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Griffon Edge 2015 – Griffon Edge 2015 had approximately 765 students enrolled in the one-credit hour class. To kick off the three day orientation, the class of 2019 was welcomed by President Vartabedian, Lionel Attawia, and Dr. Regan Dodd. Directly following the New Student Convocation, an academic lunch for the students and faculty was held while the Dean of each college talked to the students. In the afternoon, over 100 off campus employers and on campus organizations/departments attended the Welcome Fair in the Griffon Indoor Sports Complex. A class of 2019 photo was taken at the end of the day. On Friday, there was a presentation by GTC Dramatic Dialogues about diversity and inclusion. There was also a crawl around campus and presentations centered on academic and student life tips for MWSU. On Saturday, all 765 students attended closing ceremonies in the Civic Arena. The speakers included Mayor Falkner, Kylee Strough from United Way, and Rhabecca Boerkircher from the St. Joseph Downtown Partnership. The Mayor presented a “Key to the City” to the MWSU Class of 2019! The students participated in various community services projects such as painting two parking garages in the downtown area, a three part mural on the Joyce Raye Patterson building, and building a house for Habitat for Humanity.
Dr. Elise Hepworth is new Director for St. Joseph Community Chorus – Dr. Elise Hepworth, director of choral studies, is the new artistic director for St. Joseph Community Chorus. Dr. Hepworth, associate professor and director of choral studies and music education, teaches choral literature, choral conducting, K-6 and 7-12 music methods courses, and conducts the Concert Chorale and the Renaissance and Chamber Singers. Frank Thomas, founder, long time artistic director, and retired Missouri Western faculty has retired from the position. Thomas’ work with the Community Chorus has been recognized on the local and statewide level. The St. Joseph Community Chorus was founded in 1980. Frank Thomas, founder, long time artistic director, and retired Missouri Western faculty has retired from the position. Thomas’ work with the Community Chorus has been recognized on the local and statewide level. On August 24, the Community Chorus season will start with a welcome picnic for new and returning members followed by auditions, registration and rehearsal.
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