Lions care for their own. It’s true in nature and it’s true on the campus of Missouri Southern State University.

Dr. Alan Marble, who graduated from Missouri Southern in 1979 and will retire as university president this summer, has supported a number of worthy causes over the years.

A member of the Lionbackers, he has contributed financially to various scholarship and memorial funds, supported the musical and theatrical programs and the university’s international mission.

Because of the challenges faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s one need that is of vital importance at this time – our students – which is why Missouri Southern has launched the Lions Helping Lions campaign.

“Many of our students work while going to school,” Marble says. “Undoubtedly, many of those students have lost jobs or had hours decreased during this crisis. In continuing their education, or in some cases resuming their education, they will need external help now more than ever.

“If donors wish to help students meet immediate, unforeseen needs, please consider giving to our Student Assistance Fund. Once donations accumulate, we will be able to help those who run into financial obstacles stay on track toward graduation.”

If you are in a position to help, please consider making a gift to the Student Assistance Fund. To make a one-time or recurring gift, visit, or send cash or check to the Missouri Southern Foundation, 3950 E. Newman Road, Joplin, Mo., 64801. Make checks payable to the foundation and note that it is for the Student Assistance Fund in the memo line.