Academic Affairs


The Office of Academic Affairs, led by Dr. Jeanne Daffron, Provost, 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 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.

Sneak-Peek Teaser – Western Playhouse invites you to enjoy a live sneak-peek performance, Into the Woods, with Disney princes and princesses Saturday, May 30, at the East Hills Mall. There will be a 1:00 and 2:00 performance. Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella’s Prince and Rapunzel’s Prince will be in full costume to meet and greet the little ones.

 Musical Success Notes – Congratulations to Dr. David McIntire, Director of Music Technology Studies who received the UMKC Spotlight Award along with R. Andrew Lee, a UMKC alumnus. The two have created Irritable Hedgehog, a successful small independent record label of classical music. Eleven physical albums have been released. More on this award can be seen by going to their website at

Commissioning – Two Missouri Western graduates were commissioned as second lieutenants in the United States Army on May 17th, 2015 at the Liberty Memorial/World War I Museum in Kansas City, MO.  Second Lieutenant Lafayette Fleeks will begin active duty as an Air Defense Artillery Officer at Fort Sill, Oklahoma this May to begin Basic Officer Leaders Course training.  Second Lieutenant Daniel Hopkins will begin active duty as an Infantry Officer at Fort Benning, Georgia this December to begin Basic Officer Leaders Course training. Both 2LT Fleeks and 2LT Hopkins graduated in May with Bachelor of Arts degrees in History.

Nurses Pinning Ceremony – The Pinning Ceremony for the BSN graduates of the Nursing Program was held on Saturday, May 9, with over 500 people in attendance. Pinning is a long-held tradition in nursing education in which nursing graduates receive a pin unique to their school.  Pinning marks the end of the student nurse period and the beginning of the professional nursing career.

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