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January 25, 2013


Interpreter Opens the World of Words

kilpatrick classDr. James Kilpatrick says he became interested in sign language for the deaf during high school after encountering several classmates who were deaf.

“I began to check out sign language dictionaries from the library,” the associate professor of Spanish at Missouri Southern State University recalls. “I would memorize signs from dictionaries, and then I would ‘try them out’ on my deaf friends. I learned signs from a mixture of textbooks and the school of hard knocks. If I signed things incorrectly, my friends who were deaf would correct me.”

While going to college, he worked as an interpreter for deaf/hard of hearing students in public schools.  He had to pass a state exam for Sign Language Interpreters. Dr. Kilpatrick is permanently certified in Kansas and Missouri. 

Late last year, he attended a conference in Salt Lake City on the Interpreter’s Code of Ethics within the court and medical arenas. The conference also examined the role of tri-lingual interpreters.

“We work with deaf Latinos and, for them, we have to understand their signs and then voice their needs in Spanish.”

“I am certified to sign with deaf clients who use American Sign Language, Conceptually Accurate Signed English (CASE), and/or Signing Exact English (SEE),” he says. “Deaf individuals in the U.S. are raised using either American Sign Language (ASL) or they are raised/educated in CASE, Signed English (SE), and/or SEE.

Dr. Kilpatrick says that, with two exceptions, the biggest challenge in interpreting for the deaf is that each country has its own sign language. Read more.

Globetrotters Coming to MSSU!

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Tickets On Sale Now!
Harlem Globetrotters 2013 World Tour
Wed., February 6
7 p.m.

Leggett and Platt Athletic Center

To order by phone please call:
800-641-4667 -  ext. 119.

Or visit the Ticket Office, BSC 109 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The Patsy to Run Feb. 5 - 9

Southern Theatre presents The Patsy by Barry 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.

Appreciation for Your Efforts

Thanks to everyone who participated in the MLK National Food Drive this week. 

The Campus Community collected a total of 334 items.  Other donations are still coming in through the Middle School food drive and MLK Events. 

On Saturday, anyone who brings a non-perishable food item to the men’s basketball game will receive $1 off their ticket.  So, et your friends and family know!

The Purchasing Department wins the prize for the greatest per capita donations (120 items donated from an office with just five total employees!)  The Biology and Environmental Health Department wins the prize for the most items collected with 129! 

The MLK Committee is excited about continuing this program next year!

"Thanks again for helping your neighbors in a big way!" says Rikki Smith, Resource Development Center.

Prevention Best Influenza Defense

medical graphicMissouri Southern State University students have returned to campus at the same time the influenza virus season is underway.  MSSU officials say they are working to help students avoid the flu bug.
Last semester, MSSU's Willcoxon Health Center offered four flu vaccination sessions. Over 450 students, employees and others were vaccinated. 
Julie Stamps, FNP, and Director of the Willcoxon Health Center, says the best idea is to start early.
"We always recommend early vaccination," she states. "We held four clinics in September and October of last year. Other ways to help would be good hand washing techniques, avoiding contact with people when they are ill, taking care of yourself with good rest and eating habits, avoiding crowded places.  Above all, if you are sick with fever and symptoms, stay home."

Stamps says the Willcoxon Health Center is out of flu vaccine.  The City of Joplin Health Department also is no longer offering adult vaccinations.  However, she says some primary care providers and large pharmacies still have the shots available. Read More.

Financial Planning Sessions Slated - RSVP by Noon Today

RSVP by noon today, Jan. 25,  to learn about retirement and financial planning.

Two sessions will be held Tuesday, Jan. 29 in Room 418 of the Spival Library. 

A luncheon and noon-1 p.m. session titled "10 Questions to Ask if Retiring within Five Years."

The second session will be held from 3:30 - 5 p.m. and will deal with basic budgeting. 

They will be presented by Bryan Montemurro of VALIC.

To RSVP, call H.R. Training at ext. 4499 by 12 noon today.

Board of Governors Meeting Deferred till February

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

Wellness Wednesday

TThe next Wellness Wednesday is titled "Make and Take Fleece Pillows."

Heather Arnold, Wellness Director, says the event will run from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30  in the Lion’s Den.

Each Wednesday, the Wellness Department will offer a free wellness-related activity at the same time.

For more information about Wellness Wednesday activities, or to suggest future activities, contact the Wellness Department at

Deans' List Released for Fall 2012

The Deans' List has been released for the fall 2012 semester at Missouri Southern State University.
The Deans from Missouri Southern's four Schools (Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Education and Health Sciences, Public Safety and Technology) recognized full-time students who earned a grade point average of 3.75 or above on a 4.0 scale. 
The students qualified for the honor by earning the required GPA while being enrolled in 12 or more hours of credit courses.

To see a list of students and hometowns, Read More.

Wellness Series Tuesday Evening

The Wellness Series will continue from 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. next Tuesday, Jan. 29 in Room 341 of the Billingsly Student Center.

The title of Tuesday's program will be "What Can Wellness Do For You?"  The speaker will be Heather Arnold, MSSU Aquatics & Wellness Director.

Heather will present an introduction to the seven aspects of wellness.  She will explain what MSSU has to offer to help individuals achieve a well-rounded life. 

Subsequent Wellness Series presentations will be held Feb. 12, Feb. 26, March 12, March 6, April 9 and April 23.

There will always be free food and giveaways at each installment. 

The Wellness Series is open to the MSSU community and guests. For information, contact Wellness Series.

Stop by the Health Hut

health hutWant to stay healthy and have fun?  Stop by the Health Hut!

The Hut will be stationed in the Lion's Den from 10:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31.

Come grab helpful freebies each week and follow the health Hut on Facebook to earn extra prizes. 

For information, contact Melanie Epperson at 625-9346.

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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Employee Live Well Lunch Series

Don't forget to RSVP at least two days in advance, if possible to the Employee Live Well Luncheon.

The luncheon will take place from 12:05 - 12:50 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31 in Room 356 or the Billingsly Student Center.

The Employee Live Well Luncheon is open to all MSSU faculty & staff members and their spouses.  Free lunch will be provided. 

The menus will feature teriyaki chicken w/pineapple, mixed salad, rice pilaf, chef's blend vegetables, rolls w/butter, marble cake and ice tea or water.

The speaker will be Dr. Joel Wilstead of HealthSource of Joplin.

Contact Heather Arnold at 625-9533 or email

Questions are welcomed during these sessions.

Southern Service Champ Nominations

The Staff Senate is seeking nominations for the Southern Service Champ Award for the January 1 - March 31 quarter. 

The Southern Service Champ Award is a quarterly award given to one outstanding member from classified, physical plant and professional staff. 

Award winners are selected based on nomination from staff.  Criteria of nomination must meet at least one of the five pads of the lion paw: Respect  to campus community, Positive attitude, Pride in work, Exemplary dependability and Excellence in customer service. 

Nominations forms are available on the Staff Senate webpage and can be submitted online or hard copy.

Good Crowd for Quarterly Coffee

quarterly coffee january 2013A good crowd turned out today for the Quarterly coffee & doughnut session.

The event is designed  for faculty and staff. 

The coffee took place from 8:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. in room 309 of the Billingsly Student Center.

It's just another way MSSU has to say thank you for everything you do!

Regional History Day Friday, March 8 at MSSU

 The Regional History Day contest is scheduled for Friday, March 8 at Missouri Southern State University.  

It forms part of a series of competition culminating in National History Day (NHD)  in College Park, Maryland in June. Entries from Middle & High School students from this region have won awards at the national level.

The contest will attract 200-300 students, grades 6-12, and their teachers from 10 Southwest Missouri counties.

Each year, more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide, participate in the NHD contest.

* Students choose historical topics in local, national, or world history related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites.

* After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, students present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries.

These projects are entered into competitions in the spring at local, state and national levels where they are evaluated by professional.

Region 6 winners advance to the National History Day in Missouri in Columbia on April 20, 2013.

State winners advance to the National History Day Contestin College Park, MD, June 9-13, 2013.

For more information, see the National History Day website at or the History Day in Missouri website at

Student Senate Vacancies

The MSSU Student Senate has several vacancies to fill.

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

Applications are available in the Student Activities Office next to the Lion's Den in the Billingsly Student Center.

Applications will be due by 5 p.m. today, 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

Away Games Live-Streamed in Phelps Theater

greem basketballAll away Men’s and Women’s Lion basketball games this season will be live-streamed in the Phelps Theater.

The theater is located on the bottom floor of the Billingsly Student Center.

The next away game will match Missouri Southern against Fort Hays State on Saturday, Feb. 2.

The Women's game starts at 2 p.m. with the Men's game following at 4 p.m.

Come see the game!

St. Louis Cardinals Schedules Available 

Pocket schedules for the 2013 season for the St. Louis Cardinals are available at KGCS-TV.  The team left schedules for distribution after their visit to campus on Saturday for the Cardinals Caravan.  Hundreds of Cardinals fans gathered in Taylor Performing Arts Center to hear from the players and to get autographs.  

Persons wishing to have a pocket schedule may stop by the broadcast area lobby in Webster Hall or contact Judy Stiles at or extension 9777 or visit the MSSU ticket office.


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