Griffon Weekly: Staff and Faculty

February 19 - 26, 2014

Campus News

This week in Griffon Country

Wednesday, Feb. 19

Griffon women's basketball at Lincoln University, 5:30 p.m., Missouri Western Field House

Griffon men's basketball at Lincoln University, 7:30 p.m., Missouri Western Field House

Black History Month Event:
The Center for Multicultural Education will host a panel discussion at 6 p.m. in Blum 222 and 223.

Thursday, Feb. 20

Black History Month Event:
The Center for Multicultural Education will be taking students to the Black Archives at the St. Joseph Museums, Inc., from 3 to 5 p.m.
Movie night: "Great Debaters" 7 p.m., in the basement of Vaslakos.

Friday, Feb. 21

Yearbook Portraits, Blum Union Lobby, noon - 2:30 p.m.

Griffon baseball vs. Northeastern State University,
2 p.m., Spring Sports Complex

Tuesday, Feb. 25

International Lecture Series: Mexico, 1 p.m., Blum 222/223

Around campus

International Lecture Series - Mexico
International Student Services at Missouri Western State University invites you to attend the first Lecture Series for Spring 2014 on Mexico from 1 - 2 p.m. in Blum Union 222/223 on Tuesday, Feb. 25. This event is part of the International Lecture Series and will be presented by student Deir Montiel. Mexican desserts and appetizers will be served during the lecture.
The event is free and open to the public. Please join us.
On February 24, Campus Dining Services will prepare traditional Mexican food. A tasting will be offered as part of the regular lunch service in the Dining Hall from 11 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
For more information, please contact International Student Services at 271-4150 or email
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.
Please nominate a student for the Barbara Sprong Leadership Challenge
There are two 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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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
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.
Win an Xbox One
Association of Information Technology Professionals will be selling raffle tickets for a Xbox One and Game Stop gift certificates.
Tickets are 2 for $5, 5 for $10 or 15 for $20. We will have a booth setup on the bottom floor of Remington from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The raffle will last two weeks from Feb. 10 to Feb. 21. If you have any other question contact Luke Mason at
Personal Impact Survey
Dear Western Employee,
Each year Missouri Western employees make significant and substantial contributions to regional communities. Western employees set the standard for excellence in service and community leadership.
We wish to recognize your personal service and community contributions through the online MWSU Personal Impact Survey. This survey will only take a few minutes to complete and is similar to previous annual Personal Impact Surveys. Therefore, we are asking you to complete it today, if possible, but no later than Friday, February 28, 2014.
The survey is designed to measure the impact of your contributions from July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014. We do realize that this asks that you provide some information before your service may be fully completed. All responses are estimates of time. The data will only be reported as aggregate data; no individual contributions will be reported.
By completing this survey we will be able to document the important and extensive service provided by Western employees.
The survey should be completed by Friday, February 28. Aggregate results will be reported in the Community Impact Report.
Thank you again for supporting this important community service impact reporting need. Your participation is appreciated.
Dr. Jeanne Daffron
Vice President for Academic Affairs
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 20, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 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.
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!
Black History Month Events
On Wednesday, Feb. 19 the Center for Multicultural Education will host a panel discussion at 6 p.m. in Blum 222 and 223. Participants range from students to community members.
On Thursday, Feb. 20 the CME will be taking students to the Black Archives at the St. Joseph Museums, Inc., from 3 to 5 p.m. Please call 271-4150 or email If you would like to attend. Transportation and admission will be provided. "The Great Debaters" will be shown at 7 p.m. in the basement of Vaselakos Hall.
On Friday, the CME and Aramark are offering Soul Food Friday. Come try some great soul food offerings during lunchtime in the Dining Hall. Tickets are available in Blum 210. If you would like to attend the Black Heritage Ball, please RSVP by Friday. The Ball is Feb. 26 at 7 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
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

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