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Brandt Shields Named Director of External Relations

Brandt Shields has been named director of external relations at Missouri Western State University. Shields, who is currently entertainment and events supervisor at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri, will begin his duties at Missouri Western Monday, Aug. 3. “Mr. Shields was born and raised in St. Joseph and has many significant community connections,” said Dr. Robert Vartabedian, Missouri Western’s president. “He has a diverse background combining the arts, business and education. His service as the student governor on the Missouri State University’s Board of Governors familiarized him with higher education governance and the political landscape. I’m very pleased that he[Read More]

New Director of Speech and Debate Named

Jason Edgar has been named director of speech and debate at Missouri Western State University beginning this fall. Edgar will also be an instructor in the Department of Communication and Journalism. “Jason brings a wealth of experience in speech and debate both as a competitor and as a coach, and is also an experienced teacher of speech at the college level,” said Dr. Marilyn Hunt, chair of communications and journalism. “His experience includes starting forensics programs at two colleges. I’m confident he’s the right person to lead our speech and debate program into the future, and that he will be a[Read More]

Auditions for 'Harry and Walter' Aug. 1 and 2

Missouri Western State University will hold Equity principal auditions and non-Equity auditions in Kansas City Aug. 1 and St. Joseph Aug. 2 for actors to play the part of former President Harry Truman in a new multi-media play titled “Harry and Walter: Missouri’s Native Sons.” The play will premiere on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015 in conjunction with the dedication of the third phase of the Walter Cronkite Memorial on the Missouri Western campus. “The parallels between Harry Truman and Walter Cronkite fascinate me,” said Dr. Robert Vartabedian, Missouri Western’s president and author of the play. “They were both native Missourians who[Read More]

Western Playhouse Presents 'The Fantasticks' July 10-18

Western Playhouse, the summer theatre company at Missouri Western State University, presents “The Fantasticks” July 10-18 in the Kemper Recital Hall inside Spratt Hall on the Missouri Western campus. Show times are 7:30 p.m. July 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18, and 2 p.m. Sunday, July 12. Tickets may be purchased in advance in person at the Western Institute inside Spratt Hall, by phone at 816-271-4452, or online at “The Fantasticks” is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, and their two fathers who try to keep them apart. The narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to[Read More]

Incubator Tenant Sells Antibiotic Technology, Forms New Company

Antibiotic technology developed by a tenant of the Innovation Stockyard in the Kit Bond Science and Technology Incubator at Missouri Western State University has been purchased by a newly formed pharmaceutical company. Sopharmia, Inc., founded by Dr. Larry Sutton, MD, PhD, has announced the closing of a $3.3 million Series A venture capital financing round and the formation of Gladius Pharmaceuticals Inc. based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Sopharmia’s antibiotic technology is now wholly owned by Gladius Pharmaceuticals. The funding round was led by Lumira Capital Investment Management via its Merck Lumira Biosciences Funds, with participation from SR One through funds from[Read More]

Board Approves 2015-2016 Budget, Authorizes Bond Issue, Elects Officers

The Board of Governors at Missouri Western State University adopted operating and auxiliary budgets for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The Board also authorized a $13.7 million bond issue and elected new officers for the coming fiscal year. The operating budget for 2015-2016 totals approximately $53.5 million, down slightly from the current year’s estimated budget of $54 million. The auxiliary budget totals approximately $13.2 million, up slightly from the current year’s estimated budget of $12.9 million. On the revenue side, the operating budget includes a 1.21 percent increase in state appropriations because Missouri Western hit all five of its performance[Read More]

IRS Concludes Examination into MWSU Tax Records

The Internal Revenue Service has concluded its examination into the federal tax returns of Missouri Western State University. As a result of the findings, Missouri Western will pay a total of $112,443 in past due for 2012, 2013 and 2014, and $6,400 in penalties in 2012. The total represents about .5 percent of the more than $21 million Missouri Western paid in federal taxes and withholding in the three years covered by the examination. As a result of the examination, Missouri Western has implemented new accounting safeguards and procedures. “This examination provided an opportunity to check our policies and procedures and[Read More]

Western Playhouse Presents Into the Woods; Gala Dinner Marks Opening Night

Western Playhouse, the summer theatre company at Missouri Western State University, presents “Into the Woods” June 19-27 in the Potter Hall Theater. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. June 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27, and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 21. Tickets may be purchased in advance in person at the Western Institute, Spratt Hall room 105; by phone at 816-271-4452; or online at Opening Night will include a Gala Dinner at 6 p.m. Friday, June 19 at the Walter Cronkite Memorial inside the Spratt Hall Atrium. Tickets to the dinner are $16 and must be reserved by Friday,[Read More]

Alumni Selected to Own and Operate Their Own Stores

Missouri Western State University’s Craig School of Business has announced that three Missouri Western alumni will have the chance to own and operate their own business. Ross Theesen, Ernest Chamblee and Mindy Schimming have been awarded stores. “The program continues to grow and get better, and this may have been the best competition we’ve ever had,” said Steve Craig, benefactor of the Craig School of Business. Theesen, Chamblee and Schimming were among students in a senior-level applied entrepreneurship class this spring. The students created business plans for a store and presented their plans today to an interview panel made up of Craig,[Read More]

High school students invited to discover life sciences careers

Missouri Western State University will host the Discover Science! Summer Day Camp for students entering their junior and senior years in high school June 15-19 in Remington Hall on the Missouri Western campus. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The camp, funded by a grant from Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc., will offer students with career goals in life sciences an opportunity to learn and experience advanced topics in biochemistry and molecular biology in a creative, hands-on laboratory setting. A planned “behind the scenes” tour of Boehringer’s facility in St. Joseph will allow students to experience the[Read More]

Board Authorizes Bonds for Spratt Stadium and Refinancing

The Board of Governors at Missouri Western State University has authorized a bond issue of up to $15 million. The bond issue includes $5.5 million to fund the renovation of Spratt Memorial Stadium, up to $7.66 million to refinance a 2010 bond issue, and any applicable bond issuance costs. The project to improve Spratt Stadium was initially approved by the board last November. The board awarded a contract of approximately $7 million to E.L. Crawford on April 27 and construction began earlier this month. The stadium project includes the demolition of the existing concourse, concessions area, restrooms and press box; construction[Read More]

Missouri Western Offers First Adventure Sports Academy June 8-12

Building on the success of its Children’s Lifetime Sports Academy, the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Missouri Western State University is offering its first Adventure Sports Academy June 8-12 for children who have graduated grades six through eight. Enrollment is limited to 25, and the cost is $145 for the first child in the family and $135 for each additional child. Discounts are available for Missouri Western employees, students, alumni and Gold Coat members. The Adventure Sports Academy will allow participants to participate in canoeing, snorkeling, ropes course, martial arts, rappelling and skeet shooting. The week ends with[Read More]

Missouri Western Hosts Lifetime Sports Academy June 8-12

Youth ages 8 to 12 will have an opportunity to learn activities that will enhance their lives for years to come during the annual Children’s Lifetime Sports Academy at Missouri Western State University June 8-12. Enrollment is limited to 150, and the cost is $80 for the first child and $70 for each additional child. The Children’s Lifetime Sports Academy was started in 1973 to provide a fun and non-competitive environment to teach the skills, values and appreciations involved in sports activities which can be utilized throughout life for fun, health and fitness. From 1:30 to 5:15 p.m. each day, instruction[Read More]

Dirck Clark '85 Named President of New Health Network

Dirck Clark, a 1985 graduate of Missouri Western State University and current chair of the Board of Governors, has been named president of a new multi-state health care provider network. St. Joseph-based Mosaic Life Care, St. Louis-based Mercy, and Columbia-based University of Missouri Health Care have announced the creation of MPact Health with a goal of building on similar patient-centered cultures, leveraging technology and using their combined clinical and administrative expertise to increase access and improve health care for patients in Missouri and surrounding states. The three organizations have been meeting together for several years to share best practices, including service delivery[Read More]

Faculty Promoted, Awarded Tenure

The Missouri Western State University Board of Governors approved promotions and awarded tenure effective with the 2015-2016 academic year for the following faculty members: From associate professor to professor Dr. Kevin Anderson, Department of Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics Dr. Susan Carter, Department of Music (also awarded tenure) From assistant professor to associate professor and awarded tenure Rebecca Foley, Department of Art Dr. Shawna Harris, Department of Communication Studies and Journalism Dr. Britton Johnson, Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation Dr. Catherine Kendig, Department of Philosophy and Religion Dr. David Kratz Mathies, Department of Philosophy and Religion Dr. Nathanael May, Department of Music Dr. Gretchen Quenstedt-Moe, Department of Nursing and[Read More]

Special Assistant to the President Ann Pearce to Retire June 2

Ann Pearce, special assistant to the president at Missouri Western State University, has announced that she will retire effective June 2. “In her time at Missouri Western, Ann has made a very positive impact on both our university and our community,” said Dr. Robert Vartabedian, Missouri Western’s president. “She has made many significant contributions not only in furthering our legislative agenda but in numerous other ways, including her excellent oversight of our recent comprehensive university master planning process.” “It’s been an honor to be a part of the Missouri Western family,” Pearce said. “Even in challenging times, the university continues to find[Read More]

Groundbreaking Marks the Start of Spratt Memorial Stadium Renovation

With a groundbreaking ceremony on May 6, the renovation of Spratt Memorial Stadium at Missouri Western State University is now officially underway. “This is an exciting time in Missouri Western’s history, as we are in the middle of our Centennial year,” said Dr. Robert Vartabedian, Missouri Western’s president. “The new Spratt Stadium will improve the experience of our student athletes, will improve the experience of our fans, will serve as a recruitment tool, and will be a source of pride for the community. Truly, the ‘front porch’ of our university is about to be enhanced greatly. As we begin our next[Read More]

Missouri Western Artists' Sculpture Chosen for Michigan Installation

An entry from Missouri Western State University is among four pieces of canoe-themed art that will be installed in Ann Arbor, Michigan this summer. The Missouri Western entry won a recent public vote to be part of the Canoe Imagine Art installation. Canoe Imagine Art is a public art project that re-purposes canoes retired by the city of Ann Arbor into works of art, with the purpose of celebrating the history and attributes of the Huron River and/or the city’s park system. Twenty-one works of art were submitted for review. Three were chosen by a citizen jury, and three more, including[Read More]

Eggs & Issues Features Dr. Tim Crowley May 12

The Missouri Western State University Eggs & Issues Speaker Series presents a talk on leadership by Dr. Tim Crowley at 7 a.m. Tuesday, May 12 in the Fulkerson Center. The breakfast is free and open to the public, but reservations are required by calling 816-271-5646 by Thursday, May 7. Dr. Crowley’s presentation, “The Power of Intentional Leadership: Everything is Possible When You Connect, Collaborate and Lead by Example,” will educate, entertain and impact the audience both personally and professionally. He will reveal the secrets of extraordinary individuals who have learned how to reinvent themselves and their work to create added value[Read More]

Groundbreaking Planned for Spratt Stadium Project

The public is invited to a groundbreaking ceremony for the renovation of Missouri Western State University’s Spratt Memorial Stadium at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 6. The ceremony is scheduled for the southeast end zone of the football field, near Baker Family Fitness Center. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the concourse at the top of the home grandstands. Last week, the Missouri Western State University Board of Governors approved a contract with E.L. Crawford to renovate Spratt Stadium for $6,995,108. The project includes the demolition and replacement of the current concourse, concessions area, restrooms, Stadium[Read More]
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