Mayes Student Life Center

The Dianne Mayes Student Life Center is located in the heart of the residence hall complex and houses the dining hall on the top floor and a multipurpose space on the bottom floor.

The facility is open to on and off campus students and offers several academic and social amenities.


Need to contact us?

Mayes Student Life Center Office 101

  • Monday-Friday: 11:00 AM-11:00 PM
  • Saturday & Sunday: Noon-11:00 PM


Movie Lounge

The movie lounge is a large enclosed space available for individuals or groups/clubs to meet or watch movies/television. A Blu-ray/DVD player is connected to a large screen television. Groups/clubs interested in reserving space during operation hours can contact 417-659-4461. The facility is free of charge for University affiliated groups.

Computer Lab & Student Spaces

There are two enclosed study/meeting rooms, a computer lab and additional study tables and spaces for students to utilize. The computer lab is connected to a network printer for students to print papers. Lion Bucks are required to print papers.


Free Overnight Movie Rentals

Free overnight movie rentals are available to residence hall students in the bottom floor office. You must have University ID to check out movies. Visit the desk attendant to view available movies.

Recreational Gaming

Take a study break by playing pool, ping pong or Xbox One/Playstation 4/Nintendo Wii gaming systems. Use of gaming equipment is free with a University ID. Equipment checkout is available from bottom floor office.

Laundry Facility

Laundry facility has 10 washers and 10 dryers available for residence hall students during operation hours. You must carry University ID to gain access into the laundry room. No coins or dollar bills needed to use machines.

Dance Studio

Looking for a place to practice music, dance, or a workout video?  Our 38’x19’ enclosed studio has a large screen TV with DVD player and two walls of mirrors.

Dining Program

Presented by Fresh Ideas Food Service Management

Missouri Southern State University and Fresh Ideas are pleased to offer an inclusive dining program. Students can enjoy meals at Mayes Student Life Center and the Lion’s Den.

The Missouri Southern State University dining program features quality service with an attractive variety of fresh menu offerings. Fresh Ideas is always creating new and delicious meals and rotating menus to ensure a variety of options. Their culinary engagement program, Nosh Nation, includes exciting pop-up events, themed menus, and special meal offerings. Fresh Ideas’ Be Green, Be Healthy, Be Bold program highlights the benefits of local, sustainable, and healthy eating. These programs and more help celebrate food and promote healthy eating on our campus.

Why Fresh Ideas?

Fresh Ideas is a dynamic food service management company serving colleges and universities in the Midwest, South, and Southeast. Together, we are dedicated to providing happiness by producing a fresh food experience for people of all ages.

Fresh Ideas is committed to engaging the student’s dining needs on every level through a truly diverse culinary experience. They deliver a variety of dining options that are fresh, familiar and global.

Because they understand the important role food plays in recruitment and retention, their dining services program is positioned to support these initiatives through meaningful interaction and engagement between students and Fresh Ideas.
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