Joplin, MO (SNS) – The 53rd annual International Film Festival will conclude with the 1960 Polish film “The Knights of the Teutonic Order” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, in Plaster Hall’s Cornell Auditorium at Missouri Southern State University.

Director Aleksander Ford created a spectacular super-production of the medieval struggle at the Battle of Grunwald in 1410 and the victory of the Poles and Lithuanians over the German warrior-monks of the Teutonic Order, bearers of aggressive Germanization.

Due to the support by the management of Polish cinematography and size of the enterprise, it rivaled similar productions from the United States and Western Europe at the time. Fifteen thousand extras were employed to bring the battle scenes to life.

The film, which was a success in its genre, received an enthusiastic audience all over Eastern Europe. It remains one of the most attended films in Polish history.

Presented by the Missouri Southern Film Society and the Institute of International Studies, admission is free and open to the public.



A few events scheduled for today have been moved or canceled due to the weather.

The Greek Life Chariot Race has been canceled. The Student Activities office is looking into the possibility of rescheduling the event.

The funnel cake vendor will not be on campus today. They will be available from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, instead.

This evening’s outdoor screening of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” has been moved indoors. The film will be shown at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. today in Phelps Theatre.


Blood drive set for today in BSC

As part of Greek Week, the fraternities and sororities are hosting a blood drive with the American Red Cross from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today on the first floor of Billingsly Student Center.

There is currently an urgent need for donations. If you have questions or wish to register, visit and use the event code MSSJP.


Applications available for Children’s Lifetime Sports Academy

Applications are being accepted for the Children’s Lifetime Sports Academy, sponsored annually by the Missouri Southern Department of Kinesiology.

It will be held from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, June 1-4. All children ages 7 to 12 are welcome to attend.

The goal of the academy is to teach the skills and to promote the appreciation of selected activities that can be played for fun, health and fitness throughout life. Activities include golf, bowling, fishing, archery, canoeing, racquet sports, frisbee, and rhythms.

A fee of $85 per child will cover the four days of instruction, use of facilities and equipment, and a T-shirt. Children and grandchildren of MSSU faculty and staff receive a $10 discount.

You may register online at

Additional information about the academy is available on the Kinesiology web page.

All children who attended the academy in 2014 should be getting a flyer in the mail soon.  If you would like a flyer through campus mail, please call or email Brenda Hayes at ext. 9316 or