April 13, 2010

News Release

For Immediate Release

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to Speak at JQH

Environmental business leader and advocate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will speak on “Our Environmental Destiny” at a free, public event at 10 a.m., Friday, April 16, at JQH Arena on the campus of Missouri State University. The visit is part of a collaborative effort by MSU, Leadership Springfield and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board.

Tickets are required, but are available for free at a number of area locations, including MSU-TIX outlets; Springfield-Greene County Library branches; and select Springfield-Greene County Park Board sites. For a list of Parks locations, download an event flyer.

Kennedy is expected to deliver a 30-minute speech beginning at 10 a.m., followed by a 30-minute Question & Answer session. Audience members will be invited to submit questions when they arrive at JQH.


Credentials are required for the event and a news conference following Kennedy’s 10 a.m. address. Credentials will be issued onsite only beginning at 8:30 a.m. from the north service entrance ramp to the facility. Accredited press I.D.s, such as those issued by the Missouri Press Association, Highway Patrol or a photo I.D. from area media outlets will be required.

Media parking is available on the curb of the north side of JQH/Hammons Student Center on Harrison Street. Vehicles should be clearly marked with the affiliate name, or have signage available on dash or rear-view mirror.

Still photographers will be allowed in multiple designated areas on the arena floor throughout the duration of the speech. Videographers will be provided a camera platform and mult box where they can record ONLY the first 10 minutes of the speech, which can be used for news stories. Video cameras must be in place on the platform by 9:50 a.m. These are requirements of Mr. Kennedy’s contract.

He will be available for a 15-minute news conference in JQH’s media room near the credentialing location immediately after the Q&A concludes (approximately starting 11:15-11:30 a.m.). An adjacent media work room is available throughout the event with a closed-circuit monitor. There will be no individual interviews during Mr. Kennedy’s visit.


Free tickets still remain at a number of locations throughout Springfield and Greene County, but need to be picked up prior to the event. For a list of Parks locations, download an event flyer.

Doors to JQH Arena open to the general public at 8:30 a.m. A bag check will be conducted at the entrance. Standard, non-professional cameras are allowed, but no video recording by the general public is permitted.

There will be an opportunity to submit written questions for consideration prior to the presentation at a booth along the facility’s concourse. Missouri State President Dr. Michael Nietzel will ask selected questions for approximately 30 minutes after Mr. Kennedy’s speech.

Free public parking is available in the north and south MSU parking garages, as well as Lots 13 (National Ave. & Monroe St.); Lot 44 (Elm St., north of the north parking garage); and Lots 51 & 52 (both located at Kimbrough Ave. & Walnut St.)

Kennedy will speak as part of Missouri State’s sixth annual Public Affairs Conference, themed “The New Economy: Promise and Peril.” He is known for his work as a defender of the environment through a litany of successful legal actions. Kennedy was named one of Time magazine’s “Heroes for the Planet” for his success in helping Riverkeeper lead the fight to restore the Hudson River. A full bio is attached.

The sixth Annual Public Affairs Conference will convene April 13-16 with its theme focusing on issues related to the severe financial crisis which triggered a global economic meltdown not seen since the depression of the 1930s. The conference will provide the campus and Springfield community an opportunity to discuss and debate pressing issues in an interdisciplinary format with leaders and experts in a variety of fields. Through a diverse program of keynote sessions, panel discussion and special events, the conference will allow attendees to reflect on the perils and promises of the new economic realities.

For a list of speakers and schedule of events, visit the Public Affairs Conference Web site at http://publicaffairs.missouristate.edu/conference.

Media Only
For more information, media contact: Bob Nelson, Public Information Administrator, 417-874-2176; Public Affairs Conference, contact Mary Ann Wood, 417-836-5073.