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MWSU, Innovation Stockyard host science employment panel

Missouri Western State University and the Innovation Stockyard are hosting a regional science and technology employment panel and networking event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 2 at the Kit Bond Science and Technology Incubator on the Missouri Western campus. The event is open to the public, but participants are asked to preregister online by Monday, Feb. 27. The event will feature a panel of scientists, engineers and employers from the region who will speak on issues related to employment of scientists and engineers. Following the panel, there will be a time for current students to network with alumni and[Read More]

Board approves Popplewell project, tuition change

The Board of Governors at Missouri Western State University approved a project to renovate an entryway to Popplewell Hall. The project is funded by Building Affordability, the 2015 legislation also known as House Bill 19 that appropriated $4.8 million to Missouri Western for capital improvements. “HB19 provided state funds for much-needed improvements on our campus,” said Dr. Cale Fessler, vice president for financial planning and administration. “We have been able to upgrade HVAC systems, improve ADA accessibility and make parts of campus more attractive with fresh paint, flooring and ceilings.” The Popplewell project includes a larger exterior entry, removing walls and cabinets[Read More]

Music professor interviewed by 'I Care If You Listen'

Dr. Nathanael May, associate professor of music at Missouri Western State University, has been interviewed by “I Care If You Listen,” a major international source for the promotion of contemporary classical music. The interview is about the soundSCAPE festival founded by Dr. May. soundSCAPE (Sound, Composition and Performance Exchange) will celebrate its 13th season this summer in the Italian village of Maccagno. “The essence of the festival is of process and collaboration — soundSCAPE has been the starting point for new music initiatives that have flourished far beyond the festival, all around the globe,” Dr. May told “I Care If You Listen.”[Read More]

Stephen T. Johnson lectures as visiting artist March 1

Stephen T. Johnson will present a Visiting Artist Lecture at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, in Agenstein Hall, room 324, on the campus of Missouri Western State University. Johnson’s lecture is free and open to the public. Johnson is a highly versatile American artist whose visually arresting and conceptually rich body of work forges connections between words, objects and ideas. His work can be seen in museum and gallery exhibitions, site-specific public art commissions and through his original award-winning children’s books. Much of Johnson’s work is characterized by an interest in the alphabet and language, which began with his book “Alphabet City,”[Read More]

Entrepreneurship Award nominees being accepted

The Center for Entrepreneurship at Missouri Western State University is now accepting nominations for two new awards that will be presented during Entrepreneurship Week March 27-31. Regional entrepreneurs will receive the Emerging Entrepreneur and Entrepreneur of the Year Awards at the week’s capstone luncheon Friday, March 31. The awards will recognize individuals for their professional achievements and their civic contributions to their local community. Nomination forms and instructions can be found on the Center for Entrepreneurship’s website and should be completed and returned to Annette Weeks, aweeks@missouriwestern.edu, by March 10. Sponsored by the Craig School of Business Center for Entrepreneurship, Don Tolly[Read More]

'Wedding Singer' auditions on Feb. 27

Auditions for Missouri Western State University’s production of “The Wedding Singer” will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27 in the Potter Hall Theater, with callbacks at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28. Missouri Western auditions are open to all, including community members. Those auditioning are asked to prepare a 90-second monologue and song combo audition. Contemporary monologues and songs from contemporary musicals would be best. For more information and to sign up for an audition, visit the Department of Theatre, Cinema and Dance audition page. “The Wedding Singer” will be presented April 21-29 in the Potter Hall Theater at Missouri Western. Missouri Western[Read More]

Potter Gallery hosts national ceramics exhibitions

The Potter Art Gallery at Missouri Western State University will host two national ceramics exhibitions Feb. 24 through March 4. An opening reception for “Twin Cups” and “Off the Table,” free and open to the public, will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24. The national exhibitions are hosted by the MWSU Clay Guild. “Twin Cups” features functional or sculptural representations of a pair of cups, mugs or other drinking vessels. The juror for “Twin Cups” is Ted Neal, professor of ceramics in the School of Art at Ball State University in Indiana. “Off the Table” features functional or[Read More]

'Macbeth' opens Feb. 24

The 2016-2017 Theatre Season at Missouri Western State University continues with William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” Feb. 24 through March 4 in Potter Hall. Performances are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 and 25 and March 2, 3 and 4, with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Feb. 26. In Shakespeare’s famous “Scottish play,” Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the throne for himself after receiving a prophecy from a trio of witches that he will become King of Scotland. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for faculty and staff, and $6 for students. Missouri Western students are admitted for free with valid ID. For[Read More]

Faculty Showcase Concert Feb. 21

Faculty in the Department of Music at Missouri Western State University will present the Spring Faculty Showcase Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the Kemper Recital Hall inside Spratt Hall. The concert is free and open to the public. The program is an eclectic mix of classical, jazz and contemporary music that features vocal, keyboard, string, brass, woodwind, jazz and percussion faculty members. For more information, contact the Department of Music at 816-271-4420 or music@missouriwestern.edu. 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[Read More]

Chess Club hosts tournament

The Chess Club at Missouri Western State University will host a tournament open to the general public at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 in the Hoff Conference Rooms, Blum Student Union rooms 218-219. There is a $10 entry fee for non-members. The tournament winner will receive a customized trophy made by club secretary/treasurer Jaylen Words, sophomore graphic design major from St. Joseph. Words; club president Cecilia Tackett, freshman computer information systems major from Savannah, Missouri; and vice-president Ben Hart, sophomore graphic design major from Osborn, Missouri recently visited a fifth-grade classroom at Oak Grove Elementary in St. Joseph to teach the students[Read More]

New volunteer center organizes campus cleanup event

GriffsGiveBack, a new center for service learning at Missouri Western State University, is planning its kickoff event. The Great Campus Cleanup: Winter Edition will be held from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. Volunteers will work in two-hour shifts to help clean and organize parts of campus. Students, employees, alumni, friends and family are welcome to volunteer. Volunteers are asked to register for a shift at www.missouriwestern.edu/griffsgiveback, then come to the second floor of the Blum Student Union 15 minutes before their shift for a brief orientation. GriffsGiveBack is funded by the Student Government Association. The mission is to inspire[Read More]

Bushman Planetarium plans shows Feb. 15 and Feb. 23

The Bushman Planetarium at Missouri Western State University will present shows at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15 and Thursday, Feb. 23. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children, students, military and seniors. The planetarium is located in Agenstein Hall, room 147. The Feb. 15 show is “Forces of Nature.” Come close to nature's most powerful and extreme forces. Cameras capture large-scale volcanoes, earthquakes, and storms as a team of scientists travel the world in an attempt to figure out what causes these dangerous, yet undeniably thrilling natural occurrences. Putting their lives on the line in the name of scientific discovery,[Read More]

MWSU names Fall 2016 President's Honor Roll

Missouri Western State University announced the names of 329 students selected to the President’s Honor Roll for the fall semester 2016. Students who carried 12 hours or more for graded credit and earned a grade point average of 4.0 qualify for the honor. The Missouri Western students named to the President’s List are: Agency, Missouri Jacob Blessing, Kenneth Holdsworth, Andrew Love, Jordan Shellenberger Amity, Missouri Jade Hahn Ankeny, Iowa Lauren Coon Atchison, Kansas Dillon Aversman, Joy Earl, Mccown Leggett Bellevue, Nebraska Dallace Hamel Belton, Missouri Sarah Bledsoe, James Person Bethany, Missouri Cody Osmon, Rebecca Prest Bevier, Missouri   Candice Jenkins Blue Springs, Missouri Melody Johnson, Kelsy Sparks, Lukas Stone, Laura             Yocum Braddyville, Iowa Nikki[Read More]

MWSU announces Fall 2016 Dean's List

Missouri Western State University announced the names of 633 students selected to the Dean’s Honor Roll for the fall semester 2016. Students who carried 12 hours or more for graded credit and earned a grade point average of 3.5 or better qualify for the honor. Missouri Western students named to the Dean’s List are: Agency, Missouri Lucas Anderson, Miranda Biller, Hannah Gabriel, Nikita Gladman, McKenna Holdsworth Albany, Missouri Katelyn Arthur, Ashley Smith Alexandria, Virginia                           Amelia Cribb Amazonia, Missouri Bobby Purcell Atchison, Kansas Felicity Crossland, Rhonda Gierstorf, Elizabeth Rimmer, Renee Zwahl Barnard, Missouri Tyra Penton Belleville, Illinois Jordan Beishir Bellevue, Nebraska                             Daniel Mitchell Belton, Missouri Madisan Wilson Bethany, Missouri Danielle Hayden, Devin Klindt Bettendorf, Iowa Kayla Ruff Bevier, Missouri Jeremee Nute Blackwater, Missouri Kori Marshall Bloomington,[Read More]

Guest percussionist performs Feb. 16

Dr. Andrew Richardson will present a percussion recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16 in Potter Hall, room 112 at Missouri Western State University. The performance is free and open to the public. Dr. Richardson currently teaches at the University of Oklahoma and is a highly sought after clinician and educator. The concert will feature a variety of music for percussion instruments. 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 Western is[Read More]

Art entrepreneurship speaker series continues Feb. 15

Eric Swangstu, a painter, art administrator and gallery owner, will present a talk titled: “Common Courtesy: Approaching a Gallery” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15 in Potter Hall, room 107 as part of Missouri Western State University’s Artist Entrepreneurship Speaker Series. The talk is free and open to the public. Swangstu will talk to artists about the property way of approaching galleries, how to prepare and what to expect. He will also talk about navigating the graduate school application process. Swangstu ran his own gallery and is currently the admissions director of the University of Washington’s Master of Human-Computer Interaction and[Read More]

Music Department hosts Jazz Festival Feb. 11

The Music Department of Missouri Western State University will host their eleventh annual MWSU Jazz Festival Saturday, February 11, with groups performing in the Fulkerson Center and in the Hoff Conference Room, Blum Student Union room 219. The festival will start at 10 a.m., with the Missouri Western Jazz Ensemble performing at 3:40 p.m. in the Fulkerson Center. The full day of jazz is free and open to the public. Each ensemble performs for the adjudicators, receiving recorded and written critiques of the performance from the clinicians. Immediately following each band’s performance the clinicians will give a 25-40 minute clinic for[Read More]

Culture Shock diversity program coming to MWSU

Culture Shock, an innovative and entertaining diversity program, will be presented at Missouri Western State University at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8 in the Kemper Recital Hall inside Spratt Hall. The program is free and open to the public. Culture Shock, presented by Cultural Competence of Chicago, Illinois, uses hypnosis and comedy to expose racial, cultural and gender stereotypes in a variety of situations. Random participants are hypnotized to believe that they are no longer their race, gender, or culture, but instead a completely different cultural background. For example, an African American student may be hypnotized to think they are Hispanic,[Read More]

Missouri Western celebrates Black History Month

The Center for Multicultural Education at Missouri Western State University will celebrate Black History Month with several events throughout the month of February. Culture Shock, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, Kemper Recital Hall, Spratt Hall 101 Culture Shock is an innovative and groundbreaking diversity program that combines hypnosis and comedy to explore stereotypes and misconceptions. Free and open to the public. Charles Drew Blood Drive, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, Hoff Conference Rooms, Blum Student Union 218-219 Dr. Charles Drew was an American Red Cross physician and member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity who was a pioneer in the field of[Read More]

High School Honor Choir Performs Feb. 6

Students from 20 area high schools will participate in the third annual Missouri Western Honor Choir Monday, Feb. 6. The honor choir will be joined by the MWSU Chamber Singers and the MWSU Concert Chorale for a free concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 in the Fulkerson Center at Missouri Western. More than 200 students will participate in the day of celebrating choral music, hosted by the Missouri Western choral program and its director, Dr. Elise Hepworth. For more information, contact Dr. Hepworth at ehepworth@missouriwestern.edu. Missouri Western State University is a comprehensive regional university providing a blend of traditional liberal arts and professional[Read More]
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