At Missouri Western, service and the development of critical skills are central to our core mission.
MWSU is proud to be an applied learning institution and gives students the opportunity to gain experience outside of the classroom in a variety of ways, including service to the community.
The Center for Service seeks to provide opportunities to learn and serve by connecting students to real world service within the community.
Students can choose between two different service paths:
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- Opportunities on and off campus to interact with the community virtually or in person
- Learn to work with other volunteers in a team-based environment
- Employers are 82% more likely to choose a candidate with volunteering experience1
- Many organizations within the community rely on volunteers to make their programs function to their full potential
Service for Credit
- Students can earn up to three college credits toward their degree for FREE by serving in the community
- Earn one credit for every 40 hours of community service
- Credit is awarded following completion of orientation, approval of service, service, verification of hours, reflective activity and end of project meeting
1Deloitte, 2016, ‘Deloitte Impact Survey; Building Leadership Skills Through Volunteerism’, accessed 11 February 2021, <https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/us/Documents/us-deloitte-impact-survey.pdf>
Currently Available Service Opportunities
Missouri Western students are doing good things in the community:
Jan. 6, 2021–Kim Sigrist will lead the Center for Service at Missouri Western State University. Sigrist is currently Missouri Western’s executive director of enrollment management.
“Kim is a Griffon through and through, and her love for the University and our students combined with her strong ties to the community will provide outstanding opportunities for our students to volunteer with area agencies,” said Dr. Elizabeth Kennedy, interim president.
The Center for Service provides students with opportunities to learn and serve by connecting them with volunteer opportunities in the community. Students can earn elective credits for their community service.
“Meaningful service experience goes well beyond earning elective credits”, Sigrist said. “We believe our students can gain experiences that will benefit them as they graduate and enter the workforce, while at the same time instill a lifelong passion for serving the community.”
Sigrist graduated from Missouri Western with a Bachelor of Science Technology in Business Management/Legal Studies. Her current time at Missouri Western started in 2015, serving as administrative assistant in the Department of Athletics, then Executive Associate to the President and Secretary to the Board of Governors before moving to her enrollment management role earlier this year.
Previously at Missouri Western, she served as an employee relations clerk, admissions counselor and director of the Pass the Power adult literacy program. Sigrist also worked for the St. Joseph School District for 10 years.
Sigrist is a member of Missouri Western’s Gold Coat Club Board of Directors and a former member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. She and her husband Robert are longtime members of the Western League of Excellence and United Way Crystal Circle.
Sigrist succeeds Dr. Gary Clapp, who has been named director of the Innovation Stockyard.
Missouri Western State University is a student-centered learning community preparing individuals for lives of excellence through applied learning. Missouri Western is located in St. Joseph, Mo., and is committed to the educational, economic, cultural and social development of the region it serves. Visit www.missouriwestern.edu.
Getting involved with Mosaic Life Care and Mosaic Life Care Foundation is becoming easier for Missouri Western State University students.
Mosaic Life Care and Mosaic Life Care Foundation has welcomed multiple Center for Service volunteers from Missouri Western. Four volunteers have been placed at the Mosaic Life Care Auxiliary Gift Shop, guest relations, distribution and emPowerU.
McKenzie Waters, student and volunteer, has chosen to volunteer at the Mosaic Life Care Auxiliary Gift Shop.
"The people here are amazing," Waters said. "This will definitely be a future workplace for me."
The "Center for Service" program, is a course for students to connect to community members and find volunteer work, all while receiving course credit for no cost. St. Joseph's city council is presenting a resolution to the funding of $40,000 for "Center for Service" during the council meeting on Monday, October 19.
Getting involved in the community now is becoming easier for students at Missouri Western State University. Missouri Western’s Center for Service is working on bolstering student volunteerism by offering free elective credits for community service.
According to Gary Clapp, Director of the Center for Service at Missouri Western, students can take a class, called University 201, where they can get involved with or create their own community-service projects to earn one elective credit for every 40 hours of volunteer work. “You have to take elective credits anyway,” Clapp said. “It’s a great opportunity for people to reduce some of the cost associated with higher education.”
The Center for Service currently has nine students going through the online orientation for University 201. While some student organizations already are required to do some volunteer work, Clapp said University 201 will attract more students to volunteer in the community.
“What we find is that once people start doing some good work in the community, they don’t want to quit,” Clapp said. “Once they’ve got their hours in for what their needs are, maybe some of them quit but some of them say, ‘Hey, that makes me feel good!’”
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The Shoot Against the Prez competition wrapped up last week, and raised a total of $19,000 for the Center for Service.
The deadline to nominate a student organization for the Excellence in Philanthropy Award, given by the Missouri Western Foundation is April 17.
This award recognizes service by a student organization which has demonstrated outstanding commitment to their community through direct financial contributions, development of charitable programs, volunteering and leadership in philanthropy.
Nomination criteria and instructions can be found here: https://foundation.missouriwestern.edu/philanthropy-award/
Want to learn more about or visit the University, but you’re not sure where to begin?
Visitors and students alike are invited to start at the Center for Service.
Our friendly and knowledgable staff will point you in the right direction!
Please call (816) 271-4100 or
stop by Eder Hall 202.