Missouri Southern State University’s first Green & Gold Tour has been a success during its initial stops in area communities.

The tour provides a way for Missouri Southern faculty, students and even Roary the Lion to connect with members of the community and prospective students.

The first two stops – in Monett on Oct. 8, and Nevada on Oct. 22 – included a coffee social, an alumni lunch and free shaved ice served to high-school students after school. MSSU sponsored football games, with two $1,000 scholarships given away to students from Monett and Lamar, as well as Nevada and Aurora.

The Green & Gold Tour visited Seneca on Jan. 6, hosting an alumni lunch in addition to a lunchtime visit with Seneca High School students, where Roary the Lion passed out free popcorn, gave high fives and posed for pictures with students. Classroom presentations were given by faculty members from the English and Math departments, as well as the Emergency Medical Services program.

MSSU also sponsored the girls and boys basketball games versus Miami High School that evening and gave away two more $1,000 scholarships at halftime.

“The Green & Gold tour is a great way to connect with alumni, community leaders, K-12 partners, and prospective students, and I appreciate the warm welcome we received in Monett, Nevada and Seneca,” said Dr. Dean Van Galen, university president. “As a university, we will continue to expand our partnerships in the region to best serve southwest Missouri, the Four States region, and beyond, and we look forward to future tours.”