Griffon Weekly: Students

February 12 - 19, 2014

Campus News

Presidential Spirit Award

The Presidential Spirit Award was created to increase campus pride and spirit during the Griffon Women’s and Men’s final games of the 2014 season. Student organizations are encouraged to get involved and engaged in cheering on the Griffons! The following factors will be used as a whole to determine the student organization with the most spirit. The winning student organization will receive a prize of $500!
Recognized student organizations (RSOs) should participate in BOTH the women's and men's home basketball games at the final three home games:
Feb. 16
Feb. 22
Feb. 26
Part of the organization's evaluation will be based upon the percentage of their members participating. For example, an organization with 95% of its members participating will score higher than an organization with only 50% of its members participating.
RSOs should be recognizable, through Greek letters, uniform attire, or other thematic dress so they are easily identifiable.
RSOs should have signage so that their organization's name is easily identifiable.
Judges will listen for organized cheering or chants. These will be judged on originality, understandability, and creativity. Chants / cheers are encouraged to be positive, game specific, family-friendly, and interactive.
The Fine Print
Use of obscene or unsportsmanlike language or conduct will disqualify the RSO.
The winning organization will be the one that best meets these qualifications, over the combined course of the final three games of the season and will be judged by an anonymous group of administrative judges.
All judges’ decisions are final.
The winning organization will be announced at halftime of the men’s Feb. 26 game, and will win $500 for their organization, to be deposited into their University account.

This week in Griffon Country

Wednesday, Feb. 12

Black History Month Event:
Webinar titled, "State of the African American Professional," noon, Spratt 110

Casino Night, 8 p.m. - 10:30 p.m., in the Fulkerson Center

Thursday, Feb. 13

Picasso at the Lapin Agile, 7:30 p.m., Potter Hall Theater

Heart Your Union, 2 - 6 p.m., Blum Union room 218-219

Valentine's Day Banquet, 7 p.m., Baptist Student Union

Black History Month Event:
Movie night: "Love and Basketball" 7 p.m., in the Commons

Friday, Feb. 14

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Club and PreProfessional Club Blood Drive, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Remington Hall room 101

Black History Month Event:
"Black Love" at 6 p.m, Blum 218.
“Black Love” will feature live music, poetry and other local musicians and artists for your Valentine's Day enjoyment.

Picasso at the Lapin Agile, 7:30 p.m., Potter Hall Theater

Monday, Feb. 17

Presidents Day, campus closed.

Tuesday, Feb. 18

Black History Month Event:
Keynote speaker Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu, 6 p.m., Enright Community Room (Spratt 214 and 216)

Around Campus

College Republicans and College Democrats Meeting
The Missouri Western College Republicans and College Democrats will be meeting Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in Spratt Hall room 205.
Topics for discussion will include voter I.D. laws, gun control, and minimum wage reform. Come for a chance to voice your opinion about current issues in our local, state, and national governments in a welcoming environment. All Missouri Western students and faculty are welcome to attend.
Donate bottled water to Second Harvest
Alpha Chi students are collecting bottled water to donate to Second Harvest. Donations can be placed in marked boxes on campus, or by contacting president Katy Turner for a pickup at
Don't miss out on the Barbara Sprong Leadership Challenge
The Barbara Sprong Leadership Challenge applications are due February 21, don't miss this opportunity. The purpose of the Barbara Sprong Leadership Challenge is to provide Missouri Western students with an opportunity to acquire and enhance leadership skills so that they may assume leadership roles not only at Missouri Western but also following graduation. All full-time Missouri Western students who have a 2.5 cumulative grade point average are eligible to apply for the Leadership Challenge. Students who complete the program without absences will receive one hour of credit through the Western Institute (Motivation and Leadership: CED 121).

Visit the link for more information:
Federal Reserve Bank employee recruitment
Federal Reserve Bank will be on campus on Friday, Feb. 14 hosting an employee recruiting presentation. Students are encouraged to attend to hear about employment and internship opportunities in this company.
Who: Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
What: On-campus Recruitment Presentation
When: Friday, Feb. 14, 12:00pm- 1:00pm
Where: Eder 208
For questions or more information regarding this opportunity, please contact the Career Development Center, 816-271-4205 or email
Volunteer Opportunity
The Community Blood Center will hold its Celebration of Giving Annual Awards banquet in the Fulkerson Center on the Missouri Western campus on Thursday, March 6. The Blood Center is looking for two to four students to help register guests. Volunteers would report at 10:30 a.m., with registration beginning at 11 and the lunch at 11:30. Volunteers will be welcome to attend the lunch at no charge. For more information or to volunteer, contact Pam Keenan at the Community Blood Center, 816-968-4079 or
Share your stories!
Please share your stories! As our centennial year (2015) approaches, we would like to invite Missouri Western employees and retirees to share your memories and stories of the St. Joseph Junior College and Missouri Western on video. I have reserved the IMC studio in the Hearnes Center for a morning in February, and I hope you can join us: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Please call Diane Holtz at (816) 271-5651 or email her at to set up an appointment. If you can not make that date, we have also scheduled the studio for 1-4 p.m. Friday, March 28, and you may make an appointment for that date. We will be scheduling more in the coming months, so watch for dates in the Griffon Weekly newsletter in your email. We really want to build a video archive of memories and stories, and we want you to be a part of it!
Welcome to Fabulous Casino Night
The Third Annual Casino Night will be held Feb. 12 from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in the Fulkerson Center at no cost to you. Bring your student ID. Try your hand at Blackjack, Poker, Roulette, and more! Hosted by Residential Life, Student Government Association, and Resident Hall Association.
Honors Students GameSHO Night
On Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Missouri Western Student Honors Organization will be hosting GameSHO Night, an event at which Missouri Western honors students can play games based on popular TV game shows such as Family Feud and Wheel of Fortune, socialize with other honors students, and win prizes. The event will take place in Blum 218 and 219, and will be open to all Missouri Western honors students. Admission is free.
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;
March 22
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!
Campus Blood Drive
The campus blood drive will be held on Friday Feb. 14 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Math Community room of Remington Hall (room 101).
The blood drive is in cooperation with the Community Blood Center, and is co-sponsored by two student groups, the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Club and the PreProfessional Club.
Drop-ins are welcome or donors can sign up for a time in the Chemistry Office (Agenstein 332) or by going to and selecting "Find a Drive"
Write the Dream Writers Workshop
Write the Dream 2014 is a three-day conference, March 7-9 at Bartle Hall in Kansas City, Mo. that focuses on taking on the aspiring writer to published author. If your dream is to self-publish the American novel that has been brewing in your heart for years, and you want to stop talking about it and actually do it, then our conference is for you.
Join Emmy-award winning actress, writer, and producer Cady McClain and other authors who have made their dreams a reality.
Workshop topics include:
• Motivation to write
• Overview of self-publishing
• Basics of novel writing
• Traditional vs. self-publishing
• Editing your novel
• Layout and design options
• Cover design
• Marketing of your self-published novel
• Creation of an author website
• Social media in self-publishing
• Book trailers
• Financial resources to fund your novel
To register visit: or call 816.896.6802 for more information.
Stress Reduction Workshop
Are you struggling with stress management or test anxiety? Join us for a workshop where you will learn how to reduce stress and anxiety to improve your performance. The Student Success and Academic Advising Center offers six convenient times to attend. Workshops are held in Eder 208 on the following days/times:
Tue, Feb 18 11am - noon
Wed, Feb 19 3:30 - 4:30pm
Thur, Feb 20 3:30 - 4:30pm
Mon, Feb 24 3:30 - 4:30pm
Tue, Feb 25 3:30 - 4:30pm
Wed, Feb 26 11am - noon
Black History Month Events
February is Black History Month, and there are many events planned to mark the occasion. A webinar titled "State of the African American Professional" will be held today (Wednesday) at noon in Spratt 110. On Thursday, the Black Student Union and the Student Government Association will show the movie "Love and Basketball" in the Commons at 7 p.m. On Friday, the BSU and SGA are hosting "Black Love" at 6 p.m. in Blum 218. “Black Love” will feature live music, poetry and other local musicians & artists for your Valentine's Day enjoyment. On Tuesday, March 18, keynote speaker Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu will speak at 6 p.m. in the Enright Community Room (Spratt 214 and 216).
Dining Services Special
Receive a $25 value pack of free product coupons when you add $100 Flex dollars onto your account. Flex dollars can be added by stopping by Blum Union room 102. Hurry, offer good through Feb. 21.
Spring 2014 Career Fair
The Missouri Western Career Development Center is pleased to announce the Spring 2014 University Career Fair and Criminal Justice Day on Feb. 27 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Fulkerson Center. The event promises to provide an opportunity for students to meet employers recruiting for full-time and part-time positions, as well as applied learning opportunities such as internships and co-ops.
Students are encouraged to dress for success, bring resumes, and be prepared to network with employers. You may visit Career Development staff at the Career Nest each Wednesday in the Blum union, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m, or contact the Career Development Center, Eder 202 for more information regarding this event.
Spanish Cultural Event on Campus
Join us to practice speaking Spanish and expand your vocabulary while playing fun board games!
When: Feb.12, 5:30 pm
Where: Eder 210
For more great events, check out the MWSU Spanish Club on Facebook and Twitter!
Yearbook Photos
The Yearbook will be taking student pictures on the following days from noon to 3 p.m.:
February 21
March 7 and 21
April 11 and 25.
Pictures will be taken in the Yearbook Office, Eder Hall room 220.
ROTC Training Exercises
Military Science Army ROTC cadets will be conducting situational training exercises west of the Conservation Department and north of the Griffon Indoor Sports Complex in the wooded areas on Thursday, Feb. 13 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
They will be training with dummy rifles and will be in uniform. Please do not be alarmed if you see the cadets on the MWSU grounds.
Lost and Found Items to be Donated
All unclaimed items in the campus Lost and Found will be donated to local charities on March 9 .
The Lost and Found is located in the Student Affairs Office, Blum 228. If you have lost any items please contact us by calling 816-271-4432 or by emailing Our office hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. through 4:30 p.m.
On-Campus Employment
Phonathon callers needed.
Two-week time commitment. The Phonathon runs daily starting with training on Saturday, February 22 through Wednesday, March 5. Students may be able to work a maximum of 20 hours a week. It is primarily evening hours, but callers do not have to work every evening. There are daytime shifts on Saturday and Sunday. Callers will be paid Student Worker wages. Go to and use entry code MWSU14S to apply.
Questions? Contact Laura Buhman at 816-271-5920 or .

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