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Missouri State University will host a seminar featuring Dr. Wendy Young, a scientist with Genentech, a leading biotechnology and pharmaceutical company, Nov. 8 at 12:55 p.m. in Glass Hall, Room 101. The seminar will discuss real world applications of subjects studied in the cell and molecular biology program, and Genentech’s innovative drug development process.

Springfield recently unveiled its new “blueprint” for economic development. KSMU’s Ryan Welch has this report.

There’s been a lot of talk throughout the campaign about which candidates will support senior citizens. Even though oftentimes senior citizens seem to have a small voice in today’s world of politics, many are very active in the democratic process. KSMU’s Ryan Welch discusses some of the challenges that seniors face when trying to get out and vote.

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With the mid-term election underway, people are pouring into the polling places, and while each voter places different significance on certain issues, most agree that getting out to vote is the most important thing. KSMU’s Justin Lux reports.

Evangel University’s June Kean Pipe Organ Endowment Series presents organist Keenan Boswell on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 10:00 am in the Evangel Chapel Auditorium. A 2010 Juilliard graduate, 23-year-old Boswell's repertoire ranges from Bach to Lady Gaga. At this recital he'll perform music of Marcel Dupre, Bach, and one of his own compositions. The recital is co-sponsored by the Evangel University Artist Series. There is no charge for the event, and the public is invited to attend.

“For All the Saints,” a benefit exhibition of visual art by eight Springfield-area artists and one regional artist, continues through Nov. 26 at The Gallery at National Avenue Christian Church, 1515 S. National. The exhibit will include a variety of media and a range of artistic expression focusing on religious icons, saints, and angels. A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of the artwork will go to Isabel’s House, a 24/7 residential care facility for children, ages birth to 12, seeking refuge from trouble at house. The featured artists will be Ellen Baird, printmaking; Terry and Gabe Bloodworth, blown glass; Stevia Bonebrake, Judith Fowler, Margo Hiotis, and John White, painting; Anne Hines of Dallas, mixed media; and Holly Elkins, painting and photography. For more information visit www.thegalleryatnationalavenue.org or call National Avenue Christian Church at 869-9176.

SRO Lyric Theatre (formerly Springfield Regional Opera) will hold vocal auditions for the Robert C. and Jeanne Strauss Kramer Camp, Cultural Arts and Educational Youth Scholarship Fund. This scholarship will be awarded by a nominating committee to a needy high school student who shows interest in opera and vocal performance. Auditions will be held Monday November 8 starting at 5:30pm in Ellis Hall Room 210 on the Missouri State University campus. Students should prepare a selection showcasing their range and skill--it could be a selection from school or church; bring the sheet music if available. An accompanist will be provided. If chosen as the scholarship recipient, the student will receive private voice lessons at no charge from MSU Coordinator of Vocal Studies, Professor Chris Thompson, who is also the Vocal Director of SRO Lyric Theatre Young Artist Program. The scholarship recipient will also have the opportunity to participate in SRO’s spring production of Puccini's "La Bohème" and year-end recital. This scholarship runs through May 2011 and is renewable. If you have questions about the audition, contact Chris Thompson at (208) 310-1510 or email ChrisThompson [at] MissouriState [dot] edu. To schedule an audition time call the SRO office at 863-1960.

As part of the Springfield Regional Arts Council’s Greater Ozarks Arts Tour (G.O.A.T.) program, SRO Lyric Theatre (former Springfield Regional Opera) will present two performances in Seymour, Missouri on Friday, November 19. The first performance will take place for students as a school assembly, and the second is a free performance for the community at 7:00 p.m. Both performances will take place in the gymnasium of Seymour High School located at 501 E Clinton Avenue. Five of SRO Lyric Theatre’s Young Artists, along with a string quartet, will present a program of songs on the theme of "Love Makes You Crazy”--with music from Rodgers & Hammerstein favorites and excerpts from Strauss’s "Die Fledermaus" and Mozart’s "Cosi Fan Tutte." Artistic Director/Conductor Amy Muchnick will also present an introduction to the world of opera. For more information about this program and future performances, call the Springfield Regional Arts Council at 417-862-ARTS (2787) or e-mail info [at] springfieldarts [dot] org.

The Drury University Theatre Department presents the Stephen Sondheim/George Furth acerbic musical comedy Company Nov.10-13 in Wilhoit Theatre. It’s Bobby’s 35th birthday and he has it all… except for a real relationship, which leaves him struggling to make sense of what it means to be alive. Performances are Wednesday through Friday Nov.10-12 at 8pm, and Saturday the 13th at 2:00 and 8:00pm in Wilhoit Theatre. For ticket information call 873-7255.