Griffon Weekly: Staff and Faculty

March 26 - April 2, 2014

Campus News

This week in Griffon Country

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

Thursday, March 27

Galileo’s Legacy Conference:
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 is at 2 p.m. and the second presentation begins at 4:30 p.m.

Dr. Robert McKown, James Madison University, Harrisonburg Va. presentation 5:30 p.m., Agenstein room 324

Women’s History Month:
Film: "Hedwig and the Angry Inch,",6 p.m., Blum 218/219

Friday, March 28

Women’s History Month:
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Celia Winkler, 5 p.m., Blum 218-219

Greek Life Relay for Life, 7 p.m. - 1 a.m., Looney Complex.

Griffon baseball at University of Nebraska Kearney, 3 p.m., Kearney Neb.

Griffon tennis at Emporia State University, 3 p.m., Emporia, Kan.

Monday, March 31

Wednesday, April 2

Senior Art Exhibitions, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Senior Art Exhibitions Reception 4 - 7 p.m.

Around campus

Award Recipient & Employee Retirement Reception
Please mark your calendar and plan to join us to recognize this year’s award recipients and employees who have retired or will retire during this academic year.
Tuesday, April 29 at 3 p.m. in Enright 214-216 in Spratt Hall.
A reception will follow the ceremony.
Veterans Yellow Ribbon Program
Missouri Western has announced it is a Yellow Ribbon Program participant for the 2014-2015 school year. (Effective August 1, 2014)
The program agreement permits the school and the VA to provide matching funds to cover all or a portion of the outstanding institutional charges not covered under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Basically, Missouri Western would cover the difference between in-state and out-of-state charges.
For more information about the Yellow Ribbon Program click here
The End of Year Procedures for Fiscal Year 2013-2014
*End of Year Procedures for Fiscal Year 2013-2014*

The following closing procedures are for fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. Please read carefully as it is your responsibility to meet the appropriate deadlines.


*April 25, 2014* --- *Board Approved Bids (Over $100,000)*
This is the cut-off date for submission of bid specifications with *approved* paper purchase requisitions for bids needing Board approval for processing in FY14. Bids must be back and selection of winning vendor by 5/09/14 to be sent for board approval.
*May 16, 2014* - *Formal Bids ($5,000 to $99,999)*. This is the cut-off date for submission of bid specifications with approved paper purchase requisition for bids *not* requiring Board approval. Items *must* be received on campus by June 30.
*June 13, 2014* - *Informal Bids ( $3000 - $4999*). This is the cut-off date for submission of independently presented informal bid specifications and selection with a paper purchase requisition for bids *not* requiring Board approval or the formal bid process. Items *must* be received on campus by June 30.
*June 30, 2014* - Cut-off date for on campus and off campus purchases. ** Note - See below for Procurement Card purchases.
*July 11, 2014* --- Deadline for all employee reimbursement requests for items to be charged to the FY14 budget. This includes all FY2014 travel reimbursements.
All items *must* be received on campus by June 30th *and* invoices received in Purchasing by *July* *11th*, otherwise the item will be charged against FY15.


*Fund accounts* carry forward from one year to the next. Therefore the balance in your fund account at the end of June 2014 will be brought forth in September of 2015 (once annual audit is complete).
*Organizational (Budgeted) accounts* will carry forward this year (travel and operating funds only). Please see worksheet to calculate and verify carry forward amounts.
Student Payroll for June hours is paid in July and posted back to June 30.
*Procurement Card*
statements for June will come in two separate files. The first electronic statement will cover expenses through the end of that cycle (usually cut off around the 20th). The second electronic file will be for charges covering the end of cycle date to June 30th. *Be aware*that if a purchase is made on June 30, but does not show up on the statement until July 1st, it will be charged to July 1st.
*Note:* When using your procurement card in late June, the item must be received on campus by June 30th.
*Year End Budgets*
An email notice will be sent out to review your year-end budgets in mid July. A few days will be allotted to submit transfers and corrections to Accounting Services. A second email notice will be sent in late July to print out your final budgets for the year. No changes will be allowed after this time.
Second Applied Learning Symposium
Dr. Robert McKown, James Madison University in Harrisonburg Va., presentation Thursday, March 27. Dr. McKown is an expert at producing job ready undergraduates in biotech and related areas. He will speak in Agenstein room 324 at 5:30 p.m.
Two sequential Spanish courses this summer
The Department of English and Modern Languages is offering two sequential Spanish courses this summer: SPA 100-14 30588 (the first four weeks) and SPA 101-01 30691 (the second four weeks). If you have students in your department who want to register for both of these courses this summer, send their names and G-number's to so that an override for SPA 101 can be processed. Dr. Castilla-Ortiz will monitor the students in SPA 100 to be sure they have completed the course with a C or better before they begin SPA 101.
Active Shooter Response Training
Tim Kissock will be conducting an Active Shooter Response Training on April 1 and 2 at 2:00 p.m. in Murphy 201. This training session is in addition to the on-line training that is available to staff. The training will last 45 minutes. Registration not required.
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 BASEBALL WINS 3 OUT OF 4 FROM FIRST PLACE CENTRAL OKLAHOMA* As the season reaches the halfway point, the Griffon Baseball team is geared toward a solid second half run as they defeated first place and 22nd ranked Central Oklahoma in three out of four games this past weekend at the Spring Sports Complex. In game one, pitcher Grant Woods continued his solid performance on the mound throwing a complete game pacing the Griffs to 6-3 victory with first baseman Hunter Weiss going 2 for 2 at the plate. After dropping game two 4-2, the Griffs won game three 7-3 paced by a 3 RBI performance from Cody Childs and sterling relief pitching from Tyler Sanders as he picked up his second win of the season. In the finale on Sunday, Jake Jones gave up one run in seven innings in a 6-1 win. Outfielder David Chew went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI.
The Griffons are now 12-12 overall and 9-9 in MIAA play and take to the road this week for five games beginning tomorrow with a non conference, single nine inning game at William Jewell at 2 PM. Then conference play continues this weekend against Nebraska-Kearney with games times set for 3 p.m., 1 p.m. and 12 p.m. respectively.
Home action continues on Friday, April 11 as the Griffs open a four game series with Pittsburg State at 6 p.m.. Admission is FREE!
As schedules do tend to change at a moments notice, stay tuned to for the most accurate updates.

*GRIFFON SOFTBALL** COMPLETES BUSY WEEK 5-3* Griffon Softball navigated through the land of the four seasons at the Spring Sports Complex going 5-3 in games played last week. Last Wednesday the Griffs split a doubleheader with #20 Winona State falling in game one 2-1 while winning the nightcap 4-0. Offensively, Tiffany Gillaspy drove in three of the four Griffon runs while Jackie Bishop continued her dominance in the circle striking out six. In the opening round of the MWSU Softball Invitational on Friday, after an opening game defeat to Northern State 3-2, the team responded in a big way to run rule St. Cloud State 10-0 as Brooke Schaben drove in four runs with Bishop tossing her third no-hitter of the season. On Saturday the Griffs picked up two big wins defeating Wayne State 4-3 and #5 Augustana 6-0. Schaben continued her hot hitting homering and driving in two in game one, while in game two solid pitching by Bishop and a grand slam home run to seal the game in the bottom of the sixth by freshman Morgan Rathmann enabled the Griffons to beat the nationally ranked Vikings. On the tournaments final day, the Griffs knocked off Concordia-St. Paul 7-2 with Janie Smith going the distance for the victory and in game two the Griffs lost a great pitchers dual 1-0 to Minnesota State as the teams mustered just three hits between them.
For her performance last week, Jackie Bishop was named the MIAA Pitcher of the Week.
The Griffons are now 19-13 overall and have a week to recoup before returning to MIAA play this weekend at home. Action begins Saturday at 12 PM in a doubleheader against Pittsburg State and then Missouri Southern will be here on Sunday with first pitch set for 1 p.m.
Remember it's always a good idea to check before heading out to the park as schedules do change at a moments notice.

*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. Check for the upcoming broadcast schedule.
*GRIFFON TENNIS COMPLETES LONG ROAD TREK* Griffon Tennis endured a long road trek to Oklahoma over the weekend. On Friday the Griffs were defeated by East Central 6-3 getting two doubles victories from the duos of Lindsay Beger/Denise Chiao and Alyssa Dougan/Kayla Dysart with the singles victory coming from Dougan. The Griffs fell to Central Oklahoma on Saturday and Northeastern State on Sunday with the doubles team of Dysart/Dougan winning their match in each event. Only one match on the schedule this week which is Friday afternoon at Emporia State with first serve set for 3 p.m.
Home action continues Tuesday, April 1 as Truman State comes to Noyes Tennis Center at 3 p.m.

*GRIFFON MEN'S GOLF FINISHES UP PLAY AT WASHBURN INVITATIONAL* Griffon Men's Golf finished 12th at the Washburn Invitational last Monday & Tuesday at Topeka Country Club. Individually, senior Tyler Gast finished 14th with rounds of 75-74-73. The team is off this week and returns to action March 31-April 1 at the Central Oklahoma Invitational in Edmond.

*GRIFFON WOMEN'S GOLF FINISHES 8TH IN CHILLY HOLIDAY INN/MWSU INVITATIONAL * Battling cool temperatures and snow flakes, Griffon Women's Golf finished 8th out of 16 teams in the weather shortened Holiday Inn/MWSU Invitational at St. Joseph Country Club. Callie Wilson fired an 81 in tough conditions which was tied for 11th in the 84 player field. The spring schedule continues this Sunday-Monday in the Augustana Classic at Tiburon Golf Club in Omaha, Nebraska.

*GRIFFON SPRING FOOTBALL BEGINS THIS WEEK* Griffon Football will begin the march toward the 2014 season with the first of 15 practices taking place on Wednesday at 3:15 PM. The practice schedule culminates on 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. For further information, visit

* 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 call 816-271-5926.

*G.S.I. VIDEO OF THE WEEK* This week check out highlights from the Holiday Inn Invitational and see how Griffon Soccer spent their Saturday afternoon helping out in the community.

Women's Golf Highlights

Griffon Soccer Helps Build House For Habitat For Humanity

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 at the ballpark this weekend.

International Awards Nominations Due April 2
Nominate faculty, staff, students, or community members for an international award! The awards commemorate the contributions and achievements made by individuals to advance the MWSU international student community. The winners will be honored at the International Graduation and Awards Banquet on April 18 hosted by International Student Services. Nominations must be received by 4:30 p.m. on April 2nd. Please click here for the nomination form
Java City in Blum Union now open!
The new Java City in Blum Union is now open! Make sure you stop by to get your favorite Java City drink or you can try a smoothie or javalanche.
BUT WAIT IT GETS BETTER: Java City in Blum Union is offering double punches on your punch card until March 31. You don't want to miss this deal!
Student Employment Office and the Career Development Center News
Ashley Carpenter received a Literacy Award at the Annual Literacy Luncheon sponsored and facilitated by the Western Institute and the Office of the President. Ashley is a current Learn, Serve, Change the World cohort student tutoring in the St. Joseph School District.
Felecia Voss became the 200th person to like our Facebook page! If you see Felecia, please tell her to stop by the CDC so we can congratulate you in person.
The Education Majors Career Fair Monday, March 17 was a huge success. There were 91 students from the Department of Education that attended as well as 28 employers.
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.
“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.
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!
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.
Women's History Month
March is Women's History Month! The following events will take place on campus.
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 Speakers 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.

Paint It Gold Friday