Pride and Purpose Day will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 21 in the North End Zone facility.

The Day will honor three individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the success and growth of Missouri Southern over the years. The two Spirit of Service recipients will be John Cochran of Moberly, Mo., who graduated from MSSU in 1978 and Lorraine Whittington of Joplin, who graduated in 1982. The Lion-Hearted recipient will be Richard W. Massa of Joplin, former chair of the Communications Department and director of the Institute of International Studies at MSSU.