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Spring Commencement May 5

The Spring Commencement Ceremony for more than 500 graduates of Missouri Western State University will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 5 on Craig Field at Spratt Memorial Stadium. Stadium gates will open to guests at 9:30 a.m. The Missouri Western State University Alumni Association will hold a reception for graduates and their friends and family following the ceremony. Mariatul Dianah Hidzir, a public relations major from Alor Setar, Malaysia, will give the student commencement address to the 529 graduates from 20 states and 12 countries. In the event of inclement weather, commencement ceremonies will be held inside the Fulkerson Center[Read More]

MWSU honors retirees, award winners

From left: Award recipients Kip Wilson, Judy Chambers, Kathy Kelly, Fumi Matsumoto Cheever, Shelle Browning, Teresa Crist, Julie Jedlicka, Heather Kendall and Nathanael May. Not pictured: Edwin Taylor. Missouri Western State University honored ten award winners at its annual Faculty and Staff Awards and Retirement Reception on Friday, April 27. The University also honored 19 retiring employees. Award recipients were: Missouri Western Foundation Award for Staff Service to Students Fumi Matsumoto Cheever, International Student Services, International Student Services Missouri Western Foundation Award for Staff Service to Colleagues Judy Chambers, Registrar’s Office Missouri Western Foundation Award for Staff Service to University Shelle Browning, Physical Plant Missouri Western Foundation Award for[Read More]

EMS memorial to be built on Missouri Western's campus

A memorial to honor fallen emergency medical service providers in Missouri will be built at Missouri Western State University. On April 26, the University’s Board of Governors approved a 99-year lease agreement with the Missouri EMS Memorial Foundation to locate the memorial near Mitchell Avenue, on land where the President’s House once stood. “Our organization is excited to be working with Missouri Western State University to make this vision become a reality,” said Evan Clark, vice-chairman of the Missouri EMS Memorial Foundation. “To finally have a permanent location to properly honor those members of the Missouri EMS profession who gave the[Read More]

Board approves tuition, room and board for 2018-2019

The Board of Governors at Missouri Western State University approved tuition and room and board rates for the 2018-2019 school year. For undergraduate, in-state students, tuition will rise 1 percent, from $204.14 per credit hour to $206.37. The increase is below the 2.4 percent allowed by state statute. Missouri’s public universities have agreed with state lawmakers to limit tuition increases to 1 percent if higher education funding is steady this year. If Missouri Western faces a significant cut in the state appropriation, the Board approved increasing in-state undergraduate tuition by up to $4.90 per credit hour, to $209.04. The board voted to[Read More]

Spring Jazz Concert April 27

The jazz program at Missouri Western State University presents its Spring Jazz Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27 in the Potter Hall Theater. The concert will feature performances by the Jazz Lab Band and Jazz Ensemble, showcasing classic jazz literature as well as new contemporary literature by today’s leading writers. The Jazz Lab Band will feature original compositions for big band, ranging in style from straight-ahead swing to up-beat Latin. The Jazz Ensemble, will feature a wide variety of literature, ranging from classics from the Count Basie and Thad Jones/Mel Lewis libraries to newer contemporary literature by composers/arrangers such as Jim[Read More]

Restorative justice talk part of Peace & Conflict Speaker Series April 24

The Peace & Conflict Studies Speaker Series at Missouri Western State University presents "Perspectives on Restorative Justice: Prosecutor, Practitioner and More" at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 24 in Spratt Hall, room 205. The talk is free and open to the public. Andrea Duloc, an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Criminal Justice, Legal Studies and Social Work, and Gregory Winship, of the Center for Conflict Resolution in Kansas City, will share restorative justice practices and experiences from the perspectives of a practitioner and former prosecutor. The Peace & Conflict Studies Speaker Series is funded by the Missouri Western State University Foundation. Missouri[Read More]

American Chemical Society president speaks April 25

Dr. Peter Dorhout, president of the American Chemical Society, will speak about the recent ACS Safety Summit at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 25 in Agenstein Hall, room 324 on the campus of Missouri Western State University. The presentation is free and open to the public. Dr. Dorhout will address issues of chemical safety in the laboratory and beyond, and the role that the ACS is playing to improve chemical safety. In addition to serving as ACS president, Dr. Dorhout is vice president for research and a professor at Kansas State University. The American Chemical Society is a scientific society based in the United[Read More]

Planetarium shows April 26, May 8

The Bushman Planetarium inside Agenstein Hall on the campus of Missouri Western State University will have public showings of “Africa: The Serengeti” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, and “Wonders of the Universe” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 8. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children, students and senior citizens. Tickets must be purchased in advance on the planetarium website or in person at Agenstein Hall, room 140 until 4 p.m. the day of the show. “Africa: The Serengeti” chronicles a spectacle that few humans have ever witnessed, the Great Migration, taking viewers on a journey with more than 1.5[Read More]

Tri Sigma hosts father-daughter dance for the community

The Zeta Tau chapter of Tri Sigma is hosting a Spring Father-Daughter Dance for girls in kindergarten through fifth grade and their fathers at 7 p.m. Friday, April 27 in Blum Student Union, room 222 on the Missouri Western State University campus. The event will feature snacks, dancing and photos while giving fathers and daughters the opportunity to create warm springtime memories. Tickets are $10 per person. All proceeds will benefit the March of Dimes. Tickets are limited; to reserve a spot, email Bayley Pickering, bpickering@missouriwestern.edu. Missouri Western State University is a comprehensive regional university providing a blend of traditional liberal arts and[Read More]

Olé Music and Dance of Spain April 26

Olé Music and Dance of Spain will perform at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 26 in the Kemper Recital Hall, Spratt Hall room 101 on the campus of Missouri Western State University. The performance is free and open to the public. Olé Music and Dance of Spain was formed in Kansas City in 1994 to create appreciation for Spanish dance and music, specifically flamenco. Tamara “La Garbancito” Carson is the founder and artistic director. She has brought together a diverse group of talented musicians and dancers who share her vision of bringing the passion and energy of flamenco and Spanish dance to[Read More]

Spring Art Sale April 26-28

The Missouri Western State University Clay Guild will host a Student Art Sale Thursday through Saturday, April 26-28. Works of art created by Missouri Western students will be sold in the Potter Art Gallery, inside Potter Hall, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 27 and 28, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29. For more information, contact the Department of Art at 816-271-4282. 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[Read More]

HGPR Scholars' Day, Mary Boder Speaker Series April 20

A scholar will talk about the French Revolution for the Mary Boder History Speaker Series at Missouri Western State University on Friday, April 20. Dr. Howard G. Brown of Binghamton University will present “The Thermidorians’ Terror: Atrocities, Tragedies, Trauma” at 3:30 p.m. in Blum Student Union, room 218 as part of the annual History, Geography, Philosophy and Religion Scholars’ Day. All activities are free and open to the public. Dr. Brown’s talk will consider how revelations about atrocities and personal tragedies during the French Revolution’s “Reign of Terror” helped to forge a collective trauma for France. Prior to Dr. Brown’s keynote address,[Read More]

Sophomore Andrea Gordon chosen for Oxfam CHANGE Leaders training

A Missouri Western State University student has been chosen for Oxfam America’s class of CHANGE Leaders for the 2018-2019 school year. Andrea Gordon, sophomore theatre and cinema major from Kansas City, Mo., is one of only 30 students nationwide selected by the international anti-poverty program for its leadership and advocacy training program. “We are excited to extend CHANGE Leader invitations to these incredible students,” said Nessa Stoltzfus Barge, volunteer and youth engagement manager at Oxfam. “Each of these students has demonstrated deep commitment and passion for Oxfam’s mission to end the injustice of poverty, and we are thrilled to be able[Read More]

Missouri Western provost announces retirement

Dr. Jeanne Daffron, provost and vice president for academic affairs since 2009, has announced plans to retire effective June 30. “Dr. Jeanne Daffron has been a vital part of Missouri Western State University for more than 40 years, and has overseen some monumental changes on our campus” said Dr. Robert Vartabedian, Missouri Western’s president. “Her commitment to academic excellence and community service has set the hallmark campus-wide, and she is really going to be missed.” “I am so proud of this institution, and of our faculty, staff and students who have worked so hard to make Missouri Western the wonderful place that[Read More]

Harris named to lead School of Nursing and Health Professions

Dr. Crystal Harris has been named associate dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions at Missouri Western State University. “The effectiveness of Dr. Harris’ leadership has been apparent for some time,” said Dr. Jeanne Daffron, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “I am also impressed by the confidence her colleagues in the School of Nursing and Health Professions have in her. They too recognize her leadership and appreciate her collaborative approach. She clearly was the right choice to lead the School forward.” “The School of Nursing and Health Professions has a tradition of quality programs because of the exceptional[Read More]

Art History Symposium at Albrecht-Kemper Museum

Missouri Western State University and the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art will host the second annual Undergraduate Art History Symposium, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 14 at the museum, 2808 Frederick Avenue. The event is free and open to the public. Ten students from eight different colleges and universities will present original research projects in 20-minute talks. There are two sessions, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 to 4:30 p.m. There will be a keynote lecture at 5 p.m. Dr. Randall Griffey, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Dr. Griffey[Read More]

Dr. Pam Clary receives Governor's Award

Dr. Pam Clary is Missouri Western State University’s recipient of the 2018 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education. Dr. Clary, assistant professor and director of social work, received her award at a luncheon with Lt. Gov. Mike Parson in Jefferson City on April 5. “Dr. Pam Clary has a reputation as an excellent teacher, academic advisor, mentor and social worker,” reads her award nomination. “She employs a variety of teaching strategies that engage students in active learning and students benefit from her push for them to reach their potential.” Dr. Clary’s teaching and advising of social work students at Missouri Western has[Read More]

Potter Art Gallery presents second senior art exhibit

The Potter Art Gallery at Missouri Western State University presents the second Senior Art Exhibit, showcasing artwork by senior students in the Department of Art. The exhibit will run April 11-20, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 13. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. Artwork in a variety of media will be displayed by seniors Adriann Brammeier, Tessa Courtoise, Amy Hohman, Rosie Lammoglia, Nicole Lyne, Tanner Martine, Christopher McCowan, Kira Moffet, Danielle Moore, Kristina Nicholson, Rachelle Pearl, Trudy Peterson, Amanda Recklein, Nathan Seeers, Lyle Simon, Shelby Simon and Meghan Stevens. The Potter Art[Read More]

MWSU presents Noel Coward's 'Blithe Spirit' April 13-21

Missouri Western State University’s 2017-2018 Theatre Season concludes with Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit” April 13-21 in the Potter Hall Theater. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14, and Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 19, 20 and 21, with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. April 15. The smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages, this much-revived classic from the playwright of Private Lives offers up fussy, cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira, who is called up by a[Read More]

Melissa de la Cruz to give public reading at Missouri Western

New York Times-bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz Cruz will give a public reading of her work at “The Mochila Review Presents: In the Shadow of Melissa de la Cruz” at 7 p.m. Monday, April 16 in the Kemper Recital Hall inside Spratt Hall at Missouri Western State University. The reading is free and open to the public. The Missouri Humanities Council has awarded a grant of $2,500 to Missouri Western in support of the project, which is sponsored by The Mochila Review, Missouri Western’s national undergraduate literary journal. In addition to funding from MHC, the event is made possible through[Read More]
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