Griffon Weekly: Students

April 2 - 9, 2014

Campus News

This week in Griffon Country

Wednesday, April 2

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

Senior Art Exhibitions Reception 4 - 7 p.m.

Thursday, April 3

Western Activities Council Fashion Show, 7 p.m., Fulkerson Center

The Producers, 7:30 p.m., Potter Hall

Friday, April 4

Walter Cronkite Highway Dedication, 3 p.m., Walter Cronkite Memorial inside Leah Spratt Hall

Griffon baseball at Lincoln University, 3 p.m., Jefferson City, Mo.

Griffon softball doubleheader vs. Fort Hayes State University, 4 p.m., Spring Sports Complex

“Sho Us Your Smarts Trivia Night,” 7 p.m., Enright Community room, Spratt 214.

The Producers, 7:30 p.m., Potter Hall

Saturday, April 5

Cheerleading Open Gym, 9 a.m., Looney Complex in the west balcony.

Tau Kappa Epsilon Lift A thon, 9 a.m., Baker Family Fitness Center

Backpack Buddies Walk-a-Thon, 10 a.m., Griffon Indoor Sports Complex

Griffon softball doubleheader vs. University of Nebraska at Kearney, noon, Spring Sports Complex

Griffon baseball doubleheader at Lincoln University, 1 p.m., Jefferson City, Mo.

The Producers, 7:30 p.m., Potter Hall

Monday, April 7

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

Around Campus

Walter Cronkite Highway Dedication
A ceremony dedicating a portion of the Belt Highway in St. Joseph as the “Walter Cronkite Memorial Highway” will take place at 3 p.m. Friday, April 4, at the Walter Cronkite Memorial inside Spratt Hall atrium. The ceremony is free and open to the public. Please join us in celebrating highway dedication for “The Most Trusted Man in America.”
Come Get Sprinkled with Jonathan Sprinkles
The Center for Multicultural Education is bringing speaker Jonathan Sprinkles to campus on April 9. Sprinkles delivers straight talk, ‘sprinkled’ with laughs. He is a television commentator, featured columnist, author of 10 books and a leading authority on personal development strategies for leaders and achievers. There will be a free book raffle, and the first 40 people receive a free T-shirt. The event starts at 6 p.m. in Spratt 101. Don't miss out on this opportunity!
Missouri Western Presents ‘The Producers’
“A Season of Laughter,” will conclude with Mel Brooks’ “The Producers,” April 3-13 in the Potter Hall Theater on the campus. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for faculty/staff/military, and $8 for students and can be purchased in advance here, in person at the Potter Hall Box Office, or by phone at 816-271-4452.
Sigma Sigma Sigma- ZUMBA: dancing for Child Play Therapy
Sigma Sigma Sigma is putting on a night of dancing that includes ZUMBA, FRIENDS and FUN, all while raising money for Child's Play Therapy. The event is in Looney April 7 at 7:30 p.m. There are raffle tickets being sold in Blum until April 4. Raffle enters a chance to win a $25 gift card!
An optional $3 donation at the door is preferred. All money will go to the Robbie Page Memorial Fund for Child's Play Therapy. For any questions please contact Mimi at 816-248-9449.
Emmy-Winning Art Director, Creator of ‘Jimbo’ Coming to Missouri Western
Gary Panter, groundbreaking graphic novelist and a three-time Emmy Award winner for his art direction and set design on “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse,” will be visiting the Department of Art, April 9-11. There will be a free public event, “A Conversation with Gary Panter,” at 7 p.m. Friday, April 11 in the Kemper Recital Hall, inside Spratt Hall 101.
Governors Approve Tuition and Fees, Room and Board Rates
Tuition and fees for the vast majority of Missouri Western State University students would not increase in 2014-2015 under a plan approved by the Board of Governors.
Because of the state funding uncertainty, the Board of Governors approved two tuition proposals for in-state undergraduate students on the St. Joseph campus. If the governor’s proposal is approved, resident tuition and fees will remain at $216.60 per hour. If a smaller state appropriation is approved, resident tuition and fees will rise 1.55 percent, to $219.95 per hour.

Tuition and fees for out-of-state students on the St. Joseph campus will remain the same as last year, $416.31 per hour.
Pulling the Trigger on Gun Control
The Missouri Western College Republicans and College Democrats will be cohosting "Pulling the Trigger on Gun Control," a symposium over the issue of gun control in the United States on Thursday, April 10 at 7 p.m. in Spratt Hall room 205. During the event, a panel of Missouri Western faculty will give their opinion on the constitutionality of certain measures of gun control, how the second amendment should be interpreted, and how to balance gun rights with the safety of United States citizens. The event will also feature a question and answer period in which members of the audience may submit questions for the panel. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. All are welcome.
Emergency Drill
Missouri Western State University will be conducting a shelter in place emergency drill on Tuesday, April 8, at 3 p.m. The drill should last no more than 30 minutes. During this time, you will receive a test emergency text message and email. You will hear the emergency beacons sound in the buildings. You may see additional police on campus.
During a shelter in place drill, you should close any doors to your offices/classrooms and lock them. You should turn off the lights and you should take cover and await further instructions. If you are in an open area, go to the nearest room with a lock and take cover until the situation resolves. If that is not possible, consider going to a bathroom or taking cover under a table. If you are outside, consider where there is to take cover outside.
This drill is designed to emulate what you should do in case of a hostile intruder on campus. For more information, please read this.
Calling All Country Fans!
Northwest Missouri State University has offered Missouri Western students discounted tickets to their spring concert on April 12. Up-and-coming country artists Jana Kramer and Gloriana are the featured acts with Sarah Darling and Canaan Smith opening the show. Jana Kramer is best known for her role on The CW's "One Tree Hill" and her hits "Why Ya Wanna" and "Whisky." Gloriana has won American Music Awards and Academy of Country Music Awards and are known for hits like "Wild at Heart" and "(Kissed You) Good Night." You may purchase the cash only discounted tickets for $15 each in Blum 210. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at Bearcat Arena on the campus of Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Mo.
Driver’s Education Registration Opens April 1
The Western Institute will accept registration for summer driver’s education classes by mail or in person beginning April 1 and continuing through May 2. The cost is $75 per student for students who meet eligibility requirements. Registration forms are available Here!
Forms may be mailed to Missouri Western State University, Conferences and Special Programs, 4525 Downs Dr., St. Joseph, MO 64507, or delivered in person to the Western Institute office in Spratt Hall, room 105 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
There will be two sessions offered, June 2-13 and July 7-18. Students will receive 30 hours of classroom instruction, 12 hours of observation time in the vehicle and six hours behind the wheel. The normal class time is 9 a.m. to noon Monday - Friday.
The student must be 15 to 19 years old, be currently enrolled in school and not have graduated from high school. There are spots available for students who don’t meet these requirements for $225. Students do not need any kind of driving permit for this class.
For more information, contact Alicia Otto, administrative assistant in Conferences and Special Programs, at 816-271-4110 or
Student Veterans of America Meeting
The next Student Veterans of America meeting will be on Thursday, April 3 at 11:03 a.m. All student veterans are welcome to attend SVA meetings.
Help the Health Informatics program! Take this quick survey!
Three seniors in the Health Informatics program need help collecting research data, please take this quick survey. Thank you!
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Fiesta Night
April 9
Enright 214 & 216
Free Food & Live Music!
Hosted by the Spanish Club and SGA
Missouri Western Annual Spring Jazz Concert
The swinging sounds of jazz greats Basie and Ellington along with the iconic standards of The American Songbook will be featured at the upcoming annual MWSU Spring Jazz Concert, Tuesday, April 15 at 7:30 pm, Potter Hall Theatre on the MWSU campus. If you love great musicianship, you won’t want to miss this night of Jazz.
Spanish Tapas Tasting
Join us for a Spanish Tapas Tasting on Thursday, April 10, at 3:00 p.m. in Blum 222/223. Students of Spanish will prepare authentic Spanish appetizers and everyone is welcome for a tasting. You will have the opportunity to learn about the history of tapas and their place in the Mediterranean diet while listening to popular Spanish music. This event is sponsored by the Department of English and Modern Languages and International Student Services. For questions, please contact Fulbright Scholar Clara Del Rey Castano at
Smoke Free St. Joe Volunteer Opportunity
You are invited to join the Smoke-Free St. Joe effort by participating April 5 Neighborhood Canvassing Walk. Enjoy the sunshine, warm weather and exercise for a healthier you as we spread the message to our community of the benefits of smoke-free indoor public places. The effects of smoking and second-hand smoke are well known, and our community deserves to join other cities that have adopted smoke-free indoor environments. So lace up your walking shoes, bring your family and friends and get ready for some exercise and fresh air. To help make our community the healthiest for indoor public places, please let me know we can count on you and yours by signing up for one or both of the following volunteer opportunities.

Neighborhood Canvassing
Saturday, April 5
9:30 a.m. (start time)
Dogwood & Pine Conference Rooms
Heartland Regional Medical Center

If you are interested in being a member of the Smoke Free St. Joe Canvassing Crew, please contact Shelley Allen at
Thank you in advance for helping us make St. Joseph a healthier community!
Smoke Free St. Joe Campaign Team
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
Raise The Bar Lift A thon
Tau Kappa Epsilon is putting on a Raise The Bar Lift A thon at the Baker Fitness Center on April 5. Registration forms are located at the Baker Fitness Center. Preregistration is $10 per person, $40 per team with four people on a team. Same day registration is $15 per person. Turn in the registration forms to Amy Foley's office in the Baker Fitness Center. The required lifts would be squat, bench press, deadlift, pull up contest, and a crunch contest. If you have any questions contact Scott Schlesser 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.
International Awards Nominations Due Today, 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.
Online section of GEO 100 offered this summer
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
Back Pack 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 walk one mile while celebrate together! The winning teams and individuals will be announced and prizes awarded!
Every person that walks gets a Chick-fil-A FREE sandwich coupon!
If you are interested or would like more information please contact
Amanda Stephenson ( or Jessica Klaus (
Thank you and Go Griffs!
Entrepreneurship Minor
Do you have an understanding of Microsoft Word and Excel? In the fall of 2014 MWSU will be adding an entrepreneurship minor. See your advisor for more information!
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
Cheerleader Open Gym
Cheerleading open gyms will be held
April 5
The open gym practices will be in the old gym in Looney from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tryouts will be April 12 at 8 a.m. For more information please email Taylor McEachern at
Get your ticket to the Spring Concert
Spring Concert the tickets are only $5. You can buy your ticket in the Center for Student Engagement (Blum 207) from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. You must have your student ID to pick up your ticket and to attend the concert. The April 25 concert will feature B.O.B. and SOMO. Don't miss out on these nationally-known acts.
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;
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!
Nontraditional students are invited to MWSU Ambassadors' annual Night at the Ritz
All nontraditional students are invited to join us for the MWSU Ambassadors' annual Night at the Ritz, a fund-raiser for scholarships for nontraditional students. This year's event, Ritz Under the Stars, will be a reception from 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 11 in the Remington Hall Atrium (first floor). There will be a raffle, silent auction, heavy hors d' oeuvres and free planetarium shows. Nontraditional students get a discount price of $30 (regular price is $35). You may also bring one guest for $30, too.
Reservations and advance payment required by Monday, April 7: Call (816) 271-5670 for more information. You may pay in Spratt 106.
Yearbook Extending Organization Photo Deadline
Griffon Yearbook will be extending organization photos until April 16. For more information contact Jon Bergren, managing editor, at to schedule a time.
Yearbook Photos
The Yearbook will be taking student pictures on the following days from noon to 3 p.m.:
April 11 and 25.
Pictures will be taken in the Yearbook Office, Eder Hall room 220.

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.

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