Joplin, MO (SNS) – Two experts on World War I will offer presentations on the war’s 100th anniversary during next week’s Gockel International Symposium at Missouri Southern State University.

Other events scheduled include a male pageant to raise funds for breast cancer awareness, a final trip to Middle Earth during screenings of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” camel rides and music recitals.


37 Prime: Spiva Art Gallery. The exhibit by the Focal Point Student Art Club features undergraduate artwork from universities in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. A reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 31.

ACT Residual Exam: 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Hearnes Hall. The exam is restricted to current or prospective MSSU students. Students must have a current photo ID. The test fee is $45. Details: 417-625-9324.

Big Man on Campus Male Pageant: 7 p.m., Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall. Sponsored by Zeta Tau Alpha, the event is a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness and education. Cost is $5.


Dress for Success – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Billingsly Student Center’s Connor Ballroom. Volunteer professional shoppers will help students select professional clothing that can be used during job interviews or the MSSU Spring Career Fair on April 8.

Gockel International Symposium – “Before the Doughboys: Americans Respond to a World at War:” 9:30 a.m., Taylor Performing Arts Center. Dr. Christopher Capozzola, an associate professor of history at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will focus on how Americans responded to the outbreak of war in Europe in 1914-15.

Gockel International Symposium – “Memory & Legacy: Missouri in the Great War:” 11 a.m., Taylor Performing Arts Center. Brian Grubbs, director of the statewide World War I digitization project, “Over There: Missouri and the Great War,” will speak about the more than 156,000 Missourians who served in the first World War, its legacy and efforts for commemoration in the digital age.

Career Services Walk-In Workshop: 12 to 2 p.m., Career Services Office, second floor of Spiva Library. Stop by the workshop for career and resume advice, assistance creating or editing your resume, assistance researching careers, information on job shadowing and internships or resume printing. All services and printing are available free of charge; no appointment is needed.

Duo Windwood Recital: 7:30 p.m., Corley Auditorium. Instrumental music majors Ashley Clune (clarinet) and Jamie Shouse (bassoon) will present their recital. Free and open to the public. 


Wellness Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students can participate in the fifth annual Easter egg hunt. Prizes will be awarded.

Humpday Camel Rides: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., campus oval. Presented by the Campus Activities Board.

Softball vs. Central Missouri: 3 p.m., Lea Kungle Field.

Pool Party: 7 to 9:30 p.m., MSSU Aquatic and Racquetball Center. Presented by CAB, the Greeks will have an inner-tube race which will be followed by a pool party with music. 


 Health Hut: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Lion’s Den. The Wellness Department will offer free giveaways during the weekly event.

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies:” 2:30, Phelps Theatre. This entry in the fantasy film series serves as the finale of the tale of Bilbo Baggins and his compatriots. Presented by the CAB, candy and drinks will be provided; admission is free.                                                                 

Baseball vs. Washburn: 6 p.m., new baseball stadium.

Greek Life Chariot Race: 6:30 p.m., lawn of Dianne Mayes Student Life Center. The Greek Chapters of MSSU will compete in the second annual Greek Week Chariot Race.

Outdoor Movie – “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies:” 7:30 p.m., Student Life Center.

Senior Tuba Recital: 7:30 p.m., Corley Auditorium. Senior instrumental major Jeff Yates will present a recital. Free and open to the public.


Career Services Walk-In Workshop: 12 to 2 p.m., Career Services Office.

Baseball vs. Washburn: 1 p.m., new stadium.

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies:” 7 p.m., Phelps Theatre.


Baseball vs. Washburn: 12 p.m., new stadium.