Griffon Weekly: Students

January 15 - 22, 2014

This week in Griffon Country

Monday, Jan. 20

Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Campus Closed.

Wednesday, Jan. 22

MLK Drum Major for Justice Awards Banquet - reservations due by Friday, Jan. 17

Around campus

Perception Research
Missouri Western needs your feedback!

We want to know your opinions about Missouri Western and how we can best communicate with you. Feedback from the survey will guide marketing and communications efforts for the University as well as be provided to top administration.

We would appreciate you taking the time to complete the survey. The survey will take approximately ten minutes to complete. There are no correct or incorrect answers. We are interested only in your opinion. Your participation is voluntary and all responses are anonymous.

This survey was sponsored by the office of PR and Marketing.

Please click on the following link to take the survey. Thank you!
password: Griffs14
Supplemental Education Fund
Nontraditional students may now apply for the MWSU Ambassadors Supplemental Education Fund. Here are the details:

• Limit: $200 per person per year and $400 per person per college career.
• Deadline is 2 weeks after the semester starts -
Jan. 27.
• Must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.
• Must be an education-related expense that will assist the student in continuing toward their degree. This fund WILL NOT reimburse for BOOKS or TUITION.
• Applicant must be degree-seeking.
• For nontraditional students only.

Students may pick up an application in Spratt 108, Blum 228 or the Nontraditional Student Center in Eder. Or print it off by clicking here. Drop off the completed application in Spratt Hall 108 at the front desk. Students may also fax it to 816-271-4414 or email it to Diane Holtz at
Yearbook Photos
The Yearbook will be taking student pictures on the following days from noon to 3 p.m.:
January 24
February 7 and 21
March 7 and 21
April 11 and 25.
Pictures will be taken in the Yearbook Office, Eder Hall room 220.
Student Veterans of America
The Student Veterans of America is offering free membership this semester. If you are a veteran or are currently still active, please come by Eder 200, and get on the roster. The first meeting of the semester is Jan. 16 at 10 a.m. in Eder 200.
President's Leadership Council
Hello student leaders! Welcome to a brand new semester! We are making some changes to President's Leadership Council this semester to make it more beneficial to you and your student organizations.
Our first meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5, in Spratt 205.
The meetings for the rest of the semester will be held on March 5 and April 2, at the same time and same place. Please mark your calendars!
If you or any of the members of your organization are unable to attend, or have any questions, please contact the SGA Director of Student Relations, Derek Thompson, at least one week in advance at
SGA committees looking for members
Student Homecoming Steering Committee - We are looking for outgoing, creative, hardworking and dedicated students to help plan Homecoming 2014. If this is you and you want to get involved in the planning of this major event, apply to join the Student Homecoming Steering Committee. Deadline for applications for this committee is Jan. 31 by
4:30 p.m.

Elections Commission Committee - Would you like to be involved in the elections process for your SGA representatives? You can be by applying to be apart of the Elections Commission Committee. Deadline for applications for this committee is Jan. 24 by
4:30 p.m.

Applications & job descriptions can be found here by clicking href="">here.

Please turn in all applications to Blum 217 by the posted deadlines. If you have any questions, you can contact the SGA office at 271-4408.
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 .

Instructional Media Center Positions.
The IMC is looking to hire quality student workers to provide support to all presentation technology on campus. Must have good customer-service skills and technical abilities. Please click here for an application. Bring completed application, resume and a copy of your current class schedule to Mary Miller - Hearnes 149. For more information visit Jobs for Griffons and see job ID: 1771
Pulse Group meeting
LGBT Students and Allies are invited to participate in a Pulse Group meeting - Jan. 15 at noon at the Private Dining Room (all the way back through the cafeteria and to the left - go through door into the private area). You get to share your opinions on relevant matters with the VP for Student Affairs, share what you think MWSU is doing right and what could be improved. FREE LUNCH & PRIZES!!!
Barbara Sprong Leadership Challenge
Now is the time to apply for the Barbara Sprong Leadership Challenge. Students can be nominated by faculty/staff or self-nominate. 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. The program is named in honor of Barbara Sprong, a former member and president of the MWSU Board of Regents and a past leader in the St. Joseph community. 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). The program is designed to accommodate 24 students.

Visit the link for more information:
CME Book Drive
The Center for Multicultural Education will be collecting books to donate to area shelters and childcare services in need from Jan. 15-24, 2014 in conjunction with Youth Alliance. Please bring your books to Blum 210 if you would like to donate.
Faces of "Francophonie"
Don't miss this program about the growing French-speaking population in Saint Joseph. Spanning the globe from Europe to Africa to Haiti, presenters will speak about the use of French in their country and the ties between their country and France. Wednesday, Jan. 29. at 7:00 pm in Eder Hall 210. Sponsored by the Alliance Française de Saint Joseph. Refreshments will be served.
Writer's Circle
Are you writing a novel? Got a collection of poems you need feedback on? Want help writing short stories or plays? Writer's Circle is a supportive and energetic group of MWSU writers from all backgrounds. We meet weekly and welcome anyone at any stage of the creative writing process. If you are looking for a writing community, we are a great place to start. For questions please email
MLK Drum Major for Justice Awards Banquet
There is still time to RSVP for the MLK Drum Major for Justice Awards Banquet. The banquet begins at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.) Wednesday, Jan. 22 and will be held in the Enright Community Rooms (Spratt 214 and 216). The banquet is free to all students. The deadline to RSVP is Friday, Jan. 17 by 4:30 p.m.

Paint it Gold Students of the week

Campus News

Missouri Western Offers New Life Science Master’s Degree
The Graduate School at Missouri Western is now accepting applications for a new Master of Applied Science degree program in Industrial Life Science. The first students will enter the program this spring.

Click here for more information about the new Life Science Master’s Degree
Armstrong Named Associate VP for University Advancement
Michael Armstrong has been named associate vice president for University Advancement at Missouri Western. Armstrong was previously major gift officer at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. He began his duties at Missouri Western Jan. 7.

Click here for more information about the new Associate VP

Student Awards and achievements

Student Organizations cheer on the Griffons for a chance to win $500!

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—and which will win $500!