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131st 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. Also featured at the 131st Opening Convocation is an academic musical presentation by Joseryl Beckley, a dramatic mezzo-soprano. A Cottey alumna from Sierra Leone, West Africa, Ms. Beckley is currently a doctoral student in Opera and Voice at the University of British Columbia, Canada.
7 p.m., Center for the Arts

Aug 25

Picnic with Steve Means

Combining smooth grooves with powerful lyrics and infectious hooks, this singer/songwriter’s soulful brew of pop music has earned him a rapidly growing national fan base. His funk-infused acoustic sound has drawn comparisons to everyone from Stevie Wonder and Marc Broussard to John Mayer, and he’s opened for Top 40 R&B artists T-Pain and Sean Kingston.
5:45 p.m., B.I.L. Lodge, performance free/dinner $7 The rain/heat location is Raney Dining Room

Aug 29

Six Appeal

Is Six Appeal a comedy group, a vocal ensemble, or a rock band? Audiences have been trying to answer that question for years. Swearing off instruments, Six Appeal uses a cappella singing to span decades of classic oldies, current chart toppers, and catchy original tunes. Featuring vocal dexterity and adventurous song selection, the group explores all genres with a far-reaching repertoire that will surprise and captivate audiences regardless of the setting.
8 p.m., Center for the Arts, $5/$4

Sep 6

Kansas City Metro Men's Chorus

The Kansas City Metro Men’s Chorus (KCMMC) was founded in the fall of 2001. Currently, there are 80 singers who range in age from 30 to 87 and who come from a variety of vocations and musical experience. From the very beginning, the mission of the choir has been to praise God through music and through service to those in need. Since its inception, the choir has raised over $319,000 for charities. Your donations at this concert will assist Community Outreach in Nevada.
7 p.m., Center for the Arts, donations welcome

Sep 13

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.
10 a.m.-6 p.m., Hinkhouse Center

Sep 13

Headphone Disco All-Campus Dance

Headphone Disco is the silent party phenomenon that’s been rocking colleges, festivals, and clubs from the UK to Uganda for the past five years. Surreal, insanely popular, and completely unforgettable, the show and Headphone Disco brand have become one of the most talked about and sought after acts in the entertainment scene in years. Unfamiliar with the concept? Take a room full 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 20

Jessica Kirson

Jessica Kirson is considered one of the top comedians in the country. With her unique style and captivating stage presence, she grabs the attention of audiences everywhere she performs. Her wide variety of characters brings a diverse energy to her routine. Once you have seen her amazing talent, it is easy to understand why she was selected to perform at the Hamptons, Toyota, Marshall’s Women in Comedy, Comedy Central’s South Beach, Montreal, and HBO’s Las Vegas comedy festivals. Her YouTube channel, “The JessyK Show” has over 2.2 million views
8 p.m., Raney Dining Room, $5/$4

Sep 30

College Play: Love, Loss, and What I Wore

October 3-4
Produced by the Cottey College Theatre Department, this play explores light as well as serious moments in women’s lives by asking two questions: What do you say about your clothes? What do your clothes say about you? This drama is written by Nora and Delia Ephron and based on the book by Ilene Beckerman. It is directed by Rusalyn Andrews.
8 p.m., Center for the Arts, $5/$4, tickets

Oct 3

Daniel Martin

Daniel Martin has quickly become one of the most in-demand entertainers in the nation, winning last year’s “Best Live Performer!” His high-energy fusion of insane magic, escapes, and sarcastic improv consistently leads to standing ovations and record-breaking crowds at theaters, campuses, and celebrity events nationwide. In addition to Daniel recently being nominated for the “Entertainer of the Year” award, he was recognized by Campus Activities Magazine this year as the singly highest/best rated touring act in the country! His magic has been featured on NBC, CBS, WGN, VH1, Discovery Channel, and at thousands of live events worldwide.
8 p.m., Center for the Arts, $5/$4, tickets

Oct 18

Liverpool Legends Beatles Tribute Band

Louise Harrison, sister of the late George Harrison of the Beatles, hand-picked these four talented musicians and actors. Liverpool Legends perform songs spanning the entire career of the Beatles and on through the solo years. With precise attention to every musical detail, along with costume changes, vintage instruments, and special effects, the band will make you feel like you are watching the real thing! Together, these four lads will bring you “The Complete Beatles Experience.” Headlining their own production in Branson since 2006, Liverpool Legends has been voted Best New Show, Best Band, and Best Show.
8 p.m., Center for the Arts, $8/$6, tickets

Oct 24

Pete Lee

Pete Lee might be the nicest person in New York City, but that’s because it’s impossible to sound aggressive with a Wisconsin accent. Pete was raised in Wisconsin by divorced parents and a 19-inch television, which is probably why he pursued a career in entertainment. In 2005, Pete flew to New York to make his television debut on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. That same night, he met his future wife, and she made him move to Manhattan. Soon after that, he was selected to perform at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, where he was voted a standout performer. In 2008, he finished as a semi-finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Later he shot his own Comedy Central half-hour special, which earned him a “cult” following at comedy clubs, and the opportunity to perform over the next four years at 500 colleges across the country.
8 p.m., Raney Dining Room, $5/$4

Oct 30

Multicultural Festival

The festival will include a celebration of world cultures, food from around the world prepared by members of the Cottey College community, and an international bazaar.
4:30-6:30 p.m., Hinkhouse Center, $7/$4 (eight years and under)

Nov 2


This edgy music-driven a cappella comedy duo combines the musical genres of pop, hip-hop, opera, jazz, musical theatre, electronica, and a cappella to modernize and reinvent the vaudeville art form. Ben McLain has made appearances on General Hospital, though he spends most of his time recording and touring with electronic vocal band Sonos, featured recently on NBC’s The Sing Off. Actor/musician Paul Peglar works extensively with Internet stars Chester See and Lana McKissack, and was the original piano player on the first season of Fox’s Glee. Dakaboom celebrated their album release Get Awesome in NYC at the infamous club Don’t Tell Mama’s, and was chased down the street by Andy Dick in their hometown of Los Angeles.
8 p.m., Raney Dining Room, $5/$4

Nov 11

College Play

November 14-15
The title of this play will be announced later in the fall. It will be directed by Laura Chaney.
8 p.m., Center for the Arts, $5/$4, tickets

Nov 14


Jinahie (“my wings” in Arabic) is an extraordinarily gifted 20-year-old Egyptian-American spoken word poet. Since 2008, Jinahie has competed in HBO’s Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam documentary series produced by Russell Simmons. She has had the unique opportunity to share the stage with Grammy-nominated artists such as John Mayer, The Roots, Common, Smokey Robinson, Mos Def, and Talib Kweli. In addition, she has graced some of the most revered stages such as the Nokia Theater, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Theater for the Hip-Hop Theater Festival, as well as feature spots on BET’s Lyric Café, and had the privilege of performing for Michelle Obama during the Pulitzer Prize winning play Ruined. She is currently embarking on a college tour throughout the country
8 p.m., Raney Dining Room, $5/$4

Nov 19

An Evening of Music & Dance

November 21-22
This event includes performances by Cottey
ensembles and music students, followed by a dance
concert by the Cottey-in-Motion Dance Company.
8 p.m., Center for the Arts

Nov 21

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 4

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 5

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 semiformal dance will feature a theme to complement the week of activities.
9 p.m.-12 a.m., Hinkhouse Gymnasium

Dec 6

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 7

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 9

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