Crossroads staffers look back on 2011 issue focused on Joplin tornado

In a normal year, the fall issue of Crossroads magazine would have focused on Homecoming activities, says Rhonda Clark. But 2011 was far from a normal year for the Joplin community. On the evening of May 22 – at 5:41 p.m. – an EF-5 tornado tore a deadly six-mile path...

Remembering José Alvarez

In the photograph that hangs in the Language Lab on the third floor of MSSU’s Webster Hall, José Alvarez is a study in concentration, his fingers frozen in a nimble dance along the frets of his guitar. “Most of my memories of José include music,” says Dr. Leslie...

Crossroads Tornado Anniversary Edition

“(Missouri Southern) is a beacon of what a university can be, not only educating the leaders of tomorrow, but a vital piece of the fabric of the Joplin community.” – Former Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon This weekend marks the 10th anniversary of the EF-5 tornado that tore...

Caribbean Semester Events Go Virtual

A variety of in-person and virtual events have been offered this fall as Missouri Southern celebrates the Caribbean Semester. “The theme semester is a Missouri Southern tradition and has been in existence since 1997,” said Dr. Chad Stebbins, director of the Institute...

Making Connections

ALUMNI HONORED DURING SPIRIT WEEK 2020 While traditional Homecoming activities were not observed this year, the Missouri Southern Alumni Association celebrated with Spirit Week 2020 – an opportunity to recognize several outstanding members of the Lion family. “This is...

Project Stay Approved for Nearly $1.5 Million Grant

The Project Stay program at MSSU was recently approved for a grant by the United States Department of Education that will provide nearly $1.5 million for the program over the next five years. Project Stay works with qualified students to provide resources that will...

Locher Recognized as Outstanding Adviser

Dr. Melissa Locher, associate professor of teacher education, was recently recognized as 2020’s Outstanding Adviser. Students are invited to nominate faculty members for the annual award in recognition of exceptional academic advising. Locher, who has been with...