Griffon Weekly: Staff and Faculty

February 12 - 19, 2014

Campus News

Attention Student Organization Advisors

The Presidential Spirit Award was created to increase campus pride and spirit during the Griffon Women’s and Men’s final games of the 2014 season. Student organizations are encouraged to get involved and engaged in cheering on the Griffons! The following factors will be used as a whole to determine the student organization with the most spirit. The winning student organization will receive a prize of $500!
Recognized student organizations (RSOs) should participate in BOTH the women's and men's home basketball games at the final three home games:
Feb. 16
Feb. 22
Feb. 26
Part of the organization's evaluation will be based upon the percentage of their members participating. For example, an organization with 95% of its members participating will score higher than an organization with only 50% of its members participating.
RSOs should be recognizable, through Greek letters, uniform attire, or other thematic dress so they are easily identifiable.
RSOs should have signage so that their organization's name is easily identifiable.
Judges will listen for organized cheering or chants. These will be judged on originality, understandability, and creativity. Chants / cheers are encouraged to be positive, game specific, family-friendly, and interactive.
The Fine Print
unsportsmanlike language or conduct will disqualify the RSO.
The winning organization will be the one that best meets these qualifications, over the combined course of the final three games of the season and will be judged by an anonymous group of administrative judges.
All judges’ decisions are final.
The winning organization will be announced at halftime of the men’s Feb. 26 game, and will win $500 for their organization, to be deposited into their University account.

This week in Griffon Country

Wednesday, Feb. 12

Black History Month Event:
Webinar titled, "State of the African American Professional," noon, Spratt 110

Casino Night, 8 p.m. - 10:30 p.m., in the Fulkerson Center

Thursday, Feb. 13

Picasso at the Lapin Agile, 7:30 p.m., Potter Hall Theater

Heart Your Union, 2 - 6 p.m., Blum Union room 218-219

Valentine's Day Banquet, 7 p.m., Baptist Student Union

Black History Month Event:
Movie night: "Love and Basketball" 7 p.m., in the Commons

Friday, Feb. 14

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Club and PreProfessional Club Blood Drive, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Remington Hall room 101

Black History Month Event:
"Black Love" at 6 p.m, Blum 218.
“Black Love” will feature live music, poetry and other local musicians and artists for your Valentine's Day enjoyment.

Picasso at the Lapin Agile, 7:30 p.m., Potter Hall Theater

Monday, Feb. 17

Presidents Day, campus closed.

Tuesday, Feb. 18

Black History Month Event:
Keynote speaker Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu, 6 p.m., Enright Community Room (Spratt 214 and 216)

Around campus

Campus blood drive
The campus blood drive will be held on Friday Feb. 14 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Math Community room of Remington Hall (room 101). The blood drive is in cooperation with the Community Blood Center, and is co-sponsored by two student groups, the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Club and the PreProfessional Club. Drop-ins are welcome or donors can sign up for a time in the Chemistry Office (Agenstein 332) or by going to and selecting "Find a Drive"
January budgets ready for review
January budgets are ready for you to review. Please go out and print out your reports and review them for accuracy. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Accounting Services.
Lost and found items to be donated
All unclaimed items in the campus Lost and Found will be donated to local charities on March 9 . The Lost and Found is located in the Student Affairs Office, Blum 228. If you have lost any items please contact us by calling 816-271-4432 or by emailing Our office hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. through 4:30 p.m.
ROTC situational training exercises
Military Science Army ROTC cadets will be conducting situational training exercises West of the Conservation Department and North of the Sports Complex in the wooded areas on Thursday, February 13, 2014 from 3:00PM to 7:00PM. 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.
St Joseph Public Library Board Members
The St Joseph Public Library is looking for board members to begin a 3 year term this summer. Board members must live in the library district. If interested please contact Brian Cronk
Donate bottled water to Second Harvest
Alpha Chi students are collecting bottled water to donate to Second Harvest. Donations can be placed in marked boxes on campus, or by contacting president Katy Turner for a pickup at
Share your stories!
Please share your stories! As our centennial year (2015) approaches, we would like to invite Missouri Western employees and retirees to share your memories and stories of the St. Joseph Junior College and Missouri Western on video. I have reserved the IMC studio in the Hearnes Center for a morning in February, and I hope you can join us: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Please call Diane Holtz at (816) 271-5651 or email her at to set up an appointment. If you can not make that date, we have also scheduled the studio for 1-4 p.m. Friday, March 28, and you may make an appointment for that date. We will be scheduling more in the coming months, so watch for dates in the Griffon Weekly newsletter in your email. We really want to build a video archive of memories and stories, and we want you to be a part of it!
Dining services special
Hey Griffons! We have exciting news! Starting today you can receive a $25 value pack of free product coupons when you add $100 Flex dollars onto your account. Flex dollars can be added by stopping by Blum Union room 102. Hurry, offer good through Feb. 21.
Black History Month Events
February is Black History Month, and there are many events planned to mark the occasion. A webinar titled "State of the African American Professional" will be held today (Wednesday) at noon in Spratt 110. On Thursday, the Black Student Union and the Student Government Association will show the movie "Love and Basketball" in the Commons at 7 p.m. On Friday, the BSU and SGA are hosting "Black Love" at 6 p.m. in Blum 218. “Black Love” will feature live music, poetry and other local musicians & artists for your Valentine's Day enjoyment. On Tuesday, keynote speaker Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu will speak at 6 p.m. in the Enright Community Room (Spratt 214 and 216).
Traveling Chair Massage
Take advantage of this great way to start your month! Get a massage during your lunch hour or break time. Traveling massage will take place the first week of each month, Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., your office.
The MWSU PTA program is offering to bring a massage to you! We have a massage chair and will come to your office to do neck and upper back massage. The cost is $10 for 15 minutes. If you can find two friends that want a massage in the same office, we will discount it to $8 for 15 minutes per person. Just email and tell us what time works for you. We will respond with a students name within 48 hours and confirm the time. If you would like to be a "regular" we can put you on next month too. Here's our Spring schedule:
February: 3rd -7th
March: 3rd- 7th
April: 7th-11th
Feel free to register for any or all months available to hold your favorite spot.
Multidisciplinary Research Day
Come support our students who have completed research projects during the spring semester. Tuesday, April 22, noon - 2 p.m. in Blum 218, 219.
Marty Bachman Memorial Donation
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 or landscaping in Marty's memory.
If you would like to make a donation, please send cash or a check to the Foundation Office, Spratt 211. Please make checks payable to MWSU Foundation and put Marty Bachman Memorial in the subject line. All donations must be turned in by Friday, February 21. If you have questions, please contact Carolyn Schindler at #4364.
Thank you so much in advance for your contributions.
The Advantage Committee
Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Students in Chicago
The following students will be attending the Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Leadership Institute in Chicago. This is a weekend long seminar that helps to train Alpha Kappa Psi members about the business world. They will be leaving in the evening on Thursday, Feb. 13 and should be excused from classes Friday Feb. 14. They will return to classes on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Alayna Meneses
Ashley Barton
Alexander Stearns
John Schmiemeier
Justin Meyers
Theadora Serna
Brittany White
Clayton Maupin
Brian Popp
Christopher Smith
Victoria Byerley

For questions or concerns please contact Jessica Hills, Alpha Kappa Psi Chapter Advisor, at
This Week in Griffon Athletics
This week, Griffon Basketball returns home on Saturday with a host of events taking place in the fieldhouse and Griffon Softball heads back to Arkansas (and to hopefully warm weather) for more tournament action. Read about these stories and more "This Week In Griffon Athletics."

*WBCA PINK OUT GAME SET FOR THIS SATURDAY IN THE FIELDHOUSE* In conjunction with the Women's Basketball Coaches Association breast cancer awareness initiative, Griffon Women's Basketball will host their Pink Out game on Saturday in the fieldhouse. We encourage all fans to wear pink as Griffon Women's Basketball will wear pink uniforms compliments of the Missouri Army National Guard. We'll be selling pink ribbons for $1.00 upon entry to the fieldhouse and at halftime of the men's game, we will present a check from the proceeds of October's Pink Week endeavor to the Heartland Auxiliary Breast Center.

*BOY SCOUT AND YOUTH BASKETBALL DAY ALSO SET FOR SATURDAY* Also on Saturday, we welcome all area Boy Scouts and youth basketball players to attend the games free of charge. Participants will admitted free by wearing their uniform top.

*GRIFFON MEN'S BASKETBALL ENDURES TOUGH WEEK* The road was once again unkind for Griffon Men's Basketball. Wednesday night the Griffs were defeated at Northwest Missouri State as three players scored in double figures led by 18 points from Cortrez Colbert. On Saturday afternoon the Griffs made the long trek to Lindenwood and fell to the Lions as Colbert once again had a solid afternoon scoring a season high 30.
Just five regular season games remain. The Griffs are off on Wednesday before returning home to host Missouri Southern on Saturday with tip time set for 3:30 PM. If you can't make it to the games, listen live on the Griffon Sports Network KFEQ 680 AM, on-line at or on your mobile device via the Griffon Athletics App.

*ROAD UNFRIENDLY TO GRIFFON WOMEN'S BASKETBALL* Griffon Women's Basketball endured another tough week away from the fieldhouse. On Wednesday the Griffs lost a tough match-up with Northwest Missouri State 50-44 as Tiffanie Abrams led the team with 13 points. Saturday at Lindenwood, the Griffs looked to sweep the season series with the Lions but came up short as Alex Saxen led three players in double figures with 14 points.
With five to go and battling to secure a spot in the MIAA Tournament, the Griffs host Missouri Southern in a key game in the fieldhouse this Saturday with tip time set for 1:30 PM. If you can't make the games, listen live on the Griffon Sports Network, KFEQ 680 AM, on-line at or on your mobile device via the Griffon Athletics App.

*NEED ADDITIONAL HOME BASKETBALL GAME TICKETS?* Get your basketball game tickets at, call 816-271-4481 or come to our office in person between 8 AM - 4:30 PM Monday - Friday which is located in Looney Complex 229. Gold Coat Members and MWSU faculty/staff receive discounted prices if purchased in advance. Faculty & staff may redeem any remaining punches on the punch pass at the ticket window on game day. Game day tickets go on sale 90 minutes prior to tip off of game one.

*GRIFFON BASEBALL SPLITS OPENING SERIES * After weather canceled the opening day of the series, Griffon Baseball finally got the 2014 season underway yesterday and split a doubleheader against regional opponent Arkansas Tech. The Griffs took game one as Jerad Hawkins struck out five in a solid five innings for his first victory of the season. At the plate, catcher Jake Schrader (the only returning starter in the lineup) homered twice and drove in three runs. In game two, the Griffs were defeated 7-3 as Ryan Denger homered in the game. At 1-1, the Griffs return to action as the home opener is scheduled for Friday, February 21 against Northeastern State at 2 PM. Admission is free to all Griffon Baseball home contests at the Spring Sports Complex.

*GRIFFON SOFTBALL GOES 2-2 IN "HURRY UP CLASSIC"* Scheduled for six games in Oklahoma, Mother Nature had other plans forcing the Griffons to travel to Arkadelphia, Arkansas for the "Hurry Up Classic." The Griffs went 2-2 in regional games including wins over Henderson State 5-1 and Ouachita Baptist 1-0 on Saturday while falling to Arkansas Tech 3-1 and Cameron 8-5 yesterday. In the Saturday victories, Jackie Bishop and Janie Smith both picked up their first victories of the season. At the plate, Taylor Anding and Kailey Green homered in the opener with Kat Stepanovich driving in the game winner in extra innings in the night cap.
Tournament play continues this week it the Arkansas-Monticello 8 State Classic with six games on the schedule. Friday's opponents include East Central and Upper Iowa, games with Ouachita Baptist and William Jewell are set for Saturday with the tournament closing on Sunday with games against Minnesota State and Illinois-Springfield.
The team will make their home debut on Tuesday, March 11 as they host Northwest Missouri State at 2 PM.

*TENNIS OPENER POSTPONED* The opening matches of the season were postponed on Saturday for the Griffon Tennis team due to weather. The next match is set for Tuedsay, February 25th at Rockhurst at 3 PM.

*FOOTBALL & SOCCER WELCOME 36 NEW GRIFFONS TO THE PROGRAM* While ice, snow and wind fluttered outside, the KCP&L Theater was filled with excitement last Wednesday as Griffon Football & Women's Soccer held their National Signing Day Press Conferences. Griffon Football signed 27 new student-athletes including a host of new faces on the offensive and defensive lines and at wide receiver. Griffon Soccer added nine new players including some help in the midfield. A complete list of the signing classes may be found at

*GRIFFON BASKETBALL COACHES RADIO SHOW AT UNCLE D'S*Join us at Uncle D's Sports Bar & Grill every Monday from 6 - 7 PM for the weekly Griffon Basketball Coaches Radio Show. For one hour each week, Dave Riggert and Bob Orf will break down the week's action with Coaches Weiberg and Edmisson as well as players and assistant coaches. If you can't make it to Uncle D's, listen live on KFEQ 680 AM.

*WATCH GRIFFON SPORTS INSIDER PRESENTED BY SPINE & SPORT PHYSICAL THERAPY* Don't miss this weeks edition of GSI as we wrap up the week that was for Griffon teams and look ahead to this weeks action. We'll sit down with the basketball coaches, take a look at game highlights and other in-depth features, keep up with the crazy antics of Max Griffon and "Train Like The Pros" at Spine & Sport. GSI airs on KQTV on Wednesday's at 11:30 AM, 7 & 7:30 PM on Metro Sports in Kansas City, at various times on MWSU Channel 39 on Suddenlink cable or anytime at
*DOWNLOAD THE GRIFFON ATHLETICS MOBILE APP* Griffon Athletics is excited to announce the launch of our new 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

*GOGRIFFONS.COM 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 Coach Partridge and Coach Edwards break down their classes at the National Signing Day Press Conference. To view, simply click on the link below or cut and paste into your web browser.

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 out at the various events this week!

Please nominate a student for the Barbara Sprong Leadership Challenge
There are less then days left to nominate a student for this year's Barbara Sprong Leadership Challenge. The purpose of the Barbara Sprong Leadership Challenge is to provide Missouri Western students with an opportunity to acquire and enhance leadership skills so that they may assume leadership roles not only at Missouri Western but also following graduation. The program is named in honor of Barbara Sprong, a former member and president of the MWSU Board of Regents and a past leader in the St. Joseph community. All full-time Missouri Western students who have a 2.5 cumulative grade point average are eligible to apply for the Leadership Challenge. Students who complete the program without absences will receive one hour of credit through the Western Institute (Motivation and Leadership: CED 121). The program is designed to accommodate 24 students.

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Paint it Gold Faculty and Staff Members of the week