The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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August 16, 2012

MSSU Lion Pride event to be held this weekend for incoming freshmen

JOPLIN, Mo. — Lion Pride Weekend for new Missouri Southern State University students and their families begins today and runs through Sunday. There will be movies, a toga party and more.

Lion Pride Weekend is sponsored by the MSSU First-Year Experience Office, Student Activities, Recreational Services and the Residence Hall Association.

For information, people may contact the First-Year Experience Office at 417-625-9731 or by email at

Parents and family members are welcome to participate in all Lion Pride Weekend events.

Following is a schedule of events.


Three-on-three basketball and volleyball tournaments will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at Beimdiek Recreation Center. Prizes will be awarded to the winning teams. A free Zumba class will be offered from 10 to 11 a.m. and a yoga/Pilates class from 11 a.m. to noon, both at the Beimdiek center.

Shopping shuttles will be provided from noon to 3 p.m. to Northpark Mall, Target and the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Range Line Road. Shuttles will depart every 20 minutes from the circle drive in front of McCormick Hall.

From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., there will be a cookout on the MSSU oval. It is free for new MSSU students. Family members and guests will be charged $5 per person. A Slip ’n Slide will be at the oval from 5 to 9 p.m. That will be followed by an outdoor movie from 9 p.m. to midnight. Visitors are to provide lawn chairs. Refreshments will be served.


The Phi Eta Sigma Day of Service will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phi Eta Sigma is the national freshman honor society. The group will volunteer with the Joplin Trails Coalition on area trails. Lunch and transportation will be provided. An RSVP is required. Shuttles will depart from the circle drive in front of McCormick Hall.

There will be a “speed meeting” from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Lions Den at Billingsly Student Center. The session is described as a way to meet people fast. Refreshments will be served.

Lion bingo runs from 6 to 8 p.m. in Phelps Theater in the Beimdiek Recreation Center. It will be followed by a toga dance party from 9 p.m. to midnight on the oval. Togas are provided for the first 100 guests. Refreshments will be served.

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