Griffon Weekly: Students

March 19 - 26, 2014

Campus News

This week in Griffon Country

Wednesday, March 19

Griffon softball double header vs Winona State, 1 p.m., Spring Sports Complex

Women’s History Month Event
Movie Night: "Dallas Buyers Club," 5 p.m., Blum 218-219

WAC Talent Show, 8 p.m., Kemper Recital Hall inside Leah Spratt Hall

Thursday, March 20

Eggs and Issues, featuring Andrea Gardner, 7 a.m., Fulkerson Center

Peace and Conflict Studies Speaker Series, “The Legacy of Gandhi for the 21st Century,” 12:30 p.m., Kemper Recital Hall, Spratt Hall room 101.

Friday, March 21

Monday, March 24

Women’s History Month Event:
"The Truth about Women: Sex and media in women's lives" 4 p.m., Junior College Room.

Deadline to register to play in the inaugural Dr. Krikor Partamian Ping Pong Tournament. The tournament is at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29 in the Looney Small Gym. The registration fee for participants is $25. To register, please call the Missouri Western President’s Office at 816-271-4237.

25% off short sleeved Tees in the Bookstore

Tuesday, March 25

Women’s History Month Event:
Community Roundtable: How do you DO gender 5 p.m., Blum 218-219.

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

25% off short sleeved Tees in the Bookstore

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

Around Campus

Galileo’s Legacy Conference
“Intersecting Interests: Science, Ethics and Education” is the theme of the 2014 Galileo’s Legacy Conference at Missouri Western State University on Thursday, March 27. Conference presentations are free and open to the public, and no registration is required. They will be held in Kemper Recital Hall inside Leah Spratt Hall.
The first presentation, at 2 p.m., is titled “Assessing Ethics in the Academy: How to Measure the Impact of Ethics Education.” It will be given by Dr. Toby Schonfeld, director of the Master of Bioethics program at Emory University’s Center for Ethics. She is also director of the Program for Scholarly Integrity at Emory’s Laney Graduate School.
The second presentation, at 4:30 p.m., is titled “Exploring Bioethics – A New Approach for the High School Classroom.” It will be given by Dr. David Vannier, science education consultant at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Vannier’s presentation will focus on course design and pedagogy related to incorporating ethics into high school science classrooms that comes from his work with the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research.
Lecture Series on Venezuela
International Student Services at Missouri Western State University invites you to attend the Lecture Series on Venezuela at 2 p.m. in Blum Union 222/223 on Tuesday, March 25. This event is part of the International Lecture Series and will be presented by student Genesis Parra Lugo. Venezuelan desserts and appetizers will be served during the lecture. The event is free and open to the public. Please join us.
On March 24, Campus Dining Services will prepare traditional Venezuelan food. A tasting will be offered as part of the regular lunch service in the Dining Hall from 11 a.m. to 1:15 a.m.
For more information, please contact International Student Services at 271-4150 or email
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.
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
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.
Register to play in the inaugural Dr. Krikor Partamian Ping Pong Tournament
Please join us for the inaugural Dr. Krikor Partamian Ping Pong Tournament on Saturday, March 29, from 6:30-9 p.m. This is a fundraiser for the international student program. Students can play in the tournament for free or just come to show support.
Register by emailing or by visiting International Student Services in Blum 210. The deadline to register is Monday, March 24, by 4:30 p.m.
Bookstore T-shirt Sale
Stock up on Tees! The bookstore is offering 25% off short sleeved tees March 24-28. Some exclusions apply.
National Wear Your Letters Day
In honor of Greek Week Missouri Western organizations are participating in National Wear Your Letters Day. On Wednesday, March 26 everyone in an organization is encouraged to wear your letters in support.
Nontraditional and Commuter Student Center Scavenger Hunt
Nontraditional and Commuter Student Center is hosting the second annual scavenger hunt. For rules and your first clue, stop by Eder 200 and get signed up. First two to complete the scavenger hunt win a 7 inch android tablet!
‘Legacy of Gandhi’ Concludes Peace and Conflict 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.
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
Contact information (phone and email)
The Nominee’s Qualifications (if known), including: Campus Involvement-
Speaking Experience-
Any other pertinent or interesting information-
The Nominator’s Name
Relationship to the student
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.
Day of Dance 2014
Join us in celebrating good health and have fun doing it!
Saturday, April 12 at 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the St. Joseph Rec Center.
Attend this event and take advantage of the following:
-Dance sessions taught by local instructors
-Ask a doctor about topics that matter to you
-Engaging health screenings
-Photo booth
-Shop vendors that connect you more with your health special guests and much more
Please register at text
Greek Life Relay for Life
Greek Life will be holding a relay for life event Friday, March 28. The event will be from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Looney Arena. 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!
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 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!
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!
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 Teams can find the entry forms on the honors website. For more information please email the Student Honors Organization at
It will be held March 26 at 7 p.m. in Kemper Arena inside Spratt Hall. There will be an opening dance, a swimwear, an outfit of choice, talent and a formal question competitions

Tickets will be for sale for $3 per ticket before the show and $5 at the door.
All proceeds go to the awareness and education of diabetes.
One World Soccer Tournament
We welcome students, faculty and staff to participate in the exciting One World Soccer Tournament this year! This event is sponsored by International Student Services, International Student Club and Recreation Services. This year’s registration deadline will be March 24, and the registration fee for each person is $5.00, with a maximum of 11 people per team. The tournament dates are March 31
April 7
April 9
April 16 at 8 p.m. in the Griffon Indoor Sports Complex. You may sign up as a team of up to 11 people, or you may sign up individually and we can place you on a team. Hope to see you on the soccer field!
For more information contact: or the International Student Services office at 816-271-4150. Team forms may also be picked up and returned to the International Student Services office in Blum 210. The $5.00 per person fee is due when you submit your registration form.
Hygiene Product Drive
The Nursing Honor Society, Omicron Nu, a chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International will be sponsoring a drive to collect hygiene products. Hygiene products such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, deodorant etc., will be delivered to the Social Welfare Board. Even travel sized hygiene products can be useful. The organization is located in St. Joseph. It provides a variety of services to vulnerable populations in our region.
There is a box on the 3rd floor of Murphy in the Department of Nursing. We would appreciate your support in this cause.
We will be collecting these items until March 21.
Thank you!
Women's History Month
March is Women's History Month! The following events will take place on campus.
Friday, March 21: 5 p.m., Blum 218-219 - Community Roundtable: How do you DO gender
Monday, March 24: 4 p.m., Junior College Room - "The Truth about Women: Sex and media in women's lives"
Tuesday, March 25: 5 p.m., Blum 218-219 - Community Roundtable: How do you DO gender
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
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
March 22
March 29
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;
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!
Yearbook Photos
The Yearbook will be taking student pictures on the following days from noon to 3 p.m.:
March 21
April 11 and 25.
Pictures will be taken in the Yearbook Office, Eder Hall room 220.
New Java City Location
Dining Service has exciting news! The new Java City location in Blum Union is open weekdays at 7:30 a.m. If you are looking for a quick recharge after spring break, stop in to check out the new Java City. We hope to see you there! EVEN BETTER- Don't miss our grand opening event on Wednesday, March 19 from 1 – 3 p.m. We will have sampling, giveaways, and spin-to-win. You could even win $50 Flex Dollars! You won't want to miss the fun.

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.