A variety of activities are planned at Missouri Southern State University during the week of April 3, including the annual Career Fair, an anniversary celebration for the Small Business & Technology Development Center and a Veterans Summit.


Missouri Southern will host the annual Spring Career Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, in the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.

Representatives from more than 100 businesses and organizations have registered to meet and recruit MSSU students and alumni. Full-time, part-time, volunteer and internship opportunities will be available.

“The Career Fair is a chance for our students and alumni to network with hiring managers and others to find out about positions that are available,” said Alex Gandy, director of Career Services. “The chance to meet face to face with employers is extremely valuable, and we look forward to helping members of the Lion community take the next step in their professional careers.”


The Small Business & Technology Development Center at Missouri Southern will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a ribbon-cutting at 3 p.m. Friday, April 7, outside of Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall.

The center works to improve the lives of people and the competitiveness of Southwest Missouri businesses through research-based education and technical assistance.

The university center was established in April 1987 and is housed in Robert W. Plaster School of Business. The center also hosts an office of the Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, an affiliated organization that assists veteran- and woman-owned, small, disadvantaged and other firms obtain federal, state and local government contracts.


The 2017 Veterans Summit will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 7, in Plaster Hall’s Cornell Auditorium.

The event is for veterans how own businesses or are interested in starting a business. It will help them to identify the key issues and opportunities facing small businesses, and to encourage them to network and develop strategies to enhance growth and success. Rep. Charlie Davis, a business owner and chair of the Missouri House of Representatives’ Veterans Committee, will be on hand, as well as veteran business owners and representatives from veteran business service organizations.

The summit is by the SBTDC in conjunction with the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce and the Joseph Newman Innovation Center. The event is free to veterans, military personnel and their spouses. To register, visit http://bit.ly/veterans-summit.


Other events planned at Missouri Southern next week include a piano concert, the annual MOSO Talent Show and the World Music & Cuisine Festival.

Monday, April 3

Pianist Yingying Su: 7:30 p.m., Corley Auditorium. The performance by the guest pianist is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, April 4

Spirit Bingo: 12:20 p.m., Lions Den. Students will play for the chance to win prizes courtesy of the Campus Activities Board.

Predicting Cash Needs: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Plaster Hall. Attendees will learn to estimate futures sources and uses of cash and to make more informed decisions. Presented by the Small Business & Technology Development Center, the cost is $69 per person. Details: 417-625-3128.

Wednesday, April 5

Spring Career Fair: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.

Perception is Reality: 3 to 4 p.m., Plaster Hall. Participants in the SBTDC workshop will learn the basics of media and public relations. Free.

MOSO Talent Show: 7 p.m., Taylor Performing Arts Center. Comedian Brent Pella will host the annual event, sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.

Thursday, April 6

Starting a Small Business – The First Steps: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Plaster Hall. Participants will have an opportunity to assess their business idea, discuss legal requirements, marketing strategies and more. Cost is $29 per business. Details: 417-625-3128.

“A Dog’s Purpose”: 2:30 and 6:30 p.m., Phelps Theater in Billingsly Student Center. The movie is presented by CAB. Free for the campus community.

Regional Media Hall of Fame Awards Dinner: 6 p.m., Connor Ballroom in BSC. The 2017 recipients are Bob Capps and Bob Mitchell. The Legacy Award will honor Ron Robson, Sr.

Friday, April 7

SBTDC Anniversary: 3 to 4 p.m., Conrell Auditorium in Plaster Hall.

Veterans Summit: 5 to 7 p.m., Cornell Auditorium.

Saturday, April 8

World Music & Cuisine Festival: 5 to 8 p.m., Connor Ballroom in Billingsly Student Center. International students and local restaurants will offer food for $1 per serving, with a variety of music entertainment offered.