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Bill Snyder Pavilion dedicated July 12

The Bill Snyder Pavilion on the west end of Craig Field at Spratt Memorial Stadium on the campus of Missouri Western State University will be dedicated at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 12. Snyder was born and raised in St. Joseph and attended Missouri Western when it was St. Joseph Junior College in 1959. The dedication ceremony, followed by a brief reception on the pavilion, is free and open to the public. The pavilion features two different levels for hosting outdoor events, barbecue areas and an 80-foot flagpole displaying a 20-foot by 30-foot American flag. The pavilion will also feature a bronze[Read More]

Board approves budget, strategic plan

The Board of Governors at Missouri Western State University has approved an operating budget of almost $56 million for fiscal year 2018-2019. The budget includes a 2-percent cost-of-living increase for Missouri Western employees and a $900,000 increase in the scholarship budget for students. “Providing a cost of living increase to our employees was a top priority in preparing our budget this year after not being able to provide one last year,” said Dr. Robert Vartabedian, Missouri Western’s president. “In addition, we experienced a larger than expected increase in the number of out-of-state students taking advantage of our Griffon Rate Scholarships, so[Read More]

Journalist Chris Wallace to speak at 25th Convocation on Critical Issues

Award-winning journalist and television host Chris Wallace will be the featured speaker at the 25th annual R. Dan Boulware Convocation on Critical Issues at Missouri Western State University this fall. The Convocation begins at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 in the M.O. Looney Complex arena and is free and open to the public. Wallace’s topic is “A View from Washington.” Wallace will also be the featured guest at the annual Convocation Luncheon at noon Nov. 13 in the Fulkerson Center. Ticketing information for the luncheon will be announced at a later date. “The 2018 elections are likely to be among the[Read More]

Missouri Western offers military special tuition rate

In an effort to further Missouri Western State University’s commitment to supporting veterans and active-duty military, all veterans and active-duty military and their spouses and dependents will be eligible for in-state tuition at Missouri Western, regardless of their residency. This is effective beginning with the fall 2018 semester. “Our goal is to make Missouri Western as military friendly as possible and to appropriately serve military-affiliated students, assisting them in the completion of baccalaureate and graduate degrees,” said Dr. Gordon Mapley, dean and executive director of the Western Institute. Dr. Mapley said that Missouri Western also recently expanded its admissions requirements for the[Read More]

Missouri Western names Spring 2018 President's Honor Roll

Missouri Western State University has announced the names of 326 students who have been named to the President’s Honor Roll for the spring semester of 2018. Students who carried 12 hours or more for graded credit and earned a grade point average of 4.0 qualify for the honor. The Missouri Western students named to the President’s List are: Agency, Missouri Miranda Biller, Jordan Shellenberger Atchison, Kansas Dillon Aversman, Mccown Leggett Bellevue, Nebraska Dallace Hamel Bethany, Missouri Rebecca Prest Bettendorf, Iowa Kayla Ruff Bevier, Missouri Jeremee Nute, Brett Peukert Blue Springs, Missouri Lukas Stone Braddyville, Iowa Nikki Halter Brookfield, Missouri Mallory Gonzalez California, Missouri Alex Davis, Lindsey Morris Camden Point, Missouri Cody Lee Cameron, Missouri Rachel Bertram, Jacob Christian, Justice Franke, Haley McClure, Melia Richardson,[Read More]

Missouri Western names Spring 2018 Dean's Honor Roll

Missouri Western State University has announced the names of 580 students who have been named to the Dean’s Honor Roll for the spring semester of 2018. Students who carried 12 hours or more for graded credit and earned a grade point average of 3.5 or better qualify for the honor. Missouri Western students named to the Dean’s List are: Agency, Missouri Jake Blessing, Angela Dennis, Hannah Gabriel, Brianna Lounsbury, Colby Miller, Taylor Sutton, AriahVice Albuquerque, New Mexico Patrick McCarthy, Kevin Kim Altoona, Iowa Hailey Bieghler Amity, Missouri Jade Hahn, Delanie Maize Atchison, Kansas Brittany Pickman Augusta, Kansas Kyrsten Crawford Barnard, Missouri Steven Wolf Bellevue, Nebraska Megan Gillen Berryton, Kansas Shannon Weixelman Bethany, Missouri Tayla Doolittle, Devin Klindt,[Read More]

Missouri Western alumnus awarded business

The Craig School of Business at Missouri Western State University announced that Nathan Nold, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree last month, has won a business opportunity through the school’s franchise program. Nold, of Savannah, Missouri, was one of the finalists from a senior-level applied entrepreneurship class this spring who prepared business plans and presented them to a panel of judges that included Steven L. Craig, benefactor of the Craig School of Business, other business leaders, representatives from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and Missouri Western graduates who won franchises in previous years. “Ten students began the program[Read More]

Missouri Western participates in Herp-o-Rama June 2

Missouri Western State University’s Department of Biology is participating in the seventh annual Herp-o-rama, an event celebrating the diverse and unique lives of Missouri’s amphibians and reptiles, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, at the Remington Nature Center, located at 1502 MacArthur Drive in St. Joseph. Expect to see live specimens of both native and non-native amphibians and reptiles. Featured also will be crafts for the kids, hands-on opportunities to touch turtles, snakes and other creatures and hourly talks about amphibians and reptiles. Experts will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have. Adults are $3,[Read More]

Griffon Cross Country schedules summer racing series

The Missouri Western Cross Country program will host a 5k Cross Country Racing Series this summer, consisting of three races on the Missouri Western cross country course.  WHEN: Wednesdays: July 11, July 25 & Aug. 8 Registration from 6:15 - 6:45 p.m. Race Start: 7 p.m. WHERE: Missouri Western Cross Country Course (Mitchell Avenue and 50th Street) *Rain or Shine Please park in Lot O on the west side of 50th St. COST: $10 per race; $25 for all three races; $40 for all three races plus t-shirt Kids under 10 finish line run: $2 PROVIDED: Fresh fruit courtesy of Hy-Vee and water provided on location AFTER PARTY: Following the Aug. 8 race at Hi Ho Bar and[Read More]

Sports academies introduce recreational skills to youth

Missouri Western State University’s Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation will offer two opportunities for youth to learn recreational skills that can be used throughout life for fun, health and fitness. The Children’s Lifetime Sports Academy, for children ages 8-12, and the Adventure Sports Academy, for children who have completed grades 6 through 8, will be held June 4-8. The Children’s Lifetime Sports Academy began in 1973. Instruction is offered from 1:30 to 5:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. Ages 8-10 receive introductory instruction in a number of lifetime sports. Ages 11 and 12 receive intermediate instruction, with an emphasis on[Read More]

Spratt Stadium pavilion named in honor of Coach Bill Snyder

The architect of the greatest turnaround in college football history will be honored at Missouri Western State University. The Bill Snyder Pavilion will be dedicated on Thursday, July 12 on the west end of Craig Field at Spratt Memorial Stadium. Missouri Western’s Board of Governors unanimously approved naming the facility for Snyder, who has been head football coach at Kansas State University for 26 seasons and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2015. Snyder was born and raised in St. Joseph and attended Missouri Western when it was St. Joseph Junior College in 1959. “I am so[Read More]

Board ratifies Chiefs agreement for 2018 training camp

In a board poll by telephone, the Missouri Western State University Board of Governors today formally approved a contract with the Kansas City Chiefs to keep the NFL team’s training camp in St. Joseph this year. The contract, which formalizes the agreement Missouri Western and the Chiefs announced in January, also includes an option for an additional one-year extension that would cover training camp in 2019. “We are quite proud of our relationship with the Chiefs, and we’re pleased to welcome them back this summer, and we hope for many years to come,” said Dr. Robert Vartabedian, Missouri Western’s president. “We are[Read More]

Spring Commencement May 5

The Spring Commencement Ceremony for more than 500 graduates of Missouri Western State University will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 5 on Craig Field at Spratt Memorial Stadium. Stadium gates will open to guests at 9:30 a.m. The Missouri Western State University Alumni Association will hold a reception for graduates and their friends and family following the ceremony. Mariatul Dianah Hidzir, a public relations major from Alor Setar, Malaysia, will give the student commencement address to the 529 graduates from 20 states and 12 countries. In the event of inclement weather, commencement ceremonies will be held inside the Fulkerson Center[Read More]

MWSU honors retirees, award winners

From left: Award recipients Kip Wilson, Judy Chambers, Kathy Kelly, Fumi Matsumoto Cheever, Shelle Browning, Teresa Crist, Julie Jedlicka, Heather Kendall and Nathanael May. Not pictured: Edwin Taylor. Missouri Western State University honored ten award winners at its annual Faculty and Staff Awards and Retirement Reception on Friday, April 27. The University also honored 19 retiring employees. Award recipients were: Missouri Western Foundation Award for Staff Service to Students Fumi Matsumoto Cheever, International Student Services, International Student Services Missouri Western Foundation Award for Staff Service to Colleagues Judy Chambers, Registrar’s Office Missouri Western Foundation Award for Staff Service to University Shelle Browning, Physical Plant Missouri Western Foundation Award for[Read More]

EMS memorial to be built on Missouri Western's campus

A memorial to honor fallen emergency medical service providers in Missouri will be built at Missouri Western State University. On April 26, the University’s Board of Governors approved a 99-year lease agreement with the Missouri EMS Memorial Foundation to locate the memorial near Mitchell Avenue, on land where the President’s House once stood. “Our organization is excited to be working with Missouri Western State University to make this vision become a reality,” said Evan Clark, vice-chairman of the Missouri EMS Memorial Foundation. “To finally have a permanent location to properly honor those members of the Missouri EMS profession who gave the[Read More]

Board approves tuition, room and board for 2018-2019

The Board of Governors at Missouri Western State University approved tuition and room and board rates for the 2018-2019 school year. For undergraduate, in-state students, tuition will rise 1 percent, from $204.14 per credit hour to $206.37. The increase is below the 2.4 percent allowed by state statute. Missouri’s public universities have agreed with state lawmakers to limit tuition increases to 1 percent if higher education funding is steady this year. If Missouri Western faces a significant cut in the state appropriation, the Board approved increasing in-state undergraduate tuition by up to $4.90 per credit hour, to $209.04. The board voted to[Read More]

Spring Jazz Concert April 27

The jazz program at Missouri Western State University presents its Spring Jazz Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27 in the Potter Hall Theater. The concert will feature performances by the Jazz Lab Band and Jazz Ensemble, showcasing classic jazz literature as well as new contemporary literature by today’s leading writers. The Jazz Lab Band will feature original compositions for big band, ranging in style from straight-ahead swing to up-beat Latin. The Jazz Ensemble, will feature a wide variety of literature, ranging from classics from the Count Basie and Thad Jones/Mel Lewis libraries to newer contemporary literature by composers/arrangers such as Jim[Read More]

Restorative justice talk part of Peace & Conflict Speaker Series April 24

The Peace & Conflict Studies Speaker Series at Missouri Western State University presents "Perspectives on Restorative Justice: Prosecutor, Practitioner and More" at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 24 in Spratt Hall, room 205. The talk is free and open to the public. Andrea Duloc, an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Criminal Justice, Legal Studies and Social Work, and Gregory Winship, of the Center for Conflict Resolution in Kansas City, will share restorative justice practices and experiences from the perspectives of a practitioner and former prosecutor. The Peace & Conflict Studies Speaker Series is funded by the Missouri Western State University Foundation. Missouri[Read More]

American Chemical Society president speaks April 25

Dr. Peter Dorhout, president of the American Chemical Society, will speak about the recent ACS Safety Summit at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 25 in Agenstein Hall, room 324 on the campus of Missouri Western State University. The presentation is free and open to the public. Dr. Dorhout will address issues of chemical safety in the laboratory and beyond, and the role that the ACS is playing to improve chemical safety. In addition to serving as ACS president, Dr. Dorhout is vice president for research and a professor at Kansas State University. The American Chemical Society is a scientific society based in the United[Read More]

Planetarium shows April 26, May 8

The Bushman Planetarium inside Agenstein Hall on the campus of Missouri Western State University will have public showings of “Africa: The Serengeti” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, and “Wonders of the Universe” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 8. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children, students and senior citizens. Tickets must be purchased in advance on the planetarium website or in person at Agenstein Hall, room 140 until 4 p.m. the day of the show. “Africa: The Serengeti” chronicles a spectacle that few humans have ever witnessed, the Great Migration, taking viewers on a journey with more than 1.5[Read More]
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