Southern’s News Briefs

Coalition against child abuse sponsors series of events to raise awareness

As part of its “Spring into Action” campaign, the Student Coalition Against Child Abuse is sponsoring a series of events starting at 1 p.m. Saturday in Cunningham Park.

The events are open to everyone.

These events include a “Fun in the Park” experience with free food, games and children’s activities.

On Friday, the Coalition will be sponsoring a “Take a Night Off” on the Oval.

Members and staff associated with the organization will provide visitors with information about the organization and what it is doing for the community.

Language performance award renewals begin for recipients

Foreign language performance award recipients must renew their award with their language advisors in order to receive the award in the fall.

The renewals began April 7.

There are also no automatic renewals, and all renewals must be completed by May 5.

For more information, see Kathy Liu in the Foreign Language office.

Newsmakers program spotlights George Washington Carver monument

The George Washington Carver National Monument will be in the spotlight of Newsmakers. The program will discuss upcoming construction and expansion projects near the monument.

The expansion will include historical aspects of the park and hands-on learning opportunities.

The program will air at 5:30 p.m. on May 8 on KGCS. It will also air at 5:30 a.m. on May 13 on KOAM and again at 12:30 p.m. May 14 on KOZJ.

Law enforcement academy prepares for students wanting to enroll

Enrollment in the 600-hour Law Enforcement Academy will begin the week of May 22.

The Missouri Department of Public Safety will certify eligible students as peace officers in Missouri.

The Day Academy meets Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Aug. 21. There are four Saturday classes per semester.

The Night Academy will also begin Aug. 21, but follows the day classes in the evening with several Saturday classes as well.

Graduation for the Day Academy is Dec. 14, but the graduation for the Night Academy is May 9, 2007.

For more information, or to enroll, contact Wayne Thomason during the enrollment week at 625-9684 or e-mail him at [email protected]

Several senior art exhibits displayed in Spiva Art Gallery through this week

Spiva Art Gallery is playing host to a senior art exhibit this Sunday.

Katie Lee, Lisa McCain, Amy Patterson and Desiree Peterson-Patrick will be displaying their works in the Gallery everyday until May 6.

The exhibits include paintings, watercolors, jewelry, sculptures, ceramics and graphic design.

The Gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the art department at 625-9563.

Southern Symphony Orchestra presents free concerts for public audience

The Southern Symphony Orchestra is presenting its Spring band concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and its annual “Pops” concert at 2:30 p.m. on May 7 in Taylor Auditorium.

The “Pops” concert will feature music from Leroy Anderson, Bizet, Strauss, Rossini, Sousa and others. There will also be original stories presented along with the concert.

The admission is free and open to the public.

For more information contact Dr. Kexi Liu, director, at 625-9681.

Honors Convocation recognizes

outstanding students in departments

The 2006 Honors Convocation will be held at 11 a.m. in Taylor Auditorium.

The convocation is held to recognize outstanding graduates in their academic field. During the time, students receiving special recognition awards and the Spencer-Bartlett

Respect Awards will be recognized.

Students in the Honors Program as well as the Outstanding Honors Student will be introduced. Students and their family members will attend a special reception in the lobby after the convocation.

All students in the convocation must dress appropriately.

International film festival plans last movie of semester on Tuesday

Omicron Delta Kappa will hold its second-annual ODK Chicken Run May 5. At noon at the spring picnic, one faculty member will do the chicken dance in a chicken suit.

Voting on which faculty member will do this runs until 11 a.m. May 5. Faculty members are Dr. Richard Laird, Dr. Vickie Roettger, Dr. Sheri Beeler, Dr. Susan Smith, Dr. Al Cade, Dr. Laura Adkins, Dr. Mark Comstock and Dr. Joy Dworkin.

Voting can be done in the student activities office and department offices. One penny is one vote.

All-campus Spring Fling picnic brings live music, activities, games to Oval

The annual Spring Fling all-campus picnic is slated for May 5 on the oval.

Free food, activities and games will be available to students, faculty and staff from 10:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Austin Willacy will be performing live during the picnic.

For more information, stop by the student activities office or call 625-9346.