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Craig School of Business Maintains Prestigious AACSB Accreditation

The Steven L. Craig School of Business (CSB) at Missouri Western State University has maintained its business accreditation by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. AACSB Accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education, and has been earned by less than five percent of the world’s business programs. Today, there are 746 business schools in 51countries and territories that maintain AACSB Accreditation. “It takes a great deal of commitment and determination to[Read More]

MWSU Hosts Jazz Festival Feb. 13

The Music Department of Missouri Western State University will host its tenth annual MWSU Jazz Festival on Saturday, Feb. 13. Groups will perform in Blum 219 and the Fulkerson Center. Each ensemble will perform for the adjudicators, and will receive recorded and written critiques of the performance from clinicians. Immediately following each band’s performance the clinicians will give a 25-40 minute clinic for the band, discussing and working on specific areas. The festival begins at 9 a.m., and concludes with a performance by the MWSU Jazz Ensemble at 4:50 p.m. in the Fulkerson Center. The festival is free and open[Read More]

Theatre Season Continues with 'The Marriage of Figaro'

“The Marriage of Figaro,” the play by Pierre Beaumarchais that inspired the Mozart opera of the same name, will be presented by the Department of Theatre, Cinema and Dance in the School of Fine Arts at Missouri Western State University Feb. 19-27. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21 in the Potter Hall Theater on the Missouri Western campus. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for Missouri Western employees, and $6 for students. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at the Potter[Read More]

Missouri Western Establishes School of Nursing and Health Professions

Missouri Western State University has established a new School of Nursing and Health Professions. The change was approved by Missouri Western’s Board of Governors in a telephone poll Feb. 9. “Our health-related programs are extremely well respected and warrant a ‘school’ designation,” said Dr. Robert Vartabedian, Missouri Western’s president. “The change recognizes the important role these programs have at Missouri Western, and will enhance the already strong external relationships our nursing and health professions programs have with Mosaic Life Care and other health industry organizations.” The School of Nursing and Health Professions will be housed within the College of Professional Studies and[Read More]

Local Kids Jump Rope for Heart Feb. 11

Missouri Western State University will host students from 14 elementary schools participating in Jump Rope for Heart from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 in the M.O. Looney arena. Students will jump rope to raise funds for the American Heart Association, which funds cardiovascular disease research and public and professional education programs. They will also learn about building a healthy lifestyle. Funding from events such as Jump Rope For Heart have led to many lifesaving discoveries such as CPR, AEDs, pacemakers, bypass surgeries, open heart surgeries, artificial heart valves, miscosurgery and life-extending drug treatments. The average heart beats 100,000 times each[Read More]

International Student Services Hosts Cultural Awareness Events

The Office of International Recruitment and Student Services at Missouri Western State University will host two upcoming events to raise awareness about issues faced by students from different cultures. A session on intercultural romantic relationships will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10 in the Hoff Conference Rooms, Blum 218-219. A session called “A Day with an Accent,” regarding misconceptions and stereotypes based on how people talk, will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18 in Spratt Hall, room 203. Both sessions are free and open to the public. The session on relationships will take a look at the[Read More]

Korean Students Hold Recital at Missouri Western

Four teenagers from South Korea will present a recital at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 in the Kemper Recital Hall inside Spratt Hall on the campus of Missouri Western State University. The recital is free and open to the public. The three pianists and one vocalist have participated in a two-week music camp at Missouri Western. The recital will conclude their time in the United States. Missouri Western State University is a comprehensive regional university providing a blend of traditional liberal arts and professional degree programs. The university offers student-centered, high quality instruction that focuses on experience-based learning, community service, and state-of-the-art[Read More]

Missouri Western Names Fall 2015 President's List

Missouri Western State University announced the names of 355 students selected to the President’s Honor Roll for the fall semester 2015. Students who carried 12 hours or more for graded credit and earned a grade point average of 4.0 qualify for the honor. Listed by hometown (or home country in the case of international students), the Missouri Western students named to the President’s List are: Agency, Missouri Miranda Biller, Rebecca Carter, Joel Henningsen, Shauna Jennings, Andrew Love, Jordan Shellenberger Alexandria, Virginia Amelia Cribb Amazonia, Missouri Brooke Schweizer Atchison, Kansas Joy Earl, Rhonda Gierstorf, Elizabeth Rimmer Auburn, Kansas Michael Quaney Barnhart, Missouri Aleksander Ferbet Belton, Missouri Madisan Wilson Bendena, Kansas Cody Weiland Bentonville, Arkansas Matthew Russell Bethany, Missouri Danielle Hayden Bettendorf, Iowa Kayla Ruff Blue[Read More]

Missouri Western Names Fall 2015 Dean's Honor List

Missouri Western State University announced the names of 588 students selected to the Dean’s Honor Roll for the fall semester 2015. Students who carried 12 hours or more for graded credit and earned a grade point average of 3.5 or better qualify for the honor. Listed by hometown (or home country for international students), Missouri Western students named to the Dean’s List are: Agency, Missouri Miranda Theis Albany, Missouri Katelyn Arthur, Baylee Fish, Mackenzie Lovitt, Lacey Parsons Amazonia, Missouri Bobby Purcell Atchison, Kansas Jenna Hundley, Mccown Leggett Beatrice, Nebraska Krystal Hicok Bedford, Iowa Devyn Samford Belton, Missouri Sarah Bledsoe, James Person, Madison Staats Bevier, Missouri Candice Jenkins Blue Springs, Missouri Mckenzie Blystone, Jon Trocosso, Laura Yocum Bolckow,[Read More]

Missouri Western Celebrates Chinese New Year Feb. 8

Missouri Western State University will host a celebration of the Chinese New Year at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8 in Blum Student Union, rooms 222 and 223. The celebration is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested by emailing yliu@missouriwestern.edu by Wednesday, Feb. 3. The celebration will serve as an introduction to the legends, traditions and customs of this most important Chinese festival, including performances, games and free food. Missouri Western State University is a comprehensive regional university providing a blend of traditional liberal arts and professional degree programs. The university offers student-centered, high quality instruction that focuses on[Read More]

Honor Choirs Perform at Missouri Western Feb. 8

More than 200 students from area middle and high schools will participate in honor choirs sponsored by the choral studies program at Missouri Western State University. The honor choirs, along with the MWSU Concert Chorale and Chamber Singers, will present a concert at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8 in the Fulkerson Center on the Missouri Western campus. The concert is free and open to the public. This is the second year for the High School Honor Choir, and the first year for the Middle School Honor Choir. It will be a day of music for the participants, with rehearsals beginning at[Read More]

Downtown First Saturday Printmaking Exhibit Includes Alumni, Students

  An art display in downtown St. Joseph will feature prints from more than 20 past and present students at Missouri Western State University. “Left Behind: MWSU Printmaking Past and Present” will be exhibited from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Olive Gallery, 513 Francis Street, as part of the First Saturday event downtown. The art on display dates back to 1970, according to Kathy Liao, assistant professor of art and curator of the exhibit. “There is some really beautiful and precious artwork done by art students back in the 1970s, some of whom are still around in the community,”[Read More]

Rudy Currence to Perform at MWSU Feb. 10

Award-winning producer and musician Rudy Currence will perform at Missouri Western State University at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10 in the Kemper Recital Hall inside Spratt Hall. The concert, part of Missouri Western’s Black Heritage Month celebration, is free and open to the public. Currence has written and produced songs for R&B/Pop singers Mya and Ray J, major motion pictures like “The Bourne Identity” and “Minority Report,” hip hop producer David Banner, and legendary producer Quincy Jones. In 2013, Rudy won a Grammy and Dove Award for his production on Lecrae’s album “Gravity.” Most recently, Rudy was Grammy nominated for writing[Read More]

Western Playhouse Seeks 'Fiddler' Cast, Crew

Western Playhouse, the summer theatre company at Missouri Western State University, will hold Equity principal and non-Equity auditions for roles in “Fiddler on the Roof,” to be performed June 17-25. Auditions will be held in Kansas City, Missouri, on Feb. 6, and in St. Joseph on Feb. 7. Auditions will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in each city. Interested performers should complete an application and schedule a time at westernplayhouse.com. Performers are asked to prepare 16 to 32 bars of a traditional musical theatre song that best shows their skills, a short monologue, and a second musical piece with[Read More]

Super Science Saturday Provides Fun, Education

The annual Super Science Saturday event to benefit the St. Joseph Museums will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, in Agenstein and Remington Halls on the campus of Missouri Western State University. Science educators from Missouri Western and four local high schools present interactive science experiments for children of all ages. The event will also include weather-related experiments courtesy of KQ2 and KNPN Fox 26. Admission is $3 for adults and students. Missouri Western State University is a comprehensive regional university providing a blend of traditional liberal arts and professional degree programs. The university offers student-centered, high quality[Read More]

President Vartabedian to Testify on Suicide Prevention Bills

Dr. Robert Vartabedian, president of Missouri Western State University, will provide expert testimony in support of two bills related to suicide prevention before a Missouri Senate committee on Wednesday, Jan. 27. The Senate Education Committee will hear two bills: Senate Bill 646, which requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop training guidelines and school districts to adopt a policy for youth suicide awareness and prevention education, sponsored by Sen. Jill Schupp of St. Louis; and Senate Bill 627, which requires each public institution of higher education to develop and implement a policy to advise students and staff on[Read More]

Debaters Reach Quarterfinals of Utah Tournament

The Missouri Western State University Speech and Debate program finished in the top 16 at a parliamentary debate tournament at the University of Utah on January 8-10. In preliminary rounds, Mike Smith and Chris Miles, two juniors from Independence, Missouri, finished with a 4-1 record, earning them an 11th rank overall and a spot in the elimination rounds. Smith and Miles debated all the way to the round of 16 where they faced a nationally ranked team from Washburn University and lost on a 2-1 decision. The tournament featured national debate powers like the University of Oregon and Texas Tech[Read More]

Potter Renovation Contract Awarded to Lawhon Construction

The Board of Governors at Missouri Western State University has selected Lawhon Construction Company of St. Joseph to do some renovations to Potter Hall, funded by House Bill 19 capital improvement money. By a unanimous vote in a board poll on Jan. 16, the board accepted a bid of $328,500 from Lawhon, the lowest of seven bids received. The board also approved a contingency budget of $32,850. The work includes renovation and replacement of flooring, ceiling tile systems, wall coverings and painting throughout all common areas in the building. The Potter work is part of $4.8 million in deferred maintenance projects funded by[Read More]

'Patchwork and Thread' Exhibit Opens Jan. 19

“Patchwork and Thread,” a selection of artwork exploring themes and techniques that reference quilting through diverse media, will be exhibited at the Potter Art Gallery at Missouri Western State University Jan. 19 through Feb. 19. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, and is free and open to the public. The exhibit includes work by Susan Barnett, Elizabeth Raymer Griffin, Annie Helmericks Louder, Naoko Morisawa, Laura Nugent, Travis Porter, Joan Stuart Ross, Amy Sanders, Bart Vargas and Marydorsey Wanless. The exhibit is sponsored by the Department of Art, Potter Art Gallery, the Missouri Western State[Read More]

Cokie Roberts Will Speak at Convocation Sept. 13

Political commentator Cokie Roberts will be the featured speaker at the 23rd R. Dan Boulware Convocation on Critical Issues at Missouri Western State University this fall. The Convocation at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13 in the M.O. Looney Complex Arena is free and open to the public. “With a very important presidential election coming up Nov. 1, we are fortunate to have one of the country’s leading political commentators to reflect on it,” said Dr. Robert Vartabedian, Missouri Western’s president. “I am particularly looking forward to her insights on what is shaping up to be the most unusual presidential race of[Read More]
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