Joplin, MO (SNS) – Nearly 2,400 high-school sophomores from around the region will visit the Missouri Southern State University campus during Sophomore Day, from 9:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 19.

Following an opening ceremony, students will be broken up into small groups to tour areas of the campus, which will be separated into 11 different zones. During those visits, students will learn about academic offerings at Missouri Southern as well as various aspects of campus life. Presentations by faculty and staff members, hands-on activities and more will be featured.

“This is the second year for Sophomore Day, and we wanted to create more of a full campus experience for our visitors,” said Cassie Mathes, director of University Relations & Marketing. “As they consider where to continue their education after graduating high school, we want these sophomores to come away with information about our outstanding academic programs, campus housing and activities that are offered.”

Sophomore Day will begin with an opening ceremony at 9:15 a.m. in the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center. The first tour rotation will begin at 9:45, followed by a second at 10:45 a.m. Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. at five different locations around campus, followed by a third tour at 12:25 p.m. The closing ceremony is scheduled for 1:30 to 1:45 p.m. in Leggett & Platt.

Participating school districts include Joplin, Webb City, Carl Junction, Carthage, Seneca, Neosho, Jasper, Monett and Diamond.

Tuesday, April 19

Sophomore Day: 9:15 a.m. to 2 p.m., Missouri Southern campus.

Tie Dye Sock Station: 10:30 a.m., Campus Oval. Students will receive a new pair of socks to create their own tie dye footwear.

“Tales of the Night”: 6:30 p.m., Phelps Theater in Billingsly Student Center. The French film festival will continue with this collection of fairy tales told in shadow puppet style.

Senior Voice Recital: 7:30 p.m., Webster Hall’s Corley Auditorium. Voice major Tori Mitchell will present her recital.

Wednesday, April 20

Junior Instrumental Recital: 5 p.m., Corley Auditorium. Junior instrumental major Mark Knowles will present a saxophone recital.

Junior Instrumental Recital: 7:30 p.m., Corley Auditorium. Juniors Davida Gonzalez (clarinet) and Tony Sfortunato (trumpet) will perform.

Thursday, April 21

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”: 2:30 and 6:30 p.m., Phelps Theatre. The Campus Activities Board will provide drinks and snacks.

Junior Voice Recital: 7:30 p.m., Corley Auditorium. Juniors Erin Marston, Forest Bunter and Gordon Blodgett will present the recital.

Friday, April 22

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”: 6:30 p.m., Phelps Theater.

Saturday, April 23

Legacy Day: 1 to 4 p.m., Spiva Art Gallery. Children ages 5-10 who are children or grandchildren of alumni or current and former students, will explore the arts at Missouri Southern. Details: 417-659-5466.

“Commedia Princess and the Pea”: 2:30 p.m., Taylor Performing Arts Center. Admission to the children’s production is $3 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under. For reservations, call 417-625-3190.

Sunday, April 24

“Commedia Princess and the Pea”: 2:30 p.m., Taylor Performing Arts Center.

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