored by the Missouri Southern State University Alumni Association during "Hollywood Homecoming" Week, wrapping up with activities on Friday, Sept. 30 and the Homecoming Parade and football game on Saturday, Oct. 1. 

The Appreciation Committee with the endorsement of the President’s Council has purchased Homecoming T-shirts to be given to ALL Staff and Faculty members.  This includes all full-time, part-time, seasonal, and adjunct faculty and staff members.

The shirts will be available in the Lion-Card office on the bottom floor of Billingsly Student Center beginning 8 a.m., Friday Sept. 23  and will be distributed to all Staff and Faculty with a valid I.D.

Staff and Faculty must present I.D.’s to receive the shirt.  The T-shirts will be available during Lion-Card hours (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) from Friday, Sept. 23 through Wednesday Sept. 28 at 5 p.m. 

The Appreciation Committee would like to thank Chris Owens in the Lion-Card Office, the Student Activities Office, and the President’s Council for making this possible.

Selections Underway for ODK Golden Crest Circle  

Membership selection is underway for the Golden Crest Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, the premiere national leadership honor society which recognizes upper division students for exemplary leadership, scholarship and character. Please help by nominating your students for membership in this prestigious organization. 

Demonstrate achievement in three areas of leadership recognized by Omicron Delta Kappa, with major distinction in one. These areas are: scholarship, athletics, social service, religious activities, campus government, journalism, speech and the mass media, and creative and performing arts. Students must possess at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA, be a junior or senior with at least 60 credit hours completed in a baccalaureate degree program and have completed at least one prior semester as a full-time MSSU student

Qualifications for membership in the Society shall be exemplary character, scholarship and intelligence, service and leadership in campus life, and good citizenship within the academic and larger community.

Please email your nominations with student numbers (SID) to Elaine Freeman, Teacher Education, at by Tuesday, Sept. 20. 

Board of Governors to Meet Today 

The Board of Governors of Missouri Southern State University will meet today in the Boardroom (Room 310 of the Billingsly Student Center). The meeting begins at 1 p.m. 

The meeting will  be televised on KGCS-TV Sunday, Sept. 18 starting at 6 p.m.

Southern Named "Military Friendly" School by G.I. Jobs 

G.I. Jobs, the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has awarded Missouri Southern State University the designation of Military Friendly School.

The 2012 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students

Southern Theatre's "Communion" Tonight, Saturday in Bud Walton Theatre

Southern Theatre will continue its 2011-2012 Theatre season opener "Communion" written by Missouri Southern State University assistant professor of Theatre, Tim Klein.
"Communion" will run at 7:30 p.m., tonight and tomorrow night, Sept. 16-17 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.

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.

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


* 2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Registration in Taylor Education Building (bottom floor)
* 3 –5 p.m. - Interactive Classes
* 3- 5 p.m. - Tailgate at Ralph L. Gray Alumni Center
* 6 p.m.  - Football Game (MSSU VS Washburn)

Pre-register by calling the MSSU Alumni Association at 659.5466.

Free Tickets for Faculty/Staff 

The Athletics department would like to announce that free tickets are available for faculty/staff and students at the Card Services Center in BSC. 

As usual, faculty/staff will receive two tickets to each home football game and students receive one ticket.  Current MSSU ID must be provided to receive the complimentary ticket(s). 

The stadium ticket booth will be open 1.5 hours before kickoff.

If you have any questions please contact the Card Services Center 625.9366 or Aaron Lewis, Facility Coordinator, at 625.9820.

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

Casino Night Dealers Needed   

The Student Activities Office is looking for dealers for the upcoming casino night. 

The casino night will feature black jack, poker and other table games. No experience is necessary there will be a short training session. Casino night is Monday, Sept. 26 from 8-11 p.m. in the BSC Ballroom.

Dealer training will begin at 7 p.m.

If you would like to help out contact Student Activities at 625.9346 or email Craig Gullett, Student Activities, at

Rose Speaks on Egyptian History Today

Jerry Rose, professor of anthropology at the University of Arkansas, will speak this morning 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.   Rose spoke at 9 a.m. He will also present:
The People of Amarna Speak: Akhenaten’s Failed Experiment with Monotheism and a New Capital City
11 a.m., Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall

“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).

Gateway Classic in St. Louis   

This year’s Gateway Classic features great football action in St. Louis. The weekend itinerary reads as follows:  

Friday, Sept. 23  

Social Gathering at Pujols 5 Restaurant  

5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

All Lions fans and MSSU alumni are invited to attend.

If possible, please RSVP to Kevin Greim, Athletics, at (

 Saturday, Sept. 24

Tailgate Party 

A premium parking lot for Lions fans only is located directly adjacent to the Edward Jones Dome

9 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Parking passes are $10 to get into the lot and tailgate tickets (which will get you a tailgate meal) are $7.

 2011 Ameren Gateway Classic 

Lions Football vs. Lincoln

11 a.m.

St. Louis, Mo.

Both tailgate, parking and football tickets can be purchased through the MSSU Ticket Office at 625.9366.

The Lion Pride Marching Band will be participating in the Gateway Classic Parade beginning at 9 a.m. the morning of the game. The parade route runs along Washington Street and Broadway Street near the Dome and finishes near the MSSU reserved parking lot. 

Fans wishing to stay at the team's official hotel can contact the St. Louis Airport Hilton at 314.426.5500

Recovery Roundup Helps those with Storm Damage Issues 

Those who have questions about rebuilding and other issues directed with damage caused by the May 22 tornado can get answers at “Recovery Roundup” from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 in the Billingsly Student Center. 
The day will include information, entertainment, drawings, free refreshments and more.

It is sponsored by the Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions & Professional Registration.

New Employee Welcome Reception Planned

The Leadership Academy is hosting MSSU’s first New Employee Welcome Reception. 

This is a new tradition where faculty and staff hired as of July 1 have an opportunity to meet and greet members of our campus community, learn about the history and culture of MSSU and enjoy refreshments. 

An invitation is extended to all faculty and staff in the hope you will join in welcoming our newest additions to MSSU. 

A Welcome Reception for New Employees will be held from 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11 in the Ralph Gray Alumni mansion area.

Please RSVP to no later than Friday, Oct. 7.

"Fridays" New, Different Programming on 88.7/KXMS

Beginning Friday, Sept. 16, 88.7/KXMS Fine Arts Radio International will present something new and decidedly different.

"Fridays" is the title of a fall semester series of shows programmed and hosted by two Missouri Southern State University students.

The two are Clint DeNisco, junior Mass Communication major from Mt. Vernon, and Kimiya Simpson, freshman Mass Communications major from Joplin.

Both students are well-versed in a wide range of pop music genres from The Beatles to hip-hop. They will bring their individual takes on music to new audiences from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. each Friday afternoon during the fall semester.

"We have discussed this type of programming for some years now," says KXMS general Manager Jeffrey Skibbe. "As KXMS Radio moves into its 26th year of service to the Joplin/Pittsburg market, "Fridays" will bring a new musical perspective to our area," he adds.

Competing historically against only the other noncommercial university radio stations vying for audiences in the radio market, "Fridays" will enable 88.7/KXMS to serve commercial music radio listeners for the very first time.

Special Programming Note: 

Today, just before 6 p.m., 88.7/KXMS will air “When You Believe” from ‘The Prince of Egypt’ for the Egypt Semester.

Sept. 12 was the birthday of composer Hans Florian Zimmer, the German composer of the work.

Career & Major Exploration Fair October 5

Plan to attend and encourage student to attend the Career & Major Exploration Fair from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5 in the BSC Ballroom. 

This event offers a great opportunity to peak students’ interest in majors offered across campus and highlight connections to area employers.  Currently 36 employers and graduate schools have reserved booth space. 

If you would like to reserve a table for your department or participate in a break-out session please email Nicole Brown, Career Services, at or Kelly Wilson, ACTS, at request a to request a registration form.

Great T-Shirt Available at Saturday's game 

T ShirtGet ready for the Gold Rush at this Saturday’s game.

Get this gold t-shirt at the Bookstore or at the game for only $5.99

KGCS-TV Provides Southern Football Coverage

KGCS-TV will once again provide complete game coverage of MSSU home football games this season, on "Southern Sports Sunday."  The Saturday games will be recorded and replayed in their entirety on Sunday evenings, beginning at 7 p.m. Students from the Department of Communication work with KGCS faculty and staff in providing the coverage. 

"We know the replays of Southern games have been popular programming for area viewers in the past, and we look forward to being able to provide the games again this year," says Judy Stiles, KGCS General Manager.

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 station operates as a service of the Department of Communication at MSSU.

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.


Patricia Murphy, English, has been asked by Victorian Studies to write a review of a book about an increasingly studied late-Victorian novelist.  This request is the third invited review that she will be writing for this scholarly journal.

Lisa Robinson, SBTDC Director, spoke to a group at the Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC) National Conference in San Diego, Calif. on Sept. 8.  She shared her experience of setting up a Business Recovery Center (BRC) with the Small Business Administration (SBA), the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce and MSSU’s Small Business & Technology Development Center.  Al Judd, Director of Field Operations Center – West, Tanya Garfield, Deputy Director of Field Operations Center – West, and Richard Jenkins, Supervisory Public Information Officer requested asked Robinson to share her experiences.  They have visited the Business Recovery Center in the Joseph Newman Innovation Center in Joplin.  SBA has been refining their responses to business disasters and wants the national group to understand the response and roles of the partners with a BRC.


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