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February 1, 2013


MSSU, City of Joplin to Create Walking Trail

Missouri Southern State University and the City of Joplin will hold a news conference on Monday announcing the creation of a walking trail near the soccer fields, leading to Northpark Mall.

The news conference will begin at 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4, near the proposed trail route on the west side of the Missouri Southern campus.

The news conference will take place southwest of the Biology Pond near Turkey Creek.

The City of Joplin will oversee the construction of the trail and pedestrian bridge crossing Turkey Creek. Missouri Southern will install lighting for the 2000-foot long trail. The trail is being funded through the Federal Highway Administration Transportation Enhancement Grant Program provided to the City of Joplin.

More details about the trail will be given at the press conference. The event is being held outdoors, so please dress appropriately for the weather. Directions to the site are listed above.

 Faculty, staff and students at Missouri Southern are encouraged to attend. 

Students Learn About Diversity in Belize

belize byrnsTeachers today encounter students from other nations on a daily basis.

Late last year, a group of four students from Missouri Southern State University spent nearly a month in the Central American nation of Belize. 

The four students participated in daily classroom instruction at St. Andrews Anglican School and Sacred Heart High School in San Ignacio, Cayo, Belize.

Students taking part included Joplin residents Sara Adcock, Secondary English Education major, and Karen Byrns, Elementary Education major, Randi Russell, Elementary Education major, and Morgan Howard, an Elementary Education major from Carl Junction.

The students were accompanied by Jeanie Cozens, associate professor of Education at MSSU from Gentry, Ark.  The trip lasted from Nov. 3 – Dec. 4.

Located east of Guatemala and north of Honduras in Central America, Belize is bordered on the east by the Caribbean Sea.  Formerly known as British Honduras, it is the only nation in the region where English is the official language.  The democratic nation gained its independence from Great Britain in the 1960s.

Candidates participated in classroom instruction daily at St. Andrews Anglican School and Sacred Heart High School, San Ignacio. Read more.

Revival of The Patsy Feb. 5 - 9 in Walton Theatre

patsy shot 1Southern 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.

Students Needed for Phonathon

Do you know an MSSU student looking to make extra money? 

The Phonathon annual fund drive is looking for Missouri Southern students to work evening and weekend hours, up to 20 hours a week from Feb. 16 through Feb. 27.

Students are needed for on-campus positions making calls on alumni and friends on behalf of Missouri Southern.

A training session will be provided.

Only MSSU students may apply. 

They will be working with other students in a positive, upbeat atmosphere.

To apply, visit MSSU Hire a Lion and follow the instructions on screen.

Be a learner, be a leader, be a Lion!

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.

Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Inducts Rutledge

Missouri Southern men's track and field and cross country coach Tom Rutledge was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame the evening of Sunday, Jan. 27 as part of the organization's ceremony in Springfield. Rutledge was part of an enshrinement class that included former Major League Baseball players David Eckstein, Scott Bailes and Mike Sweeney, Kansas City Chiefs fullback Tony Richardson, as well as current Central Missouri basketball coach Kim Anderson, among others. 

The ceremony was held at the University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center in Springfield. It consisted of a meet and greet with the current inductees, as well as a dinner and the program. 

Rutledge came to Missouri Southern in 1988 as an assistant football coach, and in 1989 became the first head cross country and track and field coach for both men's and women's programs. Read more

Barelos Concert, CD Release

Stacey Barelos, assistant professor of music, will present a solo piano concert at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb 12 in Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall.

The concert is presented in conjunction with the release of Barelos’s CD, Henry Cowell: Piano Music

CDs will be available after the concert.

This event is free and will include a reception.

More info about Dr. Barelos is available at:

Craig to Transition to New Position

Beginning  in August, Susan Craig will be transitioning to a full-time faculty position in Teacher Education. 

Dr. Craig currently splits duties as the First Year Experience Director and as an assistant professor in the Teacher Education department.

A search for a full-time First Year Experience director will begin next week.

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.

Twelve Selected for Super Leader Program

What’s the best kind of leader? A Super Leader!

The Super Leader Program is a joint effort between Missouri Southern State University and the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network to identify, cultivate and motivate future community leaders currently enrolled in college. 

Now in its second season, 12 students have been accepted into the spring program.  Sessions begin Saturday, Feb. 2 in the Alumni Center with Leadership Development Day led by Motive Matters. 

Students will complete seven total sessions that include City Tour Day, Small Business and Entrepreneurship Day, Healthcare and Marketing Day, Non-Profit and Civic Organization Day, Manufacturing and International Business Day, and Local Government and Economic Development Day.  Sessions include facility tours and presentations from a variety of representatives from organizations associated with the day’s topic. 

The spring program will conclude with a graduation ceremony on May 4. Read more.

Next Wellness Wednesday

The next Wellness Wednesday will focus on Cookie Decorating and Hot Chocolate.

Heather Arnold, Wellness Director, says the event will run from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6 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

African-American Music Month Begins

88.7KXMS will recognize the contribution of African-American musicians to the body of art music in a novel way for Southern’s radio service which earlier this week had its broadcast license renewed by the FCC through January 2021.

Since February 1990, 88.7KXMS has highlighted African-American music-making in its yearly salute to Black History Month. In recent months the KXMS radio library software has been upgraded to identify not only African-American composers, but additionally to flag African-American performers and African-American conductors. At last inventory, the KXMS record library contained 526 compositions by named African-American composers as well as anonymous spirituals. African-American performers constitute (at least) 398 performances in all genres in our collection, and African-American conductors, another 37 performances.

KXMS Radio is going to take advantage of this software advancement by scheduling African-American musicians exclusively for the full hour every weekday on “Southern Serenade” during the entire month of February 2013. Jeff Skibbe is your host at 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.  

Program details will be posted on a daily basis during the month of February on the radio station’s Facebook page. Check out ‘KXMS’ at Arts Radio International is a cultural resource and community service of Missouri Southern State University.

Flipped Classroom Presentation Next Wednesday

Diana Fordham, Distance Learning, will give a presentation for faculty members on using technology in the classroom. 

Please make plans to attend “The Flipped Classroom” at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6 in BSC 341.

This presentation is sponsored by the Teaching and Learning Committee.

Deadline Today for Fight Song Contest

Today is the final day to make your mark in lyric writing for the Missouri Southern Fight Song! To enter your lyrics, click on the box below.

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Outstanding Graduate Award

Established in 1972, the Outstanding Graduate Award at Missouri Southern is an award given out to a graduating senior by the Alumni Association for their outstanding achievements they have accomplished in the classroom, and have made significant contributions to benefit their University and/or community. Awarded each spring at the Honors Convocation, it recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of MSSU's finest student. 

Candidates are nominated for the Outstanding Graduate award by faculty, staff and Administration of MSSU. Information is gathered from many different sources.
The Alumni Awards Committee, comprised of Alumni Board members and Faculty, will meet to review all nominations
, and recommend recipients(s) to the MSSU Alumni Association Board of Directors.  The top three candidates will be personally interviewed by the Awards Committee.

The nominee must have shown high standard of character and be well respected by peers and faculty, provided service to the college and evidence of leadership on campus and in the community, participated in a variety of campus activities and maintained an above average grade point standing.  Candidates may have graduated December 2012, or are scheduled to graduate either May 2013 or July 2013.

Applications must be received at the Ralph L. Gray Alumni Center prior noon on Feb. 15.  Please fill out the nomination form to recognize a deserving graduating senior and include any additional supporting documentations or letters of support. A .pdf version of the nomination form is available at Outstanding Graduate  

Please print and send to Ralph L. Gray Alumni Center, 3950 E. Newman Rd., Joplin, MO 64801.

"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. 

Employee Appreciation Night at Feb. 9 Games

The Appreciation Committee will sponsor an Employee appreciation Night at the basketball games on Saturday, Feb. 9.

The game times in Leggett & Platt Athletic Center are at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Please come enjoy a jumbo hot dog and a drink.

Employees may pick up their voucher at the main entrance to Leggett & Platt, (lobby) when you scan your Missouri Southern ID on game night. 

Employees must have their Missouri Southern IDs to receive the voucher.   

We appreciate everything you do!

Super Bowl Party!

Don't miss the Super Bowl Party beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Phelps Theater on the bottom floor of the Billingsly Student Center.

Snacks and prizes will be featured.  The game will be shown on the big screen.

The party will be sponsored by the First Year Experience program, Residence Life and Student Activities.

Diversity Committee Lunch and Learn Series: Atheism 101

The Diversity Committee welcomes you to the Spring 2013 Lunch and Learn Series. The semester will feature sessions in the continuing "Exploring Religions" discussion. 

"Atheism 101" will be presented at noon on Friday, Feb. 8 in the Ralph L. Gray Alumni Center. Presented by Scott Cragin and Secular Student Alliance.  A free "Southwest Fiesta" buffet will be served.

The new registration form will allow for you to be served better.  You will be sent e-mail reminders and providing updates about this semester's events to everyone who registers. A calendar request for the sessions will also be sent out to those who register at least a week before the event.

If you need to update your registration, please email Rikki Smith or call extension 3521. 

Updates on Diversity Committee Events can be found on the Diversity Committee website.

Spring LionsROAR


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Grad Expo February 25

Grad Expo will take place on 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and again from 4- 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25 at the Ralph L. Gray Alumni Center at Missouri Southern State University.

The Expo is designed for students expecting to participate in commencement exercises in May 2013 (May and July graduates).

Grad Expo is designed to provide efficient, one-stop preparation for graduation.  Upcoming graduates can pick up cap and gowns, order announcements and class rings, meet with business office and financial aid to make sure all paperwork is in place.

The Alumni Association will have the following departments represented during Grad Expo: Financial Aid, Business Office, Bookstore, Career Services, KGCS, Graduate Studies, Alumni Association, Foundation, Athletics and the Registrar's office.

Designer Diplomas, Jostens and CB Announcements will be represented for selling grad frames, announcements.

Healthy Relationships Week

The week of Feb.11 – 15 is dedicated to educating Missouri Southern Students about healthy relationships!  The following activities are planned:

Monday, Feb. 11
Relationships 101 class. Three sessions start Monday and continue for the next two Mondays.  The class is designed for couples in committed relationships to learn about respect, communication, and fighting fair. Sign up online.

 Tuesday, Feb. 12
Mardi Gras Celebration in Lion’s Den, 11 a.m. -1 p.m. sponsored by CAB
Wellness Series: What is a Healthy Relationship? 5:15 pm, BSC 341

Wednesday, Feb. 13
Wellness Wednesday: Make Valentines in the Lion’s Den, 11 a.m. -1 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 14
Couples Caricature Artist, Lion’s Den, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. sponsored by CAB
Speed Dating Lunch, Lion’s Den, 12:15 p.m. sponsored by CAB
Health Hut in the Lion’s Den with extra giveaways! 10:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.

All Week:
Third Annual Healthy Relationships Contest: See Boxes and Contest Forms all around campus to enter! [Prize is restaurant giftcard and twp movie passes!]  Information and Giveaways in the Lion’s Den!

Events are open to MSSU students at no cost.  For more information contact: Sarah Neldeberg, ACTS, at ext. 9324 or

Wellness Series to Continue

The Wellness Series will continue from 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 in Room 341 of the Billingsly Student Center.

The title of Tuesday's program will be "What is a Healthy Relationship?"  The speaker will be Sarah Neldeberg, ACTS.

Subsequent Wellness Series presentations will be held 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.

Newsmakers to Cover Black History Month, Carver Monument

The upcoming Newsmakers interview program features a look at Black History month with an interview focusing on George Washington Carver National Monument.  The National Park Service established the monument in 1943 as the first one dedicated to an African American.  The park has programs and activities year-round focusing on George Washington Carver’s career and contributions.   A new program underway this year is a program called “Coffee with Carver.”  Newsmakers discusses that activity and others with park ranger Curtis Gregory.

Newsmakers may be seen the following times on KGCS-TV:

Sunday, Feb. 3 – 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 5 – 5:30 and 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb, 6 – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 7 – 5:30 p.m. 

The program may also be seen on KOAM-TV at 5:30 a. m. Saturday, February 9.

KGCS programming is shown on digital channel 22 and may be seen on regional cable television systems including Cable One, Mediacom and Suddenlink.

Czech Film to Show Feb. 26

Film showings of the 51st Annual International Film Festival will continue this spring semester on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. in Cornell Auditorium, MSSU. 

The next film, Lemonade Joe (Limonadovy Joe)  is slated for Tuesday, Feb. 26.

The director and comedy specialist Oldrich Lipsky, from Prague’s Satirical Theater, achieved great success with this very funny 1964 Czech musical parody of early Hollywood westerns. 

Hard-drinking varmints hanging out at the Trigger Whisky Saloon threaten the town’s beautiful temperance crusader. 

Riding to her rescue is Lemonade Joe who drinks Kolaloca lemonade instead of “fire water.” 

As a hero, he believes that “Evil cannot stand against a clean-living man.”  The Los Angeles Times labeled it “…the most offbeat western since Terror of Tiny Town.” 

No admission is charged. 

For information, contact (417) 673-1261

Bookstore Sale

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