Joplin, MO (SNS) – Exotic flavors and music from around the globe will be offered during the second annual World Music & Cuisine Festival on April 11 at Missouri Southern State University.

Food samples will be available for $1 each, and performances are planned by Kufara, Mariachi Amistad, Mach Schnell Blaskapelle and the MSSU Steel Pan Lions, joined by the Bartlesville High School Steel Drum Band.

Other events scheduled for the next week include the annual Spring Career Fair, a performance of Johannes Brahms’ “Requiem,” comedian Zach Sherwin and several film screenings.


Etiquette Dinner and Networking Event: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Billingsly Student Center Ballroom. Participants will learn the ins and outs of dinner etiquette in a fun environment with presenters form the business community.

Senior Percussion Recital: 7:30 p.m., Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall. Senior instrumental major Austin Morris will present a percussion recital. The event is free and open to the public. 


Career Services Walk-In Workshop: 12 to 2 p.m., Career Services Office, second floor of Spiva Library. Stop by the workshop for career and resume advice, assistance creating or editing your resume, assistance researching careers, information on job shadowing and internships or resume printing. All services and printing are available free of charge; no appointment is needed.

Microsoft Excel Level 3 Training: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Room 320 in Plaster Hall. Participants will learn about managing data, sharing workbooks, performing advanced formula and function tasks and how to work with array formulas.  Each participant will receive a manual and completion certificate. The cost is $119. A session will also be offered on Thursday. Details: 417-625-3128.

“Dear White People:” 4 to 6 p.m., Phelps Theatre in Billingsly Student Center. A satirical portrait of race relations in early 21st-century America, writer/director Justin Simien’s feature debut tells the story of a biracial Winchester University student whose controversial radio show sparks a media frenzy of epic proportions. Presented by the Wellness Program, snacks will be provided and admission is free.

“The Knights of the Teutonic Order:” 7 p.m., Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall. This is Aleksander Ford’s spectacular super-production of the medieval struggle at the Battle of Grunwald in 1410 and the victory of the Poles and Lithuanians over the German warrior-monks of the Teutonic Order, bearers of aggressive Germanization. It will conclude the 53rd annual International Film Festival.

Zach Sherwin: 7 to 8 p.m., Taylor Performing Arts Center. Zach Sherwin is a comedian and rapper whose unique act incorporates both hip-hop music and stand-up comedy. He has been featured in several episodes of the blockbuster YouTube series “Epic Rap Battles of History.” Presented by the Campus Activities Board, admission is free and open to the public.

Senior Tuba Recital: 7:30 p.m., Corley Auditorium. Senior instrumental major Matthew Robertson will present a tuba recital. Free and open to the public.


MSSU Spring Career Fair: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Leggett & Platt Athletic Center. More than 100 employers and graduate schools will be at this event to visit with Missouri Southern students and alumni about the organizations they represent as well as opportunities for full- and part-time job opportunities, internships and volunteer needs.

Wellness Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lion’s Den in Billingsly Student Center. 

Baseball Bingo: 12 p.m., Lion’s Den. Presented by the CAB, students can bring their student ID and play for a chance to win prizes.

Softball vs. Pittsburg State: 4 p.m., Lea Kungle Field. 

Big Prize Bingo Night: 7 to 9 p.m., Connor Ballroom in Billingsly Student Center. Students will have the chance to win great prizes! 


Health Hut: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Lion’s Den. The Wellness Department will offer free giveaways during the weekly event. 

Career Services Walk-In Workshop: 12 to 2 p.m., Career Services Office.

“The Boxtrolls:” 2:30 and 6:30 p.m., Phelps Theatre. Subterranean trolls raise an orphaned boy, who helps them fight back against an evil exterminator and make peace with the fearful residents of an upper-crust, Victorian-era town known for its world-class cheeses. Presented by the CAB, admission is free and snacks will be provided.

Faculty Chamber Recital: 7:30 p.m., Corley Auditorium. The MSSU music faculty will present a chamber recital. Free and open to the public. 


Starting a Small Business – The First Steps: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Plaster Hall. Participants will have an opportunity to assess their business idea, learn about the importance of planning, discuss legal and regulatory requirements, learn about marketing strategies and identify sources of financing.  Each participant will receive a start-up manual. The cost is $29. Details: 417-625-3128.

“Dear White People:” 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Phelps Theatre in Billingsly Student Center.


Softball vs. Northwest Missouri State: 2 p.m., Lea Kungle Field.

World Music & Cuisine Festival: 5 to 9 p.m., Connor Ballroom in Billingsly Student Center. Presented by the MSSU Institute of International Studies and the International Club, the second annual event will feature performances by local and regional groups and a variety of food prepared by international students, faculty, staff and local restaurants. Admission is free, but food servings will be sold via tickets priced at $1 each. 


Softball vs. Missouri Western State: 1 p.m., Lea Kungle Field.

The Southern Symphonic Chorus & Orchestra presents Johannes Brahms’ “Requiem”: 3 p.m., Central Christian Center, 410 S. Virginia Ave. The Southern Symphonic Chorus, under the direction of Dr. David Sharlow, will join the MSSU Concert Chorale in Johannes Brahms’ iconic “Requiem,”which is a viscerally intense work full of rhythmic vigor and engaging tenacity. 


37 Prime: Spiva Art Gallery. The exhibit by the Focal Point Student Art Club features undergraduate artwork from universities in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.