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The Great Prairie of Missouri Western: Ecology project honors biology professor

2021-08-18T09:26:45-05:00February 11th, 2021|Biology, Features|

The John Rushin Teaching and Research Prairie was dedicated at Missouri Western Oct. 31. Missouri Western is bringing back a piece of ecological history by restoring a small plot of prairie on campus. The John Rushin Teaching and Research Prairie was named after Dr. John Rushin, a biology [...]

Griffons on the Front Line: Battling COVID-19

2021-08-18T09:51:59-05:00February 11th, 2021|College of Science and Health, Features, Health Professions|

During the pandemic, health care workers have stepped up in amazing fashion - working grueling hours and stretching beyond their usual duties. We reached out to some of our awesome alums from across the country to share some of their experiences – personal and professional – from the last year. Ibi [...]

Launched at Missouri Western: True love and a cybersecurity career

2021-02-11T11:44:19-06:00February 10th, 2021|Alumni Profiles, Computer Science, Math & Physics, Features, Social Work|

Amanda '12 and Frank '99 Luzsicza More than 20 years after graduation, Missouri Western continues to play a central role in Frank Luzsicza’s ’99 family life and global career as a cybersecurity executive and a digital entrepreneur. He and his wife, Amanda (Pedersen) Luzsicza ’12, are now giving [...]

People Over Profits: Alum Isaac Collins values community

2021-08-18T09:16:40-05:00February 10th, 2021|Alumni Profiles, Craig School of Business, Features|

Isaac Collins Sr. and Sonja Collins enjoy the football game with their son, Isaac ‘11, and Isaac’s wife, Rachel. Isaac Collins ’11 says that since at least high school, he has wanted to run his own business. But also from an early age, he knew that business wasn’t [...]

Spring break brings valuable experiences

2021-08-18T09:51:10-05:00September 18th, 2020|Applied Learning, Art, Arts Society, Biology, Campus News, Communication & Journalism, Education, Features|

Missouri Western’s spring break 2020 began on March 9 before the COVID-19 pandemic halted activities and travel, and several student groups and faculty members were able to enjoy educational and/or service opportunities. Glade Restoration Thirteen students and two biology faculty members, Dr. Cary Chevalier and Dr. Mark Mills, traveled 300 [...]

New centers open to serve students

2021-08-18T09:42:18-05:00September 18th, 2020|Alumni News, Applied Learning, Campus News, Features|

Center offers credit for service One of Missouri Western’s values is service, and Dr. Melody Smith said the University is now “putting action” behind that value. After pilot programs in the spring and summer, this fall marked the full launch of the Center for Service, where students can earn credit [...]

Coping with COVID

2021-08-18T11:26:15-05:00September 18th, 2020|Alumni Profiles, Features|

Two alumni business owners share their experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic In an interview earlier this year with Missouri Western supporter Tom Payn, he was asked about the challenges of being an entrepreneur. Payn, who owns several Subway restaurants in the Denver area, talked about how business owners are [...]

Gary Ellison: griffon architect

2021-08-18T11:32:45-05:00September 18th, 2020|Features|

As the present-day campus celebrated its 50th anniversary this past fall, the University recognized a long-time architect and architectural firm in St. Joseph that has been involved in the design and construction of almost every building on campus. A plaque recognizing the late Gary Ellison is now on display in [...]

Lifetime Sports Academy

2021-08-18T09:52:02-05:00September 18th, 2020|Features, Health, Physical Education & Recreation|

Many different programs and events have come and gone over Missouri Western’s more than 100-year history, but one particular program may be one of the longest running. The Children’s Lifetime Sports Academy began in 1973. In a 1974 edition of an alumni newsletter, an article about the academy noted that [...]