Suicide prevention exhibit is coming to southern Missouri – Newstalk KZRG

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Joplin, MO – Missouri Southern is teaming up with Active Minds for “Send Silence Packing” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, October 12 at the Oval.

Active Minds is a non-profit suicide prevention organization working to change the culture around mental health. The “Send Silence Packing” exhibit features stories of people who have been affected by suicide. These stories are attached to backpacks which are then laid out on the lawn for students to read.

“We want to eliminate the stigma around mental health and bring awareness and resources to suicide,” said Dr. Tamika Harrel, Dean of Students. “We want students to know that they are not alone, that we have resources on campus and in the community.

Active Mind also offers an interactive virtual experience called Behind the Backpacks that shares powerful audio stories and how to help those in need with engaging, action-oriented insights.

Other events planned on campus include the following:

Monday October 10
“Visions”: Spiva Gallery. The solo exhibition features works by traditional Chinese printmaker and folk artist Tammy Harrington, and will run through November 3. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.

“Why Czech Glass and Czech Crystal are ‘Family Silver’: 1 p.m., Corley Auditorium at Webster Hall. Dr. Kateřina Štěpánková will discuss the history of glass making and how the craft has changed over the years due to wars, political events and cultural changes.

Tuesday, October 11
“Graphic art in the Czech lands”: 1 p.m., Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall. Dr. Klára Zářecká will share the work of prominent Czech artists and traditional and experimental graphic techniques.

Volleyball vs. Newman: 6 p.m., Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.

“Elementary School”: 7 p.m., Cornell Auditorium. Released in 1991, the film is set in post-World War II Prague and follows a war hero-turned-teacher accused of having inappropriate relationships with students. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Wednesday October 12
“Send Silence Packing”: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the Ring.

Thursday October 13
Czech Book Club: “The Metamorphosis”: 6 p.m., Bookhouse Cinema, 715 E. Broadway. The group will discuss the 1915 short story by Franz Kafka.

“An Evening of Words and Images with Bill Sienkiewicz”: 6 p.m. Cornell Auditorium. Sienkiewicz’s work has been featured in Marvel titles such as “New Mutants”, “Moon Knight”, and “Elektra: Assassin”. The presentation is offered as part of the Honors Lecture Series.

“Top Gun: Maverick”: 4 and 7:30 p.m., Phelps Theater at Billingsly Student Center. The sequel to the blockbuster is presented by the Campus Activities Board.

“Happy Days: The Musical”: 7:30 p.m., Bud Walton Black Box Theater. Based on the classic TV series, Richie Cunningham and the gang try to raise money to stop Arnold’s Drive-In from closing. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students, seniors, campus employees, and military. They can be purchased online here.

Friday October 14
“Happy Days: The Musical”: 7:30 p.m., Bud Walton Black Box Theater.
“Top Gun: Maverick”: 7 p.m., Phelps Theatre.

Saturday October 15
“Happy Days: The Musical”: 2 and 7 p.m., Bud Walton Black Box Theater.

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