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Local documentary shows how Joplin community turned despair into hope

In recognition of the one year anniversary of the Joplin tornado, Ozarks Public Television will air special programming on Thursday, May 17.

Turning despair to hope

Ozarks Public Television will premiere its documentary, “One Year After the Joplin Tornado: Turning Despair to Hope,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17.

Over the past year, the Joplin community has faced the daunting task of rebuilding and healing. Through it all, the community has demonstrated its resiliency, spirit and gratitude.

In this locally produced film, made possible through financial support from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, members of the Joplin community reflect on the previous year, what’s been accomplished and what’s still ahead. More information about this show is available on the Ozarks Public Television website.

Sense of Community

Immediately following the premiere of “One Year After the Joplin Tornado” on May 17, a special Sense of Community call-in show will reflect on the lives lost and the lasting impact of the tornado. Entitled “Moving Forward: One Year After the Joplin Tornado,” this show will be hosted by Missy Belote and will air at 8 p.m.

Additional broadcast dates

“One Year After the Joplin Tornado” will air again at 6 p.m. May 20, 9 p.m. May 21 and 10 p.m. May 22.

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Missouri State alum honored as Extreme Home Makeover builder

In mid-October, Sam Clifton embarked on one of the largest building projects in “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” history. Seven homes were built in seven days for families who suffered great loss during the May 22 tornado in Joplin, Mo. Clips from the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” Joplin build are available on the ABC website.

Clifton explained the importance of the Joplin outreach in the Spring 2012 issue of the Missouri State Magazine:

When the storm came through, we felt helpless. We wanted to react to people’s loss and fear. These families have amazing stories about how they are rebuilding their lives. The week-long build began Oct. 19. We are so excited about how the community came together – we had more than 10,000 volunteers, many of whom had been affected by the storm themselves.

Missouri State Alumni Association Awards

During the 2011 Homecoming Awards ceremony, Clifton was recognized for his commitment to public affairs through his work in the Joplin and Nixa communities. He received the Alumni Award for Excellence in Public Affairs.

The Alumni Award for Excellence in Public Affairs recognizes graduates who have exceptional achievements in their professional endeavors, while demonstrating outstanding commitment to the ideals of public service.

About Sam Clifton

Clifton graduated from Missouri State in 1992 with a degree in construction management. He is the president of Millstone Custom Homes. Along with his passion for building, Clifton has a strong love of community, as evidenced by his volunteerism and role as mayor of the city of Nixa, Mo.

 

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Proceeds from December art auction benefit Joplin tornado relief

A silent auction, “Art and Design for Joplin” was held in December to benefit Joplin tornado relief, which featured 24 works of art donated by nine faculty from the Missouri State University department of art and design. Hosted by Paw Prints Bookstore and co-sponsored by the English Society, the event raised $1,129, which was donated to the Southern Missouri Region of the American Red Cross.

Art and design faculty who donated artwork included Iwona Duszek, Roman Duszek, Judith Fowler, Jacek Fraczak, Kevin Hughes, Marcus Howell, Maria Michalczyk, Cedomir Kostovic and Eric Pervukhin. Students from the English Society also joined in, promoting the auction as part of their end-of-the-semester festivities.

“I was proud of the way that our students pitched in,” said Dr. James S. Baumlin, professor of English and the English Society faculty sponsor. “It was truly a college-wide collaboration: students and faculty in music, art and design, theatre and dance, as well as in English, gave of their time and talent.”

Visiting Joplin as a photographer, Jacek Fraczak, assistant professor of art and design was stunned by the extent of the destruction, which inspired him to organize the art auction.

“I offer humble thanks to my colleagues for their generosity in donating art,” said Franczak. “In my native Poland we have experienced devastations of war, but never have I seen such a force of nature. The tornado taught me not just the power of nature, but the power of the American spirit in helping and rebuilding.”

“This donation really speaks to us about the compassion of our community, and in such a unique and creative way.” said Chris Harmon, chief emergency services officer of the American Red Cross’ Southern Missouri Region, who was presented with the check.

“Professor Fraczak was one of the first professional photographers allowed into Joplin to record the devastation, and his photographs have been on public display in Jefferson City,” said Baumlin. “Fraczak has since revisited Joplin and is preparing a photographic history of the rebuilding. The English department will continue to collaborate with him in relief efforts, and I hope we have the chance to publish his Joplin photography in book form.”

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Bucket campaign to benefit Joplin

Nearly $2,000 was raised by the Missouri State campus to support the Joplin School District during the fall 2011 semester. Volunteer programs hopes to continue this support into the spring 2012 semester by organizing a bucket campaign for Joplin at home athletic games.

Bucket collection at Jan. 28 basketball game

Student volunteers are needed to help collect donations during the Jan. 28 men’s basketball game against Northern Iowa during one of the following shifts:

  • 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  • 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m.

To sign up for a shift, visit the office of student engagement, call (417) 836-4386 or email volunteer@missouristate.edu.

Other fundraising opportunities

Bucket collections are scheduled for the following games:

  • Feb. 1 – Bears vs. Wichita State
  • Feb. 10 – Lady Bears vs. Wichita State
  • Feb. 22 – Bears vs. Indiana State
  • March 1 – Lady Bears vs. UNI
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Art auction benefits Joplin tornado relief

Painting by Jacek Fraczak

Faculty in the department of art and design donated original works of photography, printmaking, watercolor and graphic design to be auctioned off to benefit Joplin tornado relief. Bidding has begun in the Paw Prints Bookstore in the Plaster Student Union. Bids will be accepted through Dec. 5.

Auction winners will be announced on Dec. 5 at 9 p.m. during the “A Dickensian Christmas” event. Artwork is on display at Paw Prints, and the pieces can also be viewed online.

The auction features works by professors Iwona Duszek, Roman Duszek, Judith Fowler, Jacek Fraczak, Marcus Howell, Maria Michalczyk, Cedomir Kostovic and Eric Pervukhin.

For more information, contact Dr. Jim Baumlin, professor of English, at (417) 836-5107.

 

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Weekend events will support Joplin relief efforts

Need weekend plans? The Missouri State community is encouraged to participate in one of the many support and service events Saturday, Nov. 5, in Joplin, Mo. Whether you are a student, an alumnus, faculty member, staff person or friend of the University, there is something for everyone!

Student service trip

Students will be volunteering at Misti’s Mission Nov. 5. The group will leave from Bear Park North in buses Saturday morning and attend the alumni and friends gathering at Joplin High School before heading to Misti’s Mission to assist with donation collection, sorting and storage.

Students will also receive a ticket to the evening’s exhibition games against Missouri Southern. Spots are still available for volunteers; please register online to reserve your spot.

Students have also been collecting donations before athletic events and in the residence halls to support the continued relief efforts in Joplin.

Alumni and friends gathering

A MarooNation event for Missouri State alumni and friends will precede the fundraising basketball event, from 12-2 p.m., at the Joplin High School 11th and 12th Grade Center (101 North Rangeline Road).

Lunch from McAllister’s Deli will be served at a cost of $5 per person. Donations to assist the Joplin Public Schools Foundation will also be collected during the event.

Advance registration is appreciated by contacting 417-836-5654 or alumni@missouristate.edu, or through the Alumni Association’s online registration form.

Basketball exhibition doubleheader

Tickets are also still available for the exhibition doubleheader between the Missouri State Bears and the Missouri Southern Lions. The women’s game will begin at 5 p.m. Nov. 5 with the men’s game to immediately follow.

Tickets for the basketball doubleheader, which are $15 for reserved seats and $10 for general admission seating, can be purchased by calling the MSSU Ticket Office at (417) 625-9366. All proceeds from the games will go directly to the Missouri Southern Foundation’s Tornado Emergency Relief Fund.

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Joplin service trip scheduled for Oct. 22

Spend your Saturday serving others in Joplin with fellow Missouri State students. Organized by volunteer programs and Bears Bringing Hope for Joplin, volunteers will be carpooling from campus to assist with relief efforts in Joplin on Oct. 22, leaving at 8 a.m. and returning by 3:30 p.m.

Only 100 spots are open for this trip, and registration is requested by 5 p.m. Oct. 20. Please note on your registration form if you are willing to drive.

Volunteers will be assisting with a variety of projects, including donation sorting, organizing and minor clean up. Please wear close-toe shoes and long pants, and bring a sack lunch and a water bottle. For more information, visit the Joplin Service Opportunities page.

Highlights from past trips

The Oct. 22 service trip to Joplin will be the fourth trip sponsored by the office of student engagement and volunteer programs. Watch the video below to learn more about how students have been lending a helping hand in Joplin:

Photos are also posted on the office of student engagement’s Facebook page.

Future trip on Nov. 5

Another service trip is planned for Nov. 5 in coordination with the exhibition basketball games the Missouri State Bears will be playing against the Missouri Southern Lions. More information about that trip can be found online.

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Missouri State puts full-court press on Nov. 5 event in Joplin

A full day of service, support and relief efforts will precede Missouri State University’s exhibition basketball doubleheader in Joplin on Saturday, Nov. 5. The goal is to continue helping Joplin recover from the devastation it sustained from the May 22 tornado.

MSU’s efforts to help Joplin have been ongoing since the deadliest tornado to hit the U.S. since 1947 ripped through the neighboring southwest Missouri community about 70 miles west of Springfield. Missouri’s public affairs university has already made more than 50 organized trips to the Joplin area, including student, faculty and alumni groups, to assist in the recovery, relief and rebuilding efforts there.

Basketball exhibition doubleheader

The Nov. 5 basketball exhibition doubleheader at Leggett and Platt Athletic Center was announced this summer and will feature the MSU Bears and Lady Bears against Missouri Southern State University. Missouri State received a special waiver from the NCAA to play the exhibition games away from its campus against the Division II Lions. The event begins at 5 p.m. with the women’s game and continues at 7 p.m. with the men’s contest.

Missouri State men’s head coach Paul Lusk spent three seasons at Missouri Southern (1999-2002) where he was an assistant under current Lions’ coach Robert Corn.

Special recognition highlighting Missouri State’s efforts in the Joplin area will take place at halftime of both games.

Tickets for the basketball doubleheader, which are $15 for reserved seats and $10 for general admission seating, can be purchased by calling the MSSU Ticket Office at (417) 625-9366. All proceeds from the games will go directly to the Missouri Southern Foundation’s Tornado Emergency Relief Fund.

Alumni and friends gatheringMarooNation

A MarooNation event for Missouri State alumni and friends will precede the fundraising basketball event, from 12-2 p.m., at the Joplin High School 11th and 12th Grade Center (101 North Rangeline Road).

Both MSU basketball teams, along with the mascots and spirit squads, will make personal appearances at the event, sign autographs and meet with fans.

Lunch from McAllister’s Deli will be served at a cost of $5 per person. Donations to assist the Joplin Public Schools Foundation will also be collected during the event, and tours of the 11th and 12th Grade Center will be available.

Advance registration is appreciated by contacting 417-836-5654 or alumni@missouristate.edu, or through the Alumni Association’s online registration form.

Student service project

The day will begin with a Missouri State student service project in Joplin. Transportation, lunch and game tickets will be provided for all students who participate in the service initiative. The group will also be recognized at the alumni function.

Students will also be collecting funds to assist various relief charities in advance of the Nov. 5 trip. Missouri State fans are encouraged to support student collection efforts on campus and at various athletic events during the month of October.

For more information on the student fund-raising and service efforts, please contact volunteer@missouristate.edu or visit the volunteer programs website.

Related opportunities

Boomer and GrowlThe Missouri State cheerleaders, Sugar Bears and mascots will also spend the day in Joplin on Nov. 5, appearing at the alumni function before an afternoon service project at Freeman Hospital. The groups will also attend the basketball games and perform at halftime of both contests.

Likewise, the Missouri State Bookstore will have BearWear and accessories available at the alumni function, including the “Bear Hugs for Joplin” t-shirt. All proceeds from the sale of the shirts go directly to Convoy of Hope and the American Red Cross to assist the Joplin area. The shirts, which sell for $11.99 at the MSU Bookstore and online, have been very popular since they went on sale this spring with more than 1,000 shirts sold in the first four months.

Missouri State students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends are encouraged to attend and support the Nov. 5 festivities in Joplin and continue to send hope down I-44 for the thousands whose lives continue to be affected by one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history.

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English professors, alumni publish works in anthology to benefit Joplin

Representatives from the Missouri State English department are using their poetry skills to help raise funds build back the Joplin School District libraries damaged by the tornado. Poems written by professors Marcus Cafagna and Jane Hoogestraat, along with alumni Rosalie O’Leary and Shiloh Peters, were accepted by the Missouri Writers Guild to appear in the upcoming “Storm Country: A Tribute to Joplin” anthology.

Complied by the Missouri Writer’s Guild and published by Mozark Press, proceeds from the anthology will help the damaged school libraries restore their collections of books and other resources. The anthology will be available for purchase in October.

The works by Cafagna, Hoogestraat, O’Leary and Peters were selected from more than 300 submissions from writers across the Midwest. For additional information about Storm Country,” please visit the Missouri Writers Guild website, check out the English department’s blog or contact Jane Hoogestraat, professor of English, at (417) 836-6613.

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Bears Bringing Hope plans Sept. 24 service trip

Bears Bringing Hope, or Bear Hugs for Joplin as the support effort may be known, was created because of a campus-wide desire to help with the Joplin relief efforts and bring sustainable relief to Joplin throughout this year. The group meets to brainstorm and plan both volunteer and fundraising events, including the upcoming service trip to Joplin.

Service trip on Sept. 24

The office of student engagement, which supports Bears Bringing Hope for Joplin, is leading its third trip to Joplin on Sept. 24 to assist with relief efforts. Volunteers will carpool from campus to Joplin, leaving at 8 a.m. and returning by 3:30 p.m. Only 50 spots are open for this trip, and registration is requested by 5 p.m. Sept. 22. Please note on your registration form if you are willing to drive.

Volunteers will be assisting with a variety of projects, including donation sorting, organizing and minor clean up. Please wear close-toe shoes and long pants, and bring a sack lunch and water bottle.

Other service trips

Two additional service trips are tentatively scheduled for Oct. 22 and Nov. 5. The Nov. 5 trip will possibly coordinate with the exhibition games scheduled for that evening between the Missouri State Bear and the Missouri Southern Lions in Joplin.

Getting involved with Bears Bringing Hope for Joplin

Bears Bringing Hope for Joplin group membership is open to all students, faculty, staff and community members. The group is always growing and looking for support, and interested individuals are invited to attend the weekly meetings Thursdays at 4 p.m.

Meeting locations vary, so email volunteer@missouristate.edu or check the Bears Bringing Hope for Joplin website for details.

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