Griffon Weekly: Students

May 7 - May 21, 2014

Campus News

This week in Griffon Country

Wednesday, May 7

Couch Potato to 5k Fitness Program, 6 a.m., Spratt Stadium

Thursday, May 8

Pool Forum, 1 p.m., Blum 222

Friday, May 9

Saturday, May 10

Griffon softball at NCAA Regionals, TBA

Nursing pinning ceremony, 8:30 a.m., Fulkerson Center

Physical therapist assistant pinning ceremony and reception, 8:30 a.m., Spratt 101

Spring Commencement, 11 a.m., Spratt Stadium

Commencement - New Alumni Reception 12:30 p.m., East of Parking Lot I

Tuesday, May 13

Weight Watchers Open House, 12:30 p.m., Popplewell 202

Wednesday, May 14

Couch Potato to 5k Fitness Program, 6 a.m., Spratt Stadium

Tuesday, May 20

Weight Watchers Open House, 12:30 p.m., Popplewell 202

Wednesday, May 21

Couch Potato to 5k Fitness Program, 6 a.m., Spratt Stadium

Griffon baseball at NCAA DII World Series, TBA

Around Campus

Capital Semester in Washington, DC
Capital Semester in Washington, DC
Sponsored by The Fund for American Studies

Do you have plans yet for this fall? Have you thought about spending 15 weeks in Washington, DC completing an internship and earning 12 credits from George Mason University?

The application deadline for the fall 2014 Capital Semester in Washington, DC is June 1. There is still plenty of time to apply – there are many exciting internship opportunities available and generous scholarship funding to be awarded.


Spend your semester gaining real-world experience that will help set you apart when it comes time to find your first job after graduation. Here are some examples of intern projects that you could work on next semester:

• Develop a strategic marketing plan for your client who is lobbying for a bill on Capitol Hill.
• Attend a Congressional briefing and write a summary for your manager.
• Cover a press conference at the National Press Club.
• Research data for a report on bio-terrorism threats and other national security concerns.
• Plan and develop a social media campaign for crime prevention awareness.
• Attend a strategy meeting with coalition groups advocating for clean energy policies.
• Make media pitch calls on behalf of a client whose is promoting her latest book.
• Work on cultural fair for newly arrived immigrants from Africa.
• Serve as call screener for a radio talk show.
• Help prepare a briefing book for your boss who will be testifying in an important Congressional hearing.
• Brain storm ideas for a Congressional candidate’s latest television commercial.
• Coordinate logistics for a conference with scholars from prestigious think tanks.
In addition to an internship and classes, our program provides housing in furnished apartments in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of DC, planned social activities, professional development seminars, and numerous opportunities for networking.


This fall 2014 deadline is June 1 and there is generous scholarship funding still available. Please contact Dana Faught at or 202-986-0384 with any questions; she will work with you to help you complete your application.

For more information or to start an application, please visit our website
A+ Scholarship Helps More Students
The Missouri Western A+ Scholarship Program grew substantially in its second year of existence and is currently helping more than 250 graduates of A+ designated high schools attend Missouri Western.
Spring Commencement
Missouri Western will establish a new tradition by holding it’s Spring Commencement ceremony outdoors at Spratt Memorial Stadium at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 10. Approximately 530 undergraduates and 32 graduate students will receive their degrees. The Missouri Western State University Alumni Association will hold a reception for the new graduates and their families following the ceremony just outside Spratt Stadium near Lot I. Congrats to all of our graduates!
Pool Forum
Faculty, staff and students there will be a pool forum to discuss the future of the pool in the Looney Complex on Thursday, May 8 at 1 p.m. in Blum 222.
Big Griffon Move Out
Keep your unwanted items out of the landfill by donating them to Big Brothers Big Sister and St. Joseph Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Please take your unwanted clothing, media and household items to the designated boxes in the lobby of each residence hall. If you have furniture you would like to donate please take it to the lobby of Scanlon Hall, Leaverton Hall, Vaselakos Hall, Griffon Hall or to the picnic shelter by the volleyball court to be picked up by St. Joseph Habitat for Humanity ReStore Truck.
For further information contact the Commons at (816) 383-7100
Spring Final Grades
Beginning May 9, you can view your final grades through GoldLink. Use the Student Academics tab, View Final Grades or View Unofficial Transcript or run a Griffon GPS to view the information. If you took classes which do not appear with a grade, or appear as “In Progress” on your transcript, please contact the instructor of the class or the appropriate academic department.
Key Return and Renewal
Time to return or renew your key/chip! All are due back to the key distribution office in Popplewell 103 by May 6. Please avoid a grade/transcript and registration hold and get them in! If you would like to renew and keep your keys/chip for summer session please remind those in charge that you need new paperwork sent in. Forms are available on the wall in Popplewell 103 waiting room or you may click this link.
Renewals for summer session begin now. If returning keys, please place in an envelope with your name and put it through the key office door slot. There are envelopes located on the window sill in the key office. To avoid any inconvenience, please return your keys/chip to Popplewell 103 no later than May 6.
This Week in Griffon Athletics
It was a magical weekend for the Griffon softball team as they won their first ever MIAA Tournament Championship at Blue Valley Recreation Complex in Overland Park, Kan. The Griffs went a perfect 4-0 along the way including outscoring their opponents in the four games 41-9. Day one victories included a 16-7 triumph over Northwest Missouri State and a 10-1 victory against Central Oklahoma. Then two victories against Northeastern State secured the title in defeating the RiverHawks 3-1 and 12-0. Pitcher Jackie Bishop picked up wins in all four games including a 17 strikeout performance on Friday. It was a team effort at the plate with multiple Griffons turning in stellar performances.
Winning the tournament title, the Griffs secured the leagues automatic bid to this weekend’s NCAA Tournament and will be the fifth seed in the Central Regional in Winona, Minn. facing fourth seeded Augustana at 4:30 p.m. on Friday. The Griffons and Vikings are 1-1 against each other this season.
Click here! to view the full NCAA Tournament bracket

Nine Griffons were named to the All-MIAA softball team as selected by league coaches. Pitcher Jackie Bishop and first baseman Tiffany Gillaspy were named to the first team. In addition, Bishop was named Pitcher of the Year. Honorable Mention recognition went to; catcher, Kat Steponovich; pitcher, Janie Smith; shortstop, Taylor Anding; third baseman, Katie Klosterman; and outfielders, Bre Fleschner, Sydney Washington and Morgan Rathmann.

Griffon baseball with a record of 30-18 overall, also had a successful start to the post-season as they defeated Southwest Baptist in the opening round series of the MIAA Baseball Championship. After being defeated in the series opener 6-4, the Griffs came back to win the final two games of the series. In Friday's 10-5 victory, Ryan Degner and Jake Schrader drove in three runs apiece and Jake Jones picked up the victory on the mound to improve to 6-3 on the year. In the series clincher, the Griffs won by way of walk-off as David Chew's tenth inning single scored Cody Childs to punch their ticket to the final four winning by a score of 5-4.
Action continues this Thursday at John Q. Hammons Field in Springfield, Mo at 11 a.m. as the Griffs take on eighth seeded Northeastern State who upset no. 1 Central Missouri in their opening round series. The Griffons swept four games from NSU in the opening MIAA series of the season back in February.
Click here to view the tournament bracket.

If you can't follow the Griffons in person in the postseason, tune in live to the Griffon Sports Network as they will broadcast all of the games this weekend on either ESPN 1550 AM or KFEQ 680 AM. Games may also be heard online at or via the Griffon Athletics Mobile App.

Griffon Athletics honored the "Brightest and Best" student-athletes in the Fulkerson Center on campus as part of the15th Annual St. Joseph News-Press/MWSU Student-Athlete Honors Banquet. Jackie Bishop, softball; and Travis Partridge, football; were named the Female and Male Student-Athletes of the Year respectively. Bishop and Partridge were also recipients of the Tom Smith Career Achievement Award which honors excellence over longevity in a career. Griffon Football student-athlete Andrew Molloy won the James J. McMillen Award for having the highest cumulative GPA for a graduating senior student-athlete and Bre Fleschner from Griffon Softball won the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee's Volunteer of the Year Award.

Download the Griffon Athletics mobile application for IPhones and Android devices. The Go Griffons free mobile app is available for download in the ITunes store, Google Play, the Amazon Marketplace or users may also text 'Griffons' to 46988 for a link to download as well. The app features easy navigation to team pages, live stats, live audio and video, Griffon tickets, merchandise and more. For further information, visit

Shopping for all things Griffons is easy, log on to Need tickets, no problem, Griffon ticketing is online. Need Griffon apparel, we've got that covered as well as you can check out the latest styles direct from Campus Team Shop including the ability to customize your own gear. Need some wall decor, check out over 1,000 images from all Griffon sports in our photo store. Tis the season for Griffon apparel and novelty items, log on to

Attention kids 13 and under, sign up for the Official Kids Club of Griffon Athletics "Club MAX". For just $10 per year, Club Max members receive a membership good for free admission to all home events, an official club t-shirt, newsletter and more. Sign up at or call (816) 271-5926.

This week Ryan wraps up championship Saturday for the Griffon Softball team and looks back at Griffon Baseball's series win against Southwest Baptist University in the MIAA Baseball Championship. Griffons win MIAA Softball Tournament

Griffon Baseball moves on to MIAA Final Four

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With questions about any of the above information, call the athletics department at (816) 271-4481 or log on to

We appreciate your support of our program!
Western Playhouse Tickets Available
Tickets are now on sale for the two musicals being staged in the third season of Western Playhouse. Meredith Willson’s perennial favorite “The Music Man” will be produced June 20-28, and the award-winning new show “Mother Divine” will be produced July 11-19.
Tickets cost $22.50 for adults. Youth under 17 are $9.50 for the first two, then $1 for each additional child. All seats are reserved seating.
Tickets may be purchased online at Click Here!There is a $2.50 fee per ticket for online ordering, and the discount pricing for more than two children is not available. You can also order in person or by phone at the Potter Hall Box Office between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The telephone number is 816-271-4452.
“Music Man” won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, when it debuted on Broadway in 1957. With familiar tunes like “Seventy-six Trombones,” “(Ya Got) Trouble” and “Till There Was You,” “The Music Man” is one of the most beloved musicals ever produced. It will be performed at 7:30 p.m. June 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28, and at 2 p.m. June 22.
“Mother Divine” is a comic musical twist on the real-life events of Depression-era Harlem evangelist Father Divine. It was one of ten shows selected for the New York Musical Theatre Festival’s 2013 Next Link Project out of more than 200 shows submitted. The New York Musical Festival is considered the preeminent festival for launching new musicals. “Mother Divine”. It will be performed at 7:30 p.m. July 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19 and 2 p.m. July 13.
2014 American Heart Association Walk
On Saturday, May 17 the American Heart Association will have health screenings and other activities beginning at 8 a.m. with a heart walk at 9 a.m. The walk will begin at the St. Joseph Rec Center, 2701 Southwest Parkway. This is a wonderful opportunity to walk and raise money in support of heart health and research. For more information or to register your team today, contact Jesse Irwin at (816) 271-5973
Attention Fall 2014 Graduates
The Registrar’s Office would like to remind all students who are planning on graduating this Fall with a certificate, associate, baccalaureate, or master’s degree that the graduation application Priority Deadline is July 1, 2014. Please note an additional $25 late fee will be applied to applications received after the 5th day of the Fall semester. Applications are available in the Registrar’s Office, Eder 102, or on-line here Graduation applications received by the above Priority Deadline are guaranteed to be reviewed prior to the start of the semester and the resulting official graduation check will be emailed to your Missouri Western email account and to your advisor on record. Graduation applications received after the Priority Deadline will be reviewed and a graduation check completed in the order the application is received.
Driver’s Education Registration Open
The Western Institute will accept registration for summer driver’s education classes by mail or in person until 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
Online 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
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
AKPsi Cupcake 5k
Join Alpha Kappa Psi for our second annual cupcake run/walk on May 4. Enjoy a cupcake from Delish Bakery at each mile marker in this lighthearted race. T-shirts will be included with registration and are not guaranteed for those who register after April 28.
For more information click here!
Come work in the Center for Student Involvement
Want to help plan and implement programs on campus? Want to gain valuable work experience? We are officially accepting applications for Student Assistants for the fall. Check the Career Development site for a job description, qualifications and how to apply.
Call for applications for the John Sublett Logan Business Fellowship Scholarship
The deadline to apply for the John Sublett Logan Business Fellowship scholarship is May 23, 2014. This program is designated to support MWSU students pursuing a GRADUATE degree in BUSINESS, LAW, ACCOUNTING or ECONOMICS. For scholarship criteria and application requirements go to the Foundation website under Scholarships and Grants or click this link.

Paint It Gold Friday