Old space becomes a colorful relaxing point at MSSU

JOPLIN, Mo. – A new mural is taking shape at Missouri Southern State University.

KOAM’s Keri Worthen stopped by Webster Hall today to check it out. The space was formerly for storage, but it’s getting a colorful makeover as it becomes a place for students to relax between classes.

Kyle McKenzie, an associate professor in the Department of Art and Design Administration, and participants in MSSU’s Leadership Academy are creating the mural.

“As part of the program, we were tasked with completing a service project for the university,” said Will Mountz, director of the Adult Degree Completion program and a member of the 2021-22 Leadership Academy cohort. “There were several great ideas, but the one we centered on was fixing up some space for students. We all felt Webster Hall could use a little more love.”

“As planning went on, they contacted me about creating a mural in the space,” said McKenzie. “The idea was to create a floor-to-ceiling mural filled with vegetation to make it feel like an enclosed, natural space.”

“It was so nice to get together with faculty and staff from across campus,” Teacher Education Coordinator Jenifer Vieselmeyer said. “We all have leadership roles in some aspect, and it was awesome to learn different leadership styles.”

New furniture has been donated for the space.