Western’s Points of Pride
The Beyond Excellence
Points of Pride
Every day, Western serves the community and
region through its volunteerism, its partnerships, and its
A recent economic impact study estimated
that Western’s impact on the region is $160.9 million.
Western partners with more than 60
organizations on many key initiatives in the region,
including the Institute for Industrial and Applied Life
Sciences, the Regional Health Care Workforce Development
team, and Another Smart Move.
In the past year, Western students provided
more than 100,000 hours of service to schools, organizations
and businesses through unpaid practica and internships. They
also logged more than 6,000 hours of community service as
part of their courses.
For the second year in a row, Western was
named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service
Honor Roll. This distinction from the highest levels of
government recognizes Western’s leadership in helping to
build a culture of service and civic engagement.
In 2007-2008, more than 8,800 elementary and
secondary students visited campus to participate in camps,
competitions and events conducted by Western.
Last year, dual credit courses for 860 high
school students were offered at 40 area high schools.
Achievements locally, regionally and
nationally continue to demonstrate the excellent, high quality
education students are receiving at Western.
A team of biology and math students
presented their synthetic biology project at the 2007
International Genetically Engineered Machines Jamboree at
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was recognized
with gold medal status, the highest level of participation.
This past spring, the 2006 team’s research paper was
published in the Journal of Biological Engineering. The
article was picked up and run in newspapers around the
globe, including Australia, Russia, England and India.
Two teams of nursing students were the only
undergraduate students to present their research project at
the Mosby Faculty Development Institute in San Diego.
A student was named the National
Nontraditional Student of the Year at the meeting of the
Association for Nontraditional Students in Higher Education
at Oklahoma State University.
A psychology major won the first place award
in the research poster session of the Missouri Undergraduate
Psychology Conference for his paper, “The Influence of
Emotional Context and Personal Views of Human Nature on
Moral Decision Making.”
Eight art students’ self-portrait paintings
were purchased for permanent display at the emPower U Plant
in St. Joseph, Mo., where middle school students learn about
civic responsibility. Another art student won first place
for her graphic design portfolio at a very prestigious
meeting of the American Institute of Graphic Arts.
Five psychology students won a Psi-Chi
regional research award. Their work was selected as one of
only 21 award winners from over 320 submitted papers.
The yearbook editor won two National Gold
Circle Awards at the National College Media Convention in
New York for her work on the Griffon Yearbook.
The 2007 Griffon Yearbook won third place in
best of show at the Fall National College Media Convention
in Washington DC. At the Missouri College Media Association
convention, yearbook staff earned nine awards, including
first place awards in portrait design, sports design and
Western’s Jazz Ensemble was invited to
perform at the North Texas Jazz Festival. Performing groups
must submit an application and recording to be considered
for acceptance, and only 10 – 12 nationwide are invited each
A student athlete was named to the “ESPN the
Magazine” Academic All-American in the College Division as
selected by the College Sports Information Directors of
Ninety student athletes were named to the
Dean’s and President’s Lists for their high grade point
averages for the spring and fall semesters, and 36 student
athletes were named to the MIAA Commissioner’s Academic
Honor Roll in the past year.
Western computer science students’ web
application project earned a first place award in a
competition at the national collegiate conference for the
Association of Information Technology Professionals.
Last year, 27 students published results of
their research in academic journals, and a student in
English had a poem accepted for publication in a literary
At a regional conference for the American
Criminal Justice Association – Lambda Alpha Epsilon (LAE), a
criminal justice student earned first place in LAE
knowledge. At the national conference, a team of three
students placed first in crime scene investigation.