Smith named regional vice president for PBL

Emmalee Smith, a junior marketing and management major from Carthage, has been elected to serve as the national vice president for the North Central Region of Phi Beta Lambda.

The PBL club is the collegiate equivalent of Future Business Leaders of America – an educational association of postsecondary student members preparing for careers in business. The election took place during the PBL National Leadership Conference held during the summer in Atlanta, Ga.

“I knew last year’s vice president. She enjoyed the experience and recommended me for it,” said Smith. “I applied, developed a two day campaign, gave a speech to members of our region and then won the election.

“This is the 75th year for FBLA-PBL, so my slogan was ‘Emmalee Smith in the 75th.’ The color theme went along with the organization’s colors – blue and gold. My speech and campaign revolved around their three pillars – service, education and progress. I’m very passionate about the organization.”

As vice president for the North Central Region, she will serve as the primary student liaison between the national organization and chapters in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

“I’ll help the eight states work with the national organization,” said Smith. “I’ll reach out to state officers and see if they need assistance with their meetings or state conferences.”

During the national conference, Smith also received a national championship in the Business Communications category.

PBL, in association with FBLA, is the oldest and largest business organization for students. There are more than 10,000 active members in the United States, including 20 chapters with 350 members in Missouri. Stu Dunlop, marketing/management professor, serves as adviser for the Missouri Southern chapter.

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Student receives Delta Mu Delta scholarship

Madison McDonnell, a senior management/human resource major from Granby, was recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship from Delta Mu Delta, the international honor society in business.

“I applied for the board of governors scholarship, which required me to include information about my volunteerism, the things I’ve been active in on campus as well as references,” she said. “I was very flattered to receive it. Financially it was helpful with school costs.”

McDonnell, who was inducted into the campus chapter of Delta Mu Delta in the spring, will graduate in Spring 2017. Delta Mu Delta promotes higher scholarship in training for business and to recognize and reward scholastic achievement in business subjects. To be inducted in the Lambda Gamma chapter at Missouri Southern, students must be business majors and in the top 20 percent of their class. Dr. Jonathan Adongo, assistant professor of economics, is the adviser for the chapter.

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March for Babies held at MSSU

The Joplin March for Babies was held on Oct. 22 at Fred G. Hughes Stadium.

The event – which was held for the first time on the Missouri Southern campus – was presented by the university’s chapter of Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda. Since 1970, the annual event has raised more than $2.5 billion, with all funds used to support the March of Dimes’ mission to improve the health of babies.

“The March of Dimes is the national charity for FBLAPBL,” said Stu Dunlop, marketing/management professor and adviser for the Missouri Southern chapter. “Our students found out the walk wasn’t being held in Joplin on a formal basis and decided to reintroduce it.”

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Moos tapped as Interim Dean for Robert W. Plaster School of Business

Dr. Chris Moos has been named the interim dean of the Robert W. Plaster School of Business at Missouri Southern State University.

A member of the international business faculty at Missouri Southern since 2003, Moos has taught courses such as international management, international marketing, global supply chain management, international business and international finance and strategic management. He brings more than 25 years of business experience prior to teaching, holding positions such as chief financial officer, chief operating officer and chief executive officer for several domestic, international and multi-national corporations.

He has expanded Missouri Southern’s global reach by forming a partnership with the Odessa National Maritime University in Ukraine to offer a specialist in management certificate. He serves as the advisor for MSSU’s NASBITE International Student Case Competition team, which claimed the title in 2016 and 2015.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Wichita State University in 1978, and his master of business administration degree in 1982. In 1986, he studied logistics while attending the U.S. Navy Supply Corps School; he retired from the Navy in 2003 with the rank of commander. In 2011, he received his doctorate of business administration degree from the Swiss Management Center University.

Dr. Paula Carson, provost and vice president for academic affairs, said Moos is a natural fit for the position.

“He has unique instructional experiences, particularly with graduate programs,” she said. “That has been extremely helpful to us as we’ve launched our master’s in management program this fall. And just as importantly, he is a published researcher and a scholar in every sense of the word.”

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