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As Missouri’s official applied learning university, Missouri Western wants you to have the flexibility for hands-on learning experiences while positioning you for success. We offer a four-day course schedule Monday through Thursday while Fridays are primarily reserved for concentrated and purposeful experiential learning opportunities.

What will you do with your Gold Fridays?

Not having to go to classes on Friday frees up an entire day for flexible learning opportunities. Meet and engage with faculty. Conduct research. Work with peers and mentors. Gain real-world experience at an internship. Focus on lab work or clinical practices. Take advantage of student services. Get involved in a club or organization. Earn money at your job. On Gold Fridays, you’ll have an opportunity you won’t find at any other Missouri university to apply what you are learning in meaningful ways.

FALL 2021

September 10

Department: Communications
Location: Potter Theater
Description: Groups of students will write in various locations on campus followed by an open mic session where they will read aloud their original work in order to strengthen the bonds they formed and acknowledge the power of language.
Department: Biology
Location: Remington Atrium
Description: Geography Awareness Week Kick-off, Friday November 10th from 10am to 12pm, visit and proclamation by mayor and possible speaker.
Department: Biology
Location: Remington Atrium
Description: Students and faculty will display the results of their research projects and internships conducted during the fall Gold Friday PORTAL.
Department: Craig School of Business
Location: Popplewell 305
Description: Students will have the opportunity to tour and learn more about local businesses.
Department: Engineering Technology
Location: Wilson 186
Description: Join the faculty in the Engineering Technology department and work on 3D printing.
Department: Library
Location: Hearnes 301
Description: Half hour session about the MWSU Library. The session will be available for zoom and in person attendance.
Department: Psychology
Location: Murphy 201
Description: Presenting research from different labs, inviting alums to talk about their careers, and inviting employers to talk about employment opportunities.
Department: Communications
Location: Hearnes 134
Description: Students will be filming new episodes.
Department: School of Fine Arts
Location: Potter 106
Description: Students participate in creating content for GPH. This includes Griffon University, GPH Live!, and Fauxtoreality. Students who are interested in creating video content for YouTube, live events, or Visual Effects on narrative films are encouraged to attend. Non-Cinema students must contact Professor Brecheisen (tbrecheisen@missouriwestern.edu) for permission to participate.
Department: Computer Science, Math, & Physics
Location: ZOOM
Description: Faculty will present on a variety of topics relating to technology, applied mathematics, and physics. Presentations are open to students, faculty and staff, and the general public. If seating is limited, priority will be given to Missouri Western and visiting high school students.
Department: Library
Location: Hearnes 301
Description: Half hour session about the MWSU Library. The session will be available for zoom and in person attendance.
Department: Social Sciences & Humanities
Location: Popplewell 205
Description: Economics faculty will lead the viewing and discussion of A Beautiful Mind.

September 17

Department: Chemistry
Location: Agenstein 332
Description: Participants will have the opportunity to assist in the annual grape harvest at the vineyard operated by the Department of Chemistry. The vineyard serves as a working laboratory for research projects and applied learning activities in many Chemistry laboratory courses.
Department: Engineering Technology
Location: Wilson 185
Description: Join the faculty in the Engineering Technology department and discuss and design a “smart” house.
Department: Library
Location: Hearnes 301
Description: Introduction to finding information sources including articles, e-books, and books. The session will be available for zoom and in person attendance. It will also be recorded and made available online.
Department: Psychology
Location: Murphy 201
Description: Presenting research from different labs, inviting alums to talk about their careers, and inviting employers to talk about employment opportunities
Department: Social Sciences & Humanities
Location: Blum 218
Description: Faculty will present on the history, development, and current state of law and U.S. Supreme Court cases related to free speech protections and limits in educational settings.
Department: Communications
Location: Hearnes 134
Description: Students will be filming new episodes.
Department: Education
Location: Murphy 111
Description: The Education Department will facilitate students in becoming substitute teachers in the St. Joseph School District.(open to all students that have completed 60 hours).
Department: School of Fine Arts
Location: Potter 106
Description: Students participate in creating content for GPH. This includes Griffon University, GPH Live!, and Fauxtoreality. Students who are interested in creating video content for YouTube, live events, or Visual Effects on narrative films are encouraged to attend. Non-Cinema students must contact Professor Brecheisen (tbrecheisen@missouriwestern.edu) for permission to participate.
Department: Library
Location: Hearnes 301
Description: Introduction to finding information sources including articles, e-books and books. The session will be available for zoom and in person attendance. It will also be recorded and made available online.

September 24

Department: Psychology
Location: Murphy 201
Description: Presenting research from different labs, inviting alums to talk about their careers, and inviting employers to talk about employment opportunities.
Department: Communications
Location: Hearnes 134
Description: Students will be filming new episodes.
Department: Social Sciences & Humanities
Location: Popplewell 205
Description: This topical forum on healthcare mandates is moderated by one or two philosophers (opposing viewpoints) that engages audience members in open, respectful debate.
Department: School of Fine Arts
Location: Potter 106
Description: Description: Students participate in creating content for GPH. This includes Griffon University, GPH Live!, and Fauxtoreality. Students who are interested in creating video content for YouTube, live events, or Visual Effects on narrative films are encouraged to attend. Non-Cinema students must contact Professor Brecheisen (tbrecheisen@missouriwestern.edu) for permission to participate.
Department: Computer Science, Math, & Physics
Location: ZOOM
Description: Faculty will present on a variety of topics relating to technology, applied mathematics, and physics. Presentations are open to students, faculty and staff, and the general public. If seating is limited, priority will be given to Missouri Western and visiting high school students.

October 1

Department: Craig School of Business
Location: Popplewell 305
Description: Students will have the opportunity to tour and learn more about local businesses.
Department: Psychology
Location: Murphy 201
Description: Presenting research from different labs, inviting alums to talk about their careers, and inviting employers to talk about employment opportunities.
Department: Communications
Location: Hearnes 134
Description: Students will be filming new episodes.
Department: School of Fine Arts
Location: Potter 106
Description: Students participate in creating content for GPH. This includes Griffon University, GPH Live!, and Fauxtoreality. Students who are interested in creating video content for YouTube, live events, or Visual Effects on narrative films are encouraged to attend. Non-Cinema students must contact Professor Brecheisen (tbrecheisen@missouriwestern.edu) for permission to participate.

October 8

Department: Craig School of Business
Location: Popplewell 305
Description: Students will have the opportunity to tour and learn more about local businesses.
Department: Social Sciences & Humanities
Location: Popplewell 207
Description: Dr. Jimmy Albright will introduce the hands-on experiences of archaeology, showing students how they use these research skills in their own plans of study.
Department: Psychology
Location: Murphy 201
Description: Presenting research from different labs, inviting alums to talk about their careers, and inviting employers to talk about employment opportunities.
Department: Communications
Location: Hearnes 134
Description: Students will be filming new episodes.
Department: School of Fine Arts
Location: Potter 106
Description: Students participate in creating content for GPH. This includes Griffon University, GPH Live!, and Fauxtoreality. Students who are interested in creating video content for YouTube, live events, or Visual Effects on narrative films are encouraged to attend. Non-Cinema students must contact Professor Brecheisen (tbrecheisen@missouriwestern.edu) for permission to participate.
Department: Computer Science, Math, & Physics
Location: ZOOM
Description: Faculty will present on a variety of topics relating to technology, applied mathematics, and physics. Presentations are open to students, faculty and staff, and the general public. If seating is limited, priority will be given to Missouri Western and visiting high school students.

October 15

Department: Graduate School
Location: Spratt 214
Description: MWSU graduate faculty and current graduate students will hold an information forum for undergraduate students to learn how to select a school for graduate study, submit applications, and understand what to generally expect in graduate study.
Department: Engineering Technology
Location: Wilson 185
Description: Join the faculty in the Engineering Technology department and discuss and design a “smart” house.
Department: Library
Location: Hearnes 301
Description: Learn about accidential plagiarism and how to avoid it. The session will be available for zoom and in person attendance. It will also be recorded and made available online.
Department: Psychology
Location: Murphy 201
Description: Presenting research from different labs, inviting alums to talk about their careers, and inviting employers to talk about employment opportunities.
Department: Communications
Location: Hearnes 134
Description: Students will be filming new episodes.
Department: Social Sciences & Humanities
Location: Popplewell 205
Description: Dr. Ali Kamali will lead a lecture and discussion on the role of Islam in the United States.
Department: School of Fine Arts
Location: Potter 106
Description: Students participate in creating content for GPH. This includes Griffon University, GPH Live!, and Fauxtoreality. Students who are interested in creating video content for YouTube, live events, or Visual Effects on narrative films are encouraged to attend. Non-Cinema students must contact Professor Brecheisen (tbrecheisen@missouriwestern.edu) for permission to participate
Department: Library
Location: Hearnes 301
Description: Learn about accidential plagiarism and how to avoid it. The session will be available for zoom and in person attendance. It will also be recorded and made available online.

October 22

Department: Psychology
Location: Murphy 201
Description: Presenting research from different labs, inviting alums to talk about their careers, and inviting employers to talk about employment opportunities.
Department: Communications
Location: Hearnes 134
Description: Students will be filming new episodes.
Department: Social Sciences & Humanities
Location: Blum 218
Description: The MWSU Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, is hosting a virtual discussion on voter accessibility in Missouri with Patricia Southwell.
Department: School of Fine Arts
Location: Potter 106
Description: Students participate in creating content for GPH. This includes Griffon University, GPH Live!, and Fauxtoreality. Students who are interested in creating video content for YouTube, live events, or Visual Effects on narrative films are encouraged to attend. Non-Cinema students must contact Professor Brecheisen (tbrecheisen@missouriwestern.edu) for permission to participate.
Department: Computer Science, Math, & Physics
Location: ZOOM
Description: Faculty will present on a variety of topics relating to technology, applied mathematics, and physics. Presentations are open to students, faculty and staff, and the general public. If seating is limited, priority will be given to Missouri Western and visiting high school students.

October 29

Department: Chemistry
Location: Agenstein 324
Description: Join the faculty and students in the Department of Chemistry as we perform a variety of fun and engaging demonstrations. Bring your best smile and MWSU gear as we will be posting these to our YouTube channel.
Department: Library
Location: Hearnes 301
Description: Introduction to finding information sources including articles, e-books, and books. The session will be available for zoom and in person attendance. It will also be recorded and made available online.
Department: Social Sciences & Humanities
Location: Mt. Mora Cemetery
Sign-Up: Popplewell Hall 212
Description: Drs. Evan Hart, Joel Hyer, and Ed Taylor take students on a historical tour of Mount Mora Cemetery in St. Joseph.
Department: Psychology
Location: Murphy 201
Description: Presenting research from different labs, inviting alums to talk about their careers, and inviting employers to talk about employment opportunities.
Department: Communications
Location: Hearnes 134
Description: Students will be filming new episodes.
Department: School of Fine Arts
Location: Potter 106
Description: Students participate in creating content for GPH. This includes Griffon University, GPH Live!, and Fauxtoreality. Students who are interested in creating video content for YouTube, live events, or Visual Effects on narrative films are encouraged to attend. Non-Cinema students must contact Professor Brecheisen (tbrecheisen@missouriwestern.edu) for permission to participate.
Department: Library
Location: Hearnes 301
Description: Introduction to finding information sources including articles, ebooks,and books. The session will be available for zoom and in person attendance.
Location: Spratt 101
Description: Presentation by Dawn Terrick
Location: Spratt 101
Description: The Lost Boys is a 1987 American supernatural horror vampire film directed by Joel Schumacher

November 5

Department: Psychology
Location: Murphy 201
Description: Presenting research from different labs, inviting alums to talk about their careers, and inviting employers to talk about employment opportunities.
Department: Communications
Location: Hearnes 134
Description: Students will be filming new episodes.
Department: School of Fine Arts
Location: Potter 106
Description: Students participate in creating content for GPH. This includes Griffon University, GPH Live!, and Fauxtoreality. Students who are interested in creating video content for YouTube, live events, or Visual Effects on narrative films are encouraged to attend. Non-Cinema students must contact Professor Brecheisen (tbrecheisen@missouriwestern.edu) for permission to participate.

November 12

Department: Engineering Technology
Location: Wilson 186
Description: Join the faculty in the Engineering Technology department and work on 3D printing.
Department: Psychology
Location: Murphy 201
Description: Presenting research from different labs, inviting alums to talk about their careers, and inviting employers to talk about employment opportunities.
Department: Communications
Location: Hearnes 134
Description: Students will be filming new episodes.
Department: School of Fine Arts
Location: Potter 106
Description: Students participate in creating content for GPH. This includes Griffon University, GPH Live!, and Fauxtoreality. Students who are interested in creating video content for YouTube, live events, or Visual Effects on narrative films are encouraged to attend. Non-Cinema students must contact Professor Brecheisen (tbrecheisen@missouriwestern.edu) for permission to participate.
Department: Social Sciences & Humanities
Location: Popplewell 205
Description: Sociology faculty will lead the viewing and discussion of documentary exploring race and ethnic issues.
Department: Computer Science, Math, & Physics
Location: ZOOM
Description: Faculty will present on a variety of topics relating to technology, applied mathematics, and physics. Presentations are open to students, faculty and staff, and the general public. If seating is limited, priority will be given to Missouri Western and visiting high school students.

November 19

Department: Engineering Technology
Location: Wilson 185
Description: Join the faculty in the Engineering Technology department and discuss and design a “smart” house.
Department: Social Sciences & Humanities
Location: Popplewell 205
Description: Economics faculty will lead two student teams, UK negotiators and EU negotiators. Each group time is given time to devise a negotiation strategy separately followed by bringing the teams together to let them experience how to negotiate while balancing different aspects of an international trade deal.
Department: Psychology
Location: Murphy 201
Description: Presenting research from different labs, inviting alums to talk about their careers, and inviting employers to talk about employment opportunities.
Department: Communications
Location: Hearnes 134
Description: Students will be filming new episodes.
Department: School of Fine Arts
Location: Potter 106
Description: Students participate in creating content for GPH. This includes Griffon University, GPH Live!, and Fauxtoreality. Students who are interested in creating video content for YouTube, live events, or Visual Effects on narrative films are encouraged to attend. Non-Cinema students must contact Professor Brecheisen (tbrecheisen@missouriwestern.edu) for permission to participate.

December 3

Department: All Departments
Location: Remington Atrium
Description: Students present the results of their research, independent projects, and literature reviews.
Department: Psychology
Location: Murphy 201
Description: Presenting research from different labs, inviting alums to talk about their careers, and inviting employers to talk about employment opportunities.
Department: Communications
Location: Hearnes 134
Description: Students will be filming new episodes.
Department: School of Fine Arts
Location: Potter 106
Description: Students participate in creating content for GPH. This includes Griffon University, GPH Live!, and Fauxtoreality. Students who are interested in creating video content for YouTube, live events, or Visual Effects on narrative films are encouraged to attend. Non-Cinema students must contact Professor Brecheisen (tbrecheisen@missouriwestern.edu) for permission to participate.
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