Griffon Weekly: Staff and Faculty

April 30 - May 7, 2014

Campus News

Celebrating 100 Years

Centennial Capital Campaign
Dear faculty and staff members,

How about $100,000 for 100 years of transforming lives?

Dr. Bob Willenbrink, Founding Dean of the School of Fine Arts, and his wife, Susie, are so interested in encouraging Missouri Westernfaculty and staff members to support the Centennial Capital Campaign, they have made a $100,000 commitment to meet our university needs.

As announced last week, it is critical for members of the campus community to support our campaign to enhance our facilities, strengthen the endowments, and meet ongoing needs of the University. The dollar amount of your personal investment is not what matters the most. It is most important that you are willing to demonstrate your support with a gift that is most meaningful to you.

As we begin to contact major prospective donors like foundations and corporations, they need confirmation of support from employees as evidence that they should invest in Missouri Western’s mission. To inspire every faculty and staff member to participate with a meaningful commitment, the Willenbrinks will help lead the way with their $100,000 to the effort!

By making this gift, the Willenbrinks will join Drs. Bob and Laurel Vartabedian as the second University leader to commit more than $100,000 to the effort and will be recognized in the newly established President’s Centennial Circle. A tremendous thank you to everyone already participating in our faculty and staff appeal.

Please join me and others in thanking Bob and Susie for their amazing generosity by pledging your support. For those still considering your level of support, we are hoping to receive your pledge form by April 30. A gift of any size will be greatly appreciated and will keep us moving toward our goal of 100% participation from faculty and staff.

Details about the Centennial Capital Campaign
Pledge your commitment today.
Frequently asked questions


Jerry Pickman '85, CFRE
Vice President for University Advancement
and Executive Director, MWSU Foundation

This week in Griffon Country

Wednesday, April 30

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

Final Exams all day

Potter Gallery Art Sale, 10 a.m., Potter Hall Gallery

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

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

Let's Talk Golf Seminar, 6 p.m., library by East Hills Shopping Center

Friday, May 2

Final Exams all day

Potter Gallery Art Sale, 10 a.m., Potter Hall Gallery

Griffon baseball MIAA Tournament vs. Southwest Baptist University, 6 p.m., Spring Sports Complex

Saturday, May 3

Phi Sigma Kappa car, bike and truck show, 8 a.m., Parking Lot K

Griffon baseball MIAA Tournament vs. Southwest Baptist University, 1 p.m., Spring Sports Complex – this game will only be played if necessary

Directing II Production Performance, 7 p.m., Spratt 101

Sunday, May 4

Mystics Camp Auditions, 2 p.m. Potter 106

Monday, May 5

Final Exams all day

Student film student showcase

Tuesday, May 6

Final Exams all day

Wednesday, May 7

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

Art Society Annual Meeting, 6:30 p.m. Enright Room 214 and 216

Thursday, May 1

Final Exams all day

Potter Gallery Art Sale, 10 a.m., Potter Hall Gallery

Griffon baseball MIAA Tournament vs. Southwest Baptist University, 6 p.m., Spring Sports Complex

Night of Films, 7 p.m., Griffon Indoor Sports Complex in the KCP&L room

Multicultural Graduation Reception, 6 p.m. Enright Room 214 & 216

Acting II/ Shakespeare in Performance, 7 p.m., Spratt 101

Around campus

Governance Advisory Council Minutes
The minutes of the April 15 Governance Advisory Council meeting are now posted on the following web page:
Click Here!
These minutes are posted so employees are aware of policy or procedural changes that have been submitted through the Governance Advisory Council. Please take a few minutes to review them. Thank you!
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 - Development Dave Lau at 816-271-5926 or e-mail at

Griffon Athletics' "Brightest & Best" will be on display this evening in the Fulkerson Center on campus as the 15th Annual St. Joseph News-Press/MWSU Student-Athlete Honors Banquet will take place at 6 PM in the Fulkerson Center. Each sport will recognize their student-athlete of the year along with other recognitions throughout the evening. Student-Athlete's of the Year include; Tiffanie Abrams - Women's Basketball, Alexa Adams - Women's Soccer, Kalvin Balque - Men's Basketball, Jackie Bishop - Softball, David Chew - Baseball, Alyssa Dougan - Women's Tennis, Derek Hawkins - Men's Golf, Travis Partridge - Football, Erica Rottinghaus - Volleyball, Shelby Stone - Women's Golf, Emily Thomson - Cheer Squad. In addition, the MWSU Alumni Association will present the Distinguished Alunni Association Award to Kansas State University Head Football Coach Bill Snyder.

It was a great end to the regular season for the Griffon Baseball team as they swept Fort Hays State in a four game series over the weekend at the Spring Sports Complex winning by scores of 12-3, 9-1, 1-0 and 7-4. With the wins, the Griffs finish 28-17 overall and 24-14 in the MIAA and have secured the #4 seed in the upcoming MIAA Baseball Championship. The Griffs will host Southwest Baptist in a best of three game series at the Spring Sports Complex at the following times:

Thursday, May 1 - 6 p.m.
Friday, May 2 - 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 3 - 1 p.m. if necessary

The winner of the series will advance to the MIAA Baseball Final four May 8-10 at John Q. Hammons Field in Springfield, Missouri.
As per MIAA regulation, there will be a $5.00 admission fee per day with children 6 and under being admitted free. As schedules do tend to change at a moments notice, stay tuned to for the most accurate updates.

Griffon Softball closed out the regular season by winning three out of four games over the weekend at the Spring Sports Complex. On Friday the Griffs swept a doubleheader from Northeastern State winning by scores of 6-3 and 4-1. On Saturday, a great crowd saw the Griffons split with defending National Champion Central Oklahoma falling in game one 2-0 in extra innings before winning in come from behind in game two 5-4. Overall, the team closes out the regular season 34-16 and 17-9 in MIAA play and get set to open the MIAA Softball Championship this Thursday, May 1 at Blue Valley Recreation Complex in Overland Park, Kansas. The Griffons are the #3 seed and will take on #6 Northwest Missouri State at 6 p.m. and then win or lose, will also play at 8 PM. The complete bracket is listed here.

If you can't follow the Griffons in person in the postseason, tune in live to the Griffon Sports Network to the following postseason baseball and softball games.
Thursday, May 1 - Both Griffon games in the MIAA Softball Championship – 6 and 8 p.m. - ESPN 1550 AM.
Friday, May 2 - MIAA Softball Championship day games on ESPN 1550 AM and Griffon baseball vs. Southwest Baptist University - 6 p.m. also on ESPN 1550 AM.
Future weekend broadcasts will be determined by results of games.

Griffon Men's Golf gained momentum heading into the off season with a seventh place in the MIAA Golf Championship held last week at Alvamar Golf & Country Club. While the finish may seem low, it was only three shots behind third place Central Oklahoma who qualified for the NCAA Central Region Tournament. Individually, Scott Sheldon finished in a tie for 12th overall with rounds of 73, 76 & 74.

Griffon Women's Golf also closed out the season last week in Lawrence as they played the tough Members Course at Alvamar Golf & Country Club. As a team, the Griffs finished seventh with Callie Wilson finishing in a tie for 10th individually with rounds of 81, 86 & 85.

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.

*G.S.I. VIDEO OF THE WEEK* This week Ryan wraps up Griffon Men's & Women's Golf at the MIAA Championship in Lawrence. To view the video, click on this link

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 for postseason action this weekend.

MIAA Baseball Tournament
Missouri Western is hosting the opening round of the MIAA Baseball Championship against Southwest Baptist University at the Spring Sports Complex at the following times:

Thursday, May 1 - 6 p.m.
Friday, May 2 - 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 3 - 1 p.m. if necessary

There is a $5.00 admission fee per day per MIAA policy. Come out and cheer for the Griffons!
FREE Let's Talk Golf Seminar
"Let's Talk Golf" – is an interactive golf seminar and is free and open to the public. The event is hosted by Ladies Professional Golf Association life member and Missouri Western Golf Instructor Kathy Welsch. The seminar will be at 6 p.m. April 30 at the library by East Hills Shopping Center. The various topics include Your Golf Strategy in 2014 and Where to Find Distance & Direction in the Golf Movement. We welcome all skill levels, hope to see you there! For more questions or information please contact Kathy Welsch (
Night of Films
Come see short films written and directed by Missouri Western students! Several classes are presenting their films Thursday, May 1 at 7 p.m. in the Griffon Indoor Sports Complex in the KCP&L room.
Finals Week Stress Relief with Therapy Dogs
Missouri Western State University will offer a special type of stress relief during finals week: the company of therapy dogs. Seasoned registered therapy dogs, Chandler and Bailey, will be available from 3 to 4 p.m. every day from April 29 through May 6 in Eder Hall 208.
Gallery Art Sale!
Just in time for Mother's Day, Potter Hall will host an Art Sale in the Gallery on:
Wednesday April 30, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday, May 1, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, May 2, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Please stop in and see all we have for sale!
2014 American Heart Association Heart Walk
On Saturday, May 17 the American Heart Association will have health screenings and other activities beginning at 8 a.m. with a heart walk at 9 a.m. The walk will begin at the St. Joseph Rec Center, 2701 Southwest Parkway. This is a wonderful opportunity to walk and raise money in support of heart health and research. To register your team today clickhere
Western Playhouse Tickets Available
Tickets are now on sale for the two musicals being staged in the third season of Western Playhouse. Meredith Willson’s perennial favorite “The Music Man” will be produced June 20-28, and the award-winning new show “Mother Divine” will be produced July 11-19.
Tickets cost $22.50 for adults. Youth under 17 are $9.50 for the first two, then $1 for each additional child. All seats are reserved seating.
Tickets may be purchased online at Click Here!There is a $2.50 fee per ticket for online ordering, and the discount pricing for more than two children is not available. You can also order in person or by phone at the Potter Hall Box Office between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The telephone number is 816-271-4452.
“Music Man” won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, when it debuted on Broadway in 1957. With familiar tunes like “Seventy-six Trombones,” “(Ya Got) Trouble” and “Till There Was You,” “The Music Man” is one of the most beloved musicals ever produced. It will be performed at 7:30 p.m. June 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28, and at 2 p.m. June 22.
“Mother Divine” is a comic musical twist on the real-life events of Depression-era Harlem evangelist Father Divine. It was one of ten shows selected for the New York Musical Theatre Festival’s 2013 Next Link Project out of more than 200 shows submitted. The New York Musical Festival is considered the preeminent festival for launching new musicals. “Mother Divine”. It will be performed at 7:30 p.m. July 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19 and 2 p.m. July 13.
First Thursdays
Monthly open mic night sponsored by the English and Modern Languages Department will be Thursday, May 1 at 7 p.m., at Norty's Bar and Grill. Bring your poetry or prose to read in front of a supportive audience. The readings will be 5-8 minutes per reading. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend!
Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics Department Retirement Reception
The Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics Department invites faculty and staff to a retirement reception for R. E. Moore on Thursday, May 1 in Popplewell 111. Please stop by between 1:30-3:30 to offer R. E. congratulations and to thank him for his service to the students and the University.
Call for applications for the John Sublett Logan Business Fellowship Scholarship
The deadline to apply for the John Sublett Logan Business Fellowship scholarship is May 23, 2014. This program is designated to support MWSU students pursuing a GRADUATE degree in BUSINESS, LAW, ACCOUNTING or ECONOMICS. For scholarship criteria and application requirements go to the Foundation website under Scholarships and Grants or click this link.
Please inform any student who might be interested in this funding opportunity.
College Completion Team
For more about the College Completion Team and to keep up to date on their meetings visit this. website
All Student Employment Supervisors
All Student Employment Supervisors Human Resources has Employment Authorization Forms ready for any student that has been hired to work over the summer 2014 (June & July) and starting for academic year 2014-2015 (August 2014-May 2015).

*Summer employment is available for students who are pre-registered for at least six credit hours of classes for the Fall term. Supervisors: please verify proof of Fall registration.*

*First-semester freshman and transfer students will not *be eligible to begin student employment until the first day of regular classes in the term in which they begin as a student enrolled in *at least six credit hours* at Missouri Western.

The spring paperwork that is in effect now is effective thru May 31, 2014. The summer paperwork is applicable for the period of June 1- July 31, 2014, and the fall paperwork is applicable for the period of August 1, 2014 - May 31, 2015.

When you send your student employees to Human Resources to complete their paperwork, please ask them to let us know exactly when they will be working, as they will need to do two (2) forms if they are planning to work all Summer and into the Fall semester. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Human Resources.
The commencement ceremony for spring and summer graduates will take place on Saturday, May 10, at 11 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.
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.
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!
Items up for grabs!
The following items are available in University Advancement if you are interested. Please contact Jenny Scherlock at 271-5647

-Monitor stand (holds 100lbs.)
-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
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
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.

Paint It Gold Friday