Missouri Southern State University will continue its commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Missouri Southern with “Southern Spree” on Friday and Saturday, April 26-27.

Faculty, staff, students and the public are invited.  Due to rain, events Friday will take place indoors in and around the Lion’s Den.  The Lion’s Den is also the backup location for Saturday in the case of inclement weather.

The days will include a variety of activities and events including a campus/community picnic, a book signing by authors from the MSSU community, a 5-K run, an encore of the play The Patsy (the first play produced at Joplin Junior College), music, food and fun on the MSSU campus Oval.

Off campus, the weekend will include a Community Concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 at the First Community Church at 15th and Connecticut in Joplin.

Registration for the 5K Run is $25.  Faculty, staff and students eat for free on Friday.  The cost to the community is $5.

Look below for Saturday food prices.

The Patsy
  and the Community Concert are free and open to the public.


Friday Events
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Meet the Authors (Book signing) Spiva Library

10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
FOOD & FUN on the Oval
Campus –Community Picnic
Music and Activities
Art Show – Spiva Art Center

3 – 5 p.m.
Open Swim, MSSU Pool, Leggett & Platt Athletic Center

7:30 – 10 p.m.
Production of the 1939’s First Play “The Patsy” in Taylor Performing Arts Center
(Feel free to Dress Formally or in the period of the play)

Saturday Events

7 a.m. registration/9 a.m. start
75th  5K Run/Walk

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Southern Smoke BBQ & Craft Show
(Food price $5 for brisket/ or pulled pork with one side OR $8 for 3 ribs with two sides)
Art Show – Spiva Art Center

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Historical Tours/ Campus Tours
Department Open House

12 noon
Thomas Hart Benton Documentary, Phelps Theatre

Off Campus

7 p.m.
Community Concert at First Community Church – 15th and Connecticut