Griffon Weekly: Students

March 26 - April 2, 2014

Campus News

This week in Griffon Country

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

Thursday, March 27

Galileo’s Legacy Conference:
The presentations will take place in the Kemper Arena inside Leah Spratt Hall. Conference presentations are free and open to the public, and no registration is required. The first presentation is at 2 p.m. and the second presentation begins at 4:30 p.m.

Dr. Robert McKown, James Madison University, Harrisonburg Va. presentation 5:30 p.m., Agenstein room 324

Women’s History Month:
Film: "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," 6 p.m., Blum 218/219

Friday, March 28

Women’s History Month:
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Celia Winkler, 5 p.m., Blum 218-219

Greek Life Relay for Life, 7 p.m. - 1 a.m., Looney Complex.

Griffon baseball at University of Nebraska Kearney, 3 p.m., Kearney Neb.

Griffon tennis at Emporia State University, 3 p.m., Emporia, Kan.

Wednesday, April 2

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

Senior Art Exhibitions Reception 4 - 7 p.m.

Monday, March 31

Registration for Summer/Fall 2014 classes begins.

Around Campus

Smoke Free St. Joe Volunteer Opportunity
You are invited to join the Smoke-Free St. Joe effort by participating in the March 29 and/or 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, March 29
9:30 a.m. (start time)
Dogwood & Pine Conference Rooms
Heartland Regional Medical Center

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
International Awards Nominations Due 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.
Student Employment Office and the Career Development Center News
Ashley Carpenter received a Literacy Award at the Annual Literacy Luncheon sponsored and facilitated by the Western Institute and the Office of the President. Ashley is a current Learn, Serve, Change the World cohort student tutoring in the St. Joseph School District.
Felecia Voss became the 200th person to like the MWSU Student Employment Facebook page! If you see Felecia, please tell her to stop by the CDC!
The Education Majors Career Fair Monday, March 17 was a huge success. There were 91 students from the Department of Education that attended as well as 28 employers.
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.
BUT WAIT IT GETS BETTER: Java City in Blum Union is offering double punches on your punch card until March 31. You don't want to miss this deal!
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.
Second Applied Learning Symposium
Dr. Robert McKown, James Madison University in Harrisonburg Va., presentation Thursday, March 27. Dr. McKown is an expert at producing job ready undergraduates in biotech and related areas. He will speak in Agenstein room 324 at 5:30 p.m.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Women's History Month
March is Women's History Month! The following events will take place on campus.
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 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;
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.:
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.

Paint It Gold Friday