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Summer Walk-In Registration Scheduled May 24

St. Joseph, Mo. -May 15, 2012-Walk-in registration for summer 2012 classes at Missouri Western State University will be 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24 in Eder Hall. Classes begin Tuesday, May 29 for the eight-week session and the first four-week session, and June 25 for the second four-week session. “Summer classes are a great way for students to pick up some credits and graduate faster, whether they take classes online or on campus,” said Howard McCauley, dean of enrollment management. “Students of other universities who are home for the summer can take classes here that will transfer to their[Read More]

MWSU Alum to Speak at ROTC Commissioning Ceremony

St. Joseph, Mo. - May 9, 2012 - Brig. Gen. Gregory D. Mason, assistant adjutant general of the Missouri National Guard and a Missouri Western alumnus, will be the guest speaker at the Missouri Western State University ROTC Commissioning Ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, May 11 in the Kemper Recital Hall inside Leah Spratt Hall. Three cadets will be commissioned as officers in the United States Army or Army National Guard. Brig. Gen. Mason is a 1989 graduate of Missouri Western with a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice. He also holds a Master of Public Affairs degree in public management[Read More]

Commencement Ceremonies Scheduled May 12

St. Joseph, Mo. - May 7, 2012 - Missouri Western State University will hold its spring commencement ceremonies at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, May 12 in the M.O. Looney Complex. David Tushaus, professor of legal studies and chair of the department of criminal justice, legal studies and social work, will deliver the commencement address at both ceremonies. The MWSU Alumni Association will host free receptions for graduates and their families after each ceremony in the Looney small gym. Other commencement-related activities include an ROTC commissioning ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, May 11 in the Kemper Recital Hall inside Leah[Read More]

T. Boone Pickens to Speak at Fall Convocation on Critical Issues

St. Joseph, Mo. - May 4, 2012 - The legendary oil and gas entrepreneur T. Boone Pickens will be the speaker at Missouri Western State University's Convocation on Critical Issues at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 4, 2012 in the Looney Complex. The Convocation is free and open to the public. Pickens will also participate in a question-and-answer session at a special Convocation Luncheon following the speech. Ticket information for the luncheon will be announced at a later date. "Pickens is outspoken on the United States' energy policies, energy options for the future and leadership," said Dan Nicoson, vice president for[Read More]

More than 7,700 Attend MWSU Theatre Productions

St. Joseph, Mo. - May 3, 2012 - The 2011-2012 theatre season at Missouri Western State University, "A Season of Classics," is being called a success, with more than 7,700 people attending the four productions. "We're very grateful that the Missouri Western campus and the St. Joseph community have been so supportive," said Tee Quillin, assistant professor of theatre and cinema. "We knew that a four-show season was ambitious, but we were also confident audiences would embrace and appreciate the spectacular talents of our students." The official total attendance for the four productions was 7,714. “Romeo and Juliet” played to sold-out audiences[Read More]

Best of Student Cinema Projects on Display May 4

St. Joseph, Mo.--May 2, 2012--The theatre and cinema program at Missouri Western State University presents the MWSU Cinema Showcase at 7 p.m. Friday, May 4 in the Kemper Recital Hall, inside Leah Spratt Hall. Admission is free. "The showcase features this year's best music videos, commercials and short films," said Dallas Henry, assistant professor of theatre and cinema. "It's a wonderful night to see some of the great work that our cinema program is doing." The night also includes the launch of a viral video commercial for Hy-Vee, directed by Justin Joseph, senior theatre and cinema major of St. Joseph, and filmed[Read More]

MWSU Honors Award Winners, Retirees

St. Joseph, Mo. - May 1, 2012 - Missouri Western State University and the MWSU Foundation presented awards to 10 faculty and staff members and 18 retirees were honored during the University's 2012 Awards and Retirees' Recognition on May 1. Awards presented were: Presidential Citation Award-Service to Campus Colleagues: Cindy Spotts-Conrad, financial aid Presidential Citation Award-Service to University: Peggy Ellis, Western Institute Presidential Citation Award-Service to Western Students: Elaine Bryant, student success Jesse Lee Myers Excellence in Teaching Awards: Dr. Cary Chevalier, biology; Dr. Mary Still, psychology; Dr. Daniel Trifan, history, philosophy and geography Dr. James V. Mehl Award for Outstanding Faculty Scholarship: Dr. Matthew Edwards,[Read More]

Cinema and Theatre Presents Student Directing Showcase

St. Joseph, Mo. - April 25, 2012 - The cinema and theatre program at Missouri Western State University will present "Tabula Rasa," the 2012 student directing showcase, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 1 and 2 in the Black Box Theater located in Potter Hall. The showcase will feature 15 original ten-minute plays, written and directed by Missouri Western students and performed by students and members of the community. Admission is free but donations to Alpha Psi Omega, Missouri Western’s chapter of the National Honorary Theatre Fraternity, are welcome. Seating is limited and reservations will not be accepted. The[Read More]

Community Chorus Concert Features MWSU Chorale

St. Joseph, Mo. - April 25, 2012 - The Missouri Western State University Concert Chorale will join the St. Joseph Community Chorus as the Chorus presents its Spring Masterworks Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at Grace Evangelical Church, 5103 South 50th. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for students and free for children 10 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the door, from a chorus member or from the Missouri Western department of music. The concert will feature three works accompanied by full orchestra. The first two works are by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams,[Read More]

Arts Alliance Holds Pasta Bowl Fundraiser April 20

St. Joseph, Mo. - April 18, 2012 - The Griffon Arts Alliance, a student organization at Missouri Western State University, will hold their second annual Pasta Bowl fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 20 at the American Legion Pony Express Post 359, 4826 Frederick Ave. Customers who pay $5 will get a bowl of pasta served with one of several different sauces. Customers who pay $10 will have their pasta served in a specially created ceramic bowl, which theyll be able to take home. The bowls were created by students and David Harris, assistant professor of art. For more information, contact[Read More]

MWSU Signs Agreement with Xidian University

Missouri Western State University has signed an agreement with Xidian University of Xi’an, People’s Republic of China, to cooperate in academic research and exchange. “The agreement that we are signing today outlines the intent of our two institutions to exchange faculty and students over the next five years,” said Dr. Robert Vartabedian, Missouri Western’s president. “We strongly believe that international faculty and student exchanges increase global understanding and work to build stronger bonds between people.” Tiantian Zou, a professor of English at Xidian University, has been visiting Missouri Western this year as a Fulbright scholar, teaching Chinese in the department of English,[Read More]

MWSU Groups Present Free Concert at Krug Park

Three instrumental music groups from Missouri Western State University will present a free concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 22 in the Krug Park Bowl amphitheater. The concert by the Missouri Western Concert Band, the Western Symphonic Winds and the Brass Band is part of a series of performances at Krug Park, a collaboration between the department of music at Missouri Western, the St. Joseph School District and the City of St. Joseph parks, recreation and civic facilities department. The Concert Band and Symphonic Winds are under the direction of Jeffrey Hinton, assistant professor of music and director of bands. The Brass[Read More]

Missouri Western Hosts Senior Art Exhibit

The second of two exhibits for graduating seniors from the department of art at Missouri Western State University will be on display April 25 through May 3 in the Potter Gallery, located inside Potter Hall. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. An opening reception is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 25. The exhibit will feature graphic design and studio art work by seniors Brooke Carter, Neal Grey, Chad Hammontree, Sara Hunt, Brett Huskamp, Samantha Jones, Ashley Linder, Andrew Needham, Tara Sabbert, Deanna Sedlock and[Read More]

Western Institute Creates Professional Theatre

St. Joseph, Mo. - April 12, 2012 - The Western Institute at Missouri Western State University has created a new summer professional theatre company, Western Playhouse. The company will present three productions in June and July at Potter Hall Theater on the Missouri Western campus. "I'm pleased at this latest example of the arts flourishing here at Missouri Western and in the St. Joseph community," said Dr. Robert Vartabedian, Missouri Western's president. "We're grateful that the community has enthusiastically supported our recent theatrical productions, and Im certain that they will support this new endeavor by our faculty members as well." Dallas Henry[Read More]

Western Playhouse Schedules Auditions

St. Joseph, Mo. - April 13, 2012 - The Western Playhouse, a new professional summer theatre company hosted by the Western Institute of Missouri Western State University, will hold auditions for its first summer season in St. Joseph on April 21 and in Kansas City on April 28. Productions include "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," "Barefoot in the Park," and "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change." Auditions are by appointment only. You must reserve a time slot by visiting the Western Playhouse website, westernplayhouse.com. Time slots are available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 21 at the[Read More]

Western Presents 'Little Shop of Horrors'

St. Joseph, Mo. - April 13, 2012 - The 2011-2012 Missouri Western State University Theatre Season, "A Season of Classics," will conclude with the rollicking production of the musical cult classic "Little Shop of Horrors" April 19-29 at the Potter Hall Theater. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 19, 20, 21 and 27, with 3 p.m. matinees on April 21, 22, 28 and 29. Tickets are $14 for adults, $10 for Missouri Western faculty and staff and those with military ID, and $8 for students. Advance purchase is recommended, through www.mwsutix.com, in person at the box office inside[Read More]

MWSU Student Named Journalist of the Year; Newspaper, Yearbook Honored

The Griffon News, the student newspaper of Missouri Western State University, earned 22 awards and its editor-in-chief was named the top college journalist in the state at the Missouri College Media Association convention, which was hosted by Missouri Western on April 14. David Hon, a junior convergent media major from Platte City and president of MCMA, beat out eight other nominees to be named Journalist of the Year. He is Missouri Western’s first recipient since 1998. Now in his fourth semester as editor, Hon also took home several individual awards, including first and second place in in-depth reporting, third place and[Read More]

Grimes Named Interim VP for Student Affairs

Dr. Judy Grimes has been named interim vice president for student affairs at Missouri Western State University. Her appointment was announced today by Dr. Robert Vartabedian, president of the university. Dr. Grimes, associate vice president and dean of students, has been working in partnership with the university’s provost, Dr. Jeanne Daffron, to oversee the student affairs division since the departure of the former vice president of student affairs in March. “Dr. Daffron and Dr. Grimes have done an excellent job of leading the student affairs division through this period of transition,” Dr. Vartabedian said. “Dr. Grimes has been a valued member of[Read More]

Western Presents eXtreme Percussion

The department of music at Missouri Western State University presents the 10th annual eXtreme Percussion show at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 6 and 7, in the Potter Hall Theater. Tickets are $6, or $4 for students with ID. The high-energy show features Western percussion students on drum sets, steel drums, trash cans and other percussion instruments. The Western students will be joined by percussionists from Park Hill High School and Alford Music of St. Joseph. eXtreme Percussion is directed by Dennis Rogers, professor of music and director of percussion studies, and sponsored by the Western Percussion Society, the Western Activities[Read More]

Noontime Concert Features MWSU Faculty, Students

Vocal music faculty and students from Missouri Western State University will perform in the First Thursday Downtown Noontime Concert Series at 12:10 p.m. Thursday, April 5 at First Presbyterian Church, 7th and Jules. This is the final concert of the 2011-2012 concert series. Performers will include faculty members Dr. David Benz, Dr. Roger Hale and Jennifer White, and students Daniel Brooks, Kaitlyn Christian, Adrienne Collins, Jeremy Howe, Donovan Jones, Jacob Mills, Lauren Robbins and Ashley Wood. The pianist will be Ara Ju, a member of the piano faculty. The program includes both secular and sacred music, including several solos from Handel’s Messiah. The[Read More]
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