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Debate Team Again Advances to Elimination Rounds

The Missouri Western State University Speech and Debate program competed in a Parliamentary Debate tournament at the University of Missouri in Columbia Nov. 14-15. Some of the more notable competition Missouri Western faced included Washburn University, University of Texas, and the University of Central Missouri. In preliminary rounds, Mike Smith and Chris Miles, two juniors from Independence, Missouri, finished third overall and advanced to elimination rounds. Smith and Miles debated all the way to the quarterfinal round where they lost to a nationally ranked team from Washburn University on a 2-1 decision. “Chris and Mike have solidified their dominance on the national[Read More]

Bushman Planetarium Presents Shows Dec. 2

The Bushman Planetarium at Missouri Western State University will present two shows suitable for children in grades K-3 starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2. The Planetarium is located in Agenstein Hall. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children, students and senior citizens. They may be purchased at the door or in advance at The shows presented are: “The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket” – Embark on an outstanding adventure as two children spend a night touring the solar system alongside their ship’s navigator, an astronomy book. “Moon Witch” – A young girl frightened by legends of the Moon Witch is[Read More]

'Ye Olde Madrigal Feaste' Dec. 3 and 4

The Renaissance Singers at Missouri Western State University will host Ye Olde Madrigal Feaste, an Elizabethan-style dinner to celebrate the Holiday Spirit, on Dec. 3 and 4 in the Fulkerson Center. A cash bar will be available at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6. Tickets are $30 each or $220 for a table of eight. The registration deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 24. Register online at In the time of Queen Elizabeth I, the English Court lavishly celebrated each holiday season with traditional fare and music. The MWSU Renaissance Singers will replicate this time with singing, plays, instruments and revelry. Transport[Read More]

Midday Melodies Features Faculty Brass Quintet

The Faculty Brass Quintet from the Department of Music at Missouri Western State University will perform in the next MWSU Midday Melodies concert at 12:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20 in the Blum Student Union Food Court. The concert is free and open to the public. Midday Melodies features monthly performances by student and faculty ensembles. The Student Government Association will provide free snacks for students while supplies last. Following the Brass Quintet performance, there will be four more concerts in the series: Dec. 11 – Fountain City Chamber Players Holiday Showcase Feb. 26 – Golden Griffon Pep Band March 25 – Percussion Ensemble April 29 –[Read More]

MWSU Hosts Forum on Future of I-229 in St. Joseph

The Department of Economics, Political Science and Sociology at Missouri Western State University will host “Rediscover the River,” a forum on the future of Interstate 229 in St. Joseph, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 in the Enright Community Room, Spratt Hall, room 214. The forum is free and open to the public. Interstate 229 was built in the 1970s and 1980s to draw traffic to Downtown St. Joseph from Interstate 29, which passed through the eastern edge of the city. The portion through downtown is a double-decker construction, with the northbound lanes traveling on a deck over the southbound lanes.[Read More]

Panel Discussion on Social Issues Nov. 18

The Gentlemen of Color at Missouri Western State University will host a panel discussion on social issues at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18 in Spratt Hall, room 205. The discussion is free and open to the public. Missouri Western faculty, staff and students will be joined by St. Joseph community leaders to discuss topics including the events of the past year in Ferguson, Missouri and the University of Missouri-Columbia. Audience members will be allowed to ask questions, and may send them in via Twitter during the panel to @GC_MWSU or by using the hashtag #StateOfEmergency. Missouri Western State University is a comprehensive regional[Read More]

'Behind the Colorful Scarves' Subject of Panel Discussion

The Office of International Student Recruitment & Student Services and the Center for Student Involvement at Missouri Western State University are hosting a discussion titled “Unveiling Truth Behind the Colorful Scarves’ at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18 in Spratt Hall, room 203. The event is free and open to the public. The panel discussion will feature five Muslim women from three different countries who will share their experiences and challenges wearing the coverings traditional to their culture. It is part of the Global Hot Topic series. Missouri Western State University is a comprehensive regional university providing a blend of traditional liberal arts[Read More]

Indian Students Plan Diwali Celebration

During International Education Week, Missouri Western State University students from India are inviting the campus and community to celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights celebrated on the 15th day of the month of Kartika in the Hindu calendar, beginning at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17. The celebration is free and open to the public. Diwali is India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year. The festival gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (or deepa) that Indians light to symbolize the inner light that protects from spiritual darkness. The celebration will begin with a cultural presentation from[Read More]

Haskell Native Dancers Perform at MWSU Nov. 17

Haskell Indian Nations University Dancers will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17 in the Kemper Recital Hall inside Spratt Hall on the campus of Missouri Western State University. The performance is free and open to the public. The presentation offers an opportunity to learn more about the culture and regalia of Native Americans. It will include dancing, singing and audience participation. For more information, contact the Center for Multicultural Education at 816-271-4150 or email 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[Read More]

Fall Jazz Concert is Nov. 17

The Jazz Program in the Department of Music at Missouri Western State University will showcase its three major jazz ensembles at the annual Fall Jazz Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17 in the Potter Hall Theater. The concert is free and open to the public The Vocal Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Kathleen Holeman, will perform a mixture of composers and styles, including such works as the Carlos Jobim standard “The Girl from Ipanema” and Oliver Nelson’s “Stolen Moments” to pop-influenced tunes like Billy Joel’s “And So It Goes.” The Jazz Lab Band, under the direction of Steve Molloy, will[Read More]

Student Groups Plan Public Forum on Climate Change

The Beta Beta Beta Biology Honors Society and the Politics Club at Missouri Western State University are co-sponsoring a public forum on climate change in their Science and Society series. The forum will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, at the East Hills Library, 502 N. Woodbine. It is free and open to the public. The forum will consist of three 20-minute lectures by Missouri Western faculty, followed by a question-and-answer session. Presenters include: Csengele Barta, assistant professor of biology, will define climate change and discuss human impacts on our planet Lawrence Pilgram, adjunct faculty in the Department of Chemistry, will[Read More]

Black Student Union Plans Fashion Show Nov. 14

The Black Student Union at Missouri Western State University will present a fashion show called “50 Shades of Melanin” at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, in the Kemper Recital Hall inside Spratt Hall on the Missouri Western campus. Tickets are $7 for the general public, $3 for Missouri Western students with IDs, and $5 for students at the door. The show will feature music, dancing and fashion to celebrate the successful entrepreneurship of people of color. Designers showcased include L.A.W., C.O.O.L. Clothing Co., Treaty, Doll House, Je Suis, Famo X Na and more. The show will feature performances by RicoBrothers, Musa[Read More]

Missouri Western Presents 'Harry & Walter: Missouri's Native Sons' Nov. 16

The live multimedia performance “Harry & Walter: Missouri’s Native Sons,” featuring actors portraying President Harry Truman and legendary newsman Walter Cronkite, will be performed at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16 in the Kemper Recital Hall, adjacent to the Walter Cronkite Memorial inside Spratt Hall on the campus of Missouri Western State University. The play is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Call 816-271-4100 to reserve a seat. “President Harry Truman and Walter Cronkite had some noteworthy parallels in their storied careers,” said Dr. Robert Vartabedian, Missouri Western’s president, who wrote and directed the play. “Among other things,[Read More]

Phase III of Walter Cronkite Memorial Now Open to the Public

With special guests in attendance that included Leslie Moonves, the president and CEO of CBS Corporation, and U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, Missouri Western State University formally opened a third phase of the Walter Cronkite Memorial during a dedication ceremony Nov. 9. The evening also included the premiere of a new live multimedia presentation, “Harry & Walter: Missouri’s Native Sons.” The memorial is "extraordinary," Moonves said, and an appropriate reminder of the important role journalism plays. "This is a time where we need new journalists, we need more truth-telling, we need more people like Walter Cronkite at my company, at all the media[Read More]

Missouri Western Holds International Fair Nov. 16

The fourth annual International Fair at Missouri Western State University, “Around the World in One Night,” will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16 in the Fulkerson Center. The event is free and open to the public. Fairgoers will have the opportunity to sample foods, pick up souvenirs and talk to students from more than 25 countries. Dancers, musicians and poets will share their talents on a stage, and during the “International Fashion Show,” international students will walk the runway in their traditional dress. A World Photo Booth will allow fairgoers to take a photo with backgrounds from[Read More]

MWSU Will Walk for the Homeless Nov. 13

The fourth annual Walk for the Homeless will start at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13 at Sixth and Messanie in Downtown St. Joseph and will follow the migration path of the homeless. The walk to raise awareness and funds for the Social Welfare Board Homeless Outreach Medical Express Unit is co-sponsored by the Missouri Western State University Organization of Student Social Workers; Missouri Western’s Department of Criminal Justice, Legal Studies and Social Work; and several community organizations and businesses. There is no fee to join the walk. There is a $15 registration fee to receive a t-shirt and enjoy a barbecue[Read More]

Black Student Union Hosts 4th Annual Pageant Nov. 13

Mr. and Miss Black Student Union will be crowned at the fourth annual Black Student Union Pageant at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13 in the Kemper Recital Hall, Spratt 101 on the campus of Missouri Western State University. Admission is free. Contestants in the pageant will showcase a talent, give a speech on a selected social topic concerning the black community, and perform the African American art form of hip-hop within a cypher. Winners will be members of the Black Student Union executive board in 2015-2016. They will also receive a scholarship, including an all-expenses paid trip to the 2016 Big XII[Read More]

Smith Reappointed to Board of Governors

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has reappointed Deborah J. Smith (D), of Country Club Village, to the Missouri Western State University Board of Governors. The Board of Governors establishes policies, by-laws, rules and regulations for its own governance and for control and governance of Missouri Western. Smith, a graduate of Missouri Western with a degree in marketing, was an elected member of the Savannah R-III School District from 2004 to 2013 and currently is a member of the board of directors of Northwest Health. She previously was a private contractor for Shelter Insurance in St. Joseph. The Governor has re-appointed Smith for[Read More]

Best-selling Author to Speak in St. Joseph

George Hodgman, author of the New York Times best-seller “Bettyville,” will speak twice in St. Joseph. Hodgman will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11 at First Christian Church, 927 Faraon Street in St. Joseph, and at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12 in the Kemper Recital Hall, Spratt Hall room 101, on the campus of Missouri Western State University. Both presentations are free and open to the public. Hodgman will discuss growing up gay in rural Missouri, living through the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, and caring for an elderly parent. “Bettyville” is a witty, tender memoir of a son’s journey home[Read More]

Eggs and Issues Celebrates Missouri Western's Role in Community

Dr. Mark Laney, president and CEO of Mosaic Life Care, will speak at Missouri Western State University’s Eggs and Issue Speaker Series at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10 in the Fulkerson Center. The breakfast is free but reservations are required. Call 816-271-5646 by Thursday, Nov. 5. Dr. Laney’s presentation is titled “Missouri Western: 100 Years of Transforming Our Community.” He will focus on the impact of Missouri Western on the community throughout its 100-year history and the University’s plans for the next century. Dr. Laney joined Mosaic Life Care as its president and CEO in 2009. Prior to coming to St. Joseph,[Read More]
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