In preparation for its centennial celebration in 2015, Missouri Western State University continues to accept nominations for Griffon Notables – students, alumni, faculty, staff or community members who have made a positive impact on Missouri Western.

“As we look back on 100 Years of Transforming Lives, we want to honor those who have had a role in transforming Missouri Western into the institution it is today,” said Colleen Kowich, director of alumni relations and centennial steering committee co-chair.

Notables may be recognized for:

  • Demonstrated excellence in service to the university
  • Continuous commitment to Missouri Western and its mission, vision and legacy
  • Professional achievement and distinction that contribute to University pride
  • A pioneering spirit reflected in starting a new program, or greatly expanding an existing program
  • A pivotal role in the university’s establishment and growth.

Nominees may be living or deceased. Nominees will not be contacted in advance of selection. Self-nominations will be accepted.

Nominations will be accepted through Dec. 1 on the Centennial website, Those selected will be listed on the website, and living notables will receive a congratulatory letter from Dr. Robert Vartabedian, Missouri Western’s president, as well as an invitation to the Founders’ Day celebration in September.

For more information, contact Kowich at 816-271-5650 or

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