Joplin, MO (SNS) – Two workshops designed to enhance the Writing in the Discipline program will be offered at Missouri Southern State University.

The first workshop, “Tools of the Trade: Grading Student Writing,” will be presented by Kathy Gray from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, in Room 147 of the Mills Anderson Justice Center. The second program, “Improving Student Writing,” presented by Don Judd is set for Wednesday, April 20.

The sessions are offered by the Writing Program and the Teaching and Learning committees.

“For years now, employers have lamented the proficiency level of new college graduates in written communication. Much of this concern has resulted not from the lack of ability to pen a typical ‘term’ paper, but instead from lack of insight into how to communicate in terms, structures and media commonly associated with the career field – be it business or biology, math or medicine,” said Dr. Paula Carson, provost/vice president for academic affairs.

“Our emphasis on Writing in the Discipline mitigates this concern and enables our students to be more career-ready. That is because our students do not only learn to write, but write to learn – all in the context of their specific professions.”

Activities slated for next week on campus include film screenings, business-development programs and a performance by the Southern Percussion Ensemble.

TUESDAY, MARCH 29

“15 Invaluable Laws of Growth”: 8 to 9 a.m., Room 107D of Plaster Hall. Robyn Paul, a certified John Maxwell Trainer, will share the principles that can help a person grow. Sessions will continue April 5, 12, 19 and 26. Presented by the Small Business & Technology Development Center. Cost is $199 per person. Details: 417-625-3128.

Grocery Bingo: 12:20 p.m., Lions Den in Billingsly Student Center. Students will play for a chance to win free groceries.

Microsoft Excel – Level 2: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Room 320 of Plaster Hall. The two-day training will cover the new intermediate functions of Excel. It will continue on Thursday, March 31. Cost is $120 per person. Details: 417-625-3128.

“Bully”: 2:30 and 6:30 p.m., Phelps Theatre in Billingsly Student Center. Rated PG; presented by the Wellness Department. Free snacks and beverages available.

“Hands Over the City”: 7 p.m., Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall. The International Film Series continues with this tale of a scheming land developer who becomes the center of a scandal when one of his buildings collapses. Free.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30

“Where Will Your Business Be in 2019?”: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Room 107 of Plaster Hall. The hands-on training will help you develop a vision for where you want your business to be in three years. Cost is $59 per person. Details: 417-625-3128.

“Tools of the Trade: Grading Student Writing”: 2 to 4 p.m., Room 147 of the Mills Anderson Justice Center.

“The Women on the Sixth Floor”: 3 p.m., Phelps Theatre in BSC. The Tournées Film Festival will kick off with this charming film about friendship across class and language divides.

Adam Mamwala: 7 p.m., Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall. The award-winning stand-up comedian will perform. Free for students, faculty, staff and alumni. Presented by the Campus Activities Board.

THURSDAY, MARCH 31

Dress for Success: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Connor Ballroom in Billingsly Student Center. Students preparing for the Spring Career Fair can pick out professional clothing donated by community members.

“Sisters”: 2:30 and 6:30 p.m., Phelps Theatre. Two grown sisters throw one last party at their childhood home in this comedy starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Rated R. Presented by the Campus Activities Board.

Percussion Ensemble Concert: 7:30 p.m., Bud Walton Black Box Theatre. The Southern Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Chase Neely, will perform. Free and open to the public.

FRIDAY, APRIL 1

MSHSAA District Music Festival: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fine Arts Complex. Area high-school students will perform vocal solos and small ensembles.

April Fools Day Airbrush Tattoos: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Lions Den. Students with valid ID can receive a free temporary tattoo.

“The Artist”: 1 p.m., Phelps Theatre in BSC. The award-winning film set in silent-era Hollywood is the next feature in the Tournées Film Festival.

“Sisters”: 6:30 p.m., Phelps Theatre in BSC.

SATURDAY, APRIL 2

MSHSAA District Music Festival: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fine Arts Complex.

SUNDAY, APRIL 3

Pat Lipira Softball Complex Dedication: 12:30 p.m. The university’s softball fields will be dedicated to longtime coach Pat Lipira.

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