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For information contact:

Faustina Abrahams
(417) 625-9521


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Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Monday, January 19, 2015

MSSU MLK Day of Service is a vibrant campus and community program. This year, we will celebrate with many of our time-honored traditions and some new program features.

Each of the following programs is described in detail below.

Monday, Jan. 19
MLK Breakfast

Date: Monday, January 19, 2015

: 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Connor Ballroom, Billingsly Student Center, MSSU; 3950 Newman Road, Joplin, MO

Kelly Schoenbauer photoGuest Speaker:
  Kelly Shoenbauer- Sales,  Adult Drug/ Juvenile Diversion and Drug Court Administrator 29th Judicial Circuit

Biography:  Kelly Schoenbauer bio

Sponsored by:  Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau

For Information:  Contact Faustina Abrahams, Chairperson MSSU Diversity Committee, at 417.625.9521 or

FREE TO ALL STUDENTS:  Students may pick up their tickets at the Campus Ticket Center in Billingsly Student Center during normal business hours.

You can may pay at the door with cash, credit and debit cards. Reserve a ticket for $5 per person.

Monday, Jan. 19
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Faculty, students and the community will have the opportunity to serve the community by performing acts of service at an organization of their choice from a list of area non-profit organizations that have requested for volunteers that day.

Volunteers may choose from participants listed int he Day of Service Locations.

See: Day of Service Locations

Click on the Day of Service organizations to read more about them and see what services are needed and what times are available to serve. 

To sign up, identify the location you want to serve from the list and contact Faustina Abrahams, Chairperson, MSSU Diversity Committee, at or  (417) 625-9521.  

Please use "MLK Day of Service" as the subject line and include in your email all those who will be serving with you if you are signing up for multiple people and your preferred times, if you pick from a location where service hours span the whole day.

Tuesday, Jan. 20
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Volunteer and Resource Fair

This fair will bring together area volunteer/non-profit organizations and to show students and the community what volunteer opportunities and resources are available to meet the needs of the community.

Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location: Missouri Southern State University Billingsly Student Center 2nd floor foyer

Missouri Southern State University, 3950 E. Newman Road, Joplin MO 64801

Admission Cost
: Free

Contact Person:
 Landon Adams, or (417) 625-9669.

Wednesday, Jan. 21
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day: The Unsung Pioneers of Negro League Baseball

Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2015

: 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall, Missouri Southern State University

Phil Dixon photo Guest Speaker:
Mr. Phil S. Dixon, Co-Founder of the Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas City, author of nine baseball books and winner of the prestigious Casey Award for the Best Baseball Book of 1992. He is widely regarded for his expertise on baseball history. He will discuss specifically how the small towns in Missouri and Kansas played an integral role in the integration of baseball both at the University and professional level pre Jackie Robinson.

Biography: Phil S. Dixon Biography

Joplin Convention & Vistors Bureau and MSSU Campus Activities Board

Admission Cost
: Free

Contact Person:  Landon Adams at 417.625.9669,

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Sponsorships

Learn more about sponsorship opportunities for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration and Events and other programs.

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Sponsor $270.00 and above

(Deadline Dec. 15 for this sponsorship)

1)       12 breakfast tickets.*

2)      Company/Organization recognition in radio and TV promotions.

3)      Company featured on screen during breakfast.

4)      Company featured on table tents.

5)      Corporate banner placed in Connor Ballroom during breakfast.

6)      Acknowledgement during program.

7)      Acknowledgement in printed program.

8)      Company recognition on MSSU digital signage promotions.


(1)    12 breakfast tickets.*

(2)    Company featured on screen during breakfast.

(3)    Company featured on table tents.

(4)    Acknowledgement during program.

(5)    Acknowledgement in printed program.

(6)    Company recognition on MSSU digital signage promotions.



1)      6 tickets for $100.00.*

2)      Company featured on screen during breakfast.

3)      Company featured on table tents.

4)      Acknowledgement during program.

5)      Acknowledgement in printed program.

6)      Company recognition on MSSU digital signage promotions.

*If the organization chooses not use all of its allotted tickets, we would be happy to offer any unused seats to community volunteers from non-profit organizations.


For more information on sponsorships, contact: Rod Surber • 417.625.9875