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 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.

GRADUATION CEREMONIES – Commencement for Missouri Western’s 100th graduating class was held on Saturday, May 6. Close to 500 students graduated, making the Class of 2017 one of largest graduating classes in history.  Celebrations began on Friday, May 5, with the International Student Sash ceremony followed by our first Graduate Studies Hooding ceremony.  Prior to this year, graduate students received their hoods during the commencement exercises; however, with close to 50 Masters Degree graduates, a separate celebration was held to signify their achievements. On Saturday morning, the Nurses Pinning ceremony was held followed by the Commencement ceremony in Spratt Memorial Stadium.

 US ARMY COMMISSIONING – CDT Tyler Wade Hampton of the MWSU Military Science Department was sworn into the US Armed Services by Major Michael Knuchel at the Commencement ceremony on May 6. He will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army at a ceremony to be held at the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial on May 19.

 ART EXHIBITION – Prographica Gallery presents Lingering Presence, an exhibition of paintings by art professor, Kathy Liao.  An opening reception was held on Friday, May 4, at Prographica Gallery in Kansas City. The show runs through July 1.

 PROFESSOR, STUDENT, ALUMNA HONORS – Marsha Dolan, Coordinator of MWSU Health Information Management program, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Missouri Health Information Management Association during their annual meeting this month. Student Sara Maxey and alumna Darlisa Finney were also honored by the association.

 PROFESSORS RECEIVE FULBRIGHT AWARD – Two legal studies professors have been selected for the prestigious Fulbright program of the U.S. Department of State, traveling to work at law schools abroad later this year. David Tushaus, professor of legal studies, has been appointed as a Fulbright Specialist to assist the University of The Gambia Faculty of Law with its clinical legal program. Joanne Katz, professor of legal studies, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to Vietnam to teach mediation and restorative justice.









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