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Headphone Disco All-Campus Dance

Call it a silent disco, call it a headphone party, or call it whatever you want—either way it’s a truly unforgettable experience. Headphone Disco’s “TwoDeeJaySuperShow” is a unique, surreal, and hugely enjoyable experience that’s been rocking the college, festival, and club circuit since 2007. From London to Lisbon and Moscow to Montreal the reaction to this silent party sensation has been immense as party people embrace one of the most talked about and freshest of dance party experiences.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Hinkhouse Center Gymnasium, $3

Jan 16

Music Faculty Recital

Join Cottey music faculty members Amanda Cook, Peggy Graves, Theresa Forrester Spencer, and Debbie Fast for a recital featuring the piano, clarinet, and voice.
3 p.m., Recital Hall

Jan 17

FLY Dance Company

Labeled an artistic phenomenon, FLY Dance Company crosses street dance with classical choreographic principles. Their technique is hip hop—very creative, gymnastic, and highly masculine. This all-male group of street dancers is taking creative expression born in Black and Hispanic communities and making it attractive to people with different social and cultural experiences. Every show is infused with personal stories of overcoming poverty, drugs, and bullying for a performance that excites both visually and emotionally.
8 p.m., Auditorium, $6/$5, tickets

Jan 23


LUNAFEST is a program of several short films by, for, and about women. Films celebrate the unique, touching, and inspirational roles of women in our local, national, and international communities. One hundred percent of all LUNAFEST net proceeds are donated to charity.
7:30 p.m., Auditorium, $5

Jan 28

The Strive

The Strive is breaking ground with a fiery, infectious spin on today’s rock/pop vibe that simply must be heard. The band’s standalone singles “Sleepless,” “Bury Me Under,” and “Kingdom” are a testament to their unstoppable edge, progress, and vibrant energy. They have performed on bills with Fall Out Boy, The Used, Taking Back Sunday, Neon Trees, and Yellowcard, and have been featured on Warped Tour and the Red, White, and Boom Pop Music Festival (Mix 93.3.) The Strive has produced over 16,000 YouTube subscribers, 1.5 million views, and 20k+ Twitter followers.
8 p.m., Raney Dining Room, $5/$4

Jan 29

College Play: Who Will Carry The Word

February 19-20
Based upon the true story of Charlotte Delbo, Who Will Carry the Word? depicts the lives of women sharing a barracks in Auschwitz. Their goal: to keep the strongest of them alive so that someone can share their experiences with the world. A celebration of the human spirit, Who Will Carry the Word? is a sobering and very moving portrait of the resilience of ordinary people placed in extraordinary and, in this case, horrifying circumstances.
8 p.m., Center for the Arts, $5/$4, tickets

Feb 19

Distinguished Speaker Series

Faith Wambura Ngunjiri, Ed.D., is director of the Lorentzsen Center for Faith and Work, and associate professor of ethics and leadership at the Offutt School of Business at Concordia College (Minn.). Faith is very interested in how women lead effectively in various cultural, organizational, and social contexts. She also has a strong interest in spiritual leadership, servant leadership, global leadership, and the presence of soul or spirituality in organizations. She will speak on: “Women on Top: Strategies and Opportunities in Leadership.”
6:30 p.m., Recital Hall

Feb 23

Josh McVicar

Josh McVicar “the Trickster” has been astounding people with hypnosis professionally for more than 15 years, having performed at hundreds of colleges and special events with his unique brand of hilarious hypnosis, explosive surprises, and mind-bending amazement to create an experience like no other. With shows packed full of laughs and audience participation, McVicar will give a performance you are sure not to forget!
8 p.m., Auditorium, $5/$4

Feb 25

Cirque Zuma Zuma

Cirque Zuma Zuma was a finalist on America’s Got Talent season six. They’ve sold out theaters in Australia and Europe and continue to train at their U.S.A. base in Las Vegas, Nevada, and tour all over the country. The troupe is comprised of acrobats from across 16 different African nations. Stunts include human pyramids, balancing, tumbling, contortions, percussion, limbo, dance, juggling, and many more!
8 p.m., Auditorium, $8/$6

Feb 27

Mardi Gras Campus Dance

Come dance the night away and celebrate Mardi Gras with the members of the Alphan Society.
10 p.m.-1 a.m., Hinkhouse Center, $3

Mar 26

Ben Seidman

Seidman is the only person in history to be named the Resident Magician at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. After several thousand performances at numerous luxury casinos, Seidman has become known as a powerful young staple of the Las Vegas entertainment scene. His residency at Mandalay follows a three-season contract as creative consultant for Mindfreak on A&E, during which he designed the illusions performed by Criss Angel. Seidman’s performances are jam-packed with stand-up comedy, fascinating true stories, and world-renowned sleight-of-hand.
8 p.m., Raney Dining Room, $5/$4

Mar 28

Founder's Weekend Activities

Friday-Sunday, April 1-3
In honor of Virginia Alice Cottey’s birthday, alumnae from near and far return to campus to celebrate the Cottey spirit and renew friendships.

Apr 1

Distinguished Speaker Series

Dr. Jann Rudd Weitzel began her position as the 12th President of Cottey College on June 15, 2015, and brought with her the skills developed as a college professor, a department chair, a dean, and the chief academic officer and provost. As President of Cottey, she believes in the mission of the institution to educate women, to encourage global awareness and involvement, to develop and demonstrate skills of leadership, and to offer students a rigorous academic curriculum coupled with an engaging campus environment.
6:30 p.m., Recital Hall

Apr 12

A Spring Co-Motion

Friday-Saturday, April 15-16
A dance concert featuring the Cottey-in-Motion Dance Company performing faculty, guest artist, and student choreography.
8 p.m., Auditorium

Apr 15

Cottey Chamber Singers Concert

This spring concert will be under the direction of Theresa Forrester Spencer. The featured music will represent a wide variety of styles and eras.
8 p.m., Recital Hall

Apr 22

Student Recital (Part A)

Cottey vocalists and instrumentalists will be featured in the student recital. Students of Theresa Forrester Spencer, Amanda Cook, Trilla Ray-Carter, Peggy Graves, and Gary Johnson will perform the pieces they have been learning during the semester.
3 p.m., Recital Hall

Apr 24

Student Recital (Part B)

Cottey vocalists and instrumentalists will be featured in the student recital. Students of Theresa Forrester Spencer, Amanda Cook, Trilla Ray-Carter, Peggy Graves, and Gary Johnson will perform the pieces they have been learning during the semester.
7 p.m., Recital Hall

Apr 25

Informal Dance Concert

This informal event will feature performances by students in all of the Cottey dance classes.
8 p.m., Hinkhouse Center

Apr 29

Children's Theatre Performance

Cottey College Children’s Theatre, under the direction of Dr. Rusalyn Andrews, will present a live theatre production especially for young audiences. It’s a good time for young theatre-goers as well as the young-at-heart. Plan to attend! The title will be announced later in the spring.
3 p.m., Auditorium

Apr 30

Picnic featuring G. Yamazawa

Born in Durham, North Carolina, and raised by Japanese immigrants, George Masao Yamazawa, Jr. is widely considered one of the top young spoken word artists in the country. At 24 years old, "G" is the youngest poet to become a National Poetry Slam Champion, Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist, and Southern Fried Champion, and has toured in over 40 American cities and five European countries. G has been featured at the Sundance Film Festival, Bonnaroo Music Festival, and TV One’s Season three of Lexus Verses and Flow.
5:45 p.m., B.I.L. Lodge, performance is free, meal $7

Apr 30

Instrumental Music Concert

The Cottey College Jazz Ensemble and the Cottey College Wind Ensemble will perform under the direction of William A. Martin.
3 p.m., Recital Hall

May 1

Honors and Awards Convocation

Graduates and returning students will be honored for their academic and athletic achievements at the Honors and Awards Convocation.
10 a.m., Auditorium

May 14


Capping, one of the longest running traditions, takes place on the steps of Main Hall. Graduates have their mortarboards pinned atop their heads by women who have significantly impacted their lives.
7 p.m., Main Hall Lawn

May 14

132nd Annual Commencement Ceremony

An honored guest will address the graduating classes of Cottey College. Come and celebrate the newest graduates as they receive their associate and bachelor degrees.
10 a.m., Hinkhouse Center

May 15

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