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133rd 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. This year’s special speaker will be Cottey Professor Karen Polon.
7 p.m., Center for the Arts

Aug 22

Picnic featuring Lakin

Lakin is a young singer/songwriter with a voice sweeter than honey, whose combination of genre-defying musical styles, stunning melodic gifts, beauty, and warmth shine through in her heartfelt lyrics and powerful performances. Lakin has opened for such major acts as Sheryl Crow, Colbie Caillat, Brian McKnight, Sheila E., and Gladys Knight. Lakin’s music is sure to penetrate not only the listener’s ear, but the listener’s heart.
5:45 p.m., Raney Dining Room, performance free/dinner $7

Aug 26

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 5

All-Campus Dance

That’s right, it’s time for the annual All-Campus Dance! Featuring a live DJ, this is the perfect event to reunite with old friends and meet new ones. Come enjoy the start of a new year with the sound of some awesome contemporary music.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Hinkhouse Center Gymnasium, $3

Sep 10

Dulcé Sloan

Dulcé is truly a unique emerging voice in the world of comedy. She offers a fresh and honest perspective that is extremely rare to find. Her signature sass and confidence drives her hilarious views on everything from her personal relationships to the absurdities of society.
8 p.m., Raney Dining Room, $5/$4

Sep 15


Valleyhill is a four-piece alternative rock group from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The members have spent over two years writing, refocusing, and recording. What has come of this, other than trying to master the art of patience, are chunks of emotions in the form of music that represent their mission set in motion almost six years ago: to reach those who are facing valleys to climb out of and hills to descend from. With touring experience, a slew of licensing placements, and more new music in the bank than ever before, Valleyhill is ready to begin.
8 p.m., Raney Dining Room, $5/$4

Sep 24

Script-in-hand: First Fruits

Delta Psi Omega, the student national theater honorary society, will be performing a script-inhand performance of Virginia Alice Cottey and her journey of building Cottey into what it is now. Come and join us as we venture into the life of a strong, independent woman who made her dreams a reality
8 p.m., Center for the Arts Missouri Recital Hall

Sep 30

Leverage Dance Theater

This contemporary dance company from St. Louis uses dance and creative movement in non-traditional environments to engage new audiences and generate a social discourse to fuel artistic work. By developing artist educators, outreach programs, and performances, Leverage seeks to bring the social, physical, and cognitive benefits of creative movement and dance to a diverse and growing audience.
8 p.m., Center for the Arts, $7/$5, tickets

Oct 1

Six Appeal

Six Appeal is a world-class vocal ensemble infused with impeccable comedic timing and the energy and vitality of a rock band. Swearing off instruments, the award-winning vocal band Six Appeal takes you on a journey that spans decades of music—performing classic oldies, current chart toppers, and catchy original tunes—completely a cappella.
8 p.m., Center for the Arts, $5/$4

Oct 6

Eric O'Shea

LET’S PLAY! Standing ovation after standing ovation, get ready to witness not only a comedy show, but an EVENT! With over four million hits on YouTube, and having been nominated SIX TIMES as Campus Activities Magazine’s “National Comedy Performer of the Year,” Eric is one of the best! As a veteran performer of over 1800 colleges and universities, let Eric’s clean wit and priceless observations take you through your embarrassing childhood and hidden everyday moments that drive you insane!
8 p.m., Raney Dining Room, $5/$4

Oct 15

Dow Lecture: Jo Byrnes

Cottey College Associate Professor of Dance Jo Byrnes will deliver a lecture/performance entitled “Choreographing a Life,“ depicting how dance skills are also life skills.
7 p.m., Center for the Arts Missouri Recital Hall

Oct 18

Inauguration Ceremony

The inauguration of a new president formally acknowledges a change in leadership within the context of continuity and tradition. The inauguration of Jann Rudd Weitzel, Ph.D., the twelfth president of Cottey College, is an opportunity to celebrate the honored past while advancing the future of the College. Each element of the inauguration ceremony has a special meaning steeped in history. A reception will follow on the front lawn of Main Hall.
2:30 p.m., Center for the Arts

Oct 22

Daniel Martin

Daniel Martin has quickly become one of the most in-demand entertainers in the nation. His high-energy blend of incredible magic, sarcastic improv, and cons consistently lead to standing ovations and record-breaking crowds at theaters, universities, celebrity, and corporate events worldwide. Daniel was recently awarded “Entertainer of the Year” by CAMEO Publishing.
8 p.m., Center for the Arts

Oct 22

Katie Wirsing

Katie’s words pour from her body, linking heart, brain, and soul on topics from libido to loss to Grandma and dancing. She represented Denver, Colorado, and competed in the Individual World Poetry Slam competition twice. She has taken her brand of storytelling from coast to coast, proving her fluency in the language of living is universally appreciated.
8 p.m., Raney Dining Room, $5/$4

Nov 2

College Play

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

Nov 4

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)/$7 (Cottey students)

Nov 6

Cottey Chamber Singers Concert

The fall concert will be under the direction of Ms. Theresa Spencer. The featured music will represent a wide variety of styles and eras.
8 p.m., Center for the Arts Missouri Recital Hall

Nov 11

Fashion Show and Food Drive

The fashion show will highlight several outfits, along with information on fashion and makeup trends. Cottey students and Nevada Middle School students will model stylish winter clothing provided by CATO, as well as shoes and handbags from Davison’s Shoes. Mary Kay consultants will be providing makeup for the models and tips for the audience.
2 p.m., Center for the Arts Missouri Recital Hall
Admission to the fashion show will be one non-perishable food item per person.

Nov 13

Jon Raymond Fisher

This musical comedian from Los Angeles has garnered millions of YouTube views of his commercials and sketch comedy. Jon’s acoustic pop and hip-hop comedic stylings combine social commentary, observational humor, pop-culture references, and characterdriven act-outs for a performance that is exceptionally well-suited for college students.
8 p.m., Raney Dining Room, $5/$4

Nov 15

Co-Motion at the Movies

Friday-Saturday, November 18-19
The Cottey-in-Motion Dance Company will present a collection of dances inspired by, or with music from, major motion pictures.
8 p.m., Center for the Arts

Nov 18

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 1

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 2

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 Center Gymnasium

Dec 3

Instrumental Music Concert

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

Dec 4

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 6

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