JAYC Foundation to participate in Two Day Child Abuse Conference

Child abuse will be the topic of a two-day conference being held April 17th and 18th at Missouri Western. Participants will have an opportunity to listen and learn from experts. The conference is being held in the Fulkerson Center. It is sponsored by the Regional Law Enforcement Academy, Department of Criminal Justice, Legal Studies, Social Work, Department of Nursing and Northwest Missouri Child Advocacy Center. Breakout sessions will be held in classrooms both days. Everyone must preregister. The forms are available online at wi.missouriwestern.edu/conference. Kip Wilson, associate professor of CJLS,  says that this is their first attempt to put together so many organizations into one learning conference. “Sandy Hook was a terrible shock, but people forget that weekly approximately that many children get killed,” Wilson stated. “Often by parents who are their caretakers.” Dr. Gretchen Quenstedt-Moe, assistant professor of Nursing, stresses the value of this conference. Other similar ones charge $300.00. The registration fee for this conference is $80.00.  If you are a field instructor or MWSU adjunct instructor, it is $20.00. Students may attend for free. She stresses that everyone must preregister because there is a limit to class size for each session. “We are thrilled to death to have this opportunity, especially for our pediatric nurses. They will have a better understanding of how the system works,” Quenset-Moe, said. “It’s about taking responsibility in the community.” It will be particularly interesting to people involved in law enforcement, social services, healthcare and education. Wilson says it is an opportunity for students and professionals to listen to a wide range of speakers who work to prevent child abuse every day and to focus on the tragedy of abuse. “We have offered a yearly conference to give back or say ‘Thank You’ to the community for everything they do for our students,” Pam Clary, instructor  of PSS,  said. “This is the first time we are joining many disciplines to host a conference.” Learning the signs of an abuser is one aspect that can be gained from the conference. One of the 10 presentations on Wednesday will be by Catherine Vannier, Family Violence Resource Prosecutor with the Missouri Office of Prosecution Services. It will cover the signs and symptoms of coercive control and present a link between child abuse, domestic violence and animal abuse. Wilson says an informational video showing signs of abuse can also be viewed at http://atsweb.uthscsa.edu/webdev/Mckee/Anderst/MIC.html. “The conference will raise the level of awareness for everyone so that we can advocate for our children,” Dr. Mary Jo Gay, assistant professor of Nursing, said. “This conference is interdisciplinary and will be informational and educational to all students.” Of unique interest to participants will be the special guests, Terry Probyn, Dr. Rebecca Bailey and Jane Dickel, LCSW. They will be conducting a workshop presented by The JAYC Foundation. The foundation was formed by former kidnap victim Jaycee Dugard. Their topic will be on reacquainting law enforcement officers and employees with their culture and mission. This workshop will be the last event of the conference from 1-4pm on Thursday. “I plan to attend and so do many of my fraternity brothers from Phi Sigma Kappa,” senior criminal justice major Matthew Morris said. Corporal John Christianson, Highway Patrol Troop H officer and Adjunct Criminal Justice Instructor, says that he has assisted other patrolmen in responding to calls that involved abuse. He keeps a watchful eye during all shifts for signs that indicate a hotline call to DFS is needed to investigate the situation. “If we save one child, then it is worth it,” Christianson said. “This is a good conference because it pulls from many disciplines and provides a voice for victims that don’t have a voice.”

Annual Drag Show will bring down the house with a 1950

(left) Dirty Dorthy interacts with students at last years PRIDE Alliance Drag Show. 

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This year’s drag show will feature some “FLY” drag queens in their 1950’s theme event. [caption id="attachment_17017" align="alignleft" width="150"](left) Dirty Dorthy interacts with students at last years PRIDE Alliance Drag Show.  Photo by: Will C Photography (left) Dirty Dorthy interacts with students at last years PRIDE Alliance Drag Show.
Photo by: Will C Photography[/caption] The Pride Alliance will be hosting their annual Missouri Western Drag Show on April 2. The doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and the show starts at 8:00 p.m. PRIDE President Kayla Wiedmaier, said the event will take place on April 2nd, in the Fulkerson center and believes this year’s event will bring in more students and members of the community. Western students will get into the drag show for free with their Western ID. The show will charge members of the community $3 a person to attend this year’s show. “It gets better every year,” Wiedmaier said. “The theme we’ve chosen is quite different from the years previous and should bring in a large crowd.” PRIDE has chosen to do this year for their Drag Show will be a 1950’s. Wiedmaier said the design and look for this theme is completely different from their Burlesque theme from last year. The event will headline three drag queens which include Bianca Bliss, Catia Lee Love, Madison Elise and other special guest. The organization plans to take donations from those who attend the event and all tips that the drag queens receive will be donated to a group in need. Tyler Rhoad, former president of PRIDE and Wiedmaier said they would not release the organization they plan to donate the money they receive for this year’s show. All the tips that are donated to the drag queens will be donated to a charity,” Wiedmaier said. “You will have to attend the event to hear who our secret charity will be.” The event has been held for the last couple of years and has seen a significant number of large crowds. Keisha Davis, former president of PRIDE, plans to attend this year’s event. She believes the reason why attendance is why is due to the event being a unique cultural experience that student’s aren’t used to. Students should go because not only is it a lot of fun,” Davis said. “It’s educational and there’s something in it for everyone.” Sarah Matthews, member of PRIDE, said that students and those in the community should attend because it’s the one time of the year where everyone can come together for an exciting event. “Students should come to the drag show because it’s simply a fun and entertaining experience, that most people don’t get to see on a daily basis,” Matthews said.    

Education Expo brings students opportunities for all levels of education

Prepare your resumes for the Career Center’s Education Expo for education majors. The Education Expo will take place on April 5 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Fulkerson Center. The Career Development Center plans to provide college students and graduates in the field of education the experience to reach out to employers in the job market this month. Claire Busby, program assistant at the center, said school district positions, graduate programs and higher education positions could be offered to education majors. “We have over 40 school districts and 50 recruiters coming in,” Busby said. “It’s all Missouri and Kansas schools that plan to attend and there’s something for everyone.” Recruiters attending the Expo are employing for preschool positions as well as elementary and high school positions. Students from every line of study such as math, science, English, history and art will have an opportunity to speak with these recruiters. Coaching positions and performing art teachers are needed and recruiters will be there to speak with students about different types of employment opportunities. All types of positions are looking for full-time and part-time faculty members. Minerva Torres, adviser of the Nontraditional Association, said students in the field of education who plan to graduate this May or even December need to attend the Expo to receive practice with employers and hopefully have the chance to get their feet wet in the job market. “It’s good to see who’s out there and what these recruiters are looking for,” Torres said. The Expo will offer a wide diversity of employers. Busby said that students never know what’s going to happen when you attend the event and see what these employers are looking for in their prospective areas. She said students need to practice dressing professionally and boosting their resumes while making sure it’s updated. “Any student at any point in time can bring their resume to the Career Center for improvements to be made,” Busby said. “We will work with you to help ensure that you are the best candidate for the position.” Torres believes the event is a good way for students to boost what they have learned from their classes at Missouri Western and to go out to these expos and show these employers what they can offer in the field of education. “It’s a good way to get their credentials out there,” Torres said. “The sooner these students get out and network, the better they will be.” Amanda Felice, instructor of English, said she’s been to the Education Expo more than once. She’s had friends who have been hired by districts through the Education Expo. “It is a good way to make contacts and to hand out your resume,” Felice said.  “So when these schools start the hiring process, they remember your face.” No matter what your grades are or how many credit hours are in your major, it’s an opportunity to get some networking with other education employers, Busby said. “I have a very diverse group of school districts from big to small, urban, private, public and Christian,” Busby said. “You have a ton of advantages available.”

“A Taste of Spain” gives students a twist of culture

Vicky Perez illustrates what she is talking about during the Taste of Spain Presentation. Tevin Harris | Photo Editor.
Murphy 224 was filled with students and faculty for "A Taste of Spain." [caption id="attachment_17111" align="alignleft" width="150"]Vicky Perez illustrates what she is talking about during the Taste of Spain Presentation. Tevin Harris | Photo Editor. Vicky Perez illustrates what she is talking about during the Taste of Spain Presentation. Tevin Harris | Photo Editor.[/caption] The English, Foreign Languages and Journalism Department hosted the event to help educate people on the Spanish culture, customs and country. Vicky Perez Calzadilla was the guest speaker. She is a Fulbright Scholar currently teaching three Spanish classes at Missouri Western. A native of Spain, Calzadilla took the group on a virtual tour of the country. Beginning with the Northwest corner and circling the coastline then traveling through the interior, guests were shown the highlights of many cities and regions. “There is a wide variety of languages spoken in the country,”  Calzadilla said, “depending on what region you are traveling in.” Like the language, the landscape varies drastically from Northern to Southern Spain. Northern architecture is dark and grey with thick stone walls to keep out dampness and cold. Southern architecture is white, bright, and much more airy. “In the South, you will see flat roofs and large windows," Calzadilla said. "Many old parts of towns are pedestrian only." She showed examples of various traditional celebrations including Las Falles, the celebration of Saint Joseph. Large models are made of wax, paper-mache, and wood then burnt at the end of the celebration, she said. It is a smoky, fiery, five day celebration that involves fireworks and many noisemakers. Some models are five stories tall. They depict a wide range of people from Lady Gaga to President Obama. There is no limit to what is created. A video was also shown of the historic yearly running of the bulls celebration in Pamplona. Calzadilla explained that tourism is a huge market in Spain due to the large amount of usable coastline. Almost all Spanish cities are tourist destinations due to the huge variety of architectural influences. “It’s a very exploited area because of the tourists,” Calzadilla said. She displayed pictures of miles of beaches with hotels nearly on the water. She said that heavy beach erosion has occurred in these areas due to overpopulation and exploitation. Spain sets on the Mediterranean Sea coastline, Calzadilla explained that the water there is similar to calm lake water. It is crystal clear, warm and very pleasant to swim in, she told the crowd. “This is a unique way of seeing what is native to the land,” assistant professor of Spanish Francisco Castilla Ortiz said. “it shows what the natives would show.” Calzadilla said the city of Bilbao boasts a Guggenheim Museum built by Canadian-American architect  Frank Gehry. The modern art building is highly recognized because it has been featured in movies, music videos and video games. Built in 1997, it invigorated the Bilbao tourist industry with its wavy, reflective outer walls and innovative interior design. “Overall, I thought the presentation was very exciting, and it convinced me to visit Spain in the future,” junior Kelsey Samenus, president of the Spanish Club, said.

Annual drag show brings fierceness to Fulkerson

Perhaps the biggest highlight of the show occurred when the drag queen Catia Lee Love requested that audience member Tyce VanMeter Pull a ribbon hidden in her rear. The crowd Screamed and were very shocked, yet applauded him for doing it. Tevin Harris | Photo Editor
Students saw queens push up their boobs, puff their hair and strut down the runway in this year’s Drag Show. [caption id="attachment_17327" align="alignleft" width="150"]Perhaps the biggest highlight of the show occurred when the drag queen Catia Lee Love requested that audience member Tyce VanMeter Pull a ribbon hidden in her rear. The crowd Screamed and were very shocked, yet applauded him for doing it. Tevin Harris | Photo Editor Perhaps the biggest highlight of the show occurred when the drag queen Catia Lee Love requested that audience member Tyce VanMeter Pull a ribbon hidden in her rear. The crowd Screamed and were very shocked, yet applauded him for doing it. Tevin Harris | Photo Editor[/caption] The PRIDE Alliance hosted its annual Drag Show on April 2 with a 1950’s theme. The organization brought in hundreds of students, faculty and community members for the show. Tyler Rhoad, former president of PRIDE, said the queens that were selected for this year’s show were phenomenal; however, the attendance left him a little unsatisfied. “I think me not being on campus has impacted the show this year and not in a good way,” Rhoad said. “The performers though will be great.” The event showcased queens in 1950’s drag and modern drag which left a lasting impression on the audience. Kelsey Guthery, leadership programming assistant of Center of Student Engagement, said the event is always a lot of fun. She believes the energy is always good, no matter what the theme is. “They're always hilarious,” Guthery said. “The drag queens usually have the funniest senses of dry, sarcastic humor and I love it!” The drag queens involved the students, faculty and community members in the show and brought down the house in laughter. A child from the audience was selected by one of the queens to get on stage and strut his stuff to earn some cash. The boy was six year old Micah Everall, whose mother, Charity, is a student at Missouri Western. “I had a lot of fun,” Everall said. “I liked dancing on stage.” The show brought out several of the Greek organizations, the Student Government Association, The Villa employees and faculty at Missouri Western for one night of dancing divas and sarcastic humor from the queens. “The drag queens do some outlandish things,” Guthery said. “It doesn't really represent the gay community as a whole, but I think people understand that it's just for entertainment.” The drag queens that headline the event included Sparkle Iman, Bianca Bliss, Catia Lee Love and Miss Gay Missouri Madison Elise. Iman was ready to get the show on the road and got the crowd standing and cheering for the performances the entire night. She brought humor and interaction with the audience.  Iman would call out attendees took out their cell phones and didn’t pay attention, using them as humor to entertain the audience. “Put up that god damn cell phone,” Inman said. “It’s time ladies and gentlemen, let’s get the show going.” The queens accepted donations from the audience during the performance and all proceeds went towards the local autism chapter in St. Joseph, Mo.