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Board approves tuition, room, board rates, new phone system

The Board of Governors at Missouri Western State University approved tuition and room and board rates for the 2017-2018 school year. For undergraduate, in-state students, tuition will rise 2.4 percent, or $4.77 per credit hour, to $204.14 per credit hour. The increase is in line with limits set by state statute. All other rates, including out-of-state undergraduate and all graduate, online and KC Northland campus tuition rates, will rise between .5 and 2.5 percent. Room rates will increase between 2.5 percent and 3 percent, or $68 to $96 per semester, depending on the hall chosen. Board rates will increase between 2 and[Read More]

Design Portfolio Review May 2

Missouri Western State University graphic design seniors will present their final portfolios at the 2017 Design Portfolio Review from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, at the emPowerU campus, 518 S. 6th Street in downtown St. Joseph. The portfolio review is free. The public is invited to view the portfolios and visit with 12 seniors graduating from the graphic design program this spring. Missouri Western State University is a comprehensive regional university providing a blend of traditional liberal arts and professional degree programs. The university offers student-centered, high quality instruction that focuses on experience-based learning, community service, and state-of-the-art technology. Missouri[Read More]

Primitive structure open house April 28

Primitive structures created by students in Missouri Western State University’s 3d Design classes will be displayed in an open house from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, April 28. Light refreshments will be served. The open house is free and open to the public. The students have created primitive structures using only natural materials. The students researched primitive dwellings and survival manuals, then gathered downed trees and limbs and built eight structures that could be used for shelter in the wild. To get there, follow the signs outside of Agenstein Hall (about a five-minute walk), or head toward the woods across from the[Read More]

Birds, Beans and Bugs: Biology professor earns NSF grant

Dr. Julie Jedlicka, assistant professor of biology at Missouri Western State University, and faculty colleagues at Humboldt State University in California have won a $250,000 National Science Foundation grant to study the roles of birds, insects and climate change in the ecology of coffee production in Kenya. The International Research Experiences for Students grant will allow the researchers and students from each university to travel to Kenya for five weeks each year for the next three years. “This is another shining example of Missouri Western’s commitment to providing our undergraduate students with applied learning opportunities that are often not available at[Read More]

MWSU Chorale joins symphony for 'Requiem'

The Missouri Western State University Concert Chorale will participate in the final concert of the St. Joseph Symphony Orchestra’s 2016-2017 Concert Series, “Mastery of Mozart and Beethoven,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29 at the historic Missouri Theater in Downtown St. Joseph. The Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Elise Hepworth, will join the St. Joseph Community Chorus to sing Mozart’s final masterwork, his Requiem in D Minor, one of choral music’s most popular works for orchestra and voices. The St. Joseph Symphony is conducted by Rico McNeela, who is also director of orchestral studies at Missouri Western. For more information and tickets,[Read More]

Dance showcase, film festival planned April 30

The Department of Theatre, Cinema and Dance in the School of Fine Arts at Missouri Western State University will hold two events on Sunday, April 30 in the Potter Hall Theater. Spectrum: A Dance Showcase will be held at 2 p.m., and the Griffon Film Festival will be held at 7 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. Spectrum will include performances by Missouri Western dance students as well as community dancers who have applied. The Griffon Film Festival will feature students films created during the 2016-2017 school year. For more information, contact the Department of Theatre, Cinema and Dance[Read More]

Music student performs in Washington, D.C.

Aung Moe Kyaw, a Missouri Western State University music major from Myanmar, was invited to perform at a private concert in Washington, D.C. on April 21, 2017. The event was hosted by Derek Mitchell, former US Ambassador to Myanmar, as a fundraiser for the Myanmar Music Festival. It was at this festival four years ago that Aung Moe was discovered, and subsequently recommended to audition for the music program at Missouri Western. Aung Moe performed solo piano works by Scriabin and Debussy, along with his own transcription of a Myanmar folk song for piano duet, accompanied by his teacher, Missouri Western[Read More]

SGA presents awards to student organizations, individuals

The Student Government Association at Missouri Western State University held their annual Awards Banquet on April 19 in the Hall of Fame Room at Spratt Memorial Stadium. The annual banquet included the swearing-in of incoming Student Body President Kyle Fuson, junior business major from St. Joseph, and Vice President Reece Christensen, sophomore political science major from Cameron, Missouri. Organizational award winners were: Most Outstanding Academic & Departmental Organization: The Wildlife Society Most Outstanding Fraternity: Phi Delta Theta Most Outstanding Sorority: Alpha Sigma Alpha Most Outstanding Special & Social Interest Group: The Wildlife Society Most Outstanding Faith-Based Organization: Catholic Newman Center Glen[Read More]

Two legal studies professors selected for Fulbright programs

Two members of the legal studies faculty at Missouri Western State University will teach and study abroad this year as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Fulbright Scholar Program. 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. This is not the first time abroad for either professor. Tushaus was a Fulbright Scholar in Varnasi, India in 2012. Tushaus[Read More]

Missouri Western choirs present 'Spring Fling' April 27

The choral studies program in the Department of Music at Missouri Western State University presents their annual “Spring Fling” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27 in the Fulkerson Center. The concert is free and open to the public. The Concert Chorale and Chamber Singers will present a varied repertoire, from spirituals and gospels to Renaissance choral arrangements. Composers include Rheinberger, Lotti, Orban, Galian, McGlynn and Runestad. Dr. Elise Hepworth is Missouri Western’s director of choral studies. Missouri Western State University is a comprehensive regional university providing a blend of traditional liberal arts and professional degree programs. The university offers student-centered, high quality instruction[Read More]

MWSU hosts Percussion Ensemble Festival April 25

Missouri Western State University’s Department of Music will host a Percussion Ensemble Festival on Tuesday, April 25 in the Fulkerson Center. All performances are free and open to the public. The festival begins at 2:30 p.m. and features Dr. Blake Tyson, professor of percussion at the University of Central Arkansas; Clif Walker, music designer for Gateway Percussion; and percussion ensembles from Platte County High School, directed by Jon Bailey; Park Hill High School, directed by Brian Burlingame; Central High School, directed by Chad Lippincott; and Missouri Western, directed by Dr. Joshua Knight. The final performance of the festival will be the MWSU[Read More]

Computer science students bring home hardware

Missouri Western State University students brought home a record number of awards from the Association of Information Technology Professionals National Collegiate Conference and Career Fair in St. Louis earlier this month. The 31 students earned two first place, two second place, two third place and four honorable mentions in competitions at the conference. Missouri Western’s AITP students swept the awards in the Enterprise Systems category, with Alex Davis, senior from California, Missouri, taking first; Trey Scarborourgh, junior from Elwood, Kansas, second; Elayne Colvin, sophomore from St. Joseph third; and Lisa Ye, junior from Maryville, Missouri, honorable mention. In the IT Research Posters[Read More]

Ambassadors plan Night at the Ritz May 4

The Missouri Western State University Ambassadors will hold their annual Night at the Ritz fundraiser on Thursday, May 4. The reception, “Night at the Ritz Hall of Fame,” will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Hall of Fame Room inside Spratt Memorial Stadium. The cost is $35 per person, and reservations must be made by Friday, April 28 by calling 816-271-5646. Night at the Ritz includes great food, a cash bar, silent auction, a raffle and a photo booth for guests. Silent auction items include dinner for 10, a one-night stay at the Hotel Phillips in Kansas City, a[Read More]

Missouri Western produces 'The Wedding Singer' April 21-29

Go back to the Eighties by attending “The Wedding Singer” at Missouri Western State University April 21 through 29. The rollicking musical will close out the 2016-2017 Theatre Season in the Potter Hall Theater. Robbie Hart lives in his grandmother’s basement in New Jersey and sings in a wedding band. His dreams of being a singer/songwriter are long gone, replaced now by a burning desire to find the right girl and settle down. When he’s left standing at the altar, he becomes a wedding planner’s worst nightmare, taking out his bitterness on stage until he turns his eye – and heart[Read More]

Bushman Planetarium offers public shows April 18 and 20

The Bushman Planetarium at Missouri Western State University will offer public showings at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 and Thursday, April 20. The planetarium is located inside Agenstein Hall. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students, children and senior citizens. The April 18 show will be “Future Moon,” honoring the Apollo astronauts who first landed on the moon on July 20, 1969, and the children of today that may someday return. The show is narrated by Walter Cronkite. The April 20 show will be “We Choose Space,” a show for audiences of all ages who dream of space and wonder[Read More]

Black Student Union hosts BSU Pageant April 14

The Black Student Union at Missouri Western State University will hold its fifth annual BSU Pageant at 7 p.m. Friday, April 14 in the Kemper Recital Hall, Spratt Hall room 101. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The BSU Pageant gives intelligent, community-conscious and culturally aware young men and women the opportunity to earn a $500 scholarship. Contestants will showcase a talent, give a speech, answer an interview question and perform the African American art form of hip-hop within a cypher. Missouri Western State University is a comprehensive regional university providing a blend[Read More]

Art entrepreneurship speaker focuses on digital marketing

The Art Entrepreneurship Speaker Series at Missouri Western State University continues with a talk titled “Leveraging Technology: Websites, Social Media, and Email Marketing” by visual artist Chris Dalquist at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 12 in Potter Hall, room 107. The talk is free and open to the public. Dalquist has a successful career as a photographer. She will share her experiences of using her website, social media and email marketing to build momentum in her art business. Dahlquist’s photography is in hundreds of private, corporate, and municipal collections, and has won more than 50 awards at nationally juriedart fairs. In addition to[Read More]

Spring Jazz Concert April 18

April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and Missouri Western State University’s Department of Music will promote this American art form with its annual Spring Jazz Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 in the Fulkerson Center. The jazz program will showcase its three major ensembles and several student soloists. The Vocal Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Kathleen Holeman, will perform a mixture of composers and styles, joined by the MWSU Student Septet rhythm section. The Jazz Lab Band, under the direction of Bob Long, will perform contemporary arrangements showcasing the band’s soloists along with classic arrangements like Woody Herman’s “Cousins.” The Jazz Ensemble,[Read More]

International oboist to speak and perform at MWSU April 19

Dr. Kostis Hassiotis, an international oboist and professor, will visit Missouri Western State University for a guest lecture and guest recital on Wednesday, April 19. Both events are free and open to the public. Dr. Hassiotis teaches at the University of Macedonia and the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki. As a soloist, he has performed throughout the world, including in Greece, Germany and England, playing both oboe and English horn. His repertoire includes masterpieces from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and conventional 20th century music, as well as more contemporary pieces. The guest lecture will be at 10 a.m. April 19 in the Instrumental[Read More]

Professor, community member honored by social worker organization

Dr. Pam Clary, assistant professor of social work at Missouri Western State University, was named Missouri Social Worker of the Year by the state chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. The organization also honored Dave Summers of St. Joseph as its Public Citizen of the Year. The awards were presented at the 2017 Show-Me Symposium Awards Luncheon on March 31 at Lake Ozark, Missouri. The Social Worker of the Year Award honors a member of the NASW Missouri Chapter who exemplifies the best of the Chapter’s mission through extraordinary and specific professional accomplishment in areas such as leadership, advocacy,[Read More]
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