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The Alumni Department


License Plate | Alumni Bricks | Favorite Recipes | Historic Video 

Collegiate License Plates

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The Missouri Southern license plate program allows you to show your pride and school spirit by sporting the official MSSU license plate. The plate has the Missouri Southern Lion logo and the university's colors, green and gold. You may personalize the plate with up to 6 letters and/or numbers.

Who Qualifies

If you are a Missouri resident who owns or leases a passenger vehicle, truck, RV or motorcycle registered in Missouri, you qualify for an MSSU personalized license plate. The educational license plate program provides TWO plates per vehicle.

Effective Date & Renewal

The personalized license plate is valid for one year based on an annual renewal of the plate through a $25 gift to MSSU and a $15 cost to the state. To renew for two years, it would be a $50 gift to MSSU and a $30 cost to the state*.
*NOTE-Vehicle owners may only obtain two year registration for an even model year vehicle in an even calendar year, or for an odd model year vehicle in an odd calendar year.

Getting Your Plate

You may order a tag at any time by contacting the Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations first and then proceeding to your local DMV office. After you receive your Emblem Use Authorization Statement from our office you will need to take that from along with the 1716 form to the DMV office. The state is going to charge you an additional $15 per year for your personalized license plate.

Cost Payment & Voucher

There are several ways to obtain your MSSU plate:

  1. Click here to make a $25 tax deductible gift to Missouri Southern State University
    Option 1 - $25 goes to the MSSU Alumni Legacy License to Learn Scholarship fund
    Option 2 - $25 goes to the department of your choice (please submit your form & check through the mail)
    Option 3 - You have already made a $25 gift to MSSU within the last 12 months
    Option 4 - You have given to MSSU through your annual Lionbacker membership

 After you choose an option online then our office will mail you an Emblem Use Authorization Statement for you to take to your local DMV office.

    2. Print off this form and make your $25 check out to MSSU, please denote where you want your $25 to go in the
        memo line of your check and then mail your form to:
        Ralph L. Gray Alumni Center, 3950 E. Newman Road, Joplin, MO 64801

When your form is received, we will mail your Emblem Use Authorization Statement form back to you within 2-3 business days. You can then take this form to your local DMV office.


The State of Missouri requires you to personalize your license plate on the 1716 form.

For more information about the program, please call 417-659-5466.

Thank you for supporting Missouri Southern!


Alumni Bricks

alumni bricks You have a new home on MSSU's campus. It's the Ralph L. Gray Alumni Center in the Mission Hills Mansion and you can play an important role in the restoration of this historic building on campus.The Alumni Courtyard, located adjacent to the Fountain Room serves as the location for receptions, pre-game tailgate parties and other outdoor events for alumni, faculty, staff, and friends.

For a gift of $100 per brick, you can cement your legacy and support of the MSSU Alumni Association directly as a part of the Alumni Courtyard. It's a fitting way to commemorate your lifelong connection to MSSU. Celebrate a graduate... Honor a family legacy... Remember a loved one... Acknowledge a student organization...

Your $100 tax deductible contribution will include your inscription on a premium-quality brick.Each engraved character will be filled with black epoxy for legibility. Please contact the MSSU Alumni Association for more information at 417-659-5466.

Bricks may be ordered throughout the year. New bricks will be placed in the Alumni Courtyard each June.

Order your brick online using PayPal.


Favorite Recipes

alumni cookbook A collection by Missouri Southern State University Staff Cookbook.

The idea of this cookbook originated from a conversation at a staff pot-luck lunch. As everyone was enjoying the delicious dishes prepared that day, a suggestion was made to create a cookbook. We thought a Staff cookbook would be a terrific way for Southern employees to share some of their favorite recipes with others and that the proceeds of the book sales could go towards funding a worthwhile campus project.The cookbook is only $10.00.

A committee was formed and unanimously agreed that they wanted to contribute to the Mansion renovation project. The contribution would make a positive impact on the culture and tradition of our University. The committee believed this would be a meaningful way to help give something back to the campus community.

The money earned from the sales of this cookbook is helping to buy period pieces of furniture for the Ralph L. Gray Alumni Center.

Order your Favorite Recipes Cookbook online using PayPal.


75th Anniversary Book

alumni seventy five years bannerEnjoy a part of Missouri Southern's history by pre-purchasing a book about the past 75 years.

75 Years of Lion Pride - So much more to the story... is a fun look back beginning in the days of Joplin Junior College up to today.

Be a part of the book! You can even purchase a book with your own dedication page and customize the book so that your favorite college photos and memories are included.

Hardbacks are $28 per book; $33 including shipping. 

Order online with PayPal or by mail using this form.


Video - History of Missouri Southern

The MSSU Alumni Association produced a 30 minute video of the History of Missouri Southern, underwritten by MSSU Alumnus and former Board of Governor, David H. Jones, '63. The highlights of the past 75 years of Missouri Southern's history has been illustrated by Brad Belk.

Order your video online with PayPal or by sending a $5.00 check (payable to the MSSU Alumni Association) along with mailing address and contact info (phone and email) to:

Ralph L. Gray Alumni
Missouri Southern State University
MSSU Historic Video
3950 E. Newman Rd.
Joplin, MO 64801

All proceeds benefit the MSSU Alumni Association Scholarship fund