Dear alumni and friends,

Ralph Waldo Emerson referred to enthusiasm as “one of the most powerful engines of success.”

“When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it,” he said. “Stamp it with your own personality … Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”

In this Spring 2017 edition of Crossroads, you’ll discover the boundless enthusiasm found all across our great campus and beyond. You’ll meet Dr. David Penning, a biology professor whose passion for reptiles has been showcased by PBS and the Discovery Channel. You’ll catch up with Dr. Conrad Gubera, whose enthusiasm for teaching is unwavering after 50 years at Missouri Southern. You’ll also read about students who have dedicated themselves to music and community service, as well as alumni whose passions range from the stage to national and international competitions.

As always, we want to hear from you. If you’d like to share a story idea, photo, favorite memory or simply comment on something from this magazine, email us at

Have a great summer, Lions! We’ll see you again this fall!


Crossroads Magazine
Missouri Southern State University