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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. today, Friday Sept. 23  and will be distributed to all Staff and Faculty with a valid I.D.

Staff and Faculty must present I.D  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.

See Homecoming Student Activities for a full list of homecoming events including Old Hollywood/Casino Night, Action Night, Comedy Night, Thriller and Musical Night and more.

Banks Selected as "Outstanding Alumnus"  

Betsy Banks, a 1991 graduate of Missouri Southern State University, has been tabbed for the 2011 Outstanding Alumni Award at MSSU. 

She will be honored during the Homecoming Friday night reception on Sept. 30 and at Saturday's Lion Pride Brunch, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 1.

Former Joplin Mayor Larry Hickey to Receive "Lion Hearted" Award

Former Joplin Mayor Larry Hickey will receive the 2011 "Lion Hearted" Award from the Alumni Association at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin.

Hickey will be honored during the Homecoming Friday night reception on Sept. 30 and at Saturday’s Lion Pride Brunch, scheduled for Saturday, Oct 1.

Bennett Testifies Before U.S. Senate Committee 

Terri Bennett, Director of MSSU Heartland Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), headquartered at Missouri Southern State University, testified before the United States Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship on Sept. 15.

The title of the hearing was “Disaster Recovery:  Evaluating the Role of America’s Small Business in Rebuilding Their Communities.” She was asked to testify regarding the government contracting assistance the PTAC gave to local small businesses and the federal government after the Joplin tornado. 

MSSU Enrollment Reflects Tornado Impact 

The total number of students enrolled at Missouri Southern State University dropped for the fall 2011 semester, but University officials say the number is far better than had been anticipated in the wake of the May 22 tornado.

The total number of students enrolled for the fall 2011 semester was 5,591 students on the official census date that falls at the end of the fourth full week of classes. That figure represents a drop of 211 students (3.63 percent) from one year ago when 5,802 students were enrolled.

"In view of thousands of homes that were destroyed in Joplin, with many families losing loved ones, suffering injuries and experiencing serious damage to homes and property, we are relatively pleased with having less than a 4 percent drop," said Delores Honey, Assistant Vice President for Assessment and Institutional Research at Missouri Southern. 

Criminal Justice Open House/Career Fair Next Wednesday

The Criminal Justice Department Open House/Career Fair will be held in the Mills Anderson Justice Center Auditorium at Missouri Southern State University beginning at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28.

The event is designed for Criminal Justice & Pre-Law Majors and others interested in Criminal Justice, Computer Forensics, Juvenile Justice, Law Enforcement Academy, Pre-Law or a minor in Corrections or Crime Scene Investigation.

This day includes admissions and financial aid information, an opportunity to explore the Criminal Justice facilities, a tour of the MSSU campus and lunch.

Those interested in attending should contact Angela Bennett in the Missouri Southern Criminal Justice Department by emailing or telephoning 417.625.9302. 

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. 

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

Historian John Calvert to Speak   

 Historian and writer John Calvert will speak three times on Monday, Oct. 3 at Missouri Southern State University.
John Calvert is an associate professor of history at Creighton University in Omaha. He received a Ph.D. from McGill University’s Institute of Islamic Studies in 1994.
His research focuses on Islamist discourses, especially in Egypt. He is author of Sayyid Qutb and the Origins of Radical Islamism (Hurst & Co./Columbia University Press, 2010); Islamism: A Documentary and Reference Guide (Greenwood Press, 2007); and co-editor and co-translator of Sayyid Qutb’s A Child from the Village (Syracuse University Press, 2005).

Southern Theatre Presents Antony and Cleopatra Oct. 11-15

The play Antony and Cleopatra, written by William Shakespeare, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11-15 in the Bud Walton Black Box Theatre at Missouri Southern State University. 
James Lile, Theatre, directs the play, this semester’s Egypt-themed production.
* A popular public figure enmeshed in an extramarital relationship.
* A calculating politician seeking to control the government.
* A region in turmoil as leaders jockey for positions of influence

Are these current headlines from CNN? No. These are top stories from the late first century BCE in which this tragedy by Shakespeare is set.

Mark Antony was a Roman general and one of the three men (triumvirs) who ruled Rome after the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C. Cleopatra was Pharaoh of Egypt.  Many consider the role of Cleopatra one of the most complex female roles in all of Shakespeare's works.
Admission is free for students, faculty and staff, $3 for adults and $1 for senior citizens and non-MSSU students.
The Southern Theatre box office opens on Monday, Oct. 3. Box office hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. For reservations, call the MSSU Box Office at 625.3190.
For accommodations related to a disability, contact Terri Spencer, Theatre, 625.9393 at least 72 hours before the program.

Egyptian Film A Man in Our House September 29  

The Egyptian film A Man in Our House will be presented at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29 in Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall on the campus of Missouri Southern State University.
Admission is free and open to the public.

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.

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.

Award-Winning Poet Nathan Brown Coming to MSSU

Award-winning poet Nathan Brown is coming to Missouri Southern State University as part of the Saltzman Lecture Series Oct. 6-7.

Brown has published seven books, including Two Tables Over, winner of the 2009 Oklahoma Book Award, and his most recent, Letters to the One-Armed Poet: A Memoir of Friendship, Loss and Butternut Squash Ravioli.

He will make several appearances during his visit to Missouri Southern. These will include a craft talk in Kuhn Hall (Room 103) from 1-2 p.m. on Oct. 6; a reading of his works in the Quiet Room (Room 413) of MSSU's Spiva Library at 7 p.m. also on Oct 6; and a "Chat with a Writer" in MSSU's Spiva Art Gallery at 10 a.m. on Oct. 7.

In addition to being a poet, Brown is also a singer-songwriter, photographer, professor in the Human Relations and Liberal Studies departments at the University of Oklahoma.

Find Nathan Brown on his website at

For more information, contact Joey Brown, English, at

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.

Next Faculty/Staff Brown Bag October 14

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:

"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

Newsmakers to Focus on Community Clinic 

The upcoming edition of the Newsmakers interview program on KGCS-TV focuses on the role of the Community Clinic of Joplin in helping to meet healthcare needs of area residents.  The clinic serves the needs of the uninsured, through volunteer efforts.   Director Barbara Bilton and volunteers explain the increased demand for services and needs.


Newsmakers will air the following times on KGCS:

Sunday, Sept. 25 - 7:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 26 - 5:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 27 - 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 28 - 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 29 - 5:30 p.m.


The program will also air at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1 on KOAM-TV.


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 Missouri Southern State University.

Egyptian Army Officer to Speak Next Friday

An officer in the Egyptian Army will deliver addresses on Egyptian history and the nation's changing political and military situation on Friday, Sept. 30 at Misouri Southern State University.
Lt. Col. Mohamed Nagy Ibrahim received a bachelor’s of military science degree from the Egyptian Military Academy in 1995. He received a master’s in military science in 2008. He is a graduate of the Egyptian Command and General Staff College course and also received a diploma in business administration from the Al-Sadat Academy in 1999.


Mark Comstock, Accounting, was named to the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). ACBSP is a leading specialized accreditation association for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence.


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