Griffon Weekly: Staff and Faculty

May 21 - June 4, 2014

Campus News

Celebrating 100 Years

Centennial Capital Campaign
Dear colleagues,

The work you do every day transforms the lives of our students. Our community is a better place because of the impact of our faculty and staff.

As we prepare for our Centennial year, we asked you to share what our theme of Transforming Lives means to you. One of the most inspiring stories comes from Dr. Elizabeth Latosi-Sawin, professor of English.

Hear what transforming lives means to Dr. Latosi-Sawin.

As we prepare for our Centennial year in 2015, the University is also in the preparation stages for our Centennial Capital Campaign. Your participation in this campaign is just another way that you transform the lives of our students. Thank you to those of you who have already made your commitment to this campaign. If you have not yet had the opportunity, you can make your pledge today..

Thank you all for your continued impact on our students, your colleagues, and your community.


Jerry Pickman
Vice President of University Advancement
and Executive Director of the Missouri Western State University Foundation

This week in Griffon Country

Wednesday, May 21

Couch Potato to 5k Fitness Program, 6 a.m., Spratt Stadium

Thursday, May 22

Board of Governors meeting, 1:30 p.m., Blum 220

Monday, May 26

Campus closed for Memorial Day.

Wednesday, May 28

Couch Potato to 5k Fitness Program, 6 a.m., Spratt Stadium

Thursday, May 29

Walk-in registration for summer classes, 1- 4:30 p.m., Eder

Monday, June 2

Summer classes begin for eight week and first four week sessions.

Wednesday, June 4

Couch Potato to 5k Fitness Program, 6:00 a.m., Spratt Stadium

Around campus

Summer Walk-In Registration
Walk-in registration for summer classes will be held from 1-4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 29. Students will start in the Admissions Office and then go to their academic department for advisement and registration. For more information please contact the Registrar's Office or click here .
Standard Email Signature
In an effort to improve communication at the University staff and faculty are encouraged to create a standardized signature line. This should include the following:
Phone Number:
Building and office location:
Items up for grabs!
The following items are available in University Advancement if you are interested. Please contact Jenny Scherlock at 271-5647

-Monitor stand (holds 100lbs.)
-Q5951A cyan ink cartridge for HP Laserjet 4700
-LH90 cartridge for HP C4195A
-LH61 cartridge for C8061X HP Laserjet 4100
-SEB4700YR Yellow cartridge for HP Color Laserjet 4700
Western Playhouse Tickets Available
Tickets are now on sale for the two musicals being staged in the third season of Western Playhouse. Meredith Willson’s perennial favorite “The Music Man” will be produced June 20-28, and the award-winning new show “Mother Divine” will be produced July 11-19.

Through the summer, groups of 10+ can purchase tickets for $18.00 and groups of 20+ can purchase tickets for $15.00. Missouri Western faculty and staff can purchase tickets for $15.00 per adult and $6.00 per child.

The Spratt Hall Box Office is currently open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday in Spratt 104.
College Completion Team
For more about the College Completion Team and to keep up to date on their meetings visit this. website
New procedures for the MWSU Foundation's accounts payable process
*Accounts Payable*

Donors have the ability to restrict the use of their contribution. Each Foundation account has a purpose or restriction. Before submitting a Payment Request Form, please check to make sure the request for payment meets these restrictions.

The deadline for payment submission to MWSU Foundation is 2:00 p.m. Wednesday in order to receive a check by Monday after 10 a.m. Each request must have the following items to ensure that it is processed during the week:

1. MWSU Foundation Payment Request Form

2. Request signature and approval signature from the chair/dean or supervisor.

3. Invoice or documentation for request.

4. W-9 form or W-8ECI (for international vendors) if payment to outside Vendor.

Checks are released to individuals on the following:
Monday after 10:00 a.m. in MWSU Foundation Office, Spratt 106.

If you have any questions regarding procedures or forms, please contact Jennifer Riley, 271-5653.

Office Furniture Needed
The Career Development Center is in need of two desks. Several new employees have begun work and are in need of desks. Please contact Chris Booher (816) 271 – 4205 with any information regarding free or economically priced desks.
This Week In Griffon Athletics
The Gold Coat Victory Fund Drive for the 2014-15 season is well underway. 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, call us at 816-271-5904 or e-mail at .

Griffon Softball trekked north for their seventh NCAA Tournament Appearance in the past ten seasons this past weekend in Winona, Minnesota. On Friday, the Griffs opened play against fourth seeded Augustana. A tight strike zone led what figured to be a pitchers dual into a run scoring frenzy in falling in heartbreaking fashion 8-7. After gaining a 7-4 lead in the fifth inning following a Kat Steponovich three run home run, Augie fought back with three in the sixth and won the game on a walk-off, two out home run in the seventh. On Saturday, the Griffs won the first elimination game 5-0 over Southern Arkansas as Jackie Bishop pitched a four hit shutout with Tiffany Gillaspy driving in three runs with a home run and a double. The win brought a match-up with host and number one seed Winona State. After falling behind 3-0 early, the Griffons tied the game in the sixth before two Winona home runs in the bottom of the inning gave them back the lead and ultimately brought the season to a close in falling 5-4. The Griffons finished the season 39-18 overall.

For the second straight season, Griffon Baseball advanced to the championship game of the MIAA Tournament. While last year’s run was no surprise, this year the team overcame adversity and a host of new players to once again play for the conference crown. The Griffs came up a bit short on Saturday in Springfield as they fell to third seeded Emporia State by scores of 3-2 & 6-0. In game one, the Griffons got on the scoreboard first in the top of the fifth inning as Cody Childs' triple drove in two runs. The Hornets scored three unanswered the rest of the way to force a deciding game. In game two, ESU pitching stifled the Griffs at the plate thus ending the season. The Griffons advanced to the title games by defeating Northeastern State on Thursday 12-11 and Central Oklahoma on Friday 5-2. The team finishes 2014 32-20 overall and unlike last season, returns a host of key contributors for next year.

Dreams came true for two more Griffons over the weekend as quarterback Travis Partridge and tight end Reggie Jordan agreed to rooking free agent deals. Partridge will continue his career with the Minnesota Vikings while Jordan will call north Florida home inking a deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars. With these signings, Griffon Football now has five current players on NFL rosters.

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

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 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.

This week Ryan wraps up postseason play for Griffon Baseball & Softball.
To view simply click on the links below or cut and paste into your web browser.
Griffon Softballs in heartbreaker to Augustana

Griffon baseball wins wild MIAA Final Four opener

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!
"American Story" performance reprised in Colorado
On May 17, Missouri Western students returned to Colorado to reprise their production of “American Story” as a part of a statewide centennial commemoration of the Ludlow Massacre.
The Ludlow Massacre occurred on April 20, 1914, when the Colorado state militia attacked and burned tent city housing, striking mine workers who had been evicted from their company-owned homes. As many as 25 people died, shocking the nation and eventually transforming industrial worker-company relations.
Congratulations to all of the current performers from Dr. Susan Carter’s Opera Workshop!
Children's Lifetime Sports Academy
Missouri Western will host the Children's Lifetime Sports Academy from Monday, June 9 through Friday, June 13 for children aged 8-12. The academy will run from 1:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. each day. For more information call (816) 271-4491 or click here to register.
Call for applications for the John Sublett Logan Business Fellowship Scholarship
The deadline to apply for the John Sublett Logan Business Fellowship scholarship is May 23, 2014. This program is designated to support MWSU students pursuing a GRADUATE degree in BUSINESS, LAW, ACCOUNTING or ECONOMICS. For scholarship criteria and application requirements go to the Foundation website under Scholarships and Grants or click this link.
Please inform any student who might be interested in this funding opportunity.

Paint It Gold Friday