Griffon Weekly: Staff and Faculty

February 26 - March 5, 2014

Campus News

This week in Griffon Country

Thursday, Feb. 27

Spring 2014 University Career Fair and Criminal Justice Day, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fulkerson Center inside Spratt Hall

WAC Talent Show Auditions, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., Spratt 101

Friday, Feb. 28

Paint It Gold Friday! Wear Missouri Western black and gold and receive a gift bag.

Griffon tennis vs. Rockhurst University, noon, Geneses Health Club

Griffon baseball at Northwest Missouri State University, 2 p.m., Maryville, Mo.

Twin Cups: National Ceramics Exhibition. Opening Reception, 6 p.m., Potter Hall Gallery

Around campus

Paint It Gold Spring Sports Blitz - Friday, Feb. 28
Wear Missouri Western black and gold on Friday, Feb. 28 and receive a gift bag! Representatives from University Advancement and Athletics will visit each building on campus to distribute the gift bags during the following times:

8:40 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.

9:40 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.

10:40 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
Baker Fitness Center

11:40 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Popplewell Deli
Blum Union

12:40 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Physical Plant
Missouri Department of Conservation

To Be Announced

If you are wearing black and gold and we missed you in your building please come to Spratt 106 from 3-4:30 p.m. to claim your prize.
Spring 2014 University Career Fair and Criminal Justice Day
The Missouri Western Career Development Center is pleased to announce the Spring 2014 University Career Fair and Criminal Justice Day on February 27 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Fulkerson Center inside Spratt Hall. The event promises to provide an opportunity for students to meet employers recruiting for full-time and part-time positions, as well as applied learning opportunities such as internships and co-ops.
Students are encouraged to dress for success, bring resumes, and be prepared to network with employers. You may visit Career Development staff at the Career Nest each Wednesday in the Blum union, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., or contact the Career Development Center, Eder 202 for more information regarding this event.
College Republicans and College Democrats Meeting
The Missouri Western College Republicans and College Democrats will be holding a joint meeting this Thursday, February 27 at 7 p.m. in Spratt 205. At the meeting, students will discuss current events and begin planning the gun control symposium that the clubs will cohost later this semester. Snacks will be provided. All Missouri Western students and faculty are welcome.
First Thursday Downtown Noon Concert Series
Lee Harrelson, euphonium, with Ellen Bottorff, piano, will be featured in the next program of the First Thursday Downtown Noon Concert Series on Thursday, March 6, at 12:10–12:50 p.m. in the Sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church, 7th & Jules. The church sponsors the series in cooperation with the Missouri Western State University Department of Music. The audience is invited to bring lunch to eat during the performance. Beverages will be provided. There will be an opportunity to meet the musicians after the concert.
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
Undergraduate Catalog Update
Updates for the 2014-15 Undergraduate Catalog have begun. If you are an Administrator or Exempt Staff, please review Appendix B for any changes needed to your title and/or degree updates. Please email these changes/updates to Misty Miller, Benefits Coordinator no later than Monday, March 3.
This Week In Griffon Athletics
Thank you to all who attended the home events over the weekend as they were plentiful! Certainly great crowds with lots of energy in the fieldhouse on Saturday. This week, the final home games of the basketball season take place on Wednesday, tennis returns home on Friday while baseball and softball are scheduled to be on the road. Read about these stories and more "This Week In Griffon Athletics."

*JOIN US FOR THE GRIFFON LUNCHEON* Make plans to join us today from 12 - 1 PM at 36th Street Food & Drink Company inside the Holiday Inn Downtown for the Griffon Luncheon. Enjoy a great buffet lunch for only $7.00 and get all the latest information from Griffon coaches & staff on the events that have taken place and what lies ahead. If you can't make it, Dave Riggert broadcasts his show live from the luncheon each week on ESPN 1550 AM. No RSVP is necessary.

*FINAL BASKETBALL HOME GAME & SENIOR NIGHT ON WEDNESDAY* Hard to believe but the final home basketball games are this Wednesday night as the Griffs host Central Missouri at 5:30/7:30 PM. Prior to the games, we'll recognize the eight Griffon seniors who'll be playing their final games in the fieldhouse. Women's basketball seniors include; Tiffanie Abrams, Jaquitta Dever, Lanicia Lawrence, Jallisa Lewis, Sharniece Lewis and Cassey Sobaski. Men's seniors include Kalvin Balque and we will also recognize Cedric Clinkscales as he played his final game back in December.

*MIAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT TICKETS ON SALE NOW IN OUR OFFICE* March Madness is just around the corner! Make plans to attend the MIAA Basketball Championship March 6-9 at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City. Women's quarterfinal action begins on Thursday followed by the men's quarters on Friday. The semifinals take place on Saturday with the championship games scheduled for Sunday. Tickets are available in our office between the hours of 8 AM - 4:30 PM Monday - Friday. The best value is the all-tournament pass for $50, with single session tickets available as well ($15 adults/$5 youth). Tickets are cheaper if purchased in advance. Both Griffon teams are vying to clinch a spot in the opening round of the tournament taking place on campus sites March 3-4 (women Monday, men Tuesday). First round opponents will be determined on Sunday, March 2.

*GRIFFON MEN'S BASKETBALL HAS TWO GAME LEAD WITH TWO TO GO FOR FINAL TOURNAMENT SPOT* Griffon Men's Basketball got back in the win column last Wednesday as they swept the season series from Lincoln defeating the Blue Tigers in Jefferson City 82-65. Three players scored in double figures led by 19 points from Cortrez Colbert. Kalvin Balque posted a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds while Ryan Devers added 17. Saturday in the fieldhouse, in front of the largest crowd of the season, the Griffs were defeated by Northwest Missouri State as Balque led the way with 19 points.
With the final week of the regular season upon us, the Griffs have a two game lead with two to go to clinch a spot in the MIAA Basketball Championship. On Wednesday, Central Missouri comes to town in the final home game of the season with tip time set for 7:30 PM. Saturday the Griffs travel to Bolivar for an afternoon tilt against Southwest Baptist with tip 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.

*GRIFFON WOMEN'S BASKETBALL DEFEATS NORTHWEST MISSOURI STATE IN THE FIELDHOUSE* It was a range of emotion last week for Griffon Women's Basketball. Last Wednesday in Jefferson City, the Griffs lost a heartbreaker in the closing seconds to Lincoln 56-55. Tiffanie Abrams led the way with 18 points while Quenisha Lockett posted 14. On Saturday, in front of an energy filled biggest crowd of the season, the Griffs used a 25-2 run to the start the game in route to a 68-47 victory over Northwest Missouri State. Abrams led all scorers with a career high 25 points with Sharniece Lewis adding 10 off the bench.
With two games left in the regular season, the Griffs can lock up a spot in next week's MIAA Basketball Championship with a win. Central Missouri comes to the fieldhouse in the final home game of the season on Wednesday with tip time set for 5:30 PM, then on Saturday the Griffs travel to Southwest Baptist for a 1:30 PM tip. If you can't make the games, listen live on the Griffon Sports Network, KFEQ 680 AM, on-line at gogriffons.comor 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 OFF TO A 4-0 START IN MIAA PLAY AFTER HOME SWEEP * So far so good for Griffon Baseball as they are once again atop the MIAA league standings after a four game sweep of Northeastern State last weekend at the Spring Sports Complex. On Friday, the Griffs knocked off NSU by scores of 6-4 and 14-6. In the opener, pitcher Tyler Sanders pitched a complete game for the victory while in game two, a 10 run first inning was all the Griffs needed as freshman Tyler Tuepker threw four innings of scoreless relief for his first career victory. In game one on Saturday, local product Will Carter tied the game in the ninth inning with a double and then ended it in the 11th with a walk-off home run in a 6-5 win, while pitching was once again the story in game two as Dylan Roades and Matt Russell combined to give up no earned runs in a 6-2 win in the nightcap. At the plate, Carter along with Trevor LaHonta are hitting over .400 through the first nine games, while center fielder Ryan Degner is hitting .355 with 3 home runs and 13 driven in.
Overall, the Griffs now stand 6-3 and return to action this weekend weather permitting at Northwest Missouri State in a four game series with single games set for Friday & Sunday at 2 & 1 PM respectively with a doubleheader scheduled for Saturday at 1 PM.
Home action continues March 7-9 as Washburn comes to town for a four game series.
As schedules do tend to change at a moments notice, stay tuned to for the most accurate updates.

*GRIFFON SOFTBALL * *NOW 10-4 AFTER ST. CLOUD STATE DOME TOURNAMENT* After having to travel through a winter storm on the way to Minnesota, the Griffs registered another positive weekend going 3-1 in the St. Cloud State Dome Tournament. In game one, the Griffs used a three run fifth inning in route to a 3-0 victory over Concordia-St. Paul. Jackie Bishop struck out eight and walked none in the victory with Morgan Rathmann recording a RBI. Saturday the Griffs knocked off Wayne State 2-1 with Shelby Elliott scoring the game deciding run on a wild pitch. Sunday saw the Griffs split a doubleheader being defeated by #8 Augustana in the opener before rebounding in a big way defeating host St. Cloud State 11-0 in the nightcap.
The Griffons are now 10-4 overall and travel to Joplin this weekend for more regional action in the Missouri Southern Crossover Tournament. On Saturday the Griffs take on William Jewell and Illinois-Springfield at 12 & 4 PM respectively. Then on Sunday match-ups are set with Wayne State and Northern State at 9 AM & 1 PM.
The home opener at the Spring Sports Complex is Tuesday, March 11 as the Griffs host Northwest Missouri State at 2 PM.

*GRIFFON TENNIS PLAYS HOME OPENER AGAINST MARYVILLE* The weather finally cooperated for Griffon Tennis as they made their home debut last Friday at Noyes Tennis Courts and were defeated by Maryville. Two matches are on the schedule this week as the team travels to Kansas City tomorrow for a 1 PM match-up with Rockhurst then returns home on Friday to host Baker at 12 PM right now scheduled for Noyes Tennis Courts.

*GRIFFON BASKETBALL COACHES RADIO SHOW AT UNCLE D'S* Join us at Uncle D's Sports Bar & Grill tonight from 6 - 7 PM for the final Griffon Basketball Coaches Radio Show of the season. For one hour, 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 Ryan wraps up all of the home action over from the past weekend. To view, either 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!

MWSU Ambassadors Luncheon
All employees are invited to join the Missouri Western Ambassadors, a group of campus and community members who provide a bridge between Missouri Western and the community. The Ambassadors raise money to support nontraditional student scholarships. They meet for a luncheon three times during the academic year and hold an annual fund raiser, Night at the Ritz, each spring (April 11, 2014). Membership dues are $20. Historically, the group has been for women, but men are invited to join the Ambassadors, as well.
If you are interested in joining or would just like to check out the group, please join us for our membership luncheon Friday, March 14 in Leah Spratt Hall Enright Room 214. The social begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by the lunch and meeting at noon. We try to be finished by 1 p.m. Cost for the lunch is $11.50, and you may pay at the door. Guest speaker is Dr. Chris Godfrey, who will speak about the planetarium on campus.
Please make a reservation by Tuesday, March 11 by calling 271-5646 or email We hope to see you there! Thanks!
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).
Eggs and Issues
Our next Eggs and Issues will be held at 7 a.m. Thursday, March 20 in the Fulkerson Center. The featured speaker is Andrea Gardner, "I Am Living Independently."
As always the hot breakfast is free! Please make a reservation by March 17 by emailing Diane Holtz at or calling 271-5646. See you there!
Experts Wanted
I want to first thank the many of you who have graciously cooperated when I’ve called asking for help in responding to an interview request from a member of the media. Each time one of our faculty or staff members appears in the media, Missouri Western’s reputation in the community as a source of knowledge and expertise is enhanced.
Secondly, I’d like to ask for your help in updating a list of experts this office could put media in touch with for information or interviews. Reporters often have stories that require background information or an expert opinion. Such a list will help us find those people on campus who can give them the information they need, and help Western gain more coverage.
If you’re willing to respond to media requests, please answer the questions below and email them to The question asking for your areas of expertise, be as inclusive as possible: you never know what kind of information the media wants.
Thank you again for your help.
Kent Heier
Assistant Director, PR and Marketing

Email Address
Office Phone
Cell Phone (if you're willing to be called off hours on rare occasions)
Areas of expertise
Speakers Bureau
The Public Relations and Marketing Office is updating its Speakers Bureau. Please go to and review your current listing, and let me know if you want to make and changes. New faculty and staff, please feel free to submit topics and descriptions of presentations if you want to be included. You can check out the online version to see the format.
Griffon Yearbooks Available
Looking to take a walk down memory lane? Want to see featured events that happen on campus? The Griffon Yearbook has yearbooks from 1988-2013. If you are wanting to obtain a yearbook please contact The Griffon Yearbook at 816-271-4540 or by email at
Spanish Cultural Event
The Spanish Club, Amore Dance and Student Government Association are hosting a free salsa lesson! Feb. 26 at 5:30 pm in Blum 223.
Golden Griffon Color Guard Tryouts
The Golden Griffon Color Guard is excited to kick off the 2014 season and is seeking new members with a little experience and a lot of enthusiasm! Tryouts will be held on the following Saturdays;
March 22
April 19
April 26
The tryouts will be from 10 a.m. - noon. Please contact Hayleigh Albers, captain of the Golden Griffon Color Guard at for tryout information and any questions!
Yearbook Photos
The Yearbook will be taking student pictures on the following days from noon to 3 p.m.:
March 7 and 21
April 11 and 25.
Pictures will be taken in the Yearbook Office, Eder Hall room 220.

Paint it Gold Faculty and Staff Members of the week

Kristen Neeley, Stacy Neibling Fisher, Lindsey Nicole Stubbs, Mackenzie Lovitt, Kim Beckett and Kayte Fisette.

MWSU Foundation Announcements

Awards Process and Guidelines

Allocation Funding

Click on the link, Allocation Guidelines-Application, to apply for funding from the MWSU Foundation for special projects to be awarded July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015.

The deadline for proposals to be submitted is March 21, 2014 no later than 4:30 p.m. Requests must be submitted to Spratt Hall 111.

If you are requesting funds for a project for which funds have been provided previously, then your “accountability report” for the previous project must be received by the April 1 deadline or with the new proposal. This could affect the committee’s willingness to approve future funding.

If you have any questions, please contact Jenny Sherlock at 271-5647.

Award Funding

The Missouri Western State University Foundation is happy to once again be able to allocate $18,000 to fund several awards for faculty and staff for the 2013-2014 academic year. The deadline to apply for the awards is April 1. Click the following link to view the awards.  Awards Process and Guidelines