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HLC accepting public comments about Missouri Western

Missouri Western State University is seeking comments from the public about the University in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. Missouri Western will host a visit Oct. 3-5 with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission. Missouri Western has been accredited by HLC since 1919, when it was St. Joseph Junior College. The team will review Missouri Western’s ongoing ability to meet HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation. The public is invited to submit comments regarding the University to the following address: Public Comment on Missouri Western State University Higher Learning Commission 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500 Chicago, IL 60604-1411 The public may also[Read More]

Governors approve AV equipment for new scoreboard

The Board of Governors at Missouri Western State University approved the purchase of audio-visual equipment for the new video scoreboard for Craig Field at Spratt Memorial Stadium. The equipment is expected to be installed before the season-opening home football game against Nebraska-Kearney on Sept. 1. The board approved the purchase of 136 items from five different vendors for a total of $123,860. The cost of the equipment will be reimbursed to the University from the Missouri Western State University Foundation. The breakdown of costs by vendor follows: B & H Photo Video Pro Audio, New York, New York: $2,639.83 (82 items) CDW[Read More]

MWSU announces faculty promotions, tenure

The Board of Governors at Missouri Western State University approved promotions and awarded tenure effective with the 2016-2017 academic year for the following faculty members: From Associate Professor to Professor Teresa Harris, Department of Art Jennifer Hegeman, Department of Computer Science, Mathematics & Physics Shauna Hiley, Department of Chemistry Greg Lindsteadt, Department of Criminal Justice, Legal Studies & Social Work David McMahan, Department of Communication & Journalism Mei Zhang, Department of Communication & Journalism JinWen Zhu, Department of Engineering Technology From Assistant Professor to Associate Professor and awarded tenure William Church, Department of English & Modern Languages Suzanne Godboldt, Department of Criminal[Read More]

Missouri Western video receives Bronze Telly Award

Missouri Western State University is a Bronze winner in the 37th annual Telly Awards for a short video titled “Am I Interrupting.” “Am I Interrupting” was created by Missouri Western’s Instructional Media Center – Video Services for the Student Success and Academic Advising Center. The video tells the story of a frustrated professor in a faculty conference and of a student rushing across campus to get his PIN. The goal of the video is to teach students the best practices in being prepared for advisement in order to make the most of their collegiate career. The cast is composed entirely of Missouri[Read More]

Applications accepted for community tent at Chiefs Camp

Missouri Western State University is accepting applications from St. Joseph non-profit organizations, businesses and community groups interested in showcasing their services in the Community Tent at the 2016 Kansas City Chiefs Summer Training Camp presented by Mosaic Life Care. The training camp attracts more than 35,000 people to Missouri Western each year, and every visitor passes through the Community Tent at the camp entrance, making it a great place for local groups to reach out to St. Joseph residents and visitors alike. Camp kicks off Saturday, July 30 and runs through Thursday, Aug. 18. Booth rental is $1,000 for an 8x6 space.[Read More]

'And That's the Way It Is' to be performed at Union Station

“And That’s the Way It Is: Cronkite’s Journey,” a live multimedia performance exploring key moments in history through the eyes of legendary journalist Walter Cronkite, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 11 on the H&R Block City Stage at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri. The performance is presented by the Walter Cronkite Memorial at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Cronkite’s hometown. “And That's the Way It Is: Cronkite's Journey” is a 90-minute trilogy of multimedia performances combining video, still photographs, music and live performance. “Harry & Walter” explores the parallel lives of Missouri’s celebrated native sons[Read More]

Ambassadors award 2016-2017 scholarships

The Missouri Western State University Ambassadors recently awarded more than $16,000 in scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year. Receiving the First Ladies Legacy Scholarship is Kimberly Chilton, senior nursing major from Stewartsville, Missouri. The First Ladies Legacy Scholarship was created by Drs. Robert and Laurel Vartabedian in memory of Dorsey Looney, whose husband Dr. M.O. Looney was Missouri Western’s president from 1967 to 1983, and Lauren Scanlon, whose husband Dr. James Scanlon was president from 2001 to 2008. Receiving Ambassadors scholarships, listed by hometown, are: Cameron, Missouri Paula Hayward Columbia City, Oregon Shannon Evangelista Cosby, Missouri Lerrika Hillen Hamilton, Missouri Megan Reeder Kansas City, Missouri Amanda Harris, Kristina Huston Lawrence, Kansas Mandy Burkett St.[Read More]

Board approves 2016-2017 budget, adds athletic programs

The Board of Governors at Missouri Western State University has approved operating and auxiliary budgets for the fiscal year beginning July 1. The operating budget for 2016-2017 totals approximately $53.3 million, up slightly from the current year’s estimated budget of nearly $53 million. The auxiliary budget totals approximately $11.6 million, down from the current year’s estimated budget of almost $13 million. Both budgets include a 2 percent wage and salary increase for faculty and staff. Both budgets are affected by an anticipated drop in enrollment this fall reducing tuition and fees. By attaining five of five performance funding measures, the University will[Read More]

Kansas City Chiefs announce Training Camp dates

The Kansas City Chiefs announced dates for 2016 Chiefs Training Camp presented by Mosaic Life Care at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri. The complete camp schedule is available on the Chiefs website. The schedule is subject to change due to the weather, so check for updates. The first public practice of training camp will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 30. The club will hold social media days at training camp on July 31 and Aug. 5. “American Family” Fun Day will take place on Saturday, Aug. 6, and Season Ticket Member Appreciation Day along with Alumni Day[Read More]

MWSU Names Spring 2016 President's Honor Roll

Missouri Western State University announced the names of 346 students selected to the President’s Honor Roll for the spring semester 2016. Students who carried 12 hours or more for graded credit and earned a grade point average of 4.0 qualify for the honor. Listed by hometown (or home country in the case of international students), the Missouri Western students named to the President’s List are: Agency, Missouri Rebecca Carter, Joel Henningsen, Jordan Shellenberger Atchison, Kansas Joy Earl, Brittany Hess, Savanna Law, McCown Leggett Ballwin, Missouri Corey Naeger Barnhart, Missouri Aleksander Ferbet Beatrice, Nebraska Krystal Hicok Belton, Missouri James Person Bethany, Missouri Devin Klindt Bettendorf, Iowa Cole Clearman, Kayla Ruff Blue Springs, Missouri Gabriel Argotsinger, Melody Johnson, Kelsey Mangnall Brookfield, Missouri Rebeca[Read More]

MWSU Names Spring 2016 Dean's Honor Roll

Missouri Western State University announced the names of 526 students selected to the Dean’s Honor Roll for the spring semester 2016. 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. Listed by hometown (or home country in the case of international students), the Missouri Western students named to the Dean’s List are: Adrian, Missouri Lydia Reynolds Agency, Missouri McKenna Holdsworth, Andrew Love, Miranda Theis, Joshua Williams Akron, Iowa Samantha James Alden, Iowa Fadya Hamad Archie, Missouri Brittany Thomas Atchison, Kansas Rhonda Gierstorf, Allysen Owens, Elizabeth Rimmer Auburn, Kansas Michael Quaney Basehor, Kansas Maggie Hattock Bellevue, Nebraska Dallace Hamel Belton, Missouri Sarah Bledsoe, Brittney Rockman, Madison[Read More]

Missouri Western will offer MBA in 2017

The Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education has authorized the Craig School of Business at Missouri Western State University to begin offering its first Master of Business Administration degrees. MBA classes will begin in 2017. “This is a very important development in the evolution of our university,” said Dr. Robert Vartabedian, Missouri Western’s president. “This is a true community partnership with St. Joseph and beyond. In particular, the letters of support we received for this degree from our community leaders reflected overwhelming justification for this program. It will provide a wonderful continuing educational opportunity for many local leaders and business people[Read More]

Playhouse Presents 'Fiddler on the Roof,' Shabbat Dinner opening night

Western Playhouse, the summer theatre company at Missouri Western State University, presents “Fiddler on the Roof” June 17-25 in the Potter Hall Theater, presented by the Hofheimer Charitable Trust. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. June 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25 and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 19. Tickets may be purchased in advance in person at the Western Institute, Spratt Hall room 105; by phone at 816-271-4452; or online at Opening Night will include a Shabbat Dinner in the tradition of Tevye, his family and the people of Anatevka. The dinner will be at 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 17[Read More]

Herp-O-Rama June 11 at Remington Nature Center

The fifth annual Herp-O-Rama will be on Saturday, June 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in a new location – the Remington Nature Center on the banks of the Missouri River. This event is designed to educate people about the wonderful world of amphibians and reptiles and is geared towards all ages. There will be educational exhibits and talks, opportunities to see and touch various amphibians and reptiles, crafts, and Jon Casey will be there with Casey’s Creatures. Previously the event was held at the Missouri Department of Conservation office at Missouri Western State University. Moving to the Remington Nature Center, 1502[Read More]

History student talks about actress and activist Ruth Warrick June 8

A history student from Missouri Western State University will give a presentation about St. Joseph native Ruth Warrick at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 8 at the Joyce Raye Patterson Senior Center, 100 South 10th Street. The presentation is free and open to the public, with light refreshments served. The presentation is sponsored by the St. Joseph Public Library. Ashley Coats, a junior from St. Joseph, helped create an exhibit titled “Fame and Politics: The Life of Ruth Warrick” while working as an intern at the St. Joseph Museum this spring. Warrick, best known for her role in “Citizen Kane” and as[Read More]

First Ladies' Legacy Scholarship awarded to Joslyn Spears

Joslyn Spears, a 2016 graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Kansas City, Missouri, is the first recipient of Missouri Western State University’s First Ladies' Legacy Scholarship. “As I complete my bachelor’s degree in nursing, I am very thankful for this scholarship,” Spears said. “Because of your gift I will be able to further my career and pursue my goal of becoming a clinical instructor and patient advocate.” The First Ladies’ Legacy Scholarship is an endowed scholarship fund created in 2015 in memory of Dorsey Looney and Lauren Scanlon. The scholarship, established by a gift from Dr. Robert and Dr.[Read More]

Sports academies offered in June

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 6-10. 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]

Businesses awarded to Missouri Western alumni

Missouri Western State University’s Craig School of Business has announced that two Missouri Western alumni will have the chance to own and operate their own business. Katie Parra and Stephanie Tripp have been awarded stores through the school’s franchise program. Parra and Tripp were among students in a senior-level applied entrepreneurship class this spring. The students created business plans for a store and presented their plans today to an interview panel made up of Steve Craig, benefactor of the Craig School of Business; Missouri Western graduates who won franchises in previous years; Missouri Western faculty members; other business leaders; and representatives[Read More]

Missouri Western names admissions director, associate director

Missouri Western State University has named a new director of admissions and associate director of admissions. Peggy Payne has been named director of admissions. Payne has been at Missouri Western since 1998, starting as admissions counselor/articulation coordinator. In 2005, she became assistant director of admissions, and has served as interim director since January, 2016. Previously, Payne worked in admissions offices at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Cloud County Community College and McPherson College. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration/Economics from McPherson College. Dixie Williams has been named associate director of admissions. Williams has been the assistant director of admissions-transfer[Read More]

Spring Commencement May 7 in Spratt Stadium

The Spring Commencement Ceremony for approximately 550 graduates of Missouri Western State University will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 7 on Craig Field at Spratt Memorial Stadium. The Missouri Western State University Alumni Association will hold a reception for graduates and their families following the ceremony in the home concession stand and concourse area of the stadium. Other commencement-related activities include a physical therapist assistant pinning ceremony at 10:30 a.m. in the Kemper Recital Hall, inside Spratt Hall, and a nursing pinning ceremony at 11 a.m. in the Fulkerson Center. During the commencement ceremony, Missouri Western will award an honorary[Read More]
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