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Planetarium shows 'Black Holes' March 30

The Bushman Planetarium at Missouri Western State University will have a public viewing of the show “Black Holes” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 30. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children, students, military and seniors. The planetarium is located in Agenstein Hall, room 147. Designed for all audiences, “Black Holes” features 3-D simulations of black holes and the strange physical and visual effects they can create. With the help of science advisors from around the country, audiences will be able to see and feel what it might be like to approach the supermassive black hole at the center of our[Read More]

Art Entrepreneurship Speaker Series focuses on marketing

The Art Entrepreneurship Speaker Series at Missouri Western State University continues with a conversation about marketing and branding at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 29 in Potter Hall, room 107. The series is free and open to the public. The guest speaker will be Lisa Cordes, ArtistINC professional development program director. Cordes has served on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Missouri Arts Council and the Charlotte Street Foundation, and has consulted and written for the President’s Committee on the Arts. She has been a marketing and branding consultant, and currently considers herself a freelance theater artist, writer and[Read More]

MWSU Chamber Singers tour Missouri March 28-30

The Chamber Singers of Missouri Western State University will tour Missouri March 28-30. Seven high schools and community colleges are on the spring tour: Staley High School, Kansas City Kearney High School Cameron High School Charles Community College Hazelwood High School, St. Louis Parkway Central High School, St. Louis Fort Osage High School, Independence The MWSU Chamber Singers is the university’s premiere touring ensemble. The 32 members are accepted only through a rigorous audition each fall. For more information about the MWSU Chamber Singers and other choral activity at Missouri Western, contact Dr. Elise Hepworth at Missouri Western State University is a comprehensive[Read More]

Aramark to continue operating Campus Dining Services

Aramark will continue to provide food service to Missouri Western State University for at least the next seven years under a bid accepted by Missouri Western’s Board of Governors in a telephone poll March 21. Aramark operates Missouri Western’s Dining Hall and Food Court in the Blum Student Union as well as multiple other food service locations around campus. Their current contract expires in May. Under terms of the new contract, Aramark will give more than $6.6 million to Missouri Western in facility upgrades, scholarships, commissions and other contributions. The contract will run through May 25, 2024, with an option to renew[Read More]

Graduate School hosts 3-Minute Thesis competition March 25

Graduate students at Missouri Western State University will participate in a Three Minute Thesis competition at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 25 in the Kemper Recital Hall, Spratt Hall room 101. The competition is free and open to the public. Six graduate students in education, human factors and usability testing, and information technology assurance administration will present three-minute summaries of their capstone projects to the audience and a panel of non-specialist judges. “The Three Minute Thesis competition celebrates the exciting research and applied projects conducted by Missouri Western graduate students,” said Dr. Ben Caldwell, dean of the Graduate School. “Those participating will have[Read More]

Journalism students earn national honors

Missouri Western State University journalism students brought home three second place finishes in the 2017 David J. Adams Apple Awards contest, announced during the national College Media Association Conference in New York City. “In a national competition that featured entries from schools like the University of Miami, Oregon State, Temple, BYU and Alabama, Missouri Western fared very well,” said Dr. Robert Bergland, professor of journalism and digital media and adviser of The Griffon News. Missouri Western’s yearbook, The Griffon, took second place in two categories: Best Yearbook Cover and Best Yearbook Spread. The cover honored was for the 2016-2017 edition, designed by Bryant[Read More]

Kansas City art gallery exhibits faculty member's work

A Kansas City art gallery will display the work of a Missouri Western State University faculty member. “Floating World,” an exhibition of paintings by Kathy Liao, will be displayed at the Kiosk Gallery from March 17 through April 13. Liao is an assistant professor of art and director of painting and printmaking. Drawing inspirations from her diverse cultural background and personal history, her mixed media work is about the intimate yet universal concept of relationships. Liao received a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Boston University and a Bachelor of fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from the University of[Read More]

Entrepreneurship Week features workshops, competition, luncheon

The Center for Entrepreneurship in the Craig School of Business at Missouri Western State University will hold its second annual Entrepreneurship Week March 27-31, 2017. Sponsored by Don Tolly American Family Insurance Agency and Sumner, Carty, Hardy & Schwichtenberg, PC, Entrepreneurship Week is a series of workshops and events for local business professionals, aspiring entrepreneurs, college and high school students, and those curious about the skills needed to run a small business. Business professors from multiple disciplines will offer small, personalized sessions at various times throughout the week. Sessions include “How to Write a Business Plan,” “Artists as Entrepreneurs,” “Accounting for[Read More]

MWSU Alumni Association creates new award categories

The Missouri Western State University Alumni Association Board of Directors announces two new categories of alumni recognition to be given out during Homecoming 2017. The Great Griffon Awards will recognize alumni from each college and school who exhibit outstanding contributions to the workforce, society or the University. The Alumni Student Leadership Awards will recognize three graduating awards with the Clifford Hughes ’55 Student of Color Award, the International Student of the Year Award and the Senior of the Year Award. “The Alumni Association will continue to present the Distinguished Alumni Award, the Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) award, the Herb[Read More]

Arts Society hosts 'Meet the Prof' with David Harris March 25

The Missouri Western State University Arts Society is hosting its first “Meet the Prof” event at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 25, in the ceramics lab in Potter Hall. The opportunity to meet and learn from David Harris, associate professor of art and ceramics instructor, is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and reservations are required by Friday, March 17. Call 816-271-5920 or email As a working artist and art educator, David Harris encourages students to “explore their unique talents, develop their creativity, and fine-tune their distinctive voice.” He founded David Harris Pottery in 1978. Working as[Read More]

Ambassadors hold membership lunch March 23

The Missouri Western State University Ambassadors will hold a membership meeting on Thursday, March 23. The social begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by the lunch and meeting at noon in the Enright Community Room, Spratt Hall room 214. The cost for the lunch is $12. You may pay at the door, but reservations are required by no later than Monday, March 20. Call 816-271-5646 or email The guest speaker for the lunch will be Marc Bierbaum, the coach of Missouri Western’s newest sports, cross country and track and field, which will begin competition this fall. The Ambassadors raise money to support[Read More]

Missouri Western adds manufacturing engineering technology options

To help the region’s manufacturing sector meet its workforce needs, Missouri Western State University has added two new options to its two-year Associate of Applied Science in Manufacturing Engineering Technology program. Students can enroll in the precision machining and the instrumentation and automation programs beginning this fall. “These programs meet an identified need for mid-level technicians in the region’s growing advanced manufacturing economy,” said Dr. Jinwen Zhu, professor and chair of engineering technology. “These technicians would be equipped with knowledge and skills beyond the competencies mastered at the vocational-technical level. Working with regional employers, Missouri Western has designed curriculum plans that[Read More]

Missouri Western hosts science fairs March 10

Remington and Agenstein Halls at Missouri Western State University will host two science fairs for high school students on Friday, March 10. Winners of the 39th annual Missouri Junior Academy of Science Regional Fair and the 44th annual Mid-America Regional Science and Engineering Fair will advance to the state level. Both events are open to the public. The Junior Academy of Science fair will feature students from area high schools presenting their scientific research papers. The academy is the junior division of the Missouri Academy of Science, an organization that promotes the greater participation of students in science activities. This fair[Read More]

Wisconsin student named MoRe Prize winner by Nikki Giovanni

Award-winning poet Nikki Giovanni has selected poet Nesha Ruther as winner of The Mochila Review’s 2017 Undergraduate MoRe Prize. Ruther’s poem “A Love Poem to Ernst Winter” will be published in the 2017 issue of The Mochila Review, Missouri Western State University’s national undergraduate literary journal, and Ruther will receive a $50 prize. Giovanni was the 2017 guest judge of the Undergraduate MoRe Prize, The Mochila Review’s annual contest for undergraduate writers. Out of more than 80 applicants, she selected Ruther’s poem, as well as two honorable mentions: Colorado School of Mines student Annie Ochs for her poem “How to Love”[Read More]

UPDATE: Boil advisory lifted

Missouri American Water Company has lifted a precautionary boil water advisory that included Missouri Western State University. The advisory was activated as a precaution after a water main break caused water system pressures to drop. It is no longer necessary to boil water before drinking or cooking.  [Read More]

Adobe partnership benefits technical communication students

Students and faculty in the technical communication program at Missouri Western State University will benefit from a new partnership between the University and Adobe Systems Inc. The partnership through Adobe’s University Outreach Program enhances campus access to the company’s industry-standard Adobe Technical Communication Suite. “This will help our students get jobs when they graduate,” said Dr. Kaye Adkins, professor of English/Technical Communication. “These are the tools of the technical communication trade; our employers ask for proficiency in Adobe RoboHelp and Adobe FrameMaker.” Missouri Western offers technical communication as a concentration for undergraduate English majors and for graduate students in the Master of[Read More]

Bubble Tea fundraiser for ISS March 8

International Student Services and the International Student Council at Missouri Western State University will sponsor a Bubble Tea Bar from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 8 in the Blum Student Union Lobby. Bubble, or boba, tea is a tea-based drink mixed with fruit flavor or milk containing small “pearls” of sweetened tapioca. The Bubble Tea Bar is a fundraiser for the International Student Association at Missouri Western. The drink will be sold for $2 a cup. 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,[Read More]

Art entrepreneurship speaker focuses on artists and taxes

The Art Entrepreneurship Speaker Series at Missouri Western State University will continue at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 8 with Dean Vivian’s talk titled “Figure Out the Numbers: Taxes for Artists.” The 90-minute seminar is free and open to the public. Vivian will review the details of what self-employed artists need to know to file their taxes. A graduate of Webster Conservatory and a working actor for 35 years, Vivian joined Actor’s Equity in 1981, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists in 1983 and the Screen Actors Guild in 1995. He was a representative of his peers in Equity for[Read More]

Geography speaker series continues March 3

Dr. Zachary Taylor from the environmental sciences program at Berry College in Georgia is the next speaker in the Interdisciplinary Nature of Geography Speaker Series at Missouri Western State University. Dr. Taylor’s talk, “Climate Change and Prehistoric Agricultural Decline in Costa Rica,” is at noon Friday, March 3 in Agenstein Hall, room 330. The talk is free and open to the public. Dr. Taylor received his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Denver, and his master’s and doctoral degrees in geography from the University of Tennessee. Dr. Taylor’s visit is sponsored by the Missouri Western State University Foundation,[Read More]

Missouri Western announces summer, fall 2016 graduates

Missouri Western State University announced the names of students who completed the degree requirements during the summer and fall semesters of 2016. A total of 440 degrees were conferred. Graduates include: Agency, Missouri Kenneth R. Holdsworth, Bachelor of Science in Physical Education; Johnathan Douglas Ottinger, Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology; Allison Mae Reed, Bachelor of Science in Chemistry; Devin McKensie Roberts, Bachelor of Science in Nursing Albany, Missouri Jamie Renae Duddy, Graduate Certificate in Teaching of Writing; Alisha Nichole Maxwell, Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education; Ashley Lauren Smith, Bachelor of Science in Nursing; Rebecca S. Thompson, Bachelor of Science in Nursing; Gordon[Read More]
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