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Missouri Western named Military Friendly School

Missouri Western State University has been named a 2018 Gold Level Military Friendly School Award recipient from Victory Media. “There is a continuum across the country of how universities respond to the needs of active-duty military and veterans,” said Dr. Gordon Mapley, dean of the Western Institute. “My goal is to move Missouri Western to the top end of that continuum and be as proactive and helpful as we can be in providing pathways and services that will help veterans and active-duty military earn college degrees.” Now in its 16th year, the Military Friendly Schools list provides a comprehensive guide for veterans[Read More]

Winter Commencement ceremony scheduled Dec. 16

The Winter Commencement ceremony for approximately 320 graduates of Missouri Western State University will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 in the arena of the M.O. Looney Complex. The commencement speaker will be Dr. Mark Mills, associate professor of biology. The MWSU Alumni Association will host a free reception for graduates and their families after the ceremony in the Looney Small Gym. The ceremony is free and open to the public. For those unable to attend, it will be streamed live online at Other commencement-related activities include: International Student Farewell & Sash Ceremony, 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, Enright Community[Read More]

CME accepting nominations for Drum Major for Justice Awards

The Center for Multicultural Education at Missouri Western State University is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Drum Major for Justice Awards, which will be presented at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major for Justice Banquet Jan. 17, 2018. The MLK Drum Major 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 service. The nomination deadline is Jan. 10th, 2018. Please go[Read More]

Missouri Western will 'superscore' the ACT

Missouri Western State University will adopt the “superscore” method to evaluate the ACT scores of incoming freshmen for admission and scholarship offers. Until now, if a student took the ACT more than once, Missouri Western would evaluate their admission and scholarship applications based on the best composite score (the average of the test’s four sections) on a particular date. For example, if a student took the ACT in September and again in February, Missouri Western would consider the highest composite score from either of those two dates. The superscore takes the best score from each section, regardless of test date. So[Read More]

Missouri Western names next Craig School of Business dean

Dr. Logan Jones, a management faculty member and director of the Master of Business Administration program at Missouri Western State University, will take over as the dean of Missouri Western’s Craig School of Business on July 1, 2018. Dr. Jones will replace Dr. Michael Lane, who is retiring June 30 after five years at Missouri Western. “I believe Dr. Jones will do an excellent job as the new dean of the Craig School of Business,” said Dr. Robert Vartabedian, Missouri Western’s president. “His colleagues describe him as ‘extremely hard-working’ and the ‘go-to’ person for the faculty. In addition, he has exhibited[Read More]

Students present research Dec. 7

Students from Missouri Western State University will participate in Multi-Disciplinary Research Day from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7 in the Fulkerson Center. The event is free and open to the public. Students from various disciplines across campus will present their research, collaborations, internships and study abroad experiences. Many of the presentations will include hands-on demonstrations of their work. 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 located in[Read More]

Honors class hosts Human Rights Fair Dec. 5

An honors class on human rights will host Missouri Western State University’s first Human Rights Fair from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5 in the Blum Student Union Lobby. The fair is free and open to the public. Class members and student organizations focused on human rights will present informative displays on several issues, including domestic violence, sex trafficking, forced labor, health care, child marriage, child homelessness and environmental degradation. The fair is a commemoration of Human Rights Day, which is celebrated on Dec. 10 each year, honoring the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human[Read More]

Holiday Art Sale Dec. 7-9

The Missouri Western State University Clay Guild will hold its annual Holiday Art Sale Dec. 7, 8 and 9 in the Potter Art Gallery. The sale features artwork created by Department of Art students and faculty and is open to the public. A portion of sales benefit the Amy Singleton Scholarship Fund. The sale will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 7 and 8, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. Missouri Western State University is a comprehensive regional university providing a blend of traditional liberal arts and professional degree programs. The university offers[Read More]

Missouri Western Winds, Orchestra concerts Dec. 3 and 4

Two Missouri Western State University music ensembles will present concerts Dec. 3 and 4 in the Potter Hall Theater. The Missouri Western Symphonic Winds will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3. This wind ensemble performs a wide variety of music including past masterpieces and current offerings from today’s outstanding composers. The Missouri Western Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4. The orchestra performs well-known works from the standard repertory for orchestra as well as less familiar literature, from the baroque to the contemporary. Both concerts are free and open to the public. Missouri Western State University is a comprehensive regional university[Read More]

President's Holiday Gala celebrates the season with music

The Department of Music at Missouri Western State University presents the third annual President’s Holiday Gala at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6 in the Fulkerson Center. The event is free and open to the public. The President’s Holiday Gala celebrates all things musical to set the mood for the winter holiday season. Ensembles featured include Missouri Western’s Symphonic Winds, Jazz Band, Chamber Singers and Orchestra. Students and faculty will be featured in small ensembles and solos in a collage-style concert. For more information, contact Elise Hepworth at Missouri Western State University is a comprehensive regional university providing a blend of traditional liberal[Read More]

Theatre season continues with 'Short and Sweet'

The 2017-2018 theatre season at Missouri Western State University continues with “Short and Sweet,” a production of six one-act plays and five short films Nov. 30 to Dec. 3 in the Kemper Recital Hall inside Spratt Hall. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 2, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3. Two of the plays will be directed by students. Kara McGhee will direct the evening’s first play, “Clara and the Gambler.” Abby Sexton will direct “Hold for Three.” Two of the plays, “The Bluegrass of God” and “Sure Thing,” will be directed[Read More]

Bushman Planetarium presents 'Wonders of the Universe'

The Bushman Planetarium at Missouri Western State University will have a public showing of “Wonders of the Universe” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21. The planetarium is located inside Agenstein Hall. Peer deep into space through the eyes of the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope and travel back billions of years in time to witness the birth of the universe. Witness the formation of galaxies, explore some of the most wondrous nebulae and astronomical structures yet discovered, fly deep into our own Milky Way galaxy and return home to Earth on a spectacular tour through the solar system. The Bushman Planetarium features a[Read More]

Events celebrate International Education Week

International Student Services at Missouri Western State University will celebrate International Education Week with a series of events that are free and open to the public. Welcome to America: International Student Simulation, 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, Hoff Conference Rooms, Blum Student Union 218-219 How do you become an international student in America? Find out in this simulation. Navigate offices, finances, forms and exams, then ask questions from a panel of international students. Tea and Talk, 3-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, Blum Student Union room 210 Meet international students while sampling teas and snacks from around the world and play intercultural games. International Fair, 3-6[Read More]

Historian speaks on American terrorism response

The Mary Boder History Speaker Series at Missouri Western State University will continue with a talk by Dr. Caitlin Carenen of Eastern Connecticut State University at noon Friday, Nov. 10 in Popplewell Hall, room 105. The talk, “Freedom Fighters or Terrorists? American Popular and Policy Responses to International Terrorism in the 1970s and 1980s,” is free and open to the public. Dr. Carenen is the author of “The Fervent Embrace: Liberal Protestants, Evangelicals, and Israel,” a well-regarded history of the relationship between American Christians and Israel published by NYU Press in 2012. The Mary Boder History Speaker Series is sponsored by the[Read More]

Jazz Lab Band, Jazz Ensemble perform Nov. 14

The Jazz Program of the Missouri Western State University Department of Music will present its two instrumental jazz ensembles at the Fall Jazz Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 14 in the Potter Hall Theater. It is free and open to the public. The Jazz Lab Band, under the direction of Bob Long, will focus on presenting styles from South America, featuring original arrangements in the Bossa Nova style as well as arrangements of classics, such as Kenny Dorham’s “Blue Bossa.” The Jazz Ensemble, also under the direction of Bob Long, will feature a wide variety of literature, ranging from classics from[Read More]

Missouri Western honors veterans

Missouri Western State University will honor military veterans in this week leading up to Veterans Day on Saturday, Nov. 11. Free Gifts for Veterans Veterans are invited to stop by the office of the Western Institute, Spratt Hall room 105, for some free Missouri Western gifts as a small token of appreciation for their service from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Also, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, the Non-Traditional and Commuter Student Center will offer free gifts to military students and faculty members in the Blum Student Union Lobby. Other students are invited to stop[Read More]

Music faculty perform 'The Andrée Expedition'

Dr. Paul Hindemith, baritone, and Dr. Nathanael May, piano, will perform Dominick Argento's dramatic song cycle “The Andrée Expedition” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday Nov. 11 in the Potter Hall Theater on the campus of Missouri Western State University. The recital is free and open to the public. The 45-minute cycle tells the story of three Swedish explorers who attempted to be the first to reach the North Pole by hot air balloon in 1897. The cycle is based on the explorers’ journals and will be accompanied by images from the expedition. The work’s composer, Dominick Argento, is a Minnesota-based musician renowned for[Read More]

Potter Art Gallery presents juried student exhibition

The Potter Art Gallery at Missouri Western State University presents the fifth annual MWSU Juried Art Student Exhibition Nov. 6 through Dec. 1. There will be an opening reception with an opportunity to meet the artists from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public. Students selected for the exhibition include Heidi Bench, Skylan Bolin, Juli Crenshaw, Emily Dufrain, Austin Edwards, Indigo Gaydusek, Brianna Gregg, Ben Hart, Andrew Huffman, Hanyu Lou, Nicole Lyne, Tanner Martine, Madison McKinley, Lindsey Morris, Austin Myers, Kristina Nicholson, Kelsey Nolan, Chloe Oyler, Michael Peterson, Christina Scott,[Read More]

CJLSSSW departments hosts annual career fair

The Department of Criminal Justice, Legal Studies and Social Work at Missouri Western State University will hold its 37th annual Career Fair from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Fulkerson Center. The event is free and open to the public. Students from all disciplines are welcome to visit with agencies about career or additional schooling opportunities. A total of 45 agencies will be represented: Buchanan County Academy Buchanan County CASA Buchanan County Sheriff’s Department Buchanan County Juvenile Office/Detention Community Action Partnership (CAP) of Greater St. Joseph City Year Kansas City Clay County, Missouri, Sheriff’s Department Family Guidance Center [Read More]

'Spring Awakening' auditions Nov. 9

The Department of Theatre, Cinema and Dance in the School of Fine Arts at Missouri Western State University will hold open auditions for the upcoming production of “Spring Awakening” starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9 in the Potter Hall Theater. Those auditioning are asked to prepare a 60-second monologue showing some range of teenage angst (and also suppressing that feeling) and a 32-bar cut of a rock-style song. Please do not sing from the show. There will also be a movement call at the audition, so dress appropriately. Callbacks are at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10. To sign up or for more[Read More]
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