The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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February 20, 2013

MSSU Show-Me Gold's helicopter tours a way to say thanks

JOPLIN, Mo. — Nearly 30 leaders from Missouri Southern State University and the city of Joplin took an aerial tour of Joplin in a Black Hawk helicopter on Wednesday morning, courtesy of the Missouri Army National Guard aviation wing from Springfield.

The tours were organized by Capt. Amanda Self, who teaches military science at MSSU. The program for which she is an instructor is Show-Me Gold, which gives students the opportunity to become commissioned officers in the National Guard through classroom instruction, laboratories and physical condition training.

The program will launch in August. Self said she has been working this semester to build the curriculum, recruit students and find training spaces on the campus.

Support from MSSU officials and the city, which has had a particularly notable relationship with the National Guard and other volunteers since the May 2011 tornado, has been critical to preparing for the program’s launch, Self said.

The helicopter tours “are just to give back to them for supporting the program,” she said. “It’s really just to say thank you to them.”

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