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Campus closed Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 14 and 15

Because of the hazardous weather conditions forecast for this weekend, the Missouri Western State University campus will be closed Saturday, Jan. 14 and Sunday, Jan. 15. All on-campus activities, including sporting events and conferences, scheduled during those days have been canceled. Information on any rescheduled activities will be announced as soon as details are available. Any University activities requiring travel have also been canceled or rescheduled. In addition, we will be monitoring the weather throughout the morning and will keep you posted if we need to close campus early today, Friday, Jan. 13. Thank you, and please be safe this weekend.[Read More]

'Home, Hearth and Heart' opens in Potter Art Gallery Jan. 17

An art exhibition titled “Home, Hearth and Heart” will be on display at Missouri Western State University’s Potter Art Gallery Jan. 17 through Feb. 17. There will be a free opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20 in the gallery. The exhibition includes diverse work from artists Zachary Horn, Lauren Iida, Yoonmi Nam, Hyeyoung Shin and Jave Yoshimoto. It is curated by Kathy Liao, assistant professor of art and director of painting/printmaking. The Potter Art Gallery is located at the front entrance to Potter Hall on Missouri Western’s campus. It is open 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday,[Read More]

Bushman Planetarium presents shows Jan. 11, 19

The Bushman Planetarium at Missouri Western State University will present shows at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11 and Thursday, Jan. 19. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children, students, military and seniors. The planetarium is located in Agenstein Hall, room 147. The Jan. 11 show, “Sea Monsters,” takes viewers on a journey 80 million years back in time to when mighty dinosaurs dominated the land and an equally astonishing assortment of ferocious creatures swam, hunted and fought for survival beneath the prehistoric seas. The film is narrated by Liev Schreiber. The Jan. 19 presentation features two shows, “Fractals” and “Nanocam.” “Fractals”[Read More]

Missouri Western celebrates legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

The Center for Multicultural Education at Missouri Western State University will honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with a series of events in January. Monday, Jan. 16, Martin Luther King Jr. Day Missouri Western will be closed in observance of the federal holiday. Tuesday, Jan. 17, MLK Pledge Day Students will have the opportunity sign a pledge and be in a video honoring Dr. King’s life and non-violent work, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Blum Student Union Lobby. Wednesday, Jan. 18, MLK Drum Major for Justice Banquet The banquet featuring live jazz by The Elder Statesmen of Kansas City Jazz’s Little Big[Read More]

Commencement ceremonies scheduled for broadcast

Missouri Western State University's Winter Commencement ceremonies will air on Missouri Western's cable television channel, MWTV, beginning Thursday, Dec. 22. The ceremonies were held on Tuesday, Dec. 20, in the Fulkerson Center. The ceremonies will air back-to-back, beginning with the 11 a.m. ceremony followed by the 7 p.m. ceremony, at noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays and at 7:30 p.m. on Sundays through Jan. 8. The 11 a.m. ceremony lasts approximately 50 minutes and the 7 p.m. ceremony lasts approximately 55 minutes. The ceremonies may also be viewed online http://griff.vn/fallgrad16 for the 11 a.m. ceremony and http://griff.vn/fallgrad7pm for the 7 p.m. ceremony. Winter Commencement[Read More]

Nikki Giovanni coming to Missouri Western in April

Award-winning poet Nikki Giovanni will give a public reading of her work at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 6, in the Potter Hall Theater on the campus of Missouri Western State University. “The Mochila Review Presents: In the Shadow of Nikki Giovanni” is free and open to the public. Giovanni will sign copies of her books during a reception following the reading. Giovanni is one of the world’s most well-known African-American poets, with more than 30 published books of poetry, nonfiction, and children’s literature. A seven-time recipient of the NAACP Image Award, she has authored three New York Times and Los Angeles[Read More]

President's Contract Extended to 2019

The Board of Governors at Missouri Western State University has approved a new three-year contract for Dr. Robert Vartabedian, Missouri Western’s president. The new contract runs through June 30, 2019, replacing a five-year contract that was set to expire in 2018. “The board is very happy with Dr. Vartabedian’s performance,” said Brig. Gen. Gregory Mason, chair of the Board of Governors. “He has led Missouri Western through some challenging times, and we’re pleased that he will continue to provide that leadership for years to come.” "I greatly appreciate the board's faith in me,” said Dr. Vartabedian. “However, their support more importantly reflects[Read More]

MWSU accepting Drum Major for Justice Award nominations

The Center for Multicultural Education at Missouri Western State University is accepting nominations for the Drum Major for Justice Awards, to be presented at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major for Justice Banquet January 18, 2017. The Drum Major for Justice Award is for citizens who live ordinary lives but do extraordinary acts of service with reliability and commitment. The award is presented to one student, one member of the St. Joseph community and one Missouri Western employee who demonstrate a commitment to social justice and multicultural education. The deadline for nominations is January 11th, 2017.  Please go to the[Read More]

Board approves Potter Hall architect

Patterhn Ives LLC of St. Louis will provide planning and design services for renovations to Potter Hall at Missouri Western State University. Missouri Western’s Board of Governors approved the selection of the firm at its board meeting Dec. 8. “We had a number of qualified firms express interest in the project, but Patterhn Ives set itself apart with a long record of successfully completing fine art and higher education building projects,” said Dr. Cale Fessler, vice president for financial planning and administration. Patterhn Ives will provide planning and design services for renovations to Potter Hall, home of Missouri Western’s School of Fine[Read More]

Gleason to lead School of Nursing and Health Professions

Dr. Robyn Gleason has been named associate dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions at Missouri Western State University. Dr. Gleason, previously dean of graduate nursing at Keiser University in Florida, will begin her duties in January. “Dr. Gleason’s strong background in nursing, public health and health information has prepared her well to provide strong oversight of the unique admissions processes, regulatory expectations, clinical affiliations and other factors that make the programs in the School of Nursing and Health Professions unique,” said Dr. Kathleen O’Connor, dean of professional studies. “Under her leadership I believe our high-quality healthcare programs can[Read More]

Fountain City Brass Band performs Holiday Pops in St. Joseph Dec. 11

The Fountain City Brass Band, the reigning North American and U.S. Open Brass Band champions, will perform a concert of holiday favorites at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 519 N. 10th Street. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for students and free to Missouri Western faculty, staff and students, and all children under 12. Tickets can be purchased online at www.fcbb.net or at the Cathedral beginning at 2 p.m. the day of the show. The concert is presented in part by the Missouri Western Department of Music and School of Fine[Read More]

Opera Workshop presents scenes from "Ragtime"

Students in the Opera Workshop at Missouri Western State University will perform scenes from “Ragtime: The Musical” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 in the Potter Hall Theater. Admission is free and open to the public. “Ragtime” portrays social conflict in 1915 New York City between the wealthy white manufacturing families, European immigrants and socially rising black families. The love story of ragtime piano player Coalhouse Walker and shy Sarah is central to the tale with notables such as Booker T Washington, Harry Houdini, Admiral Perry and a multitude of other rich characters of this time period making appearances. The musical’s[Read More]

Holiday happenings at Missouri Western

The calendar at Missouri Western State University is full of holiday-related and family-friendly events for the campus and community to enjoy. Percussion Ensemble Concert, Dec. 1 The Percussion Ensemble presents their Fall Concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 in the Potter Hall Theater. Admission is free and open to the public. The concert will feature renowned composer and performer Dr. Benjamin Finley. Midday Melodies, Dec. 2 The MWSU Faculty Brass Quintet will present a free concert at 12:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 at Kelley Commons, just west of Blum Student Union, or inside the Blum Union Food Court in the event of inclement[Read More]

Theatre season continues with 'Blur' Dec. 1-4

Missouri Western State University’s 2015-2016 Theatre Season continues with a production of “Blur” Dec. 1-4 in the Kemper Recital Hall inside Spratt Hall. Performances are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1-3, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for Missouri Western faculty and staff, $6 for students and free for Missouri Western students with valid ID. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at the Potter Hall Box Office, 816-271-4452, or online at mwsutix.com. In “Blur,” written by Melanie Marnich, life is wonderfully safe in the eccentric world[Read More]

Percussion Concert Dec. 1

The Percussion Ensemble at Missouri Western State University presents their Fall Concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 in the Potter Hall Theater. Admission is free and open to the public. The concert will feature renowned composer and performer Dr. Benjamin Finley, whose works are published by Tapspace Publications and performed around the world. The ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Joshua Knight, will be performing a variety of works from beautiful keyboard solos to popular arrangements and holiday favorites, utilizing an array of instruments from marimbas and xylophones to drums, cymbals, and a nightingale call. Missouri Western State University is a[Read More]

Renaissance Singers present Ye Olde Madrigal Feaste

The Renaissance Singers at Missouri Western State University present the seventh annual Ye Olde Madrigal Feaste at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3, in the Fulkerson Center. Reservations must be made by Tuesday, Nov. 22 by visiting www.missouriwestern.edu/music/forms or emailing Dr. Elise Hepworth at ehepworth@missouriwestern.edu. Tickets are $30 per person or $220 for a table of eight. Ye Olde Madrigal Feaste ushers the audience into the holiday spirit and transports them to Renaissance England where they will feast like royalty and enjoy beautiful music. Missouri Western State University is a comprehensive regional university providing a blend of traditional liberal[Read More]

Walk for the Homeless Nov. 17

The fifth annual Walk for the Homeless will start at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 at the corner of Sixth and Messanie Streets in downtown St. Joseph and will follow part of the migration path followed by the homeless to access services. The walk to raise awareness and funds for the Social Welfare Board’s clinic is co-sponsored by the Missouri Western State University Organization of Student Social Workers; Missouri Western’s Department of Criminal Justice, Legal Studies and Social Work; and several community organizations and businesses. Participants will receive a T-shirt and invitation to join a barbecue dinner following the mile-and-a-half walk.[Read More]

Journalist Noor Tagouri speaks at MWSU Nov. 15

Journalist Noor Tagouri will speak at Missouri Western State University at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 in the Kemper Recital Hall inside Spratt Hall. The presentation is free and open to the public. Tagouri is a reporter for Newsy. She is a first-generation Libyan-American and her passion for storytelling stems from the desire to expose cultural injustices and combat the challenges facing women on a global scale. Her presentation is co-sponsored by Missouri Western’s Center for Multicultural Education, Center for Student Involvement, and International Student Services. Missouri Western State University is a comprehensive regional university providing a blend of traditional liberal arts and[Read More]

Indonesia trip is focus of lecture

A Missouri Western State University student and two faculty members will discuss a trip to Indonesia at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 in Spratt Hall, room 203. The presentation, “Building Bridges Across Borders: An Experience in Indonesia,” is free and open to the public. Student Chrissy Clark and legal studies faculty members Joanne Katz and David Tushaus traveled to Indonesia in August to present workshops at two Indonesian law schools and at an international conference with representatives from about 30 countries. The presentation is part of the Peace and Conflict Lecture Series, sponsored by the MWSU Foundation. Missouri Western State University is a[Read More]

MWSU Alumna creates bronze monument for OSU campus

Marrita Black, a 1975 graduate of Missouri Western State University, created a large bronze sculpture for the new Welcome Plaza at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. The plaza near OSU’s Student Union was recently dedicated by university officials. Black’s sculpture, “Proud and Immortal,” features a mare and foal, 1.25 times life size and cast in bronze, along with a bronze saddle sitting atop a nearby fence. Black was chosen to sculpt the monument from among 75 artists who entered a competition. The symbolism of the mare and foal was an important element for Black in creating the sculpture. “I thought about families[Read More]
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