Griffon Weekly: Staff and Faculty

April 16 - 23, 2014

Campus News

This week in Griffon Country

Wednesday, April 16

Couch Potato to 5k Fitness Program, 6 a.m., Spratt Stadium

Career Center Outreach, 1 p.m., Blum Lobby

Never Again, 5 p.m., Hearnes 102

SAAC Make-A-Wish Dodgeball Tournament, 7p.m., Looney Arena

Thursday, April 17

Student Volleyball Assn. Finals Tournament, 6 p.m., Looney Gym

Friday, April 18

Junior Day Open House, 8 a.m., Enright room 214 & 216

Audio Forum with Eric Honour, noon, Potter 112

International Graduation Reception, 5p.m., Hoff Conference room

Badminton, 6 p.m., Looney Gym

eXtreme Percussion, 7:30 p.m., Potter Theatre

Griffon baseball doubleheader at Central Missouri, 1 p.m., Warrensburg, Mo.

Saturday, April 19

Happy Camper Scamper 5k, 9 a.m., Downs Drive

Student Wildlife Society Honors Banquet, noon, Enright room 214 & 216

eXtreme Percussion, 7:30 p.m., Potter Theatre

Griffon baseball doubleheader at Central Missouri, 1 p.m., Warrensburg, Mo.

Monday, April 21

Orchestra Concert, 7:30 p.m., Potter Theater

Tuesday, April 22

International Reading Association Bake Sale, 10 a.m. Murphy First Floor Lobby

Wildlife Society Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Agenstien 330

Stroll like an Ape, 7 p.m., Looney Gym

Spring Choral Concert, 7:30 p.m., Fulkerson Center Kemper room

Wednesday, April 23

International Reading Association Bake Sale, 10 a.m. Murphy First Floor Lobby

Career Center Outreach, 1 p.m., Blum Lobby

Around campus

AKPsi Cupcake 5k
Join Alpha Kappa Psi for our second annual cupcake run/walk on May 4. Enjoy a cupcake from Delish Bakery at each mile marker in this lighthearted race. T-shirts will be included with registration and are not guaranteed for those who register after April 28.
AKPsi will be in Blum April 14,16 and 18 from 9a.m. to 3 a.m. taking registrations and on April 15 and 17 in Popplewell from 9 a.m. 3 a.m.
For more information click here!
EML Retirement Reception
The Department of English and Modern Languages invites students, faculty, staff and members of the community to a retirement reception for Dr. Karen Fulton and Mr. Thomas Pankiewicz.
There will be an open house on Tuesday, April 22 starting at 4:30 p.m. in Spratt 214 and 216. Please drop by for a few minutes to thank Karen and Tom for their service to students!
For information call Mike Cadden at 271-4576 or email
Spring Fling Combo Concert
Please join us in the Blum Union Food Court on Wednesday, April 23 at 6 p.m. for the Spring Fling Combo Concert! Take a break from school work, grab a snack and enjoy some great jazz music!
Annual Chemathon
On Tuesday, April 29 the Department of Chemistry will host its annual Chemathon competition. Running since 1977, this annual competition will bring over 500 high school students from around northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas to campus to compete in a variety of chemistry and physics related events. Activities will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude with an awards ceremony in the Looney Field House at 2:00 p.m.
If media or campus personnel are interested in covering the event some of the best opportunities for photos and interviews with students would be 12:30-2 p.m. for the vacuum cannon competition. The vacuum cannon this will take place off the first floor patio of Remington Hall and the Lab Olympics event that will take place in the 3rd floor labs of Remington Hall from 10-11:30 a.m. and again from 12:30-2 p.m.
eXtreme Percussion Show
The 12th annual eXtreme Percussion Show will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 18-19 in the Potter Hall Theater. Tickets will be sold at the door only and are $6 for the general public and $4 for students with college ID. There are no advance sales or reserved seating, so arrive early.
The evening will be filled with the high energy entertainment and outstanding musicianship of 28 Missouri Western percussionists as well as guests from St. Joseph and the surrounding area.
The show includes drum set groups, large drum line exhibitions and the Missouri Western Steel Drum Band. The evening also features soloists performing original compositions and dramatic lighting effects.
For information, call the Department of Music at 271-4420.
Knights of Columbus and MWSU Clay Guild Luncheon
The Knights of Columbus Auxiliary members and the MWSU Clay Guild will be hosting a soup luncheon. The luncheon will be held on Sunday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Council Hall, 4520 Mitchell Ave.
For the cost of $15 participants will enjoy soup, fellowship and be able to select a handmade ceramic bowl to take home. Ceramic bowls have been made by MWSU faculty and students. Please come and support the MWSU Clay Guild.
International Reading Association Bake Sale
The International Reading Association is having a Bake sale April 22-24 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Murphy Hall entrance. We will also be celebrating the ending of Autism Awareness month with special cookies. There will be heart healthy items as well so there's something for everyone. All sales are cash only!
Hanging Flyers Around Campus
Let us do the work for you! In an effort to streamline campus event communication, the Center for Student Engagement will be providing a new service for you this fall! Beginning fall 2014, the Center for Student Engagement is requiring student organizations and university departments to submit all posters and flyers to be posted on campus-wide bulletin boards to the Center for Student Engagement (Blum 207) by noon on Mondays for approval. They will then be posted by our staff!
In an effort to organize our campus-wide bulletin boards, only CSE staff will be allowed to hang up posters/flyers. Posters/flyers can be posted for 2 weeks unless special permission for a longer period of time is provided by the Assistant Dean of Student Development. To allow space to publicize all of our events, posters/flyers are to be no larger than 11x17 inches. This policy only applies to campus-wide bulletin boards. Permission to post on departmental bulletin boards should be provided by the boards' owner(s).
ROTC Training
Military Science Army ROTC cadets will be conducting situational training exercises east of the residence halls in the open area on Thursday, April 17 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. They will be training with dummy rifles and will be in uniform. Please do not be alarmed if you see the cadets on the MWSU grounds.
Memorial Drive for Rick Dyson
Rick Dyson, our colleague and friend, passed away March 25, 2014. Rick joined the Library staff at Missouri Western in January of 2005. He served as the Information Services Librarian: Instruction. He was very engaged with students and went out of his way to help them with library details as well as in their personal lives. He will be remembered as a quiet doer of random acts of kindness and for his unique sense of humor.
The Staff Association Advantage Committee is sponsoring a memorial donation drive. The library staff will be deciding upon the memorial.
If you would like to make a donation, please send cash or a check to the Foundation Office in Spratt 111. Please make checks payable to Missouri Western State University Foundation and put Rick Dyson Memorial in the subject line.
We would like to have your donations by Friday, May 16.
If you have questions, please contact Carolyn Schindler at 4364.
Thank you so much in advance for your contributions!
The commencement ceremony for spring and summer graduates will take place on Saturday, May 10, at 11:00 a.m. in Spratt Memorial Stadium. All administrators, faculty, and staff members are invited to participate as well in this celebration for our students (you will need full academic regalia). All administrators and staff who plan to participate in the processional should email Jennie McDonald directly ( by Tuesday, April 22. Assembly and marching information will be sent out closer to the commencement date. We look forward to you joining us with the graduates and their families on this important day.
Student Employment Application
The new student employment application has been uploaded to the Career Development website. If you have an active job posting on GriffonLink, please be sure to include this link in the “how to apply” section. Students will have to complete this application and upload it to their profile to apply through GriffonLink Or they can complete the application and email it directly to the hiring supervisor. Please contact the Career Development Center if you have questions or need assistance at (816) 271-4292.
March Budgets Ready
March budgets are ready for you to print and review. If you have any questions, please contact Accounting Services. Please also take the time to review the 2014 End of Year Procedures. These are posted on Griffon Weekly. There are many dates you will need to make yourself familiar with.
*End of Year Procedures for Fiscal Year 2013-2014*
The following closing procedures are for fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. Please read carefully as it is your responsibility to meet the appropriate deadlines.


*April 25, 2014* --- *Board Approved Bids (Over $100,000)*. This is the cut-off date for submission of bid specifications with *approved* paper purchase requisitions for bids needing Board approval for processing in FY14. Bids must be back and selection of winning vendor by 5/09/14 to be sent for board approval.

*May 16, 2014* - *Formal Bids ($5,000 to $99,999)*. This is the cut-off date for submission of bid specifications with approved paper purchase requisition for bids *not* requiring Board approval. Items *must* be received on campus by June 30.

*June 13, 2014* - *Informal Bids ( $3000 - $4999*). This is the cut-off date for submission of independently presented informal bid specifications and selection with a paper purchase requisition for bids *not* requiring Board approval or the formal bid process. Items *must* be received on campus by June 30.

*June 30, 2014* --- Cut-off date for on campus and off campus purchases. ** Note - See below for Procurement Card purchases.

*July 11, 2014* --- Deadline for all employee reimbursement requests for items to be charged to the FY14 budget. This includes all FY2014 travel reimbursements.

All items *must* be received on campus by June 30 *and* invoices received in Purchasing by *July* *11*, otherwise the item will be charged against FY15.


*Fund accounts* carry forward from one year to the next. Therefore the balance in your fund account at the end of June 2014 will be brought forth in September of 2015 (once annual audit is complete).

*Organizational (Budgeted) accounts* will carry forward this year (travel and operating funds only). Please see worksheet to calculate and verify carry forward amounts.

**Note** Auxiliary Funds do not carry forward.

Student Payroll for June hours is paid in July and posted back to June 30.

*Procurement Card* statements for June will come in two separate files. The first electronic statement will cover expenses through the end of that cycle (usually cut off around the 20th). The second electronic file will be for charges covering the end of cycle date to June 30. *Be aware*that if a purchase is made on June 30, but does not show up on the statement until July 1st, it will be charged to July 1. *Note:* When using your procurement card in late June, the item must be received on campus by June 30.

*Year End Budgets*. An email notice will be sent out to review your year-end budgets in mid July. A few days will be allotted to submit transfers and corrections to Accounting Services. A second email notice will be sent in late July to print out your final budgets for the year. No changes will be allowed after this time.
Math 116 College Algebra Review Sessions
For those currently enrolled in MAT 116 all students are encouraged to attend review sessions for the comprehensive final sponsored by the Center for Academic Support. All of the sessions will be held from 3-5 p.m. in Agenstien room 124. The following are the dates and chapters available:

Wednesday, April 23
Chapter 4: Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
Section 5.1: Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Algebraic Methods
Section 6.1: Solving Systems of Linear Equations Using Matrices

Thursday, April 24
Chapter 3: Polynomial and Rational Functions & Miscellaneous Equations

Monday, April 28
Chapter 2: Functions & Graphs

Tuesday, April 29
Chapter 1: Equations, Inequalities & Modeling
Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Dodgeball Tournament
Got Game? Test your skills on April 16, at the Annual SAAC Make-A-Wish-Foundation Dodge ball Tournament. The event will start at 7pm in the Looney Complex. The entry fee is $30 for a team of 6 to 8 players. Team signup forms and $30 entry fees can be turned in the night of the tournament. Walk-ins are also welcome. For more information contact Eric Kramer at (816) 271-4258 or contact us at our Facebook page, MWSU Student Athlete Advisory Committee.
Free Photo Shoot from Griffon Yearbook
Come and take a picture for the yearbook! This is a free photo shoot with FREE proofs.
April 17, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Murphy Hall
Kelley Commons Dedication
Thursday, April 24 at 3 p.m. there will be a dedication outside of Blum Union for the new outside patio area. With FREE samples from Java City from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. inside Blum Union, at 3:30 p.m. the dedication ceremony will begin outside of Blum with a reception following! This is a free event all students, faculty and staff are invited to attend.
Holocaust survivors' son to speak
Author and the son of two Holocaust survivors Michael Korenblit will speak in Hearnes 102 at 5 p.m. on April 16. Mr. Korenblit is the co-author of a book about his parents’ love story and struggles during the Holocaust and is the president of Respect Diversity Foundation. The Respect Diversity Foundation is a nonprofit educational organization set up to foster understanding for people of all races, nationalities, religions and ability levels.
Library Book Sale
The library will hold its semi-annual book sale during National Library Week, April 14-20. Please stop by and pick up some bargains!
Nominate a student group for the MWSU Foundation 2014 Excellence in Philanthropy award
Nominations are currently being accepted for the MWSU Foundation 2014 Excellence in Philanthropy Award. The award is open to all student organizations at Missouri Western. Nominations will be considered for actions during the 2013-14 academic year. Nominations must be submitted by 4:30 p.m., April 25. The MWSU Foundation Excellence in Philanthropy 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. The award will be presented at the MWSU Foundation board meeting on Wednesday, May 7 at 3 p.m. Complete and return the nomination form to Spratt Hall room 106, by 4:30 p.m., April 25 ***For more detailed information about the award and to fill out the nomination form, click here. or contact Laura Buhman in Spratt Hall 106, call (816) 271-5920 or email
Items for Sale!
The following items are available in University Advancement. Please contact Kelly Glynn at (816) 271-5670 or if you are interested.

-Monitor stand (holds 100lbs.)
-ZyXEL U-1496
-Q5951A cyan ink cartridge for HP Laserjet 4700
-LH90 cartridge for HP C4195A
-LH61 cartridge for C8061X HP Laserjet 4100
-SEB4700YR Yellow cartridge for HP Color Laserjet 4700
Encourage students to attend degree plan workshop
The Student Success and Academic Advising Center is hosting a degree plan workshop. At the workshop they will help figure out your individual plan! This will help make sure there is a plan showing what courses are needed, when they are offered and when to have prerequisite courses completed in the proper order.
There is no need to RSVP, just show up knowing your major!
The workshops will be held in Eder 208 at the following date and time:
Wednesday, April 16 at 11 a.m. to noon
Driver’s Education Registration is now open
The Western Institute will accept registration for summer driver’s education classes by mail or in person until May 2. The cost is $75 per student for students who meet eligibility requirements. Registration forms are available Here!
Forms may be mailed to Missouri Western State University, Conferences and Special Programs, 4525 Downs Dr., St. Joseph, MO 64507, or delivered in person to the Western Institute office in Spratt Hall, room 105 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
There will be two sessions offered, June 2-13 and July 7-18. Students will receive 30 hours of classroom instruction, 12 hours of observation time in the vehicle and six hours behind the wheel. The normal class time is 9 a.m. to noon Monday - Friday.
The student must be 15 to 19 years old, be currently enrolled in school and not have graduated from high school. There are spots available for students who don’t meet these requirements for $225. Students do not need any kind of driving permit for this class.
For more information, contact Alicia Otto, administrative assistant in Conferences and Special Programs, at 816-271-4110 or
Award Recipient & Employee Retirement Reception
Please mark your calendar and plan to join us to recognize this year’s award recipients and employees who have retired or will retire during this academic year.
Tuesday, April 29 at 3 p.m. in Enright 214-216 in Spratt Hall.
A reception will follow the ceremony.
MWSU surplus property for sale
The sale of MWSU surplus property will be on the GovDeals website today and tomorrow. There are a total of 80 lots and half of them will go on the website each day. The closing dates are April 16 and 17. Please contact the physical plant at 271- 4417 with any questions.
Two sequential Spanish courses this summer
The Department of English and Modern Languages is offering two sequential Spanish courses this summer: SPA 100-14 30588 (the first four weeks) and SPA 101-01 30691 (the second four weeks). If you have students in your department who want to register for both of these courses this summer, send their names and G-number's to so that an override for SPA 101 can be processed. Dr. Castilla-Ortiz will monitor the students in SPA 100 to be sure they have completed the course with a C or better before they begin SPA 101.
This Week in Griffon Athletics
The Gold Coat Victory Fund Drive for the 2014-15 season is well underway. The Victory Fund is the official booster club of Griffon Athletics which supports the endeavors of all Griffon sports and also includes great benefits including football and basketball season tickets, preferred parking opportunities, Stadium Club membership and more. To join or with membership questions, contact Assistant Athletics Director - Develop.m.ent Dave Lau at 816-271-5926 or e-mail at

Get a sneak peak of the 2014 Griffon Football team this Saturday, April 19 as spring practice concludes with the annual scrimmage at 12:45 p.m at Spratt Stadium. Admission is FREE and we ask all fans to enter the stadium through the main concourse. Rosters will be available in the concourse.

MWSU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will hold their annual dodge ball tournament this Wedneday, April 19 at 7 p.m in the MWSU Fieldhouse. Teams of 5-8 people are welcome to take part with cost to participate set at $30 per team. All proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. For more information, contact Assistant Athletics Director - Eric Kramer at 271-4258. Walk-ins are welcome the night of the event as well.

Griffon Baseball is heating up at the right time as they have now won eight straight games after sweeping Pittsburg State in a four game series at the Spring Sports Complex over the weekend. On Friday, the Griffs knocked off the Gorillas by scores of 6-4 and 4-1. Grant Woods and Josh Lansangan picked up the wins on the mound with David Chew having a huge day at the plate going 4 for 4 in game two. On Saturday, pitching reigned supreme again as the Griffs beat Pitt 1-0 and 8-3. Jake Jones got the win in game one to improve 5-2 on the season with Jeremy Monty driving in the games only run with a sacrifice fly. In the finale, Mark Spreckels pitched seven innings strong with first baseman Hunter Weiss being the hitting star going 4 for 4 while driving in three runs.
The Griffons are now 23-14 overall and 19-11 in MIAA play and embark on a showdown with first place Central Missouri this weekend. The series begins with a single game on Thursday at 6 P.M. followed by a 1 P.M. doubleheader on Friday and a 1 P.M. single game Saturday. You can listen to the Friday games live on the Griffon Sports Network ESPN 1550 AM.
The final regular season home series of the season is set for April 25-27 as Fort Hays State will be at the Spring Sports Complex. Admission is FREE!
As schedules do tend to change at a moments notice, stay tuned to for the most accurate updates.

Griffon Softball has also caught fire at a great time as they have now won 11 out of their 12 games after going 5-1 on the road last week. On Tuesday, the Griffons swept Northwest Missouri State in Maryville winning by scores of 6-0 and 5-4. Jackie Bishop got the win in game one with Kat Steponovich hitting a home run. In game two, Morgan Rathmann paced the Griffs at the dish going 3 for 4 while driving in two. Friday at Lindenwood, the Griffs had an up and down day winning game one 4-3 before falling in the nightcap in a wild 11-10 game. Freshman left fielder Sydney Washington had a tremendous day with six hits including two home runs while driving in seven runs in the two games. The Griffs rebounded nicely on Saturday sweeping Lincoln winning by scores of 8-1 and 12-2. Tiffany Gillaspy homered twice in the doubleheader giving her 11 on the season.
For her performance over the past week, Jackie Bishop was named the MIAA Pitcher of the Week for the fourth time this season.
Overall, the Griffs are 31-15 overall and 14-8 in the MIAA and have the weekend off before they return home for the final weekend of the regular season April 25-26 as they host Northeastern State on the 25th at 4 p.m. and defending National Champion Central Oklahoma at noon on the 26th. Admission is FREE!
Remember it's always a good idea to check before heading out to the park as schedules do change at a moments notice.

"Voice of the Griffons" Dave Riggert will carry select baseball and softball games live on the Griffon Sports Network this spring. The upcoming broadcast schedule is as follows: Friday, April 18 - Baseball at UCM - DH - 1 p.m. - ESPN 1550 AM Saturday, April 19 - Griffon Football Spring Scrimmage - 12:45 p.m. - ESPN 1550 AM Friday, April 25 - Softball vs. Northeastern State - DH - 4 p.m. - ESPN 1550 AM Saturday, April 26 - Baseball vs. Fort Hays State - DH - 1 p.m. - KFEQ 680 AM

After several near triumphs, the Griffon Tennis team picked up their first MIAA victory on Friday defeating Lincoln 8-1. The Griffs went 5-1 in singles matches and swept the doubles portion of the match. On Saturday, the Griffs fell to 1st place Southwest Baptist in Bolivar. Action was scheduled to continue today at William Jewell but Mother Nature had other ideas so the match has been postponed with no make-up date announced. The final regular season match is set for this Wednesday at Noyes Tennis Center against Washburn with start time set for 2 p.m.
Remember it's always a good idea to check before heading out to the courts as schedules and venues do change at a moments notice.

In their final tune-up before the MIAA Championship, Griffon Men's Golf finished 8th at the Henderson State First Federal Bank Invitational in Mountain Home, Arkansas last week. Individually, Evan McCarthy finished in a tie for 14th overall with rounds of 77-74.
Griffon Women's Golf also competed at Henderson State as they finished 7th overall. Anna Kloeppel recorded her best tournament finish of the season finishing in tie for 11th firing scores of 83-76.
Both teams have the week off in preparation for the MIAA Men's & Women's Golf Championships April 21-23 at Alvamar Golf Club in Lawrence, Kansas.

Download the Griffon Athletics mobile application for IPhones and Android devices. The Go Griffons free mobile app is available for download in the ITunes store, Google Play, the Amazon Marketplace or users may also text 'Griffons' to 46988 for a link to download as well. The app features easy navigation to team pages, live stats, live audio and video, Griffon tickets, merchandise and more. For further information, visit .

Shopping for all things Griffons is easy, log on to . Need tickets, no problem, Griffon ticketing is on-line. Need Griffon apparel, we've got that covered as well as you can check out the latest styles direct from Campus Team Shop including the ability to customize your own gear. Need some wall decor, check out over 1,000 images from all Griffon sports in our photo store. Tis the season for Griffon apparel and novelty items, log on to .

Attention kids 13 and under, sign up for the Official Kids Club of Griffon Athletics "Club MAX". For just $10 per year, Club Max members receive a membership good for free admission to all home events, an official club t-shirt, newsletter and more. Sign up at or call 816-271-5926.

This week Ryan along with Coach Partridge and Trevor Berneking took the plunge for Landon. To view the video, simply click on the link below or cut and paste into your web browser.

Griffons Plunge for Landon

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With questions about any of the above information, call the athletics department at 816-271-4481 or log on to .

We appreciate your support of our program and hope to see you at an event in the future.

Entrepreneurship Minor
In the fall of 2014 MWSU will be adding an entrepreneurship minor. Students who are interested are encouraged to talk to their advisor for more information!
Missouri Western Legacy Directory
You may remember Jerry Pickman and President Vartabedian talking about the Legacy Directory during the Spring General Session last month. The directory will enable former students or other constituents to contribute to projects that are of special interest to someone who made a difference during their time here. We're in the process of building the directory, and need your help. All faculty and staff are welcome to participate, and we especially encourage those who have been at Missouri Western for five years or longer to give participation serious consideration. If you would like to participate, please provide the requested information and take a few moments to answer the following questions:

Years at Missouri Western:

1. The theme of Missouri Western's Centennial celebration in 2015 will be "Transforming Lives." What does that mean to you? How does Missouri Western transform lives?
2. What has inspired you to continue transforming lives?
3. What tools do you think the University needs to continue its mission of transforming lives? What particular projects would you like people to support?

Please email your answers to Kent Heier, If you have any questions, please call Kent (4124) or Mallory Murray (5649).
Online section of GEO 100 offered this summer
For advisors needing to schedule students for GEO 100 (World Geography) as a general studies class, there will be an online section of the class offered this summer during the first four week session. This is a great alternative for students who want to self-pace through the lectures and exams. If you have any questions about the course, please email Dr. Dawn Drake at

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