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132nd Annual Opening Convocation

Opening Convocation is the ceremonial gathering of members of the Cottey community to begin the academic year. The convocation begins with an academic procession of faculty and staff, and includes welcoming new students with the Signing of the Cottey Book and the Daisy Tradition.
7 p.m., Center for the Arts

Aug 24

Picnic with Landon Austin

Landon Austin is a musician based out of Nashville. He was a top three finalist in the Doritos “Crash the Super Bowl” competition. His performance aired during the Super Bowl pre-game show reaching millions. Landon began playing at colleges and also opening for bands such as Hanson, Rooney, and Jenny and Tyler. Soon he accumulated over 200,000 subscribers on YouTube which would play a large role in his upcoming victories. Taylor Swift tweeted about Landon to over eight million people saying that she “Really liked” his cover of her song Sparks Fly. Next, Gavin Degraw tweeted Landon’s cover of Not Over You and wrote “Fantastic!”
5:45 p.m., Raney Dining Room, performance free/dinner $7

Aug 28

Poster Sale

Want to decorate your room or office? Swing by this art print and poster sale and browse through thousands of items, many of which are not available anywhere else in the region. Poster types include: art, movies, music, photography, children, sports, Asian art, romantic, techno, vintage, maps, wildlife, fantasy, humor, cultural, floral, nature, small matted prints, frames, and more.
10 a.m.-6 p.m., Hinkhouse Center

Sep 7

Headphone Disco All-Campus Dance

Headphone Disco is the surreal, insanely popular, and completely unforgettable silent party phenomenon that’s been rocking the world. Unfamiliar with the concept? Take a roomful of party people, give them all a set of specially made two-channel wireless headphones, and have two live DJs broadcast to them over two FM channels simultaneously. Watch as the crowd chooses their DJ with the flick of a switch, then ‘get down’ to two completely different styles of music, at exactly the same time, to a soundtrack that only they can hear.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Hinkhouse Center Gymnasium, $3

Sep 12


Since joining forces as a professional duo in 2009, internationally acclaimed solo pianists Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi—ZOFO—have electrified audiences from Carnegie Hall to Tokyo, Japan, with their dazzling artistry and outside-the-box thematic programming for one piano—four hands. This Grammy nominated, prize-winning Steinway artist ensemble—one of only a handful of duos worldwide devoted exclusively to piano duets—is blazing a bold new path for fourhands groups by focusing on twentieth- and twenty-first century repertoire, and by commissioning new works from noted composers each year. ZOFO is shorthand for 20-finger orchestra (ZO=20 and FO=finger orchestra).
8 p.m., Center for the Arts, $6/$5

Sep 18

Danen Kane

Hailing from Appleton, Wisconsin, Danen Kane was a basketball playing pre-law student in college who detoured into music and found his life’s calling. Shortly after picking up a guitar to lead worship for his chapter of Campus Crusade for Christ, Danen began performing in small coffee shops and at church gigs, all the while establishing a large local following. Before he knew it, his independent recordings were generating strong regional buzz. He began touring heavily, routinely performing 175-200 dates a year, sometimes headlining and other times opening for acts like Building 429, Chris August, Sara Groves, Hawk Nelson, and The Afters. To date, Kane has self-booked more than 2000 shows nationwide, and his songs are a fixture on independent and college radio stations throughout the country.
8 p.m., Raney Dining Room, $5/$4

Sep 22

Dedication - Judy and Glenn Rogers Fine Arts Building

Please join us for the dedication of the Judy and Glenn Rogers Fine Arts Building as we celebrate a page in the history of Cottey College. The dedication will begin with formal remarks and will follow with the opportunity to tour this state-ofthe-art facility bringing the arts under one roof.
10 a.m., Center for the Arts

Sep 26

Distinguished Speaker Series

Susan R. Komives was professor emerita of student affairs at the University of Maryland. She is immediate past president of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education and a former president of the American College Personnel Association. She is the author of a dozen books or monographs including Student Services, Exploring Leadership, Leadership for A Better World, and the Handbook for Student Leadership Development. Dr. Komives was a member of the teams that wrote Learning Reconsidered and the ensemble that developed the Social Change Model of Leadership Development. She is a co-founder of the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs, a former senior scholar with the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership, and a member of the board of directors of the International Leadership Association. Dr. Komives was a member of the board of directors of the International Leadership Association, and has consulted in leadership or student affairs in Canada, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Qatar
6:30 p.m., Recital Hall

Sep 29

Derek Hughes

Derek Hughes is a magician in demand whose primary love is appearing live. He believes magic, in its purest form, is a live performance experience and that no camera, no matter how high-def, can truly capture and transmit a moment of wonder, or a moment of “WHAT. THE. H-E-Double Hockey Sticks.” He performs regularly at the Magic Castle in Hollywood where he was recently nominated for Parlour Magician of the Year. From being the only magician ever invited to perform at HBO’s prestigious Comedy Arts Festival, to filling in for the legendary Mac King at Harrah’s in Las Vegas, Derek is truly a unique voice in the art of conjuring. His wry sense of humor and mind-blowing magic have made him one of the most sought after entertainers on college campuses across the country.
8 p.m., Center for the Arts, $5/$4, tickets

Oct 3

Emma Willmann

In 2014, Emma Willmann was featured on the cover of TimeOutNY, as one of the top ten funniest females in New York City, beat out hundreds of comics to be a top ten finalist in New York’s Funniest at Caroline’s on Broadway, headlined her own sold-out show in The New York Comedy Festival at Stand Up New York, started to tour the college market nationally, appeared on the TV shows Deadly Affairs, My Crazy Love, and True Crime, and made her national stand-up comedy television debut on AXS TV Live at Gotham hosted with Louie Anderson. She performs comedy every night of the week, and has been doing so for the past four years. Extremely unique, you don’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind act. Her show is rated PG-13.
8 p.m., Raney Dining Room, $5/$4, tickets

Oct 22

College Play: Title to be announced

November 6-7
Cottey College Theatre Department is attempting to secure the rights to produce a play that will be a genuine treat for audience members. It will be directed by Rusalyn Andrews. Keep your eyes and ears open for an announcement of its title
8 p.m., Center for the Arts, $5/$4, tickets

Nov 6

Multicultural Festival

The festival includes food from around the world, prepared by Cottey students and other members of the Cottey College community; exhibitions and posters of various countries; a celebration of world cultures, including performances of music and dance; and an international bazaar to raise funds to support the education of women and girls in Guatemala and other nations. There is no charge to enter the festival and all are welcome. If you wish to eat from the international buffet, tickets can be purchased at the door.
4:30-6:30 p.m., Hinkhouse Center, $9/$4 (eight years and under)

Nov 8

Distinguished Speaker Series

Debi Reed Hill, Ph.D., former Cottey College associate professor, has worked since May 2012 as an independent scholar offering non-profit services through her business, ERA (education, research, and advocacy) for Animals. As a part of her work, Debi offers the ERA for Animals Lecture Series in which she discusses animals as selves and persons. She uses ideas from the symbolic interactionist perspective (sociological social psychology) supplemented by cognitive ethology, neuroscience, and evolutionary anthropology. The title of her lecture is “Expanding the Circle of Social Justice: Anna Sewell, Jane Goodall, and the Women of the Animal Protection Movement.”
6:30 p.m., Recital Hall

Nov 10

Carlos Andrés Gómez

Carlos Andrés Gómez is an award-winning poet, actor, speaker, and writer from New York City. He is the author of the coming-of-age memoir Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood. Nominated for the Pushcart Prize and named Artist of the Year at the 2009 Promoting Outstanding Writers Awards, he co-starred in Spike Lee’s #1 movie Inside Man with Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster, and Clive Owen. Carlos appeared in HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry and, most recently, on TV One’s Verses and Flow. He has headlined festivals all over the world and has lectured and performed at more than 300 colleges and universities
8 p.m., Raney Dining Room, $5/$4

Nov 17

Music & Dance

November 20-21
This event includes a performance by the Cottey Chamber Singers on Friday and music students on Saturday. Both nights will feature “A Co-Motion on the Caribbean” dance concert by the Cottey-in-Motion Dance Company.
8 p.m., Center for the Arts

Nov 20

Informal Christmas Choir Concert

The Cottey Chamber Singers will sing some familiar and not-so-familiar Christmas tunes. Audience members will be invited to participate in a sing-a-long.
5:30 p.m., Raney Dining Room

Dec 3

Hanging of the Greens

Come celebrate one of Cottey’s oldest and most special traditions. Following a candlelight chapel service, participants will go caroling and adorn the campus with evergreen wreaths.
7:30 p.m., Chapel

Dec 4

Hanging of the Greens Semi-formal Dance

Celebrate the holiday season with the final event of the Hanging of the Greens tradition. Sponsored by Inter-Society, this semi-formal dance will feature a theme to complement the week of activities.
9 p.m.-12 a.m., Hinkhouse Gymnasium

Dec 5

Instrumental Music Concert

The Cottey College Jazz Ensemble and the Cottey College Wind Ensemble will perform a variety of jazz and wind ensemble literature. They will be directed by Bill Martin.
3 p.m., Center for the Arts

Dec 6

Informal Dance Concert

This performance features students in all the Cottey dance classes and student choreography projects.
8 p.m., Center for the Arts

Dec 8