Griffon Weekly: Staff and Faculty

April 2 - 9, 2014

Campus News

This week in Griffon Country

Wednesday, April 2

Senior Art Exhibitions, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Senior Art Exhibitions Reception 4 - 7 p.m.

Thursday, April 3

Western Activities Council Fashion Show, 7 p.m., Fulkerson Center

The Producers, 7:30 p.m., Potter Hall

Friday, April 4

Walter Cronkite Highway Dedication, 3 p.m., Walter Cronkite Memorial inside Leah Spratt Hall

Griffon baseball at Lincoln University, 3 p.m., Jefferson City, Mo.

Griffon softball doubleheader vs. Fort Hayes State University, 4 p.m., Spring Sports Complex

“Sho Us Your Smarts Trivia Night,” 7 p.m., Enright Community room, Spratt 214.

The Producers, 7:30 p.m., Potter Hall

Saturday, April 5

Cheerleading Open Gym, 9 a.m., Looney Complex in the west balcony.

Tau Kappa Epsilon Lift A thon, 9 a.m., Baker Family Fitness Center

Backpack Buddies Walk-a-Thon, 10 a.m., Griffon Indoor Sports Complex

Griffon softball doubleheader vs. University of Nebraska at Kearney, noon, Spring Sports Complex

Griffon baseball doubleheader at Lincoln University, 1 p.m., Jefferson City, Mo.

The Producers, 7:30 p.m., Potter Hall

Monday, April 7

Foreign language Film Series, 6:30 p.m., Hearnes 102

Around campus

Emergency Drill
Missouri Western State University will be conducting a shelter in place emergency drill on Tuesday, April 8, at 3 p.m. The drill should last no more than 30 minutes. During this time, you will receive a test emergency text message and email. You will hear the emergency beacons sound in the buildings. You may see additional police on campus.
During a shelter in place drill, you should close any doors to your offices/classrooms and lock them. You should turn off the lights and you should take cover and await further instructions. If you are in an open area, go to the nearest room with a lock and take cover until the situation resolves. If that is not possible, consider going to a bathroom or taking cover under a table. If you are outside, consider where there is to take cover outside.
This drill is designed to emulate what you should do in case of a hostile intruder on campus. For more information, please read this.
Walter Cronkite Highway Dedication
A ceremony dedicating a portion of the Belt Highway in St. Joseph as the “Walter Cronkite Memorial Highway” will take place at 3 p.m. Friday, April 4, at the Walter Cronkite Memorial inside Spratt Hall atrium. The ceremony is free and open to the public. Please join us in celebrating highway dedication for “The Most Trusted Man in America.”
Come Get Sprinkled with Jonathan Sprinkles
The Center for Multicultural Education is bringing speaker Jonathan Sprinkles to campus on April 9. Sprinkles delivers straight talk, ‘sprinkled’ with laughs. He is a television commentator, featured columnist, author of 10 books and a leading authority on personal development strategies for leaders and achievers. There will be a free book raffle, and the first 40 people receive a free T-shirt. The event starts at 6 p.m. in Spratt 101. Don't miss out on this opportunity!
Missouri Western Presents ‘The Producers’
“A Season of Laughter,” will conclude with Mel Brooks’ “The Producers,” April 3-13 in the Potter Hall Theater on the campus. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for faculty/staff/military, and $8 for students and can be purchased in advance here, in person at the Potter Hall Box Office, or by phone at 816-271-4452.
Sigma Sigma Sigma- ZUMBA: dancing for Child Play Therapy
Sigma Sigma Sigma is putting on a night of dancing that includes ZUMBA, FRIENDS and FUN, all while raising money for Child's Play Therapy. The event is in Looney April 7 at 7:30 p.m. There are raffle tickets being sold in Blum until April 4. Raffle enters a chance to win a $25 gift card!
An optional $3 donation at the door is preferred. All money will go to the Robbie Page Memorial Fund for Child's Play Therapy. For any questions please contact Mimi at 816-248-9449.
Emmy-Winning Art Director, Creator of ‘Jimbo’ Coming to Missouri Western
Gary Panter, groundbreaking graphic novelist and a three-time Emmy Award winner for his art direction and set design on “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse,” will be visiting the Department of Art, April 9-11. There will be a free public event, “A Conversation with Gary Panter,” at 7 p.m. Friday, April 11 in the Kemper Recital Hall, inside Spratt Hall 101.
Governors Approve Tuition and Fees, Room and Board Rates
Tuition and fees for the vast majority of Missouri Western State University students would not increase in 2014-2015 under a plan approved by the Board of Governors.
Because of the state funding uncertainty, the Board of Governors approved two tuition proposals for in-state undergraduate students on the St. Joseph campus. If the governor’s proposal is approved, resident tuition and fees will remain at $216.60 per hour. If a smaller state appropriation is approved, resident tuition and fees will rise 1.55 percent, to $219.95 per hour.

Tuition and fees for out-of-state students on the St. Joseph campus will remain the same as last year, $416.31 per hour.
Driver’s Education Registration is now open
The Western Institute will accept registration for summer driver’s education classes by mail or in person beginning April 1 and continuing through 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
Pulling the Trigger on Gun Control
The Missouri Western College Republicans and College Democrats will be cohosting "Pulling the Trigger on Gun Control," a symposium over the issue of gun control in the United States on Thursday, April 10 at 7 p.m. in Spratt Hall room 205. During the event, a panel of Missouri Western faculty will give their opinion on the constitutionality of certain measures of gun control, how the second amendment should be interpreted, and how to balance gun rights with the safety of United States citizens. The event will also feature a question and answer period in which members of the audience may submit questions for the panel. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. All are welcome.
Welcome to Missouri Western!
It is with great pleasure we welcome the following employees as new staff members of Missouri Western State University for the month of March:
Teresa Holt- Administrative Assistant/Academic- Education
Christopher King- Events/Groundskeeper- Physical Plant
Nathan Buhman- Groundskeeper- Physical Plant
Welcome to the Western family!
Also, please congratulate Orrin Knight as he transferred into the HVAC/R Technician position in the physical plant
Spanish Tapas Tasting
Join us for a Spanish Tapas Tasting on Thursday, April 10, at 3:00 p.m. in Blum 222/223. Students of Spanish will prepare authentic Spanish appetizers and everyone is welcome for a tasting. You will have the opportunity to learn about the history of tapas and their place in the Mediterranean diet while listening to popular Spanish music. This event is sponsored by the Department of English and Modern Languages and International Student Services. For questions, please contact Fulbright Scholar Clara Del Rey Castano at
Missouri Western Annual Spring Jazz Concert
The swinging sounds of jazz greats Basie and Ellington along with the iconic standards of The American Songbook will be featured at the upcoming annual MWSU Spring Jazz Concert, Tuesday, April 15 at 7:30 pm, Potter Hall Theatre on the MWSU campus. If you love great musicianship, you won’t want to miss this night of Jazz.
Help the Health Informatics program! Take this quick survey!
Three seniors in the HIF program need help collecting research data, please take this quick survey. Thank you!
Click here to take the survey
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. Inspection dates will be April 9 and 10 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The closing dates are April 16 and 17. Please contact the physical plant at 271- 4417 with any questions.
Backpack Buddies Walk-A-Thon
Second Harvest and Missouri Western presents Backpack Buddies Annual Walk-A-Thon! This raises funds for Second Harvest’s elementary school program Backpack Buddies.
Saturday April 5 registration begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Griffon Indoor Sports Complex!
Every walker will receive FREE Chick-fil-A sandwich coupon! The winning teams will be announced and gift cards awarded!
If you are interested in creating a donation team, wish to donate individually or would like more information please contact Amanda Stephenson ( ) or Jessica Klaus (
Thank you and Go Griffs!
The End of Year Procedures for Fiscal Year 2013-2014
*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 30th *and* invoices received in Purchasing by *July* *11th*, 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.
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 30th. *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 1st.
*Note:* When using your procurement card in late June, the item must be received on campus by June 30th.
*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.
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.
Veterans Yellow Ribbon Program
Missouri Western has announced it is a Yellow Ribbon Program participant for the 2014-2015 school year. (Effective August 1, 2014)
The program agreement permits the school and the VA to provide matching funds to cover all or a portion of the outstanding institutional charges not covered under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Basically, Missouri Western would cover the difference between in-state and out-of-state charges.
For more information about the Yellow Ribbon Program click here
This Week in Griffon Athletics
*JOIN THE GOLD COAT VICTORY FUND * 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 - Dave Lau at 816-271-5926 or e-mail at

*GRIFFON BASEBALL SPLITS AT UNK, HEADS TO LINCOLN THIS WEEKEND* Griffon Baseball continues to climb up the MIAA standings going 3-2 in road games last week. The week started on Wednesday with a non conference game at Willam Jewell with the Griffons emphatically taking care of business knocking off the Cardinals 23-1. The effort included 19 hits with David Chew and Matt Russell driving in 5 runs apiece. The team returned to MIAA play this past weekend in splitting a four game series at Nebraska-Kearney winning the first two games by scores of 6-3 and 9-6 while dropping the final two games 4-3 and 11-6. Outfielder Ryan Degner homered and drove in three in game one with pitcher Grant Woods picking up his second win of the season on the mound. In game two, Jake Schrader was the star at the plate going 3 for 4 with 3 RBI's including hitting his sixth home run of the season. Mason Queen picked up the win in relief.
The Griffons are now 15-14 overall and 11-11 in MIAA play and head back out on the road this weekend for a four game series at Lincoln with single games set for 1 & 3 PM respectively and a noon doubleheader on Saturday.
Home action continues on Friday, April 11 as the Griffs open a four game series with Pittsburg State at 6 PM. Admission is FREE!
As schedules do tend to change at a moments notice, stay tuned to for the most accurate updates.

*GRIFFON SOFTBALL** ENJOYS 3-1 WEEKEND WITH MORE HOME ACTION ON THE SLATE* Griffon Softball climbed back to .500 in the MIAA after going 3-1 this past weekend at the Spring Sports Complex. On Saturday the Griffs split a doubleheader with Pittsburg State. In game one, the team rallied for two runs in the bottom of the sixth for a 3-2 victory as pitcher Jackie Bishop continued her near domination on the mound with nine more strikeouts. After falling in game two 6-2, the Griffs rebounded with a doubleheader sweep of Missouri Southern yesterday winning by scores of 8-1 & 11-2. Katie Klosterman and Morgan Rathmann drove in two runs apiece in game one and Tiffany Gillaspy had a monster game at the plate in game two with two hits and 5 RBI's including her eighth home run of the season into a gale force wind.
The Griffons are now 22-14 overall and return home this weekend with two more home doubleheaders. On Friday, Fort Hays State will be here at 4 PM followed by a noon doubleheader with Nebraska-Kearney on Saturday. 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.

*BASEBALL & SOFTBALL ON THE GRIFFON SPORTS NETWORK* "Voice of the Griffons" Dave Riggert will carry select baseball and softball games live on the Griffon Sports Network this spring. Check for the upcoming broadcast schedule.

*GRIFFON TENNIS RETURNS HOME THIS WEEK WITH A PAIR OF MATCHES* Griffon Tennis returned to MIAA play last Friday on the road at Emporia State and fell to the Hornets 8-1. Denise Chiao & Lindsey Beger picked up a victory in doubles. Two home matches are on the calendar this week both scheduled for Noyes Tennis Courts. On Tuesday the Griffs host non conference foe Truman State at 1 PM and then return to MIAA play on Friday against Lindenwood at 3 PM.
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.

*GRIFFON MEN'S GOLF HEADS TO CENTRAL OKLAHOMA INVITATIONAL* After a week off, the Griffon Men's Golf Team is back in action as they play the third of their five spring regular season events today & tomorrow in Edmond, Oklahoma competing in the Central Oklahoma Invitational at The Golf Club at Gallardia. The event is 54 holes in length with 36 holes taking place today and 18 tomorrow.

*GRIFFON WOMEN'S GOLF BACK IN ACTION IN OMAHA* Griffon Women's Golf traded snowflakes for warmer temperatures and wind as they are in Omaha today for the second round of the Tiburon Invitational. After round one completed on Sunday, the Griffs sit in a tie for 7th with Madison Romjue leading the way with an 86.
Next week both golf teams head to Mountain Home, Arkansas to compete in the Henderson State Invitational April 7-8.

*BRICE GARNETT TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE MIAA HALL OF FAME* The 2014 induction class of the MIAA Hall of Fame was announced today and for the second straight year MWSU will be represented as Griffon Golfer Brice Garnett is one of 10 individuals being inducted. Garnett was a three time All-American during his playing days at MWSU including at one point winning seven consecutive tournaments individually. Garnett is now a member of the PGA Tour. The induction ceremony will take place on Thursday June 5 at 7 PM in the auditorium of the Kansas City Public Library - Plaza Branch located at 4801 Main Street. Garnett joins Griffon Basketball Coach Tom Smith in the MIAA Hall as he was inducted last year.

*DOWNLOAD THE GRIFFON ATHLETICS MOBILE APP* 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

* IS YOUR SOURCE FOR SHOPPING ALL THINGS GRIFFONS!* 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 CLUB MAX!* 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.

*G.S.I. VIDEO OF THE WEEK* This week Ryan wraps up the weekend in Griffon Softball and takes a look at the opening of spring football practice. To view the videos, simply click on the links below or cut and paste into your web browser.
Griffon Softball Goes 3-1 Over The Weekend
Griffon Football Spring Football Practice Underway

For more G.S.I. videos log on to

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 the home events this weekend.

Call Trace
A call trace feature is now available on Missouri Western phones to help identify anonymous callers making threats or otherwise engaged in criminal activity. In the event you receive a bomb threat or other criminal call, try to gather as much information as possible. The MWSU Police Department has posted a Bomb Threat Incident Report form on their website to provide some guidance in the kind of information you should try to get from the caller, such as where the bomb is supposed to be located, what it looks like and when it will explode. See the form: here
Once you’ve gotten as much information as possible, initiate a call trace before using the phone again through the following simple steps:

Hang up after receiving the call.
Wait 10 seconds.
Pick up the phone and listen for a dial tone.
Press *57

You will hear a message telling you whether or not the trace was successful. Whether it is successful or not, IMMEDIATELY contact the University Police Department at 4438 and tell them the nature of the call and that you initiated a call trace. They will contact the phone company for the call trace information as part of their criminal investigation.
Please note: the call trace feature is designed for use only when a phone call is involved in a serious criminal issue, such as a bomb threat. It is not to be used for merely annoying or rude calls.
Also, note there is a $2 charge per call traced.
If you have any questions about how the call trace feature works, please contact Carolyn Long in Telephone Services, 383-7171 or
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!
February Budgets Ready
February budgets are ready for you to review and print. If you have any questions, please contact Accounting Services.
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).
A History of Impressionism in French Art
The Story of the Young Rebels Who Rocked the Art World In the 1870s and 1880s
7 p.m.
Kemper Recital Hall, inside Leah Spratt Hall

Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, an art historian and founder of the New York Arts Exchange, will be in St. Joseph on April today to give a presentation on the development of Impressionism in French art in Kemper Recital, Hall inside Leah Spratt Hall.
The Alliance Française of St. Joseph is sponsoring the program in partnership with the Missouri Western State University Foundation and Department of Art.
The presentation will be in English, followed by a discussion in French and English. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 7 p.m. it is free and open to the public.
International Awards Nominations Due Today, April 2
Nominate faculty, staff, students, or community members for an international award! The awards commemorate the contributions and achievements made by individuals to advance the MWSU international student community. The winners will be honored at the International Graduation and Awards Banquet on April 18 hosted by International Student Services. Nominations must be received by 4:30 p.m. TODAY! Please click here for the nomination form
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
Marty Bachman Memorial Fund Donations being accepted
This is a friendly reminder to anyone that intended to make a donation in memory of Marty Bachman. As you know, Marty Bachman, our colleague and friend, passed away January 11, 2014. Marty joined the staff at Missouri Western in August of 1980, where he served as a groundskeeper for Physical Plant for the past 32 years. He was such a kind person and hard worker and he did so much to keep our campus looking beautiful! We can all remember seeing Marty planting, watering, and trimming the flowers, plants and trees on campus. He did an amazing job!
The Staff Association Advantage Committee is sponsoring a memorial donation drive so that Physical Plant can do a special planting/landscaping in Marty's memory.
If you would like to make a donation, please send cash or a check to the Foundation Office, Spratt 111. Checks should be made payable to MWSU Foundation and write "Marty Bachman Memorial" in the subject line. We decided to open this memorial drive again and we would like to accept donations until the end of March.
If you have questions, please contact Carolyn Schindler at #4364.
Thank you so much in advance for your contributions. -The Advantage Committee

Griffon GPS

Griffon GPS has launched at MWSU
Griffon GPS has launched at MWSU! Griffon GPS is an easy web-based degree audit system for students and advisors. It will track a student's progress toward graduation and may be accessed through your GoldLink account.

Paint It Gold Friday