Landon-new-improvedLandon Adams, new Director of Student Activities at Missouri Southern State University, says MSSU is more than just his alma mater and place of employment: For him, it’s a family experience.

His mother, Lance and Jill Adams, both attended Missouri Southern and were very involved in the Student Senate and Campus Activities Board (CAB) which their son now oversees.

In fact, his parents met during the organizing of a CAB trip to a Royals game in Kansas City.  Later as students, the pair would play an integral role in the development of the Miner’s Bowl, the annual football battle between Pittsburg State and MSSU. One evening during this process, they searched several antique shops in southeast Kansas and northeast Oklahoma for an old miner’s helmet.  When they eventually found one it became the original trophy for the rivalry game that has been played annually ever since.

His brother Jansen Adams is a current Honors program student and General Business major at MSSU.  His brother Kellen, a freshman at Carl Junction High School, also hopes to attend Missouri Southern.  

His uncle Andy Adams is a Southern graduate. His cousin Kelsey Haist plays for the MSSU soccer team.

Landon, a graduate of Carl Junction High School, received his BSBA in Marketing with a minor in Sociology from Missouri Southern in 2012.  As an Honors Program student, he studied abroad in London and Paris.

While at MSSU, Landon composed a senior Honors Thesis, which attempted to quantify the predictive value of Baseball America’s annual Farm System rankings.

Prior to his new position, he served as Intramural Coordinator and Supervisor at Missouri Southern. He was Assistant Director of Marketing with the Helena Brewers (Rookie League baseball team) from May 2012 to September 2012. He also was an Account Executive with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Double-A baseball team) from September 2012 to May 2013.

“I couldn’t be more excited to return to Missouri Southern State University. Southern has always held a very special place in my heart due to all of the positive experiences of my family members and myself. I have no doubt that awesome things are in store for MSSU.”

When not working, Adams maintains an interest in sports of all varieties.

“I’m a Royals diehard and huge baseball fan in general,”  he says.  “If any students ever want to start a sabermetric (name given to baseball statistical analytics) club, I’d be thrilled to be the advisor.”

His favorite sports teams, in addition to the Royals, include the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Oklahoma City Thunder professional basketball franchise, West Ham United (a British professional football club) , and of course, anything involving Missouri Southern Athletics.

Adams began work in his new position on May 20.