Three pianists, a female vocalist and their instructor Ok Sok Choi participated in Westerns musical workshop.
The concert kicked off at 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb 6, in the Kemper Recital Hall, with twelve-year-old Jeongwoo Byeon playing Sinfonia No. 15 in B flat by Bach and Sonata No. 8 in A by Mozart; Byeon was followed by pianist Haejeong Kwon playing Sonata in C by L.v Beethoven and Etude in C# by Chopin. Vocal soloist Ye sol Shin then performed Quando M’en Vo by Puccini and the German love song, Rastlose Liebe by Schubert. The concert concluded with Dae Han Lee’s performance of Sonata Ot. 57 by Beethoven and Etude No. 9 by Rachmaninoff.
Interim Assistant Dean Melody Smith was excited to help bring the musicians to campus and to be a part of the students’ experience at Western.
“They arrived on the 24th [of January] and began classes on the 25th. They have studied English for three hours in the morning, and had private lessons in the afternoons; rehearsals in the evening, and even went bowling with the international group. They have worked very, very hard,” Smith said.
Although the 2016 music camp was established through the professional relationship between Ok Sok Choi, Director of the Mozart Studio for performing arts in South Korea, and Western professor of keyboard studies Matthew Edwards; Edwards has declined to comment on the impact of the international students’ visit.
Western has had two previous international camps, in both 2009 and 2013 with the program expected to continue in the 2016-2017 academic year.
Whose dream it’s always been to watch a live explosion, touch a giant snake or announce the weather in front of a green screen was able to do exactly that last Saturday.
“Super Science Saturday,” an annual event held by St. Joseph Museums and Missouri Western, sets out to introduce children in the various sciences. But also the ones young at heart had their fair share of fun.
“The skulls downstairs were my favorite,” said Perry Dalrymple, who visitied the event with his wife Tanya and daughter Emily, 10, whose favorite were “the airplanes.” Her mother teaches science in the district so “the whole family is pretty interested in science,” said Tanya Dalrymple.
Athena Davis, a biology major with an emphasis in zoology, helped out with some of the animals the department had out to show the audience. This included a black rattlesnake, a rough green snake and an alligator snapping turtle - species that might seem intimidating at first.
“Snakes in particular a lot of kids think it’s creepy or dangerous but I see we have several species out here that are really, really sweet,” Davis said.
Other sciences interested minds could learn about besides biology included chemistry, forensic science, physics, psychology, mathematics, computer science, electronics, meteorology, geology, paleontology - a big variety of sciences. With 1555 participants this year’s Super Science Saturday has been the biggest so far according to Dr. Shauna Hiley. The event is co-hosted by St. Joseph Museums and MWSU on the last Saturday in January. The booths and shows are provided by science teachers and student groups from Missouri Western and several high schools, including Central, Benton, South Holt, St. Joseph Christian, and Union Star. From campus, Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society, The Wildlife Society, American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, and Alchemist Club all ran hands-on booths for participants this year. St. Joseph Museums started the event in 2001 at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion where it ran for several years, Hiley explained. When the event became to big for the space in 2011, Super Science Saturday moved to Remington Hall. The event is specifically aimed toward children. Hiley explains that the job opportunities in science fields are growing, for example “improvements in energy production, health care, transportation, construction, food production, or forensic investigation.”
“We as a society will need people to bring their talents to these fields. Where better to start recruiting than with inquisitive young minds? We want to spark that imagination and get them to see themselves as future scientists,” Hiley said.
If children show an interest in science, it is important to support their child’s newly found fascination.
“There are many computer games or apps that can feed their curiosity, as well as “heroes” like Bill Nye the Science Guy and Neil Degrasse Tyson to inspire. Take advantage of events like ours, or summer camp programs in science, or getting involved with that science fair project at school. Believe me, when I told my parents in high school that I wanted to be a chemist...well it wouldn’t have been their first choice, but they were very supportive. That made all the difference for my confidence when the subject got tougher and more challenging,” Hiley recommended parents.