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January 18, 2013


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Monday

mlk flagOn Monday, Jan. 21, Missouri Southern State University students, faculty, and staff and members of the community will volunteer for service projects to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Registration is now available for many of the events.  Please consider how you can participate and contribute during this day of reflection and remembrance.
The day will include the MLK Celebration Breakfast, Stars of Hope service projects and a lecture by Dr. Bernard Franklin. Dr. Franklin will bring an interesting perspective on the MLK holiday; he is fortunate to have developed life-long friendships with several of King's family members.

Other special program features will include the "Portrait of a Dream" public art project, Volunteer Rally and  Reflection, project with Rebuild Joplin and the National MLK Food Drive, "Stars of Hope" Party at McAlister's Deli and Emergency Preparedness Workshops.
This year a simplified Registration Form includes all the events and volunteer signatures on a single form! 
The following information is also on the MSSU website at the Martin Luther King Day of Service web page. Read more.

Franklin to Speak at Breakfast, Lecture

bernard franklinBernard Franklin will follow up on his keynote presentation from the MLK Celebration Breakfast at a section lecture scheduled for 11 a.m. on Monday in Corley Auditorium.

Franklin brings incredible knowledge and insightful personal experience as a role model to each audience he touches. His presentations are powerful experiences that inspire participants. 

For over 30 years Franklin has worked with foundations, colleges and universities and businesses across the nation; to help people imagine or see their worth, potential and future then inspire them to pick themselves up from where they are and get moving to accomplish their goals.

At a young age, Bernard demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and strong ambition. He was elected as the first African American President of the Student Government Association on a predominately white campus in the U.S. At the age of 24, Bernard went on to make Kansas history by becoming the youngest person ever appointed to the Kansas State Board of Regents, and the youngest Chair of the Board at age 28.

Please bring canned goods to contribute to the MLK National Food Drive.

Departmental Reassignments Begin this Fall

Missouri Southern State University will implement several departmental reassignments this fall, according to Pat Lipira, Vice President for Academic Affairs.
The School of Health Sciences, Public Safety, and Technology will soon experience a name change to the School of Health Sciences.  The renaming reflects recent changes that will be implemented for the 2013 fall semester. 

The Computer Information Science and Engineering Technology departments will move to the Robert W. Plaster School of Business, while the Criminal Justice Administration Department will move to the School of Arts and Sciences.  The School of Health Sciences will be led by Tia Strait. The change will allow Strait to build and expand programs in health sciences which are of critical importance to the state as well as the nation.  Read more.

Board of Governors Meeting Deferred

The MSSU Board of Governors meeting planned for Jan. 18 will not take place.

The meeting will not be held due to the anticipated absence of Jim Fleischaker, Board Member; Bruce W. Speck, MSSU President; and Jared Bruggeman, MSSU Athletic Director.

The agenda for the January meeting will be deferred to the Feb. 15 meeting.

Southern Fight Song Contest

 Click on box to learn more or enter this contest to write lyrics to Missouri Southern's Fight Song!

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Memorandum Signed with Ukrainian University

 A Memorandum of Understanding between Missouri Southern State University and the Odessa National Maritime University (Odessa, Ukraine) was signed on Wednesday, Jan.16.

The signing took place in the office of President Dr. Bruce W. Speck.

Odessa National Maritime University (ONMU) is a versatile educational institution which prepares experts of all educational-qualifying levels for full maintenance of personnel requirements for maritime and inland waterways administration.

It was established in 1930 as the Odessa Institute of Water Transport Engineers. The University was awarded national status by the Decree of the President of Ukraine in 2002 in consideration of its national and international significance and activities.   Read more.

Ducre, Bryant Join Development Staff

The Missouri Southern Foundation announces the hiring of two new development officers for major gifts.
ducre twoMichelle Ducre (pictured top right) most recently served as regional development director for the Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO).  Prior to that she had served as the executive director of the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri, which is an affiliate of CFO. 

During her time with CFO she facilitated fund development for seven community foundations and managed more than $10 million in assets that came from disaster recovery, endowments, bequests, donor advised funds, and scholarships.

Ducre was the executive director of the Community Clinic in Joplin before her work with CFO.  She holds a master's degree from Pittsburg State University and a bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University.
elisa bryantElisa Bryant  is a 2004 graduate of Missouri Southern State University with a bachelor's degree in business administration, marketing.  She has served as alumni relations coordinator for the MSSU Alumni Association since her graduation. During this time she worked with a variety of alumni activities, including marketing efforts, grants, special events, and board relations.

Twice she was recognized by her colleagues for her superior work by being named recipient of the Superior Service Award in 2007 and the Southern Service Champ in 2012.   Read more

"Southern Serenade" Celebrates MLK Day, Black History Month

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 21, and throughout the entire month of February, 88.7KXMS will celebrate the varied contributions of African-Americans to the musical arts.
Vernon E. Jordan Jr. is featured as narrator in the centerpiece of the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on the Jan.21 edition of "Southern Serenade" (5 p.m.).  The National Symphony Orchestra accompanies Mr. Jordan in Joseph Schwantner's "New Morning for the World" with text by Dr. King. 

Also that hour, "Epitaph for Man Who Dreamed: In Memoriam: Martin Luther King Jr." by Adolphus Hailstork, as well as two spirituals performed by soprano Leontyne Price. Read more.

Student Senate Vacancies

The MSSU Student Senate has several vacancies to fill.

One senior, one sophomore, and two freshmen positions are available.

Applications will be available starting at 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 21 in the Student Activities Office next to the Lion's Den in the Billingsly Student Center.

Applications will be due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25 to the Student Activities Office.  Late applications will not be accepted.

For more information contact: Malorie Cashel, Director-Student Activities, ext. 9669 or email

Join in the National Food Drive -- Part of MLK Activities

groceries“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is:  What are you doing for others?”

 Martin Luther King, Jr., believed that “everyone is great because everyone can serve.” 

Please join us in an innovative opportunity to help create what King called a “Beloved Community” through service to our neighbors in need.

The MSSU Resource Development Center is participating in the National Food Drive in honor of the 2013 Martin Luther King Day of Service.  MSSU Departments can participate by collecting food on Jan. 21.

By the end of the day today (Jan. 18) report the name, phone number and email address of  your department's contact person, along with your total number of faculty & staff and total number participating, plus total items collected to Rikki Smith at

Qdoba and College Station Donuts have donated prize packages!!!  Prizes will be awarded to:

* The department with the highest percentage of items collected per capita (based items collected per number of faculty/staff).
* The department with the highest total number of items collected.

The food collected through this project will be given to several of our local community partners who help our friends and neighbors in need.

"Be a Maestro!" Contest Underway

The conductor's podium is up for auction!  

Kexi Liu, director of Southern Symphony Orchestra, recently announced the kickoff of the third annual Be a Maestro! fundraising program for the orchestra. 

The successful bidder will win the right to conduct a short piece in Southern Symphony Orchestra's April 23 concert.  The piece will be mutually decided by the winner and the director of the orchestra. 

The deadline to submit a bid is Friday, Feb. 15.  The winner will be announced Monday, Feb. 18. 

The starting bid is $500 and bidders may make multiple offers with minimum raises of $100. 

The funds raised will be used to invite soloists and purchase music for the orchestra.  To submit a bid or check the current bid price, contact the orchestra's director Kexi Liu at or 417.625.9681. 

Cardinal Caravan '13

The St. Louis Cardinals have announced the names of players participating in this year's St. Louis Cardinals Caravan '13 visit to Joplin. 

Current players planning to attend are Shelby Miller, Oscar Taveras and Seth Maness.  Cardinals alumni on the trip include John Mabry, Cal Eldred and Alan Benes.  Cardinals broadcaster Al Hrabosky will serve as emcee.

The caravan will be in Joplin at noon on Saturday, Jan. 19 at Taylor Performing Arts Center on the campus of Missouri Southern State University.  The program is open to the public, free of charge.   Doors to the auditorium will open at 11 a.m. The program will include a chance to hear from players and opportunities for youngsters to get autograph. Read more.

Mentalist Chris Carter to Perform January 22

Mentalist Chris Carter will appear at Missouri Southern State University at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22 in Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall.

His performance is free and open to the public.

Carter's show will include displaying feats such as reading the minds of dozens of people in the audience and declaring personal thoughts, which the members in audience have never disclosed to anyone. He can guess the exact contents of the participant's pockets with his eyes closed and can light up a bulb in a participant's hands.

Chris Carter first became interested in E.S.P. at the age of eight when an uncle allowed him to sit in on a poker game.  Observing the body language of the players, he discovered people broadcast their thoughts and their cards without words.  His interest in hypnotism was sparked a few years later during high school when a hypnotist through suggestion declared that he would become completely rigid.  Soon he was suspended like a board between two chairs.

Chris’s fast-paced, humorous theatrical style features stunning displays of psychological ability.  He has earned appearances on The Martin Short Show and the Donny and Marie Show and has worked engagements for such corporations as Harley-Davidson, Conde Nast Publications, Bristol Myers Squibb and Sprint PCS.

In 2005, he was voted Performing Arts Entertainer of the Year by Campus Activities Magazine and its readership.

University Writing Newsletter

This newsletter includes the following stories. 

 *  University Writing Program, including WI courses, Under Review
 *  January 25: Deadline for Submissions for 2012 Writing Excellence Awards
 *  2011 Student Winners of Writing Excellence Awards
 *  2011 Faculty Winners of Writing Excellence Awards for Assignments 
 *  Research on the Writing of MSSU Graduate
 *  Members of the Writing Program Committee

To view the entire newsletter, click on University Writing Newsletter.

Note: Click on "Open the Content in a New Window" to view the document if the page does not open immediately.

SPJ Sponsors Essay Contest

Students in grades 9-12 are invited to participate in this year's Society of Professional Journalists national essay contest. The local SPJ chapter, Southwest Missouri Pro, which is headquartered at Missouri Southern State University, is helping to promote the contest.  

The theme for this year's program is "Why is it important that we have news media that are independent of the government?" 

The essay should be 300-500 words and submitted to the national SPJ office with a five dollar entry enclosed.  A sponsoring teacher should sign the entry form. Students winning at the national level will receive a $1000 scholarship for first place, $500 for second and $300 for third place. 

The downloadable entry form and more information is available at  Read more.

51st Annual International Film Festival Continues

Showings of the 51st Annual International Film Festival will continue this spring semester on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. in Cornell Auditorium at Missouri Southern State University. 

No admission is charged.  Details are available by calling (417) 673-1261.

To see a list of films for the season see Spring Film Schedule.

Employee Education Series

The Employee Education Series will continue with "Basic LioNet & SharePoint" at noon on Friday, Jan. 25 in Room 356 of the Billingsly Student Center.

Do you know where to find your pay stub and vacation and sick day information? Did you know you can print an extra W-2 form?

Do you know how to sign up for MSSU Alert?  Do you know where to locate Business Office forms and where to find and how to log on to Share Point?

This session, presented by Debbie Woodmansee, will cover all these topics.  A free buffet-style lunch will be served. 

Be sure to RSVP by Jan. 21 to Debbie Woodmansee at ext. 4499 or to email .

The Patsy February 5 - 9 in Bud Walton Theatre

Southern Theatre presents The Patsy by Barrry Conners at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 5-9 in Bud Walton Theatre on the campus of Missouri Southern State University.  The play is directed by Jim Lile.

To mark Missouri Southern's 75th anniversary, Southern Theatre will present a revival of the first play produced at Joplin Junior College. 

The story deals with a middle class American family in which there are two grown daughters and a society-bound mother to complicate matters for the hard-working father.  The turbulent romances of the daughters, the social aspirations of "Mom" and the final rebellion of the hen-pecked father provide the theme for the mad-cap comedy.

This production will include some alumni as cast members.

The Patsy cast includes: alumna Cassie Lynch as Mrs. William Harrington, Hunter Dowell as Bill Harrington, Abby Railsback as Patricia Harrington, Katie Hembree as Sadie Buchanan, Jimmy Zerkel as Tony Anderson, and alumni Lyle Burrow as Mr. O'Flaherty, and Sam Claussen as "Trip" Busty.

Admission is free for MSSU Students and MSSU faculty and staff; $3.00 for adults; $1.00 for Senior Citizens; $1.00 for Non-MSSU Students. Read more.

Unison Piano Duo to Play Monday

The Unison Piano Duo will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21 in Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall on the campus of Missouri Southern State University.

The performance is free and open to the public.

The Unison Piano Duo consists of Xiao Hu and Du Huang, piano.

They will perform piano duets by Schubert, Faure, Mendelssohn, Schumann, and John Corigliano.

The Duo will give a free masterclass from noon - 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22 in Corley Auditorium.

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The Godfather to Show January 24

Celebrating MSSU's 75th Anniversary, "Movies Through the Decades" will present the film The Godfather.

The film will be shown at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24 in Phelps theatre in the bottom floor of the Billingsly Student Center.

The 1972 epic American crime film was directed by Francis Ford Coppola.

Based on Mario Puzo's 1969 novel of the same name, the film stars Marlon Brando and Al Pacino as the leaders of a powerful New York crime family.

The story, spanning the years 1945 to 1955, centers on the ascension of Michael Corleone (Pacino) from reluctant family outsider to ruthless Mafia boss while also chronicling the Corleone family under the patriarch Vito Corleone (Brando).

The film is free and open to the public. Free popcorn will be available.

Parking is available in the main “pit” parking lot on Newman Road.  Phelps Theater is located on the bottom floor of Billingsly Student Center, just west of the large flag pole on the campus Oval.

Music Department to Attend Conference

Members of the Music Department faculty and music students from Missouri Southern State University will take part in the Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) 75th In-Service/Workshop Jan. 23-26 in Tan-Tar-A.
The theme for this year's conference is "Music: The Key to Success." 
Those slated to attend include Department Head Jeff Macomber, along with Cheryl Cifelli, Ron Montgomery, Nicholas Gilmore, Matthew Holt, Debra Snodgrass and David Sharlow.
"The MMEA is having its 75th annual conference in the same year that Missouri Southern is celebrating its 75th anniversary," said Cifelli, professor of Music at Missouri Southern.  "We feel this is a good time to let people know what programs MSSU has to offer, as well as to continue our ongoing support of music education in Missouri."  Read more.

Spring RSO Orientation

Spring Registered Student Organizations (RSO) Orientation will be taking place Wednesday Jan. 23 in Phelps Theater. 

This is for any new clubs that may have started in the fall, or any clubs that need a refresher.  This is NOT mandatory. 

Pease see the times below.  If you would like to come and cannot make a time, please set up a meeting with Student Activities for a personal session.

Times:  9 a.m., 10.a.m., 11.a.m. & 2.p.m. Each session will last about 30-45 minutes.
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 23
Location: Phelps Theater

This event is open to the Southern community.

For more information contact: Malorie Cashel, Director-Student Activities, ext. 9669 or .

Reception for Bennett, Uhler

The MSSU Small Business & Technology Development Center would like to invite the MSSU community to a reception for Terry Bennett and Beth Uhler on Friday, Jan. 25. 

The reception is to thank them for their years of service to MSSU through the Heartland PTAC program and to celebrate their transition to Wichita State University in Kansas. 

Date: Friday, Jan. 25
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Where: Plaster Hall, Room 108

New Employees

Human Resources reports that two new employees joined the Missouri Southern family in December. 

The employees are:

* Jason Otero, Information Technology Dept., IT Software Installer
* Stephanie Workman, Registrar Office, Records Assistant

Be sure to take the opportunity to welcome Jason and Stephanie to the MSSU team!\

Newsmakers Features Joplin Mayor

The upcoming edition of the Newsmakers interview program features Joplin Mayor Melodee Colbert Kean.  During the program she discusses the “state of the city” and developments in Joplin as the new year gets underway.  The program will air on KGCS-TV and KOAM-TV. 

Airdates include:

Wed. Jan. 23 -9:30 p.m.
Sun. Jan. 27,
Mon. Jan. 28
Tue. Jan. 29
Wed. Jan. 30 – 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 2 – 5:30 a.m.

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

Missouri Constitution Test

Te Missouri Constitution Test will be offered several times this semester.  Please make note of the following dates for your use when advising students:    

Spring 2013 Missouri Constitution Test Dates:

* Tuesday, Jan. 29
* Tuesday, Feb. 12
* Tuesday, March 5
* Tuesday, April 9
* Tuesday, April 23

 All tests will be held from 1 - 2 p.m. in Webster Hall Room 224..

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