official applied learning universityApril 20, 2022–Missouri Western State University will host its inaugural Applied Learning Showcase Friday, April 22. The all-day event will feature art exhibits and performances, research presentations and more. All events are open to the public.

“Missouri Western has a statewide mission of applied learning, and we want the campus, our alumni and the community to understand the ways we live out that mission,” said Dr. Mike Ducey, professor of chemistry and director of the Griffon Office of Applied Learning. “The Applied Learning Showcase will feature many of the ways that our students take learning outside of the classroom.”

The showcase schedule includes:

Senior Art Exhibition, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Potter Hall Gallery

The exhibition features creative projects by senior art students and will be on display in the Potter Hall Gallery through May 8. 

From Production to Promotion: Media, Film and Design, 10 a.m. to noon, Enright Community Rooms, Spratt 214-216

Griffon Media and communications students will present their year’s work.

Virtual Applied Learning University Event (VALUE), 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., link available at 

Students who have participated in virtual applied learning events will discuss their projects.

Multidisciplinary Research Day, noon to 1:30 p.m., Fulkerson Center

A decades-old tradition at Missouri Western, Multidisciplinary Research Day features poster presentations of research projects in academic disciplines across campus. Students will be on hand to explain their research and answer questions.

Oral Presentations of Applied Learning, 1 to 2:20 p.m., Fulkerson Center

Students will orally present their research projects.

Vocal Music Performances, 2 to 3 p.m., Kemper Recital Hall, Spratt 101

Vocal music students will perform in solos and ensembles. 

Jazz in the Union, 3 to 4 p.m., Blum Union Lobby

Students in the Missouri Western Jazz Program will perform.

Program Open Houses, 4 to 5:30 p.m., various locations

Chemistry (Remington/Agenstein Hall), Engineering Technology (Wilson Hall), Nursing (Murphy Hall) and the School of Fine Arts (Potter Hall) will show visitors their applied learning facilities.

7th annual Griffon Film Festival, 6 to 9 p.m., Missouri Theatre, 715 Edmond Street

The annual showcase for senior film students will be held in Downtown St. Joseph. Admission is free for Missouri Western students with ID; for others, it is $5 at the door. The Griffon Film Festival is sponsored in part by the School of Fine Arts and the Performing Arts Association. 

Missouri Western State University is a student-centered learning community preparing individuals for lives of excellence through applied learning. Missouri Western is located in St. Joseph, Mo., and is committed to the educational, economic, cultural and social development of the region it serves. Visit