Griffon Weekly: Staff and Faculty

March 12 - 19, 2014

Campus News

This week in Griffon Country

Monday, March 17

Eggs and Issues reservation deadline, please call 816-271-5670 if you would like to attend the free breakfast which takes place March 20.

Tuesday, March 18

Women’s History Month Events
Book Club: "Daughters who walk this path,” 2 p.m., Blum 207
Movie Night: "The Kids Are All Right,” 6 p.m., Blum 218-219
Community Service at Carriage Square Health Center, 2 p.m., meet in Spratt Hall

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

Wednesday, March 19

Griffon softball double header vs Winona State, 1 p.m., Spring Sports Complex

Women’s History Month Event
Movie Night: "Dallas Buyers Club," 5 p.m., Blum 218-219

WAC Talent Show, 8 p.m., Kemper Recital Hall inside Leah Spratt Hall

GPS Coming Soon

Around campus

Bookstore Closed!
The MWSU Bookstore will be closed Friday, March 14 for inventory. Be sure to shop early!
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!
Share Your Stories!
Employees and retirees are invited to be interviewed as part of our upcoming centennial. We are taping interviews on Friday, March 28, from 1-4 p.m. in the Hearnes Center studio. We want you to share your memories and talk about your experience with Missouri Western. Please email Diane Holtz at or call 271-5651 to set up your appointment. If you can't make the March 28 taping, we will again be taping on Wednesday, April 23, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and you may make an appointment for that day instead.
This Week in Griffon Athletics!
Last Monday was the final Griffon Luncheon of the year. We thank everyone who attended at 36th Street Food & Drink Company this season! Luncheons will resume early next fall.

Griffon baseball opened a four game series at home with Washburn yesterday and fell to the Ichabods in the first two games by scores of 2-1 and 8-2. In game one, Jake Jones and Tyler Sanders combined for a solid pitching effort but the Griffs couldn't get the bats going. In game two, freshman Tyler Tuepker took the loss with RBI coming from Trevor LaHonta and David Chew.
The series with Washburn concludes with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Monday and Rockhurst comes to town for a single game on Tuesday, first pitch set for 4 p.m. Admission is free to all home games at the Spring Sports Complex. As schedules do tend to change at a moment’s notice, stay tuned to for the most accurate updates.

*GRIFFON SOFTBALL* It was a tough start to MIAA play for the Griffon Softball team as they dropped a pair on the road at Washburn last Friday. In game one, a twoout walk-off home run in extra innings doomed the Griffons 7-4. At the plate, shortstop Taylor Anding went 3 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs. In game two, pitcher Janie Smith helped her own cause with a game tying home run in the fifth inning, but it wasn't enough as the Griffs fell 2-1.
The Griffons are now 10-6 overall and have a busy week ahead as MIAA play continues. The team travels to take on No. 21 Emporia State with first pitch at 2 p.m. We hope you have plans to attend the home opener tomorrow Tuesday, March 11 as Northwest Missouri State with be here, first pitch set for 2 p.m. Then this weekend, it's back to the road with games at Central Missouri on Friday at 4 p.m. and Southwest Baptist on Saturday at 12 p.m.
Admissions is FREE to all home games at the Spring Sports Complex and remember it's always a good idea to check before heading out to the park as schedules do change at a moment’s notice.

Griffon tennis will be busy during spring break this week with four matches on the schedule. On Wednesday, the rivalry with Northwest Missouri State University renews in Maryville with match time set for 3 p.m. Then, the first of three straight home matches begins Thursday against McPherson at 1 p.m. Nebraska-Kearney is in town on Friday at 1 p.m., with the week concluding against Fort Hays State on Saturday at 10 a.m. The home matches this week take place at Noyes Tennis Center.

After a long winter, the Griffon golf teams return to action this week for the first time since October. The Griffon men are in Russellville, Ark. as they compete in the Dave Faulconer Arkansas Tech Classic. The Griffon women are taking part in a MIAA Points Event in Edmond, Okla. In the Central Oklahoma Women's Classic. Both events begin Monday and conclude Tuesday.

Postseason awards were announced last week for MIAA Basketball, voted on the by the league coaches. On the women's side, forward Quenisha Lockett was named Honorable Mention while guard Tiffanie Abrams was named to the All-Defensive Team. For the Griffon men, guard Ryan Devers was named Honorable Mention.

Don't miss the season finale of GSI as we wrap up the week that was for Griffon teams and look ahead to this week’s action. We'll sit down with the 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 a.m., 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Metro Sports in Kansas City, at various times on MWSU Channel 39 on Suddenlink or anytime at

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. The app features easy navigation to team pages, live stats, live audio and video, Griffon tickets, merchandise and more. For more 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 online. Need Griffon apparel? We've got that covered, you can check out the latest styles direct from Campus Team Shop including the ability to customize your own gear. Need some wall décor? 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!* Sign up for the official kids club of Griffon Athletics "Club MAX". For just $10 per year, Club Max members receive 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 season ending game for Griffon men's basketball as they were defeated last Tuesday night by Central Oklahoma in the opening round of the MIAA Basketball Championship. To view the video, simply click on the link below or cut and paste into your web browser.
For more GSI videos log on to
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

SHO Us Your Smarts! Trivia Night
Think you and your friends have what it takes to be trivia champions? Come join Student Honors Organization fundraising trivia night in Spratt Hall room 214 and 216. SHO Us Your Smarts Trivia Night will be held April 4. There will be fun, snacks and PRIZES! To RSVP for SHO Us Your Smarts please have one team member complete an entry form by Wednesday, March 26. Teams can find the entry forms on the honors website. For more information please email the Student Honors Organization at
IT Equipment for Sale!
IT Services has a Dell 10” tablet with 1.8GHz processor, Windows 8 Operating System, web camera and a black case for sale. This tablet is about a year old and is no longer needed in the department for which it was purchased. The tablet is very light weight and can be used at meetings to take notes or access the internet.
The tablet can be purchased with department funds at a cost of $465. If your department is interested in purchasing the Dell tablet, please respond via email ( with the department charge code! Please note this can’t be purchased with personal funds!
Governance Advisory Council Minutes
The minutes of the February 18, 2014 Governance Advisory Council meeting are now posted on the following web page: 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.
Literacy Luncheon with Sen. Roy Blunt
Area literacy volunteers will be honored at the 2014 Literacy Luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20 in the Hoff Conference Rooms, Blum Student Union rooms 218-219 at Missouri Western State University. Reservations are due by 4 p.m. Monday, March 17, by calling 816-271-4100. Donations are welcome to help with the cost of the meal.
Ducks Unlimited Annual Membership Banquet
On Saturday April 5 at Moila Country Club is the 2014 Annual Ducks Unlimited Membership Banquet. The doors will open at 5 p.m. and dinner will start at 6:30 p.m. The ticket prices are as follows $15 Youth, $35 Single, $50 Couple, $200 Legacy Greenwing and $250 Sponsorship.
To pre-purchase tickets contact a local committee member, one of the individuals listed below.
Please join us for an evening full of games, raffles, delicious food and a live auction. We would like to thank our past and current sponsors and encourage you to bring the kids! Please purchase tickets before March 21 and you will be entered in a drawing for a .17 HMR riffle!
For more information please contact: Chris Thompson 816-383-2410 or Joshua Garner 816-261-5465
Student Commencement Speaker Nominations
Student Commencement Speaker Nominations Missouri Western State University has a tradition of alternating Commencement Ceremony speakers, with a faculty member speaking each fall, and a graduating senior each spring. Student Affairs is requesting email nominations of seniors who should be considered as a class representative to speak at Commencement ceremonies. Students MAY self-nominate. The selected student speaker will speak to the graduating class during the inaugural outdoor commencement on Saturday, May 10. Please email with requests or any questions at by Friday, March 28.The email should contain the following:
Nominee’s Name Major Contact information (phone and email)
The Nominee’s Qualifications (if known), including: Campus Involvement- Speaking Experience- Honors- Research- GPA- Any other pertinent or interesting information-
The Nominator’s Name Relationship to the student
Need File Folders?
Need any legal-size hanging file folders?
The Center for Multicultural Education has about 60 legal-size hanging file folders available to a good home!
Please call 4150 or 4152.
We will even deliver them!!
February Budgets Ready
February budgets are ready for you to review and print. If you have any questions, please contact Accounting Services.
Calling all Competitors!
Are you a competitor, and want to make a difference in the lives of local elementary students? We are looking for Missouri Western student, faculty and staff’s assistance in raising funds for Second Harvest’s elementary school program Backpack Buddies. Backpack Buddies is a weekend supplemental feeding program. Over 3,200 children in 18 counties in over 50 schools are signed up for the program for the 2013-14 school year in the St. Joseph area and surrounding counties. There will be a culminating Walk-a-Thon Saturday April 5 in the Griffon Indoor Sports Complex to collect funds and celebrate together! The winning teams will be announced and prizes 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!
Couch Potato to 5k Program
Heartland Health and Mosaic Life Care is back for another year of our Couch Potato to 5k program. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned runner looking to push yourself even further, this FREE, 16-week program is designed to help you take small steps to walk or run to better health. This year’s program has been revamped to meet the needs of participants and to accommodate different training styles.
• Two training sessions to choose from at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. to accommodate your schedule and training preference
• Program extended to 16 weeks to help you prepare at a better pace and for potentially longer distances (if you want to, of course)
• Each participant receives a booklet with 5k and 10k training plans and to track your progress (longer distance training plans will be provided upon request)
• Weekly emails including tips, training reminders, encouragement and ongoing updates
• Attend at least 12 out of 16 weekly training sessions and turn in your bib number from an official run/walk to be entered to win a Dick’s Sporting Goods gift card. Prizes will be awarded for the 5k and 10k categories.
For more information or to register for this year’s program, please email Tracy Canchola at or call 816.271.5174.
• Wednesdays beginning April 2
• Two times to choose from – 6 a.m. or 6 p.m.
• Spratt Stadium, Missouri Western State University
One World Soccer Tournament
We welcome faculty, staff and students to participate in the exciting One World Soccer Tournament this year! This event is sponsored by International Student Services, International Student Club and Recreation Services. This year’s registration deadline will be March 24, and the registration fee for each person is $5.00, with a maximum of 11 people per team. The tournament dates are March 31, April 7, April 9 and April 16 at 8 p.m. in the Griffon Indoor Sports Complex. You may sign up as a team of up to 11 people, or you may sign up individually and we can place you on a team. Hope to see you on the soccer field!
For more information contact: or the International Student Services office at 816-271-4150. Team forms may also be picked up and returned to the International Student Services office in Blum 210. The $5.00 per person fee is due when you submit your registration form.
Hygiene Product Drive
The Nursing Honor Society, Omicron Nu, a chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International will be sponsoring a drive to collect hygiene products. Hygiene products such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, deodorant etc., will be delivered to the Social Welfare Board. Even travel sized hygiene products can be useful. The organization is located in St. Joseph. It provides a variety of services to vulnerable populations in our region.
There is a box on the 3rd floor of Murphy in the Department of Nursing. We would appreciate your support in this cause. We will be collecting these items until March 21.
Thank you!
March Madness Tournament
Join the Non Traditional Students Association & the Student Veterans Association for the March Madness tournament. With a $5 donation, fill out your bracket for a chance to win various gift cards & prizes. Pick up the rules & register in Eder 200 first place - $50 gift card to second place - $25 WalMart gift card 3rd place & on will be determined by the participants of the event.
Welcome to Missouri Western
It is with great pleasure that we welcome the following employees as new staff members of Missouri Western State University for the month of February:

Carla Dragoo-Custodian- Physical Plant
Crystal Polsgrove- Assistant Payroll Coordinator- Business Office
Kathy Prososki-Large- HVAC/R Technician- Physical Plant
Education Career Fair (Education Expo)
A MWSU Career Development Center Event in partnership with the Department of Education Education Career Fair (Education Expo)
Date: Monday, March 17
Location: Fulkerson Center
Time: 1 - 4 p.m.
Featuring: Education recruiters from school districts in the local area and surrounding states (approx. 40 different school districts.) The event is the Monday after Spring Break. Participants, bring your resumes, dress professionally and be prepared to network and mingle in a career fair setting with prospective employers. This event is open to currently enrolled students and Fall, 2013 graduates - especially Education majors. Education majors currently student teaching are required to attend. Contact the MWSU Department of Education if you have questions. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be canceled and NOT rescheduled. Sponsored by the Career Development Center, the Office of Student Employment and the Department of Education.
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
Women's History Month
March is Women's History Month! The following events will take place on campus.

Monday, March 17: 2 p.m., meet in Blum 210 - Community Service at Carriage Square Health Center
Tuesday, March 18: 1 p.m., Blum 207 - Book Club: "Daughters who walk this path"
Tuesday, March 18: 6 p.m., Blum 218-219 - Film: "The Kids Are All Right"
Wednesday, March 19: 5 p.m., Blum 218-219 - Film: "Dallas Buyers Club"
Friday, March 21: 5 p.m., Blum 218-219 - Community Roundtable: How do you DO gender
Monday, March 24: 4 p.m., Junior College Room - "The Truth about Women: Sex and media in women's lives"
Tuesday, March 25: 5 p.m., Blum 218-219 - Community Roundtable: How do you DO gender
Wednesday, March 26: 6 p.m., Blum 218-219 - Girls Rock
Thursday, March 27: 6 p.m., Blum 218-219 - Film: "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"
Friday, March 28: 5 p.m., Blum 218-219 - Keynote Speaker: Dr. Celia Winkler
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).
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. For more information contact Diane Holtz at
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
Yearbook Photos
The Yearbook will be taking student pictures on the following days from noon to 3 p.m.:
March 21
April 11 and 25.
Pictures will be taken in the Yearbook Office, Eder Hall room 220.

MWSU Foundation Announcements


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