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The following listings feature selective news stories about Missouri Southern from media sites around the globe.

KC Medical School Considering Joplin for Satellite
( Jan. 25, 2013
The Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences is considering a possible satellite campus in Joplin. 

Missouri Southern Names Kinney as Assistant Head Coach
(The Joplin Globe) Jan. 27, 2013
H.T. Kinney of Wisconsin-Whitewater has been hired as Assistant Head Coach of the Lion Football team according to Lions Head Coach Daryl Daye.

Kenny Evans Enjoys Trip Back to MSSU Despite Loss
(The Joplin Globe) Sept. 10, 2012
The former Lions coaching staffer had fun returning to MSSU, despite a lack of success for his current team at Hughes Stadium.

 A Long, Hard Road Ahead, People of Joplin Know They are Not Alone
(Catholic News Agency) July 15, 2012
Writer Kevin Kelly details the challenges posed by the Joplin tornado and the outpouring of spiritual, physical and financial assistance the city has received.

LRHS Spring Cultural Bowl Results
(South County Mail) July 12, 2012
The Logan-Rogersville French and Spanish teams made it to the finals in the cultural bowl tis spring. Finalsts stayed on the MSSU campus, thanks to LRHS Principal Teresa McKenzie's efforts.

Williams/Zerkel Named  Preseason First-Team All-American
(Missouri Sports Magazine) July 4, 2012
Williams and Zerel have been named preseason All-Americans by the Beyond Sprots College Network (BSN), the organization recently announced.

Hedrick is candidate for Trooper of Year
(Aurora March 10, 2012
Hedrick is 1988 graduate of Aurora High School. He is a 1992 graduate of Missouri Southern State University in Joplin where he earned a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice.

Loome Named to DSU Alumni Hall of Fame
(Clinton Nov. 16, 2011
Clinton, Miss. resident Nancy Loome, executive director of the Jackson-based Parents Campaign has named to the Delta State University (DSU) Alumni Hall of Fame. Loome received a marketing degree from DSU in 1983 and a master's in counseling in 1987. She directed career centers at Delta State and later at Missouri Southern State University.
Missouri Ranks 13th in Number of International Students at Colleges and Universities
(MDHE News and Events) Nov. 16, 2011
This year more than 15,000 international students chose Missouri to be their destination for higher education. A report issued by the the Institution of International Education says Missouri is 13th in the nation in the number of international students enrolled in the state’s colleges and universities. The number of international students here grew 13 percent, up from 13,360 in 2010. The national rate of increase was 5 percent. Dr. Chad Stebbins, Study Missouri chair-elect and director of the Institute of International Studies at Missouri Southern State University, says international students bring more than financial assets to Missouri.

Joplin Eagles Forever Changed
(ESPN Video Report) Oct. 16, 2011
This report, by Elizabeth Merrill of ESPN, includes print and video to look back upon the tornado that has changed the city and the Joplin Eagles. Months after a deadly tornado devastated Joplin, football has become a symbol of resilience and hope for the residents and the students of Joplin High.

Koelkebeck named Freeman Senior Vice President
(Morning Sun) Sept. 26, 2011
Freeman Health System announces the promotion of Debi Koelkebeck to Senior Vice President. Koelkebeck, a graduate of Missouri Southern State University, most recently served the health system as Vice President of Retail Services and Clinical Operations. Since joining Freeman in 1998, she has held several positions, including Freeman OccuMed Director and Director of Retail Services.

Vacancy Filled on 911 Board
(Joplin Globe) Sept. 14, 2011
Tim Wilson, an assistant professor in the Criminal Justice program at Missouri Southern, will fill a vacancy on the  Jasper County Emergency Services Board.

America Remembers 9/11
A USA Today photo montage of ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary in cities around the nation, including the Missouri Southern State University campus in Joplin.

725th Paratrooper Inducted into Athletics Hall of Fame in Joplin, Mo.
(Third Army DIVDS)
Sgt. Ron Burton received a reminder of past accomplishments as he serves the nation in Alaska.

Missouri Southern's Royal Thunder Drumline
Missouri Southern’s Royal Thunder drumline, under the direction of Brian Fronzaglia, Director of Percussion studies/Athletic Bands at Missouri Southern State University, performs periodically at Kansas City Royals games.
See Royal Thunder on video and an archived NPR “All Things Considered” interview.  Also see Sept. 3, 2011 Drumline.

For MSSU  Football Players, Community Service Becomes a Way of Life
(Kansas City Star) Aug. 22, 2011
Members of the Lion Football Team have been lending a hand to the cleanup and other efforts connected with recovery from Joplin's May 22 tornado.

MSSU Graduate Named Neosho's City Manager
(Neosho Daily News) Aug. 9, 2011
Donald Troy Royer, who received a a bachelor of science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting from Missouri Southern State University, will take over as the City Manager of the Flower Box City in mid-September.

Church Cares for Lost Memorabilia
(Carthage Press) July 27, 2011
A Baptist Church in Carthage, MO is overseeing the care and ultimate return of over 16,000 photos and other items found after the May 22 Joplin tornado to their rightful owners.

Two Months After the Tornado -- the FEMA Numbers
(FOX14-News at 9) July 26, 2011
Two months after Joplin's devastating EF-5 that took 160 lives, recovery efforts are in full-swing.

SmashZone Lifts Spirits of Joplin Residents
(Missouri Vallley USTA Website) July 1, 2011
A stop by the SmashZone Tennis effort offered a glimpse of 10 and Under Tennis to the community of Joplin in an effort to boost the spirits of the children and families affected by the May 22 tornado.  

Text of President Obama's Comments in Joplin
(Columbia Missourian -- from The Associated Press)  May 29, 2011
The President participated in the Memorial Service on Sunday, May 29  at Missouri Southern State University's Taylor Performing Arts Center, following a tornado that destroyed 8,000 homes and businesses and took 160 lives in Joplin.

Transcription of Governor Nixon's Speech at the Joplin Memorial
(FOX 14 - News at 11)  Updated June 12, 2011
Governor Nixon's remarks immediately preceded those of the President of the United States at MSSU's Taylor Performing Arts Center at the Memorial Service on May 29, 2011.

Joplin Pastors Deliver Message of Hope to Tornado Victims
(Fort Scott (Kan.) Tribune) Friday, June 3, 2011
Father Justin Monaghan, pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Joplin, College Heights Christian Church Pastor Rev. Randy Gariss and St. Paul’s United Methodist Pastor Rev. Aaron Brown delivered comments at the Memorial to the tornado victims, their families and the community on Sunday, May 29 at Missouri Southern State University’s Taylor Performing Arts Center

Joplin Tornado -- Fast Facts
(American Red Cross Disaster Response Online Newsroom)  June 27, 2011
A compendium of facts on the Joplin tornado, including shelters, shelter overnight stays, bulk items, meals served, snacks served, vehicles on the ground, mental health consultaitons, and healthcare consultations.

Getting His Story Straight:  Police Officer Publishes First Novel
(Joplin Globe) April 17, 2011
Missouri Southern State University graduate Gary Neece, a 20-year veteran of the Tulsa, Okla., police department, published in January his debut novel, Cold Blue, which continues to receive rave reviews on

MSSU Adds Contactless Card System
(Executive Business Media - "On Campus Hospitality")  April, 2011
The trade publication website Executive Business Media includes a special feature story about MSSU's "One-Card" system, including comments from campus One Card Service manager Chris Owens.  The cards are used by students at the Lion's Den, the book store and more.

MIAA Announces 2011 Hall of Fame Class
(Missourinet) March 28, 2011
MSSU Softball Coach Pat Lipira and Southern and pro football star Rod Smith will be inducted into the MIAA Hall of Fame for their careers at Missouri Southern State University.