Academic Affairs


The Office of Academic Affairs, led by Interim Provost, Dr. Doug Davenport, ensures the quality and integrity of all academic programs.  Here you will find access to the information and resources that make up the university’s rich academic life. At Missouri Western, students’ experiences inside and outside the classroom are seamlessly integrated in an environment where faculty, staff and students live, learn and serve the broader community.

ALUMNI AWARDS – Missouri Western alumni, Katie Parra, Tim Schimming, and Cassandra Cyril, received awards at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Convention held in Nashville. Several other alumni were nominees.

JURIED ART STUDENT EXHIBIT – The Potter Art Gallery celebrated the sixth annual Missouri Western Juried Art Student Exhibition with a public reception on November 9. The exhibition will run November 5-30, with the gallery open for viewing weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and during events in Potter Theater. The exhibit features a selection of artwork by students currently enrolled in Art Department courses.

BIOCHEMISTRY FORUM – On November 10, nine Chemistry and Biology students, two faculty and two Deans attended the Heartland Undergraduate Biochemistry (HUB) Forum held at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Graduate students and faculty members from the Biochemistry Department highlighted their research and gave tours of their labs, a high profile scientist gave a presentation, and undergraduates got a chance to showcase their collaborative research with faculty members during a poster session.

HPER CONVENTION – The Missouri Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MoAHPERD) held its 2018 convention November 8-11 at the Lodge of the Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, Missouri. Dr. Britton Johnson, a faculty member in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) department served as President and convention manager for the year. Six MWSU faculty were presenters at the convention.

PLANETARIUM SHOW – The Department of Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics hosted two showings of “Nine Planets and Counting” on October 25 and November 13 in Bushman Planetarium. The show examined each planet individually, other objects in our solar system, then looked at the big picture of the solar system.

NETWORKING EVENT – Craig School of Business hosted a networking event available to all students on November 14 in the Spratt Stadium Hall of Fame room. This event allowed students the opportunity to build their professional network by socializing with business leaders in our community. The structure of the event encouraged speed networking.

MUSIC EVENTS – A Jazz Concert was held November 13 in the Potter Hall Theater. The Missouri Western annual Winter Concert and Student Conductor Showcase concert was held on November 14 in Potter Theater. Student conductor, Garrett Peterson, showcased his applied learning experience by conducting the Concert Chorale.

COFFEE WITH THE PROVOST – A group of faculty and staff attended the November 15 Coffee with the Provost. There was a time for conversations where faculty and staff shared what was on their mind, asked questions and learned more about ongoing initiatives.

LITERACY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE – Dr. Melinda Kovacs, Political Science Associate Professor and Angie Brunk, librarian, held a bring-your-own-lunch and learn on social justice and information literacy on November 15. Participants learned about the digital divide and the role of skilled information gathering in advocacy for social change.

GEOGRAPHY AWARENESS EVENTS –To kick-off Geography Awareness Week, the MWSU Geography Club and Nu Eta Chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon hosted a chili cook-off on November 12. Twelve different regional chilis were available. Proceeds were used to benefit the MWSU Campus Cupboard. On November 12, in celebration of Geography Awareness Week, Geography Club hosted its second movie of the semester, Twister. On November 14, the Geography Department celebrated GIS Day (geographic information systems) with a panel of speakers from the St. Joseph community that use geographic information systems in their daily job duties. On November 15, the Geography department celebrated the excellent geography research done at MWSU.  This included poster displays and presentations by Dr. Dawn Drake and Geography Club President, Kim Leach.

2018 MIDTERM ELECTIONS – Dr. Melinda Kovacs hosted a discussion regarding the results of the 2018 Midterm Elections on November 15.

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