Griffon Weekly: Staff and Faculty

March 19 - 26, 2014

Campus News

This week in Griffon Country

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

Thursday, March 20

Eggs and Issues, featuring Andrea Gardner, 7 a.m., Fulkerson Center

Peace and Conflict Studies Speaker Series, “The Legacy of Gandhi for the 21st Century,” 12:30 p.m., Kemper Recital Hall, Spratt Hall room 101

Friday, March 21

Monday, March 24

Women’s History Month Event:
"The Truth about Women: Sex and media in women's lives" 4 p.m., Junior College Room.

Deadline to register to play in the inaugural Dr. Krikor Partamian Ping Pong Tournament. The tournament is at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29 in the Looney Small Gym. The registration fee for participants is $25. To register, please call the Missouri Western President’s Office at 816-271-4237.

25% off short sleeved Tees in the Bookstore

Tuesday, March 25

Women’s History Month Event:
Community Roundtable: How do you DO gender 5 p.m., Blum 218-219.

25% off short sleeved Tees in the Bookstore

Wednesday, March 26

Griffon baseball vs. William Jewel College, 2 p.m., Liberty Mo.

Women’s History Month Event:
Girls Rock, 6 p.m., Blum 218-219.

25% off short sleeved Tees in the Bookstore

Around campus

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
Marty Bachman Memorial Fund Donations being accepted
This is a friendly reminder to anyone that intended to make a donation in memory of Marty Bachman. 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/landscaping in Marty's memory. If you would like to make a donation, please send cash or a check to the Foundation Office, Spratt 111. Checks should be made payable to MWSU Foundation and write "Marty Bachman Memorial" in the subject line. We decided to open this memorial drive again and we would like to accept donations until the end of March. If you have questions, please contact Carolyn Schindler at #4364. Thank you so much in advance for your contributions. The Advantage Committee
MWSU Foundation Funding Requests
This is a request for proposals for funding from the MWSU Foundation for special projects to be awarded July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015. Allocation Guidelines Allocation Application 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. The MWSU Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable organization that functions solely to support the mission of Missouri Western State University. The Foundation receives, invests, maintains and administers contributed resources; and otherwise acts to further the mission and goals of MWSU by directing acquired resources to serve the University and it's students. If you have any questions, please contact Jenny Sherlock at 271-5647.
Call trace
A call trace feature is now available on Missouri Western phones to help identify anonymous callers making threats or otherwise engaged in criminal activity. In the event you receive a bomb threat or other criminal call, try to gather as much information as possible. The MWSU Police Department has posted a Bomb Threat Incident Report form on their website to provide some guidance in the kind of information you should try to get from the caller, such as where the bomb is supposed to be located, what it looks like and when it will explode. See the form: here
Once you’ve gotten as much information as possible, initiate a call trace before using the phone again through the following simple steps:

Hang up after receiving the call.
Wait 10 seconds.
Pick up the phone and listen for a dial tone.
Press *57

You will hear a message telling you whether or not the trace was successful. Whether it is successful or not, IMMEDIATELY contact the University Police Department at 4438 and tell them the nature of the call and that you initiated a call trace. They will contact the phone company for the call trace information as part of their criminal investigation.
Please note: the call trace feature is designed for use only when a phone call is involved in a serious criminal issue, such as a bomb threat. It is not to be used for merely annoying or rude calls.
Also note there is a $2 charge per call traced.
If you have any questions about how the call trace feature works, please contact Carolyn Long in Telephone Services, 383-7171 or
MOSERS Pre-retirement seminar
MOSERS will be on campus April 1 to conduct a Pre-retirement seminar. Please click the link for further details. You must pre-register for this seminar, which is done through the website. If the attendance quota is not met, MOSERS will cancel this presentation. If you are within 5 years of retirement, you are encouraged to attend.
This presentation will begin at 1 p.m. in Enright 216 and last approximately 2 hours.
New Java City Location
Dining Service has exciting news! The new Java City location in Blum Union is open weekdays at 7:30 a.m. If you are looking for a quick recharge after spring break, stop in to check out the new Java City. We hope to see you there! EVEN BETTER- Don't miss our grand opening event on Wednesday, March 19 from 1 – 3 p.m. We will have sampling, giveaways, and spin-to-win. You could even win $50 Flex Dollars! You won't want to miss the fun.
Galileo’s Legacy Conference
“Intersecting Interests: Science, Ethics and Education” is the theme of the 2014 Galileo’s Legacy Conference at Missouri Western State University on Thursday, March 27. The presentations will take place in the Kemper Arena inside Leah Spratt Hall. Conference presentations are free and open to the public, and no registration is required.
The first presentation, at 2 p.m., is titled “Assessing Ethics in the Academy: How to Measure the Impact of Ethics Education.” It will be given by Dr. Toby Schonfeld, director of the Master of Bioethics program at Emory University’s Center for Ethics. She is also director of the Program for Scholarly Integrity at Emory’s Laney Graduate School.
The second presentation, at 4:30 p.m., is titled “Exploring Bioethics – A New Approach for the High School Classroom.” It will be given by Dr. David Vannier, science education consultant at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Vannier’s presentation will focus on course design and pedagogy related to incorporating ethics into high school science classrooms that comes from his work with the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research.
Lecture Series on Venezuela
International Student Services at Missouri Western State University invites you to attend the Lecture Series on Venezuela at 2 p.m. in Blum Union 222/223 on Tuesday, March 25. This event is part of the International Lecture Series and will be presented by student Genesis Parra Lugo. Venezuelan desserts and appetizers will be served during the lecture. The event is free and open to the public. Please join us.
On March 24, Campus Dining Services will prepare traditional Venezuelan food. A tasting will be offered as part of the regular lunch service in the Dining Hall from 11a.m. to 1:15 a.m.
For more information, please contact International Student Services at 271-4150 or email
Ping Pong Showdown!
Join us for some ping pong fun! The inaugural Dr. Krikor Partamian Ping Pong Tournament
Saturday, March 29 from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. in the Looney practice gym with refreshments provided! Along with a cash bar!
Play in the tournament OR just come show some support.
The tournament is to raise funds for the International Student Program
Registration: $25 per person to play or $10 for observers
Please register by Monday, March 24.
-Each team is made up of one individual
-Best two out of three
-Double elimination
-Finalist will play Dr. Partamian at 8:30 p.m.
“The Legacy of Gandhi" concludes Peace and Conflict Studies Speaker Series
The 2013-2014 Peace and Conflict Studies Speaker Series concludes with a talk titled “The Legacy of Gandhi" for the 21st Century” at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20 in the Kemper Recital Hall, Spratt Hall room 101 on the campus of Missouri Western State University. The speech is free and open to the public.
President Speaker Request Form
The President's speaker request form can now be found on the President's office website.
For more information or have questions please contact Kim Weddle at
Thank you!
Bookstore T-shirt Sale
Stock up on Tees! The bookstore is offering 25% off short sleeved tees March 24-28. Some exclusions apply.
Day of Dance 2014
Join us in celebrating good health and have fun doing it!
Saturday, April 12 at 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the St. Joseph Rec Center.
Attend this event and take advantage of the following:
-Dance sessions taught by local instructors
-Ask a doctor about topics that matter to you
-Engaging health screenings
-Photo booth
-Shop vendors that connect you more with your health special guests and much more
Please register at text
Relay for Life
Greek Life will be holding a relay for life event on campus Friday, March 28. The event will be from 7 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Looney Complex. Both the campus and the community are encouraged to attend. With a MWSU I.D. you have free admission for the event. We will walk for relay for life then enjoy a DJ, free food and booths of all kinds for activities and entertainment. Please register by Tuesday, March 25! For more information please contact We hope to see you support the National Cancer Society!
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!
This Week in Griffon Athletics!
*JOIN THE GOLD COAT VICTORY FUND * We have begun our Gold Coat Victory Fund Drive for the 2014-15 season. 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 - Dave Lau at 816-271-5926 or e-mail at

*GRIFFON LUNCHEONS HAVE CONCLUDED FOR THE YEAR* As a reminder, Griffon Luncheons have concluded for the year and will resume this September.

*GRIFFON BASEBALL RETURNS HOME TO HOST CENTRAL OKLAHOMA* Griffon Baseball is 3-3 over their last six games. Last Monday, the Griffs defeated Washburn in the final game of the four game series 12-11. Banks Born picked up the win in relief for his first victory of the season while shortstop Cody Childs had a big game at the plate going 3 for 5 including homering and driving in four. Tuesday the Griffons defeated Rockhurst in non conference action 13-7 after a four run eighth inning helped seal the game. Freshman Tyler Tuepker pitched 3.1 innings for the win in relief while center fielder Ryan Degner went 3 for 5 and hit his fourth home run of the season. Over the weekend, the Griffs hit the road and were defeated in three out of four games by Emporia State. In the series' final game, Jake Jones and Tyler Sanders combined on a five hit shutout defeating the Hornets 8-0.
Home action continues this week as the MIAA's first place team Central Oklahoma comes to the Spring Sports Complex in a four game series with single games set for Friday & Sunday at 2 & 1 PM respectively with a doubleheader scheduled for 1 PM on Saturday. Admission is FREE!
As schedules do tend to change at a moments notice, stay tuned to for the most accurate updates.

*GRIFFON SOFTBALL* * HOSTS MWSU INVITATIONAL THIS WEEKEND * Griffon Softball got back on the winning track going 5-3 in MIAA games played last week. Last Monday, the Griffs fell in a doubleheader at #21 Emporia State by scores of 4-3 & 7-3. In Tuesday's home opener, Jackie Bishop threw a three hit shutout as the Griffs defeated Northwest Missouri State 5-0 in game one with Bre Fleschner driving in two at the plate. After dropping the second game 6-2, the Griffs took to the road this past weekend and took 3 out of 4 splitting a doubleheader at Central Missouri on Friday by scores of 6-2 and 7-6 and sweeping Southwest Baptist on Saturday 6-0 & 7-2. First baseman Tiffany Gillaspy had eight hits over the weekend to improve her average to .373 on the season and in the circle, Bishop threw her second no hitter of the season in game one at SBU.
The Griffons are now 14-10 overall and have a full week of home action this week. On Wednesday, the Griffs host Winona State in a DH at 1 PM that won't appear on your schedule, then this weekend host the 12 team MWSU Invitational with games at the Spring Sports Complex and Heritage Park. Griffon games take place at 12 & 2 PM on Friday and Saturday and 11 AM & 1 PM on Sunday. There is a $5.00 admission fee per day, good at both fields for the tournament games. For a complete tournament schedule, click on or cut and paste the link below into your web browser:

*BASEBALL & SOFTBALL ON THE GRIFFON SPORTS NETWORK* "Voice of the Griffons" Dave Riggert will carry select baseball and softball games live on the Griffon Sports Network this spring.

*BUSY WEEK FOR GRIFFON TENNIS WITH LOTS OF HOME ACTION* Griffon Tennis had a busy spring break week with three home matches at Noyes Tennis Center. On Thursday the Griffs dropped a close 5-4 decision to McPherson with Ceara Boldridge, Lindsay Beger and Alyssa Dougan posting singles victories while Kayla Dysart and Dougan posted a doubles victories. MIAA play began on Friday with the Griffs falling to Nebraska-Kearney and then Saturday the team was defeated in a heartbreaker by Fort Hays State 5-4 with singles victories by Denise Chiao, Boldridge and Dougan and hard fought doubles victory from Boldridge and Meara Smith. It's back to the road this week with four matches on the slate beginning tomorrow at Northwest Missouri State at 3 PM. Then this weekend, the team makes the Oklahoma swing beginning Friday at 1 PM against East Central. Saturday the Griffons are at Central Oklahoma at 11 AM with the trip concluding at Northeastern State on Sunday also at 11 AM.
Home action continues Tuesday, April 1st as Truman State comes to Noyes Tennis Center at 3 PM.

*GRIFFON MEN'S GOLF AT WASHBURN THIS WEEK* Griffon Men's Golf completed their first spring event last week as they competed in the Arkansas Tech Classic in Russellville, Arkansas finishing 11th out of 17 teams. Individually, junior Scott Sheldon was the highest Griffon finisher with rounds of 80-73 tied for 37th. The team is back in action this week at Topeka Country Club as they compete in the Washburn Invitational today and tomorrow.

*GRIFFON WOMEN'S GOLF HOSTS THE HOLIDAY INN/MWSU INVITATIONAL BEGINNING THIS SUNDAY* Griffon Women's Golf also got back into tournament competition last week as they took park in the Central Oklahoma MIAA Points Event in Edmond, Oklahoma finishing 13th overall. Freshman Madison Romjue and sophomore Callie Wilson were the top Griffon finishers. The team hosts their only home event of the year this Sunday/Monday in the Holiday Inn/MWSU Invitational at St. Joseph Country Club. The 17 team event features a 10:30 AM tee time start on Sunday and a 10 AM shotgun on Monday. Spectaors are welcome and appreciated.

*GRIFFON SPRING FOOTBALL BEGINS NEXT WEEK* Griffon Football will begin the march toward the 2014 season next week as spring practice begins. The first of 15 practices takes place on Wednesday, March 26 at 3:15 PM and ends Saturday, April 19 with the annual spring scrimmage at Spratt Stadium at 12:45 PM. The complete spring schedule is listed at

*DOWNLOAD THE GRIFFON ATHLETICS MOBILE APP* 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.

*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. To sign up call 816-271-5926.

*G.S.I. VIDEO OF THE WEEK* This week watch our season finale of Griffon Sports Insider. Also posted below are highlights from softball's home opener and the Griffon Tennis match vs. McPherson on Wednesday. To view the video, simply click on the link below or cut and paste into your web brower.

Griffon Sports Insider Season Finale

Softball Home Opener vs. Northwest

Tennis vs. McPherson

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

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 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
Backpack Buddies Walk-A-Thon
Second Harvest and Missouri Western presents Backpack Buddies Annual Walk-A-Thon! This raises 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.
Saturday April 5 registration begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Griffon Indoor Sports Complex! We will 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 and Go Griffs!
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.
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
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!
Women's History Month
March is Women's History Month! The following events will take place on campus.
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 Speaker's Bureau 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
A History of Impressionism in French Art
The Story of the Young Rebels Who Rocked the Art World In the 1870s and 1880s
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Kemper Recital Hall, inside Leah Spratt Hall

Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, an art historian and founder of the New York Arts Exchange, will be in St. Joseph on April 2 to give a presentation on the development of Impressionism in French art in Kemper Recital, Hall inside Leah Spratt Hall.
The Alliance Française of St. Joseph is sponsoring the program in partnership with the Missouri Western State University Foundation and Department of Art.
The presentation will be in English, followed by a discussion in French and English. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 7 p.m. it is free and open to the public.

Griffon GPS

Griffon GPS has launched at MWSU
Griffon GPS has launched at MWSU! Griffon GPS is an easy web-based degree audit system for students and advisors. It will track a student's progress toward graduation and may be accessed through your GoldLink account.