Category: Did you Know

MSSU to host science fair

The 25th annual Missouri Southern Regional Science Fair will be held Tuesday, March 25, in the third floor ballroom of Billingsly Student Center at Missouri Southern State University.

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Homecoming history . . .

Homecoming has a history that dates from the mid-19th century. In America, several colleges and universities say they had the very first “Homecoming” as we know it today. Baylor University in Waco Tex. is one of these. A number...

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Royalty Nomination Deadline

The deadline for Royalty Nominations is no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18. The fee is $25 per couple or $15 per candidate. Candidates should turn in forms personally as royalty photos will be taken at the time the form is...

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Married women save war-era schools

World War II created distinct challenges for Joplin Junior college. The war years brought on a decline in the summer of graduates that paralleled the overall drop in enrollment. the 93 who graduated in the spring of 1941 marked...

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Pagliacci is coming!

Before attending Pagliacci, the opera to be presented by Southern Theatre, Heartland Opera Theatre and the Institute of International Studies on Oct. 11 and Oct. 13, you may want to attend Pagliacci: An Introduction. Dr. Jim...

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What’s in a Name?

Although often believed to have been named for the ragtime composer Scott Joplin, who lived in Sedalia, Missouri, Joplin is named for Reverend Harris  Joplin, an early settler and the founder of the area’s first Methodist...

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Remembering: Dr. Floyd E. Belk

Dr. Floyd E. Belk served as Vice President for Academic Affairs from 1974 to 1990.  Dr. Belk worked to maintain the college’s tradition of having a strong academic program and was particularly active in retaining and...

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The Barn Theatre

Early in Missouri Southern theatre program’s history, necessity became the mother of invention. The campus had moved to its current location but had no facility for staging plays. The Barn Theatre, located on the west side...

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What’s your fashion — and why?

Looking over yearbooks gives us a glimpse of the way students from earlier decades dressed. Fashion and clothing styles result from a combination of influences from clothing marketers, entertainers, politicians and others. In...

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General Westmorland

General William Westmorland, commander of American forces in the early part of the Vietnam War, addressed students during a campus visit to Missouri southern on May 2, 1980.  Gen. Westmorland’s appearance was an example of...

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Bigfoot Sighting!

South of Joplin,Missouri September 27, 1975 High school teacher Steve McFall told Sheriff Joe Abramovitz that he saw an ape-like creature, big and hairy that jumped in front of his car forcing him in the ditch.  [He} described...

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Battle of Carthage fought 152 years ago . . .

Today, the Missouri Southern provides a safe and secure atmosphere for family activities. However, this has not always been the case.  Missouri’s Civil War began along the western border of the Show-Me State in the 1850s...

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Have lunch . . . . and make history!

Nearly everyone likes lunch!  Just about every day, especially in the fall and spring semester, MSSU students and employees crowd into the Lion’s Den or the Mayes Cafeteria.  Many also opt for “fast food.” As...

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The National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum

Where is the National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum? Answer: Joplin, Missouri, of course. A fascinating look at the history of Joplin is available at the Joplin Museum Complex (JMC).  It includes a mineral museum, historical...

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Missouri Southern “Jeopardy” questions

Just in case you’re ever on the television show Jeopardy and just in case the category ever is Missouri Southern State University, here are some facts to remember. Answer: 5,417 Question: What was Missouri Southern’s...

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Thanks to Enid Blevins

Kyler Frye, Carl Junction, is a freshman nursing major at Missouri Southern State University.  He is just one of many students who receive financial help from our generous donors. This semester, Kyler was awarded a scholarship...

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Speakman becomes “part of the solution”

Missouri Southern’s graduates have achieved success in diverse fields. Graduate Jeff Speakman worked his way to a degree in psychology at Missouri Southern  and, in 1980, met legendary martial arts master Lou Angel at...

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The pool that became a pond

The Biology Pond provides a scene of bucolic solitude on the west side of the Missouri Southern campus.  Fish, turtles, insects, frogs and other creatures call it home.  Spanned by a red Japanese bridge, the body of water has...

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Remembering Terry Joyce

Terry Joyce (Terrance Patrick Joyce) played professional football for two seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1970s.  Born in Kirksville and raised in Edina, Missouri, he attended Highland Community College in Kansas,...

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MSSU’s Infinity Wall

The studios of MSTV (now KCGS-TV), were originally in the Mansion Annex (between the Alumni Center and Plaster Hall). The building is  now the home of University Relations and Marketing.  The TV studios are now in Webster Hall....

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1940 Queen Contest star quality

The coronation of the Homecoming Queen at Joplin Junior College had “star quality.” Mr. Melvyn Douglas, stage and screen star, cooperated in making the 1940 contest a huge success.  His photograph was included in the...

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Joplin on “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”

Joplin was filled with soldiers during World War II, thanks to trains that easily brought troops from Camp Crowder, the largest Armytraining base inside the  United States.  Soldiers from all areas of the nation visited Joplin...

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Remembering Sam McCloud!

Actor Dennis Weaver played Matt Dillon’s trusty helper Chester Goode on the long-running western series Gunsmoke.  He appeared as Marshal Sam McCloud on the NBC police drama McCloud and in the 1971 TV movie Duel, the first...

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Have a seat with George A. Spiva!

Missouri Southern’s Spiva Library is named for Joplin businessman and civic benfactor George A. Spiva.  Mr. Spiva donated 400 shares of DuPont Stock with a mid-1960s market value of $104, 970 to be used in purchasing the...

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The first Blaine Hall!

Blaine Hall is currently one of Missouri Southern’s Residence Halls.  However, the first Blaine Hall was dedicated on Nov. 1, 1946 and dedicated to the popular Dean Harry E. Blaine who was to retire that spring. Located...

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Phonathon dialing is underway!

The dialing is now underway! The Missouri Southern Foundation will conduct its annual Phonathon through Wednesday, Feb 27. Michael Fontana, Development Officer – Annual Fund/Scholarships, says this year’s Phonathon will...

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